Who We Are
Situated in the heart of Nottingham, the Theatre Royal and Royal Concert Hall are two of the UK’s most vibrant and thriving touring venues, leading the way for arts and entertainment in the East Midlands region.
Across both our venues, we create and receive the highest quality performances chosen especially for you, including internationally renowned orchestras, contemporary dance, opera and touring drama alongside West End musicals, family shows, stand-up comedy, orchestral music and rock & pop gigs.
Rooted firmly in the community, we aim to entertain, inspire and create unforgettable experiences for everyone and place accessibility at the heart of everything we do. With a wide range of workshops and education projects involving the local community, there really is something here for everyone.
Brimming with history, the Theatre Royal is not only a city centre landmark but also one of the most beautiful Victorian theatres in Britain. Built in 1865 and later transformed in 1897 by renowned architect Frank Matcham, the theatre is considered to be one of the most spectacular surviving examples of Matcham’s work. In 1978, the Theatre Royal re-opened following a £5million refurbishment, whilst today the timeless beauty of the 1,107-seat auditorium remains a vital and much-cherished part of our community.
The Theatre Royal auditorium has traditional tiered seating over four levels; the Stalls, the Dress Circle, the Upper Circle and the Balcony – each on a gentle rake. Every level has lift access but there may be restricted legroom on the Upper Circle & Balcony. There are a selection of wheelchair spaces available in the Stalls and Dress Circle and a number of Boxes at the back of the Dress Circle that are available for booking on select performances.
Royal Concert Hall
Built in 1982 on the site of the old Empire Theatre, the Royal Concert Hall is highly regarded for its superb visual and acoustic design. Since then, the roll call of famous names to have performed on its stage ranges from world-renowned classical soloists and conductors, to a who’s who of the world’s biggest rock stars, pop bands and stand-up comedians. The unique acoustics of the 2,257-seat auditorium provide a warmth and clarity of sound much admired by orchestras and performers from across the globe.
The Royal Concert Hall has raked seating over three levels; the Stalls, Tier 1 and Tier 2. There are a selection of wheelchair spaces available in the Stalls and Tier 1. For select performances, the Boxes (at the side of Tier 1 and 2) and Choir Stalls (situated behind and above the stage), may also be available for booking. Each level has lift access but there may be a restricted view/reduced sound at the back of Tier 2.
Our Vision, Values and Aims
Vibrant, historic, and thriving, the Theatre Royal & Royal Concert Hall Nottingham provides an exciting variety of cultural experiences to entertain, inspire and connect people.
- Unity – We work together to achieve common goals; we are one Theatre Royal & Royal Concert Hall
- Respect – We respect and value everyone
- Customer First – We place our customers at the heart of everything we do, and continually seek to engage with our diverse communities
- Excellence – We strive for the highest quality in all aspects of our work
- To build our future success on the venues, traditions and achievements that have created and sustained our reputation in the collective memory of our communities and audiences.
- To be financially ambitious and entrepreneurial, maintaining quality artistic content and securing our world-class venues for new audiences of the future.
- To provide a high-quality, balanced, diverse and accessible performing arts entertainment offer at two nationally-recognised venues for the people of Nottingham and beyond.
- To put customers at the heart of everything we do.
- To be a strategic arts leader and creative hub for Nottingham.
- To be environmentally friendly and support the Council’s commitment to become carbon-neutral by 2028.
- To create and maintain a fit-for-purpose organisational structure.
- To foster a unified, inclusive and mutually-respectful culture across the whole of the Theatre Royal and Royal Concert Hall where individual responsibility is nurtured within a collective context.