Summer of fun is on the way

Gary Mackay (Man 1) and Richard Ede (Richard Hannay) in The 39 Steps, Photographer Dan Tsantilis

Gary Mackay (Man 1) and Richard Ede (Richard Hannay) in The 39 Steps, Photographer Dan Tsantilis

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The Theatre Royal and Royal Concert Hall Nottingham’s forthcoming June to August season promises some long-awaited summer fun with sensational music and dance, an impressive line-up of big names and lots of laughter.

Direct from the West End, blockbusting musicals Ghost The Musical and Soul Sister visit Nottingham for the very first time, as does the heart-warming, uplifting adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert, which will star Jason Donovan in the role he originated in the West End.

Feelgood comedy musical Hairspray will return with an all-star cast in July, while June will bring the hilarious capers of 9 to 5 The Musical, alongside the timeless classics of Cole Porter’s High Society starring Michael Praed, Marilyn Cutts and Daniel Boys.

Multi-award winning singer songwriters Josh Groban and Bonnie Raitt will visit the Royal Concert Hall stage this summer, alongside the legendary Moody Blues, and the promising young finalists of Britain’s Got Talent 2012, Jonathan and Charlotte.

For lovers of classical music, the Royal Concert Hall welcomes the world’s most talked-about classical guitarist Miloš Karadaglić with the English Chamber Orchestra in July.

The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra return under the baton of Andris Nelsons in June, and then again in July, presenting John Williams Blockbusters: Part II, featuring some of the composer’s more recent film soundtracks alongside his timeless themes.

In June, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra will present their dazzling Bernstein On Broadway concert, featuring music from all of Leonard Bernstein’s hit stage musicals.

Over 500 local people of all ages will be given the chance to give their vocal chords a workout at The Drivetime Concert in June with the Hallé orchestra.

August at the Theatre Royal just wouldn’t be the same without The Colin McIntyre Classic Thriller Season, this year offering four weeks of murder mysteries to solve.

To get thriller fans in the mood, the multi-award winning West End and Broadway hit The 39 Steps, returns for one week in July.

Drama fans can expect powerful and touching performances in Sebastian Faulks’s epic tale of love and war Birdsong, at the Theatre Royal in June.

Younger theatregoers will have a chance to enjoy a magical, musical adventure with The Gruffalo’s Child in August, and a family-friendly Beanbag Music Club concert featuring clowns, circus, slapstick and every instrument of the orchestra with Alastair Malloy and Sinfonia Viva in June.

Other highlights of the summer season include An Evening with Boycott and Aggers, a peek inside the glitterball with Lisa Riley and other stars of Strictly Come Dancing in Craig Revel Horwood’s Strictly Confidential and A Concert for Courage, a Nottingham-inspired musical tribute supporting The Soldiers’ Charity.

Following their huge success in Cinderella earlier this year The Grumbleweeds return to Nottingham with their two-hour two man show for one night only in August.

More information on all events at the Theatre Royal and Royal Concert Hall Nottingham can be found at www.trch.co.uk.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.trch.co.uk or through the box office on 0115 989 5555.

n Alter Bridge will be returning to the UK this autumn, visiting Capital FM Arena Nottingham on Wednesday, October 16 .

Performing in the UK for the first time since 2011, Alter Bridge will be joined by special guests Shinedown and Halestorm.

In the interim, guitarist Mark Tremonti released his debut solo record All I Was, singer/guitarist Myles Kennedy returned as part of Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators, and drummer Scott Phillips teamed up with friends in Sevendust to form Projected.

Currently, Alter Bridge are hard at work writing/recording their new album, set for release this September.

Tickets are priced at £25 (plus booking fee). Book tickets on 0843 373 3000.