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Theatre Royal and Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham, planning programme of socially-distanced performances

After the longest unplanned closure in the venue’s history, the Theatre Royal and Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham, have announced plans for a programme of socially-distanced events.

Since receiving £851,604 from the government’s Culture Recovery Fund, the venue has been putting measures in place to ensure customers, staff, and visiting companies can return in a covid-secure way.

Jonathan Saville, director of audiences and programming, said: “We have been working in meticulous detail on these plans for a long time now.

Nottingham Royal Centre. Photo: Martine Hamilton Knight (43105039)
Nottingham Royal Centre. Photo: Martine Hamilton Knight (43105039)

"While it isn’t possible for us to reopen just yet, we wanted to give people something positive to look forward to when restrictions are eased again.

“We know that the experience of coming to a live performance creates a buzz that just doesn’t compare to anything else. When the time is right for us to reopen, we hope this shared joy is something our audiences, new and old, will come and rediscover with us. We can’t wait to welcome them back.”

Once national lockdown is lifted, and local restrictions allow audiences to return to theatres and concert halls, a diverse programme of socially-distanced and streamed events will be scheduled to take place at the venue during winter and into spring 2021.

Nottingham Theatre Royal auditorium. (43105229)
Nottingham Theatre Royal auditorium. (43105229)

These will be announced over the coming weeks.

The performances will adhere to current government guidance and local restrictions, including socially distanced seating, electronic ticketing and flexible returns policy, one-way systems, temperature-checking and enhanced cleaning procedures.

For more details on what a socially distanced visit to the venue will look like, go to trch.co.uk/covid-19-measures

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