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1st - 5th June 2016

Our next show will be the smash-hit musical, Grease in June 2016, featuring the songs from the much-loved film starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John. Tickets are available to order from this site, or from the theatre box office.

West Side Story


Following Grease, our show for 2017 will be the musical masterpiece West Side Story. More details for that show will be published here in 2016.

About us

Carlton Operatic was founded in 1921 and is based in Netherfield, Nottingham. We are affiliated to NODA, and we perform at the Nottingham Theatre Royal. Society members also perform in concert during the closed season.


Bridging The Gap!

This year we are trying something new, by running some workshops about auditioning for new (and existing) members, with some hints and tips from our production team about what you should (and what you shouldn't) do in an audition for a musical theatre group and/or production.

The workshops have been partly supported by funding we have received from the Nottingham Post as part of the "Cash for your Community" programme, so we are able to run them this year at a cost of £1 per person per session.

We're running them over the course of 5 weeks – on the evenings of Thursday 3rd, 10th, 17th & 24th September, and Thursday 1st October. You do not have to attend every session, but the content will be different from week to week so to get the maximum benefit you should try to attend as many as possible. We will cover topics such as how to choose the right song, what the panel are looking for, and how to make the right impression in an audition.

Although they are being run by Carlton Operatic Society specifically to help new members understand how to do their best in our new members auditions, we hope that they would prove useful to anyone wanting to audition for any show in any group.

Following the workshops, we will be running the new members auditions for the 2015-16 season – our production for the season is the musical Grease, to be performed at the Nottingham Theatre Royal from 1st – 5th June 2016. These auditions will take place on Thursday 15th, 22nd and 29th October; more details on these will follow in a separate email.

If you would like to take part in the workshops, please take a look at the information and then follow the instructions in the how do I get involved? section. Please contact us using those instructions as soon as possible, as there will be limited spaces available for each session.

Sister Act wins best musical award

Our 2014 production, Sister Act was awarded Best Musical for the Nottinghamshire NODA region at the recent NODA East Midlands Regional Awards. Monique Henry and Ray McLeod, our Deloris and Eddie, collected the award at a ceremony at Loughborough Town Hall on 14th June 2015.

Over £1300 raised for local hospice

Fundraising efforts by the society, and collectors for the charity at the performances of our 2015 show, Legally Blonde, raised a whopping £1389.50 for local charity Rainbows hospice for children and young people, located in Loughborough.

Thank you to all those who took part in the carol singing, and to everyone who generously donated to this fantastic charity.

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Images courtesy of Alan Headland, Barry Daws, Chris Rees and Graeme Crawford. (c) Carlton Operatic Society 2007-15