November’s Venue of the Month – Theatre Royal & Royal Concert Hall

Brimming with history

With over half a million visitors every year, the Theatre Royal and Royal Concert Hall (TRCH) Nottingham are two of the UK’s most successful touring venues, leading the way for arts and entertainment in the East Midlands region.

The diverse programme of events includes internationally renowned orchestras, the highest quality ballet, contemporary dance, opera and touring drama alongside West End musicals, family shows, stand-up comedy and rock & pop music. Also offering a wide range of workshops and projects involving the local community, free foyer performances, backstage tours and newly refurbished conference and meeting facilities.

The Royal Hall

The superb visual and acoustic design of the Royal Concert Hall makes it one of the most unique and highly regarded music venues in the country.

Built in 1982, the Royal Concert Hall opened with a gala concert starring Sir Elton John.  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 acoustic design of the Hall’s 2,497-seat auditorium gives it a warmth and clarity of sound much admired by orchestras and performers from across the globe.  And audiences love to come here, too, as it sounds as good from the back of the top tier as it does from the centre of the stalls.

Theatre Royal

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 by two successful Nottingham brothers, William and John Lambert, the new Theatre Royal’s elegant façade and opulent interior were widely admired. Thirty years later, in 1897, renowned architect Frank Matcham transformed the original auditorium, stage and backstage facilities, leaving the venue’s iconic columned portico as the only remaining original feature. The Theatre Royal Nottingham is considered one of the best surviving examples of Matcham’s work.On 6 October 1952, Agatha Christie opened The Mousetrap at the Theatre Royal Nottingham, her ‘lucky theatre’, prior to the West End. Little did anyone anticipate that this production would become the longest-running play in theatre history.

In 1978, the Theatre Royal re-opened following a £5million refurbishment, boasting a stunning green and gold 1,186-seat auditorium and remodelled foyers.  Today, the timeless beauty of Nottingham’s Grand Old Lady continues to ‘wow’ and she remains a vital and much-cherished part of our community.

Food and drink

September 30th 2017 saw the re-opening of the Theatre Royal & Royal Concert Hall following a programme of refurbishment work. As part of the Royal Transformation Project, the formerly known Green Room Restaurant was transformed, gaining not just more space and a larger capacity but also bringing the Roof Terrace back into use, offering roof-top views across the City, together with an extraordinary new canopy making the whole area more weatherproof. This date also marked the start of our exciting new contract to operate catering and hospitality services at the venues in a joint venture with Nottingham’s multi award winning brewery and pub group, Castle Rock.


It’s a fitting month to feature the Theatre Royal & Royal Concert Hall as CGC’s venue of the month as it’s exactly a year since the opening of ‘Yarn’ – a concept developed with the theme of Nottingham’s rich history in textiles and literature, combined with the art of storytelling from the venue’s own stage. Nestled on the ground floor of the Theatre Royal, Yarn has established itself in the thriving pub and bar scene of the bustling city centre. The venue boasts an excellent range of beer, wine and spirits, alongside a varied food menu made with freshly prepared and locally sourced ingredients.


As part of our venue of the month feature, look out for an interview with Yarn’s Manager, Damian Brandon, taking a look back at our opening year.

The Dress Circle Restaurant

The Dress Circle Restaurant, located on the first floor of the Theatre Royal, offers an elegant pre-show dining experience for theatregoers. The tables are reserved for the duration of the show so that desserts and drinks can be enjoyed during the interval. Regular theatregoers needn’t worried about the menu being repetitive as it is revised monthly to feature good quality, seasonal local produce.

Foyer bars

Bars on all main foyer areas of the Theatre Royal and Royal Concert Hall offer a range of drinks to enjoy pre-show and during the interval. All bars offer a pre-order service for interval drinks. Hot snacks including Nachos and hotdogs are available from the Royal Concert Hall buffet bar on level 2.

Foyer bars open an hour before show time and close at the interval. Yarn will remain open until 11pm (midnight Friday and Saturday).

Venue hire

People may not know that The Royal Concert Hall is a leading conference venue, largely due to its enviable location in the heart of the city. The venue has played host to many product launches and ceremonies over the past 35 years, including major conferences and national events for up to 2,200 guests. For organisers looking for a truly unique location with flexibility, prestige and scale they need look no further.

The ideal location for meetings and private events, the venue’s adaptable function suites offer a flexible capacity for 10 – 100 guests, and the spacious foyer areas offering floor to ceiling panoramic views of the city centre can be used for exhibitions and even as performance space for up to 100 or 400 guests.

The team can provide tailor made catering solutions for any event, with all food prepared fresh on site using seasonal produce. Good food is so integral to an event so we’re pleased to say we have the flexibility to adapt for a wide range of dietary requirements, an increasingly important consideration when planning a widely attended event. Thought is given not only to lunch but also what to serve on arrival and during breaks throughout the day, what’s appropriate for the time of year and how to keep things interesting over multi day events.

For more information on venue hire, or to arrange a viewing of the facilities please contact the onsite team.


Call: 0115 721 0626

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