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THE FULL MONTY

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DEATH OF A SALESMAN

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THE GRAPES OF WRATH

SISTER ACT

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AN ILIAD

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STATUS UPDATE

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BRENDAN COLE

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RUSSIAN MASTERS

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FAME JR. FRI 7 & SAT 8 JULY

SHAZIA MIRZA

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Northampton’s premier pantomime reaches new heights!

proportions to cloudland in our spectacular family pantomime.

This year’s wonderful cast is led by music and theatre star Simon Webbe (Blue) as Jack Trot. He is joined by Wellingborough-born Britain’s Got Talent-winner Ashleigh Butler as Princess Apricot with her canine sidekick Pudsey.

Forced to sell his trusty cow, join Jack as he fights to save the beautiful Princess Apricot, outwit the evil giant, win riches beyond his wildest dreams and the hand of the girl he loves.

Follow Jack and his hapless brother Simple Simon, and climb a beanstalk of gigantic

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Expect lots of laughs, fabulous music, fantastic special effects, and bundles of audience participation in this giant of a pantomime!

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“A BLAZING TRIUMPH. I SWEAR YOU’LL GET GOOSEBUMPS”

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Sunny Afternoon tells the captivating tale of how one of Britain’s greatest bands, The Kinks, rose to stardom. Step into swinging ’60s Britain and discover how The Kinks found their definitive sound that rocked a nation and influenced generations. Featuring the iconic hits You Really Got Me, Waterloo Sunset, Dedicated Follower Of Fashion, All Day And All Of The Night, Sunny Afternoon and more, this production fizzes with energy,

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and is a fresh new “Great British Musical” (The Times) that will make your spirits soar. With music and lyrics by Ray Davies (Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music), a new book by Joe Penhall and direction by Edward Hall, Sunny Afternoon’s faultless musicianship and brilliant songs come together for a moving portrayal of The Kinks’ amazing journey during the youthful, rebellious 1960s.

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JANUARY

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“UPROARIOUSLY ENTERTAINING – EVERY INCH A WHOPPING HIT” DAILY TELEGRAPH

A British film about six out of work Sheffield steelworkers with nothing to lose, took the world by storm. Based on his smash hit film and adapted for the stage by Oscar-winning writer Simon Beaufoy, and directed by Jack Ryder, this hilarious and heartfelt production was a huge success at Royal & Derngate in 2014.

MON 16 – SAT 21 JANUARY EVES 7.30PM, WED & SAT MATINEES 2.30PM TICKETS £11 – £34.50 (See page 64) DERNGATE

Featuring great songs by Donna Summer, Hot Chocolate and Tom Jones, it has been receiving standing ovations every night on tour and won Best Touring Production at the UK Theatre Awards. You really should drop absolutely everything... and book today!

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“A REFRESHING AYCKBOURN-STYLE COMEDY”

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With the recession biting hard, Emily and Oliver have decided to downsize and shift their middle‑class London lifestyle to a small town in the north of England. One night they open their doors and invite next door neighbours, Dawn and Alan, into their home. Over the course of a disastrous evening of olives, anchovies, Karl Marx and abstract art, class and culture collide with consequences as tragic as they are hilarious.

Written by one of the most entertaining observational comedy playwrights to emerge since Alan Ayckbourn, Torben Betts, and produced by the award-winning Original Theatre Company, don’t miss this acclaimed production of the smash hit comedy, Invincible. If you liked the Made In Northampton productions of God Of Carnage, One For The Road or Just Between Ourselves in the Royal you’ll love this.

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“THIS ST. PETERSBURG COMPANY ARE JUSTLY PRAISED FOR THE TRADITIONAL VIRTUES AND STYLISHNESS OF THEIR STAGING” THE GUARDIAN KONSTANTIN TACHKIN’S

ST. PETERSBURG BALLET THEATRE

St Petersburg Ballet Theatre return to Northampton as part of their 2017 European tour. Presenting the eternal favourite ballets Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty, the company have received ecstatic reviews for their sets, costumes, and the artistic performance of the dancers.

St Petersburg Ballet Theatre’s performance of classical ballet gives a true dancing experience, combining artistry, technique, narrative and live music, attracting a whole new generation of ballet lovers. The company is packed with world class dancers and principals, all showing virtuosity and bravura and giving thrilling performances.

MON 30 JANUARY – SAT 4 FEBRUARY EVES 7.30PM, WED & SAT MATINEES 2.30PM Swan Lake: Mon-Wed Sleeping Beauty: Thu-Sat TICKETS £17.50 – £35 (See page 64) DERNGATE

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STEPHEN JOSEPH THEATRE, SCARBOROUGH, IN ASSOCIATION WITH GUILDFORD’S YVONNE ARNAUD THEATRE, PRESENT

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“DARKLY FUNNY… PLAYFUL, MULTIDIMENSIONAL PERFORMANCES FROM ALL” THE OBSERVER

“YET AGAIN AYCKBOURN DOES WHAT HE DOES SO WELL – MAKES YOU LAUGH, EVEN WHEN IT HURTS TO DO SO. IT’S A GEM” NORTHERN ECHO “THE THEATRICAL TITAN’S 1987 FUTURISTIC HIT DISPLAYS AN EERIE PRESCIENCE” DAILY TELEGRAPH

Sometime in the not too distant future, composer Jerome struggles vainly to complete his life’s masterwork about love. With the help of a deranged android childminder, Jerome hatches a cunning plan to retrieve his source of artistic inspiration, his beloved daughter Geain, from her mother, his hostile, estranged ex-wife.

But the best laid plans of men and mechanical women... Alan Ayckbourn directs this new revival of his classic comedy. It was first produced in Scarborough in 1987 and subsequently at the Vaudeville Theatre, London in 1988, starring Ian McKellen and Jane Asher, where it won the Evening Standard Best Comedy Award.

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FEBRUARY

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HALF TERM HOLIDAY FUN

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“AN ELECTRIFYING NEW SCORE” THE GUARDIAN ON THE WITCHES

Mr Twit was a twit. He was born a twit. And, now at the age of 60, he was a bigger twit than ever. He has a very hairy face. His beard is spiky and smelly. It also contains cornflakes, sardines and even some stilton.

days playing wicked tricks on each other and mistreating Muggle-Wump monkeys. But not for much longer because the monkeys have a cunning plan to teach those terrible twits a lesson.

Mrs Twit is equally as foul and she hates Mr Twit just as much as Mr Twit hates her. The Twits really are the most spiteful and revolting couple you could ever hope to meet. They spend their

Directed by Max Webster (The Lorax at The Old Vic), this mischievous new show promises to be just as repulsive as earth worms disguised as spaghetti – the perfect treat for all the family.

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AN EVERYMAN THEATRE PRODUCTION

“MIX A PINT OF WILLY RUSSELL WITH A CUP OF ALAN AYCKBOURN, ADD A SOUPÇON OF ALAN BENNETT... THE RESULT: A PASSIONATE WOMAN” SUNDAY EXPRESS

On the morning of her son’s wedding, Betty retreats to her attic and starts to relive her long lost youth and the love affair she had in the 1960s. Surrounded by her memories and ghosts from her past, she finds her emotions torn between a husband she never loved, a beloved son about

to leave and the man with whom she shared a passionate affair. With Liza Goddard (Bergerac, Yes Honestly) in the lead role, this provocative and heartfelt romantic comedy is written by Kay Mellor (In the Club, Band Of Gold) and directed by Paul Milton. “MELLOR CAN BE RELIED UPON TO TURN A SHARP FUNNY LINE” THE TIMES

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“A FULL-TILT THRILL RIDE THAT ALMOST LITERALLY SETS THE STAGE ALIGHT!”

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“GREAT FOR KIDS AND EVEN BETTER FOR ADULTS!” THE SUN

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“PROPERLY THRILLING... YOUR EYES WILL BE FIXED ON THE STAGE!”

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Showcasing the finest in traditional circus thrills and skills, Cirque Berserk! brings this treasured form of live entertainment bang up-to-date in a jaw-dropping spectacular – created especially for the theatre. Combining contemporary cirque-style artistry with adrenaline-fuelled stunt action, this

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astoundingly talented international troupe includes over thirty jugglers, acrobats, aerialists, dancers, drummers, daredevil stuntmen and of course the award-winning clown, Tweedy. The show also features the world’s most hair raising circus act - the legendary motorcycle ‘Globe of Death’. Don’t miss it!

TUE 14 – SAT 18 MARCH TUE - SAT 7.30PM, SAT 1.30PM & 4.30PM TICKETS £13.50 – £27 (See page 64) DERNGATE

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Northampton Gilbert & Sullivan Group are delighted to be returning to Royal & Derngate with their latest production Patience. All the well-born young ladies in the village, rapturously caught up in aestheticism, are in love with two contrasting poets, the ‘fleshly’ Bunthorne and the ‘idyllic’ Grosvenor. But the poets are both in love with Patience, the simple

MON 20 – SAT 25 MARCH EVES 7.30PM, SAT MATINEE 2.30PM TICKETS £11 – £18 (See page 64) ROYAL

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village milkmaid, who cares nothing for poetry and doesn’t understand love. The ladies’ military suitors also don’t see the point to aestheticism, but decide they will have to become aesthetic if they are to regain their affections. Will they win back their ladies hearts? Will Patience find love? And who will be Bunthorne’s bride? FROM OUR COMMUNITY

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“CRAIG REVEL HORWOOD HAS TURNED THE WHOOPI GOLDBERG MOVIE INTO A HEAVENLY HIT SHOW” MAIL ON SUNDAY

This all-new, critically acclaimed production of the Broadway and West End smash hit musical comedy, starring Alexandra Burke (The X Factor, The Bodyguard), is coming to Northampton for one week only. Directed and choreographed by Craig Revel Horwood, Sister Act is the feel-good show based on the movie starring Whoopi Goldberg and Maggie Smith. Featuring original music by

MON 27 MARCH – SAT 1 APRIL EVES 7.30PM, WED & SAT MATINEES 2.30PM TICKETS £18 – £49.50 (See page 64) DERNGATE

Tony Award and eight-time Oscar-winner Alan Menken (Disney’s Aladdin, Beauty And The Beast, Enchanted), dazzling dance routines and songs inspired by Motown, soul and disco, Sister Act is the funniest and funkiest musical around. Don’t miss the chance to see this fabulous show. At matinee performances the role of Deloris Van Cartier will be played by Joanna Francis. Music by Alan Menken Lyrics by Glenn Slater Book by Cheri Steinkellner & Bill Steinkellner Additional Book Material Douglas Carter Beane Based on the Touchstone Pictures Motion Picture “Sister Act” written by Joseph Howard Presented by arrangement with MUSIC THEATRE INTERNATIONAL (Europe) Ltd.

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THE AGATHA CHRISTIE THEATRE COMPANY RETURN AS THE CLASSIC THEATRE COMPANY TO PRESENT A NEW THRILLER FROM “THE BEST WOMAN CRIME WRITER SINCE CHRISTIE” THE SUNDAY TIMES

Eunice struggles to fit in. When she joins a wealthy family as their housekeeper, the reason for her awkwardness, long hidden, leads inexorably to a terrible tale of murder. Ruth Rendell’s brilliant plot unravels a lifetime of deceit which, when revealed, brings a shocking revelation almost as grizzly as murder itself. Led by Director Roy Marsden, best known for his acting role as PD James’ detective Adam Dalgliesh on ITV, the cast includes film, TV and stage favourite Sophie Ward (Brave New World at Royal & Derngate, Young Sherlock Holmes,

Heartbeat), pop-idol Mark Wynter, who has featured in seven Agatha Christie Company productions, Deborah Grant (Not Going Out, Bergerac), movie icon Shirley Anne Field, who became an overnight star in The Entertainer opposite Sir Laurence Olivier, Antony Costa from chart-topping boy band Blue and Agatha Christie Company stalwart Ben Nealon, whose TV credits include ITV’s award-winning Soldier Soldier. “ONE OF OUR VERY BEST CRIME NOVELISTS” SUNDAY EXPRESS

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Choreographer/Director Matthew Bourne is the creator of the world’s longest-running ballet production, a five-time Olivier Award winner and the only British director to have won the Tony Award for both Best Choreographer and Best Director of a Musical. Bourne returns to his roots in Early Adventures, a programme of hit dance pieces that launched

his career and saw the birth of the style, wit and sheer entertainment that his company, New Adventures, brought to Swan Lake, The Car Man, Edward Scissorhands and Sleeping Beauty. With designs by long-time collaborator, Lez Brotherston, Early Adventures forms part of the company’s 30th anniversary celebrations. “A NIGHT OF HUGE FUN” THE TIMES

MON 10 – WED 12 APRIL EVES 7.30PM, WED MATINEE 2.30PM TICKETS £13 – £30 (See page 64) DERNGATE

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‘A feel good musical with a soundtrack to die for’ THE INDEPENDENT

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PETER DUNCAN

THE BROADWAY AND WEST END SMASH HIT MUSICAL

THE STORY OF HOW FOUR STARS MADE ROCK’N’ROLL HISTORY

Following its success in the West End, Las Vegas and on Broadway, Million Dollar Quartet is coming to Northampton. This worldwide smash-hit musical is inspired by the famous recording session that brought together rock ‘n’ roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the first and only time. Million Dollar Quartet, starring Peter Duncan (BBC1’s Tumble, Hairspray, Birdsong, Barnum, Blue Peter) as legendary record producer Sam

Phillips, brings that historic night to life, featuring a score of rock hits, including Blue Suede Shoes, Fever, That’s All Right, Sixteen Tons, Great Balls Of Fire, Walk The Line, Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On, Who Do You Love?, Matchbox, Folsom Prison Blues, Hound Dog and many more. Don’t miss the chance to discover the true story of one unforgettable night that made rock ‘n’ roll history. HHHH “THE SHOW THAT LEFT ME ALL SHOOK UP!” DAILY MAIL

TUE 18 – SAT 22 APRIL EVES 7.30PM, WED & SAT MATINEES 2.30PM TICKETS £17 – £38 (See page 64) DERNGATE

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THE THRILLING NEW STAGE PLAY FROM THE NO.1 BEST SELLING AUTHOR

Bill Ward

Laura Whitmore

“A CRACKING NIGHT OUT” MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS ON THE PERFECT MURDER

Following the huge success of The Perfect Murder and Dead Simple, the thrilling work of multi-million-selling author Peter James returns to the stage with the world premiere of Not Dead Enough. Starring in this production is award-winning West End actor Bill Ward, famous for his roles in Emmerdale and Coronation Street, Laura Whitmore, one of the stars of 2016’s Strictly Come Dancing, and Stephen Billington, best known for roles on Hollyoaks and Coronation Street. On the night Brian Bishop murdered his wife, he was 60 miles away, asleep in bed. At least that’s

what he claims. But as Detective Superintendent Roy Grace continues to deal with the mysterious disappearance of his own wife, he starts to dig a little deeper into the chilling murder case and it soon becomes clear that love can be a dangerous thing... Adapted for the stage by award-winning writer Shaun McKenna and directed by Olivier Award winner Ian Talbot, Not Dead Enough is the third play in Peter James’ acclaimed stage franchise. “IT’S A NIGHT FOR EVERYONE, WITH HORROR, INTRIGUE AND MYSTERY. IT’S TERRIFIC!” BRITISH THEATRE GUIDE ON THE PERFECT MURDER

TUE 2 – SAT 6 MAY EVES 7.30PM, WED & SAT MATINEES 2.30PM TICKETS £15 – £33 (See page 64) DERNGATE

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UNITED THEATRICAL, ARIA ENTERTAINMENT and Music & Lyrics In association with THE FESTIVAL THEATRE EDINBURGH present

THE ADDAMS FAMILY Book by MARSHALL BRICKMAN & RICK ELICE Music and Lyrics by ANDREW LIPPA Based on Characters Created by CHARLES ADDAMS Presented through special arrangement with Theatrical Rights Worldwide

Look who’s moved into the neighbourhood! See everyone’s favourite kooky family live on stage in the UK premiere of this spectacular musical comedy, starring Samantha Womack (EastEnders) as Morticia, Les Dennis (Chicago, Hairspray) as Uncle Fester and Carrie Hope Fletcher (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang) as Wednesday. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, is all grown up and has a shocking secret that only Gomez knows: she has fallen in love with a sweet young man from a respectable

family. With his cherished Morticia in the dark, will Gomez manage to keep his daughter’s secret until the two families meet for a fateful dinner? Join them, plus Uncle Fester, Lurch, Pugsley and more for a heart-warming and hilarious story of love, family and friendship… with a twist! From the writers of multi-award-winning hit musical Jersey Boys, with music and lyrics by Tony Award-nominated Andrew Lippa, The Addams Family features a live orchestra and extraordinary original score.

TUE 9 – SAT 13 MAY TUE, WED, THU & SAT EVES 7.30PM, WED & SAT MATINEES 2.30PM, FRI 5PM & 8.30PM TICKETS £16 – £37 (See page 64) DERNGATE

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“REMARKABLE BY ITS INVENTIVE, EVOCATIVE STAGING”

“ANIMAL MAGIC RIVALS WAR HORSE” THE GUARDIAN

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For Lilly, going to Indonesia isn’t just another holiday with mum. It’s a new start, and the chance to ride an elephant called Oona. But then the tsunami hit. Charging deep into the jungle, Oona and Lilly escape the danger of the beach. Miles from civilisation, at first there’s wonder, discovery and tree-top adventures amongst the orangutans. But, as thoughts turn to mum left behind on the beach, wild tigers prowl, hunger hits, and Lilly must learn to survive the rainforest.

“A BRILLIANT, LIFE-AFFIRMING SHOW” RADIO TIMES

Michael Morpurgo’s novel, based on a true story, is brought to lush life with extraordinary heart, vibrant colour and exceptional creativity. Directed by Timothy Sheader and Dale Rooks, with puppetry design and direction by Finn Caldwell and Toby Olié, both previous Associate Puppetry Directors on War Horse, this spectacular production tells a moving story of love, loss, loyalty and of living for the moment. Running time: 1 hour 30 minutes (including interval) Weekday matinees are Schools Performances only

TUE 23 – SAT 27 MAY TUE & FRI EVES 7PM, WED MATINEE 1PM, THU, FRI & SAT MATINEES 2.30PM, SAT EVE 7.30PM TICKETS £12.50 – £27 (See page 64) DERNGATE

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LEGALLY BLONDE THE MUSICAL MON 16 – SAT 21 OCTOBER

OMG you guys! Legally Blonde The Musical is coming to Northampton! The smash hit Broadway and West End Musical, based on the much loved movie, follows beautiful and popular sorority sister Elle Woods, who loves to be pampered and is passionate about pink. When she is dumped by her boyfriend, Warner Huntingdon III, for a more serious girlfriend she puts down the credit cards and picks up the books.

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‘So much fun it should be illegal!’ MARTIN DODD for UK PRODUCTIONS by arrangement with JOSEF WEINBERGER LIMITED on behalf of MUSIC THEATRE INTERNATIONAL OF NEW YORK proudly presents

Packing up her trusty pooch, Bruiser, she bags herself a place at the prestigious Harvard Law School to try and win him back. With the support of her new friends she learns that you can be both smart and fashionable. With Rita Simons (Roxy Mitchell in BBC’s EastEnders) playing Paulette Bonafonte, and more star casting to be announced, this all-singing, all-dancing romantic comedy is a fun-filled, feel-good pink-fest, so bend and snap up your tickets today!

TICKETS £19 – £42.50 (See page 64) DERNGATE

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BLOOD BROTHERS

Starring EastEnders’

Rita Simons as Paulette

BILL KENWRIGHT PRESENTS

MON 6 – SAT 11 NOVEMBER

Written by Willy Russell, the legendary Blood Brothers tells the captivating and moving tale of twins who, separated at birth, grow up on opposite sides of the tracks, only to meet again with fateful consequences. Few musicals have received quite such acclaim as the multi-award-winning Blood Brothers. Bill Kenwright’s production surpassed 10,000 performances in London’s West End, one of only three musicals ever to achieve that milestone. It has been affectionately christened the ‘Standing Ovation Musical’, as inevitably it “brings the audience cheering to its feet and roaring its approval” (The Daily Mail). The superb score includes Bright New Day, Marilyn Monroe and the emotionally charged hit Tell Me It’s Not True. “GRITTY, GRIPPING, SUPERB” MAIL ON SUNDAY “EXHILARATING...ONE OF THE BEST MUSICALS EVER WRITTEN” SUNDAY TIMES “A TRIUMPHANT EVENING...UNMISSABLE AND UNBEATABLE” THE SPECTATOR

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Our Made In Northampton seasons always aim to present plays that powerfully question the most important issues of our time. 2016 has been a year of seismic social and political change and I’m sure that 2017 will continue to present equal challenges. With a mixture of classic plays, new commissions, literary adaptations and devised productions, our new season reflects this age of shock elections, referenda and revolutions. The Grapes of Wrath, An Iliad, The Blue Road and A Passage to India are a series of new play commissions and literary adaptations which offer life affirming tales of characters who show heroism, humanity and the power of hope on their journey to find a place where they belong. Their stories explore globalisation and identity in the modern and ancient worlds. Death Of A Salesman, Education, Education, Education, Rules For Living and Love From A Stranger show in either tragic, hilarious or provocative ways, how we develop strategies for dealing with a changing world. As plays they help us understand the worker who feels abandoned by his country, the generation who feel out of touch with politics, and the households who have forgotten how to be families. All explore our need to belong in both good times and bad. The Twelfth Player brings to the season a new type of collaboration, between a theatre, an art gallery and a football club, using interactive technology to portray the experience of Cobblers’ fans set across seventy years of the club’s extraordinary history. In creating these productions, we are welcoming some of the country’s finest writers, composers, actors and creatives to Northampton and we are taking work Made In Northampton to dozens of theatres nationwide, championing the brightest emerging artists and companies alongside the most celebrated. It’s as ambitious a season as we have ever produced, held together by a belief that the art of storytelling is as important a way of making sense of our lives today in the internet age as it was for the ancient Greeks.

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Take an unforgettable journey through the Neverland you never knew this Christmas, as the Royal stage is transformed for this much‑anticipated European Premiere. Winner of five Tony Awards for its hugely successful run on Broadway, this fascinating and funny prequel to Peter Pan brings one of classic literature’s most beloved characters to life. Join Starcatcher apprentice Molly as she embarks on a daring mission to stop a precious cargo of stardust from falling into the wrong hands. And meet a very special orphan and help solve the mystery of how he became ‘the boy who never grew up’. EUROPEAN PREMIERE A co-production with Paul Taylor-Mills Director Luke Sheppard

Thirteen actors playing more than 100 characters use ingenious stagecraft, inventive storytelling and live music to whisk audiences to a magical world of lost boys, pirates, and mermaids. This brand new production is directed by Luke Sheppard whose hit show, In The Heights, was recently nominated for nine WhatsOnStage Awards and four Olivier Awards. “AN ABSURDLY FUNNY FANTASTICAL JOURNEY!” ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

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“A DAZZLINGLY FUN RIFF ON THE PETER PAN LEGEND” BACKSTAGE

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A MAGICAL CHRISTMAS ADVENTURE FOR UNDER 7S AND THEIR FAMILIES

Casting Director Polly Jerrold

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PETER AND THE STARCATCHER A PLAY BY RICK

ELICE

BASED ON THE NOVEL BY DAVE BARRY AND RIDLEY PEARSON MUSIC BY WAYNE

BARKER

Originally produced on Broadway by Nancy Nagel Gibbs, Greg Schaffert, Eva Price, Tom Smedes and Disney Theatrical Productions. By arrangement with Josef Weinberger Limited on behalf of Music Theatre International.


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Willy Loman is not as young as he once was, and boy is he feeling it. After half a lifetime on the road, this once successful travelling salesman is unable to keep up in a changing workplace; he’s on the brink of unemployment, and he and his wife have got bills to pay. When his drop out son Biff moves home again, Willy decides to give success one last shot. Can he prove to everyone he’s got what it takes? Widely considered to be one of the greatest plays of the twentieth century, Death Of A Salesman is about the cost of not being able to let go of the American Dream. Directed by Abigail Graham, this major touring revival of Arthur Miller’s Pulitzer Prize‑winning masterpiece sees 2016 Tony and Olivier Award nominee Tim Pigott-Smith (King Charles III) play the iconic central role. “TIM PIGOTT-SMITH REMINDS US JUST HOW MAGNETIC A STAGE ACTOR HE CAN BE” THE TIMES ON STROKE OF LUCK “ABIGAIL GRAHAM’S ASTONISHINGLY WELL-ACTED AND QUIETLY DEVASTATING REVIVAL” THE INDEPENDENT ON MOLLY SWEENEY For details of the full UK tour, please visit www.royalandderngate.co.uk. #Salesman17

PART OF 2017 SEASON TICKET Directed by Abigail Graham

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SAT 8 – SAT 29 APRIL EVES 7.45PM (EXCL. WED 12 APR 7PM, FRI 14 APR & MON 17 APR) THU & SAT MATINEES 2.30PM (EXCL. SAT 8 APR) TICKETS £10 – £30 (See page 64) ROYAL

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Based on the classic novel by John Steinbeck, The Grapes Of Wrath is a moving story of hope and survival. The Oklahoma landscape is barren, crops turn to dust and farmers are forced from their land. The Joad family, driven by desperation, join thousands of families to undertake an epic journey west to California in search of a new life.

PART OF 2017 SEASON TICKET A co-production with NST, Nuffield Southampton Theatres, Nottingham Playhouse and West Yorkshire Playhouse

This timely production about human resilience in the face of catastrophe is directed by Abbey Wright and features a community chorus with live music from Matt Regan. “A MAJESTIC ADAPTATION... MAKES STEINBECK LIVE FOR A NEW GENERATION” NEW YORK TIMES “ABBEY WRIGHT’S PITCH-PERFECT PRODUCTION” WHATSONSTAGE ON ABBEY WRIGHT’S WEST END PRODUCTION OF THE MENTALISTS #Grapes17

Director Abbey Wright Designer Laura Hopkins Composer & Music Director Matt Regan

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Artistic Director James Dacre collaborates again with acclaimed composer Orlando Gough (King John) on Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare’s bold new adaptation of Homer’s chronicle. Winner of America’s prestigious Obie Award, this European premiere of An Iliad blends ancient mythology with the myths of our own age and spins a tale of gods and goddesses, undying love and endless battles relayed through the prism of our time. Casting the Poet as a refugee evicted from his country, his poem is an account of humanity’s addiction to violence, retribution and chaos. It offers an exciting new approach to storytelling which poses the question: has anything really changed since the Trojan War?

EUROPEAN PREMIERE

“SHOCKING, GLORIOUS, PRIMAL, AND DEEPLY SATISFYING… ALMOST MORE THAN OUR HEARTS CAN BEAR” TIME OUT, NEW YORK #Iliad17

PART OF 2017 SEASON TICKET Adapted by Lisa Peterson & Denis O’Hare Based on Homer’s The Iliad translated by Robert Fagles Directed by James Dacre Composed by Orlando Gough Running time approximately 100 minutes with no interval

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FRI 16 JUNE – SAT 8 JULY EVES 7.45PM (EXCL. WED 21 JUN 7PM) THU & SAT MATINEES 2.30PM (EXCL. SAT 17 JUN) TICKETS £10 – £30 (See page 64) ROYAL

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WORLD PREMIERE ADD-ON A co-production with Fermynwoods Contemporary Art & Seven Sisters Group

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2015/16 was arguably the most dramatic and euphoric season in the Cobblers’ long and colourful history. In the dark days of November, the club was deep in trouble. Staff and players weren’t getting paid, and Administration was a very real possibility. But through the dedication of their extraordinary fans – the team’s twelfth player – they made an amazing recovery, welcoming a remarkable takeover and bouncing back into League One and winning the Club’s first League title for 29 years. The Twelfth Player is a unique collaboration between Fermynwoods Contemporary Art, Royal & Derngate and Northampton Town Football Club. Audiences will get a special opportunity to go behind the scenes on a 45 minute walking tour around Sixfields Stadium itself and through the past seventy years of the club’s history, viewing the passionate world of football through the eyes of three generations of a family of Cobblers supporters. Taking place in the real world and on screen, this audio-visual performance devised by Seven Sisters Group blends site-specific performance and handheld video technology, moving the audience seamlessly between brilliantly observed characters and placing them right in the heart of the action. #12thplayer This tour may not be suitable for patrons with accessibility requirements

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Rules are broken, lies are told and secrets exposed. Everyone creates their own rules for living. But what happens when an extended family gathers in the kitchen for a traditional Christmas and each of them rigidly follows those rules? In Sam Holcroft’s hilarious comedy, the rules acquire a life of their own. There becomes no place to hide as long-held rivalries and resentments rise to the surface, accusations fly, and relationships fall apart. Royal & Derngate welcomes back former Associate Director, the Evening Standard Award-winning Simon Godwin (Regeneration) to direct this brilliant and darkly funny play, in collaboration with the producing team with whom we recently won the 2016 UK Theatre Award for Best Touring Production for The Herbal Bed. “INGENIOUS AND INSIGHTFUL” THE TIMES

Director Simon Godwin

“A SHARP, SARDONIC DOMESTIC COMEDY THAT PUTS A FAMILY THROUGH THE CHRISTMAS WRINGER” WHATSONSTAGE #RulesForLiving17 Contains adult themes

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FRI 8 – SAT 30 SEPTEMBER EVES 7.45PM (EXCL. WED 12 SEP 7PM) THU & SAT MATINEES 2.30PM (EXCL. SAT 9 SEP) TICKETS £10 – £30 (See page 64) ROYAL

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WORLD PREMIERE ADD-ON Devised by The Wardrobe Ensemble A co-production with The Wardrobe Ensemble and Shoreditch Town Hall

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It’s 1997 and it’s the last week of term at the local secondary school. Miss Haines has lost the mock exam papers, the Year 11s have put a Renault 5 on the school roof and the video player has broken. Things can only get better. Education, Education, Education asks big questions about a country in special measures. It explores power, responsibility, and change through the eyes of a hapless group of schoolteachers trying to make it through the day. The show is devised by The Wardrobe Ensemble, who won huge critical acclaim with their 2015 production of 1972: The Future Of Sex at the Edinburgh Fringe. Directed by Royal & Derngate’s former RYTDS Director In Residence Jesse Jones, they use their trademark inventive theatricality and irreverent humour to explore the stories that have shaped our recent political history, and what the future might look like. Think Teachers meets The Thick of It meets Smash Hits. HHHH “FUNNY AND TRUE AND A LITTLE BIT HEARTBREAKING” LYN GARDNER ON 1972: THE FUTURE OF SEX “THE MOST EXCITING YOUNG COMPANY I HAVE SEEN FOR QUITE A WHILE” THE TIMES

Directed by Jesse Jones

#Education17 Contains adult themes

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A PASSAGE TO INDIA

BASED ON THE NOVEL A PASSAGE TO INDIA BY E. M. FORSTER THU 10 – SAT 20 JANUARY 2018 EVES 7.45PM (EXCL. TUE 15 JAN 7PM) THU & SAT MATINEES 2.30PM (EXCL. THU 10 JAN)

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“A COMPANY POSSESSING THE SKILLS, DEDICATION AND INTELLIGENCE TO CREATE WONDER” THE TIMES

British India. A jagged pavement of cultures split under Imperial pressure. An Indian doctor befriends an Englishwoman and his kindness leads to disaster, an accusation of sexual assault and a farcical trial where bonds are broken and minds harden to hatred. E. M. Forster’s sweeping masterpiece poses a question that is even more urgent today than when it was first asked: how can we love one another in a world divided by culture and belief? simple8 are a breathtaking young ensemble company whose work is often compared to Complicite or Kneehigh in their ability to create richly imagined worlds out of nothing but a bare stage. Their new adaptation of one of the great novels of the twentieth century reimagines A Passage To India for contemporary Britain. PART OF 2017 SEASON TICKET TICKETS £10 – £30 (See page 64) ROYAL

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LOVE FROM A STRANGER A PLAY BY AGATHA CHRISTIE AND FRANK VOSPER

FRI 23 FEBRUARY – SAT 16 MARCH 2018 EVES 7.45PM (EXCL. TUE 27 FEB 7PM) THU & SAT MATINEES 2.30PM (EXCL. SAT 24 FEB) “Where large sums of money are concerned, it is advisable to trust nobody” Agatha Christie A whirlwind romance with a handsome and charming stranger sweeps Cecily Harrington off her feet. Little does she know the ghastly truth about her new beau… Electric with suspense and with a biting twist in its tail, this edge-of-your-seat thriller by the UK’s greatest crime writer is reimagined in a brand new production by the always innovative theatre maker Lucy Bailey (director of last year’s Gaslight). HHHH” SUPERBLY ACTED AND GRIPPINGLY DIRECTED” THE OBSERVER ON GASLIGHT IN ASSOCIATION WITH FIERY ANGEL LTD

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JACK WHITEHALL: AT LARGE

MOTOWN’S GREATEST HITS

THU 5 & FRI 6 JANUARY 8PM

SAT 7 JANUARY 7.30PM

Multi-award-winning stand-up comic Jack Whitehall is back on tour and taking his brand new live show across the country. Jack Whitehall: At Large is the biggest tour ever from one of the UK’s hottest comedy stars.

This stunning live show combines first class music with slick choreography and an amazing band for an outstanding Motown experience.

HOW SWEET IT IS

Fresh from hosting the Royal Variety Performance and starring in Bad Education and A League Of Their Own, this is your chance to catch Jack at his dynamic best, live on stage

You will be Dancing On The Ceiling, with songs from legendary artists such as Lionel Richie, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, The Four Tops, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, The Jackson Five, The Isley Brothers, Edwin Starr and many more.

TICKETS £26.50 & £28.50

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THE BURLESQUE SHOW

ANGELOS AND BARRY

Returning to Royal & Derngate is this stunning night of sophisticated tease, wonderful comedy, magic and music, featuring the UK’s finest artistes of the genre.

SAT 21 JANUARY 8PM

FRI 13 & SAT 14 JANUARY 7.45PM

Beautiful choreography, hilarious routines and classic comedy combine to deliver the most highly regarded production of its kind in the country. For a truly delicious night of tassels, tease, titillating laughter and awardwinning performances that delight and excite, join us for this fun-filled evening of burlesque and cabaret.

THE NEW POWER GENERATION

Angelos Epithemiou (BBC 2’s Shooting Stars) and Barry From Watford (BBC Radio 2’s Steve Wright Show) come together to discuss how to succeed in business, where they think corporations have got it right and wrong and the direction in which the financial sector is headed. But mostly they will be discussing the bookies, Londis, Crimewatch, if you can claim benefits in space and whether or not Kim Jong Un cuts his own hair. “THEIR RIDICULOUS RIFFS BUILD AND BUILD UNTIL YOU CAN’T HELP LAUGHING… SIMPLE BUT JUST GREAT” THE GUARDIAN

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ANTON & ERIN

THE ELO EXPERIENCE

THU 26 & FRI 27 JANUARY 7.30PM

The ELO Experience are the world’s foremost tribute to The Electric Light Orchestra.

SWING TIME

SAT 28 JANUARY 7.30PM

Join the nation’s favourite ballroom couple when they return with their exciting new show. Swing Time features dazzling new choreography, sparkling costumes and a sensational show band performing timeless classics such as I Got Rhythm, Moondance, Guys And Dolls, Le Jazz Hot, Strike Up The Band, I’ve Got The World On A String and I Could Have Danced All Night. The show stars Anton du Beke and Erin Boag and includes Richard Balcombe as conductor, Lance Ellington as the star vocalist, six world class ensemble dancers and the full 25 piece London Concert Orchestra. TICKETS £34.50, £38.50 & £44.50 DERNGATE

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With a sensational string section, a stunning light show and large screen projection to further enhance the experience, this incredible show accurately reproduces the songs and sounds of the legendary band and takes you on a magical musical journey through time. “A TRIBUTE THAT’S JAM-PACKED WITH MUSICAL TALENT… THE LEAD SINGER IS A DEAD-RINGER FOR LYNNE AND HIS MUSICAL ENTOURAGE PROVIDES AN ELO TOUR DE FORCE” THE STAGE TICKETS £23 DERNGATE

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THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR SHOW WED 1 – FRI 3 FEBRUARY WED 4PM, THU & FRI 10AM & 1PM

The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by author/illustrator Eric Carle, has delighted generations of readers since it was first published in 1969, selling more than 43 million copies. Now, the timeless classic comes to the stage in this critically acclaimed production featuring a menagerie of 75 lovable puppets. Four of Carle’s faithfully adapted stories are performed: The Artist Who Painted A Blue Horse, Mister Seahorse, The Very Lonely Firefly and of course, the star of the show – The Very Hungry Caterpillar. “BEAUTIFUL, RHYTHMIC AND FAITHFUL TO THE AUTHOR’S WORK” HHHHH TIME OUT “DO YOURSELF A FAVOUR: IF THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR IS PLAYING NEAR YOU. SEE IT. AND TAKE YOUR FAVOURITE SMALL PERSON. THEY WILL BE CHANGED FOR THE BETTER” LIVE THEATRE UK

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JONATHAN PIE: LIVE

THE CLASSIC ROCK SHOW

Jonathan Pie is a respected news reporter for a respected news broadcaster but he has a problem. He has several problems. He hates his job. He hates his colleagues. And he really hates the news.

TUE 7 FEBRUARY 7.30PM

A-Z OF ROCK TOUR 2017

SAT 4 FEBRUARY 7.30PM

Join him for this live show where he hilariously reveals the truth behind recent news events both home and abroad. He will also be discussing his own meteoric rise to mediocrity, and venting plenty of spleen in the process. “BLISTERINGLY BRILLIANT” THE SCOTSMAN Warning: contains strong language

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Following the huge success of its recent 20 Greatest Guitar Riffs tours, this acclaimed stage production returns with its new show, the A-Z Of Rock. Performing the greatest songs through the ‘alphabet of rock’, The Classic Rock Show’s world class band powers through classic rock’s finest moments, from AC/ DC, Aerosmith, Eric Clapton, The Eagles, ELO, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Meatloaf to Queen, The Who, Zeppelin and ZZ Top. Performed with note-for-note precision and with a huge sound and light show, the show culminates in a show-stopping guitar duel. TICKETS £24.50 DERNGATE

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RUMOURS OF FLEETWOOD MAC

BRENDAN COLE

MON 13 FEBRUARY 7.30PM

FRI 17 FEBRUARY 7.30PM

Rumours Of Fleetwood Mac returns to launch its stunning new stage production, performing in meticulous note-for-note detail all the classic hits from one of the most enduring catalogues in the history of rock music.

Strictly Come Dancing’s Brendan Cole will once again dazzle Northampton audiences with his spectacular new theatre production, All Night Long.

ALL NIGHT LONG

Replicating perfectly the power and subtlety of Fleetwood Mac at their brilliant best, the band take you on an epic musical journey through changing eras and styles by performing all the classic hits live, including Black Magic Woman, Albatross, Go Your Own Way, Dreams, Gypsy, Say You Love Me, Sara, Oh Diane, Little Lies, Everywhere and many more. TICKETS £24.50 DERNGATE

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Brendan is joined on stage by a sensational cast of guest dancers, a new leading lady and a 14 piece band and singers, to whip up an extravagant mix of Latin fever and ballroom charm. With stunning lighting, amazing special effects and superb choreography, it’s going be a party.

TICKETS £34, £36 & £38 DERNGATE

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ROYAL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA

SAT 18 FEBRUARY 7.30PM

SUN 19 FEBRUARY 3PM

RUSSIAN MASTERS

GHOST TRAIN

All aboard the Ghost Train! After more than a decade on tour, Vampire Baron is back. Steve Steinman has ramped up the vamp in this spectacular sequel to the phenomenally successful Vampires Rock Musical Concert.

Join the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for a matinee performance of outstanding and powerful classics from a host of Russian masters, including Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky and Rimsky‑Korsakov.

Mischief and mayhem abound in a hilarious new show that lives up to its rocking reputation. Ghost Train is packed with aerial silk stunts, fang-tastic fire routines, guitar gods and sexy vampettes performing some of the best rock anthems of all time, including tracks from Guns & Roses, AC/DC and Meat Loaf.

The concert will be conducted by Grzegorz Nowak and feature Ivana Gavric on piano. The perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

TICKETS £26

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THE MAGNIFICENT MUSIC HALL

DAVID O’DOHERTY BIG TIME

MON 20 FEBRUARY 8PM

THU 23 FEBRUARY 2.30PM

David O’Doherty – the Aldi Bublé, the Ryanair Enya – is delighted to present a brand new show of talking and songs played on a rubbish keyboard from 1986. This year David’s comedy has been nominated for the best show awards at the Adelaide Fringe and Melbourne International Comedy Festival and he spent the summer on tour around America with Flight Of The Conchords. He is regularly seen and heard on Channel 4’s 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown and The Unbelievable Truth for BBC Radio 4. TICKETS £18.50 ROYAL

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The Paper Moon Theatre Company are back by popular demand with an exciting new show packed yet again full of talent and surprises. They invite you on a journey down memory lane to the glorious and glamorous heyday of the British Music Hall - a truly golden era. Helming this splendid afternoon of song, dance, magic and comedy will be an eloquent and elegantly waist coated chairman who will introduce the artists, all of whom have appeared on BBC TV’s The Good Old Days. “THIS IS CUTTING EDGE VICTORIANA BELOVED BY THE BRITISH AND THEIR VISITORS” THE TIMES TICKETS £15 ROYAL

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NATHAN CARTER

JIMEOIN

Nathan Carter is one of the biggest names on the Irish music scene and is fast becoming a big name all over the UK. Along with his six-man band, he performs a great variety of country, Irish, pop and ballads, including the mega hit song Wagon Wheel.

FRI 24 FEBRUARY 8PM

RENONSENSE MAN

FRI 24 FEBRUARY 7.30PM

Nathan is also an expert accordion player, so expect something of a hand-clapping, foot tapping hooley too, in this superbly entertaining show that is suitable for all ages. “NOT JUST GREAT SOUND BUT PHENOMENAL ENERGY” THE IRISH WORLD TICKETS £23.50, £25.50 & £28.50 DERNGATE

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MORE MILLER MAGIC

“COMEDY OF THE HIGHEST ORDER… INSPIRED RAMBLINGS” THE INDEPENDENT “IT GETS NO BETTER THAN THIS” TIME OUT

TICKETS £19 ROYAL

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THE KARDASHIANS MADE ME DO IT

SUN 26 FEBRUARY 3PM

TUE 28 FEBRUARY 7.45PM

The Astor Big Band and Singers plus the Strictly Miller Dancers from the Northampton Music Theatre Group present a host of Glenn Miller hits, including In The Mood, Tuxedo Junction and At Last. They also perform the hits of Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, the Andrew Sisters and songs from musicals, including West Side Story, Les Miserables, Grease and Chicago, all in the unmistakable Glenn Miller style. All Astor Big Band profits are donated to the RBL Poppy Appeal.

DERNGATE

An evening of brilliantly observed, ever-evolving and hilarious stand-up from the internationally acclaimed comedian Jimeoin, as seen on TV’s Live At The Apollo, Royal Variety Performance, John Bishop Show, The O2 Gala and Sunday Night At The Palladium. Don’t miss Ireland’s own ‘Witruvian Man’ - live!

SHAZIA MIRZA

THE ASTOR BIG BAND

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Following an acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe run, Shazia Mirza is on tour with her new show - a searing exploration of life, love and Jihadi brides. The Kardashians Made Me Do It is inspired by three girls who left Bethnal Green to join ISIS, and an unrelated radio piece Shazia contributed to the BBC which subsequently received a record number of complaints. She looks into the nature of offence, and the dangers of politically correct liberalism versus the sinister and terrifying intrusion of ISIS into the lives of young British Asian women. TICKETS £16 ROYAL

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SAM BAILEY

LEE NELSON

THU 2 MARCH 7.30PM

FRI 3 MARCH 7.30PM

Hot off the back of her portrayal of Mama Morton in the critically acclaimed show Chicago, X Factor winner Sam Bailey returns to the stage with her very own live show.

After getting into trouble for sneaking into places he shouldn’t be, Lee Nelson is back where he most definitely should be: live on stage with his brand-new, laugh-out-loud, best-ever stand-up show.

The Sing My Heart Out tour is set to coincide with the release of Sam’s new album of the same name, and as the title suggests, it is guaranteed to showcase the former prison officer’s powerhouse vocals.

“COMEDY LEGEND” THE SUN

SING MY HEART OUT

SERIOUS JOKER

“INCREDIBLE VOICE” GARY BARLOW

TICKETS £25.50 & £30.50, VIP Ticket £76 DERNGATE

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THE OPERA BOYS FRI 3 MARCH 7.45PM

Leading men from London’s West End present a powerhouse of vocal harmony, delivering a stunning blend of music ranging from opera to pop. For the past five years The Opera Boys have been delighting audiences all over the world with a show that combines beautiful, powerful and emotional music with funny, engaging and light-hearted entertainment. They combine exceptional, classically trained voices with showmanship and personality to deliver a wonderfully entertaining show.

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BARB JUNGR SINGS BOB DYLAN EVERY GRAIN OF SAND SAT 4 MARCH 7.45PM Barb Jungr has wowed audiences and critics worldwide with her powerful reinterpretations of Bob Dylan’s work. Known for her passionate singing, minimal and subtle arrangements and great humour, she has perfected the art of interpretation to such a level that listeners are often astonished to discover that songs they thought they knew have been wonderfully transformed. “I JUST HOPE THAT DYLAN HIMSELF HAS A LISTEN AND STARTS WRITING FOR HER DIRECT” THE OBSERVER CONCESSIONS TICKETS £19 ROYAL

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ROB BRYDON

NORTHAMPTONSHIRE MUSIC & PERFORMING ARTS TRUST

I AM STANDING UP...

ORCHESTRA SPECTACULAR

SAT 4 MARCH 8PM Rob Brydon’s new live show marks his return to stand up after a five year hiatus. The Welsh actor, comedian, radio and television presenter, singer and impressionist is perhaps best known for the television shows Gavin And Stacey, Would I Lie To You? and The Trip as well as Marion And Geoff, Human Remains, Little Britain, The Rob Brydon Show, Best Of Men, Gangster Granny and Q.I.

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SUN 5 MARCH 6PM

As part of their Spring Festival Of Music, Northamptonshire Music And Performing Arts Trust presents an Orchestra Spectacular, featuring the county’s three youth orchestras: the County Junior Orchestra, conducted by Alan Bell and Sarah Turnock, the County Training Orchestra, conducted by Chris Hiscock and Richard Roper, and the Northamptonshire County Youth Orchestra, conducted by Andy Kirkwood and Tim Green. TICKETS £10, £12.50 & £15 DERNGATE

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OPERA AND BALLET INTERNATIONAL PRESENTS AN ELLEN KENT PRODUCTION

LA BOHÈME

WED 8 MARCH 7.30PM La Bohème stars the French soprano Olga Perrier as Musetta and introduces the Russian soprano Ecaterina Danu as Mimi.† One of the most romantic operas ever written, La Boheme tells the tragic tale of the doomed, consumptive Mimi and her love for a penniless writer. With international soloists, highly-praised chorus and full orchestra, this production will also include a brass band and snow effects, and Musetta’s dog will also make an entrance. Sung in Italian with English surtitles. †Cast subject to change.

“AUTHENTIC, TENDER AND PASSIONATE” DAILY TELEGRAPH “THE BEST LA BOHÈME I HAVE EVER SEEN” THE STAGE

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PAUL CARRACK

NORTHAMPTONSHIRE MUSIC & PERFORMING ARTS TRUST

FRI 10 MARCH 7.30PM

BIG SING

THU 9 MARCH 6PM As part of their Spring Festival Of Music, Northamptonshire Music And Performing Arts Trust presents Big Sing, a feast of vocal music with a massed choir from Northamptonshire’s Primary Schools and members of the County Senior Girls’ Choir, Broadway Belles, County Training Choir, County Junior Choir and the NMPAT Community Choir.

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The much-loved soul singer, multi-instrumentalist and firm favourite with Radio 2 listeners shows no signs of slowing down. Balancing his career between his solo work and guest appearances on the current Eric Clapton tour, Paul Carrack’s varied CV also includes working with Roxy Music, BB King, Nick Lowe, Roger Waters, Squeeze, Mike and the Mechanics, Elton John, The Smiths and Ringo Starr, to name just a few. This is Carrack’s biggest ever tour; don’t miss his latest incredible, live performance at Royal & Derngate.

TICKETS £31 & £39 DERNGATE

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ROYAL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA

AN EVENING WITH

LEVISON WOOD SAT 11 MARCH 7.30PM

Best-selling author, photographer and TV presenter Levison Wood shares his experiences and exploits as a modern day explorer.

RAPHAEL WALLFISCH PERFORMS ELGAR’S CELLO CONCERTO

SUN 12 MARCH 7.30PM

With his keen desire to immerse himself fully in local cultures and customs, Wood has delighted audiences around the globe with stories of his epic adventures, from being chased by crocodiles and hippos in Africa, shot at by gunmen and falling off a mountain to being arrested more times than he can remember and meeting such illustrious characters as the Dalai Lama and George Clooney along the way.

In this concert, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra delves into pure orchestral emotion with Wagner’s Prelude to Act 1 from his Romantic opera Lohengrin before cellist Raphael Wallfisch takes centre stage for a performance of Elgar’s Cello Concerto.

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TICKETS £16 – £35 (See page 64)

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THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTHAMPTON’S FINAL YEAR ACTORS SHOWS 2017

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Pornography

WED 15 – SAT 18 MARCH

PORNOGRAPHY

BY SIMON STEPHENS WED 3PM, FRI 7.45PM, SAT 12PM “Isle – solo – nation?” This amateur production of Pornography is presented by special arrangement with Casarotto Ramsay & Associates Limited.

POSH

BY LAURA WADE WED 7.45PM, THU 3PM, SAT 4PM “Fine dining for the finest in the land?!” This amateur production of Posh is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, LTD.

VINEGAR TOM

BY CARYL CHURCHILL THU 7.45PM, FRI 3PM & SAT 7.45PM “Fingers are pointed, a knock at the door, They’re coming to get you, do you know what for?” This amateur production of “Vinegar Tom” is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, LTD. All these productions contain strong language and scenes of an adult nature.

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RICHARD GADD

Posh

Vinegar Tom

NORTHAMPTONSHIRE MUSIC & PERFORMING ARTS TRUST

MONKEY SEE MONKEY DO

WINDBAND SPECTACULAR

SAT 18 MARCH 8PM Richard Gadd brings one of the most memorable, genrebusting performances in years with the undoubted hit show of the 2016 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, for which he won the Edinburgh Comedy Award for Best Show. A stand-up routine that goes to the depths of who he is – and what it means to be a Man.

SUN 19 MARCH 6PM

“THIS IS COMEDY-AS-PERSONAL-CATHARSIS TAKEN TO A WHOLE NEW LEVEL – HIS CHARISMA AND COMMITMENT TO HIS ART IS EXTRAORDINARY” HHHH DAILY TELEGRAPH

As part of their Spring Festival Of Music, Northamptonshire Music And Performing Arts Trust presents an evening of music for symphonic wind orchestras. The show features the County Junior Wind Orchestra, conducted by Pam Carter and Meghan McCrimmon, the County Training Wind Orchestra, conducted by Andy Macfarlane and Giles Liddiard, and the Northamptonshire County Youth Concert Band, conducted by Peter Smalley.

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SEAN LOCK

THE SENSATIONAL ’60S EXPERIENCE

KEEP IT LIGHT

WED 22 MARCH 8PM Every three years the comedian Sean Lock writes and tours a new stand-up show. Well, he’s only gone and done it again! Come and see what he’s blithering on about this time in Keep It Light. “HE JUST LETS THE BRILLIANCE OF HIS MATERIAL DOMINATE THE ROOM” THE GUARDIAN “LOCK AT HIS BEST IS GLORIOUSLY INTELLIGENT, DELICIOUSLY UNLIKELY AND HILARIOUSLY FUNNY” THE TIMES Please note this is the same show as on Tue 13 September 2016

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THE TOUR THAT NEVER ENDS FRI 24 MARCH 7.30PM

Seven legendary names take to the stage for an evening of pure ’60s nostalgia, hosted by Alan Mosca from Freddie And The Dreamers. The Fortunes, The Swinging Blue Jeans, Ivy League, Chris Farlowe, Herman’s Hermits and New Amen Corner will take you back in time to when pop music was at its very best, performing hits including I’m Into Something Good, Out Of Time, Hippy Hippy Shake, Storm In A Tea Cup and many more. TICKETS £29 DERNGATE

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STEWART LEE

NAOMI WILKINSON

SAT 25 MARCH 8PM

TUE 4 APRIL 11AM

After four years writing and performing his TV show Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle, Content Provider is Stewart’s first brand new, full-length show since the award-winning Carpet Remnant World.

See children’s TV presenter Naomi Wilkinson live on stage in her 2017 tour, Wild And Scary. Joined on stage by Animal Mark, and some of his scariest creatures, Naomi’s show is packed full of fun and surprises. She will recall some of her most exciting wildlife experiences from the far flung corners of the world and even introduce you to some of the most fierce and frightening animals she has met along the way!

CONTENT PROVIDER

WILD AND SCARY

“LEE REMAINS ONE OF THE BEST STAND-UPS IN THE COUNTRY” HHHH METRO “THE BEST COMEDIAN IN BRITAIN”HHHHH DAILY MIRROR “IN A LEAGUE OF HIS OWN” HHHHH MAIL ON SUNDAY TICKETS £23 DERNGATE

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THE BOOTLEG BEATLES IN CONCERT

ORCHESTRAS LIVE

THU 6 APRIL 7.30PM

SUN 9 APRIL 2.30PM

The Bootleg Beatles continue to draw critical acclaim from across the globe with their stunning recreation of the greatest songbook of all time.

Join the world-renowned Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for a fun-filled, relaxed concert especially for families with children and young people with additional needs. A 25-piece orchestra will take the audience on a voyage of musical discovery, with classical masterpieces alongside well‑known TV and film themes. This is perfect for young people who may need to move around, vocalise or just listen to the music, and if it all gets too much, there will be somewhere to relax. At the end of the concert they will also be able to meet the musicians and have a go at playing some instruments.

Tracing the Fab Four’s journey through the ’60s, every tiny detail is meticulously covered, from costumes and authentic period instruments to their witty ‘Scouse’ banter and ‘inflection perfect’ vocal mimicry. Complete with a little help from their orchestral ensemble, this is a not-to-be-missed spectacular for ‘Beatlemaniacs’ of all ages. “MIND-BOGGLING ACCURACY” THE MAIL ON SUNDAY TICKETS £31 DERNGATE

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THE OLD MAN

SUN 23 APRIL & MON 1 MAY 8PM

“ONE OF OUR MOST INDIVIDUAL AND INTERESTING STAND-UPS” THE TIMES “SUBLIMELY BRILLIANT, STUNNING” TIME OUT FOR AGES 14+

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TUE 25 APRIL 7.30PM

The British Comedy Award nominee and star of Live At The Apollo and 8 Out Of 10 Cats is embarking on a nationwide tour to complain about the state of the world and offer no solutions. Since his last show he has become a husband and father, seen the UK vote to leave the EU and watched the rise of Donald Trump, all of which leaves him asking one question: why does it seem that no one else alive can correctly load a dishwasher?

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Running time: 1 hour 45 minutes, including participatory music activities

AN EVENING WITH BOYCOTT & AGGERS

JON RICHARDSON

TICKETS £21.50

SOUND AROUND

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The extraordinary odd couple return by popular demand with a new show to enthrall, dazzle and entertain. Geoffrey Boycott will share unseen footage from the BBC archives and rare photographs from his private collection, and will be challenged by Aggers to justify his forthright views on cricket and life in general. Fun, fiery and full of surprises, the show is peppered with hilarious anecdotes and the audience can tweet Aggers live with their own questions. This event supports the Professional Cricketers Association and is raising money for organisation’s Benevolent Fund.

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SCREAMING BLUE MURDER DOORS 7.45PM SHOW 8.15PM

Don’t miss our Friday night comedy club in the Underground Studio. This season features many of comedy’s rising stars: FRI 20 JANUARY

FRI 17 MARCH

FRI 28 APRIL

Stuart Goldsmith Sally-Anne Hayward Mark Smith Compere Dan Evans

Andrew Bird Tania Edwards Hari Sriskantha Compere Dan Evans

Daliso Chaponda James Sherwood Susan Murray Compere Dan Evans

FRI 3 FEBRUARY

FRI 31 MARCH

FRI 12 MAY

Markus Birdman Ellie Taylor David Morgan Compere Dan Evans

Mary Bourke Jon Long Danielle Ward Compere Dan Evans

Christian Reilly Bobby Mair Debra-Jane Appelby Compere Dan Evans

FRI 3 MARCH

FRI 21 APRIL

FRI 26 MAY

Nick Wilty Wendy Wason Brennan Reece Compere Dan Evans

Anthony King Juliet Meyers Luke Benson Compere Dan Evans

Pierre Hollins Sofie Hagen Otiz Cannelloni Compere Dan Evans

Line up may be subject to change, advance booking is recommended Recommended for ages 16 and above

TICKETS £13.50 UNDERGROUND

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REMEMBERING FRED

ROCK 4 HOPE

FRI 28 APRIL 7.30PM

TICKETS £20.50, £30.50, £36 & £56 DERNGATE

SUN 30 APRIL 7.30PM

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OMID DJALILI DERNGATE

FOR AGES 16+

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AL MURRAY

WED 17 MAY 8PM TICKETS £25

TICKETS £18 & £30

SUN 21 MAY 7.30PM

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COUNT ARTHUR STRONG

KEVIN & KAREN

TICKETS £22.50

TICKETS £33.50, £36.50 & £43.50

SUN 28 MAY 8PM

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WED 31 MAY 7.30PM

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HENNING WEHN DERNGATE

FOR AGES 14+

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© The Elf Factory Ltd/Entertainment One UK Ltd 2008.

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BEN & HOLLY’S LITTLE KINGDOM

WED 7 JUNE 1PM & 4.30PM & THU 8 JUNE 10AM & 1PM CONCESSIONS TICKETS £14 & £16 DERNGATE

TICKETS £24.50 & £26 DERNGATE

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WORLD’S GREATEST DRUMMER

SAT 3 JUNE 7.30PM

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FRI 2 JUNE 7.30PM

ICONIC - THE SHOW TICKETS £26

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THAT’LL BE THE DAY

THU 1 JUNE 8PM TICKETS £19.50

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SUN 4 JUNE 7.30PM TICKETS £26 & £31 DERNGATE

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JIMMY CARR FRI 9 JUNE 8PM

This is the same show as on 18 October and 6 November 2016

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WORLD PREMIERE Written by Laura Lomas A co-commission with Dundee Rep, Derby Theatre and Theatre Royal Plymouth

I remember the darkness I remember the silence I remember the water rising The forest. The wake of a unnamed crisis. A group of young people work to make sense of what happened, what it means, and what they will do now.

Performed by Young Company: Create Directed by Ashley Elbourne CONCESSIONS FRIENDS & MEMBERS

Directed by Ashley Elbourne (The Musicians), The Blue Road is a provocative new play by acclaimed writer Laura Lomas exploring memory, loss, living in the aftermath and our capacity to begin again.

FRI 21 & SAT 22 JULY EVES 7.45PM, SAT MATINEE 2.30PM TICKETS £9 ROYAL

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STATUS UPDATE BY TIM ETCHELLS

FRI 24 & SAT 25 FEBRUARY EVES 8PM, SAT MATINEE 2.45PM We know facts. We know secrets. We have opinions. We have intuition. Status Update is an unflinching and funny catalogue of the things we learn and believe about the world. From the ridiculous to the highly charged, all these truths and half-truths are laid bare before us. Directed by Tom Fox (Remote, National Theatre), this production features a cast of 20 young performers and will leave you questioning what you do, how you do it and more importantly why can’t we do more? Royal & Derngate’s Young Company present Status Update as part of Connections 2017, ahead of the festival.

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NATIONAL THEATRE CONNECTIONS 2017 THU 27 APRIL – SAT 6 MAY

The National Theatre Connections festival is a celebration of young people, theatremaking and the importance of access to the arts. Each year the NT commissions 10 new plays for young people to perform, bringing together some of the most exciting writers with the theatremakers of tomorrow. Royal & Derngate hosts one of the 29 local festivals that take place across the country. Connections is an unforgettable feast of theatre made by and for young people. Connections is supported by: Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation Jacqueline and Richard Worswick Susan Miller and Byron Grote Hays Travel Foundation Faithorn Farrell Timms and supporters of the Connections Appeal

TICKETS £6

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FAME JR. EARLY SHOW

(PERFORMED BY YOUTH THEATRE: MUSICALS)

FRI 7 JULY 6.30PM & SAT 8 JULY 2.30PM LATE SHOW

(PERFORMED BY YOUNG COMPANY: MUSICALS)

FRI 7 JULY 8.30PM & SAT 8 JULY 8.30PM

Fame Jr. is a bittersweet and inspiring story about a diverse group of students who dedicate themselves to four gruelling years of study in the pursuit of their dreams. With insight, humour and high-energy dance numbers, the show explores the issues that confront many young people today. Our Youth Theatre and Young Company present two uniquely different retellings of this high octane musical. The early shows are performed by Youth Theatre: Musicals, directed by Trudy A Bell (Café Crescendo). The late shows are performed by Young Company: Musicals, directed by Ashley Elbourne (The Musicians). Both productions feature choreography by Megan Curtis. TICKETS £9

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GREAT EXPECTATIONS

ADAPTED BY DECLAN DONNELLAN FRI 14 & SAT 15 JULY 7.45PM A terrifying encounter with an escaped convict forever changes the life of the orphaned Pip. Turning his back on his humble beginning as a blacksmith’s apprentice, he strives to better himself and become a gentleman, unaware of the heartache that awaits him. Great Expectations lays bare the web of lies and guilt in Charles Dickens’ least sentimental love story. It also tackles big questions of identity while mustering a cast of unforgettable characters, chief amongst them Miss Havisham, Magwitch and Joe Gargery. Directed by Erica Martin, The Actors Company invite you to immerse yourself in this classic story and discover one of Dickens’s most loved stories.

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EDUCATION

The new academic year is packed full of exciting education projects for all ages that can be booked as one-off workshops or as part of a partnership agreement that spans across year groups. All partnerships and workshops can be designed to suit the specific needs of your students and staff, and are not limited to the projects below – just tell us what you need and we can design it for you.

PETER & THE STARCATCHER WORKSHOPS Explore the theatre and characters from our Made In Northampton Christmas show in a fully inclusive practical workshop aimed at primary school students. Suitable for KS1 to KS3 - Cost £250 (2 hrs)

WORLD BOOK DAY WORKSHOPS

These can be designed to suit any book of your choice. Suitable for Reception to KS2 - Cost £500 (up to 4 hrs)

SHAKESPEARE PROJECTS

Workshops - exploring plots, characters, themes and approaches to staging Shakespeare plays. Suitable for KS2 to Post-16 - Cost £250 (2 hrs) Play In A Day - working with practitioners to rehearse a shortened version of a Shakespeare play to perform to parents and students. Suitable for KS2 to Post-16 - Cost £500

ARTS AWARD

We are an Arts Award Centre delivering this recognised arts qualification at Discover, Explore, Bronze, Silver and Gold levels, helping schools to achieve Artsmark status and rewarding students for their engagement with arts activities. For more information on Education Provision and Partnerships, visit our website or contact Trudy Bell, Creative Learning Director at trudy.bell@royalandderngate.co.uk or 01604 655740.

A NEW SCHOOL FOR NORTHAMPTON

For information on our upcoming free school project, visit www.royalandderngate.co.uk/about-us/new-projects

COMMUNITY GROUPS

BEHIND THE CURTAIN

The Actors Company – performing classic, contemporary and new work commissioned by Royal & Derngate. For ages 21 and above. For more information please email erica.martin@royalandderngate.co.uk.

EXCITING PERFORMANCE TOURS FOR GROUPS, SCHOOLS AND INDIVIDUALS

The Play’s The Thing – if you are interested in seeing and discussing theatre productions, then this friendly group is perfect for you. For more information please email erica.martin@royalandderngate.co.uk.

DATES AND TIMES VARY – SEE WEBSITE FOR DETAILS

It is 1884, it is opening night... Explore the history of the Royal auditorium and find out how our Made In Northampton productions are made.

JMK Directors Group – a group for professional and emerging directors, led by industry leaders. For more information please email john.manning@royalandderngate.co.uk.

To book a place on one of our scheduled tours or to arrange an exclusive tour, contact Box Office. An afternoon tea package is also available on many of these tours.

Royal & Derngate Community Choir – join our popular resident choir and share your passion for singing. For more information please email janet.gordon@royalandderngate.co.uk

TICKETS £13 per person, please call Box Office to book or to discuss exclusive bookings.

Running time: approx 90 minutes. We regret that this tour may not be suitable for those with access requirements. Customers are advised to wear flat shoes.

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Stuck for something to do during the school holidays? Why not book onto one of our regular Holiday Projects and take part in creative activities, meet new people and have loads of fun doing it? • Informal performance at the end of the project for friends and family • All holiday projects take place from 10am to 3pm with early and late drop-offs available on request • Fully DBS checked professional theatre leaders You can book a place by calling Box Office on 01604 624811 or for more information contact Ashley Elbourne, Youth Theatre Manager by email at ashley.elbourne@royalandderngate.co.uk or call 01604 627566.

FEBRUARY HALF TERM

EASTER HOLIDAYS

MESSED UP HISTORIES

FAIRYTALE ADVENTURE

MON 13 – THU 16 FEBRUARY

SUITABLE FOR AGES 4-7 & 8-13

MON 3 – FRI 7 APRIL

SUITABLE FOR AGES 4-7

Jump in a time machine and join us as we sail away to the times where the seafaring Vikings ruled. Be prepared for quests, mythology and war.

You start with a magical book, turn the page and the adventure begins. Where will we go? Who will you meet? You decide.

COST £100 per participant

COST £125 per participant

EASTER HOLIDAYS

MAY HALF TERM

PLAY IN A WEEK

SUPERHERO SHOWDOWN

This is a chance to create, rehearse and perform a play all in one week. No experience necessary – just plenty of enthusiasm.

Take your favourite superhero or better still, make one up. Come along and find out what happens when they join forces with Spiderman or Wonder Woman!

MON 3 – FRI 7 APRIL

SUITABLE FOR AGES 8-13

COST £125 per participant

TUE 30 MAY – FRI 2 JUNE SUITABLE FOR AGES 4-7 & 8-13

COST £100 per participant

Look our for news of our exciting Summer and October Half Term Holiday Projects to be announced.

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WHY YOUR SUPPORT MATTERS As an independent registered charity we rely on the generous support of many individuals, businesses and charitable trusts. This vital contribution means that we can continue to be ambitious with our Made In Northampton productions, expand our work with young people and our local community, and renovate our building to give you the welcome you deserve.

THERE ARE MANY WAYS TO HELP US MAKE A ONE-OFF DONATION

From a single donation to a regular monthly gift, each one makes a difference. Call Box Office to pledge your support or text DERN£5 to 70070.

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Leaving a legacy is something that absolutely anyone can do. Your most personal and lasting gift can be of any size; every donation helps and no amount is too small. By leaving a legacy you will be helping future audiences to discover the wonder of theatre.

THURSDAY 2 MARCH 2017, 7PM

Please join us on Thursday 2 March at 7pm for our annual fundraising dinner on the Royal stage. Enjoy an exclusive evening of entertainment, fine food, wine and company in the knowledge that you will be helping to ensure that our much-loved theatres continue to thrive for future generations. How you can help: • Sponsorship opportunities are available for you or your company – sponsor the event, a course of the meal or the entertainment • Book your tickets for £75 per person – tickets include a four course meal with wine and entertainment • If you cannot attend, please consider a gift aided donation. Please contact Jo Ibbotson to book your tickets or for further details on 01604 655735 or jo.ibbotson@royalandderngate.co.uk. Tickets are limited and subject to availability.


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Donate £10 and make a child’s Christmas extra special this year Help us to share the magic of Christmas with more disadvantaged children than ever before by helping them attend one of our Christmas shows. You can continue to support young people throughout the year with a gift‑aided donation. Call 01604 624811 to pledge when you book or donate online at www.royalandderngate.co.uk Proudly supported by Northamptonshire Community Foundation and Lamport Hall’s Sir Gyles Isham Trust

PUT YOUR BUSINESS IN THE SPOTLIGHT Our flexible Corporate Membership Scheme provides you with a selection of benefits from which to shape your package... whether you are interested in client entertaining, employee recognition, giving back to the community or are just passionate about our theatre. WELCOME TO OUR NEWEST BUSINESS CLUB MEMBERS:

AND THANKS TO ALL OUR MEMBERS FOR THEIR CONTINUED SUPPORT:

Call Jo Ibbotson on 01604 655735 or email jo.ibbotson@royalandderngate.co.uk to find out more.

ROYAL & DERNGATE IS GRATEFUL FOR THE SUPPORT OF ITS 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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AT A GLANCE 2FOR1

ACCESS PERFORMANCES (see page 67)

Preview Pre/Post-show Talk Guest Night Friends & Members – 2 for the price of 1

JANUARY Thu 5 January Fri 6 January Sat 7 January Tue 10 January Wed 11 January Thu 12 January Fri 13 January Sat 14 January Mon 16 January Tue 17 January Wed 18 January Thu 19 January Fri 20 January Sat 21 January Tue 24 January Wed 25 January Thu 26 January Fri 27 January Sat 28 January Mon 30 January Tue 31 January FEBRUARY Wed 1 February Thu 2 February Fri 3 February Sat 4 February Mon 6 February Tue 7 February Wed 8 February Thu 9 February Fri 10 February Sat 11 February Mon 13 February Tue 14 February Wed 15 February Thu 16 February Fri 17 February Sat 18 February Sun 19 February Mon 20 February Thu 23 February Fri 24 February

SHOW Jack Whitehall Jack Whitehall Motown’s Greatest Hits Sunny Afternoon Sunny Afternoon Sunny Afternoon Sunny Afternoon The Burlesque Show Sunny Afternoon The Burlesque Show The Full Monty The Full Monty The Full Monty The Full Monty The Full Monty Screaming Blue Murder The Full Monty Angelos & Barry Invincible Invincible Invincible Anton & Erin Anton & Erin Invincible Invincible The ELO Experience St. Petersburg Ballet Theatre: Swan Lake St. Petersburg Ballet Theatre: Swan Lake SHOW St. Petersburg Ballet Theatre: Swan Lake The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show St. Petersburg Ballet Theatre: Sleeping Beauty The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show St. Petersburg Ballet Theatre: Sleeping Beauty Screaming Blue Murder St. Petersburg Ballet Theatre: Sleeping Beauty Jonathan Pie: Live Henceforward The Classic Rock Show Henceforward Henceforward Henceforward Henceforward Henceforward Holiday Projects - Messed Up Histories Rumours Of Fleetwood Mac Holiday Projects - Messed Up Histories The Twits Holiday Projects - Messed Up Histories The Twits Holiday Projects - Messed Up Histories The Twits The Twits Brendan Cole The Twits Vampires Rock RPO Russian Masters David O'Doherty The Magnificent Music Hall Young Company - Status Update

Captioned Audio-Described Sign Interpreted Relaxed performance Pre-Show Touch Tours Performance for audiences with special needs TIME 8pm 8pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 2.30pm & 7.30pm 2.30pm & 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.45pm 2.30pm & 7.30pm 7.45pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 2.30pm & 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 8.15pm 2.30pm & 7.30pm 8pm 7.45pm 7.45pm 2.30pm & 7.45pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.45pm 2.30pm & 7.45pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm TIME 2.30pm & 7.30pm 4pm 10am & 1pm 7.30pm 10am & 1pm 7.30pm 8.15pm 2.30pm & 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.45pm 7.30pm 7.45pm 7.45pm 2.30pm & 7.45pm 7.45pm 2.30pm & 7.45pm 10am - 3pm 7.30pm 10am - 3pm 11am & 2.30pm 10am - 3pm 2.30pm & 7pm 10am - 3pm 2.30pm & 7pm 2.30pm & 7pm 7.30pm 1pm & 5pm 7.30pm 3pm 8pm 2.30pm 7.45pm 2FOR1

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Nathan Carter Jimeoin Young Company - Status Update The Astor Big Band - More Miller Magic Shazia Mirza SHOW Sam Bailey Lee Nelson The Opera Boys Screaming Blue Murder Barb Jungr Sings Bob Dylan Rob Brydon NMPAT - Orchestra Spectacular A Passionate Woman Ellen Kent - La Bohème A Passionate Woman A Passionate Woman NMPAT - Big Sing Paul Carrack A Passionate Woman A Passionate Woman An Evening With Levison Wood RPO Raphael Wallfisch Performs Elgar's Cello Concerto Cirque Berserk University Of Northampton's Final Show - Pornography Cirque Berserk! University Of Northampton's Final Show - Posh University Of Northampton's Final Show - Posh Cirque Berserk University Of Northampton's Final Show - Vinegar Tom University Of Northampton's Final Show - Vinegar Tom Cirque Berserk University Of Northampton's Final Show - Pornography Screaming Blue Murder University Of Northampton's Final Show - Pornography Cirque Berserk University Of Northampton's Final Show - Posh University Of Northampton's Final Show - Vinegar Tom Richard Gadd NMPAT - Windband Spectacular Patience Patience Patience Sean Lock Patience Patience The Sensational '60s Experience Patience Stewart Lee Sister Act A Judgement In Stone Sister Act A Judgement In Stone Sister Act A Judgement In Stone A Judgement In Stone Sister Act Sister Act A Judgement In Stone Screaming Blue Murder SHOW Sister Act A Judgement In Stone Holiday Projects - Fairytale Adventure Holiday Projects - Play In A Week Holiday Projects - Fairytale Adventure Holiday Projects - Play In A Week Naomi Wilkinson Holiday Projects - Fairytale Adventure Holiday Projects - Play In A Week Holiday Projects - Fairytale Adventure Holiday Projects - Play In A Week The Bootleg Beatles

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01604 624811 www.royalandderngate.co.uk Holiday Projects - Fairytale Adventure Holiday Projects - Play In A Week Death Of A Salesman Orchestras Live - Sound Around Matthew Bourne's Early Adventures Death Of A Salesman Matthew Bourne's Early Adventures Death Of A Salesman Matthew Bourne's Early Adventures Death Of A Salesman Death Of A Salesman Death Of A Salesman Million Dollar Quartet Death Of A Salesman Million Dollar Quartet Death Of A Salesman Death Of A Salesman Million Dollar Quartet Million Dollar Quartet Death Of A Salesman Screaming Blue Murder Million Dollar Quartet Death Of A Salesman Jon Richardson Death Of A Salesman An Evening With Boycott & Aggers Death Of A Salesman Death Of A Salesman Death Of A Salesman Remembering Fred Death Of A Salesman Screaming Blue Murder Death Of A Salesman Rock 4 Hope SHOW Jon Richardson Not Dead Enough Not Dead Enough Not Dead Enough Not Dead Enough Not Dead Enough The Addams Family The Grapes Of Wrath The Addams Family The Grapes Of Wrath The Grapes Of Wrath The Addams Family The Addams Family The Grapes Of Wrath Screaming Blue Murder The Addams Family The Grapes Of Wrath The Grapes Of Wrath The Grapes Of Wrath The Grapes Of Wrath Omid Djalili The Grapes Of Wrath The Grapes Of Wrath The Grapes Of Wrath Al Murray Running Wild Running Wild Running Wild Running Wild Screaming Blue Murder Running Wild Count Arthur Strong Holiday Projects - Superhero Showdown Holiday Projects - Superhero Showdown Kevin & Karen

10am - 3pm 10am - 3pm 7.45pm 2.30pm 7.30pm 7.45pm 7.30pm 7.45pm 2.30pm & 7.30pm 7pm 2.30pm & 7.45pm 2.30pm & 7.45pm 7.30pm 7.45pm 2.30pm & 7.30pm 7.45pm 2.30pm & 7.45pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.45pm 8.15pm 2.30pm & 7.30pm 2.30pm & 7.45pm 8pm 7.45pm 7.30pm 7.45pm 7.45pm 2.30pm & 7.45pm 7.30pm 7.45pm 8.15pm 2.30pm & 7.45pm 7.30pm TIME 8pm 7.30pm 2.30pm & 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 2.30pm & 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.45pm 2.30pm & 7.30pm 7.45pm 2.30pm & 7.45pm 7.30pm 5pm & 8.30pm 7.45pm 8.15pm 2.30pm & 7.30pm 2.30pm & 7.45pm 7.45pm 7.45pm 7.45pm 8pm 2.30pm & 7.45pm 7.45pm 2.30pm & 7.45pm 7.30pm 7pm 1pm 2.30pm 2.30pm & 7pm 8.15pm 2.30pm & 7.30pm 8pm 10am - 3pm 10am - 3pm 7.30pm 2FOR1

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JACK AND THE BEANSTALK – PAGE 6 PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE Fri 9 Dec 2pm 7pm Sat 10 Dec 1pm 5pm Sun 11 Dec 1pm 5pm Mon 12 Dec NO PERFORMANCES Tue 13 Dec 2pm 7pm 2pm 7pm Wed 14 Dec Thu 15 Dec 2pm 7pm Fri 16 Dec 2pm 7pm 1pm Sat 17 Dec 5pm Sun 18 Dec 1pm 5pm Mon 19 Dec NO PERFORMANCES Tue 20 Dec 2pm 7pm 7pm Wed 21 Dec 2pm Thu 22 Dec 2pm 7pm

Fri 23 Dec Sat 24 Dec Sun 25 Dec Mon 26 Dec Tue 27 Dec Wed 28 Dec Thu 29 Dec Fri 30 Dec Sat 31 Dec Green Show Red Show Purple Show Silver Show Gold Show

2pm 1pm

7pm 5pm NO PERFORMANCES 5pm 5pm 7pm 7pm 7pm 5pm

1pm 1pm 2pm 2pm 2pm 1pm £18 £24.50 £27.50 £28.50 £30

£16 £23.50 £25.50 £27.50 £29

£14.50 £21.50 £24 £25.50 £27

£13 £19 £21.50 £23 £25.50

£12 £15.50 £17.50 £19.50 £22.50

£11 £11 £11 £16 £19.50

PETER AND THE STARCATCHER – PAGE 26 PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE 7.15pm Tue 29 Nov Wed 30 Nov 7.15pm Thu 1 Dec 7.15pm 7.15pm Fri 2 Dec 2.15pm Sat 3 Dec 1.15pm 5.15pm Sun 4 Dec 1.15pm 5.15pm Mon 5 Dec NO PERFORMANCES Tue 6 Dec 10.30am 2.15pm 2.15pm Wed 7 Dec 10.30am 2.15pm Thu 8 Dec 10.30am Fri 9 Dec 10.30am 2.15pm Sat 10 Dec 1.15pm 5.15pm Sun 11 Dec 1.15pm 5.15pm Mon 12 Dec NO PERFORMANCES Tue 13 Dec 10.30am 2.15pm Wed 14 Dec 10.30am 2.15pm 2.15pm 7.15pm Thu 15 Dec Fri 16 Dec 2.15pm 7.15pm Sat 17 Dec 1.15pm 5.15pm

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Sun 18 Dec Mon 19 Dec Tue 20 Dec Wed 21 Dec Thu 22 Dec Fri 23 Dec Sat 24 Dec Sun 25 Dec Mon 26 Dec Tue 27 Dec Wed 28 Dec Thu 29 Dec Fri 30 Dec Sat 31 Dec

Green Show Red Show Silver Show Gold Show

1.15pm 5.15pm NO PERFORMANCES 2.15pm 7.15pm 2.15pm 7.15pm 2.15pm 7.15pm 2.15pm 7.15pm 1.15pm 5.15pm NO PERFORMANCES 5.15pm 1.15pm 5.15pm 1.15pm 2.15pm 7.15pm 7.15pm 2.15pm 2.15pm 7.15pm 1.15pm 5.15pm

£20 £22.50 £24.50 £26

£18 £20 £22.50 £24.50

£17 £18.50 £20 £21

£14.50 £16 £17.50 £18.50

£12 £14 £15 £16.50

£10 £10 £10 £10

SECOND STAR TO THE RIGHT – PAGE 26 PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE Fri 2 Dec 1.30pm Sat 3 Dec 11am 2pm 4pm Sun 4 Dec NO PERFORMANCES Mon 5 Dec NO PERFORMANCES Tue 6 Dec 11am 2pm Wed 7 Dec 11am 2pm Thu 8 Dec 11am 2pm Fri 9 Dec 11am 2pm Sat 10 Dec 11am 2pm 4pm Sun 11 Dec 11am 2pm 4pm Mon 12 Dec NO PERFORMANCES Tue 13 Dec 11am 2pm 2pm Wed 14 Dec 11am 2pm Thu 15 Dec 11am Fri 16 Dec 11am 2pm Sat 17 Dec 11am 2pm 4pm Sun 18 Dec 11am 2pm 4pm Mon 19 Dec NO PERFORMANCES Tue 20 Dec 11am 2pm

Wed 21 Dec Thu 22 Dec Fri 23 Dec Sat 24 Dec Sun 25 Dec Mon 26 Dec Tue 27 Dec Wed 28 Dec Thu 29 Dec Fri 30 Dec Sat 31 Dec Sun 1 Jan Mon 2 Jan Tue 3 Jan Wed 4 Jan Thu 5 Jan Fri 6 Jan Sat 7 Jan

11am 11am 11am 11am 11am 11am 11am 11am 11am 11am 11am 11am 11am 11am 11am

2pm 2pm 2pm 2pm 4pm NO PERFORMANCES 2pm 4pm 2pm 2pm 2pm 2pm 2pm 4pm NO PERFORMANCES 2pm 4pm 2pm 2pm 2pm 2pm 2pm 4pm

Red Show – Schools performance Blue Show – Special Needs performance

Tickets £9.50


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DETAILED TICKET PRICES

The table below details full ticket prices for shows where more than two prices apply. Sunny Afternoon (p.7) Wed & Thu £43.50 Mats Tue-Thu Eves £43.50 Fri & Sat Eves £43.50 & Sat Mat The Full Monty (p.8) Mon Eve & £29.50 Wed Mat Tue-Thu Eves £32.50 Fri & Sat Eves £34.50 & Sat Mat

£33

£30

£28

£24

£22

£18

£37 £40

£35 £38

£32 £35

£30 £32

£25 £28

£21 £24

£27

£25

£21

£16

£11

£30 £32

£28 £29

£22 £25

£18 £20

£13 £16

Invincible (p.9) Mon-Thu Eves £27.50 £26 £23.50 £19.50 £17.50 Thu & Sat £22 £20 £16 Mats Fri-Sat Eves £30.50 £28.50 £26.50 £23.50 £21 St. Petersburg Ballet Theatre (p.10) Mon Eve & £33.50 £31 £28 Wed Mat Tue-Thu Eves £34 £31.50 £30 Fri & Sat Eves £35 £33.50 £31 & Sat Mat Henceforward (p.11) Mon-Thu Eves £28 Fri & Sat Eves £29 & Sat Mat Thu Mat £23

£24.50 £20.50 £17.50 £28 £29

£24 £26

£20 £22.50

£26 £27

£23 £24

£20 £21

£15 £16

£11 £12

£21

£19

£17

£14

£10

£22.50 £23.50

£19 £20

£15 £16

£10 £11

£18

£16

£14

£9

£23 £25

£21 £23

£19 £21

£16 £19

£13.50 £15.50

£11 £16 £17

£11 £16 £17

£11 £16 £17

£11 £16 £17

£11 £16 £17

£11 £16 £17

£18

£18

£18

£18

£18

£18

£40

£36

A Passionate Woman (p.13) Tue-Thu Eves £28 £25 Fri & Sat Eves £29 £28 & Sat Mat Wed & Thu £22 £20 Mats Cirque Berserk! (p.14) Mon-Fri Eves £25 Sat Eve £27 Patience (p.15) Mon Eve Tue-Thu Eves Fri Eve & Sat Mat Sat Eve

£19.50

Sister Act (p.16) Mon-Thu Eves £46 & Sat Mat Fri & Sat Eves £49.50 Wed Mat £39

£46 £35

£30.50 £26.50

£22

£40 £36 £30.50 £29.50 £24.50 £21.50

£25 £18

A Judgement in Stone (p.17) Mon-Thu Eves £29 Fri & Sat Eves & £30 Sat Mat Thu Mat £23

£26 £27

£10 £11

£19

£17

£14

£9

Matthew Bourne’s Early Adventures (p.18) All Shows £30 £28.50 £25

£23

£19

£13

Million Dollar Quartet (p.19) Tue-Thu Eves £36 Fri & Sat Eves & £38 Sat Mat Wed Mat £34 Not Dead Enough (p.20) Mon Eve & Wed Mat £30 Tue-Thu Eve £31 Fri & Sat Eves & £33 Sat Mat

£21

£23.50 £20.50 £15 £24.50 £21 £15.50

£33 £35

£30 £31

£28 £29

£25 £26

£19 £21

£31

£28

£25

£22

£17

£28 £30 £31

£25 £26 £28

£21 £22 £26

£19 £20 £21

£15 £16 £17

£21 £24

£19 £21

£16 £19

£26

£23

£20

The Addams Family (p.21) Tue Eve & Wed Mat £31 £29 £25.50 Wed Eve & Fri Early £34.50 £30.50 £26.50 Eve Fri & Sat Eves & £37 £34 £30 Sat Mat Running Wild (p.22) Tue, Fri & Sat Eves Sat Mat Schools

£27 £25 £11.50

Legally Blonde (p.23) Mon-Thu Eve £38 Fri & Sat Eve & Sat Mat £42.50 Wed Mat £34

£25 £23

£23 £21

£21 £19

£19 £16

£16 £13

£36 £39 £31

£33 £36 £29

£31 £33 £25

£26 £29 £23

£22 £25 £19

£29 £26 £30

£26 £24 £27

£24 £22 £23

£19.50 £18 £21

Blood Brothers (p.23) Mon-Thu Eves £33.50 £31.50 Wed Mat £30 £28 Fri & Sat Eve & Sat Mat £35.50 £32

Made In Northampton: Death Of A Salesman (p.28), The Grapes Of Wrath (p.30), An Iliad (p.32), Rules For Living (p.35), A Passage To India (p.37), Love From A Stranger (p.37) Mon-Fri Eves £28.50 £26.50 £23.50 £20.50 £15.50 £11 .50 Sat Eves £30 £28 £25 £22 £17 £13 Matinees & Previews £24 £22 £20 £18 £14 £10 La Bohème (p.45) £35

£32

£28

£23

£18

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra: Russian Masters (P.42) & Raphael Wallfisch Performs Elgar’s Cello Concerto (P.46) £35 £33 £30 £28 £24 £16

TRANSACTION CHARGES The transaction charge exists to support the running costs of Royal & Derngate. We charge a ‘per booking’ charge, not ‘per ticket’, which makes our charges lower than many other theatres. Don’t forget, you don’t pay this charge if you are a member of our Friends, Gold or Artistic Director’s schemes; if you book eight or more tickets for a single performance as part of a Group Booking; if your transaction is less than £15; if you are booking a subscription for Made In Northampton or Royal Philharmonic Orchestra seasons, or if you are a Disabled Patron.


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DISCOUNTS & CONCESSIONS CONCESSIONS Under 16s, Over 60s, Students, Job Seekers and Disabled Patrons are able to claim a £2 discount on their tickets for most performances (excluding Saturday evenings). Please let us know if you are eligible for a concession at time of booking and please note that on some performances, certain types of concession may not apply.

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SEASON TICKETS Buy a season ticket and make considerable savings on every Made In Northampton production BOOK 6 SHOWS £8 off per ticket (Add ons £2 off per ticket) BOOK 5 SHOWS £7 off per ticket (Add ons £1 off per ticket)

FAMILY

BOOK 4 SHOWS £5 off per ticket (Add ons £1 off per ticket)

On selected performances, a special price applies for your family group. Please ask Box Office at time of booking.

BOOK 3 SHOWS £4 off per ticket (Add ons £1 off per ticket)

SCHOOLS

ADDITIONAL DICOUNTS (only one applies, cannot be claimed on’ add-ons’)

For selected performances, an allocation of tickets can be purchased at reduced prices by Schools. Please call the Groups Line or Box Office for details.

REAL DISCOUNTS If you are aged 14-26, you can join our Real Discounts Scheme and access a number of free and discounted tickets for selected performances. Call or visit Box Office for details.

Concessions can claim an additional £2 off per ticket (excl. Sat Eve) Friends & Members can claim an additional £3 off per ticket (excl. Sat Eve) All season ticket discounts apply to the top two price bands only. ALL SEASON TICKET HOLDERS:

Call Louise Lecky-Thompson on our membership line 01604 635868.

• Pay no transaction charge on your season ticket • Free exchanges or transfer to family and friends • Discounts on 2017/18 Christmas Show • Discounts on all Youth Theatre, Young Company and Actors Company Shows • 20% off all programmes in the season

GROUPS

BENEFITS AT A GLANCE

For selected performances, an allocation of tickets can be purchased at reduced prices by Groups.

• Groups 8+ £2 off • Groups 20+ 3 off • Groups 40+ £4 off • Even greater savings on Made In Northampton • No transaction fee • No postage charge • Free group organiser ticket on certain shows • Pre-ordering of drinks and snacks • Extended payment dates

FRIENDS & MEMBERS Friends, Gold Supporters and Artistic Director’s Circle members are entitled to a saving on most performances. Discounts range from £1 off, £3 off and ‘two tickets for the price of one’. 2FOR1s are indicated on the show pages and the Diary on pages 60-62 with the symbol. Please ask at time of booking. Other benefits include priority booking, no transaction fees, 10% discount at our bars and Members’ e-newsletter, see back page for details. 2FOR1

For this year’s Christmas shows, the following rates apply: PETER AND THE STARCATCHER

JACK AND THE BEANSTALK

(available on top three prices only, excl. Sat 24 & Mon 26 December performances)

(available on top three prices only for Red, Purple and Silver performances, not available on Gold or Green performances)

Groups 8+ £4 off, 20+ £6 off, 40+ £8 off, 60+ £9 off per ticket

Groups 8+ £4 off, 20+ £6 off, 40+ £8 off, 60+ £9 off per ticket

Plus 1 free ticket for every 10 purchased

Plus 1 free ticket for every 10 purchased

Call Emma Harris or Janet Gordon on our dedicated Groups Line, open 8.30am-5pm, Mon‑Fri, 01604 620066. At Royal & Derngate, we are committed to an accessible pricing policy and offer discounts wherever possible. In some instances, ticket prices and available discounts are dictated by external promoters and there is no flexibility for the provision of discounts. The above represent our usual discounts, however there are a number of shows every season where slightly different concessions apply. A separate discount and pricing structure applies to our Orchestral Season. Box Office will advise if these exceptions affect your tickets at time of booking. Only one concession type applies per ticket. All concessions are subject to availability and some may only be available for a limited period. Proof of status will be required on the first purchase of a concessionary ticket and can be checked on any subsequent ticket purchase.


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BOOKING INFORMATION BOX OFFICE 01604 624811 WEBSITE www.royalanderngate.co.uk Royal & Derngate, Box Office, Guildhall Road, Northampton, NN1 1DP

HOW TO BOOK

IN PERSON On performance days, our Box Office is open from 10am until 15 minutes after the last performance commences. Non-performance days 10–6pm. Sundays and Bank Holidays, we are open from 1 hour and 30 minutes prior to the first performance commencing. BY POST Please write to Royal & Derngate, Box Office, Guildhall Road, Northampton, NN1 1DP

PAYMENT OPTIONS

SEATING PLAN

Derngate Auditorium This seating plan gives a general overview of the Derngate auditorium in a standard format. Due to the great variety of events we put on there are a range of other formats. We hope that this image will assist you when choosing your seats, but would recommend that you check with Box Office which format is being used for any given event before purchasing.

You can pay by cash if booking in person or by Visa, Mastercard, Visa Delta or Electron.

RESERVATIONS Ticket reservations must be paid for within four days of booking (excluding Groups). We are unable to reserve tickets without payment within seven days prior to the performance.

POSTAGE FEE There is a £1 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.

TRANSACTION FEES All online, telephone and counter bookings of £15 and over are subject to a £3 transaction fee. Friends, Gold Supporters, Disabled Patrons, and Group Bookings are exempt. Unlike many other theatres, this fee is only applicable per-booking and not per-ticket.

GIFT VOUCHERS Gift Vouchers for Royal & Derngate and the Errol Flynn Filmhouse are available to buy from the Box Office in any denomination. We also sell National Theatre Tokens.

CONDITIONS OF SALE Please note that we are unable to refund or exchange tickets. For sold-out shows only, we will accept returned tickets for re-sale, providing a gift voucher for the full amount in return. Please note: All information contained in this brochure is correct at the time of going to press. We reserve the right to make any alterations to the programme, performers, times, ticket prices and Box Office opening hours. Every effort will be made to advertise changes in the local press. 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.

Royal Auditorium Boxes in the Royal Auditorium are sold subject to technical requirements and may not be available for purchase.


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VISITOR INFORMATION

ACCESS INFORMATION

HOW TO FIND US

Disabled Customers are entitled to a concession on most performances. For those requiring assistance, disabled patrons may also bring a companion free of charge.

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. The Errol Flynn 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. There are train connections approximately 15 minutes walk from the theatre.

CAR PARKING The closest car parks to Royal & Derngate are St. John’s Multi-Storey Car Park, which offers free parking at weekends, 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. PARKING VALIDATION Parking tickets for St. Johns car park can be validated at Box Office, the day charge for performances before 5pm is £2.40, tickets validated for performances after 5pm are charged the evening rate of £1.

We are committed to enabling as many people as possible to enjoy performances at Royal & Derngate. For full access information and a list of access performances this season, please click on Access on our website homepage or ask at Box Office.

• The 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. • Royal & 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-circle). • Guide 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. Please look for the following symbols on the show pages and diary (pages 60-63): Audio-Described Performances Sign Language Interpreted Performances Captioned Performances Touch Tours Relaxed Performances A half-hour touch tour is available before the audio described performance of our Made In Northampton Christmas show, Peter And The Starcatcher, on Tue 27 December at 5.15pm. This tour provides visitors with a tactile experience of some of the set and costumes used in the production, with an accompanied explanation from actors and/or members of the creative team. Please contact Box Office to book your place. We are presenting a relaxed performance of Peter And The Starcatcher (see page 26) on Tue 20 December at 2.15pm, The Twits (see page 12) on Wed 15 Feb at 2.30pm and Orchestras Live Sound Around on Sun 9 April at 2.30pm (see page 49). These are specially adapted and relaxed performances for customers with a wide range of disabilities and for those on the autistic spectrum. There may be some small changes to the show in terms of lighting and sound but the overall content will not change. There will also be a more relaxed atmosphere in the auditorium in order to reduce anxiety and ensure an enjoyable visit. A visual story and familiarisation meeting and a relaxation area will also be available.

St. John’s Multi‑Storey NN1 1HA – 485 spaces Albion Place NN1 1UD – 71 spaces Hazelwood Road NCP NN1 1LG – 37 spaces

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

The Ridings NN1 2BT – 55 spaces Commercial Street South NN1 1PN – 42 spaces Mayorhold Multi-Storey NN1 3HA – 1073 spaces 

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