Kicking Off the New Year in Notts - Theatre, Music and Meeting New People: Here’s What’s on in Notts 8 - 14 January

Words: Alycia McNamara
Sunday 07 January 2024
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If it's your resolution to get out more in 2024, kick off your year with some theatre, cabaret and social events to meet new people in Notts this week...

Jesus Christ Superstar

Jesus Christ Superstar
When: Monday 8 January – Saturday 13 January
Where: Royal Concert Hall
How much: £24.50 to £54.50

Timothy Sheader directs this new production which will only be in Nottingham for one week. The director of Crazy for You and Into the Woods brings new life to this piece which centres around the final weeks in the life of Jesus Christ, as seen through the eyes of Judas. 

The play stars We Will Rock You star, Ian McIntosh as Jesus, Dream Girls star Shem Omari James as Judas, Hannah Richardson from Sting’s The Last Ship as Mary. The play was originally staged by London’s Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and won the 2017 Oliver Award for Best Musical Revival. 

The choreography is by Strictly Ballroom’s Drew McOnie with music and lyrics by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. 


Cinderella Pantomime
When: Until 13 January 
Where: Nottingham Playhouse
How much: From £18.50

This week is the last week you can catch Cinderella at The Playhouse. This panto tells the classic magical tale of Cinderella with a fun twist. Even better, Nottingham’s favourite panto dame John Elkington plays Rose, one of Cinderella’s evil sisters in this glamorous performance. 

The show features dazzling dancing, comedy genius and is the perfect January treat to start off the new year and beat the January blues.

Queer Connection

Queer Connection
When: Tuesday 9 January
Where: Hopkinson
How much: £5.04

Queer Connection is a space for everyone to connect and meet as part of Nottingham’s LGBTQ+ community. Hopkinson Vintage, Antiques and Art Centre welcomes you to Station Street Kitchen which is a safe space to make friends and socialise. 

Queer Connection is for chinwagging, games and creative activities, made to warm your soul and introduce you to new people. You can bring a friend along with you and the venue offers a ‘pay as you feel’ policy as they believe making connections should be accessible to everyone. 


When: Tuesday 9 January 
Where: Rough Trade
How much: £14.44

With 70.5k monthly listeners on Spotify, this up and coming garage punk band from Dublin, Ireland will be in Nottingham for one night which should not be missed. Their debut album Letter to Self just launched on 5 January.

The band called their debut album a "labour of love, passion and perseverance" and NME said “This memorable and arrestingly bleak debut LP feels like a loud announcement of a striking new band." 

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Sound Catchers: Talk & Workshop
When: Wednesday 10 January 
Broadway Cinema
How much:
Free (booking required)

Fancy hearing more about how the magic of Light Night is created? Sound Catchers is a concept for outdoor performance using live percussion, dance and digital technologies that will be presented by Broadway for Nottingham Light Night in February 2024.

This lunchtime talk is followed by an optional workshop with dance artist, Near Now Studio member and Sound Catchers co-creator Jess Murray. Experiment with sound-generating wearable technologies using  improvisation strategies to develop narrative based around the themes of the show, and stay for an optional Q&A afterwards to find out more.

The Curious Cabaret

The Curious Cabaret
When: Wednesday 10 January
Where: Peggy’s Skylight
How much: £22

Are you looking for a night of magic to start your 2024? 

The Curious Cabaret show will leave you feeling like you’ve beaten the January blues with hilarious antics, amazing magic and delicious food and drinks. The Cabaret seeks to champion and celebrate the art and performance of magic, showcasing the best and the breadth that magic has to offer. A new set of magicians features each month meaning no experience will ever be the same. You’ll be shocked by the mind reading, sleight of hand, visual magic, comedy and illusion the show has to offer.

The January show features Chris Wilder, member of The Magic Circle and Nikola Arkane who has won several competitions having performed at venues across the world. Also at the event will be Tom Stone who has a talent for separating human cognition and perception. 

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