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LIVE performances, events & festivals

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Derby CAMRA Summer Beer Festival Wed 9 – Sun 13 Jul

The Darley Park Concert Sun 31 Aug

Watching the Living Tue 9 – Wed 10 Sep

Derby Festé Fri 26 – Sat 27 Sep

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Hello ...and a big thank you to those of you who have shown your support following the fire at the Assembly Rooms that has resulted in the closure of the venue for at least 18 months. As they say in the business, ‘the show must go on’ and we have been working hard to re-home or re-schedule as many events as possible, as well as ensuring we have a great programme of LIVE performances, events and festivals for the coming season. There’s plenty to see and do as we make our way into summer, kicking off with 10 days filled with funny from the first Derby Comedy Festival this June. The annual CAMRA Beer Festival moves onto the Market Place and we have drama in the Guildhall Theatre, as well as music, comedy and more at The Silk Mill, The Spot, Derby Cathedral and Robert Ludlam Theatre. If you’re looking for something to keep the kids occupied, then why not book for the Summer Theatre School – a week-long series of workshops for those aged 8 – 16. We’re also excited to be able to bring you a huge selection of outdoor events, from our Farmers’ Markets, Arts & Craft Fair and Italian Market to an evening of classical music and fireworks at The Darley Park Concert and the spectacular two day extravaganza of live performance that is Derby Festé.

Find out more online Go to our website to book and for more information about all our events, venues, spaces and services.

Key to Icons Concessions are usually available to under 16s, over 60s, disabled people, full time students and registered unemployed Group rate available Schools rate available, usually with every 11th ticket  free to teachers/supervisors Family tickets available (2 adults, 2 children)

Part of our LIVEsaver offer – save up to 20% on tickets British Sign Language interpreted performance Audio Described performance Captioned performance Age guidance Amateur Theatre – event performed by amateurs

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The more you buy the more you save with our amazing LIVEsaver offer… 4 shows save 20% 3 shows save 15% 2 shows save 10% Just look out for the throughout the What’s On guide – see back for more details.

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Assembly Rooms update... Following the fire at the Assembly Rooms on Friday 14 March, the Council confirmed it will be closed for a minimum of 18 months.

Chief Executive, Adam Wilkinson has said “The Council is committed to a significant cultural facility in the city centre but due to the on-going assessment of damage after the fire, it has become clear we cannot re-open the building as quickly as we would like. We are continuing to work through the various options open to us, based on either refurbishing or replacing the current building.” We’re still exploring opportunities to move some events to other venues and are pleased to confirm that both the Derby Comedy Festival and Derby Folk Festival will be going ahead. Our Box Office staff have been working through customer refunds in date order of event and we’d like to thank all of you for your patience and understanding. All other scheduled Derby LIVE events in the Guildhall Theatre, on the Market Place and other outdoor spaces, are going ahead as planned. The Box Office and Tourist Information Centre are also open as usual.

We hope to be able to hold this year’s pantomime at an alternative venue in the city and will be in touch with customers as soon as we know more.

Derby Arena coming soon… Work on Derby Arena is coming along well with completion scheduled for November 2014. As well as being a fantastic space for sport and physical activity the Arena will be a venue for cultural events, exhibitions, product launches and conferences.

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Kaleidoscope Players

Hit the Lights! Musicals Tonight Fri 13 Su Jun 2n0 22 14

Music, song, dance and comedy from more than 20 musicals including Matilda, Mary Poppins, Honk, Grease, Hairspray, Bugsy, Singing in the Rain, My Fair Lady, Sweet Charity, Les Miserables and many more. Sparkle and glitz from Starlight Express completes a story of hopes and dreams and a sometimes surprising journey through life.

Fri 13 – Sat 14 Jun Guildhall Theatre £10.75

Gatepost Theatre Company


All aboard me hearties and make haste before the good ship Godspell slips anchor for its latest voyage with sea shanties and yarns a many. Countless crews have trod the boards on this fine deck and although the course remains the same, the Gatepost crew add their own flavour to this sea worthy beauty. God’s speed.

Wed 9 - Sat 12 Jul

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Derby CAMRA Summer Beer Festival

Come and enjoy Derby’s largest summer beer festival. Featuring 200+ real ales, ciders, meads, continentals, live music and food stalls. Taking place exclusively on the market place in a giant marquee with outside seating.

Wed 9 – Sun 13 Jul Market Place Up to £6

The Time Machine

“I  have lived such days as no man has lived before…” 1895. In a suburban garden, beneath a waning moon, a man lies dazed beside a remarkable machine. He has a story to tell. A story of darkness and light. Of fire and fear. Of Eloi and Morlocks. An unbelievable story about our future that he insists is true. Is it a joke? A prophecy? A dream?

Wed 16 Jul, 8pm Pre-show talk 6:30pm Guildhall Theatre

See website or ask at Box Office for times and prices


Sinfonia Viva

Scene and Sound

Let Us Entertain You

Fun and frivolity brought to you by, and in aid of, Scene and Sound promoting and improving access performances in the theatre. An evening of variety includes comedians, signed singing sessions, music and dance and a lot more: all made fully accessible through British Sign Language interpreters, audio description and captioning.

in association with Derby LIVE and Orchestras Live.

Conductor Fawzi Haimor and Leonard Elschenbroich (cello) join Sinfonia Viva for this stirring program featuring Haydn’s Overture to Il Ritorno di Tobia, Schumann’s engaging Cello Concerto, Wagner’s beautiful Siegfried Idyll, Valse Triste and Scene With Cranes by Sibelius plus the inspiring Beethoven Symphony No.1.

Sun 20 Jul, 7:30pm

Tue 22 Jul, 7:30pm Derby Cathedral

Guildhall Theatre




Joel Dommett Practical Joker

Joel Dommett is one of the fastest rising stars on the comedy circuit – you might know him from BBC3’s Impractical Jokers, Russell Howard’s Good News and E4’s Live in Chelsea. Joel was also in Skins but his hair was different and he doesn’t like to talk about it.

Fri 25 Jul, 8pm The Silk Mill £11.25

This summer, why not take part in a week-long series of workshops aimed at improving your musical theatre skills? Run by Enchanted Entertainment, producers of the Assembly Rooms’ Easter pantomimes, they will concentrate on singing, acting and dancing performance techniques and general stage craft. Children aged 8 -16 will experience an energetic, fun-filled week, learning songs and routines from a variety of well known West End and Broadway musicals. After the children have completed their workshop, they will perform in one of two special shows - specifically for friends and family!

Mon 28 Jul – Sat 2 Aug Guildhall Theatre Workshops £120

Sat 2 Aug

Showcase tickets £9.25


Derby Jazz

Dylan Howe’s Subterraneans

New Designs on Bowie’s Berlin

Ceri Dupree Fit for a Queen

Female impersonator Ceri Dupree stars in this sensational new show. Expect side splitting comedy and a visual feast of spectacular, eye popping and jaw dropping costumes paying homage to stars from around the world and the best of British.

Tue 2 – Wed 3 Sep Guildhall Theatre £17.25

Watching the Living

A Daphne Du Maurier Double Bill A chilling discovery, a terrible secret… two classic stories, one spine tingling evening.

Daphne du Maurier’s atmospheric short stories about the mystery of love, life and desire are vividly brought to life on stage a testament to why she remains one of the greatest authors of modern literature.

Tue 9 – Wed 10 Sep Guildhall Theatre £13

Dylan Howe’s self-styled “reimagining” of Bowie’s Berlin Trilogy injects them with new life while remaining true to the originals. His band, featuring saxophonist Andy Sheppard, treats these as blueprints for some inventive flights of fancy.

Fri 12 Sep, 8pm Jazz in the foyer from 7pm Robert Ludlam Theatre £13

Preston Reed

Preston Reed doesn’t need a band. He is the band. The power and depth of his original compositions are as unique as the man’s execution, as blues, rock, funk and jazz meet, interlock and attack in a sonic brew unlike anything you’ve heard before.

Sat 13 Sep, 8pm The Silk Mill £13

Ashrow Theatre Company

The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

Ashrow Theatre’s two-show spectacular present Oscar Wilde’s classic comedy - a handbag, mistaken identity, cucumber sandwiches, tea and the fearsome Lady Bracknell.

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Just how important is it being Earnest?!

The Merchant of Venice

Ashrow Theatre’s two-show spectacular present Shakespeare’s tale of a moneylender, Shylock. His terms: if his loan cannot be honoured, it must be repaid with a pound of flesh. Love, honour and loyalty in Venice.

Tue 7 Oct – Sat 11 Oct

Mon 15 – Fri 19 Sep

Guildhall Theatre £15.25

Guildhall Theatre £15.25

Izzy Wizzy let’s get busy – it’s The Sooty Show! It’s Sooty’s birthday party and things aren’t going to plan. Sooty and Sweep get messy baking the birthday cake and will Soo ever decide which dress to wear? Join in with all the fun and games - a spectacular mix of magic, music and mess - guaranteed giggles for Sooty Fans old and new!

Sat 20 Sep, 11am & 2:30pm Guildhall Theatre £13.25

Blofeld & Baxter

Memories of Test Match Special

Henry Blofeld and Peter Baxter cordially invite you to join them on a trip down memory lane to discover fascinating untold stories from the Test Match Special commentary box and beyond. Hear tall tales from across the globe with exclusive behind-the-scenes adventures and discover the extraordinary escapades of players both on and off the pitch. Together they offer a hilariously entertaining show for both cricket and non-cricket lovers alike.

Wed 17 Sep, 7:30pm

The Spot £19.50

After their sell-out production of Our House last year, DYMT return to the Guildhall Theatre with one of the most popular musicals of all time. Come and join the Pink Ladies, Burger Palace Boys and all at Rydell High School on an adrenalin fuelled roller-coaster ride of energy, emotion and fun.

Wed 24 – Sat 27 Sep Guildhall Theatre £12.50

g Comin Soon

The eighth Derby Folk Festival will be re-located into a festival marquee in the market place, as well as using the Guildhall Theatre and Old Bell Hotel. It will be jam-packed with concerts, folk club events, dance displays, workshops, craft stalls - and a great atmosphere throughout the weekend. This year’s line up will be a fabulous mix of established and emerging stars. Amongst them are Steeleye Span, Show of Hands, Kate Rusby, Martin Simpson and Lucy Ward. The full list of artists and more information is available on

Fri 3 – Sun 5 Oct

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Market Place, Guildhall Theatre and Old Bell Hotel £20

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- £79

For Naughty Meg, being a trouble maker is easy-peesylemon-squeezy, thank you very much! Mum and Dad are reduced to gibbering wrecks, neighbours hide from her havoc, and even the wasps give this tornado of trouble a wide berth when Meg is on her rampages! But when Meg makes it to the top of Santa’s naughty list and she doesn’t get any presents, Meg upsets the Christmas Elves – and war is declared. A wickedly comic Christmas tale for anyone who has ever been the slightest bit naughty.

Thu 11 – Sun 28 Dec Guildhall Theatre £11.50

- £13.50

Furthest from the Sea Festival The region’s finest creative talent will come together to celebrate all things Derbyshire in this day long festival featuring free live music, comedy, literature, crafts, art and theatre. If you’d like to get involved, or have a creative idea in need of a platform, then contact

Sat 21 Jun, 11am onwards

Market Place and throughout Cathedral Quarter

Farmers’ Market

A unique range of fresh produce is available at our bustling Farmers’ Market, including locally and internationally sourced produce.

Thu 19 Jun and every third Thu monthly, 8am – 2pm Market Place

Italian Market

An authentic and vibrant market that includes stalls selling all the wonderful tastes you would expect to get in Italy, such as salami, breads, nougats, biscuits, nuts, olives, baklava, Italian sweets and much more.

Wed 9 – Sat 12 Jul Wed 10 – Sat 13 Sep Wed 12 – Sat 15 Nov East Street

Arts and Craft Fair

A range of independent crafters selling unique creations, all created by registered artisans.

Thu 17 – Sat 19 Jul Fri 3 – Sun 5 Oct Thu 6 – Sat 8 Nov East Street FREE entry

Caribbean Carnival

The Carnival parade leaves Pear Tree Junior School at 1pm, arriving in the market place at 3pm. On Sunday the action moves to Osmaston Park from 1pm until 9pm. This year’s theme is “East Midlands united in Arts & Culture – Explosion of cultures”. Contact for more details.

Derby Family Fun Day

How are you going to keep the kids entertained during the Summer holidays? Come along to Derby’s 6th Annual Family Fun Day and get some great ideas about what to see and do this summer and make this a Summer to remember! for more information.

Tue 29 Jul, 9:30am – 3:30pm Market Place FREE entry

Sat 19 Jul & Sun 20 Jul

Sat - Parade and Market Place Sun - Osmaston Park FREE Sight Support Derbyshire, Derby Visitor Centre and Derby LIVE

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Derby by the Sea

The seaside comes to Derby again this summer. Relax on the beach with an ice cream, have a ride on the funfair or enjoy the Punch & Judy show. Enjoy a great selection of activities including children’s funfair rides, inflatables, lots of seaside stalls and walkabout entertainment. A day on the beach in Derby will keep everyone entertained!

Fri 25 Jul – Sun 10 Aug, 10am – 5pm Market Place

FREE entry to beach, see on site for prices

Markeaton Funfair

Come and enjoy all the fun of a traditional park fair with a wide variety of rides for all ages and sizes. From thrill-seeker rides to dodgems, prize stalls and inflatable fun.

Thu 7 – Sun 17 Aug, from 1pm Markeaton Park

FREE entry, see ride prices on site

August Funfair

Enjoy all the fun of the fair this Summer.

Wed 13 – Sun 24 Aug Market Place

FREE entry, see ride prices onsite

The Darley Park Concert

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Come along and be part of the 30,000 strong crowd at one of the UK’s biggest free outdoor classical concerts, in the stunning natural amphitheatre that is Darley Park. This year’s theme will mark the 175th Anniversary of the rail industry in Derby, with Conductor James Holmes.


An evening of classical music and fireworks – don’t forget your picnic, or why not pre-order one from our website.

Sun 31 Aug, from 6pm Darley Park FREE

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The highlight of Derby’s events calendar is back! This fantastic outdoor spectacular brings live performances, music, dance, film and more to the city streets. Join us for amusement, enjoyment and delight, as Derby becomes a playground for the whole family. See for more details as this year’s line-up is announced.

Fri 26 – Sat 27 Sep City Centre

Derby Bonfire and Fireworks

Come along to Derby’s biggest and best bonfire and fireworks display. With funfair, Capital FM roadshow and hot food stalls.

Sun 2 Nov Funfair from 2pm Stage entertainment from 4:45pm Bonfire lit 5:45pm Fireworks 6pm Markeaton Park

FREE entry, car parking at the University of Derby, Kedleston Road £5

Christmas Lights Switch-On

Join a festive parade from Babington Lane and then enjoy a variety of entertainment on the Market Place stage, leading up to the big switch-on event around 6pm.

Sat 15 Nov, from 3:30pm onwards Market Place FREE

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We believe theatre-going should be accessible to all, and have a strong commitment to making this happen. Our venues have wheelchair spaces, infra-red sound systems, and we welcome assistance dogs. For full details of our access provision, visit our website.

Essential Companion Scheme

We offer a FREE ticket to customers who need someone to assist them with mobility or guidance. This is available on selected events – for more information or to apply visit or contact box office.

Access Performances Christmas Lights Switch-On BSL Signed Interpreted event Sat 15 Nov, 3:30pm, 6pm Let Us Entertain You BSL Sign Interpreted, Captioned and Audio Described performance Sun 20 Jul, 7:30pm Want to get your brand noticed by thousands of people each year? By advertising your business at Derby LIVE you can. Choose from a great range of packages that can be tailored to your budgets and target audiences. To find out more visit or contact Emma Davis on 01332 255427 or

Naughty Meg & The Christmas Elves BSL Signed Interpreted performances Tue 16 Dec, 10:30am & Sat 20 Dec, 2:30pm Audio Described performances Thu 18 Dec, 1:30pm & Sat 27 Dec, 2:30pm Visit for listings of access performances at other venues.

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We have a variety of indoor and outdoor spaces available for hire. From the intimate, grade II listed Guildhall Theatre to prime high street retail space and city centre parks. To find out more visit or contact Space Hire Team on 01332 287361 (Indoor Spaces) and 01332 287362 (Outdoor Spaces) or

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Show of Hands 4 Oct Kate Rusby 5 Oct Bouncers 14-15 Oct Captain Murderer 18 Oct Naughty Meg & the Christmas Elves

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Derby LIVE What's On Guide Jul-Sep 2014  

Your guide to events, performances and festivals in Derby during Jul - Sep 2014