Local Theatres

              The Duchess Theatre - Long Eaton Derbyshire                                                   The Theatre Royal - Nottingham

The Duchess Theatre is the major part of the Chatswoth Centre in the Derbyshire town of Long Eaton. The theatre is home to many local amateur groups but also hosts some visiting professional performers and groups. Following a fire a number of years ago it was largely rebuilt and has been refurbished and improved over the years. The latest development was an extended foyer and bar area. 

The Theatre Royal is in Nottingham City Centre and is owned by Nottingham City Council as part of a complex that also includes the city's Royal Concert Hall. It attracts major touring dramas, operaballet, West End musicals and an annual pantomime. Many of it's shows are reviewed on this web site. (see review pages)

                                   Nottingham Playhouse                                                                                        Derby Theatre

Nottingham Playhouse is located in the heart of Nottingham. Established in 1948, it has built a reputation for producing high-quality and diverse theatrical productions, ranging from classic plays to contemporary works. The Playhouse also serves as a hub for creative talent development, offering workshops, education programs, and opportunities for emerging artists. With its striking modernist architecture and commitment to artistic excellence, Nottingham Playhouse continues to be a vibrant cultural centre that engages and inspires audiences of all ages.

Derby Theatre, situated in the city of Derby, England, is a dynamic and innovative venue. It serves as a hub for creativity, producing a diverse range of theatrical performances, from classic dramas to cutting-edge contemporary pieces. With a strong emphasis on community engagement and participation, Derby Theatre offers a variety of outreach programs, workshops, and events, aiming to nurture local talent and foster a love for the arts. It is supported by the University of Derby.

                      The Lace Market Theatre, Nottingham.                                                               Nottingham Arts Theatre

The Lace Market Theatre, nestled in the historic Lace Market area of Nottingham,  is a community theatre renowned for its intimate atmosphere and diverse productions. Established in 1963, it occupies a charming converted Victorian building, adding to its unique character. The theatre prides itself on showcasing a wide range of performances, including plays, musicals, and experimental works, often featuring local talent both on and off the stage. With its dedication to artistic expression and community involvement, it offers an enriching cultural experience for audiences while serving as a nurturing space for aspiring actors, directors, and theatre enthusiasts alike.

The Nottingham Arts Theatre,  is a dynamic cultural venue dedicated to showcasing a diverse range of performing arts. Established as a non-professional theatre company in 1948, it has evolved into an institution within the local arts community. The theatre's programme includes an eclectic mix of theatrical productions, from classic dramas to contemporary comedies and musicals, often featuring talented local performers and emerging artists. The Nottingham Arts Theatre provides an engaging and accessible platform for both audiences and practitioners to celebrate the transformative power of live performance.

                                 Palace Theatre Mansfield                                                                     The Curve Theatre Leicester

The Palace Theatre is a cultural landmark steeped in history and tradition. Dating back to its opening in 1910, the theatre has been a focal point of entertainment in the region, offering a diverse array of performances from classic plays and musicals to comedy shows and live music events. The Palace Theatre's programme reflects a commitment to providing quality entertainment for the local community. With its elegant architecture and warm ambiance, the venue provides a welcoming space for audiences to enjoy the magic of live performance in the heart of Mansfield.

The Curve Theatre in Leicester opened in 2008, this modern and architecturally striking venue has quickly established itself as a leading cultural hub in the region. The Curve is renowned for its diverse and dynamic productions, ranging from classic plays to groundbreaking new works, often collaborating with local and international artists to push the boundaries of storytelling. With its state-of-the-art facilities and commitment to accessibility, the theatre aims to engage and inspire audiences of all backgrounds. There is a Main auditorium and a smaller studio space. 

                                  The Little Theatre, Leicester

                      The Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham

The Little Theatre in Leicester is a charming and intimate venue with a rich history dating back to 1922. Despite its modest size, it holds a special place in the hearts of locals as a community theatre. Renowned for its warm and welcoming atmosphere, the Little Theatre offers a diverse repertoire of performances, including classic plays, contemporary dramas, and innovative productions. Run by volunteers passionate about the arts, the theatre prides itself on providing accessible and high-quality entertainment for audiences of all ages. With its cozy setting and commitment to fostering local talent, the Little Theatre continues to be a  cultural gem in Leicester.

The Royal Concert Hall in Nottingham stands as a prestigious cultural landmark in the city centre. Since its opening in 1982, it has been renowned for its outstanding acoustics and elegant design. The venue hosts a diverse array of performances, including classical concerts, pop and rock shows, comedy acts, and theatrical productions. With a seating capacity of over 2,000 it attracts artists and performers from around the world, while also nurturing local talent through community events and educational programs. Its central location, coupled with its commitment to excellence in the arts, makes it a vibrant cultural hub that enriches the cultural landscape of Nottingham and beyond. It is joined to the Theatre Royal.

Loughborough Town Hall

May Hall Theatre Trent College, Long Eaton

Loughborough Town Hall Theatre, located in the heart of Loughborough, is a community venue with a rich history dating back to the 19th century. Originally serving as a municipal building, it was transformed into a vibrant cultural hub in the 20th century. The theatre offers a diverse program of events, including plays, musicals, comedy shows, concerts, and dance performances, catering to a wide range of tastes and interests. With its intimate setting and welcoming atmosphere, Loughborough Town Hall Theatre provides a platform for both professional and amateur artists to showcase their talents, while also serving as a gathering place for the local community to come together and enjoy the arts.

The May Hall Theatre is part of Trent College in Long Eaton. 

It is used by the school but is also hired out for some local musical groups notably the Long Eaton Musical Theatre Society and the Gatepost Musical Theatre Group. These performances are usually when the school is on holiday. 

It has a large stage and a recently renovated auditorium that now includes excellent tiered seating providing excellent views of the stage. 

There is also a seating gallery. 

The Space - Squire Performing Arts Centre

The Guildhall Theatre, Derby

The Space - Squire Performing Arts, located within Nottingham High School, is a dynamic venue dedicated to fostering creativity and talent among its students. As part of the school's commitment to arts education, The Space provides a platform for young performers to develop their skills in drama, music, and dance. Equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, including rehearsal spaces and a performance hall, it offers a supportive environment for students to explore their artistic passions and showcase their work to the school community and beyond. 

It is also hired out to local drama and musical groups plus some individual and group performers. 

The Guildhall Theatre, nestled in the heart of Derby,  is a cherished cultural institution with a rich history dating back to the 1970s. Housed within the historic Guildhall building, it once served as a vibrant hub for live performance, offering a diverse array of theatrical productions, comedy shows, musical performances, and family-friendly entertainment. 

It is currently closed following problems with the roof. The downstairs foyer is still used as a ticket and booking office for events organised by Derby Live. 

It's future is yet to be determined but it is hoped it may reopen in the future.