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With over half a million visitors every year, the Theatre Royal and Royal Concert Hall Nottingham are two of the UK's most successful touring venues, leading the way for arts and entertainment in the East Midlands region. Our diverse programme of events includes internationally renowned orchestras, the highest quality ballet, opera and touring drama alongside West End musicals, stand-up comedy, rock and pop. Also offering a wide range of workshops and projects involving the local community, free foyer performances, backstage tours, plus our bustling café bar and restaurant, there really is something here for everyone.
Brimming with history, the Theatre Royal is not only a city centre landmark but also one of the most beautiful Victorian theatres in Britain. Providing Nottingham with top-quality entertainment for over 140 years, our exciting and diverse programme continues to offer the very best touring drama, opera, ballet and contemporary dance alongside blockbuster West End musicals, comedy and pantomimes.
Key dates and facts:
· 1865: The Theatre Royal is built at a cost of £15,000 by 29-year old architect C.J. Phipps
· 25 September 1865: The curtain rises for the first time with Sheridan's comedy 'The School for Scandal'
· 1897: The Theatre Royal is re-modeled by renowned theatre architect Frank Matcham, at the same time as the brand-new Empire Theatre of Varieties is constructed next door
· 1978: The Theatre Royal undergoes a £5million refurbishment of the auditorium, stage and backstage areas
· The Theatre Royal has a 1,186 seat auditorium on four levels, plus foyer bars, café, restaurant and outdoor terraces
· The stage has a rake, or slope, of 1:25 to ensure good sightlines from the stalls
· The world's longest running play, Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap, premiered at the Theatre Royal Nottingham on 6 October 1952
Royal Concert Hall
The Royal Concert Hall's superb acoustics and modern architectural design continues to attract the world's most well-renowned orchestras, soloists and conductors. Complementing the Hall's programme of international classical concerts is the very best in rock, pop, world music, dance and stand-up comedy. Its versatility and size also make the Royal Concert Hall an ideal venue for community events, graduation ceremonies and conferences.
Key dates and facts:
· 1982: The Royal Concert Hall is constructed on the site of the old Empire Theatre at a cost of £12million
· 27 November 1982: The Royal Concert Hall opens with gala concert starring Elton John
· The Hall has a 2,499 seat auditorium on three levels, plus foyer bars, buffet, conference suites and backstage accommodation for over 200 people
· The Hall has world-class acoustic design, including a 400-ton suspended ceiling and a 35-ton movable acoustic canopy above the stage
· The Hall is home to one of the largest electronic organs in the world
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