Nottingham venue “champing at bit” to reopen

Published: 25 April 2021
Reporter: Steve Orme

Peter Andre as Teen Angel in Grease Credit: Hugo Glendinning
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s School of Rock visits the Royal Concert Hall for the first time

Staff at Nottingham’s Theatre Royal and Royal Concert Hall are “champing at the bit” to get the doors open to the public again after the venue announced a series of events from June until Christmas 2021.

Venue director Peter Ireson said, “we’ve worked hard to ensure this reopening season really lights up our stages once more, with star names and big shows we know our audiences are so eager to return to.

“It will be a celebration of everything we hold most dear—that sense of awe only a live performance can bring. We’ve all really missed it. We’re champing at the bit to get the doors open again.”

The first events will be socially distanced including a double bill from Rambert2 dance company on Wednesday 16 and Thursday 17 June. Once social distancing restrictions are lifted, the season will get into full swing.

New musicals Heathers (31 August–4 September), SIX (7–12 September), Bedknobs and Broomsticks (6–10 October) and School of Rock (16–20 November) will visit for the first time, alongside Rocky Horror Show, featuring Ore Oduba (10–15 August), Grease with Peter Andre (17–21 August), Blood Brothers (14–18 September) and 9 to 5 The Musical (26–30 October).

Jodie Prenger will appear in Tell Me On a Sunday (10–14 August), Faye Brookes, Sinitta and Divina De Campo in Chicago (18–23 October), Samantha Womack and Cameron Blakely in The Addams Family (9–13 November) and Alexandra Burke in My Best Friend’s Wedding (22–27 November).

Joe Pasquale will take to the stage in John Godber’s play April in Paris on 18 and 19 June and The Play That Goes Wrong will visit 24–28 August.

The Theatre Royal’s perennial favourite, The Colin McIntyre Classic Thriller Season, will return for four weeks in June and July before Adam Woodyatt from EastEnders appears in Peter James’s stage thriller Looking Good Dead (26–31 July).

The full programme is available at the Theatre Royal and Royal Concert Hall web site.