Season to banish the winter blues

Simon Harrison
Simon Harrison

The new spring season’s programme of events at the Theatre Royal and Royal Concert Hall Nottingham is bursting with compelling drama, inspirational music and spellbinding dance to really help shake off those winter blues.

Theatre fans will relish the drama unfolding this season with gems such as Brassed Off, Dial M For Murder and Alan Ayckbourn’s The Things We Do For Love, starring Natalie Imbruglia, alongside The Two Worlds of Charlie F, an emotionally stirring play performed by serving and veteran soldiers.

On a lighter note, the award-winning comedienne Sarah Millican and the legendary Frank Skinner both bring their sell-out stand-up shows to the Royal Concert Hall this spring, while the West End smash hit comedy The Play That Goes Wrong and The Dishwashers, starring David Essex, come to the Theatre Royal.

Other big names confirmed to appear at the Royal Concert Hall this spring include Susan Boyle, Shane Filan, Russell Watson, Don Black, Daniel O’Donnell, Neil Finn and Tori Amos.

Rock legend Rick Wakeman presents his classic album Journey To The Centre Of The Earth and iconic band The Seekers bring their 50th anniversary tour to the venue in May.

Other musical highlights include The Overtones, Clannad and Mary Black, Runrig, plus multi-platinum selling 80s rock band Foreigner performing with special guests Europe.

Meanwhile, TV baker extraordinaire Paul Hollywood presents an evening of baking, demos and audience participation.

Derren Brown’s new Infamous show is already proving a popular choice, with his week-long visit to the Theatre Royal in May already nearly sold out.

Blockbusting musicals West Side Story and Cats return to Nottingham this spring.

These two classic musicals changed the face of musical history for ever. Catch them if you can.

Enchanting scenes are guaranteed with the return of Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake and, for family audiences, Tom’s Midnight Garden, in April.

Opera North return to the Theatre Royal in March with a stunning music from Verdi, Puccini, Brel and Piaf.

The Royal Concert Hall will also play host to some glorious and uplifting classical music this season, including the Vienna Tonnkunstler Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the legendary conductor and pianist Vladimir Ashkenazy leading the Philharmonia Orchestra.

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

You can also obtain ticket information and availabilty by calling the box office at the Royal Centre on 0115 989 5555.

Popular tenor Russell Watson will bring his latest tour to Nottingham’s Royal Concert Hall on Friday, March 21.

His latest album - Only One Man - was released late last year and Watson, the huge-selling UK classical artist, has embarked on a massive tour on the back of the album’s release.

The album and tour features brand new songs, written specially for Russell Watson, by Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil, the phenomenally successful duo responsible for the smash-hit musicals Les Misérables and Miss Saigon.

Russell Watson has won four Classical BRIT Awards and has sold over eight million records worldwide.

He is also the first artiste to hold simultaneous number ones in the USA and the UK. The 47-year-old has acquired an army of loyal fans over the years since his first album - The Voice - was released in 2001.

Tickets to see him are £25-£85. Call the box office for availability on 0115 989 5555.