Winter wonders at Royal Centre

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 international superstar 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, Here Come The Girls! and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra presenting The Music of John Barry.

The venue’s popular Sunday Morning Recital Series will return with concerts from rising stars and international pianists, plus tea and cake included in the ticket price.

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.