Nottingham Royal Centre announces season of live shows, including the Kanneh-Mason family, Jimmy Carr, and Jinghah!
Live performances are set to return to the Royal Centre, Nottingham, with an eight-week season of comedy, drama, opera, musical theatre, pantomime and classical music, including a special performance by all seven siblings in the Kanneh-Mason family.
The programme is due to run from Wednesday, February10, at the Theatre Royal and Royal Concert Hall.
New measures and procedures have been put in place to ensure audiences, staff, visiting artists and companies can return safely once theatres and concert halls are permitted to re-open.
The spring performances will adhere to government guidance and local restrictions, including socially-distanced seating, electronic ticketing and flexible returns policy.
Peter Ireson, venue director, said: “Working with both new and established artists and companies, the season of socially-distanced events will form a critical first step in our recovery, and, we hope, a first step on the path to re-opening at full capacity later next year.
“It’s vital to rebuild our audiences’ confidence in returning to see a live performance, and for them to fall in love with it all over again.
“While we cannot open under the current restrictions, we are optimistic that by February we will be able to do so. We cannot wait to welcome audiences and performers back into this glorious space, we have missed them all so much.”
One of the highlights will be the chance to see all seven Kanneh-Mason siblings, ranging in age from 11 to 24, perform a programme of music by Beethoven, Mozart, Bartok, Chopin, Rachmaninov, Eric Whitacre, and Joseph Stein.
Jimmy Carr will bring three nights of stand-up comedy, and Joe Pasquale will star in John Godber’s touching and hilarious play April In Paris.
The Theatre Royal’s perennial favourite, The Colin McIntyre Classic Thriller Season, will return for a special three-week season, and families will have the chance to come together and enjoy a socially-distanced pantomime performance of Sleeping Beauty, rescheduled from Christmas to Easter.
There will also be a week-long run of cinema-style screenings of West End hit musical theatre and dance, including An American In Paris, 42nd Street, Kinky Boots, Matthew Bourne’s The Red Shoes and, for families, a charming stage adaptation of The Wind In The Willows.
Another treat for theatre fans will be JINGAH!, a spectacular musical production featuring giant bioluminescent puppets, a fire-breathing violinist, flying opera singers and a troupe of Cirque du Soleil acrobats.