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WELCOME TO SPRING 2020 HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:

CINDERELLA

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THE FURTHER ADVENTURES OF

THE OWL AND THE PUSSY-CAT

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HOLES

BEAUTIFUL

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MON 3 – SAT 8 FEBRUARY

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PIPPI LONGSTOCKING

THE BROADWAY AND WEST END SMASH HIT MUSICAL

FRI 24 JANUARY – SAT 1 FEBRUARY

LOU SANDERS

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ALONE IN BERLIN

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SAT 8 – SAT 29 FEBRUARY

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CURTAINS

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THE LAST OF THE PELICAN DAUGHTERS

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THE STRANGE TALE OF

CHARLIE CHAPLIN AND STAN LAUREL

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ROMESH RANGANATHAN

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TUE 10 – SAT 21 MARCH

BALLETBOYZ

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“My town – where everyone has an apartment to spare with a skyline view, And even improbable dreams come true.”

A Royal & Derngate, Northampton and New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich co-production

It’s Christmas Eve and Dougal has travelled from Northampton to New York for his father’s wedding. At JFK Airport he’s greeted by Robin. Tomorrow her sister becomes his stepmother and Robin’s dreading it. Dougal can’t wait. Thrown together for a wild weekend in the city that never sleeps, their adventure becomes a musical whirlwind of confession, frustration and excess. Will these two endearing misfits provide the ultimate test for the theory that opposites always attract? This newly commissioned romantic comedy is filled with heart-warming and hilarious songs from composer Jim Barne and local writer Kit Buchan, winners of the 2018 MTI Stiles + Drewe Mentorship Award, celebrating the very best of emerging British song‑writing talent. #TheSeasonMusical

Director Tim Jackson Designer Amy Jane Cook Movement Director Cressida Carré Musical Supervisor & Arranger Mark Crossland Lighting Designer Simon Wilkinson Sound Designer Andy Graham Musical Director Grant Walsh Associate Sound Designer Ben Smith Casting Consultant Polly Jerrold

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Tori Allen-Martin

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Don’t miss the magic of 2019’s must-see pantomime, Cinderella.

come to expect from Northampton’s biggest festive production.

The Fairy Godmother of all pantomimes stars soap and screen royalty, Anita Dobson, who will be joined by comedy legend Bernie Clifton, CBeebies star Sid Sloane and comedian and magician Martyn James.

Cinderella will feature laugh-out-loud comedy, jaw‑dropping special effects, stunning song and dance and plenty of boos and hisses, making it perfect family entertainment.

You, your family and friends shall go to the ball in this spectacular family production, packed with all of the traditional pantomime ingredients you have

There are concessions, generous discounts for groups and special rates for schools available for selected performances, and the clock is ticking… so book your tickets today to secure the best seats at the best prices!

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The perfect Christmas treat for fearless boys and girls alike (and their brave grown-ups)! Nine-year-old Pippi is strong, brave and fearless. When she comes to live in her new home with her monkey and horse but with no parents and no rules, she brings mischief, chaos and confusion to the folk of this ordinary town. What else would you expect from the daughter of a swashbuckling pirate captain? Celebrating 75 years since Astrid Lindgren first conceived Pippi Longstocking as “the strongest girl in the world”, this world premiere of one of our best loved children’s books will burst onto stage. It follows on from the huge success of last year’s The Worst Witch, which went on to delight London audiences in the West End this Summer. Adapted by Mike Akers (Peter Pan) and composed by Stu Barker, whose West End and Broadway credits with Kneehigh Theatre Company include Brief Encounter and The Red Shoes, this joyful production will be directed by The Wardrobe Ensemble’s Jesse Jones and Helena Middleton. With concessions, discounts for groups and special rates for schools available on selected performances, book your tickets now to secure the best seats at the best prices.

A Royal & Derngate, Northampton, ABA International Touring (UK) & Wizard Presents co-production

Composer & Musical Director Stu Barker Directed by Jesse Jones & Helena Middleton Designer Katie Sykes Lighting Designer Sally Ferguson Sound Designer Dominic Bilkey Casting Director Anji Carroll CDG

Presented by arrangement with IPR Ltd in cooperation with Nordiska ApS., Copenhagen

“PIPPI LONGSTOCKING WAS MY GIRL. I LOVED HER STRENGTH – NOT JUST HER PHYSICAL POWER, BUT THE IDEA THAT SHE WOULDN’T ALLOW HER VOICE TO BE DIMINISHED BY ANYONE” MICHELE OBAMA #PippiMusical

Scott Brooks

Matthew Churcher

Philippa Hogg

Hanora Kamen

Rowena Lennon

Emily-Mae

Alex Parry

Luke Potter

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A ROYAL & DERNGATE, NORTHAMPTON, & LITTLE ANGEL THEATRE CO-PRODUCTION

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The Owl and the Pussy-cat sailed away In a beautiful blue balloon. They took some jam, and a honey-roast ham, Which they ate with their runcible spoon. The Owl and the Pussy-cat are enjoying married life until a crow swoops down and steals their wedding ring. Join them as they embark on an incredible adventure to get their ring back.

In the tradition of our magical Underground Studio Christmas shows for Under 7s, the team behind 2017’s The Singing Mermaid and last year’s The Everywhere Bear join forces with director Greta Clough to bring Julia Donaldson’s sequel to Edward Lear’s classic poem to life on stage for the first time. It features stunning puppetry and beautiful original music. #OwlPussycat

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Text © Julia Donaldson 2013 Illustrations © Charlotte Voake 2013 Published by Puffin Children’s Books 2013

Photo credit: Ellie Kurttz.

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“Life is a banquet, and most poor suckers are starving to death!” That’s the motto of Mame Dennis, one of musical theatre’s all-time greatest heroines, in this brassy, hilarious and touching adaptation of Patrick Dennis’s bestseller, Auntie Mame. The show stars critically acclaimed and twotime Olivier Award-winner Tracie Bennett (Royal & Derngate’s West End and Broadway sensation End Of The Rainbow, She Loves Me, High Society, Coronation Street, Scott & Bailey) as Mame, and film, TV and theatre favourite Harriet Thorpe as

Vera (Absolutely Fabulous, The Brittas Empire, new BBC comedy Mister Winner, Wicked, MAMMA MIA!, National Theatre & West End). Mame Dennis and her intellectual and arty clique are disrupted when her deceased brother’s 10 year-old son Patrick is entrusted into her care. Rather than bow to convention, Mame tries her hand at a number of jobs with comically disastrous results, but perseveres with good humour and an irrepressible sense of style.

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“A murder is announced and will take place on Friday, October the 13th, at Little Paddocks – at 6.30pm” The residents of Chipping Cleghorn are astonished to read the advert in their local newspaper and, unable to resist, gather at Little Paddocks at the appointed time. The lights go out and a gun is fired… Enter Miss Marple, who must unravel a complex series of relationships and events to solve the mystery of the killer. Now in its fifth year of touring, Middle Ground Theatre Company present this lavish production of Agatha Christie’s classic Miss Marple mystery,

which has delighted packed audiences across the UK and Ireland. The production stars Sarah Thomas (Last Of The Summer Wine), Barbara Wilshere (The Lakes), Tom Butcher (The Bill, Doctors), Karen Drury (Brookside), Lucy Evans (Coronation Street) and Tom Gibbons (The Archers) alongside a full supporting cast. “THE PACKED THEATRE LOVED EVERY MINUTE” LIVERPOOL ECHO “THE MAGIC OF MISS MARPLE... SHOW OF THE WEEK” IRISH MAIL ON SUNDAY

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ROYAL & DERNGATE, NORTHAMPTON AND THE CHILDREN’S THEATRE PARTNERSHIP PRESENT THE NOTTINGHAM PLAYHOUSE PRODUCTION OF

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Stanley Yelnats can’t catch a break. Born into a family cursed with bad luck, it comes as no surprise when he finds himself accused of a crime he didn’t commit. Sent to a labour camp as punishment, he is tasked with digging one hole, five foot wide by five foot deep, every day. He’s told it is to build ‘character’. But the tyrannical Warden is definitely hiding something. How will Stanley and his fellow inmates deal with her demands, her two cronies, plus the

fearsome rattlesnakes and yellow-spotted lizards? And will Stanley and his new friends unearth what’s really going on? Holes is the brilliant, inventive and creative new stage show based on the multi-award-winning novel and the Hollywood blockbuster. This hit production is a thrilling and off-beat comedy adventure and is perfect for adults and children aged 8 and up. #HolesPlay

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Sleeping Beauty Coppélia Swan Lake Performed by The Russian State

Ballet of Siberia Accompanied by The Orchestra of the Russian State Ballet Join us for the much-anticipated return of the spectacular Russian State Ballet Of Siberia for their new 2020 season, brought to life by magical special effects. Sleeping Beauty, the classic story of love and innocence, mystery and magic, is set to Tchaikovsky’s sublime score. Stunning choreography, sumptuous costumes and wonderful sets form the fantasy world in which the Lilac Fairly struggles against the evil Carabosse. Coppélia is a witty combination of antics and abracadabra, set in a doll maker’s workshop. This light-hearted tale of mistaken identity and confused lovers follows mischievous Swanilda, her impetuous suitor Franz and the eccentric toymaker Dr. Coppelius as they are brought to life by sparkling choreography and the animated score of Delibes. Coppélia is perfect for first-time ballet goers, families and everyone in between. Tchaikovsky’s haunting score is at the heart of the greatest romantic ballet of all time, Swan Lake. This tale of tragic romance features the iconic dual role of the temptress in black, Odile, and the swan queen, Odette, in one of ballet’s most unmissable technical challenges.

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Beautiful – The Carole King Musical, the Olivier award-winning West End and Broadway show is coming to Northampton. Long before she became the chart-topping music legend, Carole King was an ordinary girl with an extraordinary talent. Beautiful tells the inspiring true story of her remarkable rise to stardom, including her role in a hit song-writing team with her husband, Gerry Goffin, her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann and her transformation into one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history.

Along the way, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation, with countless classics featured in this production including (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman, Take Good Care Of My Baby, You’ve Got A Friend, So Far Away, It Might As Well Rain Until September, Up On The Roof and The Locomotion. HHHH “BEAUTIFUL IS MORE THAN ENTERTAINING: IT’S GENUINELY MOVING” THE GUARDIAN “I DARE YOU NOT TO GET UP AND DANCE!” SALLY BOAZMAN, BBC RADIO 2

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A gripping portrait of life in wartime Berlin and a vividly theatrical take on how paranoia can warp a society gripped by the fear of the night-time knock on the door. Based on true events, Hans Fallada’s Alone In Berlin follows a quietly courageous couple, Otto and Anna Quangel who, in dealing with their own heartbreak, stand up to the brutal reality of the Nazi regime. With the smallest of acts, they defy Hitler’s rule with extraordinary bravery, facing the gravest of consequences. This world premiere is adapted by Alistair Beaton (Feelgood, The Trial Of Tony Blair), directed by Artistic Director James Dacre (The Pope, Our Lady Of Kibeho) and designed by Jonathan Fensom (The Herbal Bed, King John). This timely story of the moral power of personal resistance sees the Gestapo launch a massive hunt for the perpetrators and Otto and Anna finding themselves players in a deadly game of cat and mouse.

A Royal & Derngate, Northampton and York Theatre Royal co-production in association with Oxford Playhouse

Director James Dacre Designer Jonathan Fensom

“ONE OF THE MOST EXTRAORDINARY AND COMPELLING NOVELS WRITTEN ABOUT WORLD WAR TWO. EVER” ALAN FURST, AUTHOR “ONE OF THE GREAT NOVELS OF THE LAST CENTURY” TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT #AloneInBerlin

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Bob King Creative Design:

Lyrics by FRED EBB

Photography: Seamus Ryan

Music by JOHN KANDER

Book by RUPERT HOLMES

Original Book and Concept by PETER STONE Additional Lyrics by JOHN KANDER & RUPERT HOLMES Directed by PAUL FOSTER

It’s murder putting on a new musical – literally! Jessica Cranshaw, star of the new Broadwaybound musical Robbin Hood, lies dead on stage on opening night. The entire cast and crew are suspects. Time to call in the local detective, Frank Cioffi, who just happens to be a huge musical theatre fan. With a nose for crime and an ear for music, Frank has his work cut out trying to find the killer whilst giving the show a lifeline.

Starring Jason Manford (The Producers, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Guys And Dolls) as Frank, Strictly Come Dancing winner Ore Oduba and Carley Stenson (Les Misérables, Legally Blonde, Hollyoaks), this hilarious ‘whodunnit’ is packed full of catchy songs, unforgettable characters and plot twists galore. From the creators of Cabaret and Chicago, Curtains is a Tony Award-winning murder mystery musical that has audiences laughing and guessing right up until the final curtain.

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A ROYAL & DERNGATE, NORTHAMPTON, WARDROBE ENSEMBLE AND COMPLICITÉ CO-PRODUCTION

“A HIGH-SPIRITED SHOW” THE INDEPENDENT

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The Wardrobe Ensemble, Royal & Derngate’s Resident Ensemble Company and creators of our acclaimed Education, Education, Education, return following a hugely successful Edinburgh Fringe run. Four sisters are trying to divide their mother’s house between them. Joy wants a baby, Storm wants to be seen, Sage just wants to remember, Maia doesn’t want anyone to find out her secret and Granny’s in a wheelchair on day release. The Pelican Daughters are home for the last time. The Wardrobe Ensemble use their trademark irreverent humour and lovable characters to tackle the idea of what it means for young people to grapple with inheritance, loss and justice in this comedy about four sisters trying to come to terms with their mother’s death. “POLISHED AND FIZZY” THE GUARDIAN #PelicanDaughters Developed with Complicité: supporting the next generation of theatre makers. The Wardrobe Ensemble are part of the Royal & Derngate’s Resident Ensemble programme. In association with Bristol Old Vic.

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DIRECT FROM THE WEST END

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Jamie New is 16 and lives on a council estate in Sheffield. Jamie doesn’t quite fit in. Jamie is terrified about the future. Jamie is going to be a sensation. Supported by his loving mum and surrounded by his friends, Jamie overcomes prejudice, beats the bullies and steps out of the darkness, into the spotlight.

The Feeling, Dan Gillespie Sells, and writer Tom MacRae (Doctor Who). With West End star Layton Williams and EastEnders’ much-loved Shane Richie both reprising their roles from the critically acclaimed West End production, this musical will have everybody talking about Jamie for years to come.

Winner of the WhatsOnStage Award for Best New Musical, the production features an original score of catchy pop tunes by lead singer-songwriter of

Funny, fabulous and feel-good, it’s the musical sensation for all the family and a must-see for anyone who loved Kinky Boots!

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In 1910 the unknown Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel set sail for New York as part of Fred Karno’s famous music hall troupe. On this journey, Charlie and Stan shared a cabin and then spent two years together touring North America, with Stan as Charlie’s understudy. In Charlie Chaplin’s highly detailed autobiography Stan Laurel is never mentioned. Stan talked about Charlie all his life.

Playing fast and loose with the facts and with an original piano score composed by Mercury Awardnominee Zoe Rahman played live each night, The Strange Tale Of Charlie Chaplin And Stan Laurel is no nostalgic bio-drama, but a hilarious and deeply moving homage to two men who changed the world of comedy forever. #TheStrangeTale Co-commissioned by the London International Mime Festival. The events in this play are fictional. This play is certainly not endorsed by the estates of Charlie Chaplin, Stan Laurel or anyone else for that matter!

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Northampton Gilbert & Sullivan Group Present

The Gondoliers Or The King Of Barataria

Northampton Gilbert & Sullivan Group are delighted to be returning to the Royal stage with their new production of The Gondoliers. When brothers Marco and Giuseppe, two jolly gondoliers, learn that following a mix up as young boys, one of them is in fact no less than the heir to the throne of Barataria, the pair agree to share the responsibilities of governing their new kingdom until it can be ascertained which of them is the king. However, matters become more complicated when they discover that the true king was actually married to Casilda, the daughter of a duke and duchess, as an infant. The problem is that Marco and Giuseppe have just married Tessa and Gianetta, and Casilda is actually in love with her father’s attendant Luiz… Will love find a way? Who is the king? Where exactly is Barataria? Join us in Venice to find out. Combining Gilbert’s razor-sharp wit with some of Sullivan’s best loved and most memorable music, director Leon Berger once more brings his unique vision to the stage with what promises to be an unmissable production.

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The National Theatre Connections Festival is a celebration of young people, theatre-making and the importance of access to the arts. Each year the National Theatre commissions 10 new plays for young people to perform, bringing together some of the UK’s most exciting writers with the theatre‑makers of tomorrow. Royal & Derngate hosts one of the largest and most diverse of the 29 local festivals that take place across the country. 24 different groups will perform a host of exciting new plays. Keep an eye on our website for updates on the plays being performed and the performance schedule for the week. Royal & Derngate’s Young Company will be performing a double bill of Witches Can’t Be Burned and Wind / Rush Generation(s) as part of the festival. See page 44 for details.

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THE ORIGINAL THEATRE COMPANY & ANTHOLOGY IN ASSOCIATION WITH PETER STICKNEY AND YORK THEATRE ROYAL PRESENT

The critically acclaimed production of the masterly Alan Bennett comedy is coming to Northampton following a hugely successful UK tour.

Exploring friendship, rivalry and heartache, this multi-layered masterpiece examines the joy, pain and emotional cost of creativity.

One of our greatest playwrights, Bennett is celebrated for his sharp character observations and treasured for the way he beautifully balances wit, wistfulness and compassion. In the The Habit Of Art, we witness a meeting between two of the 20th century’s most remarkable artists, the poet WH Auden and the composer Benjamin Britten.

This beautifully nuanced production is directed by Philip Franks and stars the Olivier Awardwinning Matthew Kelly (Of Mice And Men, Toast, Pride And Prejudice) David Yelland (Chariots Of Fire, The Crown) and Veronica Roberts (Peak Practice, Tenko).

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The iconic musical Priscilla Queen Of The Desert is coming back to Northampton! Starring Strictly Come Dancing winner Joe McFadden, Priscilla is the hilarious adventure of three friends who hop aboard a battered old bus bound for the Outback to put on the show of a lifetime. Their epic journey is a heart-warming story of self-discovery, sassiness and acceptance.

With more glitter than ever before, this smashhit show features a dazzling array of stunning costumes, fabulous feathers and a non-stop parade of dance-floor classics, including Hot Stuff, I Will Survive, I Love The Nightlife and Finally! HHHH “THE GREATEST DISCO ANTHEMS EVER TO FILL A DANCE FLOOR” DAILY TELEGRAPH

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When married hairdresser Rita enrols on a university course to expand her horizons, little does she realise where the journey will take her.

West End by the RSC and was adapted into the multi-award-winning film starring Julie Walters and Michael Caine.

Her tutor Frank is a frustrated poet, brilliant academic and dedicated drunk who’s less than enthusiastic about taking Rita on, but they soon realise how much they have to teach each other.

Written by the great playwright Willy Russell (Blood Brothers) and directed by Max Roberts of Live Theatre, this production of Educating Rita stars well-loved actor Stephen Tompkinson as Frank and introduces Jessica Johnson as Rita.

This hilarious and heart-warming comedy won the Olivier Award when it was produced in London’s

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Don’t miss the worldwide smash-hit musical by Queen and Ben Elton when it comes to Northampton for the first time. This multi-million-pound phenomenon dazzles all the senses in breath-taking style, and has thrilled over 16 million theatregoers around the world. Boasting the scale and spectacle that defined Queen’s legendary live performances, the show is packed with the band’s biggest hits, including

Radio Ga Ga, I Want To Break Free, Somebody To Love, Killer Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody, Don’t Stop Me Know, Under Pressure and, of course, We Will Rock You. “AN EVENING OF SHEER ENTERTAINMENT AND ENJOYMENT” DAILY MIRROR “AN UNMISSABLE EVENT AND A SUMPTUOUS PIECE OF MUSICAL THEATRE” CAPITAL RADIO

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Join Trademark Touring when they visit this Spring with their latest production of Ian Hislop and Nick Newman’s hilarious comedy A Bunch Of Amateurs. Keen to boost his flagging career, fading Hollywood action hero Jefferson Steele arrives in England to play King Lear in Stratford, only to find that this is not the birthplace of Shakespeare, but a sleepy Suffolk village. And instead of starring alongside Kenneth Branagh and Dame Judi Dench, the cast are a group of amateur theatre-makers trying to save their theatre from ruthless developers.

Jefferson’s monstrous ego, vanity and insecurity are tested to the limit by the enthusiastic am-dram thespians. As acting worlds collide and Jefferson’s career implodes, he discovers some truths about himself – along with his inner Lear! HHHH “A LAUGH-A-MINUTE” MAIL ON SUNDAY ON IAN HISLOP & NICK NEWMAN’S THE WIPERS TIMES Written by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman from an original story by Jonathan Gershfield and John Ross.

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Grease is back! Grittier and more glamorous than ever before, this brand new production comes direct from a sell-out and critically acclaimed run. After a whirlwind summer romance, leather-clad greaser Danny and girl-next-door Sandy are unexpectedly reunited when she transfers to Rydell High for senior year. But can they survive the trials and tribulations of teenage life and find true love once more?

With its phenomenal score bursting with hits, including Summer Nights, Greased Lightnin’, Hopelessly Devoted To You and You’re The One That I Want, this thrilling new version, directed by Nikolai Foster, is brought to life by a fresh young cast who bring energy, vitality and passion to the ultimate musical classic. So round-up your Burger Palace Boys, pick up your Pink Ladies and re-discover why Grease really is the one that you want.

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A ROYAL & DERNGATE, NORTHAMPTON, CHINA PLATE, NUFFIELD SOUTHAMPTON THEATRES AND INSPECTOR SANDS CO-PRODUCTION IN ASSOCIATION WITH OXFORD PLAYHOUSE

“We don’t in general take to foreigners here… unless they take to us first”

social awkwardness, exhilarating music, mud and heavy rain.

Does it take a village to raise a monster?

“THEY ARE BRILLIANT AND RECKLESS, PRECISE AND INVENTIVE, INTELLIGENT AND FRANK. THEY ARE KALEIDOSCOPIC CREATORS. DON’T MISS THEM!” NEW YORK THEATRE GUIDE ON INSPECTOR SANDS

Channelling Emily Brontë’s piercing wit and fierce emotion, Inspector Sands brings their characteristic humour, passion and pathos to the infamous love story of Heathcliff and Catherine. Wuthering Heights will contain violence, peril,

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Television and stage favourite, Tom Chambers (Top Hat, Strictly Come Dancing), stars in this brand-new production as the charismatic and manipulative Tony Wendice, a jaded ex-tennis pro who has given it all up for his wife Margot. When he discovers she has been unfaithful his mind turns to revenge and the pursuit of the ‘perfect crime’... Made famous by Alfred Hitchcock’s world-renowned film of 1950, the iconic Dial M For Murder will leave you spellbound as Tony becomes more tangled in the web of his own making.

MON 22 – SAT 27 JUNE

Also featuring Christopher Harper (Coronation Street), and Michael Salami (Hollyoaks, Two Trains Running), this ultimate masterclass in suspense is guaranteed to entwine you with its spine-chilling twists and turns. Dial M For Murder is the definitive seat-gripping drama that is not to be missed! “IT’S A TAUT, ACIDLY FUNNY THRILLER” THE GUARDIAN “A PRECISION-ENGINEERED DELIGHT” DAILY TELEGRAPH

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Look who’s moved into the neighbourhood! Everyone’s favourite kooky family are returning to Northampton in this spectacular musical comedy. Wednesday Addams is all grown up and has a shocking secret; she’s fallen in love with a sweet young man from a respectable family. When the two families meet for dinner, will Gomez keep his daughter’s secret from his cherished Morticia, or will there be hilarious consequences?

The smash hit musical comedy Hairspray is returning to Northampton by popular demand! It’s Baltimore, 1962 where Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with big hair and an even bigger heart, is on a mission to follow her dreams and dance her way onto national TV.

Join them, Uncle Fester, Lurch, Pugsley and more for a heart-warming story of love, family and friendship… with a twist. Featuring a live orchestra and extraordinary original score, The Addams Family is sure to entertain whether you are 12 or 312!

Featuring the hit songs Welcome To The 60s, You Can’t Stop The Beat, The Nicest Kids In Town and many more, don’t miss this irresistibly feel-good show that will have you dancing the night away and smiling for days. Let your hair down and book now!

TUE 15 – SAT 19 SEPTEMBER

MON 26 – SAT 31 OCTOBER

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ARDAL O’HANLON THE SHOWING OFF MUST GO ON Ardal O’Hanlon, star of Death In Paradise, Father Ted and My Hero, continues to tour his acclaimed stand-up shows worldwide. Because he loves it. And it’s a compulsion. And the world is a funny place. In an age of raging populism, MeToo, identity politics, the end of truth, the collapsing middle ground, peak avocado and £15 gin and tonics, and desperate to prove that his gender, race, age and class don’t necessarily define him, Ardal is forced to saddle his high horse again and ride fearlessly into the culture wars (with a white hankie in his pocket just in case).

WED 20 NOVEMBER 8PM DERNGATE I TICKETS FROM £24 Recommended for ages 16+

JONATHAN PIE THE FAKE NEWS TOUR If no news is good news then good news is fake news. Jonathan Pie returns to the road once more to berate the people in power – and the journalists apparently holding them to account. Jonathan is the exasperated news reporter with over 1.2 million Facebook followers, whose videos regularly achieve millions of views. His response to the election of Donald Trump was viewed more than 150 million times worldwide. “EXQUISITELY PERFORMED” THE SCOTSMAN

THU 21 NOVEMBER 7.30PM DERNGATE I TICKETS FROM £19.50 Recommended for ages 16+

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SCREAMING BLUE MURDER DOORS 7.30PM SHOW 8PM

Our regular Friday night comedy club features familiar faces and many of comedy’s rising stars: FRI 22 NOVEMBER

SAT 1 FEBRUARY

FRI 17 APRIL

Russell Hicks Jessica Fostekew Brendan Dempsey Compère Sally-Anne Hayward

Dan Antopolski Faye Treacy Joey Page Compere Dan Evans

Tony Law Jenny Collier Mike Cox Compere Dan Evans

FRI 10 JANUARY

FRI 14 FEBRUARY

FRI 1 MAY

Ben Norris Kate Lucas Richard Todd Compere Dan Evans

Addy van der Borgh James Sherwood Wendy Wason Compere Dan Evans

SAT 28 MARCH

FRI 22 MAY

Markus Birdman Amir Khoshsokhan Juliet Meyers Compere Dan Evans

Andre Vincent Huge Davies Naomi Cooper Compere Dan Evans

Alfie Moore Evelyn Mok Paul Thorne Compere Dan Evans SAT 25 JANUARY Jonny Awsum Nelson Gombakomba Helen Bauer Compere Dan Evans

UNDERGROUND I TICKETS FROM £13.50 Recommended for ages 16+ Line up may be subject to change, advance booking is recommended

DES O’CONNOR & JIMMY TARBUCK

Two legends of television, show-business and of the Royal Variety Performance, Des O’Connor and Jimmy Tarbuck, come together, accompanied by music and video to reminisce and entertain. Don’t miss this chance to see Des and Jimmy together in what will also be a night of theatrical history, brought to Northampton following their sell out show at the London Palladium. Please note, this show is rescheduled from Fri 27 September – original tickets are still valid.

FRI 22 NOVEMBER 7.30PM DERNGATE I TICKETS FROM £28

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STRICTLY NORTHAMPTON

Returning for its ninth year, local personalities from Northamptonshire put their best Strictly foot forward to raise money for the Cynthia Spencer Hospice Trust. Contestants are given just eight weeks of training to learn Latin American and ballroom dancing before coming head to head to perform for the coveted Strictly Northampton 2019 trophy. Book early because this fantastic show sells out every year. Years 5 and 6 from local primary schools will perform during the day in their own Strictly event. Visit www.royalandderngate.co.uk for more information.

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ALEXANDER ARMSTRONG

ADAM ANT

ALL MOUTH AND SOME TROUSERS

FRIEND OR FOE

Alexander Armstrong embarks on his first ever stand-up tour with All Mouth And Some Trousers.

For one night only at Royal & Derngate, pop icon Adam Ant performs his landmark solo album Friend Or Foe in its entirety for the first time.

A brand new and deliciously irreverent account of a career that has taken him from Armstrong & Miller to presenting, documentary making, singing and – ultimately – taking his rightful place as the Voice Of Toilet Duck. There will be shocking candour. There will be comic songs. There will – please God – be trousers.

The album was Adam’s first release as a solo artist and included hits such as Goody Two Shoes, Friend Or Foe and Desperate But Not Serious. The album was certified gold on both sides of the Atlantic and turned him into a household name. Both standing and seated tickets are available, visit www.royalandderngate.co.uk for more information.

SUN 24 NOVEMBER 7.30PM

MON 25 NOVEMBER 7.30PM

WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT?

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DERNGATE I TICKETS FROM £31.50

What’s Love Got To Do With It? is the joyous new theatre show celebrating the music of the incredible Tina Turner. You can expect a night of high energy, feelgood rock ‘n’ roll featuring Tina’s greatest hits, performed by the amazing vocal talent of Elesha Paul Moses (Whitney – Queen Of The Night, The Voice, X Factor), supported by a full 10-piece live band.

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Re-live the magic of the 1960s with five chart-topping acts from that memorable decade, who between them scored over 50 UK hits. A show not to be missed, starring Herman’s Hermits (55th Anniversary), The Merseybeats, The Marmalade, Wayne Fontana And The Mindbenders and Love Affair’s Steve Ellis.

You can look forward to Tina’s best-loved classic hits, including Private Dancer, What’s Love Got To Do With It?, Proud Mary, River Deep, Nutbush City Limits, Simply The Best and many more.

TUE 26 NOVEMBER 7.30PM DERNGATE I TICKETS FROM £27

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THAT’LL BE THE DAY

Get ready to party when That’ll Be The Day returns with its brand new 2019 Christmas show. The UK’s most popular rock ‘n’ roll variety show celebrates the festive season with all your favourite Christmas classics from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s, plus plenty of hilarious comedy. “A SUPERB VALUE-FOR-MONEY NIGHT OUT FOR LOVERS OF GREAT MUSIC AND FUN” THE EXPRESS

SUSIE DENT THE SECRET LIFE OF WORDS Take a journey into the curious and downright surreal origins of the words we use every day. Susie Dent will retell the adventures that lie hidden within such words as “lasagne” (involving a chamber pot) and “bugbear” (a terrorising monster), and look to the lexicon of the past to fill some of today’s linguistic gaps – such as the frenzied fit of tidying we all do just as guests are about to descend (that’s a scurryfunge). Susie will also recount the funniest moments from her 25 years on Countdown and 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown.

SAT 30 NOVEMBER 7.30PM

FRI 3 JANUARY 7.30PM

THE BURLESQUE SHOW

ABBA MANIA

DERNGATE I TICKETS FROM £29.75

Returning by popular demand, The Burlesque Show presents a night of sophisticated tease, uproarious comedy, daring magic and spectacular music. The UK’s finest artistes of the genre will delight and excite as they deliver a truly delicious night of tassels, tease and titillating laughter. “A BOMBSHELL OF UNEXPECTED DELIGHT” THE REAL CHRISPARKLE BLOG

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Dig out those platforms, dust down those flares and thank ABBA for the music as ABBA MANIA present a sensational celebration of the beloved band, reviving special memories of when their music ruled the airwaves. Enjoy all of your favourite Abba hits in this feel-good concert, including Mamma Mia, Voulez Vous, Dancing Queen, Winner Takes It All, Super Trouper and many, many more. “CLOSE YOUR EYES AND IT COULD HAVE BEEN ABBA!” SKY NEWS

SAT 4 JANUARY 7.45PM ROYAL I TICKETS FROM £29.50 Recommended for ages 16+

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SAT 11 JANUARY 7.30PM DERNGATE I TICKETS FROM £24

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SOME GUYS HAVE ALL THE LUCK THE ROD STEWART STORY 50 years on from the release of his first album, this fantastic live concert celebrates of one of rock music’s most successful artists of all time. Capturing the excitement, energy, charisma and those infamous moves that have made Rod Stewart a true rock icon, the show features all of his greatest hits, including Handbags & Gladrags, Maggie May, Baby Jane, Da Ya Think I’m Sexy, Sailing, Tonight’s The Night, The First Cut Is The Deepest, and You’re In My Heart. HHHHH WHAT’S GOOD TO DO

MON 13 JANUARY 7.30PM

CIRCUS OF HORRORS

The brand new Circus Of Horrors show will celebrate its astounding 25 year anniversary and its almighty cast, who stormed into the finals of Britain’s Got Talent, will take you on a rock ‘n’ roller coaster ride of unbelievable, bizarre and beautiful acts. With its rock ‘n’ roll soundscape, it’s a circus like no other with something for everyone, and guarantees you’ll be either on the edge of your seat or falling off it with laughter! “I LOVED IT” SIMON COWELL. “FANTASTIC, THAT’S WHAT I CALL ENTERTAINMENT” DAVID HASSELHOFF

WED 15 JANUARY 7.30PM DERNGATE I TICKETS FROM £18

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BIG GIRLS DON’T CRY

THE CLASSIC ROCK SHOW

Come and experience the iconic sounds of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, authentically recreated by a phenomenal cast that includes The East Coast Boys, along with a sensational live band. Reviving the sublime harmonies of New Jersey’s finest, the show is packed with the hits that propelled the band to stardom, including Sherry, December 1963 (Oh What A Night), Walk Like A Man, Rag Doll and Big Girls Don’t Cry. It also showcases Frankie’s incredible falsettos and features his solo hits, including Grease, Let’s Hang On, Working My Way Back To You, Beggin’, I’ve Got You Under My Skin, and Who Loves You. This is a tribute show and is no way affiliated with any original artists/estates/ management companies or similar shows.

THU 16 JANUARY 7.30PM DERNGATE I TICKETS FROM £27

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The Classic Rock Show returns with a fantastic new production celebrating the very best of the best of the genre.

Paying tribute to many of the world’s all time classic rock greats, the musicians power through legendary performances from the likes of Led Zeppelin, Dire Straits, Steely Dan, Eric Clapton, AC/DC, Queen, The Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, The Who and many more. Performed with note-for-note precision, the show brings the era-defining recordings back to life on stage, with a sound and light show to match, and culminates in a show-stopping guitar duel – not to be missed!

TUE 21 JANUARY 7.30PM

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ANTON & ERIN DANCE THOSE MAGICAL MOVIES Anton & Erin, the nation’s favourite ballroom stars, are back with their brand-new show for 2020 as they Dance Those Magical Movies. With sensational choreography set to music that made it big on the silver screen, expect a red carpet performance that includes musical classics from Breakfast At Tiffany’s, Singin’ In The Rain, Casablanca, The Wizard Of Oz, The Greatest Showman, 007, Titanic, Moulin Rouge and many more. Thrilling live vocals from TV favourite Lance Ellington, a spectacular dance ensemble and a stunning 23-piece orchestra led by conductor Richard Balcombe complete the line-up for this fabulous show.

THE GREATEST HITS OF MOTOWN HOW SWEET IT IS Returning by popular demand, The Greatest Hits Of Motown is now in its 19th successive year and boasts first class music, the slickest choreography and an amazing band, delivering the ultimate Motown experience. This show will have you Dancing On The Ceiling to songs from legendary artistes including Lionel Richie, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, The Four Tops, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, The Jackson Five, The Isley Brothers, Edwin Starr and many, many more.

FRI 24 JANUARY 7.30PM

SAT 25 JANUARY 7.30PM

UK PINK FLOYD EXPERIENCE

ONE NIGHT OF ELVIS

DERNGATE I TICKETS FROM £36.50

Outstanding musicianship, superb vocals and incredible production values combine in the UK Pink Floyd Experience for an authentic recreation of a live performance by the legendary band. Featuring an impressive video projection on a large screen and a stunning light show, the show takes you through over 50 years of hits from the iconic albums Dark Side Of The Moon and Animals as well as Wish You Were Here, Shine On You Crazy Diamond, Another Brick In The Wall and Comfortably Numb. This is a true celebration of all things Floyd that will appeal to fans of all ages.

SUN 26 JANUARY 7.30PM

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Lee Memphis King, Europe’s most successful Elvis Presley tribute artist, recreates the essence of the King with consummate ease, stunningly accurate vocals and incredible passion in every performance. This latest production, in which King portrays Elvis at his peak celebrating the iconic ‘Vegas Years’ from 1969 to 1977, features authentic costumes, an orchestra of world class musicians and backing vocalists and an impressive video screen projection mapping out Elvis’s life and music.

FRI 31 JANUARY 7.30PM DERNGATE I TICKETS FROM £27

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NC JAZZ PRESENTS Join us for an evening of modern jazz in the intimate setting of our Underground Studio, with a relaxed atmosphere and cabaret seating. The first concert in 2020 takes place on Fri 31 January at 8pm, with full concert details to be announced soon. Keep an eye on our website for all Spring concert dates and details, coming soon.

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THE SIMON & GARFUNKEL STORY Following a week-long run in the West End and a sold-out world tour with standing ovations at every performance, The Simon & Garfunkel Story is back.

Using huge projection photos and original film footage, this 50th anniversary celebration also features a full live band performing all the hits, including Mrs Robinson, Cecilia, Bridge Over Troubled Water, Homeward Bound and many more. “AUTHENTIC AND EXCITING” THE STAGE

SUN 2 FEBRUARY 7.30PM

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LOST IN MUSIC

Relive some of the greatest songs of all time from artists such as Donna Summer, Gloria Gaynor, Earth, Wind & Fire, Sister Sledge and Chic, as Lost In Music recreates the magic of the ’70s. Boasting a sensational live band, incredibly talented cast and stunning vocals, and featuring endless hits including Never Can Say Goodbye, On The Radio, Hot Stuff, Car Wash, Boogie Wonderland, it’s the feel-good show of the year, so come dressed to impress as we celebrate the golden age of disco!

SAT 1 FEBRUARY 7.30PM

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LUCY PORTER BE PREPARED TV favourite Lucy Porter returns with another fantastic stand-up show. At Brownies, Lucy thought she’d be prepared for anything as long as she had her emergency 10p for a phone box, and knew how to tie a Fisherman’s knot. Life turned out to be slightly more complicated than Brown Owl let on. “A TREAT FROM START TO FINISH” THE HERALD “IMPECCABLY PUNCH-LINED ANECDOTES… GENUINELY DELIGHTFUL” DAILY TELEGRAPH

FRI 7 FEBRUARY 8PM

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LOU SANDERS SAY HELLO TO YOUR NEW STEP‑MUMMY In her new show Lou Sanders will examine relationships (all kinds, baby), mental health (other people’s, she’s fine) and perverts (that one is mainly her, actually). She’ll be oversharing, wanging on about spirituality and giving everyone some much unwanted advice. As seen and heard on Taskmaster, QI, 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown, Travel Man, Hypothetical, The Russell Howard Hour, The Unbelievable Truth and Ultimate Worrier.

SAT 8 FEBRUARY 8PM

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ROYAL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA

FROM THE NEW WORLD

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra presents Dvorák’s seminal work, Symphony No.9, ‘From the New World’. With echoes of the Native American and early African American folk traditions, the running tune throughout the piece so perfectly captures the flavour of the country that it is often described as an original American folk tune. The concert also features Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. “THE RPO DO SENSUOUSNESS UNCOMMONLY WELL” THE GUARDIAN

SUN 9 FEBRUARY 7.30PM DERNGATE I TICKETS FROM £11

Recommended for ages 16+

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ED BYRNE

TANGO FIRE

IF I’M HONEST Join Ed Byrne as he takes a long hard look at himself and tries to decide if he has ANY traits that are worth passing on to his children. Ed presents his brand-new masterclass in observational comedy hot on the heels of his 2017/18 touring hit, Spoiler Alert! A TV household name, in the past year Ed has appeared on Live At The Apollo, Mock The Week, The Pilgrimage, Top Gear and QI. “THOROUGHLY ENTERTAINING… HE IS A TOTAL PRO AND TERIFFIC COMPANY” THE TIMES

WED 12 FEBRUARY 8PM DERNGATE I TICKETS FROM £27 Recommended for ages 16+

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Starring internationally renowned Argentinean tango superstars German Cornejo and Gisela Galeassi, this is a fiery and explosive journey through the history of authentic Argentine tango. Joined by a cast of extraordinary tango dancers, including world tango champions, the six incredible couples show off some of the speediest footwork and tightest twirling in the business while demonstrating their individual styles. They are accompanied by the astonishing Tango Fuego Quartet playing live music on stage from tango’s most famous composers, including Piazzolla, Pugliese and Gardel. A sizzling, sensual show, guaranteed to make pulses race!

THU 13 FEBRUARY 7.30PM DERNGATE I TICKETS FROM £11

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MIDGE URE

IN THE AIR TONIGHT

THE 1980 TOUR, VIENNA & VISAGE

A CELEBRATION OF PHIL COLLINS

Brought to life by Midge Ure and Band Electronica, this is the first time in the 40 years since it was made that the album Vienna will be performed in its entirety. It is also the first time that many of the songs from the debut Visage album will be played live.

In The Air Tonight will leave you in awe of the incredible discography of Phil Collins.

This unmissable concert will feature a stage setting designed to reflect the atmosphere and ambience that the albums themselves create.

MON 17 FEBRUARY 7.30PM DERNGATE I TICKETS FROM £26.50

Capturing the distinctive vocals and incredible instrumentals of one of the UK’s greatest ever singersongwriters, the show features two hours of non-stop classics, including Easy Lover, Another Day In Paradise, Two Hearts, You Can’t Hurry Love, Against All Odds and music from the heyday of Genesis. Brought to life by international tribute artist Chris Hayward and a sensational live band, get ready to dance into the light.

FRI 21 FEBRUARY 7.30PM

Recommended for ages 14+

DERNGATE I TICKETS FROM £25

JOHN ARCHER

JIMEOIN

AGAINST THE ODDS Semi-finalist on Britain’s Got Talent and support act for Tim Vine on seven UK tours, John Archer finally takes to the stage in his own one-man show. This is a rare chance to see baffling magic with a dash of comedy thrown in by the man who many consider to be the best comedy magician in the UK today. John Archer was the first man to fool Penn & Teller on ITV’s Fool Us with Jonathan Ross and a former winner of the prestigious Magic Circle Stage Magician Of The Year.

The Irishman from Australia, Jimeoin, brings his brilliantly observed, ever-evolving and hilarious comedy to Royal & Derngate for one night only as part of his latest tour. This internationally acclaimed comedian has had sellout shows across the UK, Europe, USA and of course Australia, so don’t miss your chance to catch him here in Northampton. As seen on TV shows Live At The Apollo, Conan, Royal Variety Performance, CH4’s O2 Gala and Sunday Night at the Palladium – Live! HHHH “A COMIC MASTERPIECE” MAIL ON SUNDAY

FRI 21 FEBRUARY 8PM

SAT 22 FEBRUARY 7.30PM

Recommended for ages 12+

Recommended for ages 14+

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THE BOYS ARE BACK

5ive, A1, Damage and 911 are coming to Royal & Derngate for the first time, bringing you a hit-packed show of pop classics. They may be men now, but The Boys Are Back for one unforgettable night. Expect to hear plenty of funked-up covers and original favourites, including Slam Dunk, Rock The Party, Everybody Get Up, Keep On Movin’, Same Old, Everytime, Caught In The Middle, Wonderful Tonight, More Than A Woman, A Little Bit More, Private Number and many more.

SUN 23 FEBRUARY 8PM

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TONY BLACKBURN: SOUNDS OF THE ’60S

Due to the phenomenal success of BBC Radio 2’s Sounds Of The ’60s LIVE tour in 2019, a raft of new dates have been added for 2020, including a visit to Royal & Derngate in March. Hosted by DJ royalty Tony Blackburn, the show features songs, stories and memories from the golden decade of pop, with music performed live by the Sounds Of The 60s All Star Band & Singers. Tony Blackburn says: “I’m absolutely thrilled that the live tour has proved so popular and that we’re in a position to extend the run well into 2020. It’s proof that the music of the ’60s is as loved now as it was back then!”

SUN 1 MARCH 7.30PM

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WITCHES CAN’T BE BURNED BY SILVA SEMERCIYAN

Set against the backdrop of a group of students performing Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, Witches Can’t Be Burned explores the changing perceptions of gender, protest and equality, putting Miller’s iconic play, its relevance and its politics on trial. Directed by Georgia Tillery Randak (The Cagebirds).

WIND / RUSH GENERATION(S) BY MOJISOLA ADEBAYO

Through the questionable use of an Ouija Board, a group of students travel through time to witness the injustices and inhumanity of Britain’s colonial past in all its gory glory. This is a play about British history, Empire, slavery and humanity, but also about what Britain is today. Directed by Hannah Conway (The Reluctant Dragon). Both plays will also be performed as part of the National Theatre Connections Festival in April (see page 25).

FRI 28 & SAT 29 FEBRUARY TIMES VARY

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NORTHAMPTONSHIRE MUSIC AND PERFORMING ARTS TRUST

BIG SING

Northamptonshire Music And Performing Arts Trust presents Big Sing, two nights celebrating vocal music with massed choirs of 500 young singers from Northamptonshire’s primary schools and NMPAT county choirs.

STEWART LEE SNOWFLAKE / TORNADO Enjoy a double-bill of two new, 60-minute sets from “the world’s greatest living stand-up” (The Times). Tornado questions Stew’s position in the comedy marketplace after Netflix mistakenly lists his show as “reports of sharks falling from the skies are on the rise again. Nobody on the Eastern Seaboard is safe.” Snowflake questions his worth in a society demolishing the liberal values he has been keen to espouse in a fairytale landscape of winter wonder.

WED 4 & THU 5 MARCH 6.30PM

FRI 6 MARCH 7.30PM

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Recommended for ages 14+

RUMOURS OF FLEETWOOD MAC

NORTHAMPTONSHIRE MUSIC AND PERFORMING ARTS TRUST

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Rumours of Fleetwood Mac returns to the stage with a brand new show celebrating the very best of the iconic band, including a very special blues set paying tribute to their legendary Peter Green era. Channelling the spirit of Fleetwood Mac at their very best, this concert offers a unique opportunity for fans, both old and new, to rediscover the songs and performances that have ensured the band’s place as one of the most loved groups of all time.

DERNGATE I TICKETS FROM £24.50

ORCHESTRA SPECTACULAR

Northamptonshire Music And Performing Arts Trust presents an Orchestra Spectacular, featuring the county’s three youth orchestras: the County Junior Orchestra, County Training Orchestra and the Northamptonshire County Youth Orchestra.

“AN EXTRAORDINARY EMOTIVE PERFORMANCE OF FLEETWOOD MAC” MICK FLEETWOOD

SAT 7 MARCH 7.30PM

DERNGATE I TICKETS FROM £28.50

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SUN 8 MARCH 6PM

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JOSIE LONG

ROB AUTON

TENDER

THE TIME SHOW

Three-time Edinburgh Comedy Award-nominee and veryhard-to-pin-down-indie-underdog-nightmare, Josie Long, is back with a brand new show after a brief hiatus, during which she had a baby and so on.

The Time Show is the latest comedy/theatre/spoken word show by the writer and performer (of some of what he writes), Rob Auton.

It’s about the mind-bending intensity of new motherhood, but mostly about kindness, gentleness, and joy – all in all, the edgiest thing you will see this year. The aim is for you to come out of it feeling optimistic about the future, although that is a big ask. At the very least there will be some really silly voices in it, and that’s not nothing.

Following on from his critically acclaimed shows about talking, hair, sleep, water, faces, the sky and the colour yellow, Rob now turns his attention to time. He will be asking questions such as “What time is it?” and “What is it time?”

HHHH “BRILLIANTLY EVOCATIVE” THE TIMES

“A GENUINE ORIGINAL. POETICAL, PHILOSOPHICAL, HUMANE, COMPLETELY CHARMING AND FUNNY TO BOOT” THE GUARDIAN

SUN 8 MARCH 8PM

FRI 13 MARCH 8PM

Recommended for ages 14+

Recommended for ages 14+

ALEX EDELMAN

NORTHAMPTONSHIRE MUSIC AND PERFORMING ARTS TRUST

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JUST FOR US Alex Edelman’s first show, Millennial – about very traumatic stock photos and young people - won an Edinburgh Comedy Award for Best Newcomer. The follow-up, Everything Handed To You - about identity and the availability of plug sockets in airports - was even more acclaimed, selling out its entire Edinburgh run. Just For Us is what comes next. It’s about gorillas that can do sign language and tribalism. Come.

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WIND BAND SPECTACULAR Northamptonshire Music And Performing Arts Trust presents an evening of music for symphonic wind orchestras, featuring the County Junior Wind Orchestra, County Training Wind Orchestra, and the Northamptonshire County Youth Concert Band.

“EVERY STORY IS A PRECISION-ENGINEERED ROLLSROYCE OF A ROUTINE, PERFECTLY TIMED AND CONSTRUCTED, EACH MORSEL OF INFORMATION RELEASED JUST AT THE RIGHT MOMENT” CHORTLE

SAT 14 MARCH 7.30PM

SUN 15 MARCH 6PM

Recommended for ages 14+

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NPAT ROYAL SHAKESPEARE COMPANY ASSOCIATE TRUST

THE MERCHANT OF VENICE

Northampton Primary Academy Trust are proud to present a spectacular evening inspired by the work of William Shakespeare’s play The Merchant Of Venice. This will be an unforgettable spectacle featuring performance pieces from each of the trust’s 11 schools. Prepare to be amazed by the talent and confidence of the children who have all been studying the play as part of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Associate School’s Programme.

MON 16 MARCH 7PM

DERNGATE I TICKETS FROM £11

SWEET CAROLINE THE ULTIMATE TRIBUTE TO NEIL DIAMOND Join us for this brand new tribute to Neil Diamond, featuring Gary Ryan, as seen on Stars In Their Eyes. Taking it back to where it began, this musical journey celebrates 50 years of a legend. From Brooklyn to Hollywood, Diamond has left a legacy of great songs which have been covered by every great vocalist. Enjoy all of his hits including Forever In Blue Jeans, America, Love On The Rocks and of course, the unforgettable Sweet Caroline, in this sensational live show. This is a tribute show and is no way affiliated with any original artists/estates/ management companies or similar shows.

TUE 17 MARCH 7.30PM

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STEVE STEINMAN’S

TOMMY TIERNAN

ANYTHING FOR LOVE: THE MEAT LOAF STORY

Steve Steinman brings you his brand-new production, featuring over 25 of Meat Loaf and Jim Steinman’s greatest hits. Special guest Lorraine Crosby was the female lead vocalist on Meat Loaf’s Grammy Awardwinning song and No. 1 hit I Would Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That) and the hit album Bat Out Of Hell II – Back Into Hell. Also featuring an incredible stage set and 10-piece live band, the show will have you up on your feet dancing and singing to some of Meat Loaf’s greatest hits, including Bat Out Of Hell, Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth and many more.

WED 18 MARCH 7.30PM

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TOMFOOLERY Tommy Tiernan’s brand new show tomfoolery sees the now 50 year-old comedian back onstage with an exhilarating mix of the highly personal and flamboyant storytelling that audiences have come to love. Renowned for his no-holds-barred approach to the art of stand-up, this promises to be a delightful trip through the mind of one the worlds most respected comic performers. Age has not dulled him. In fact he seems more full of fire and mischief now than he ever was. He wonders aloud about God, sex and family in a way that seems equally sacred and profane at the same time. “A FERAL PHILOSOPHER KING” THE SCOTSMAN

THU 19 MARCH 8PM

DERNGATE I TICKETS FROM £23 Recommended for ages 16+

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JIMMY CARR TERRIBLY FUNNY Jimmy’s brand new show contains jokes about all kinds of terrible things. Terrible things that might have affected you or people you know and love. But they’re just jokes – they are not the terrible things. Having political correctness at a comedy show is like having health and safety at a rodeo. Now you’ve been warned, buy a ticket.

SARAH & DUCK’S BIG TOP BIRTHDAY

The enchanting world of Sarah and Duck is brought to life featuring the wonderful characters from the BAFTA award-winning CBeebies show. Join Sarah and Duck and a host of your favourite friends including The Ribbon Sisters, The Shallots, Flamingo & John and Umbrella, as they plan a birthday party for Scarf Lady in their garden.

Please note this is the same show as performed in July & September 2019.

Told through a fantastic blend of puppetry, storytelling and music, Sarah & Duck’s Big Top Birthday will take you and your children on a magical adventure.

FRI 20 MARCH 8PM & TUE 16 JUNE 8PM

SAT 21 MARCH 11AM & 1.30PM

DERNGATE I TICKETS FROM £31.50 Recommended for ages 16+

DERNGATE I TICKETS FROM £13.50 Recommended for ages 3-6 Running time: 60mins with no interval

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ROB BECKETT WALLOP It’s been a busy few years for the ‘Mouth of the South’ and he’s coming to see you to fill you in and make you laugh. Host of BBC One’s All Together Now and team captain on Channel 4’s 8 Out Of 10 Cats, he is also a star of Live At The Apollo, Would I Lie To You?, 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown, Mock The Week, Play To The Whistle, Celebrity Juice and Sky’s A League of Their Own. “LIGHTS UP THE STAGE WITH HIS MAGNETIC PERSONALITY” MAIL ON SUNDAY

UPFRONT COMEDY SLAM

Upfront are back with a comedy special for Mother’s Day, with big laughs for mothers, fathers, daughters, sons and everyone else. Featuring outrageous 3 Non Blondes star Ninia Benjamin (My Shirley Valentine Summer), alongside comedy’s don Curtis Walker, Brummie Jay Droch and the increasingly popular Luke Craig, the show is hosted by comedian-turned-Teletubbie John Simmit, fresh from his recent performance on the Royal stage in the reggae musical Rush.

Please note this is the same show as performed in October 2019.

SUN 22 MARCH 7.30PM

SUN 22 MARCH 8PM

Recommended for ages 14+

Recommended for ages 16+

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KAREN HAUER & GORKA MARQUEZ

FIREDANCE

It’s time to heat things up: get ready for FIREDANCE. The brand new Latin spectacular, starring Strictly Come Dancing’s Gorka Marquez and Karen Hauer, will ignite Royal & Derngate audiences in 2020.

REMEMBERING THE OSCARS Fresh from their sell-out tour of Remembering The Movies, Strictly’s favourite couple Aljaz Škorjanec and Janette Manrara return with their brand new show, Remembering The Oscars.

Featuring Argentine tango, flamenco, contemporary dance, paso doble, samba and salsa, expect hot pulsing beats, seductive choreography and passion that will take your breath away. With live Latin musicians and a dynamic dance ensemble, this is a dance experience you strictly won’t want to miss.

Whether you are Wishing On A Star, Swinging On A Star or dancing in the City Of Stars, this dance spectacular will take you from Disney family favourites, through to the Golden Ages of Hollywood and Bollywood, with songs from Lady Gaga, Adele, Prince, Queen, Eminem, Celine Dion and Barbara Streisand, as well as classics from legendary songwriters such as Burt Bacharach, John Barry, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Irving Berlin and more.

MON 23 MARCH 7.30PM

WED 25 MARCH 7.30PM

BEAM 2020

DAVID BADDIEL

DERNGATE I TICKETS FROM £29.50

Musical Theatre Network and Mercury Musical Developments, in partnership with Royal & Derngate, Northampton, present BEAM 2020. BEAM is the UK’s leading showcase of new British musical theatre, happening biennially, and outside London for the first time in 2020. It brings together presentations of around 35 new musicals in development, masterclasses, networking opportunities and panel discussions and is designed for anyone with an interest in new musical theatre, or in a position to help develop and stage new British musicals.

THU 26 & FRI 27 MARCH TIMES VARY VARIOUS I TICKETS FROM £35

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TROLLS: NOT THE DOLLS Following his five-star, Olivier-nominated hit, My Family: Not The Sitcom, and the return to number one of his seminal football anthem Three Lions, David Baddiel comes back to the stage with a brand new one-man show, Trolls: Not The Dolls. Trolls – the terrible people who spend all day insulting and abusing strangers for no other reason than to fill the huge gaps in their souls. David has stories to tell of the dark, terrible and hysterically absurd cyber-paths that interacting with trolls has led him down. “BOASTS SIDE-SPLITTING LAUGHS AND ALSO MOVES PEOPLE TO TEARS” EVENING STANDARD

THU 26 MARCH 7.30PM

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A CELEBRATION OF NORTHAMPTONSHIRE

Join us for on evening full of surprises as we celebrate and meet Olympic and sporting, theatrical and musical stars of Northamptonshire. This celebratory evening will include performances from the massed choirs of Northamptonshire as well as Northamptonshire Music & Performing Arts Trust, The National Youth Jazz Orchestra and DRET Choir.

SAT 28 MARCH 7.30PM

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BE BOP A LULA

The West End hit Be Bop A Lula revives the artists who introduced rock ‘n’ roll to the UK: Eddie Cochran, Gene Vincent, Billy Fury and Buddy Holly. From Cochran’s legendary guitar riffs and Vincent’s menacingly moody stage presence to Fury’s smouldering looks and soaring vocals and Holly’s good-time rock ’n’ roll, this show has it all, not to mention a band tighter than a pair of drainpipe trousers. “PERFORMED WITH THE LOVE, CARE AND RESPECT THAT GREAT ROCK AND ROLL DESERVES” BRITISHTHEATRE.COM

SUN 29 MARCH 7.30PM

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KEVIN CLIFTON & JOANNE CLIFTON: BURN THE FLOOR

MILTON JONES

Strictly Come Dancing star Kevin Clifton is back with the Burn The Floor cast in 2020, and this time he will be joined by his sister Joanne Clifton in an electrifying new production.

From seriously romantic waltz and a futuristic foxtrot to the emotional power of the Cha Cha, the Samba and Jive and the smoking, irresistible Rumba, Burn The Floor brings an infectious and rebellious energy to the stage every single night. Don’t miss your chance to experience the pure dance joy of Burn The Floor.

MILTON: IMPOSSIBLE One man. One Mission. Is it possible? No, not really. Milton Jones reveals the truth about being an international spy, before being given a disappointing new identity which forced him to appear on Mock the Week, Live At The Apollo and Radio 4. But this is also a love story with the twist, or even a really bad sprain. Just gloriously daft nonsense or is there a deeper meaning? “NO-ONE CAN TOUCH JONES WHEN HE HITS HIS STRIDE” THE GUARDIAN

MON 30 MARCH 7.30PM

WED 1 APRIL 7.30PM

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Recommended for ages 16+

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JOE BROWN 60TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR Rock ‘n’ roll legend Joe Brown is taking to the road to celebrate 60 years in the business. Combining timeless classics, rockabilly, gospel, country, bluegrass, and rock ‘n’ roll with Joe’s effervescent delivery and humorous reminiscences, this sensational show is a musical journey not to be missed. Joe’s band includes, among others, fiddle virtuoso Tom Leary, guitar and mandolin veteran Steve Simpson, incredible bass player Andy Crowdy and stalwart band member, drummer, percussionist and singer Phil Capaldi.

THU 2 APRIL 7.30PM

ROYAL & DERNGATE YOUTH THEATRE & YOUNG COMPANY

LISTEN UP! FESTIVAL

Listen Up! is a festival of theatre celebrating the creativity of young people, with original pieces devised by over 80 performers across five Youth Theatre and Young Company groups. All of the performances address subjects that matter to the young people themselves and have been developed in collaboration with directors Georgia Tillery Randak, Hannah Conway, Jack Smith and Katie Bunting. This is an exciting showcase of new work where young people’s voices will be heard and audiences will be asked to Listen Up!

FRI 3 – SUN 5 APRIL TIMES VARY UNDERGROUND I TICKETS FROM £6

DERNGATE I TICKETS FROM £30.50

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GIOVANNI PERNICE

FASCINATING AÏDA

THIS IS ME Now in his fourth year of touring, Strictly Come Dancing’s Giovanni Pernice and his cast of professional dancers are set to light up the stage with this brand new show. The Italian’s natural charm, combined with beautiful choreography perfectly complemented by a fabulous soundtrack, This Is Me pays homage to the music and dances that have inspired Giovanni’s career, journeying from a competition dancer to one of the biggest names on the hit BBC show. Expect all of your favourite ballroom and Latin dances and more.

Dillie Keane, Adèle Anderson and Liza Pulman are heading out on tour with a selection of old favourite songs, some you haven’t heard before and some you wish you’d never heard in the first place. The songs are hilarious and topical and the glamour is unstoppable. With three Olivier Award nominations, over 25 million YouTube and Facebook hits for Cheap Flights and their incredibly rude Christmas song, how can you possibly miss them? HHHHH “CABARET HEAVEN” METRO HHHHH “I CAN’T RECOMMEND THIS SHOW HIGHLY ENOUGH” MAIL ON SUNDAY

FRI 3 APRIL 7.30PM

SAT 4 APRIL 7.30PM

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Recommended for ages 14+

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LIMITED AVAILABILITY

EXCITING SCIENCE

ROMESH RANGANATHAN

WARNING… WARNING… EXTREME FUN ALERT!

THE CYNIC’S MIXTAPE

This brand new educational show will amaze and astound all ages from four years and up as they put the “exciting” back into science. With fun and fact-filled experiments, watch in awe as they recreate a volcanic eruption, turn a vacuum cleaner into a missile launcher or take aim at you with their smoke blaster. Stand clear and prepare for action, as this show is full of whizz, bang, pop… and splurt!

MON 6 APRIL 2PM

Romesh Ranganathan is back with brand new show The Cynic’s Mixtape, his most brutally honest show yet. Fresh from the Misadventures Of Romesh Ranganathan, A League Of Their Own and Judge Romesh, he’s putting showbiz aside to deliver a carefully curated selection of all the things he has found unacceptable since the last tour, including why trying to save the environment is a scam, why none of us are truly free, and his suspicion that his wife is using gluten intolerance to avoid sleeping with him. HHHH “AN ACID BATH WITH COMEDY’S NEW MASTER OF MISANTHROPY” DAILY TELEGRAPH

TUE 14 & WED 15 APRIL 8PM DERNGATE I TICKETS FROM £25

DERNGATE I TICKETS FROM £13.50

Recommended for ages 15+

BALLETBOYZ

THE JOE & DIANNE SHOW

DELUXE BalletBoyz are one of the most cheekily original and innovative forces in dance, thrilling audiences and critics with their distinctive style which blends exhilarating, graceful dance with stunning music and film. Deluxe features work by some of the world’s most exciting and innovative artists, including choreographer Xie Xin, composer Jiang Shaofeng, Punchdrunk’s Maxine Doyle and jazz musician and composer Cassie Kinoshi of the Mercury-nominated SEED Ensemble. “IT DOESN’T MATTER WHAT THEY DANCE. THE RESULT IS ALWAYS THE SAME — FANTASTIC” THE TIMES

THU 16 APRIL 7.30PM

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Music, comedy and a little bit of dance… Strictly stars Joe Sugg and Dianne Buswell bring their brand new show, The Joe & Dianne Show, to Northampton this spring.

With jaw-dropping choreography, all of your favourite ballroom routines and more, Joe and Dianne are guaranteed to delight fans of all ages. Speaking of tour dates Joe and Dianne said “We’re so excited to be presenting a brand new show directly for our fans. We have loved performing together over the last 12 months both on stage, TV and online and we cannot wait to bring this live tour to you.”

FRI 17 APRIL 7.30PM

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JACK DEE

Join Jack Dee for an evening of entertainment (food and beverages not included) in his new stand-up tour. “In these difficult and uncertain times people need hope – a ray of sunshine to brighten their day. And that’s very much where I come in”, says Jack. Star of TV sitcoms Bad Move, Lead Balloon and Josh, Jack also hosts the legendary Radio 4 show I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue. Additional credits include presenting Jack Dee’s Helpdesk, The Jack Dee Show, Jack Dee’s Saturday Night, Jack Dee’s Happy Hour and Jack Dee Live At The Apollo. “In fact,” explains Jack, “I’ve probably appeared in every TV show with my name in the title”.

SAT 18 APRIL 8PM

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THE SENSATIONAL ’60S EXPERIENCE

Celebrating their 10th anniversary, The Sensational ’60s Experience brings you a three-hour spectacular of pure nostalgia, transporting you back to that magical decade. Five legendary names, Mike Pender (original voice of The Searchers) The Trems (all former members of The Tremeloes) The Fortunes, The Swinging Blue Jeans and The Dakotas, will take to the stage and deliver you an unforgettable night of ’60s hits, including Needles And Pins, Silence Is Golden, Storm In A Teacup, Hippy Hippy Shake, Little Children and many more.

SUN 19 APRIL 7.30PM

Recommended for ages 16+

DERNGATE I TICKETS FROM £31

TOM STADE

ARABELLA WEIR

YOU AIN’T SEEN NOTHING YET

DOES MY MUM LOOM BIG IN THIS?

Following his last smash-hit UK tour and direct from this year’s Edinburgh festival, Tom Stade is back on the road with a brand new show. The kids have moved out and it’s the dawn of a new era; Tom’s embracing change with his usual spirit and irrepressible sense of mischief.

This is the mother of all confessional shows from Arabella Weir, the bestselling author and star of The Fast Show and Two Doors Down. It’s for everyone who’s had a mother or been a mother, featuring hair-raising hilarious true stories from Arabella’s dysfunctional childhood and her life as a single working mother.

30 years on the comedy frontline and this Canadian legend remains as engaging, innovative and hilarious as ever. As seen on Comedy Gala, Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, The John Bishop Show and Live At The Apollo.

Devastatingly funny, excruciatingly honest and definitely embarrassing for all of Arabella’s relatives, not to mention herself, this is a helter-skelter tour of appalling – and appallingly funny – maternal behaviour. “COMEDY GOLD” THE GUARDIAN

THU 23 APRIL 8PM

FRI 24 APRIL 7.45PM

Recommended for ages 16+

Recommended for ages 14+

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FOIL ARMS & HOG

SIMON BRODKIN

SWINES

100% SIMON BRODKIN

Ireland’s top sketch trio are coming to Northampton with their new show, Swines. With over 100 million hits, the group are best known for their online sketches, but it’s the live show where they really shine. Come for an evening of scripted nonsense, twisted characters, music and unintentional improvisation by the hilarious Foil Arms & Hog, loved by everyone from your Dad to Rowan Atkinson.

After three hugely successful BBC series as Lee Nelson, multiple sell-out tours and various court appearances following world-famous stunts on Theresa May, Sepp Blatter, Donald Trump, Kanye West and Britain’s Got Talent, the award-winning comedian unleashes his funniest creation yet… himself!

“QUITE SIMPLY, A SENSATION” EDINBURGH FESTIVALS MAGAZINE

Fresh from a critically-acclaimed, sell-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Simon Brodkin takes his debut stand-up show 100% Simon Brodkin on a nationwide tour.

“FAST-PACED GAGS, FIZZING WITH ENERGY, INVENTION AND GREAT LINES” CHORTLE

SAT 25 APRIL 8PM

SAT 25 APRIL 8PM

Recommended for ages 14+

Recommended for ages 14+

ROSE ROYCE WITH GWEN DICKEY

OI FROG & FRIENDS! LIVE

ROYAL I TICKETS FROM £22

Don’t miss the opportunity to see the Grammy Awardwinning, nine-piece Los Angeles band Rose Royce when they reform with Gwen Dickey for one night only. Gwen was the voice that shined brightly on the international Rose Royce hits Car Wash, Wishing On A Star, Love Don’t Live Here Anymore, I Wanna Get Next To You, Is It Love You’re After and many more. Experience Rose Royce as they were always meant to be - with the original vocalist - at this very rare appearance from the ’80s superstar. They will be supported by Junior, famed for their hit single Mama Used To Say.

SUN 26 APRIL 7.30PM

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Cats sit on mats, hares sit on chairs, mules sit on stools, gophers sit on sofas and frogs sit on logs It’s a new day at Sittingbottom school and FROG is looking for a place to sit, but CAT has other ideas and DOG is doing as he’s told. Little do any of them know that chaos is coming... Who knew there were so many rhyming rules and what will happen when FROG is in charge? Expect songs, puppets, laughs and more rhymes than you can shake a chime at in this new action-packed stage adaptation of Kes Gray and Jim Field’s bestselling books. Based on the books by Kes Gray and Jim Field

MON 27 APRIL 1.30PM & TUE 28 APRIL 10.30AM & 1.30PM DERNGATE I TICKETS FROM £13.50 Recommended for ages 3+ Running time: 55mins with no interval

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BANFF MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL

AND IN THE END

THU 30 APRIL 7.30PM

FRI 1 MAY 7.30PM

ANY SUGGESTIONS DOCTOR?

ROSS NOBLE

DERNGATE I TICKETS FROM £15

AN IMPROVISED DOCTOR WHO PARODY SAT 2 MAY 7PM

A CELEBRATION OF 50 YEARS OF ABBEY ROAD AND LET IT BE DERNGATE I TICKETS FROM £25

SAT 2 MAY 8PM

DERNGATE I TICKETS FROM £28

UNDERGROUND I TICKETS FROM £14

Recommended for ages 15+

ENGLISH TOURING OPERA

GIRAFFES CAN’T DANCE

ST JOHN PASSION SUN 3 MAY 7.30PM

WED 3 JUNE 4.30PM & THU 4 JUNE 10AM & 1.30PM DERNGATE I TICKETS FROM £15.50

DERNGATE I TICKETS FROM £11

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THAT’LL BE THE DAY

LARRY DEAN FUDNUT

SUN 7 JUNE 7.30PM

DERNGATE I TICKETS FROM £28

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SAT 19 SEPTEMBER 8PM

UNDERGROUND I TICKETS FROM £17 Recommended for ages 16+

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ROYAL & DERNGATE’S YOUTH THEATRE AND YOUNG COMPANY

THE WIZARD OF OZ

BY L. FRANK BAUM WITH MUSIC AND LYRICS BY HAROLD ARLEN AND E. Y. HARBURG Swept away in the eye of a tornado, Dorothy and her beloved dog, Toto, find themselves in the strange world of Oz, far away from anything that Dorothy has ever seen or dreamed of. She needs to get back home to Kansas and with the help of Scarecrow, Tinman and Cowardly Lion, discovers that if you follow the right road, love and friendship will find a way. Royal & Derngate’s Youth Theatre and Young Company embark on a magical quest in this iconic musical based on the novel The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz by L. Frank Baum and the much-loved 1939 film starring Judy Garland. Directed by Alex Moxon (Legally Blonde Jr.) and Trudy A Bell (Fame Jr.), this colourful production will showcase Northampton’s brightest young talent.

SAT 11 – SUN 19 JULY EVES 7.30PM, SAT & SUN MATINEES 2.30PM (EXCL. SUN 12 JULY)

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Background Music by Herbert Stothart Dance and Vocal Arrangements by Peter Howard Orchestration by Larry Wilcox Adapted by John Kane for the Royal Shakespeare Company Based upon the Classic Motion Picture owned by Turner Entertainment Co. and distributed in all media by Warner Bros. An amateur production by arrangement with Concord Theatricals Ltd on behalf of Tams-Witmark LLC

ROYAL & DERNGATE’S COMMUNITY ACTORS COMPANY

FOLLOW THE YELLOW BRICK ROAD

Ozma has mysteriously disappeared, leaving behind a fractured, confused and politically unstable land. The council are attempting to take charge, but seem to be making a mess of things. Money and resources are disappearing, services are stopping and all joy and creativity is officially banned. No one is who they appear to be; everyone is suspicious and out for themselves. Munchkins are at war, Wheelers are taking over the streets and life in Oz is far from pleasant. Should you follow the yellow brick road and take your chances with the Wheelers, should you attempt to find Ozma, or should you make your own path? Inspired by the tales of Oz, this performance for adults only will invite you to immerse yourselves as rival characters from the series of books about the Land of Oz. Which path will you choose to take?

THU 23 – SUN 26 JULY TIMES VARY

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YOUTH THEATRE AND YOUNG COMPANY

Royal & Derngate’s Youth Theatre and Young Company offer weekly workshops for young people to Get Involved. They provide a great way to build confidence, learn social skills, make new friends and enjoy themselves in a theatre environment. YOUTH THEATRE YOUNG COMPANY Groups suitable Groups suitable for for ages 4-12 ages 13-21 Membership starts at £50 per term, with terms usually lasting 10 weeks. Participants will regularly take part in performances and share work with family and friends at the end of term. This includes a new Youth Theatre group for young people who are home educated. @RDYouthTheatre

ARTS LEADERS

Arts Leaders is a unique opportunity for young people to work together to shape their own arts projects, collaborate with professionals, gain an Arts Award qualification and make a difference to how their local community engages with the theatre. Arts Leaders offers exciting ways for young people to have a voice within the arts and gain valuable leadership skills. The Arts Leaders programme is free to all young people aged 13-24 years.

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LOCAL ARTISTS

GENERATE Supporting and nurturing talent is a vital part of Royal & Derngate’s creative work and there are a number of ways in which artists can engage with us, including workshops, social events, complimentary tickets, advice surgeries, rehearsal spaces and funding support. To be added to the Generate mailing list which advertises upcoming opportunities for local artists please e-mail the address below. JMK DIRECTORS GROUP In collaboration with the JMK Trust, we are delighted to be offering a series of workshops which will give directors and theatre makers based in the East Midlands the opportunity to gain an insight into the processes that different directors use when rehearsing a play as well as the workings of a busy regional theatre. See our website for details of upcoming workshops.

THEATRE TOURS

Royal & Derngate offers a series of Theatre Tour options including Behind The Curtain, our popular dramatised performance tour. For upcoming Behind The Curtain dates, visit our website and search ‘Behind The Curtain’, or get in touch via the contact details below if you are interested in a tailored tour for your group.

COMMUNITY

SINGING 4 PLEASURE Singing 4 Pleasure is for anyone who just wants to sing. No audition or experience is required, it’s just a fun-filled hour having a good old sing with likeminded people in a sociable setting. To find out more, contact Janet Gordon on 01604 655733 or email janet.gordon@namtrust.co.uk. THE ACTORS COMPANY For those aged over 21, our non-professional Actors Company perform classic, contemporary and new work commissioned by Royal & Derngate. Members enjoy masterclasses in performance skills such as voice, movement and text, as well as working alongside professional directors. For more information, contact Erica Martin on 01604 655732 or at erica.martin@royalandderngate.co.uk. ELDERS DANCE COMPANY A new FREE dance project for the over 65s starts in January in collaboration with Dancemind. Open to participants from all backgrounds and abilities who are able to move independently, this is a great opportunity to be creative together, whilst gaining the physical and mental benefits from participating in dance. For more information, contact Trudy A Bell on 01604 655740 or at trudy.bell@royalandderngate.co.uk.

For more information on any of the above, please email getinvolved@royalandderngate.co.uk.

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LESS THAN £4.20 PER HOUR

LOOKING FOR SOMETHING FUN TO DO DURING THE SCHOOL HOLIDAYS? Book onto one of our Holiday Projects and enjoy drama-themed activities, gain confidence, meet new people and have loads of fun! Holiday Projects take place from 10am-4pm with drop-offs from 9am and pick-ups as late as 5pm at no extra cost. • Informal performance for family and friends • Fully DBS checked professional theatre leaders • Sibling discount available FEBRUARY HALF TERM

EASTER HOLIDAY

EASTER HOLIDAY

THE WIZARD OF OZ

WHAT’S IN THE WOODS?

MUSICAL MASH UP

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TUE 14 – FRI 17 APRIL

TUE 14 – FRI 17 APRIL

Inspired by the much-loved The Wizard Of Oz story, we join Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man, Lion and the Witches as we venture into the magical land of Oz.

Join us on an expedition through mysterious woods to discover the creatures who live there. What is hiding underground, low in the bushes and high in the treetops? Are there bears or badgers? Tigers or toads? Wolves or worms? Come and find out in a Holiday Project full of creativity, imagination and fun! FOR AGES COST £100 4-7

Are you up to the challenge of creating a musical performance in just four days? Love singing, dancing and performing with others? Then this Holiday Project is for you. You will work with a professional theatre director and choreographer to create a showcase of popular songs from musicals, such as Moana, School Of Rock and The Sound Of Music. FOR AGES COST £100 8-13

These four days will be full of wonder and fun where you can build confidence, make new friends and have a brilliantly creative time. COST £100

FOR AGES 4-7

FOR AGES 8-13

To book, call Box Office on 01604 624811 or for more information email getinvolved@royalandderngate.co.uk.

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CREATIVITY SUPPORTING YOUNG PEOPLE TO UNLOCK THEIR POTENTIAL

TRAINING ACCESS TALENT ARTSMARK ARTS AWARD

Royal & Derngate is delighted to be the lead partner on the Northants Cultural Education Partnership, UNLOCK, providing young people and schools across the county with information about local arts provision, high quality creative learning opportunities and valuable insights into career pathways that will enable young people to unlock their potential. Royal & Derngate’s UNLOCK projects include Unlock: Creativity After School Theatre Hubs with

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discounted rates for member schools, Unlock: Training through our Assistant Practitioner programme and Unlock: Access videos providing insights into arts careers. For more information about how Royal & Derngate and our bespoke schools workshop and partnership programme can help your young people and staff to unlock their potential, please contact getinvolved@royalandderngate.co.uk.

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ABOUT U

WORKING WITH YOUR BUSINESS Looking to put your brand in the spotlight and have a great night out along the way? We’ve got just the ticket. Whether you’re interested in staff recognition, client entertaining, or unique ways to increase your brand exposure, a business club membership is a great way to get involved! To find out more, email development@royalandderngate.co.uk.

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BOOKING INFORMATION Box Office 01604 624811 Website www.royalandderngate.co.uk Royal & Derngate, Box Office, Guildhall Road, Northampton, NN1 1DP Group Sales 01604 620066 Membership 01604 635868

BOX OFFICE OPENING HOURS Our Box Office counter and telephone lines are open from 10am (10.30am on Mondays) with telephone lines closing at 6pm and the Box Office counter closing 15 minutes after the last performances commence or 6pm on non-performance days. From January our Box Office counter will open from 12noon. On Sundays and Bank Holidays they are open from 1 hour and 30 minutes prior to the first performance commencing. You can pay by cash if booking in person or by Visa, Mastercard, Visa Delta or Electron.

DISCOUNTS AND CONCESSIONS Under 16s, Over 60s, Students, Job Seekers and Disabled Patrons may be able to claim a discount on their tickets. Please let us know if you are eligible for a concession at the time of booking and note that at some performances only certain types of concession may apply. Stage & Screen Members also often make savings on our regular ticket prices. For selected performances an allocation of tickets can be purchased at reduced prices by Groups who also benefit from extended payment terms and a dedicated team member to support their booking. Free and discounted tickets for those aged 16 to 25 are available on some shows via our Real Discounts scheme. Our Season Ticket packages offer reduced prices when booking for three or more shows – details can be found on page 4 & 5. Only one discount can be applied per ticket and all discounts are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time. When booking performances that allow free entry for babes-in-arms, please inform Box Office how many you will be bringing. Age limits for free babes-in-arms tickets can vary.

TRANSACTION FEE A transaction charge of £3.50 applies to all bookings of £20 and over, except for Members, Disabled Patrons and Group Bookers. This charge is only applicable per-booking and not per-ticket. The transaction charge exists to support the running costs of Royal & Derngate. As ticket revenue is divided between many different parties, an increase in ticket prices may not necessarily

benefit the theatre. By adding a transaction charge, we ensure that every penny goes directly to Royal & Derngate. We will tell you about these charges, whether you are booking online, over the phone or at the counter.

POSTAGE FEE There is a £1.50 fee applicable to post your tickets to a UK address. We recommend that we do not post any tickets booked within seven days of the performance date, and instead will hold them at the Box Office for collection.

CONDITIONS OF SALE Please note that once purchased tickets cannot be refunded. Ticket exchanges may be offered for the same production on payment of a small per ticket fee. For sold-out shows we will accept returned tickets for re-sale up to 24 hours prior on the understanding that a gift voucher (less transaction fees) will be provided if the tickets are re-sold. Any tickets found to be sold via an unauthorised agent may be void without refund and the ticket holder refused entry.

STAYING IN TOUCH Our Box Office and website will ask when you book if you want to receive further information from us about Royal & Derngate’s events and activities. We will then record your wishes and use them to inform what you receive from us in future. You can update these preferences at any time by accessing your account via our website or by calling Box Office. Full information on how we use your data can be found at www.royalandderngate.co.uk/privacy.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS All details are correct at time of going to print. We reserve the right to make any alterations to the programme, performers, times, ticket prices and Box Office opening hours. All concessions are subject to availability and some may only be available for a limited period. All prices are subject to change. Proof of status will be required on the first purchase of a concessionary ticket and can be checked on any subsequent ticket purchase. Some events or performances may be advertised in the national media prior to publication in the brochure and this is beyond the control of the Management. Smoking is not permitted anywhere within the theatre or filmhouse.

WE ARE GRATEFUL FOR THE SUPPORT OF OUR MAJOR FUNDERS:

Royal & Derngate is a trading name of The Northampton Theatres Trust Limited. Registered Charity Number 1075741. VAT No: 623532071

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VISITOR & ACCESS INFORMATION HOW TO FIND US

ACCESS TICKETING SCHEME

The Royal and Derngate auditoria and our Underground Studio spaces are all accessed via our main entrance. This is situated on Swan Street, off Guildhall Road. Two more entrances are situated on Guildhall Road and on Derngate. The Northampton Filmhouse is located adjacent to Royal & Derngate in Albion Place and can be accessed from Derngate or Royal & Derngate’s main entrance. Both venues are located in the centre of Northampton, approximately 15 minutes by car from the M1 and an hour from London by train. The postcode for SAT NAV devices is NN1 1DP.

If you have not already done so, we would like to invite all access users to register as part of our Access Scheme. The registration process allows you to tell us about any specific needs you have and to apply for free or discounted tickets should you need extra assistance during your visit. By taking a few minutes to confirm your requirements, our staff and volunteers can ensure that your tickets and seating are taken care of, leaving you free to relax and enjoy the show. To request an application form or for more information please call the Box Office, email access@royalandderngate.co.uk or visit www.royalandderngate.co.uk/access.

The train station is a 15 minute walk from the theatre.

CAR PARKING

YOUR VISIT

The closest car parks to Royal & Derngate are St. John’s Multi-Storey Car Park and Albion Place Car Park. See the map for the additional car parks we recommend. There are also a number of pay and display on‑street options available. Please don’t hesitate to talk to Box Office at time of booking if you have any concerns about your visit. We advise you to leave extra time for your journey for our most popular shows.

•T  he Sennheiser Infra-red Enhanced Hearing System is available from Box Office. To ensure that you purchase tickets in seats with optimum coverage, please check with Box Office at time of booking. •R  oyal & Derngate has level access into the building and each auditoria, with a number of wheelchair spaces in each and lift access to each floor (excluding upper‑circles).

Evening parking tickets for St. Johns Car Park can be validated at Box Office prior to the performance.

•G  uide and hearing dogs are welcome and water can be provided. If you wish to take your dog into the auditorium, please let Box Office know when booking so that suitable seats can be allocated for you.

For further information, including parking charges, please visit www.northampton.gov.uk/parking.

•W  e are unable to accept mobility scooters in the auditorium. Should a patron need the use of their scooter to get to their seat, a member of the Front of House will be available to help. We have a wheelchair to use in these instances, while scooters can be left in a safe place outside the auditorium.

ACCESSIBLE PERFORMANCES Please use the show details throughout the brochure and the key on the diary for our range of access performances which include: Audio-Described Performances Sign Language Interpreted Performances Captioned Performances Relaxed Performances Touch Tours St. John’s Multi‑Storey NN1 1HA 485 spaces

The Ridings  NN1 2BT 55 spaces

Albion Place  NN1 1UD 71 spaces

Commercial Street South  NN1 1PN 42 spaces

Hazelwood Road  NCP NN1 1LG 37 spaces

Mayorhold Multi-Storey  NN1 3HA 1073 spaces

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Further information and an ‘at a glance’ list of access performances this season are available via the website, or please ask at Box Office.

Large Print, Audio and Braille versions of this brochure are available on request. Please call Box Office on 01604 624811.

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AT A GLANCE DIARY ACCESS PERFORMANCES Captioned Audio-Described Sign Interpreted Relaxed performance NOVEMBER SHOW Tue 19 November The Season Wed 20 November The Season Ardal O'Hanlon Thu 21 November Jonathan Pie The Season Fri 22 November Des O'Connor & Jimmy Tarbuck The Season Screaming Blue Murder Sat 23 November Strictly Northampton The Season Sun 24 November Alexander Armstrong Mon 25 November Adam Ant Tue 26 November What's Love Got To Do With It The Season Wed 27 November Sixties Gold The Season Thu 28 November The Season Fri 29 November The Season Sat 30 November That'll Be The Day The Season See page 99 for all Christmas show schedules JANUARY SHOW Fri 3 January Susie Dent Sat 4 January The Burlesque Show Tue 7 January Mame Wed 8 January Mame Thu 9 January Mame Fri 10 January Mame Screaming Blue Murder Sat 11 January Mame ABBA MANIA Mon 13 January Some Guys Have All The Luck A Murder Is Announced Tue 14 January A Murder Is Announced Wed 15 January A Murder Is Announced Circus Of Horrors Thu 16 January A Murder Is Announced Big Girls Don’t Cry Fri 17 January A Murder Is Announced Sat 18 January A Murder Is Announced Tue 21 January The Classic Rock Show Fri 24 January Holes Anton & Erin Sat 25 January Holes The Greatest Hits Of Motown Screaming Blue Murder Sun 26 January UK Pink Floyd Experience Mon 27 January Russian State Ballet Tue 28 January Holes Russian State Ballet Wed 29 January Holes Russian State Ballet Thu 30 January Holes Fri 31 January Holes One Night Of Elvis NC Jazz Concert FEBRUARY SHOW Sat 1 February Holes Lost In Music Screaming Blue Murder

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Pre-Show Touch Tours Pre/Post-show Talk Uniform performance Guest Night TIME 7.45pm 7pm 8pm 7.30pm 2.30pm & 7.45pm 7.30pm 7.45pm Doors 7.30pm Show 8pm 7pm 2.30pm & 7.45pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.45pm 7.30pm 7.45pm & 7.45pm 2.30pm 7.45pm 7.30pm 2.30pm & 7.45pm

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The Simon & Garfunkel Show Beautiful Beautiful Beautiful Beautiful Beautiful Lucy Porter Beautiful Alone In Berlin Lou Sanders RPO: From The New World Alone In Berlin Alone In Berlin Alone In Berlin Ed Byrne Tango Fire Alone In Berlin Alone In Berlin Screaming Blue Murder Alone In Berlin Midge Ure Alone In Berlin Alone In Berlin Alone In Berlin In The Air Tonight Alone In Berlin John Archer Jimeoin Alone In Berlin The Boys Are Back Curtains Alone In Berlin Curtains Alone In Berlin Curtains Alone In Berlin Curtains Alone In Berlin NT Connections Double Bill Curtains NT Connections Double Bill Alone In Berlin SHOW Tony Blackburn Sounds Of The ’60s The Last Of The Pelican Daughters NMPAT Big Sing The Last Of The Pelican Daughters The Last Of The Pelican Daughters NMPAT Big Sing Stewart Lee The Last Of The Pelican Daughters The Last Of The Pelican Daughters Rumours Of Fleetwood Mac NMPAT Orchestra Spectacular Josie Long Everyone's Talking About Jamie The Strange Tale Of Charlie Chaplin And Stan Laurel Everyone's Talking About Jamie The Strange Tale Of Charlie Chaplin And Stan Laurel Everyone's Talking About Jamie The Strange Tale Of Charlie Chaplin And Stan Laurel Everyone's Talking About Jamie The Strange Tale Of Charlie Chaplin And Stan Laurel Rob Auton Everyone's Talking About Jamie The Strange Tale Of Charlie Chaplin And Stan Laurel Alex Edelman NMPAT Wind Band Spectacular NPAT The Merchant Of Venice The Strange Tale Of Charlie Chaplin And Stan Laurel Sweet Caroline The Strange Tale Of Charlie Chaplin And Stan Laurel

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Anything For Love The Strange Tale Of Charlie Chaplin And Stan Laurel Tommy Tiernan The Strange Tale Of Charlie Chaplin And Stan Laurel Jimmy Carr The Strange Tale Of Charlie Chaplin And Stan Laurel Sarah & Duck's Big Top Birthday The Strange Tale Of Charlie Chaplin And Stan Laurel Rob Beckett Upfront Comedy Slam FIREDANCE Remembering The Oscars BEAM 2020 David Baddiel BEAM 2020 A Celebration Of Northamptonshire Screaming Blue Murder Be Bop A Lula The Gondoliers Kevin Clifton & Joanne Clifton: Burn The Floor The Gondoliers SHOW The Gondoliers Milton Jones The Gondoliers Joe Brown Listen Up! Festival The Gondoliers Giovanni Pernice The Gondoliers Fascinating Aida

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CHRISTMAS SHOW SCHEDULES

THE FURTHER ADVENTURES OF

THE OWL AND THE PUSSYCAT SEE PAGE 12 Sat 30 November 11am & 2pm Sun 1 December 11am & 2pm 11am, 2pm & 4pm Sat 7 December Sun 8 December 11am & 2pm Sun 9 December 11am & 2pm Sat 14 December 11am, 2pm & 4pm Sun 15 December 11am & 2pm Fri 20 December 11am & 2pm Sat 21 December 11am, 2pm & 4pm Sun 22 December 11am & 2pm Mon 23 December 11am & 2pm Tue 24 December 11am & 2pm Thu 26 December 2pm & 4pm Fri 27 December 11am & 2pm Sat 28 December 11am, 2pm & 4pm Sun 29 December 11am & 2pm Mon 30 December 11am & 2pm Tue 31 December 11am & 2pm Thu 2 January 11am & 2pm Fri 3 January 11am & 2pm Sat 4 January 11am, 2pm & 4pm Sun 5 January 11am & 2pm

CINDERELLA SEE PAGE 8 Fri 6 December Sat 7 December Sun 8 December Tue 10 December Wed 11 December Thu 12 December Fri 13 December Sat 14 December Sun 15 December Tue 17 December Wed 18 December Fri 20 December Sat 21 December Sun 22 December Mon 23 December Tue 24 December Thu 26 December Fri 27 December Sat 28 December Sun 29 December

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PIPPI LONGSTOCKING SEE PAGE 10 Tue 10 December 10.30am Wed 11 December 10.30am Thu 12 December 10.30am 10.30am & 7.15pm Fri 13 December Sat 14 December 1.15pm & 5.30pm Mon 16 December 10.30am Tue 17 December 10.30am & 2.30pm Wed 18 December 2.30pm & 7.15pm Fri 20 December 7.15pm Sat 21 December 1.15pm & 5.30pm Sun 22 December 2.30pm & 7.15pm Mon 23 December 2.30pm & 7.15pm Tue 24 December 1.15pm & 5.30pm Thu 26 December 1.15pm Fri 27 December 1.15pm & 5.30pm Sat 28 December 1.15pm & 5.30pm Sun 29 December 1.15pm & 5.30pm Mon 30 December 2.30pm & 7.15pm Tue 31 December 1.15pm

For schools performances please contact our Groups & Schools booking line on 01604 620066.

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ENHANCE YOUR VISIT Our bars are the perfect place to enjoy a pre-show or interval drink. Our Foyer and Derngate bars offer a wide range of beverages including beers, wines, spirits, soft drinks, tea and coffee to enjoy with friends. You can also find a selection of snacks, confectionery, ice creams and sorbets on our bars, as well as our Theatre Shop. Don’t forget, you can beat the interval queue by placing your order ahead of the performance at the drinks pre-ordering podium in the middle of the foyer, and at our bars.

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