Winter treats are on the way

Cleo Higgins
Cleo Higgins

The winter season at the Royal Centre in Nottingham has been unveiled, with more highlights than you can shake a stick at.

This year’s spectacular family pantomime at the Theatre Royal is Peter Pan, featuring David Hasselhoff as Captain Hook, children’s TV presenter Barney Harwood as Peter Pan and Nottingham’s own Su Pollard as The Magical Mermaid.

Despite the wintry conditions outside, audiences will be able to stay warm and cosy with The Snowman, a stunning stage adaptation of Raymond Briggs’s much-loved book, although showers should be expected during the critically-acclaimed West End production of Singin’ In The Rain, starring Maxwell Caulfield as studio boss RF Simpson and Faye Tozer as Lina Lamont.

For one week only, Thriller Live! returns to take audiences on an electrifying journey through Michael Jackson’s 40-year musical career, starring The Voice semi-finalist Cleo Higgins.

Following their hugely successful 2013 visit, Edward Hall’s all-male company perform two of Shakespeare’s best loved comedies The Comedy Of Errors and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and gripping thriller The Gentle Hook returns following its highly successful appearance in the 2013 Colin McIntyre Classic Thriller Season in the summer.

In the Royal Concert Hall, the festive season is very much the theme this winter with Christmas With The Rat Pack, The Halle Christmas Concert featuring Lance Ellington, The Best Of The West End At Christmas, Nottingham Harmonic Choir and Thoresby Colliery Band family-friendly carol concerts, Nottinghamshire County Council presenting On A Festive Note and the ever-popular Sinfonia Viva New Year’s Eve Classical Gala.

Some of the biggest names in pop, comedy and dance will also be lighting up the stage of the Royal Concert Hall this winter including Sarah Millican, Jools Holland with special guest Melanie C, Union J, Del Amitri, James Arthur, Suzanne Vega, Go West and Hue And Cry with special guests The Christians, Only Men Aloud and Anton Du Beke.

Classic music highlights include the Russian Patriarchate Choir, Johann Strauss Gala, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Nottingham Philharmonic Orchestra Family Concert, and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.

Events offering a range of spoken word and music in the more relaxed and friendly surroundings of the venue’s foyers continue throughout the festive season, including the Beanbag Music Club.

For ticket details, call the box office on 0115 9895555.

n Nottingham Playhouse has teamed up with Graeae Theatre Company, New Wolsey Theatre, Birmingham Repertory Theatre and West Yorkshire Playhouse for a production of The Threepenny Opera, which can be seen next year.

Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill’s seminal work is being presented in a English translation of the dialogue by Robert David MacDonald and lyrics by Jeremy Sams.

At a time of financial insecurity and poverty, never has there been a more relevant time for a fresh exploration of society’s reaction to surviving economic hard times, and allowing the social underdogs to have their say.

This story of the dispossessed and the downtrodden, will resonate across modern British society.  

Teaming up with Graeae, the UK’s foremost disabled led theatre company, this five-way co-production will be the first fully integrated production of Threepenny Opera ever performed.

Using live audio description, a creative combination of BSL interpretation and captioning and an integrated cast of disabled and non-disabled performers, the co-directors, Jenny Sealey and Peter Rowe will bring their unique combination of theatrical passion to this modern classic.

With live music played onstage by the actors themselves, delivering a score that includes Mack the Knife and Pirate Jenny, expect a riotous musical comedy that audiences will be begging to see.

It can be seen from February 21-March 8 and tickets are available on 0115 941 9419.