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SPRING SEASON

From January 2020

WINNER: Excellence in Arts Education UK Theatre Awards 2019

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WELCOME TO OUR SPRING SEASON Our spring season offers up a wealth of great shows, and I hope you will be able to join us for one or all of them. Of course, before then, we have two fantastic festive shows on offer and I’m delighted to welcome Oliver O’Shea to direct the timeless classic, A Christmas Carol, whilst I create Little Red Riding Hood, a magical gem of a show for under 7s in our Studio. We then follow up with new co-productions with Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch, where Douglas Rintoul’s Macbeth is bound to be a spine-chilling feast, and Crongton Knights with Pilot Theatre, which follows our hugely successful co-production of Noughts & Crosses last year. For Easter, we have another extravaganza of a family show for you Treasure Island. Just like The Jungle Book last year, this production will have full BSL integration and captioning, live music and plenty of magic for all the family. I am also delighted to inform you that we recently won the UK Theatre Award for Excellence in Arts Education, so why not get in touch to find out how you can study with us, participate in a community workshop or support the work that we do across the city. Don’t forget that we also invite you to join us for Community Cuppa, a chance to meet and chat with new and old friends from all areas of our community over a free cuppa and a biscuit. Don’t forget to tweet me @SarahBrigham, send me a letter or email to tell me what you’re enjoying this season. I look forward to seeing you soon.

Sarah Brigham Artistic Director & Chief Executive

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A Derby Theatre Production A FESTIVE FAVOURITE FROM CHRISTMAS PAST

ORIGINAL STORY

Charles Dickens ADAPTED BY

Neil Duffield

DIRECTED BY

Oliver O’Shea from the original production directed by Sarah Brigham DESIGNER

Neil Irish

FRIDAY 29 NOVEMBER – SATURDAY 4 JANUARY

Neil Duffield’s stunning adaptation of Charles Dickens’ treasured novel returns to the Derby Theatre stage for Christmas 2019. On Christmas Eve, the cruel humbug Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by the ghost of his old business partner Jacob Marley to warn him to change his miserly ways. After midnight, three spirits guide Scrooge on a journey through his Christmases past, present and future, to reveal the errors of his cold-heart. Along the way he encounters the mistletoe and merriment of Mr Fezziwig’s dancing party, Tiny Tim’s generous Christmas spirit and the true consequences of his meanness. Made in Derby and performed by a talented ensemble cast with live music and carols, this much-loved festive story will be a heart-warming experience for all the family this Christmas.

MUSICAL DIRECTOR

Jack Quarton

“A sparkling presentation of Charles Dickens’ perennial favourite. ” British Theatre Guide (A Christmas Carol, 2014)

Tue 10 Dec, 10.15am Fri 13 Dec, 7.15pm Sat 21 Dec, 2.30pm Wed 18 Dec, 2.30pm Sat 28 Dec, 2.30pm Touch Tours at 1.15pm Thu 19 Dec, 10.15am Thu 2 Jan, 2.30pm Fri 3 Jan, 2.30pm See pages 40-42 for GET INVOLVED opportunities

MEMBERSHIP DEAL 50% off tickets on Fri 29 Nov – Tue 3 Dec or £5 off for all other performances (price bands A-C) PERFORMANCE TIMES:

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TICKETS: from £12.50


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A Derby Theatre and Hiccup Theatre Production

Little Red Riding Hood WEDNESDAY 4 DECEMBER – SATURDAY 4 JANUARY

Grandma... what big eyes you have! It’s Christmas Eve and Grandma is not feeling too well... luckily, Little Red has a basket of supplies to save the day. Just keep to the path, don’t stop to pick the flowers, don’t talk to strangers and don’t mention Grandma’s whiskers! Hiccup Theatre bring you a brand new version of the classic story that is all the better to entertain you with! Hilarious and heart-warming, magical and musical… it’s another festive treat from the team that brought you Goldilocks and The Three Bears and The Gingerbread Man. Featuring beautiful puppetry, fantastic storytelling, a girl with attitude, a wolf with an appetite and amazing live music and original songs! Perfect for all little people and their grown-ups.

DIRECTOR

Sarah Brigham DESIGNER

Sam Wilde COMPOSER

Ivan Stott

“A captivating production” The Guardian on Goldilocks

★★★★ “A fast-paced, joyous fairy tale for all ages” The Stage on The Gingerbread Man

Wed 11 Dec, 1.30pm Sat 14 Dec, 1.30pm Thu 2 Jan, 1.30pm

MEMBERSHIP DEAL Save £2 per ticket PERFORMANCE TIMES:

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TICKETS: from £12 (under 26s £10) Schools rate available AGE GUIDE: Under 7s and their families


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A Derby Theatre and Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch Production

DIRECTED BY

Douglas Rintoul DESIGNER

Ruari Murchison

TUESDAY 3 – SATURDAY 14 MARCH

Shakespeare’s darkest and spookiest thriller... Battles. Murder. Ghosts. And desire... Three witches on a heath have a disturbing prophecy for a victorious warrior. Macbeth will be King of Scotland. As this wicked seed is planted, daring Macbeth and his determined wife Lady Macbeth draw bloody daggers and set out on a fateful path. But seizing the crown comes at a terrible price, as guilt grows, enemies draw close and the fight for survival hurtles towards a tragic conclusion... This epic and intensely terrifying period version of Shakespeare’s most regal and timeless classic warns of the effects of political ambition on those who seek power for its own sake. This co-production with Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch follows the successful collaboration of Abigail’s Party, Abi and One Man, Two Guvnors.

“Douglas Rintoul once again shows off his directing prowess” Gateway FM on Abigail’s Party

★★★★ “Gripping production” What’s On Stage on The Crucible

Thu 12 Mar, 7.30pm Wed 11 Mar, 2pm Touch Tour at 12.45pm Sat 14 Mar, 2.30pm Touch Tour at 1.15pm See pages 40-42 for GET INVOLVED opportunities

MEMBERSHIP DEAL 50% off tickets on Tue 3 & Wed 4 March (bands A-B) and £5 off all other performances (bands A-C)

Schools performances and schools ticket rate available PERFORMANCE TIMES:

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TICKETS: from £10


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Derby Theatre and Pilot Theatre in co-production with Belgrade Theatre Coventry and York Theatre Royal present

CRONGTON KNIGHTS TUESDAY 17 – SATURDAY 21 MARCH

Life isn’t easy on the Crongton Estate and for McKay and his mates it’s all about keeping their heads down but when a friend finds herself in trouble, they set out on a mission that goes further than any of them imagined. Crongton Knights will take you on a night of madcap adventure as McKay and his friends ‘The Magnificent Six’ encounter the dangers and triumphs of a mission gone awry. In this world premiere adaptation of Alex Wheatle’s award-winning novel, the pulse of the city is alive on stage with a soundscape of beatboxing and vocals laid down by the cast and created by acclaimed musician Conrad Murray. Crongton Knights is about the friends you’ll never forget and how lessons learned the hard way can bring you closer together.

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Alex Wheatle ADAPTED BY

Emteaz Hussain DIRECTED BY

Corey Campbell & Esther Richardson “Alex Wheatle is an inspirer. He is a vital writer. He is a prince among men. Long may he reign.” Lemn Sissay Praise for Noughts and Crosses:

★★★★ The Observer ★★★★ The Stage “A spellbound teenage audience” The Guardian “Stylish”  The Times

Thu 19 Mar, 6pm See pages 40-42 for GET INVOLVED opportunities

MEMBERSHIP DEAL 50% off tickets on 17 March and £5 off for all other performances (bands A-B) PERFORMANCE TIMES:

See website TICKETS: from £8 Schools rate available AGE GUIDE: 11+


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A Derby Theatre Production

ADAPTED BY

Theresa Heskins DIRECTED BY

Sarah Brigham ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR

Emily Howlett DESIGNER

Neil Irish

COMPOSER

Ivan Stott

BSL CONSULTANT

Daryl Jackson

SATURDAY 28 MARCH – SATURDAY 11 APRIL

Set sail on the high seas for a spectacular swashbuckling adventure at Derby Theatre during Easter 2020, a pirate-filled production perfect for the whole family. Theresa Heskins’ award-winning adaptation of Treasure Island is inspired by Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic tale of buried treasure and buccaneers. Brimming with a bountiful supply of live music, sumptuous sets and costumes, drama and ahoy me hearties, this is a thrilling theatrical voyage for all ages to embark on. Batten down the hatches and book now for the truly wonderful Treasure Island. Treasure Island follows the hugely successful production of The Jungle Book in 2019 and all performances will have fully integrated BSL and Captioning.

Press about The Jungle Book: ★★★★ The Stage “A riot: easy, playful, wild, fun” The Guardian

All performances are BSL integrated and Captioned Wed 8 April, 1.30pm and Sat 11 April, 1.30pm (both with touch tours at 12.15pm) Thu 9 Apr, 1.30pm Sun 5 April, 2pm

MEMBERSHIP DEAL 50% off tickets on Sat 28 and Mon 30 Mar or £5 off all other performances (bands A-C) PERFORMANCE TIMES:

Evenings at 7pm, for other times see pages 46-47 TICKETS: From £10


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DRAMA

Selladoor Productions, Matthew Townshend Productions, Belgrade Theatre Coventry and Perth Theatre at Horsecross Arts present

FRANKENSTEIN MONDAY 20 – SATURDAY 25 JANUARY An eighteen year-old girl, Mary Shelley, dreams up a monster whose tragic story will capture the imaginations of generations to come. A young scientist by the name of Frankenstein breathes life into a gruesome body. Banished into an indifferent world, Frankenstein’s creature desperately seeks out his true identity, but the agony of rejection and a broken promise push him into darkness. Dangerous and vengeful, the creature threatens to obliterate Frankenstein and everyone he loves, in a ferocious and bloodthirsty hunt for his maker. Rona Munro’s brilliant new adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Gothic masterpiece, from the producers of Of Mice and Men and The Crucible, places the writer herself amongst the action as she wrestles with her creation and with the stark realities facing revolutionary young women, then and now.

A THRILLER BY

Mary Shelley ADAPTED BY

Rona Munro DIRECTOR

Patricia Benecke “Inventive adaptation is an exploration and celebration of female creativity.” The Stage

Thu 23 Jan, 7.30pm Sat 25 Jan, 2.30pm Touch Tour at 1.15pm PERFORMANCE TIMES:

7.30pm with 2.30pm matinees on the Wed & Sat

MEMBERSHIP DEAL 50% off on 20 Jan, 7.30pm and 22 Jan, 2.30pm or £5 off all other performances (bands A-C) TICKETS: from £15, under 26s £2 off (Bands A-C), schools rate available until Fri 20 Dec AGE GUIDE: 11+


MUSICAL

The Original Theatre Company present

THE CROFT

MONDAY 27 JANUARY – SATURDAY 1 FEBRUARY Based on a true story. In the remote Scottish Highlands two women arrive at a former Crofters Hut in the deserted village of Coillie Ghille. When suddenly the weekend getaway takes an unexpected turn. Cut off from the modern world, Laura and Suzanne find themselves drawn into the dark history of the Croft and the lives that passed before them. In this bold and haunting new play the present interweaves with the past as ancient tales surface and the terrifying truth lurking in the Croft is revealed. Directed by award-winning director Philip Franks (The Habit of Art) and produced by The Original Theatre Company (The Habit of Art, The Night Watch, Birdsong), The Croft will be setting pulses racing this spring. Starring national treasure Gwen Taylor (Barbara, A Bit of A Do, Coronation Street, Heartbeat) and Caroline Harker (Middlemarch, A Touch of Frost).

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A THRILLER BY

Ali Milles

DIRECTOR

Philip Franks STARRING

Gwen Taylor “A Killer Thriller to knock ‘em dead…by the end I was jumping out of my skin at every bump” The Daily Mail on Night Must Fall (2016)

Thu 30 Jan, 7.30pm Sat 1 Feb, 2.30pm Touch Tour at 1.15pm PERFORMANCE TIMES:

7.30pm with 2.30pm matinees on the Wed & Sat

MEMBERSHIP DEAL 50% off on 27 Jan, 7.30pm and 29 Jan, 2.30pm or £5 off all other performances (bands A-B) TICKETS: from £20, under 26s £2 off (bands A-C) AGE GUIDE: 14+


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DANCE

Presented in association with Déda

★★★★★

GARY CLARKE COMPANY:

“Wasteland is a truly wonderful piece of dance-theatre: humane, politically charged, by turns funny and sad” Anna Winter, The Stage

THURSDAY 6 – FRIDAY 7 FEBRUARY

★★★★★

WASTELAND

In 1994 hundreds of coal miners hung up their pit boots as Grimethorpe Colliery was destroyed, along with the tight-knit working-class community that surrounded it. WASTELAND, Gary Clarke’s sequel to COAL, looks at how two generations coped in this era of radical upheaval. As we see one generation grind to a halt, we follow the next into the 90s’ illegal rave scene, where derelict warehouses and abandoned work spaces became home for a new-found community of music and dance. Bringing together Clarke’s vivid physical dance language performed by a company of exceptional dancers, a community cast of singers, brass musicians, archive film footage, a powerful rave soundtrack and unique art work by Jimmy Cauty (co-founder of The KLF), WASTELAND dives head first into a gritty story of loss, hope, escapism and survival.

“A poignant and thrilling portrait of the British rave scene” Eliza Gearty, The Skinny

Post-show discussion: Thu 6 Feb Pre-show discussion: Fri 7 Feb, 6.30pm See pages 40-42 for GET INVOLVED opportunities PERFORMANCE TIME:

7.30pm

TICKETS: £16 / £14 under 26s AGE GUIDE: 14+ Contains some strobe lighting, loud music, strong language and smoke effects


PHYSICAL THEATRE MUSICAL

A Gecko and Mind the Gap co-production

A LITTLE SPACE

THURSDAY 27 – SATURDAY 29 FEBRUARY What does it mean to you to have a little space? A little space where we can escape the world and be ourselves. Where we can say whatever we want, do whatever we feel and where no-one will ever bother us. But it can be an unpredictable space too, where voices are funnelled away, fears leak through the floorboards, songs light up the room and you never know who’s listening behind the door. A place where whispers come to life and one kind gesture could change everything.

ASSOCIATE DIRECTORS

Rich Rusk and Helen Baggett DESIGNER

Rhys Jarman LIGHTING DESIGNER

Chris Swain COMPOSER

Dave Price

Post-show discussion: Thu 27 Feb A little space is non-verbal. Fri 28 Feb, 1.30pm

A little space has been commissioned by HOME, Manchester and The Place, London. Following on from the international success of The Dreamer (2016), Gecko’s second associate show, a little space combines their unique blend of theatre, choreography and stunning imagery with incredible performers from Mind the Gap, one of Europe’s leading learning disability theatre companies.

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PERFORMANCE TIMES:

7.30pm on Thu & Sat, 1.30pm on Fri TICKETS: £19.50, under 26s £16.50


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PERFORMANCE

A Curious Monkey and Northern Stage co-production in association with Derby Theatre

HERE WEDNESDAY 22 – THURSDAY 23 APRIL, 7.30PM Four seasons, four people, from four corners of the world, and a teenage girl’s message in the sky. The strange city folds and unfolds around them, like a maze of paper: a story that opens up like a book to get lost in. They haven’t found the ending yet, but they know it will have to be something extraordinary. A powerful new play by Lindsay Rodden, HERE is about finding sanctuary in the unlikeliest of places. About dancing on rooftops, blossom in winter, and re-writing the story of the city as your own. About two best friends with a library card, and the power they summon through friendship and books to make something magical. To say WE WERE HERE. HERE is part of The Arriving Project, Curious Monkey’s ongoing work with people seeking sanctuary in the North East and Derby. TICKETS: from £10

AGE GUIDE: 12+

National Dance Company Wales

KIN: DANCE THAT CONNECTS US

TUESDAY 5 MAY, 7.30PM It brings people, families, friends, clubs, teams, tribes and communities together. NDCWales perform poetry, sport and politics across three powerful pieces of dance. Rygbi: Yma / Here is uplifting: full of hope, glory and camaraderie. It celebrates the pride and passion that rugby players and fans experience together. Lunatic is an energetic riot. It is fun, relevant and fired up. It smashes together 30s’ music and style with 90s’ pop-culture. First shown 10 years ago it is fuelled by questions surrounding nationality, gender and class. Time and Time and Time is elegant. Dancers reveal a shimmering poem about the relationship between the history of time and the poetry of destiny. See page 42 for GET INVOLVED opportunities. Workshops available to schools – book a workshop and tickets to the performance are £10 per ticket (plus one teacher free with every 10 booked) TICKETS: £16, under 26s £14 AGE GUIDE: 12+


MUSICAL DRAMA

Northern Broadsides J.M. Barrie’s

QUALITY STREET

TUESDAY 14 – SATURDAY 18 APRIL Phoebe Throssel lives on Quality Street, the bustling hub of a quaint northern town where she runs a school for unruly children. Ten years since a tearful goodbye, an old flame returns from fighting Napoleon. But the look of disappointment on Captain Valentine’s face when he greets a more mature, less glamorous Phoebe, spurs our determined heroine to action. She becomes the wild and sparkling Miss Livvy, a younger alter-ego who soon entraps the clueless Captain. As their romance is rekindled, can she juggle both personas? Or will her deception scandalise the town and wreck any future with the man she loves? J.M. Barrie’s delicious farce, written years before his much-loved Peter Pan, was so well known in its day that it gave its name to the UK’s most popular chocolates, made in Halifax since 1936. In Laurie Sansom’s directorial debut for Northern Broadsides, this rare revival also features a commentary from the Quality Street™ factory workers, whose own stories of hapless romance and growing old disgracefully give the show a playful Yorkshire twist.

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DIRECTOR

Laurie Sansom DESIGNER

Jessica Worrall LIGHTING DESIGNER

Joe Price

SOUND DESIGNER / COMPOSER

Nick Sagar

CASTING DIRECTOR

Sarah Hughes CDG PUPPET MAKER

Beka Haigh

Thu 16 Apr, 7.30pm Sat 18 Apr, 2.30pm Touch Tour at 1.15pm PERFORMANCE TIMES:

7.30pm with 2.30pm matinees on the Wed & Sat

MEMBERSHIP DEAL 50% off tickets on 14 & 15 April, 7.30pm and £5 off tickets on all other performances (bands A-C) TICKETS: from £15


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DRAMA

London Classic Theatre

ABSURD PERSON SINGULAR

BY

Alan Ayckbourn DIRECTOR

Michael Cabot LIGHTING

Andy Grange SET DESIGN

TUESDAY 9 – SATURDAY 13 JUNE

Simon Scullion

Three married couples. Three kitchens. Three Christmas parties.

“A master of comic ingenuity” The Guardian

Sidney Hopcroft, a small-time tradesman, persuades wife Jane to throw a Christmas party hoping to find favour with a bank manager and local architect. As the celebrations get under way, class differences and naked ambition combine to hilarious effect as, one by one, the characters seek refuge in Jane’s kitchen. Over the next two years, the Jacksons and Brewster-Wrights take turns to host festivities. But Sidney’s star has begun to rise and roles are increasingly reversed as the cracks in the other couples’ marriages begin to show. Alan Ayckbourn’s comic masterpiece of social climbing in 1970s suburbia fuses a potent mix of farce and black comedy. An Olivier and Tony Award winning playwright, Alan Ayckbourn’s 81 plays have been produced worldwide. Notable successes include: The Norman Conquests, Relatively Speaking, Bedroom Farce, A Chorus of Disapproval and Communicating Doors.

Thu 11 Jun, 7.30pm Sat 13 Jun, 2.30pm Touch Tour at 1.15pm PERFORMANCE TIMES:

7.30pm with 2.30pm matinees on the Wed & Sat

MEMBERSHIP DEAL

50% off tickets on 9 June, 7.30pm and 10 June, 2.30pm and £5 off for all other performances (bands A-C) TICKETS: from £15.50


MUSICAL

Rhum and Clay Theatre Company. Co-produced by Brighton Festival, HOME Manchester, New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth and Nuffield Southampton Theatres

WRITTEN WITH

Isley Lynn

ORIGINALLY COMMISSIONED BY

THE WAR OF THE WORLDS

New Diorama Theatre ★★★★

WEDNESDAY 24 – SATURDAY 27 JUNE

The Guardian

“No-one would have believed in the early years of the twentieth century that this world was being watched...” But we did believe. We believed that Martians landed in New Jersey. We believed a water tower was an alien war machine. We believed a man walked on the moon. We believe everything the internet tells us and now the end of the world is being broadcast live... Inspired by H.G. Wells’ sci-fi novel and Orson Welles’ classic radio play, this legendary science fiction thriller is playfully reimagined for our era of Fake News and ‘alternative facts’. Supported using public funding by Arts Council England. Supported By China Plate, Corn Exchange Newbury, The New Wolsey Theatre and Redbridge Drama Centre.

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“A whirling multi-rolling ensemble… just juicy” WhatsOnStage

★★★★ “Deft and ingenious” ★★★★The Stage Thu 25 Jun, 7.30pm Sat 27 Jun, 2.30pm Touch Tour at 1.15pm PERFORMANCE TIMES:

7.30pm with 2.30pm matinees on the Sat

MEMBERSHIP DEAL 50% off tickets on 24 June, 7.30pm or 27 June, 2.30pm and £5 off for all other performances (price bands A-C) TICKETS: from £16


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FAMILY THEATRE

Morgan & West with Making Productions

MORGAN & WEST: UNBELIEVABLE SCIENCE

MONDAY 17 FEBRUARY, 2PM Morgan & West present captivating chemistry, phenomenal physics, and bonkers biology in this fun for all the family science extravaganza! Magicians, time travellers and all-round spiffing chaps Morgan & West have a secret past –they are genuine, bona fide, legitimately qualified scientists, and now are bringing their love of enlightenment to the stage! Expect explosive thrills, chemical spills and a risk assessment that gives their stage manager chills, all backed up by the daring duo’s trademark wit, charm and detailed knowledge of the scientific method. Leave your lab coats at the door it’s time for Unbelievable Science! On TV, Morgan & West have fooled Penn & Teller (Fool Us ITV 1), competed to be the Next Great Magician ITV 1), and even attempted to escape The Slammer (CBBC). Please note: Morgan & West take full responsibility for any horizons broadened, passions enflamed or minds blown during the course of the show. TICKETS: £12, under 26s £10 (£2 off for Friends) AGE GUIDE: 6+

Nonsense Room

SHARK IN THE PARK THURSDAY 20 FEBRUARY, 2PM & 4.30PM Timothy Pope is looking through his telescope…but wait, is that a Shark, in the Park?! From the creative team behind The Hairy Maclary Show, see all three of Nick Sharratt’s Shark in the Park books live on Stage. Featuring all three of the Shark in the Park Series – Shark in the Park, Shark in the Dark and Shark in the Park on a Windy Day – this fin-tastic, family musical follows Timothy Pope (and his telescope!) on three exciting adventures… TICKETS: £14.50, under 26s £12.50 (£2 off for Friends) AGE GUIDE: 3+


MUSICAL Bric à Brac Theatre

MUSTARD DOESN’T GO WITH GIRLS

SUNDAY 8 MARCH, 1PM Sugar and spice and everything nice, Is that what girls are made of? Not if you ask Abigail! When the children of Bow-on-Tie start mysteriously disappearing, Abigail embarks on a music-filled adventure to uncover the Cabinet of Animals’ secrets and prove that girls are made of more than just sugar and spice. TICKETS: £12, under 26s £10 (£2 off for Friends)

AGE GUIDE: 7+

The Difference Engine

Oily Cart

JAMBOREE TUESDAY 7 – WEDNESDAY 8 APRIL, 11AM & 2PM It’s time to make some noise! Jamboree is a vibrant piece of gig-theatre made for and with teenagers who have profound and multiple disabilities (age 12+). Let our Balkan band guide you and your friends and family through a colourful world, where the music can be felt through your whole body. Using tunes co-created with young people who have profound and multiple disabilities, Jamboree is a sensory theatrical riot like no other. TICKETS: £10 (free carer) Please note: only 12 young people/carer spaces plus 4 observer places AGE GUIDE: 12+

Northern Ballet

LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD

TUESDAY 26 MAY, 12PM, 2PM & 4PM Little Red Riding Hood is a kind and thoughtful little girl who loves her family. One day, on a visit to her grandmother, she meets a very hungry wolf in the forest who just wants something to eat. But is he really such a big, bad wolf? Join Little Red on her adventure as she makes friends and discovers the importance of kindness. Retelling the classic fairy tale with a Northern Ballet twist, Little Red Riding Hood is the perfect opportunity for your little ones to enjoy live ballet, music and theatre. This child-friendly performance lasts approximately 40 minutes. TICKETS: £12, under 26s £10 (£2 off for Friends)

AGE GUIDE: 3+

The 2pm performance will be a Relaxed performance

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ONE NIGHT EVENTS

GARY DELANEY FRIDAY 17 JANUARY, 8PM Due to exceptional demand and an array of sold out dates all over the UK, Britain’s leading one-liner comic extends his brand new 2018 tour with even more dates for 2019 and 2020, returning to the road with another onslaught of lean, expertly crafted gaggery. A Mock The Week regular and recent star of the new Live At The Apollo series, Gary’s shows are renowned in the business for a near unrivalled volume of high-class gags. You should expect no difference from this highly acclaimed show. Please note Coolio will not be appearing. TICKETS: £17.50 AGE GUIDE: 16+

AN EVENING WITH

SIR MICHAEL PARKINSON

SATURDAY 8 FEBRUARY, 7.30PM An Evening with Sir Michael Parkinson celebrates the life and career of a man who has interviewed over 2000 of the most important cultural figures of the 20th and 21st centuries. In conversation with his son Mike and showing highlights from the Parkinson archive, An Evening with Sir Michael Parkinson is a unique opportunity to get an intimate, entertaining and informative look at his remarkable journey from a pit village in Yorkshire to the top of those famous stairs whilst reliving the best moments from a show that for many defined their Saturday night. TICKETS: £30.50

The Ronnie Scott’s All Stars

THE RONNIE SCOTT’S SOHO SONGBOOK SUNDAY 16 FEBRUARY, 7.30PM Direct from London’s world-famous jazz club and combining world-class live jazz, narration and rare archive images and footage, The Ronnie Scott’s All Stars take to the stage to celebrate The Ronnie Scott’s Soho Songbook. Featuring classic music from the jazz greats who have performed at Ronnie Scott’s, alongside narration and projected archive images and rare footage from the club, this is a glimpse into this unique world and its incredible history. “Outstanding players. For poise, balance and swing they’re a joy to listen to” The Observer TICKETS: £23 (£2 off for Friends)


MUSICAL

MICHAEL MCGOLDRICK, JOHN MCCUSKER AND JOHN DOYLE TUESDAY 18 FEBRUARY, 7.30PM Folk music’s legendary triumvirate of musical magpies Mike McGoldrick, John Doyle and John McCusker are out on the road again in 2020. With their recently released album, The Wishing Tree this will be an evening to remember. Described as the masters of flute, fiddle, song and guitar they have worked with the biggest and brightest and bring you a night of beautifully crafted music. Having shared stages and recording studios with everyone from Bob Dylan and Mark Knopfler to Paul Weller, Joan Baez and Linda Thompson, Mike, John & John are a rare musical treat you’ll savour for a very long time. TICKETS: £19.50

Off The Kerb Productions presents

JOEL DOMMETT – LIVE 2020

WEDNESDAY 19 FEBRUARY, 8PM Join Joel as he brings you bang up to date on his life since his last live show! He has become a regular face on TV, from being a finalist in 2016’s I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! (ITV), to then hosting ITV2’s I’m a Celebrity Extra Camp alongside Scarlett Moffatt and Joe Swash. He starred in two series of the critically acclaimed Comedy Central Show Joel and Nish VS the World, is the co-host of ITV2’s new dating show Singletown and he’s the presenter of the soon to be aired international smash The Masked Singer (ITV). The start of 2019 saw Joel release a 30 minute stand-up special for NETFLIX as part of a global comedy event Comedians of the World. He has also achieved a place on the Sunday Times Bestseller list with his book It’s Not Me It’s Them which was recently released in paperback. TICKETS: £18.50

AGE GUIDE: Strictly 14+ (Contains swearing and adult content)

Off The Kerb Productions presents

MARK STEEL

EVERY LITTLE THING’S GONNA BE ALRIGHT SATURDAY 22 FEBRUARY, 8PM A few years ago, it seemed unlikely that the UK would vote to leave the EU; we had a reasonable opposition to the Tory Government; Donald Trump was a buffoon who surely wasn’t going to beat Hillary Clinton and Mark was living the married suburban ideal, since then it’s all gone to absolute sh*t! But don’t worry as Mark thinks Every Little Thing’s Gonna Be Alright. Mark’s sell-out show Who Do I Think I Am, revealed his natural father was a world backgammon champion. Now the star of Radio 4’s Mark Steel’s in Town, and newspaper columnist of the year, is touring a show which is guaranteed to make the world seem even more mental than it is. TICKETS: £15.50

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OperaUpClose in association with the Belgrade Theatre presents Puccini’s

MADAM BUTTERFLY

FRIDAY 21 FEBRUARY, 7.30PM Olivier Award-winning OperaUpClose in association with the Belgrade Theatre in Coventry presents a new English version of Puccini’s Madam Butterfly. A young woman abandoned by the man for whom she sacrificed everything. But she is stronger than anyone imagined… Retold from a female, East-Asian perspective, this Madam Butterfly is transposed to 1980s Japan, where traditional culture collides with a new digital age, and the intimate exploration into the heart and mind of a young woman, is all the more poignant. One of the best-loved operas of all time, Puccini’s sublime music has been re-orchestrated to be performed by a diverse cast of eight singers, accompanied by four live musicians. “OperaUpClose is leading an artistic revolution” Sunday Times TICKETS: from £15, under 26s £2 off (Bands A-C) AGE GUIDE: 12+

KOJO ANIM Presenting the Taxi Tour

SUNDAY 23 FEBRUARY, 8PM Join 2019 BGT Golden Buzzer comedy star Kojo Anim on his debut UK Tour. After wowing the judges on BGT as a finalist, Kojo’s ready to hit the road with his new and exciting show. Enjoy as he shares funny observations about life, parenthood and family. With friends such as Kevin Hart & Dave Chappelle, you can be sure Kojo has some entertaining stories to tell. The time is now for this former BT customer service employee from Hackney East london. Kojo is here to make the world laugh and it all starts at a theatre near you. TICKETS: £20 AGE GUIDE: 16+


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ANDY PARSONS

HEALING THE NATION TUESDAY 21 APRIL, 8PM

It was 24th June 2016 and I found myself contemplating a supermarket meal deal. I only wanted a sandwich and I only needed a sandwich but given that I could get a snack and a drink for only 5p more it seemed financially irresponsible not to. I had spent so long pondering the EU Referendum result from the day before that I was now in a massive rush. The lad on the till scanned the first two items no problem but the third item he couldn’t get to scan at all. I thought ‘this is going to be a nightmare’ – there was a queue building up and he looked like he was going to call the supervisor. Then to his credit, he tried to scan it one more time, it wouldn’t scan – so he went ‘bip’ himself and chucked it through. And it was at that moment I thought “oh we’ll be alright as a country we will”. And we will be alright. Trust me. I’m not a politician. As seen on Mock the Week, Live at the Apollo, Q.I. and repeated on Dave. “Cracking adlibbing… a joke-rich rallying call for a better Britain” The Guardian TICKETS: £15.50 AGE GUIDE: Strictly 14+ (Contains swearing and adult content)

AN AUDIENCE WITH JOANNA TROLLOPE THURSDAY 7 MAY, 7.30PM Joanna Trollope has been writing for over thirty years and is well-known for her enormously successful contemporary works of fiction. She has been described as one of the most insightful chroniclers and social commentators writing fiction today. After winning a scholarship to Oxford University, Joanna joined the Foreign Office and then became a teacher of English. She began writing ‘to fill the long spaces after the children had gone to bed’ and for many years combined her writing career with working as a teacher. She is now the author of over 20 highly acclaimed and bestselling novels, including The Rector’s Wife, Marrying the Mistress, Daughters in Law and City of Friends. TICKETS: £20.50


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JAMALI MADDIX

STRIP CLUB EINSTEIN SATURDAY 1 FEBRUARY, 8PM

Critically acclaimed comedian and host of Vice’s Hate Thy Neighbour and Channel 4’s Adventures in Futureland, Jamali Maddix is heading out on tour again after his incredible 2018 World Tour. The new show reflects on tales from the front line of social change and uncomfortable home truths. As seen on Live at the Apollo (BBC Two), Frankie Boyle’s New World Order (BBC Two), 8 Out of 10 Cats (More4), Dara O’Brien’s Go 8-Bit (Dave).

★★★★ “Something to offend everyone” Sunday Times AGE GUIDE: 18+ TICKETS: £13.50, under 26s £11.50

OPEN MIC FRIDAY 7 FEBRUARY, 7PM Join us in the Studio for a fantastic evening showcasing and supporting local talent. Derby Theatre’s Open Mic nights are a great and empowering opportunity for performers of all genres to showcase a range of material amongst peers within a supportive environment, including other artists and audience members who are intrigued to see and support new talent. Previous work that has been showcased includes stand-up, music, spoken word and magic! If you would like to showcase your work, simply book your ticket and sign up with the host on the day, or email l.barkes@derby.ac.uk in advance with your name, type of act and approx. running time. Showcase slots are for a max of 15 minutes each. AGE GUIDE: 16+

TICKETS: £5 (includes a drink)

LUNG in association with Leeds Playhouse

TROJAN HORSE

SATURDAY 22 FEBRUARY, 8PM ‘Why should I continue to be tolerant? When the world has been so intolerant of me.’ Trojan Horse was a local story that hit the national press, accusing ‘hardline’ Muslim teachers and governors of plotting extremism in Birmingham schools. Adapted from the real-life testimonies of those at the heart of the UK Government’s inquiry, critically acclaimed theatre-company LUNG investigates what really happened. Originally developed with Leeds Playhouse, and winner of Amnesty International Freedom of Expression and Fringe First awards, Trojan Horse is the story of a community torn apart by racial division, ‘British values’ and the culture of Prevent.

★★★★★ “Relevant, terrifying and beautifully told…” WhatsOnStage AGE GUIDE: 16+

The Difference Engine


TICKETS: £12 / £10 Under 26s / £2 off for

IDOL FRIDAY 28 FEBRUARY, 8PM Who would you rather pray to? Beyoncé or white Jesus? Jamal grew up Catholic in a Caribbean household, but would rather light a candle and worship celebrities than white saints. Combining African diasporic ritual, music and storytelling, Idol is a spiritual journey that asks what happens when you don’t see yourself represented. Featuring a host of celebrity appearances. Jamal Gerald is an artist based in Leeds. His work is conversational, socially conscious and a celebration of individuality. AGE GUIDE: 16+ BSL interpreted

tiata fahodzi and Wrested Veil in association with Leeds Playhouse, Soho Theatre and Tara Finney Productions presents

SEEDS FRIDAY 6 – SATURDAY 7 MARCH, 8PM PLUS 2PM ON SATURDAY “What would you do to save your son? Everything? Anything? Lie?” On Michael Thomas’ birthday, his cake sits in his mother’s living room, its candles burning undisturbed. Jackie wants to clear her conscience, whilst Evelyn’s got a big speech to deliver on the 15th anniversary of Michael’s fatal stabbing. Are some things better left unsaid? Sensitively written by Mel Pennant and shortlisted for the Alfred Fagon Award, seeds tells the story of two mothers united in sorrow, sharing the hardship of protecting their sons - one in life, and one in death. Brought to you by the producers of the critically-acclaimed production of good dog by Olivier Award nominated Arinzé Kene, led by a female creative team, seeds explores the human story behind a tragedy through the eyes of those left behind. AGE GUIDE: 16+

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fingersmiths in co-production with Sheffield Theatres and in partnership with New Wolsey Theatre

MY MOTHER SAID I NEVER SHOULD FRIDAY 13 – SATURDAY 14 MARCH, 8PM PLUS 2PM ON SATURDAY “You are always your Mother’s child, my Mother used to say” A moving and funny exploration of the lives of four generations of women in one family. Shifting back and forth in time, we see their loves, expectations and choices played out against the huge social changes from 1900 to the 1980’s. Presented in British Sign Language and spoken English with integrated captioning in some scenes, and featuring a cast of hearing and d/Deaf actors, this production’s visual, physical storytelling captures the rich breadth of communication styles that have always been used by the d/Deaf community. A contemporary classic, My Mother Said I Never Should is transposed by fingersmiths (Up ’n’ Under) to within a d/Deaf family exploring some deaf culture. ★★★★ “…ingenious…” WhatsonStage

“…inventive, inclusive…” The Stage “…poignant and funny…” Sheffield Telegraph TICKETS: £12, concessions £10

AGE GUIDE: 11+

Presented in BSL and English All performances have Audio Description


TICKETS: £12 / £10 Under 26s / £2 off for

Presented in association with Live Theatre Written and Performed by Jake Jarratt and Cameron Sharp

W*NK BUDDIES FRIDAY 20 MARCH, 8PM University. A house party. One dances to Britney, the other alone having a few in the kitchen. But, they are both heading for the same bed. Discussions of identity, class, sexuality, and masculinity collide in a mix of pints, heels, dads, school, relationships, gay bars and dance routines. Two different sexualities come together as they look at their manhood and the world outside of the duvet, asking what are boys really made of? W*nk Buddies embarks on a national tour after a sell-out run at Live Theatre’s Elevator Festival 2019. “An engaging double act, with that indefinable spark that characterises the best stage collaborations” The Guardian AGE GUIDE: 16+ The Difference Engine

Live Nation in association with UTC Artist Management presents

DANE BAPTISTE: THE CHOCOLATE CHIP SATURDAY 21 MARCH, 8PM Baptiste is back on international tour with a brand new stand-up show. Dane is now a Grown Ass Black Man. Too old to be concerned with chicken or trainers. Too young to be considered a peer of Trevor McDonald. Has he got a chip on his shoulder? Yes. A chocolate one. Join one of the nation’s most exciting stand up stars as he presents another brilliantly hilarious and boldly provocative show. Star of hit podcasts Dane Baptiste Questions Everything and Quotas Full. As seen on Live at the Apollo, 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, Sunny D, Live at the Palladium… pretty much all over your TV screen. AGE GUIDE: 16+ TICKETS: £14.50

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TICKETS: £12 / £10 Under 26s / £2 off for

The Thelmas

LADYKILLER FRIDAY 10 APRIL, 8PM A hotel room, a maid and a dead woman. It’s not what it looks like, really, it’s not. It was self-defence… and anyway the woman was asking for it The chambermaid considers herself to be a pretty normal person; she goes to the cinema. She reads books. She pretended to read the party manifestos at the General Election. She’s even read The Psychopath Test and she’s pretty sure she’s not one so… Winner of the Pleasance VAULT award 2019, “blood-curdling shriek of a smash hit”, Ladykiller received rave reviews and sold out houses at Edinburgh Fringe 2018 and Vault Festival 2019. Ladykiller is a blood-soaked morality tale about victimhood, power and flipping the gender rule book on psychopathy. AGE GUIDE: 14+ The Difference Engine

The Roaring Girls

BEACH BODY READY

SATURDAY 18 APRIL, 8PM Shaving? Tanning? Over-exercising? Cabbage-Souping? Starving? Don’t bother, we’re not. Grab your pals and your biscuits and watch Beach Body Ready! It’s the season of cutting carbs, hitting it hard at the gym and shaving everything from the chin down. Summer has rocked up and coerced us all into thinking about how awful our bodies are. Beach Body Ready sees The Roaring Girls smash their way through ingrained fears, food insecurities, and toxic advertising in this defiantly feel good show which sticks two fingers up to everything the media says we should look like. Created in a semi-improvised style, Beach Body Ready blends impassioned rants with cheesy fitness routines, informal chats, a beach trip and a banging soundtrack. Presented as part of the In Good Company subsidised tour AGE GUIDE: 14+ The Difference Engine

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FLYING HIGH GANG SHOW WEDNESDAY 12 – SATURDAY 15 FEBRUARY 7.15PM, SAT 1.30PM & 6PM For 52 years, Scout and Guide members have been entertaining Derby audiences in the Flying High Gang Show. Suitable for all ages, the show features well-known songs, dance and comedy. Great music, stunning colour, energy and enthusiasm ensure a great time will be had by all! Five times winner of the Derby Amateur Theatre Eagle Award for ‘Outstanding Achievement’. TICKETS: £15, concessions £12

Sinfonia Viva

Sinfonia Viva

ENERGY

PADDINGTON’S FIRST CONCERT AND PETER AND THE WOLF

TUESDAY 25 FEBRUARY, 7PM A rocket powered concert fuelled by the energetic ideas and musical sparks of young minds. Come with us and explore weird and wild new sources of energy and how we might sustain ourselves into the future. With Sinfonia Viva’s award-winning orchestra alongside students from Derby College and Becket, Firs and Bemrose schools, this is show powered by inspirational concepts and a desire for change. TICKETS: £10, concessions £6 BSL interpreted

SUNDAY 3 MAY, 3PM Join award-winning orchestra Sinfonia Viva, along with Peter and Paddington, for an un-bear-lievable double bill of adventure! Featuring live storytelling and music, join in the marmalade munching madness of Paddington, as he goes to his first concert with calamitous results! After this, experience the children’s classic Peter and the Wolf, with its beautifully memorable music played through the larger than life sound of an orchestra. TICKETS: £12.50, under 26s £4

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DERBY YOUTH THEATRE GROUPS PRESENT… During spring and summer 2020, our seven Youth Theatre groups will produce and present a range of exciting performances, both in the Main House and in our Studio. All Youth Theatre shows are a fantastic opportunity to see and celebrate great performances from the next generation of artists. Years 11-13 Fri 10 & Sat 11 April - Intu, Derby Years 7-9 Fri 29 & Sat 30 May - Studio, Derby Theatre Years 4-6 Fri 26 & Sat 27 June - Main House, Derby Theatre Deaf Youth Theatre Thu 30 Jul - Sat 1 Aug, Garden Stage More details will be on our website in early 2020.

NATIONAL THEATRE CONNECTIONS 2020 THURSDAY 30 APRIL – SATURDAY 2 MAY Derby Theatre hosts the East Midlands festival of youth theatre, National Theatre Connections. Six young companies from around the region will 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 meet new people. More details will be on our website in early 2020.


IN GOOD COMPANY

In Good Company (IGC) is the flagship professional creative and business development programme for theatre makers and companies in the Midlands, providing mentorship, business support, resources, financial support and high-profile performance opportunities. In Good Company has transformed how artists and venues communicate and co-create exciting new performance platforms, commissions and touring networks. Upcoming events: CHECK-IN FESTIVAL Friday 3 – Saturday 4 April, Attenborough Arts Centre, Pay What You Can A festival of new work and networking for all of us who are curious. There’s plenty happening over the two days including workshops, discussions, producer surgeries and agony aunt sessions, China Plate’s First Bite Scratch Night; literally the newest best work in the region, and InBedWithMyBrother’s Tricky Second Album. Check out our Check-In line up so far, with more to be announced soon on our website or pick up a Departure Lounge Check-in brochure for full listings.

DEPARTURE LOUNGE Thursday 23 – Saturday 25 July Our summer festival of cool, contemporary and cutting edge theatre returns. Keep an eye on the Derby Theatre website for the full line up. IGC is led by independent producers and has 10 partner venues including: Derby Theatre, Attenborough Arts Centre, Burton Brewhouse, Lincolnshire One Venues, Mansfield Old Library, Arena Theatre, Nonsuch, Curve, Leicester, New Diorama and Nottingham Playhouse. In Good Company is funded by Arts Council England. IGC and Derby Theatre are part of The Big House, a £5 million tailored support programme for the creative and digital industries (CDI) sector, part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

Visit our new website www.ingoodco.org.uk

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DERBY THEATRE IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF DERBY The UK’s leading professional producing and learning theatre The University of Derby, in association with Derby Theatre, offers the following courses: BA COSTUME AND SET DESIGN (HONS) This dynamic course will help you develop an individual creative style as a set and costume designer and gain valuable industry-focused and transferable skills for theatre and performance within the learning environment of a professional theatre.

BA TECHNICAL THEATRE (HONS) Owned by the University of Derby: the first ever Learning Theatre of its kind, recognised regionally, nationally and internationally as a unique model for real-life learning. The Learning Theatre provides a unique opportunity for students to learn their craft by working alongside both academics and theatre professionals in the heart of a professional producing theatre. Derby Theatre provides an extraordinary platform for real life learning to take place, not only through the exciting main stage and Studio programmes, but also through the work that the Theatre does with young people, young people in care, emerging artists and the community. There is no other theatre model like this in the country and we are leading the world in this way of working. Developing skills in acting, writing, devising, directing, design, technical and applied theatre, for your career as a professional theatre artist. Facebook

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Based in a professional working theatre, our course spans all the backstage skills that create stunning live entertainment. You will be part of a production team and work alongside industry professionals to create exciting live theatre.

MA WRITING This practice-based taught MA is designed to develop, hone and extend your writing. It is intended to prepare you for a successful career as an arts professional.

BA THEATRE ARTS (HONS) Derby Theatre will be your ‘home’, offering you valuable industry experience and contacts. This course is unique, no other university level course is housed in a professional producing theatre. You will be at the centre of this professional environment, developing skills in acting, devising and directing for your career as a professional theatre artist. You might also want to combine theatre with another subject through our Joint Honours Theatre Programme.

MA APPLIED THEATRE AND EDUCATION A new practical MA in Applied Theatre practice which also engages in the rigour of educational learning theory. Based at the Theatre, this programme is very practical and offers students the opportunity to work with the Theatre’s Creative Learning provision. For more information about the courses, to enrol and to book an Open Day, visit:

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STUDENT PRODUCTIONS IN 2020 During February and May in 2020, University of Derby 1st, 2nd and 3rd year Theatre Arts, Technical Theatre and Costume and Set Design students will produce and present productions in the Main House and Studio, all perfect opportunities to see and celebrate work presented by the next generation of artists. The 2nd year student production will be The Seven Acts of Mercy and will be directed by Tom Bellerby and Amanda Wallace. All other performance details will be announced via our social media platforms and website.

£5 TICKETS FOR UNIVERSITY OF DERBY STUDENTS

STUDENT PERFORMANCE PLATFORM

All University of Derby students are entitled to tickets for just £5 to see a wide range of shows at Derby Theatre. From classic drama and West End shows on the main stage, to fresh new writing and emerging companies in the Studio, there’s something to suit all theatrical tastes.

SATURDAY 28 MARCH, 8PM

To get your student tickets, sign up and book with your @unimail.derby.ac.uk email address online or present your Student ID when purchasing at the Box Office.

A fantastic opportunity for University of Derby students to share their diverse talents, from singing and dance to comedy or theatre, with other audience members and their peers. For more information and to take part, contact Tom Craig at: t.craig@derby.ac.uk

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THE LEARNING THEATRE YOUTH THEATRE

DT YOUNG PEOPLE’S NETWORK

Our Youth Theatre provides young people aged between 8 and 18 the opportunity to not only enjoy theatre, but also to explore their creativity and express themselves in a safe and supportive environment. Working with professional theatre practitioners, all groups work towards a major annual show, either on our main stage or in our studio theatre. Our friendly groups are open to all. We also offer a Deaf Youth Theatre. COST: £80 a term* ACADEMIC YEARS: 4 – 13/FE For more information, and to join our waiting list, email Cheryl Mitchell at c.mitchell@derby.ac.uk

No matter what you’re interested in, get in touch and you can automatically 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. Please enquire by emailing learning@derbytheatre.co.uk

AMBASSADORS Derby Theatre have three ambassador groups: Community (age 18+), Youth (ages 14 – 19) and Student (for University of Derby students). Ambassadors are a crucial part of what we do at the Theatre; they help us connect with many different communities and spread the word about the range of shows and opportunities we have here. Our ambassadors help with promotion of events, selecting shows, producing events and much more, in exchange for free tickets to selected shows. If you would like to find out more information or want to join one of our groups please contact: Community Ambassadors Lauren Barkes-Nickolds at l.barkes@derby.ac.uk Youth Ambassadors Cheryl Mitchell at c.mitchell@derby.ac.uk Student Ambassadors Kira Barnett at k.barnett@derby.ac.uk

* For all our youth groups there are a limited number of half price and free places available for families with limited financial means. Please enquire.

THEATRE UNWRAPPED We are opening our doors, especially the back stage ones, so that you can find out more about the theatre-making process. Our FREE Theatre Unwrapped sessions are designed to do just that. Come behind the scenes and join us as we prepare for the opening night of a Derby Theatre production. Sessions include Lighting, Stage Management and Costume (See page 42 for A Christmas Carol Unwrapped dates).


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FOR SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES

Come and join us at Derby Theatre for a cuppa and the chance to meet and chat with new and old friends from all areas of our community. Taking place on the 2nd Wednesday of each month, it is a free event which you can drop into anytime between 12.30pm – 1.30pm.

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

COSTUME AND PROP HIRE At Derby Theatre, we hire costumes and props to professional, amateur and community theatre groups, schools and colleges. We have over 2500 costume pieces built up over many years and an eclectic selection of props... and we are always adding to our stock. COST: On enquiry For costume, please email Tim Heywood: t.heywood@derby.ac.uk For props, please email Simon Birchall: s.birchall@derby.ac.uk

TEA AND TOUR Come and look round backstage and meet members of the team to find out more about roles in theatre. Approx 1 hour. COST: £10 per head (including tea and biscuits) If you attend a matinee performance you can add on tea and tour for just £5 per head! Availability on tours is limited, please enquire for dates. Please contact Cheryl Mitchell at: c.mitchell@derby.ac.uk

We have a huge amount on offer this season, including our FREE Pathways Programme and our unique Playback sessions with actors from the company. We also work in partnership with all the major arts and cultural organisations in the city including Déda, QUAD, Derby Museums and Baby People to provide you with a one-stop shop for all your creative and cultural learning requirements. To find out more email our Cultural Education Producer, Alix on a.manning-jones@derby.ac.uk. To sign up to receive our Learning Programme, please email: learning@derbytheatre.co.uk Derby Theatre is proud to be a #ThisIsDerby partner, an award-winning programme providing activities and opportunities for all young people who live in Derby. Find out more at www.thisisderby.org – a website by young people, for young people.


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SHOW-RELATED OPPORTUNITIES discounted price of £10 on tickets for the show and unique post-show discussion with Artistic Director, Gary Clarke (available on either performance). WHEN: Thu 6 Feb (am or pm) COST: £250

MACBETH A CHRISTMAS CAROL

POST-SHOW DISCUSSION With members of the company WHEN: Thu 12 Mar, 10 minutes after the performance COST: FREE

MEET THE CAST Your chance to meet our wonderful Christmas show company

MACBETH THEATRE DAY: BLOOD AND BATTLES A must for any Shakespearean tragedy fan.

WHEN: Sun 29 Dec, after 1pm performance WHERE: Auditorium COST: FREE

Stage Combat – Learn to wield a broadsword and some of the combat skills required for this intensely dark and terrifying show.

THEATRE UNWRAPPED We are opening our doors, especially the backstage ones, so that you can find out more about the theatre-making process. Our FREE Theatre Unwrapped sessions are designed to do just that. Come behind the scenes and join us as we prepare for the opening night of a Derby Theatre production. Sessions include Lighting, Stage Management and Costume. Treasure Island Unwrapped sessions and dates will be announced on our website and social media platforms.

WASTELAND PRE-SHOW IN CONVERSATION WITH… A unique opportunity to gain a detailed insight into the making of Wasteland with Artistic Director Gary Clarke and Stuart Allen, Senior Producer for Derby Theatre. Includes Q&A. WHEN: Thu 6 Feb, 6.30 – 7pm COST: FREE (Tickets need to be booked) POST-SHOW DISCUSSION With members of the company

Stagecraft and Character – Feel the gore of stage blood on your hands and explore what it does to Macbeth and Lady Macbeth’s state of mind. Theatrical Special Effects Make Up – Enjoy a makeover with a difference. WHEN: Sat 7 Mar, 10am – 1.30pm AGE: 14+ TICKETS: Only £12.50 per person for the whole day (includes all three workshops, the matinee performance on this date and 10% off in the Theatre Café)

CRONGTON KNIGHTS PLAYBACK A chance to see the actors replay key moments from the show, but this time with direction from your students. Playback helps GCSE and A-Level students with their live theatre review as they explore the considerations behind character, story and production elements. WHEN: Wed 18 Mar, after 10.30am performance POST-SHOW DISCUSSION With members of the company

WHEN: Thu 6 Feb, 10 minutes after the performance COST: FREE

WHEN: Thu 19 Mar, 10 minutes after the performance COST: FREE

SCHOOLS-BASED WORKSHOPS Members of Gary Clarke Company can deliver a unique and exciting workshop for your students. Suits a wide range of dance students aged 14+ and last 3 hours. This will qualify your school to a special

KIN: NDCW WALES DISCOVER DANCE Workshops available to schools – book a workshop and tickets to the performance are £10 per ticket (plus one teacher free with every 10 booked).


ACCESS

ACCESS FOR ALL Derby Theatre welcomes all customers and has an extensive range of services to ensure you have an enjoyable and comfortable visit. If you require any assistance, information or support before, during or after your visit with us please inform the Box Office when booking your tickets, this way we can find the best seats for you and ensure you have a great experience with us. We have a list of services and more detailed information available in our access brochure which is available in our foyers or we can post/email this out to you. This information is also available on our website at: www.derbytheatre.co.uk/your-visit/accessibility MY MOTHER SAID I NEVER... Fri 13 - Sat 14 Mar This production is performed in BSL and spoken English with integrated captioning in some scenes.

ACCESSIBLE PERFORMANCES More information about these performances and listings are available in our access brochure, online (derbytheatre.co.uk/your-visit/accessibleperformances) and at the back of this brochure, indicated by the access symbols.

ACCESSIBLE PERFORMANCES SPRING 2020

QUALITY STREET ABSURD PERSON SINGULAR WAR OF THE WORLDS

Sat 25 Jan, 2.30pm

THE CROFT

Sat 1 Feb, 2.30pm

A LITTLE SPACE

Fri 28 Feb, 1.30pm

TREASURE ISLAND JAMBOREE

TREASURE ISLAND CAPTIONED PERFORMANCES TROJAN HORSE

TREASURE ISLAND 

Wed 8 Apr, 1.30pm Sat 11 Apr, 1.30pm

QUALITY STREET

Sat 18 Apr, 2.30pm

SEEDS  

ABSURD PERSON SINGULAR

Sat 13 Jun, 2.30pm

WAR OF THE WORLDS

Sat 27 Jun, 2.30pm

Thu 23 Jan, 7.30pm

THE CROFT

Thu 30 Jan, 7.30pm

IDOL MACBETH CRONGTON KNIGHTS

Fri 28 Feb, 8pm Thu 12 Mar, 7.30pm Thu 19 Mar, 6pm

Sun 5 Apr, 2.00pm Tue 26 May, 2.00pm

DEMENTIA FRIENDLY PERFORMANCES

Wed 11 Mar, 2pm Sat 14 Mar, 2.30pm

BSL PERFORMANCES FRANKENSTEIN

Thu 11 Jun, 7.30pm Thu 25 Jun, 7.30pm

Tue 7, Wed 8 Apr, 11.00am and 2.00pm

MACBETH 

Touch Tours are available (included within cost of ticket) 75 minutes prior to above performances. Places are limited so need to be booked in advance.

Thu 16 Apr, 7.30pm

RELAXED PERFORMANCES

NORTHERN BALLET’S LRR

AUDIO DESCRIBED PERFORMANCES FRANKENSTEIN

TREASURE ISLAND  Sat 28 Mar - Sat 11 Apr All performances have integrated BSL and creative captioning.

Thu 9 Apr, 1.30pm Sat 22 Feb, 8.00pm Fri 6 Mar, 8.00pm Sat 7 Mar, 2.00pm Sat 7 Mar, 8.00pm

MUSTARD DOESN’T GO...

Sun 8 Mar, 1.00pm

W*NK BUDDIES

Fri 20 Mar, 8.00pm

LADYKILLERS BEACH BODY READY

Fri 10 Apr, 8.00pm Sat 18 April, 8.00pm

Please get in touch with us if you require any further information or wish to book tickets Phone: 01332 593939 Email: tickets@derbytheatre.co.uk Text Number: 07717346964 (text enquiries only) Website: www.derbytheatre.co.uk

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BOOKING

HOW TO BOOK OPENING TIMES

prices please click through to the seating plans for a show on the website, or enquire at the box office. All tickets, prices, concessions and offers are subject to availability and can be changed or withdrawn at any time without prior notice.

Non-performance days 9.30am – 5.30pm

Performance days

In person: 9.30am until 10 minutes after the start of the last event of the evening. Phones: 9.30am until 30 minutes before the first performance of the evening begins.

CONCESSIONS Available for some shows and performances. Visit the website or call the Box Office for details. Children under 18 months will only be admitted to suitable performances and must be in possession of a valid ticket (not available to book online). Group bookings, and school groups receive a discount on most shows, as well as a flexible booking process.

Sundays and Bank Holidays One hour before the start of the first event until 15 minutes after the start of the last event. We are only open on Sundays and Bank Holidays if an event is on.

Book online at www.derbytheatre.co.uk

HOW TO PAY

PREVIEW PERFORMANCES

We accept all types of card payments except American Express. Cheques are only accepted for group bookings. We can post tickets to you via 2nd class post if you are booking seven 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.

Previews are a fantastic opportunity to see the very first public performances of a Derby Theatre production at a reduced price. The discount reflects that the creative team are still in the process of applying the finishing final touches to the production and there is a slightly increased chance that a Preview Performance may start late or be postponed or cancelled.

BOOK EARLY FOR THE BEST DEALS

REFUNDS AND REPRINTS You may have noticed that our prices state “From £”. As the demand for tickets increase, our prices All tickets are non-refundable unless the event are subject to change, so we always recommend is cancelled. booking early for the best seats at the best price. Lost tickets can be reprinted free of charge no earlier At the point of on sale, at least 10% of seats for most than one hour before the start of the performance. performances will be on sale at the lowest available ticket price, and these seats are sold on a first come, FRIENDS MEMBERSHIP OFFERS first served basis. Our website landing pages will All discounts and offers to our Friends Memberships always advertise the lowest “From” price, but for the most up to date availability and information on ticket are subject to availability. STAGE STAGE

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.


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SCHOOLS AND GROUP BOOKINGS Derby Theatre warmly welcomes groups and schools and we offer a flexible booking process and special prices to make your visit easy to organise and enjoyable.

SCHOOL GROUPS

GROUPS

• We have school tickets available for the majority of main house shows.

• Reserve now, pay later.

• We offer familiarisation visits in order for you to complete your risk assessment and facilitate coach drop-offs.

For more details on hiring this space, please email: hires@derbytheatre.co.uk

• Reserve now, pay later.

• Reduced price tickets for selected shows.

Call the Box Office, call in or email us on tickets@derbytheatre.co.uk for info and to make your booking.

• Pre-book you ice creams to be ready for you at the interval.

FINDING US CAR

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BY BUS 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.

Derby Theatre 15 Theatre Walk, St Peter’s Quarter, Derby, DE1 2NF


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DIARY HIGHLIGHTS

JANUARY Fri 21

MADAM BUTTERFLY 7.30pm

Thu 2

A CHRISTMAS CAROL 2.30pm & 7.15pm LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD 10.30am & 1.30pm

Sat 22 MARK STEEL 8pm TROJAN HORSE 8pm

Fri 3

A CHRISTMAS CAROL 2.30pm & 7.15pm LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD 10.30am & 1.30pm

Sun 23 KOJO ANIM 8pm

Sat 4

A CHRISTMAS CAROL 2.30pm & 7.15pm LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD 10.30am & 1.30pm

Thu 27 A LITTLE SPACE 7.30pm

Fri 17

GARY DELANEY 8pm

Fri 28

Mon 20 FRANKENSTEIN 7.30pm Tue 21

Tue 25 ENERGY

7pm

A LITTLE SPACE 1.30pm IDOL 8pm

Sat 29 A LITTLE SPACE 7.30pm

FRANKENSTEIN 7.30pm

Wed 22 FRANKENSTEIN

2.30pm & 7.30pm

MARCH

Thu 23 FRANKENSTEIN 7.30pm

Tues 3 MACBETH 7.30pm

Fri 24

Wed 4 MACBETH 7.30pm

FRANKENSTEIN 7.30pm

Sat 25 FRANKENSTEIN 2.30pm 7.30pm Mon 27 THE CROFT 7.30pm Tue 28 THE CROFT 7.30pm Wed 29 THE CROFT

2.30pm & 7.30pm

Thu 5

MACBETH

Fri 6

MACBETH 7.30pm SEEDS 8pm

Sat 7 MACBETH SEEDS

2pm & 7.30pm

2.30pm & 7.30pm 2pm 8pm

Thu 30 THE CROFT 7.30pm

Sun 8

MUSTARD DOESN’T... 1pm

Fri 31

Tue 10

MACBETH 7.30pm

THE CROFT 7.30pm

FEBRUARY Sat 1 THE CROFT 2.30pm 7.30pm JAMALI MADDIX 8pm Thu 6

WASTELAND 7.30pm

Fri 7

WASTELAND 7.30pm OPEN MIC NIGHT 7pm

Sat 8

SIR MICHAEL PARKINSON 7.30pm

Wed 11 MACBETH 2pm 7.30pm Thu 12

MACBETH

10.30am & 7.30pm

Fri 13

MACBETH 7.30pm MY MOTHER SAID… 8pm

Sat 14

MACBETH 2.30pm 7.30pm MY MOTHER SAID… 2pm 8pm

Wed 12 FLYING HIGH 7.15pm

Tue 17

Thu 13 FLYING HIGH 7.15pm

Wed 18 CRONGTON KNIGHTS

Fri 14

FLYING HIGH 7.15pm

Thu 19 CRONGTON KNIGHTS 6pm

Sat 15

FLYING HIGH

Fri 20

CRONGTON KNIGHTS 7pm W*NK BUDDIES 8pm

Sat 21

CRONGTON KNIGHTS 2.30pm & 7pm DANE BAPTISTE 8pm

1.30pm & 6pm

Sun 16 RONNIE SCOTT 7.30pm Mon 17 MORGAN & WEST 2pm Tue 18

MCGOLDRICK... 7.30pm

CRONGTON KNIGHTS 6pm 10.30am & 6pm

Wed 19 JOEL DOMMETT 8pm

Sat 28 TREASURE ISLAND 1.30pm 7pm

Thu 20 SHARK IN THE PARK

Mon 30 TREASURE ISLAND 7pm

2pm & 4.30pm


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Tue 31

TREASURE ISLAND 7pm

Main House

Studio

APRIL Wed 1

TREASURE ISLAND 7pm

Thu 2 TREASURE ISLAND 10.15am 2pm Fri 3

British Sign Language

Audio Described

TREASURE ISLAND 7pm

Relaxed

Sat 4 TREASURE ISLAND 1.30pm 7pm Sun 5

Captioned by Difference Engine

TREASURE ISLAND 2pm

Dementia Friendly

Tue 7 TREASURE ISLAND 7pm JAMBOREE 11am 2pm

Touch Tours

Wed 8 TREASURE ISLAND 1.30pm 7pm JAMBOREE 11am & 2pm

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

Thu 9

TREASURE ISLAND 1.30pm 7pm Fri 10 TREASURE ISLAND 11am 3pm LADYKILLER 8pm Sat 11 TREASURE ISLAND 1.30pm 7pm Tue 14

QUALITY STREET 7.30pm

Wed 15 QUALITY STREET

2.30pm & 7.30pm

Thu 16 QUALITY STREET 7.30pm Fri 17

QUALITY STREET 7.30pm

Sat 18 QUALITY STREET 2.30pm 7.30pm BEACH BODY READY 8pm Tue 21

ANDY PARSONS 8pm

Wed 22 HERE 7.30pm Thu 23 HERE 7.30pm MAY Sun 3

PADDINGTON’S... 3pm

Tues 5 DANCE THAT CONNECTS... 7.30pm Thu 7

JOANNA TROLLOPE 7.30pm

Tue 26 NORTHERN BALLET

12pm, 2pm

Captioned

& 4pm


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

University of Derby Theatre Limited is a registered charity (No: 1129005)

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