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The Theatre Royal Nottingham and Royal Concert Hall’s forthcoming utumn season has an added significance this year as it marks the Hall’s 30th anniversary in November.

In addition to a programme of great quality live entertainment at both venues, some special events are planned to celebrate this milestone birthday, including an access-all-areas Open Day and a one-off performance of community dance event TAK30VER.

This season will also provide a showcase for both venues, with live performances from every genre of drama, dance, music and comedy.

Will Young and Michelle Ryan will make their musical stage debuts in Cabaret, while singing legends Dave Willetts and Marti Webb will be bringing their considerable talents to 42nd Street.

Sensational stars of the music world such as Ultravox, Neil Sedaka, 10cc, David Essex, Alice Cooper, Slade and Sweet, Ray Davies, Rufus Wainwright, Marti Wilde, The Human League and Dweezil Zappa – playing tracks from his father’s back catalogue – will light up the Royal Concert Hall stage this autumn, plus an impressive line-up of comedy names including Joan Rivers, Jack Dee, Russell Kane, Alan Davies, Stewart Francis, Ross Noble, Jason Byrne, Kevin Bridges and Sarah Millican.

The comedy continues with the international hit play, Bouncers, and the heart-warming and hilarious tale of The Rise and Fall of Little Voice starring Beverley Callard, Ray Quinn and Joe McGann.

Direct from the West End, the smash hit dance sensation Some Like it Hip Hop promises electrifying wit and energy.

Drama fans seeking chills as well as thrills will be delighted to see the return of The Woman in Black, the classic black comedy and runaway West End success The Ladykillers and Cheek by Jowl’s vivid and violent Jacobean tragedy ‘Tis Pity She’s A Whore, featuring in the season this autumn.

Award-winning composer George Fenton conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra in a breath-taking production of Planet Earth in Concert and the Hallé celebrates 10 years as the resident orchestra for Nottingham. Other classical highlights will include music from Northern Sinfonia, Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra, John Wilson and the John Wilson Orchestra, The RAF in Concert and the Royal British Legion gala concert.

The incredibly popular Sunday Morning Piano series will also return, continuing to offer coffee and cake included in the ticket price.

Regular visitors Opera North return with three brand new productions including Mozart’s Don Giovanni. Northern Ballet will also be bringing their stunning dance production of Madame Butterfly back to Nottingham this autumn.

As a celebration of local talent in drama, dance and music, the autumn season will include a performance of new comedy play I Love Nottingham by Mark Whiteley, Retina Dance Company’s Layers of Skin featuring professional and community dancers from across Nottinghamshire, and an evening celebrating up and coming musical talent from Natalie Duncan, Nina Smith and Indiana.

The venue will also host performances from the citywide World Event Young Artists festival in September and, to celebrate Jamaica’s 50th anniversary, Catch A Fire, a tribute to Bob Marley & The Wailers.

More information on all events at the Theatre Royal and Royal Concert Hall Nottingham can be found at www.trch.co.uk or by calling the box office on 0115 898 5555.