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Thank You Did you know that for every £1 you donate to Derby Theatre, Arts Council England will match it by £1? So your donation goes twice as far and has twice the impact. Thanks to the generous donations Derby Theatre has received over the last year, the charity has been able to work with 7,000 children and young people, many from schools in the most deprived communities, to help them discover and learn through drama and the work of the theatre. We've also been able to provide over 600 free theatre visits for children and young people in care or care leavers, through the Plus One scheme. Our Career Days have seen over 750 young people experience what it's like to work in a professional theatre and discover what a career in the arts could be like for them. All this has been made by possible by you - our audiences and supporters. Please help this excellent programme of work in the community to continue by making a donation to Derby Theatre. The easiest way for you to help is to add on a donation when you buy your tickets, either at the Box Office or online, or talk to our Business Development Manager, Andrew McIntyre on 01332 593974, Thank you for your support

Abbey Wain in Alice in Wonderland 2016. Photography by Robert Day.

Summer Season Tickets This season, we’re offering two fantastic ticket deals

See 3 shows in the Main House for just £39 Northanger Abbey • Cyrano • Great Expectations

See 4 shows in our Studio for just £28 Waves • SCI- FI? • Melancholy • Octopus A Season Ticket offers huge savings and the chance to see a varied range of productions. Book your season ticket today by calling the Box Office or visiting our website. Terms and conditions apply. Excludes premium seats. Excludes children’s shows in the Studio.


Welcome to Derby Theatre’s summer season As we look ahead to the warmer months, I'm delighted to be introducing a fantastic summer programme of work to you. My undoubted highlight of the summer will be Departure Lounge Festival. If you haven't been to a Departure Lounge Festival before, then now's your chance. We'll be transforming the theatre into a buzzing festival site and inviting audiences to get up close to the very best in Fringe theatre over the three days. It's a bit like a shot of the Edinburgh Festival mixed with the thrill of an outdoor festival (but with less mud!) I do hope to see you here. Before that, we have a host of great touring theatre, from classics such as Northanger Abbey and Cyrano, to dance and circus with COAL and Super Sunday. And why not try a trip to our Studio theatre over the summer for the best in innovative new work? We can't wait for the return of the brilliantly funny Sleeping Trees with their show Sci Fi? and there's also fantastic storytelling about the unofficial inventor of the Butterfly stroke from Alice Mary Cooper in her show Waves. I saw it in Edinburgh last year and it's an absolute gem. Looking further ahead I'm very excited to be directing Neil Bartlett's brilliant adaptation of Charles Dickens' Great Expectations. It's a story that I love and I can't wait to bring its amazing characters and the Dickensian era to life on our stage in our big autumn production. You'll discover that Peter Pan is also flying through our brochure in time for Christmas with Captain Hook chasing hot on his heels! Over in the Studio its the sly old fox who's on the heels of our cheeky Gingerbread Man, which will delight younger children. Book now for Christmas treats of live music and magical storytelling.

Sarah Brigham Artistic Director & Chief Executive

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Derby Theatre Productions


A Derby Theatre Production

Director Sarah Brigham Designer Barney George Lighting Tim Skelly

By Charles Dickens Adapted by Neil Bartlett

Saturday 30 September – Saturday 21 October

Derby Theatre brings this classic story to life in Neil Bartlett’s brilliant adaptation, using the magnificent language of Dickens’ original. Christmas Eve 1812, and a young orphan boy, Pip, stumbles upon a convict hiding out amongst the graves of the village churchyard. Terrified for his life, the boy agrees to help him. Two years on and Pip is invited to visit Satis House, the home of the wealthy, reclusive spinster Miss Havisham and her beautiful yet manipulative adopted daughter Estella. Falling deeply in love with Estella’s beauty, Pip vows to better himself and become a gentleman. But it is the chance meeting with Magwitch in the churchyard which has already set in motion a journey of transformation and discovery, forever changing the fortunes and destiny of young Pip. Don’t miss Sarah Brigham’s bold new production, featuring a talented ensemble of actors and evocative music from Ivan Stott, as it brings the Dickensian world of Estella, Miss Havisham and Pip to Derby Theatre’s stage.

Music Ivan Stott “An absorbing production… powerful theatre.” The Independent (Look Back in Anger directed by Sarah Brigham 2016) “Sensitively directed by Sarah Brigham, it’s fast-moving and seamlessly staged.” The Stage (Solace of the Road) “Ivan Stott’s superb musical score brings a whole new depth to the play.” East Midlands Review (The Odyssey)

Audio Described: Thu 19 October, 7.30pm Sat 21 October, 2.30pm BSL Interpreted: Thu 19 October, 7.30pm

Please see our website for performance times

Tickets £9.50 - £26.50


Derby Theatre Productions

A Derby Theatre Production

by Mike Kenny

Sat 2 December 2017 – Sat 6 January 2018

Join Peter Pan, the free-spirited child who never grows up, and the Darling children, as they embark on a spellbinding adventure to the magical and mystical island of Neverland. Once there, Peter introduces the children to a never-ending childhood and a new world of wonder with the Lost Boys, fairies, mermaids, the mischievous Tinker Bell and the fearsome Captain Hook… and wait a minute, what’s that ticking noise? As with previous Derby Theatre Christmas productions, a talented team of actor-musicians will create a charming and captivating tale for all with original music. An exhilarating and enchanting production, sure to bring out the child in all of us. Perfect for ages 5+ and their families and friends. “A visual delight.” Derby Telegraph (Alice in Wonderland, 2016) “Glorious… exudes joy and happiness.” The Stage (Cinderella, 2015)


Adapted by Mike Kenny Director Sarah Brigham Composer Ivan Stott Lighting Emma Jones

“High quality, family friendly theatre.” The Guardian (Alice in Wonderland, 2016) Audio Described: Wed 13th Dec, 10.15am Sat 30th Dec, 1.00pm BSL Interpreted: Wed 13th Dec, 10.15am Wed 27th Dec, 6pm Rest Performance: Thu 4th Jan 18, 10.15am

Please see our website for performance times

Tickets £12 - £28 Family Ticket from £48

A Derby Theatre & Hiccup Theatre production

The Gingerbread Man

Director Sarah Brigham Composer Ivan Stott

Tuesday 5 – Sunday 31 December “Run, run, as fast as you can, you can’t catch me, I’m the Gingerbread Man!” Chase after our cheeky gingerbread hero as he sets off on the biggest adventure of his life! Out of the kitchen, through the town, across the fields and all the way to the river... now if he could just avoid that sly old fox! Hiccup Theatre and Derby Theatre cook up a brand new version of this classic tale adding delicious original live music, tasty story-telling and dollops of fun. Suitable for ages 3+ and their families and friends. Running time 55 minutes.

“Hiccup Theatre will charm, entertain and delight in equal measure.” (Rumpelstiltskin) “Absorbing, exciting, inventive and wonderfully creative.” The Stage (The Owl and the Pussycat) BSL Interpreted: Tue 12 December, 1.30pm Sat 16 December, 1.30pm

Please see our website for performance times

Tickets £11 (£9.50 concessions) Family Ticket from £37


Photography from the previous Hiccup Theatre production of Pinocchio

A delicious adventure for families

Derby Theatre Youth Theatre


BLUE LUE ROAD by laura lomas Directed by Nicky Bellenger

Derby Theatre Youth Theatre

The Blue Road By Laura Lomas

Thursday 27 – Saturday 29 July

I remember the darkness I remember the silence I remember the water rising. The forest. The wake of an unnamed crisis. A group of young people work to make sense of what happened, what it means, and what they will do now. The Blue Road is an exhilarating new play by acclaimed writer Laura Lomas, exploring memory, loss, living in the aftermath and our capacity to begin again. Commissioned by Dundee Rep, Derby Theatre, Royal & Derngate and Theatre Royal Plymouth, The Blue Road is an inspiring project which will see this brand new play premiere in four venues across the UK, by the most exciting young actors. Performed in Derby by Derby Theatre Youth Theatre.

Director Nicky Bellenger Designer Tim Heywood Lighting Katy Whitehouse Music Ivan Stott

“Great to see young people tackling real issues.” Audience comment (Derby Youth Theatre This is England / Spoonface Steinberg 2016)

Part of Arrivals Festival Weekend – see page 11 Performance Times Evenings 7pm Sat Matinée 2pm

Tickets £12 (£9 concessions) 08

Derby Youth Theatre Triple Bill Wednesday 12 & Thursday 13 April

Three imaginative stories are brought to life by the Year 4-6 and Year 7-9 Youth Theatre groups. Daffodil Scissors by Philip Ridley (Year 4-6 Tue group) Bash & the Bullies, a needy Mum and a lack of friends are making life hard for Daffodil; that is until she meets Star, the new girl at school, who helps to make life brighter. Featuring songs by David Lewington.

Stay Brave Bryony Gravy by Carl Grose (Year 4-6 Thu group) It’s Bryony Gravy’s birthday, and all she wants this year is for Mum and Dad to stop fighting. Oh, and maybe a pair of sensible shoes. With her Imaginary Friends and next door neighbour Penny Splutter by her side, can Bryony change her parents for the better? Featuring songs by Ivan Stott.

Dark Age by Richard Hurford (Year 7-9 group) Inside a vast rubbish tip, where Derby City once stood, sits a camp: home to Cinnabar and the moths. Desperate to get to the generator inside the Palace of Light, can the moths survive in a world where the power supply has run out and electricity is just a myth?

Performance Times Wednesday 12 April 2.30pm – Daffodil Scissors & Stay Brave Bryony Gravy 6.30pm – Triple Bill Thursday 13 April 2.30pm – Dark Age 6.30pm – Triple Bill Derby Theatre Studio

Tickets £8 (£6 concessions) 09


For East Midlands Artists

Derby Theatre Touring TheatreProductions

A Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds Production

Northanger Abbey From the novel by Jane Austen

Monday 10 – Wednesday 12 April

A stylish, witty and fast-moving adaptation by Tim Luscombe of Jane Austen’s earliest novel. The young Catherine Morland loves a good read and the more fanciful, terrifying and horrid it is the better. So when the naïve 17 year-old is taken by her aunt to Bath and finds herself amidst a social whirl denied to her at home, it’s easy to get fact confused with fiction. Having met the charming, yet eccentric, Henry Tilney and his sister, Eleanor, she is invited to their home, Northanger Abbey. But with her head full of gothic fantasies from The Mysteries of Udolpho, will her wild imagination get the better of her judgement? A delightful new stage adaptation, marking the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death.

Director Karen Simpson Writer Tim Luscombe Designer Dawn Allsopp Lighting Designer Mark Dymock Movement Director Julia Cave Sound Design Matthew Bugg

“Jane Austen’s novel is brought to life in this sparkling and witty production.” ★★★★ The Stage

Performance Times Evenings 7.30pm Wed Matineé 2.30pm

Tickets 12

£15.50 – £26.50

Northern Broadsides in partnership with New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme present

Cyrano A new adaptation of Edmond Rostand’s romantic comedy by Deborah McAndrew

Tuesday 16 – Saturday 20 May

Paris, 1640. Cyrano de Bergerac, a brilliant poet and swordsman, finds himself deeply in love with his beautiful cousin Roxane. Each day of his life is lived only for her - every poem he writes, every duel he fights. Despite his dash and his dare, Cyrano is afraid of revealing his true feelings certain she could never love him in return… for who would love a man with such an enormous nose? Set in the golden age of musketeers, Deborah McAndrew’s lively new adaptation brings fresh vigour to this swashbuckling tale of unrequited love. Add to this Northern Broadsides’ musical panache, acclaimed charisma and exuberant performance style and you have a delightful evening of pure drama that will lift your spirits and make your heart ache.

Director Conrad Nelson Designer Lis Evans Lighting Designer Daniella Beattie Musical Director Rebekah Hughes Choreographer Beverley Edmunds Fight Director Philip d’Orléans

“It’s a production which supplies all the required braggadocio and swagger…” ★★★★ The Guardian

Performance Times Evenings 7.30pm Wed & Sat Matineés 2.30pm

Tickets £15.50 – £26.50


Touring Theatre




Bill Kenwright presents

A Judgement in Stone Monday 12 – Saturday 17 June

Eunice struggles to fit in. When she joins a wealthy family as their housekeeper the very reason for her awkwardness, long hidden and deeply buried, leads inexorably to a terrible tale of murder in cold blood on Valentine’s Day. Ruth Rendell’s brilliant plot unravels a lifetime of deceit, despair and cover-ups which, when revealed, brings a shocking revelation almost as grizzly as murder itself. The star cast includes award-winning TV and stage favourite Andrew Lancel, best known to Derby Theatre audiences for his portrayal of Brian Clough in The Damned United (April 2016) and to TV audiences for playing Frank Foster in Coronation Street and for the role of DI Neil Manson in The Bill. He is joined by Sophie Ward, who played the beautiful, ill-fated love interest of Young Sherlock Holmes and Dr Helen Trent in ITV drama Heartbeat; pop-idol Mark Wynter who since his hit parade days has featured in seven Agatha Christie Company productions; Deborah Grant, who has starred in Not Going Out and Bergerac; movie icon Shirley Anne Field who became an overnight star in the landmark films The Entertainer opposite Sir Laurence Olivier, and Saturday Night and Sunday Morning with Albert Finney; Antony Costa who shot to fame in chart-topping boy band Blue and Agatha Christie Company stalwart; Ben Nealon whose TV credits include ITV’s award-winning drama Soldier Soldier.

Cast Andrew Lancel Sophie Ward Mark Wynter Deborah Grant Shirley Anne Field Antony Costa Ben Nealon Adapted by Simon Brett and Antony Lampard Director Roy Marsden Designer Julie Godfrey Lighting Designer Malcom Rippeth Sound Designer Dan Samson “The best woman crime writer since Christie.” The Sunday Times “A five-star ‘who dunnit’.” ★★★★★ The Guildford Dragon News “Gripping.” ★★★★ Edinburgh Guide “An excellent evening’s entertainment.” ★★★★ Essential Surrey

Performance Times Evenings 7.30pm Wed & Sat Matineés 2.30pm

Tickets £18.50 - £32.50


Derby Theatre Touring Dance & Productions Circus

Gary Clarke Company

COAL Winner of 2017 UK Theatre Awards Achievement in Dance

Tuesday 9 & Wednesday 10 May, 8pm

Created to mark the 30th anniversary of the end of the 1984/85 British Miners’ strike, award-winning choreographer Gary Clarke proudly presents COAL, a powerful and emotional dance theatre show about life at the coal face. COAL brings together Clarke’s striking physical language performed by seven professional dancers, a local cast of women and featuring Derwent Brass, in a story about community, solidarity and survival.


Director Gary Clarke Dramaturgy Lou Cope Costume & Set Designer Ryan Dawson Laight Lighting Designer Charles Webber Soundscape Designer Daniel Thomas Musical Director Steven Roberts “An absorbing, immediate slice of history rendered with the kind of emotional truth that deepens its impact as popular entertainment.” ★★★★ The Times

Age guidance: 12+

Strong, powerful and emotive, the show explores the darker underbelly of the mining industry, unearthing the true nature and body wrecking demands of a working-class industry now almost forgotten.

FREE Post Show Talk Tuesday 9 May

In association with Déda

£16 (£14 concessions)


Photography by Petter Hellman

Crying Out Loud on behalf of Circus Evolution

Super Sunday by Race Horse Company

Friday 26 & Saturday 27 May, 7.30pm

Super Sunday is the newest super-fun creation from Race Horse Company, an award-winning company of Finnish circus artists. With its thrilling concoction of physical skill, feats of daring, laidback humour and carnival atmosphere, this show is a real winner. Against the backdrop of an atmospheric soundtrack, tension builds as the seven boys perilously propel themselves higher and higher and with superb synchronisation on trampolines, teeterboards and with catapults. Playful twists are given to old tricks, all delivered on a stage dressed as a derelict fairground. Funny, brave and irreverent, Super Sunday is so exciting that you cannot look away for a second. You’ll be as happy to be there as the performers are. In association with Déda

“Joyous circus which embraces love, life, risk with rare daredevil skill.” ★★★★ The Stage “This is circus with real bounce. Big on thrills… so exciting you cannot look away for a second.” ★★★★ Evening Standard

Age guidance: 12+ FREE Post Show Talk Friday 26 May

Tickets £14 (£12 concessions) Family Ticket: £48 17

One Nighters

Oh Goody! Tim Brooke-Taylor in conversation with Chris Serle Sunday 9 April, 7.30pm An unforgettable evening in the company of one of the funniest and best-loved comedy performers as he discusses his long career, with writer and broadcaster Chris Serle. Tim Brooke-Taylor delights the audience as he tells hilarious stories from a lifetime in comedy. From a Cambridge graduate planning a sensible career in the family law firm, to doyen of the Cambridge Footlights, The Goodies and I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue, Tim Brooke-Taylor rightly remains one of Britain’s best-loved comedy performers. Expect an evening of warmth and good humour, spiced with a few revealing anecdotes about many of the names Tim has appeared with including his fellow Goodies Graeme Garden and Bill Oddie.

Tickets: £18 (£16 Concessions)

Morgan & West: Parlour Tricks Saturday 22 April, 7.30pm Morgan & West come to Derby Theatre with their mind-boggling magic show! Time-travelling magic duo Morgan & West (best known from Penn & Teller) present an evening chock full of jaw-dropping, brain-bursting, gasp-eliciting feats of magic. The dashing chaps offer up a plateful of illusion and impossibility, all served with wit, charm and no small amount of panache. “Hugely talented.” ★★★★ Daily Mirror “Charming and engaging.” ★★★★ The Stage ★★★★ Scottish Sunday Express

Tickets: £14 (£12 concessions) 18

The All-Star Stand-Up Tour Sunday 14 May, 8pm The All-Star Stand-Up Tour is back in 2017 with three more top comedians alongside returning compére Jarred Christmas. The line-up includes Canadian one-liner king and star of Mock The Week and Live At The Apollo Stewart Francis; from Phoenix Nights and 8 Out of 10 Cats Justin Moorhouse; and the BAFTA award-winning Jim Tavare, as seen on The Sketch Show, three Royal Variety Performances and in Harry Potter & The Prisoner of Azkaban. This team of top comedians will combine forces for a comedy show like never before. “A brilliant comic brain… this stand-up cracks some of the best one-liners I’ve ever heard.” The Guardian (Stewart Francis) “Simultaneously down to earth and out of this world.” The List (Justin Moorhouse) “A modern-day Tommy Cooper… his act is timeless.” Chortle (Jim Tavare) “One of the funniest men to pick up a microphone.” Time Out (Jarred Christmas) Age guidance 15+

Tickets: £20.50

Seabright Productions presents

Reduced Shakespeare Company William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (abridged) By Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor Wednesday 24 May, 7.30pm Acclaimed stars of the West End stage, the Reduced Shakespeare Company are back with another barnstormingly irreverent and breathtakingly hilarious celebration of our cultural heritage – as seen through the eyes of three Americans wearing trainers. In a better-late-than-never nod to Will’s 400th anniversary, the bad boys of abridgement present this ‘new’ play by the man himself, as discovered in a Leicester car park! All of the Bard's greatest characters and plots feature in this single work of dramatic genius, that he later decided to turn into 37 separate plays - in a move that Hollywood studios would have admired, if they'd been around in the 16th century. "Hilarious, outrageous fun! A romp of epic proportions." ★★★★ Edinburgh Guide

Tickets: £18.50 (£16.50 concessions) Schools tickets available


One Nighters Sam Sweeney’s Fiddle

Made in the Great War Friday 9 June, 7.30pm Eight years ago, Sam Sweeney, fiddle player with folk big band Bellowhead, bought a violin with a label inside showing the date 1915, and the words “Violin No. 6, Made in the Great War”. The violin had been started, but never finished, by a music hall performer from Leeds named Richard Spencer Howard who was conscripted in 1915 at the age of 35, and killed two years later at the battle of Messines near Ypres. The fiddle inspired Sam to develop a unique show to retell the story of Richard S. Howard, and of how the fiddle that he’d started lay dormant for over ninety years before being rediscovered. A heartfelt true story told in words and music and featuring the actual fiddle made by Richard S. Howard.

Sam Sweeney - Fiddle and Viola Paul Sartin - Oboe and Fiddle Robert Harbron - Concertina and Harmonium Hugh Lupton - Writer and Storyteller Tickets: £19.50 (£18.50 concessions)

Count Arthur Strong: The Sound of Mucus Sunday 11 June, 8pm Using stories and other things that are secret, Count Arthur Strong, showbiz legend, pays tribute to one of the best musicals he can remember. Uniquely recreating the salient and poignant moments for your enjoyment. Plus something else. Don’t miss this amazing event. “Just gets funnier and funnier.” The Guardian “A relentless blast of comic surprises.” The Times “Never needed to resort to toilet humour or swearing to maintain one and a half hours of pure hilarity.” Manchester Evening News

Tickets: £20 20

Graeme of Thrones Sunday 18 June, 8pm Direct from London’s West End, Graeme takes you on his own unique journey through the Seven Kingdoms. Unhappy with how his beloved books were realised for the TV series, he has taken it upon himself to show you how it should have been done. He doesn’t quite have the same budget, or as many cast members, or the performance skill required, but he’s sure George would approve – and that’s what matters. Featuring a family tree wider than The Wall and more subplots than anyone can follow, it’s a rollercoaster ride of beheadings, incest and war. Fun for all the family! Created by a team of some of the UK’s top comedy writers, Graeme of Thrones is an original and unauthorised parody on the international phenomenon that is Game of Thrones. A treat for fans and an introduction for the unenlightened. See it before the inevitable lawsuit.

Tickets: £18.50

OperaUpClose: La Bohème Friday 7 July, 7.30pm The Olivier Award-winning version of Puccini’s much-loved weepie is a favourite with critics and audiences alike. One of the most accessible and moving operas ever written, La Bohème charts the ups and downs of a group of idealistic graduates as they bicker, party, try to make ends meet and follow their dreams. Aspiring novelist Rodolfo discovers a harsher reality when he falls for immigrant cleaner Mimi, while his best friend Marcello's tempestuous relationship with his on-off girlfriend Musetta brings humour and fireworks to the stage. WINNER OF THE OLIVIER AWARD – Best New Opera Production 2011 WINNER OF THE WHATSONSTAGE.COM AWARD – Best Off West-End Production 2011 A new English version by Robin Norton Hale. “Madly Brilliant.” ★★★★ The Times “A Masterstroke.” ★★★★★ The Guardian “Puccini without a safety net.” ★★★★ Evening Standard

Tickets: £20.50 (£18.50 concessions)



Derwent Brass Stage and Screen Saturday 3 June, 7.30pm The award-winning Derwent Brass return with an evening featuring stage and screen classics to celebrate their silver anniversary. Over 25 years the band has risen to the highest levels of brass music making, becoming a favourite for concertgoers seeking premier league standards, combined with traditional heart-warming tunes, for an unforgettable sound. Derwent Brass is no stranger to Derby Theatre, most notably appearing in the production of Brassed Off (2015). With the power of 30 brass band musicians coupled with an eclectic programme it’s sure to stir the soul.

The Eagle Awards Sunday 16 July, 7pm This sparkling awards ceremony is the major event of the year in the amateur theatre community. The evening combines the celebration of excellence and the best in entertainment from local artists and companies. Derby’s answer to the Oscars! Full entry details for The Eagle Awards can be found on the Derby Theatre website.

Tickets: £10 (£8 concessions)

"Derwent Brass, playing live on stage... enough to break your heart." The Stage (Brassed Off featuring Derwent Brass)

Tickets £12 (£10 concessions) Derwent Brass also feature in COAL – see page 16

Creatio Youth Theatre

The Phantom of the Opera Wednesday 12 – Saturday 15 July Following their hugely popular productions of Les Misérables: Schools Edition and Cats, Creatio Arts return with Andrew Lloyd Webber’s iconic musical. Based on the classic novel Le Fantôme de l’Opéra by Gaston Leroux, The Phantom of the Opera tells the story of a masked figure who lurks beneath the catacombs of the Paris Opera House, exercising a reign of terror over all who inhabit it. He falls madly in love with an innocent young soprano, Christine, and devotes himself to creating a new star by nurturing her extraordinary talents and by employing all of the devious methods at his command. Featuring an outstanding youth cast, a 26-piece orchestra and brilliant special effects. Its sensational score includes Think of Me, Angel of Music, Music of the Night, All I Ask of You, Masquerade and the title song.

Performance Times: Evenings 7.30pm, Sat Matinée 2.30pm Tickets: Wed, Thu Eves & Sat Matinée: £16.50/£15.50 (£15 concessions) Fri & Sat Eve: £17.50/£16.50 (£16 concessions) Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Lyrics by Charles Hart, Additional lyrics by Richard Stilgoe, Book by Richard Stilgoe & Andrew Lloyd Webber, Based on the novel “Le Fantome de l’Opéra” by Gaston Leroux, Originally directed by Harold Prince, Orchestrations by David Cullen & Andrew Lloyd Webber, Original production by Cameron Mackintosh Ltd. and The Really Useful Group Ltd, an amateur youth production by arrangement with The Really Useful Group Ltd.


Derby Theatre Open Day Saturday 8 April, 1 – 5pm A wonderful opportunity to discover how the theatre works, take part in activities and learn more about us. Activities through the day include fun drama sessions, backstage tours, lighting and sound workshops, make-up demonstrations, a costume dressing up area and more. And all for FREE! Bring the whole family and come along to explore and discover with Derby Theatre. Most suitable for ages 6+ but younger children are welcome. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

M6 Theatre Company presents

Theatre Company Blah Blah Blah

One Little Word

A Tale To Tell

Saturday 3 June, 1pm & 3pm

Saturday 17 June, 2pm & 4pm

A beautiful and gentle story of friendship, power struggles and the rich world of creative play.

An enchanting journey into storytelling and shadow play. For 1,000 nights, Queen Scheherazade has told her stories of magic and adventure to the King. But now she’s run out of ideas and needs your help to finish her final story. If you’re clever and brave enough, come and meet her in her tent in the palace gardens for an enchanting journey into the world of The Arabian Nights.

We meet two characters who play together – exploring a new space, new objects, dressing up and taking turns - but struggles arise when one of them wants to be the ONLY Captain of the ship! “The excellent M6.” Lyn Gardner, The Guardian “Magical.” The Stage For ages 3+

Derby Theatre Studio Tickets £10 (£7 concessions)

For ages 7+

Derby Theatre Studio Tickets £10 (£7 concessions)


Family Theatre

Dinosaur World Saturday 13 & Sunday 14 May

A brand new dino-mite adventure! Dare to experience the dangers and delights of Dinosaur World in this new interactive show for all the family. Grab your compass and join our intrepid explorer as they journey across unchartered territories to discover a prehistoric world of astonishing (and remarkably lifelike) dinosaurs. Meet a host of impressive creatures, including every child's favourite flesh-eating giant, the Tyrannosaurus Rex, a Triceratops, Giraffatitan and Segnosaurus, to name a few! Book now for this entertaining and mind-expanding Jurassic adventure, live on stage! Are you brave enough to sit in the Danger Seats? Perfect for ages 3+ and their families and friends. Running time: 50 mins plus 15 min post show ‘meat and greet’. 24

Performance Times 11.30am & 2.30pm

Tickets £15.50 (£13.50 concessions)

Front row Danger Seats: £15.50 (no concessions) Family Ticket: £50 (excludes Danger Seats)

Babe, The Sheep-Pig Thursday 29 June – Saturday 1 July

Meet the lovable Babe in a heart-warming tale of friendship, adventure and bravery. When Babe arrives at Hogget’s Farm he is taken in by the trusty sheepdog Fly and discovers a talent for herding. With the help of his adopted Mum, our polite piglet soon wins over the most suspicious of sheep. But can a small pig make it in a dog’s world, and when his farmyard friends are in trouble can Babe save the day? Join us for an enchanting family favourite, as the classic novel that inspired the Oscar-winning film, is bought to life by a cast of West End performers in a show brimming with laughter, thrills, and original live music. Amazing puppetry by the teams behind War Horse and Cirque Du Soleil, adapted by Olivier Award-winner David Wood (Goodnight Mister Tom, James and the Giant Peach, The BFG), Babe follows the incredible story of one piglet’s rise to become the world famous Sheep-Pig. Perfect for ages 5+ and their families and friends.

Play by David Wood Based on the best-selling book by Dick King-Smith Director Michael Fentiman

Performance Times Thu 1.30pm Fri 10.30am, 1.30pm & 7pm Sat 1.30pm & 6pm

Tickets £18 (£16 concessions) Family Ticket: £60 Schools Tickets: £10 (plus free teachers’ seats) 25

Family Theatre

Mr Bloom’s Nursery Thursday 13 April, 11am & 2pm Bring your ‘tiddlers’ along and join Mr Bloom and the Veggies on their first ever live tour. Mr Bloom and his Veggies are getting the Nursery ready for a very special occasion - a member of the Royal Family is paying them a visit! Can you lend a hand and help them get the allotment ready in time? They certainly hope so! Featuring all of the much-loved elements of the TV show, Mr Bloom (Ben Faulks) will be joined by all his gardening friends: Margaret, Joan, Colin, Raymond and Sebastian, the lovable Wee MacGregors, and not forgetting Mr Bloom’s trusty machine ‘The Compostarium’. Come and sing along to all your favourite songs: This Is My Allotment, Meet The Veggies, The Compo Song and Night Night Veggies. Using song, play and interaction Mr Bloom’s Nursery is a fun and inspiring show with strong educational values which will entertain parents and tiddlers alike! Perfect for ages 3+ and their families and friends

Tickets: £15.50 (£13.50 concessions)

Northern Ballet

Goldilocks & the Three Bears Tuesday 18 April, 12pm, 2pm (relaxed) & 4pm With sell-out performances and hugely successful CBeebies adaptations, including Ugly Duckling and last year’s Tortoise & the Hare, Northern Ballet’s Short Ballets for Small People are not to be missed. Goldilocks is a mischievous little girl with hair as bright as gold. Always on the look-out for an adventure, one day her curiosity leads her to a house full of many surprises. With a family of friendly bears, a beautiful bluebird and bowls of delicious porridge, this ballet is just right! Bringing this classic children’s story to life, Goldilocks & the Three Bears is the perfect opportunity for your little ones to enjoy live ballet, music and theatre for the first time. “Delightfully performed.” ★★★★ The Stage (Tortoise & the Hare, 2015) This child-friendly performance for all ages lasts approximately 40 mins.

Tickets: £8 (£6 concessions)


Morgan & West’s Magic Show For Kids And Childish Grown-ups! Saturday 22 April, 2.30pm Morgan & West present magic and mayhem for ages 5 to 105! Time-travelling magicians Morgan & West present a jaw-dropping, heart-stopping, brain-busting, opinion-adjusting, death-defying, mind-frying, spirit-lifting, paradigm-shifting, outlook-changing, furniture-rearranging, magic-extravaganza! Witness a mountain of mysterious magic, a hatful of hyper-reality, and of course a truck full of tricks and tea. Mixing brain-boggling illusion and good old-fashioned tomfoolery, Morgan & West present a show for all the family, with magic and silliness abound! “Hilarious and good for all ages.” Primary Times “Superbly crafted.” ★★★★ The Stage

Tickets: £12 (£8 concessions) Family Ticket £34

Deafinitely Theatre

Something Else By Kathryn Cave Illustrated by Chris Riddell Sunday 28 May, 1pm & 3.30pm

Live Stoange

A small creature lives his life always trying to fit in but never does, because he's Something Else. Then one day a stranger turns up who wants to be friends… But does Something Else want to know someone who's not like him? Deafinitely Theatre, the UK’s leading deaf theatre company, brings this award-winning and much-loved picture book to life in a captivating production that combines the power of British Sign Language with the immediacy of spoken English, making it ideal for deaf and hearing audiences alike. A story for children aged 3+ and their families celebrating everyone's right to be different. “Deafinitely, I’d say, theatre for everyone.” The Guardian

Tickets: £8 (£6 concessions) Family Ticket £24


Derby Theatre Studio Written and performed by Alice Mary Cooper

Waves Saturday 6 May, 8pm The incredible story of Elizabeth Moncello; unofficial inventor of the Butterfly stroke. Set in 1920’s Australia and present day Edinburgh, this inspiring story follows Elizabeth as she learns how to swim by copying fish, penguins and dolphins. An intimate theatrical event about a young woman, who through her determination, wit and courage helped defy the tide of expectation and discover hidden strengths. A true delight for audiences from 8 to 80. “This show made me happy. So, so happy... subtly evocative, quietly poignant and never afraid to be playful.” ★★★★★ Fringe Guru “An object lesson on how the art of story-telling can transport us into another world.” ★★★★ New Zealand Herald Age guidance: 8+

Hubbub Theatre Company

Certain Dark Things

Kessoku ReMix!


Wednesday 31 May, 11am & 2.30pm

Saturday 10 June, 8pm

A girl born in a peach, a kettle that turns into a raccoon? Come and meet these extraordinary characters from Japanese stories, beautifully told through movement, music and puppetry. An uplifting experience is guaranteed as the show travels from Zen to Mayhem in just 30 minutes!

Spiral down the stairs to the world of the inventor. Consumed by grief, he undertakes work on his biggest creation yet, his lost wife… but at what cost?

Suitable for all ages and abilities Free post show discussion Free workshop – see page 11

Tickets: £5

Award-winning theatre company Certain Dark Things use an imaginative combination of puppetry, physical theatre and animation to tell the story of one man as he treads the fine line between genius and insanity. “Enchanting and imaginative exploration of loss using puppetry, performance and filmed animations.” ★★★★The Stage “An absolute joy to watch… Certain Dark Things Theatre have triumphed with this performance.” ★★★★★ Broadway Baby Age guidance: 11+ Workshop – see page 11 (Show and Workshop £15)


Tickets £10 (Concessions £8) Season Ticket £28

Scratch Night Sunday 11 June, 5pm Our summer scratch night offers a selection of new work from the most exciting artists in the region. A chance for artists to try new ideas in front of an audience and for audiences to feed into the development of the next big thing! Artists look out for our open-call to have your chance to perform.

Tickets: £5

Paper Tiger Productions & Greenwich Theatre

Octopus Saturday 1 July, 8pm “You’re an octopus. All mixed up, like me. One leg something, and one leg something else.” Three women have been called in for assessment. Sara looks sort of Asian. Scheherazade sort of Middle Eastern. And Sarah is sort of white. But how British are they? Fresh from a critically acclaimed run at the Edinburgh Fringe and a sell-out transfer to London’s Theatre503, Octopus is a post-Brexit satire that explores what it’s like to be treated as a foreigner in your own land… and the power of punk. “Raises the hairs on the back of your neck… laugh-out-loud funny.” The Times “Inspired and very funny.”★★★★The Stage “Couldn’t be more topical.”★★★★ Broadway Baby Age Guidance 14+ Free Post Show Discussion

Sleeping Trees

SCI-FI? Friday 2 June, 8pm Sleeping Trees complete their live movie trilogy in true intergalactic fashion with SCI-FI? following the intergalactic journey of the unlikeliest of heroes, happy-go-lucky farmer Charlie Sprog. At a time where the ancient planet of Plutopia rules the galaxy, Charlie is dragged from his quiet home planet and given one very simple mission: SAVE THE UNIVERSE FROM TOTAL DESTRUCTION. Accompanied by an inter-cosmic live score like no other, the Sleeping Trees invite you to join them on a journey into the deep and infinite unknown. So strap on your helmets, jump into your spacesuits, complete the necessary six years of training required by NASA to fly into space AND THEN, grab yourself a ticket! Age guidance: 14+


Learning Theatre

A Learning Theatre Our doors are open – come and find out more! Family Open Day

Young Technicians

Saturday 8 April, 1 - 5pm

This year-long course looks at all aspects of the technical side of theatre including lighting, sound and design and is run by our professional technicians. In the third term you gain technical experience and shadowing opportunities on our shows.

Bring the whole family to explore, discover and create with Derby Theatre. We are offering a wonderful opportunity to discover how we work, take part and learn more about the exciting world of theatre - and all absolutely free! For full details see page 23

For Children and Young People Don’t miss Arrivals Part of this summer’s Departure Lounge Festival, Arrivals is a fantastic programme of new writing for young people. Take part in a workshop and then join us for a performance of The Blue Road by Laura Lomas, newly commissioned for our Youth Theatre. For further details of workshops see page 11.

Youth Theatre Our Youth Theatre provides young people aged between 8 and 18 with an opportunity to enjoy theatre and to explore their creativity and express themselves in a safe, supportive, and inclusive environment. Working with professional theatre practitioners, all groups work towards a major annual show either on our main stage or in our studio theatre. “I get to be braver, stronger and meet new people.” “When I have had a bad day at school it makes me feel better.” Youth Theatre Members Cost: £80 a term from September 2017 * Academic Years 4 – 6: Tuesdays and Thursdays in term time, 5.00pm – 6.30pm Academic Years 7 – 9: Sundays in term time, 10.00am – 11.30am Academic Years 10 – 13/FE: Sundays in term time, 11.45am – 1.45pm


Cost: £40 a term* Academic Years 7 – 13/FE

Contact the Box Office to join the 17/18 course starting in September.

Summer Holiday Workshops: Play in a Week Come and join Derby Theatre professionals to learn new skills and work as a team to create a mini performance to be shared on the final day for friends and family. All welcome! £80.00 for the week* 7 - 11 Aug for academic years 4 – 6, 9.30am – 3.30pm 14 – 18 Aug for academic years 7 – 9, 9.30am – 3.30pm

“My son had an absolutely brilliant time. You totally inspired him. He loved the whole experience: learning, watching, performing and making new friends.” Cathy Travis

DT Young People’s Network Membership No matter what you’re interested in, get in touch and you can become a member of our network. We’ll send you regular information about a whole range of exciting stuff, from discounts on tickets to early opportunities to get involved in projects. For more information or to book a place, contact: or call the Box Office. *For all of our groups for young people we have a number of half price and free places available for families with limited financial means. Please email to enquire in confidence.

For more info contact: or call the Box Office

Schools and Colleges

Tea and Tour

As a Learning Theatre, we can give you special access to practitioners right across the theatre-making process, from designer to director, technician to actor.

Come and look round backstage and meet members of our team to find out more. Approx 1 hour.

For colleges, we can also give you a particular insight into the way our undergraduate courses are integrated into the process of professionally produced theatre.

Cost: £5 per head (including tea and biscuits)

For detailed information look out for our Learning Programme leaflet. We also work in partnership with QUAD, Déda and Baby People to provide you with a one-stop shop for all your creative and cultural learning requirements. You can choose from a wide range of projects and programmes on offer or contact us to develop something bespoke for your learners. To sign up to receive our Learning Programme, please email:

Derby Theatre and the National Theatre present

Monday 24 – Saturday 29 April An exciting festival of theatre, new writing and workshops for young people. Once again, Derby Theatre hosts the East Midlands Festival as part of National Theatre Connections. 12 young companies from around the region stage new plays written for them by some of theatre’s most exciting playwrights. Over the festival, Derby Theatre will become a vibrant artistic hub for young people, offering not just the chance to perform, but also to participate in workshops with leading creative professionals, open mic events and more! See our website for more details. 31

University of Derby University of Derby Theatre Arts and Technical Theatre students

Pronoun by Evan Placey Friday 5 & Saturday 6 May, 7.30pm "Once upon a time, there was a girl." Josh and Izzy planned to be together forever. Izzy’s Mum and Dad were just figuring out how to raise two teenage daughters. Dani looked up to her older sister. Izzy’s friends expected to always have her around. Izzy is now Dean. Pronoun is a story about love, acceptance, tolerance and James Dean. Izz... No, Dean, is navigating the trials and tribulations of being transgender and how his family and friends react to this transition. Can Mum cope with losing her daughter and will Dad embrace his new son? How does Josh deal with his girlfriend becoming a boy? A sensitive and powerful story of Dean and his journey to acceptance.

Tickets: £11 (£9 concessions, £5 UOD Students)

Derby Theatre Studio

Tickets: £10 (£7 concessions, £5 UOD Students)

University of Derby Theatre Arts and Technical Theatre students

University of Derby Theatre Arts and Technical Theatre students



by Steven Berkoff Friday 12 & Saturday 13 May, 8pm

by Peter Weiss Friday 19 & Saturday 20 May, 8pm

Berkoff’s Kvetch is a brutal exposé of the man on the train; the woman in the office; your partner; your friends and your secret gay lover. Presented on a canvas of colour, our participants do battle over tea and coffee. We’re all blissfully normal until someone puts a mic to our thoughts, right?

“The important thing is to pull yourself up by your own hair. To turn yourself inside out and see the whole world with fresh eyes” – Marat In this powerful and savage play, the inmates of the French asylum of Charenton, under the direction of the Marquis de Sade, perform The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat. Meanwhile the asylum owner invites sponsors to witness his patriotic version of the play, but de Sade and the inmates have a different plan – resulting in an unrelenting portrayal of the class struggle and of human suffering. Left with the fire of revolution in our hearts and the drumming of change in our heads the question is: does true revolution come from changing society or from change within ourselves? This contains scenes of nudity and sexual violence Suitable for age 16+

A much-needed insight into the psyche through five internal monologues set amongst everyday scenarios awash with striking imagery and dialogue. This amateur production of Kvetch is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, LTD.


Love to Learn at University of Derby We have an exciting portfolio of media and performing arts courses. These full-time BA (Hons) courses are taught through practice-based workshops, lectures and seminars. Students will also benefit from the links the university has with Derby Theatre – working alongside professional productions in fantastic facilities. • • • • • • • • •

Technical Theatre Contemporary Theatre and Performance Costume and Set Design Music Photography and Film Production Film Production Visual Effects and Post-Production Radio Production Media Production

For more information email:

Image from The Hour Before We Knew Nothing of Each Other, performed by Theatre Arts Students in February 2016. Photo: Steve Gresty



Pricing A Judgement in Stone

Great Expectations, Northanger Abbey, Cyrano de Bergerac Full Price £26.50 £25.00 £21.00 £16.50 £22.50 £19.50 £18.50 £15.50 £12.50 £11.50 £10.50 £9.50

Evenings Concession Groups Schools £24.50 £24.50 £23.00 £20-£21 £9.50 £19.00 £16-£17 £9.50 £16.50 £16.50 £9.50 Matinées £20.50 £20.50 £17.50 £15.00 £9.50 £16.50 £15.00 £9.50 £15.50 £15.50 £9.50 Previews (Great Expectations) £12.50 £12.50 £11.50 £11.50 £9.50 £10.50 £10.50 £9.50 £9.50 £9.50 £9.50


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£20.50 Matinées £28.50









£18.50 Monday - Thursday evenings £30.50










Peter Pan Saturday matinées & all shows Fri 22–Wed 27 Dec Full Price
























Evenings, weekday matinées 20, 21, 30 & 31 Dec, 2 Jan £26.00
















£18.00 £18.00 £11.50 Previews, weekday matinées (not inc. Tue 19 Dec–Tue 2 Jan) £14.00 £13.50 £10.00
















Studio Shows





Unless otherwise stated on show pages

Season Ticket This season, we’re offering two fantastic ticket deals

See 3 Main House shows for £39 • Northanger Abbey • Cyrano • Great Expectations

See 4 shows in the Studio for just £28 • Waves • SCI- FI? • Melancholy • Octopus

The Gingerbread Man All shows Full Price










Please see page 36 for more information on Groups Discounts.


Friday and Saturday evenings

Book your Season Ticket today by calling the Box Office or visiting our website. Terms and conditions apply. Excludes premium seats.

How to book

How to book Opening times


Non-performance days

Concessions are available for over-60s, under-16s, full-time students, registered unemployed, people with a disability and their carer, members of BECTU, Equity and the Writers’ Guild.

9.30am – 5.30pm

Performance days In person: 9.30am until 15 minutes after the start of the last event of the evening. Phones: 9.30am until half an hour before the first performance of the evening begins.

Children under two will only be admitted to suitable performances and must be in possession of a valid ticket (not available to book online).

Sundays and Bank Holidays

Groups of 10 or more, and school groups receive a discount on most shows, as well as a flexible booking process. See page 36 for more details.

One hour before the start of the first event until 15 minutes after the start of the last event.

Exchanges, refunds and reprints

We are only open on Sundays and Bank Holidays if an event is on.

All tickets are non-refundable unless the event is cancelled.

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We can exchange tickets for another performance of the same event at a cost of £1 per ticket. This must be done no later than 24 hours before the event in question and all tickets held by the customer, including print-at-home tickets, must be returned to the Box Office in person or by post. Tickets cannot be exchanged after the event has passed.

How to pay We accept all types of card payments, except American Express. Cheques are only accepted for group bookings of 20 or more. We can only reserve seats without payment for group bookings of 10 or more. We can post tickets to you if you are booking 7 days in advance, at a cost of £1. Otherwise, you can collect the tickets from us at your convenience, or we can email them to you to print at home.

Lost tickets can be reprinted free of charge no earlier than one hour before the start of the performance.






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*Price bands subject to change per event. Please check at Box Office or online.

Data Protection Derby Theatre is committed to upholding the data protection principles of good information-handling practices. When processing your booking the Box Office will ask you your name, address, telephone number and email address. This information may be used to keep you informed about forthcoming events at Derby Theatre. With your permission we may also pass on your name and address to other arts organisations who may send you information of a similar nature. You’ll be asked if your details can be used in this way at the time of booking. Prices and information correct at the time of going to print but are subject to change.


Group Booking

Schools and group bookings Derby Theatre warmly welcomes groups and schools and we offer a flexible booking process and special prices.

School groups • Tickets for £9.50 on most main house shows. • Every eleventh ticket free for a teacher or supervisor. • Help with risk assessment and coach drop-off arrangements. • Reserve now, pay later.

Groups of 10 or more • Up to £4 off (£3 off for The Gingerbread Man), standard ticket price for groups of 10*. Up to £5 off standard ticket price for groups of 15*. • Reserve now, pay later. • Special group rates available for family friendly events (non-schools) – ask at Box Office. • Hire our Alan Bates room for your group to use pre- and post-show and during the interval. For more details on hiring this space, please email:

Call the Box Office on 01332 593939, call in and see us, or email See page 34 for specific prices. *Only available on Mid and Classic seats. Discount will be capped at lowest price seats on each performance.

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By car

By train or by taxi

By bus

The most convenient car park is intu Derby basement car park (DE1 2PL) accessed from Traffic Street. To make life even easier you can buy your evening car park ticket at the same time you book your theatre tickets. Parking is only £2 after 6pm in this car park.

Derby Theatre is a 10-minute walk from the train station, follow the signs to intu Derby.

Trentbarton runs buses in Derby and to and from nearby towns and villages. Most buses stop at the bus station – just 5 minutes’ walk from the theatre. You can buy a reduced-price bus ticket with your theatre ticket from the Box Office – either a zigzag city play ticket (unlimited travel in the Derby city area for £2.50) or a zigzag play network ticket (unlimited travel across the whole network for £4.50).

We’ll be more than happy to order a taxi to be waiting for you after the performance, please ask at the Box Office upon arrival.


Access for all Derby Theatre welcomes all customers and has an extensive range of services to ensure you have an enjoyable and comfortable visit. Mention your requirements when you book tickets, and don’t hesitate to ask the Duty Manager if there is anything you need on arrival. We have been verified as being an accessible venue for disabled people by CredAbility – an independent quality mark run by disabled people. The relevant icons indicate how we can meet a variety of needs:

Standing and queueing Derby Theatre has seating on all levels of the theatre. You can pre-order your drinks, tickets, merchandise, ice creams and programmes when booking your tickets to avoid queuing. These can be brought to you when you arrive. Our staff can bring refreshments to your seat inside the auditorium at the interval.

Wheelchair access We have a fully accessible drop-off point at the top of the theatre with a permanent ramped double-door entrance. Or alternatively you can park in intu Derby basement car park blue badge area and our lift, situated in bay C, will bring you directly to all floors of the theatre. We have large accessible toilets on all levels. We have low counters at the bar, Box Office and café. We have designated wheelchair spaces inside the auditorium so please mention your requirements when booking.

Assistance dogs Assistance dogs are welcome in all areas of the building. Please talk to the Box Office about any special requirements when booking.

Difficulty accessing visual information If you would like our brochure in large print please enquire at the Box Office. Where possible we provide audio-described performances. Ideal for blind and partially sighted people, audio description is a form of audio-visual translation using the natural pauses in dialogue or between critical sound elements to insert a narrative that translates the visual image into a sense form.

Difficulty accessing audible information Sound enhancement systems are available inside the theatre and studio. The best quality of sound is through our brand new Digital RF headsets, which are available to borrow free from Front of House. You could also take advantage of our new digital system by using your own earphones, to plug directly into the pocket-sized body packs. If you prefer to use the T switch on your hearing aid, please borrow an induction loop aerial. We can also offer assisted listening on backstage tours. Where possible we provide British Sign Language interpreted performances. We also have a Portable Hearing Loop which offers versatile, desktop assistance for people with hearing loss who use telecoil-equipped hearing instruments or cochlear implants.

Personal support We operate an Assisted Access Scheme for those who require somebody to be present in order to assist them to readily access theatre shows and, as such, we allow members to buy a seat for themselves at the standard rate and one for an assistant at no cost. A CredAbility Access Card with the +1 symbol entitles the cardholder to membership of our Assisted Access scheme. To apply for either the Assisted Access scheme or the CredAbility Access Card, visit our website More access information is available on our website:

Access performances: Great Expectations

Peter Pan

BSL Interpreted: Thu 19 Oct, 7.30pm

BSL Interpreted: Wed 13 Dec, 10.15am Wed 27 Dec, 6.00pm

Audio Described: Thu 19 Oct, 7.30pm Sat 21 Oct, 2.30pm

The Gingerbread Man BSL Interpreted: Tue 12 Dec, 1.30pm Sat 16 Dec, 1.30pm

Audio Described: Wed 13 Dec, 10.15am Sat 30 Dec, 1.00pm Relaxed Performance: Thu 4 January, 10.15am

Please be aware that touch tours will be held 1 hour before the start of the Audio Described performance.




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Betrayal Wonder Woman First Bite Festival The Moon and Me Open Day Tim Brooke-Taylor Northanger Abbey Northanger Abbey Northanger Abbey Youth Theatre Triple Bill Mr Bloom’s Nursery Youth Theatre Triple Bill Goldilocks & The Three Bears BBC Big Band Morgan & West Kids’ Show Morgan & West Parlour Tricks Letters to Windsor House Connections Festival Connections Festival Connections Festival Connections Festival Connections Festival Connections Festival

2.30pm AD & 7.30pm 2pm & 8pm 7pm 12pm & 2pm 1pm-5pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 2.30pm & 7.30pm 2.30pm & 6.30pm 11am & 2pm 2.30pm & 6.30pm 12pm, 2pm R & 4pm 7.30pm 2.30pm 7.30pm 8pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm

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Pronoun Pronoun Waves Sold out Ruby Wax COAL COAL Stewart Lee Sold out Kvetch Dinosaur World Kvetch Dinosaur World The All-Star Stand-Up Tour Cyrano Cyrano Cyrano Cyrano Marat/Sade Cyrano Marat/Sade Reduced Shakespeare Company Super Sunday Super Sunday Something Else Kessoku ReMix!

7.30pm 7.30pm 8pm 7.30pm 8pm PS 8pm 8pm 8pm 11.30am & 2.30pm 8pm 11.30am & 2.30pm 8pm 7.30pm 2.30pm & 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 8pm 2.30pm & 7.30pm 8pm 7.30pm 7.30pm PS 7.30pm 1pm & 3.30pm BSL 11am & 2.30pm L PS

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SCI-FI? One Little Word Derwent Brass Made in the Great War Melancholy Count Arthur Strong Scratch Night A Judgement in Stone A Judgement in Stone A Judgement in Stone A Judgement in Stone A Judgement in Stone A Tale to Tell A Judgement in Stone Graeme of Thrones Babe, The Sheep-Pig Babe, The Sheep-Pig

8pm 1pm & 3pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 8pm L 8pm 5pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 2.30pm & 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 2pm & 4pm 2.30pm & 7.30pm 8pm 1.30pm 10.30am, 1.30pm & 7pm

July Saturday 1 July Saturday 1 July Friday 7 July Wednesday 12 July Thursday 13 July Friday 14 July Saturday 15 July Sunday 16 July Thursday 20 July Friday 21 July Saturday 22 July Sunday 23 July Thursday 27 July Friday 28 July Saturday 29 July

Babe, The Sheep-Pig Octopus La Bohème The Phantom of the Opera The Phantom of the Opera The Phantom of the Opera The Phantom of the Opera The Eagle Awards Departure Lounge Festival Departure Lounge Festival Departure Lounge Festival Departure Lounge Festival The Blue Road The Blue Road The Blue Road

1.30pm & 6pm 8pm PS 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 2.30pm & 7.30pm 7pm Please see website Please see website Please see website Please see website 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm

Main house BSL British sign language

Open Day

Studio AD Audio described




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PS Post-show discussion

What is a preview performance? Preview performances are a fantastic opportunity to see a public performance in its early stages. The creative team are still in the process of applying final touches to the production and the great ticket price for these performances reflects this.


We would like to thank the following organisations for their generous support:

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