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From Croissants to Cocktails

Theatre Royal & Royal Concert Hall to become an all-day destination

The second phase of the Theatre Royal & Royal Concert Hall Nottingham’s Royal Transformation Project* will go ahead this summer, transforming the venue in to an all-day destination, with food and drink available every day from breakfast until midnight.

The construction and refurbishment work taking place during August and September 2017 will include:

  • Complete remodelling of the Theatre Royal’s ground floor café bar and upper floor roof terraces, offering an all-day menu, every day, in a unique location;
  • Refurbishing the Royal Concert Hall bars and function rooms;
  • Transformation of the streetscape on South Sherwood Street by creating a striking two-storey canopy and a new entrance way to both the Theatre Royal & Royal Concert Hall;
  • Creating a new street-level outdoor seating area under cover of the new canopy on South Sherwood Street.

In addition to these major redevelopments, improvements will also be made to encourage more community and business use in the day time. These improvements include modernising the Royal Concert Hall’s function spaces and meeting rooms; creating an accessible, multi-purpose rehearsal space to provide opportunities for more community arts groups; and improving disabled access and facilities to stage door, backstage and dressing room areas in both venues.

Building work will start in June with hoardings being erected around the South Sherwood Street site, opposite The Cornerhouse entertainment complex.  The majority of the building work is scheduled to happen during the venue’s quietest period in August and September, ready for completion in early October at the start of the autumn season.

Ticket sales will continue throughout the period of work.  The Box Office counter will be temporarily relocated to the Theatre Royal foyer from Monday 24 July until Tuesday 3 October.  Customers can contact the box office by calling 0115 989 5555 or visiting the counter in person as normal from Monday to Saturday 9am-8.30pm.  Online booking and show information will be available on the venue’s website 

Follow progress of these exciting developments throughout the summer

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*What is the Royal Transformation Project?

In February 2016, Nottingham’s Theatre Royal & Royal Concert Hall was successful in securing £1.5m from the Arts Council England for its £3.3m Royal Transformation Project. Nottingham City Council confirmed that they would provide the further £1.8m needed to fund the ambitious programme of building and development works designed to ensure the sustainable future of two of the largest arts and entertainment venues in the East Midlands.

The Royal Transformation Project aims to increase daytime use of the venues by improving facilities and underused spaces such as meeting rooms, foyer spaces, the café bar and roof terraces.  The project will also see accessibility improvements to ensure that the new facilities can be used by everyone.

Phase 1 of the Royal Transformation Project was completed in October 2016. The Royal Concert Hall’s main entrance foyer has undergone a complete overhaul, with a brand new Ticket Sales counter, cloakroom counter and call centre.  The entrance foyer has been thoroughly modernised and redecorated to make it a friendlier, more efficient and open space.