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What’s on at the Theatre Royal Nottingham?

What’s on at the Theatre Royal Nottingham?

Nottingham is located at the heart of England and, in recent years, has become a significant cultural checkpoint for those wishing to explore some of the UK’s vibrant and historical cities. Located in the city centre, the Theatre Royal Nottingham is at the very epicenter of what makes Nottingham a great holiday destination. 

Featuring major touring dramas, opera, ballet, West End musicals and an annual pantomime - there is something for everyone at the Theatre Royal. The Theatre Royal has been open for over 150 years and it’s reputation has attracted local, national and international celebrities to perform in its hallowed halls. 

Whether you are arriving on a coach from London to Nottingham or, taking a coach to Nottingham from anywhere else in the country, Nottingham is an easily navigable city. The Theatre Royal is accessible by tram via the Royal Centre tram stop. The tram is a great way of getting around and seeing the city before you attend a show at the theatre. It is a welcome respite from the dark and dingy tunnels of the London Underground for those travelling from the capital. 

For the history boffins, the Theatre Royal has had a topsy turvy existence. Building was completed in 1865 after just six months of construction. It was intended to be a place of “innocent recreation and of moral and intellectual culture” and for 100 years it served its purpose well. It was arguably one of the most luxurious theatres of its day in the early 20th century. 

However, by the late 1960s, it had fallen into a state of disrepair and was known to have one of the worst backstage conditions in the country. It was closed in 1969 and the city council endeavoured to restore its former glory. It re-opened in 1978 featuring elegant and airy foyers and bars, a 1,186 seat auditorium and state-of-the-art backstage facilities. Since it has re-opened, it has consistently attracted major touring performances and the annual pantomime is an occasion of huge significance in Nottingham and its surrounding areas. 

Theatre Royal - What’s On?

The new decade has brought some fantastic productions to the Theatre Royal and there is something for everyone in the coming months. 

Mamma Mia!

The first on our list is the ultimate feel-good show Mamma Mia! Fans of ABBA, whether you are young or old, will be happy to hear that Mamma Mia! Is returning to the Theatre Royal after a record-breaking sell-out run in 2019. Get your tickets soon because Mamma Mia! Will be on at the Theatre Royal from 24th March to the 4th April.

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

For those who have seen Mamma Mia! too many times to count, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, 20 April to 25 April, is another feel-good musical that has been making waves in the UK. An original West End production, the story follows Jamie New, a sixteen year old living on a council estate in Sheffield. Jamie overcomes adversity and prejudice to become the next great, drag queen sensation. 

The Woman in Black

From 5th May to the 9th May, the spine-chilling production of The Woman in Black will be performing at the Theatre Royal as part of its major UK tour. This production is a masterpiece in atmosphere, illusion and controlled horror but it is not for the faint hearted. 

BBC Philharmonic

On the 24th April, the BBC Philharmonic will be performing at the Theatre Royal and is a must see for fans of classical music. Featuring a new Chief Conductor, the gargantuan notes and sounds of the BBC Philharmonic will reverberate strongly through the 1,186 seat auditorium in Nottingham. It promises to be a special night. 


Additionally, Once the Musical will be showing in early April. Once is the love story between a Guy and a Girl who cast a musical spell over the audience and a romantic spell over each other. It is based on a 2006 Irish indie film which attained cult status despite its miniscule budget. The music is played live by the actors themselves and the result is somewhere between a busked concert and an aching romance. It’s the perfect getaway for you and your significant other. 

Getting the Coach to Nottingham

The productions mentioned above represent just a small subset of what’s on at the Theatre Royal this year. There are hundreds more productions and it is well worth a browse of the Theatre Royal website to find something that suits you. 

Once you are in Nottingham, you are bound to have an unforgettable and enriching cultural experience. But, how do I get there? I hear you ask. Coach travel to Nottingham need not be an arduous task. At Snap, we use cutting-edge technology and Smart Data to make intercity travel affordable, easy and convenient. 

Every year, we connect thousands of travellers with independent coach operators which have been carefully selected for their high-quality fleet and customer experience. At Snap, we pride ourselves on personal and bespoke experiences. We will get you from A to Nottingham in the exact way you envisioned, just get in touch with our team today. 

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