They’re dancing the night away

Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty
Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty

A strong dance theme runs through the Theatre Royal and Royal Concert Hall Nottingham’s exciting new season for March to May.

This starts with the first ever national tour of the hugely popular Dirty Dancing, Matthew Bourne’s acclaimed new production of Sleeping Beauty, Strictly stars Vincent and Flavia in Midnight Tango, plus the world-renowned Birmingham Royal Ballet, Rambert Dance Company and new Irish Dance sensation Prodijig with their debut show Footstorm.

The very best of touring drama will be on offer at the Theatre Royal.

This will include the Royal Shakespeare Company’s The Winter’s Tale, starring Tara Fitzgerald, Propeller’s hilarious all-male company with two of Shakespeare’s best-loved comedies Twelfth Night and The Taming of the Shrew, and the Old Vic’s multi award-winning production of Noises Off.

Comedy generally plays a major role at the Royal Concert Hall, too, and this latest season will be no different with return visits from Micky Flanagan, Bill Bailey, Jimmy Carr and Reginald D Hunter.

Stellar names from the world of music to visit the venue this spring include Simple Minds, McFly, Mick Hucknall, Leona Lewis, OMD, Robert Cray, Richard Thompson, Joe Brown and Italian pianist Ludovico Einaudi.

Madness frontman Suggs visits the Theatre Royal in May with his one-man show, which is titled My Life in Words and Music.

A very special 60th anniversary tour of The Mousetrap will visit the Theatre Royal, its first return since the Nottingham venue hosted the play’s world premiere in October 1952.

Musical theatre fans will be spoilt for choice with Alfie Boe, Michael Ball and Marti Pellow performing at the Royal Concert Hall.

In addition, Willy Russell’s legendary Blood Brothers returning to the Theatre Royal to captivate and delight.

Family audiences will have two brand new stage adaptations of much-loved childrens books to enjoy with Birmingham Stage Company’s enchanting production of Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach and Blunderbus’s funny re-telling of Oliver Jeffer’s How To Catch a Star.

Opera North returns in 2013 with a stunning programme of operas, including Lesley Garrett making a return to the operatic stage in Poulenc’s La voix humaine.

The Royal Concert Hall will play host to some glorious classical music this season with world famous violinist Nigel Kennedy, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the Hallé, the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, the BBC Philharmonic and the Last Night of the Spring Proms, which will feature the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

More information on all events at the Theatre Royal and Royal Concert Hall Nottingham can be found at

Tickets can be purchased online at or you can go through the box office at the Royal Centre on 0115 989 5555.