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Information about Nottingham Theatres

Updated on October 19, 2014

Nottingham has a wide range of theatres producing and/or performing hundreds of shows each year. Below is a selection of them, and information on where to find out more.


To find out What's On in Nottingham, try one of the following listing guides:

Left Lion (Local Magazine)

This Is Nottingham (Local Newspaper)

Sky Mirror
Sky Mirror

Nottingham Playhouse

Internationally-Renowned Professional Theatre

Nottingham Playhouse has been producing theatre for over 60 years.

The Grade II building contains a Proscenium Arch theatre with an auditorium that can seat 750.

In front of the Theatre on Wellington Circus is the Sky Mirror, created by acclaimed artist Anish Kapoor.

Forthcoming Events can be viewed here.

Architectural Guidebook

Nottingham: Pevsner City Guide (Pevsner Architectural Guides: City Guides)
Nottingham: Pevsner City Guide (Pevsner Architectural Guides: City Guides)

A guide to the buildings of Nottingham, which includes some of the Theatres including Nottingham Playhouse which features on the cover.

Theatre Royal Nottingham
Theatre Royal Nottingham

The Theatre Royal

Large Receiving Theatre

The Theatre Royal Nottingham is one half of the Royal Centre Nottingham.

The Theatre Royal is a very busy receiving house that welcomes large touring west-end shows and musicals, Opera, Ballet and traditionally holds a Classic Thriller Season each summer.

Information on what's on can be found here. Their current season brochure is available on their homepage here.

Nottingham Royal Concert Hall
Nottingham Royal Concert Hall

The Royal Concert Hall

Top-Rated Concert Venue

The Nottingham Royal Concert Hall is the other half of the Royal Centre Nottingham.

The Concert Hall is a well known venue on the concert-circuit and is used by a mixture of internationally-renowed musicians and top comedians.

Information on what's on can be found here. Their current season brochure is available on their homepage here.

Albert Hall
Albert Hall

The Albert Hall, Nottingham

Conference, Banqueting and Entertainment Venue

The Albert Hall comprises of the Great Hall and a further 10 conference rooms of varying sizes. It attracts a wide variety of local and national conferences, as well as local orchestras and school/voluntary events.

You can find details of What's On here.

It is located next to Nottingham Playhouse and opposite Nottingham Cathedral.

The Lakeside Arts Centre
The Lakeside Arts Centre

The Lakeside Arts Centre

University of Nottingham's Arts centre

The Lakeside Arts Centre consists mainly of 4 venues. However events are sometimes performed in other areas of the University Campus. The Lakeside has an eclectic programme of music (particularly World and Classical), dance, theatre, comedy, visual art and family events.

The main venues are:

Djanogly Theatre (Part of the D.H. Lawrence Pavilion)

150-seat Amphitheatre (next to the D.H. Lawrence Pavilion)

Djanogly Art Gallery

Djanogly Recital Hall

Their latest brochures can be found on Issuu here.

The New Theatre
The New Theatre

The New Theatre

Student-run Theatre

The New Theatre is based on University Park campus of the University of Nottingham. It is the only entirely student-run theatre in England.

Membership is restricted to University Students but it's performances are open to all.

Their current season can be seen here

Lace Market Theatre
Lace Market Theatre

Lace Market Theatre

Independent Amateur Theatre

The Lace Market Theatre performs in it's own 118-seat, Grade II listed theatre. It's season's are a varied mix of drama and comedy with the odd musical thrown in.

Membership is open to all.

Their What's On page is available here. Their brochure is available on Issuu here

Nottingham Arts Theatre
Nottingham Arts Theatre

Nottingham Arts Theatre

Independant Community Theatre

The Nottingham Arts Theatre provides a mixed season of in-house and visiting productions.

It is a medium sized performance venue, with seating for up to 320. It's resident theatre group is the People's Theatre Company.

It's current season can be found here.

Capital FM Arena
Capital FM Arena

National Ice Centre

Capital FM Arena Nottingham

The Capital Fm Arena, which is part of the National Ice Centre includes the odd theatrical event in it's programme which would be too large for the other theatres to stage.

Recent events include 'Walking with Dinosaurs', 'Thriller - Live', Cirque Du Soleil and Disney Live!.

Capital FM Arena Nottingham was previously known as the Trent FM Arena and before that, Nottingham Arena.

Nottingham Contemporary
Nottingham Contemporary

Nottingham Contemporary

The Nottingham Contemporary is a recently built art gallery, in the centre of Nottingham.

While its focus is on visual art, it does occasionally host Performance Art and other theatrical work. Its listings page is here.

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Some websites that feature reviews of local shows:

Left Lion - They also produce a free paper magazine, available from many local bars and attractions.

Nottingham Evening Post - The main local newspaper.

Impact Magazine - A student magazine from University of Nottingham.

Platform Magazine - A student magazine from Trent University.

Kev Castle - Local blogger and host at Nottingham Hospital Radio.

Phil Lowe - Local blogger and writer.

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    • jadehorseshoe profile image

      jadehorseshoe 5 years ago

      VERY Useful Lens.

    • Dragon82 profile image

      Dragon82 6 years ago from Nottingham

      @sandralynnsparks: Good idea. It can be hard sometimes to pick one topic for a lens like this. Travel/Tourism or focus on Theatre!

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      sandralynnsparks 6 years ago

      Dragon, it would be lovely if you'd move this to the Entertainment/Theater category... :)

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      dandan594 lm 7 years ago

      I have visited most of these theaters, and have had some brilliant nights out, everyone should give them a try.