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Shrek - The Musical


3rd - 7th May 2022

Our production of Shrek - The Musical will go ahead on 3rd - 7th May 2022. All tickets purchased for our 2020 or 2021 dates for this show have been transferred to the new dates. Further information can be found on the theatre's website.

We look forward to welcoming you to the swamp and thank you for your continued love and support!

Following on from our critically acclaimed productions of Top Hat and Mack & Mabel, our next production, in our centenary year, will be the blockbuster Shrek - The Musical. Tickets are on sale now!

Kinky Boots

2023 - Kinky Boots

30th May - 3rd June 2023

Our 2023 production won six Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Kinky Boots features a joyous Tony-winning score by Cyndi Lauper, and a hilarious uplifting book by four-time Tony winner Harvey Fierstein. With elaborate costumes, exhilarating choreography and a truly moving and powerful story, this sure-fire crowd pleaser will have you dancing in the aisle and discovering why sometimes, the best way to fit in is to stand out!

Kipps - The New Half a Sixpence Musical

2024 - Kipps - The New Half a Sixpence Musical

28th May - 1st June 2024

Our 2024 production will be the new Cameron Mackintosh version of Half a Sixpence. This is the 2016 version of the show that was revamped by Cameron Mackintosh, with new songs by Stiles and Drewe (Mary Poppins, Honk!, Peter Pan, Just So, Betty Blue Eyes, The Wind in the Willows), and a script by Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey, Gosford Park, The Young Victoria, Mary Poppins, The Wind in the Willows), which premiered at the Chichester Festival Theatre in July 2016, and then transferred to the West End in October that year and ran until September 2017. It's a fabulous show, with a huge amount for the company to do, as well as a killer lead role, two supporting trios, and numerous cameos, and we look forward to bringing it to the Theatre Royal in 2024!

Mack & Mabel

Mack & Mabel

7th - 11th May 2019

Our last show was Mack & Mabel.

"Great singing, great acting, great music, great shame if you miss this one!" - Kev Castle

"Carlton Operatic have tonight again shown what an excellent society they are. Mack and Mabel is a big musical to perform: it requires excellent acting, singing and dancing, a lot of technical expertise and a clear vision of how to recreate a special era. Tonight's performance had all of these in abundance." - Theatre Online

"One of the best non-professional musical theatre shows of the year - 5 stars" - EastMidlandsTheatre.com

"The production team, cast, orchestra and crew have delivered another classic musical with skill, enthusiasm, technical excellence and love." - NODA

Read the reviews here.

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.


Carlton Operatic Society becomes a Charitable Incorporated Organisation

During 2020 and 2021 the committee used the period whilst we were not able to rehearse or put on our productions to complete the process of transforming our society into a Charitable organisation. We have registered with the Charity Commission of England & Wales, and are now a charity. Our objectives are included in our new constitution: "To promote and improve general education in relation to all aspects of the art of drama and musical theatrical performance for the public benefit."

NODA national programme award for Mack and Mabel

The programme for our 2019 production, Mack and Mabel has won the national competition for best deluxe programme.

West Side Story wins Tailby Trophy!

Our 2017 production, West Side Story has won the Tailby Trophy for Best Production in the East Midlands area. This follows the successes of Grease, Legally Blonde and Sister Act. The 2018 awards winners were announced at the East Midlands Noda AGM day on 10th June 2017 at Loughborough Town Hall.

Grease wins best production award

Our 2016 production, Grease has won the Hinks-Cole trophy for Best Production in the East Midlands area. This follows the nomination of Legally Blonde last year, and the success of Sister Act in the 2015 awards. The 2017 awards winners were announced at the East Midlands Noda AGM day on 11th June 2017 at Loughborough Town Hall.

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