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Stars set to dazzle on every autumn evening ; ROYAL CENTRE AUTUMN SEASONAs the Royal Centre unveils a packed programme for autumn 2013, Oonagh...

July 27, 2013


Stars set to dazzle on every autumn evening ; ROYAL CENTRE AUTUMN SEASONAs the Royal Centre unveils a packed programme for autumn 2013, Oonagh Robinson previews the new season

THEATRE-lovers can take their pick from a brilliant choice of classic musicals, children's favourite and new shows starring internationally acclaimed stars this autumn.

We look at the highlights at the Theatre Royal and the Royal Concert Hall.

THEATRE ROYAL The Gruffalo's Child, August 29-September 1 Tall Stories Theatre Company brings Julia Donaldson's beloved follow-up to The Gruffalo to life for young audiences. Fiddler On The Roof, September 17-21 Starsky himself comes to Nottingham as Paul Michael Glaser stars in this glittering new version of the famous musical, choreographed by Strictly's Craig Revel Horwood.

The Rocky Horror Show, September 23-28 With Oliver Thornton as Frank N Furter, Ben Forster as Brad, Dani Harmer as Janet and Philip Franks as The Narrator - all doing the Time Warp again in Richard O'Brien's rock'n'roll classic.

Northern Ballet, October 1-5 The famous company brings two beautiful productions to town - A Midsummer Night's Dream and Ugly Duckling.

Our House, October 8-12 Inspired by the music of Madness, this raucous tale by Tim Firth uses big hits such as Our House, Baggy Trousers and It Must Be Love to get audiences dancing in the aisles.

To Sir, With Love, October 15-19 Matthew Kelly stars as the headmaster with Ansu Kabia as reluctant teacher Ricky Braithwaite, the role made famous by Sidney Poitier in the famous 1960s movie. Adapted by Ayub Khan Din.

The Butterfly Lion, October 22-26 From the award-winning writer of War Horse, Michael Morpurgo, comes this inspiring tale of enduring friendship. Starring Gwen Taylor. Chin-Chin, October 28- November 2 Sparkling comedy starring national treasures Felicity Kendal and Simon Callow as a pair of jilted spouses in 1950s Paris.

Oklahoma!, November 6-9 Nottingham Operatic Society with another classic musical.

The Duck House, November 11-16 Outrageous new comedy set in a rather dodgy House of Commons, with TV star Ben Miller, famous for his role in Death In Paradise and The Armstrong And Miller Show. Opera North, November 19-23 The touring company brings Peter Grimes, A Midsummer Night's Dream and Death In Venice to Nottingham. Dreamboats And Petticoats, November 25-30 Direct from the West End, this gloriously nostalgic musical features songs like Bobby's Girl, Let it Be Me and Happy Birthday Sweet 16.

Cullum Peter Pan, December 7-January 2014 Su Pollard. The Hoff. Barney Harwood from Blue Peter. The greatest panto line-up ever comes to Nottingham for a riproaring Christmas treat.

The Snowman, January 28-February 1, 2014 Based on the Raymond Briggs book, this show has been delighting audiences since 1993.

ROYAL CONCERT HALL Nottingham Classics, from September 27 The stunning concert season features the Halle, the BBC Philharmonic and Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra.

Ghost The Musical, August 13-24 Musical version of the classic film.

Laughing Matters, September 13 Harry Hill headlines an evening of comedy. Bill Bailey Qualmpeddler, September 20 Classic comedy from one of Britain's favourite stars.

The Illusionists, October 2 Featuring a line-up of some of the greatest magicians in the world. The Good Old Days Of Music Hall And Variety, October 8 Fabulous old-fashioned entertainment with, among others, Jimmy Cricket.

An Evening Of Burlesque, October 18 Britain's biggest burlesque entertainers. Russell Brand: Messiah Complex, November 1-2 A look at great people and their flaws with the controversial comedian.

Rent, November 2 The 20th anniversary tour. The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy Radio Show Live!, November 15 Join Simon Jones as Arthur Dent plus a mystery VIP as the Voice of the Book. Slava's Snow Show, November 6-10 Dazzling winter extravaganza.

Vampires Rock, December 5 Steve Steinman with a show featuring an array of evil hits including Bat Out Of Hell and Devil Gate Drive.

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