Nottingham Glee comedy club releases new details over relocation to historic building

The former Roxy Ball Room site in Thurland Street, where The Glee Club could move. Pedestrians are seen walking past the bright red doors of the building.
The former Roxy Ball Room site in Thurland Street -Credit:Joseph Raynor/Nottingham Post

New details have been released about a longstanding Nottingham comedy club's relocation to a historic city centre building. The Glee Club has applied for permission to carry out works at a building in Thurland Street which most recently was home to Roxy Ball Room.

The comedy club itself had been based in the British Waterways building in Castle Wharf for 12 years before British comedian Tim Key performed the club's last set at that building in March 2023. Since then, acts booked by The Glee Club have performed at locations including Metronome and the Nottingham Arts Theatre.

The club has now submitted a licensing application to Nottingham City Council, asking for permission to be allowed to be open and sell alcohol until 2am. Plays, films, live music, recorded music and dancing performances would take place at the premises between 9am and 2am seven days a week, documents show.

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The club is also seeking permission to sell alcohol during the same time. The building in Thurland Street is thought to have been built between 1849 and 1851 and was originally used as a large corn exchange, with more recent uses having included operating as a concert venue known as The Clinton Rooms and as an Irish bar named O'Reilly's.

The Glee Club's plans for the Thurland Street building, which are now being considered by the council, mainly involve the creation of a new auditorium on the first floor with a new backstage area and bar. There would also be a new lift to allow disabled access from Thurland Street.

Only the Glee comedy club remains open within Nottingham’s British Waterways Building
The Glee comedy club was based at the British Waterways Building until early 2023 -Credit:Nottingham Post

Announcing its departure from its previous home in March 2023, The Glee Club said: "We're so sad to be leaving the place we've called home for so long, but very excited to open in a brand new venue." It will not be the first time a comedy club has been based at the Thurland Street site, with the venue having previously been home to the Jongleurs comedy brand, which entered administration in 2017.