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2013

High Society


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Our new website is about to be launched! The exciting new features include more detailed show information such as videos, photo galleries and blogs, clearer ways to see show availability, opportunities to connect with social media, an exclusive Friends area and information on hiring the venue for your special event. Happy browsing!

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Spring 2013 Welcome to our Spring 2013 season. We are delighted to be able to offer you a season packed with exciting shows, including a fantastic range of some of the most popular and entertaining plays and musicals touring in the UK today. Highlights include Midnight Tango, Soul Sister, Birds Of A Feather, The Mousetrap, High Society, and CATS. We hope you will join us for our new Made In Northampton 2013 season, Comedy Gold, starting with Willy Russell’s One For The Road. This will be the final play directed by our Artistic Director Laurie Sansom. We are immensely proud of all that Laurie has achieved during his seven years at Royal & Derngate and wish him well for an exciting future in Scotland. The rest of the year includes productions by William Shakespeare, Alan Ayckbourn, Brian Friel and Ayub Khan-Din. See page 14 for full details of our Made In Northampton season. Our Spring 2013 programme also features inspiring storytelling performances for adults, fun family-friendly events and a host performances from our community groups. We look forward to welcoming you to Royal & Derngate soon.

MUSICAL MULTI-SAVER 2013 When you book tickets for CATS (see page 48) you will receive a £5 discount on each ticket you book for the first night of any of the following musicals:

At A Glance Look out for the following discount symbols on brochure pages: Concessions Group discounts Schools rates Family savings Friends savings Real discounts 14-26 year olds Eat And Drink special offers Full details of all discounts and concessions are available on page 58.

DIARY OF EVENTS Turn to the centre pages for our full season listings on our diary page.

• Joseph And The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat (page 24) • High Society (page 38) • Soul Sister (page 44) • Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story (page 49) Plus the following dance show: • Midnight Tango (page 48) Take advantage of this fantastic offer and make 2013 a musical year to remember! This offer is valid on bookings of up to four tickets. This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer or discount.

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TAKE YOUR SEAT We have now commenced the construction of a brand new cinema adjacent to Royal & Derngate, which is scheduled to open in April 2013. With your support we can make this new cinema-going experience extra special. We are looking for 90 film enthusiasts to name a seat in the cinema. This is a great opportunity to celebrate a special day, leave a legacy for loved ones, honour your family name or recognise your club and business.

BENEFITS • £500 – one seat named and free cinema for 1 person for a year • £750 – one seat named and free cinema for 2 people for a year • £1,000 – one seat named, free cinema for 2 people for a year plus 1 free hire of the cinema to show a favourite film for friends/ family, or for corporate use For more information or to Take Your Seat, please call Jodie Mortern‑Davies on 01604 655735 or email development@royalandderngate.co.uk or visit Box Office. If you would like to receive future cinema updates and film listings please contact Box Office on 01604 624811 or email cinema@royalandderngate.co.uk to be added to the mailing list.

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Still booking

Outstanding in his field Wed 28 November 7.30pm

Back by popular demand, Stewart Francis, the Canadian-born comedian known for his deadpan delivery of killer one-liners and appearances on Mock The Week and Live At The Apollo, returns to Northampton.

Derngate

Stewart Francis

“A brilliant comic brain...cracks some of the best one‑liners I’ve ever heard” the Guardian TICKETS £18.50

Recommended for ages 14 and above. Please note this is the same show as on Saturday 12 May 2012.

FRI 30 NOVEMBER 6.30PM

Join Northamptonshire Music And Performing Arts Trust for their Christmas Big Sing. This concert is a feast of vocal and instrumental music from around the world presented by a massed choir from Northamptonshire’s primary schools, with guest performances from the County’s String Sinfonia and Broadway Belles Choir.

Derngate

NMPAT CHRISTMAS BIG SING

TICKETS £8.50

SAT 1 DECEMBER 7.30PM

Get ready for a party as the legendary rock ‘n’ roll show, That’ll Be The Day, returns with a brand new Christmas show! Trevor and the gang celebrate the festive season by bringing back the good times with all your favourite Christmas classics and hilarious comedy routines.

Derngate

That’ll Be The Day

“WHAT A GREAT VALUE FOR MONEY SHOW THAT’LL BE THE DAY IS. NOT TO BE MISSED!” DAILY MAIL TICKETS £24 £22.50

How sweet it is

Thu 10 January 7.30pm The ultimate celebration of the sweet sound of Motown, this stunning live show combines first class music, the slickest choreography and a fantastic live band to deliver truly outstanding performances and an unforgettable Motown experience. Come and enjoy your favourite songs from legendary artists The Temptations, Lionel Richie, Stevie Wonder, The Four Tops and many more.

Derngate

Motown’s Greatest hits

TICKETS £21

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CHRISTMAS AT Royal & Derngate

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE Wed 28 Nov 2.15pm Thu 29 Nov 2.15pm Fri 30 Nov 2.15pm 7.15pm Sat 1 Dec 1.15pm 5.15pm Sun 2 Dec No Performances Mon 3 Dec No Performances Tue 4 Dec 10.30am 2.15pm Wed 5 Dec 10.30am 2.15pm Thu 6 Dec 10.30am 2.15pm Fri 7 Dec 2.15pm 7.15pm Sat 8 Dec 1.15pm 5.15pm Sun 9 Dec 1.15pm 5.15pm Mon 10 Dec No Performances Tue 11 Dec 10.30am 2.15pm Wed 12 Dec 10.30am 2.15pm Thu 13 Dec 10.30am 2.15pm Fri 14 Dec 10.30am 2.15pm Sat 15 Dec 1.15pm 5.15pm Sun 16 Dec 1.15pm 5.15pm Mon 17 Dec No Performances Tue 18 Dec 2.15pm 7.15pm Wed 19 Dec No Performances Thu 20 Dec 2.15pm 7.15pm Fri 21 Dec 2.15pm 7.15pm Sat 22 Dec 1.15pm 5.15pm Sun 23 Dec 1.15pm 5.15pm Mon 24 Dec 1.15pm 5.15pm Tue 25 Dec No Performances Wed 26 Dec 1.15pm 5.15pm Thu 27 Dec 2.15pm 7.15pm Fri 28 Dec 2.15pm 7.15pm Sat 29 Dec 1.15pm 5.15pm Sun 30 Dec 1.15pm 5.15pm Mon 31 Dec 1.15pm 5.15pm Tue 1 Jan No Performances Wed 2 Jan 2.15pm 7.15pm Thu 3 Jan 2.15pm 7.15pm Fri 4 Jan 2.15pm 7.15pm Sat 5 Jan 1.15pm 5.15pm Sun 6 Jan 1.15pm 5.15pm

Tue 18 Dec 7.15pm Thu 20 Dec 2.15pm

WED 28 NOVEMBER – SUN 6 JANUARY The most famous festive tale of all time is brought to life in a charming musical adaptation for all the family, in celebration of Charles Dickens’ 200th birthday.

Wed 2 Jan 7.15pm TICKETS Green Show Pay What You Can Blue & Pink Shows £21 £19 £16 £10 Blue Shows

Wealthy miser Ebenezer Scrooge is all set to greet Christmas Day with his traditional “bah humbug”! Not this year… the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future have other ideas and appear on Christmas Eve to show Scrooge the consequences of his badtempered ways.

Featuring some of the best-loved Dickensian characters including Jacob Marley, Bob Cratchit and his son Tiny Tim, this heart‑warming and lively adaptation of the timeless classic is housed in the exquisite Victorian Royal auditorium and is directed by Gary Sefton, who was behind the hilarious, critically acclaimed Diary Of A Nobody and Travels With My Aunt at Royal & Derngate.

HHHHH Whatsonstage on Alice in Wonderland (2011/12)

HHHH Daily Mail on Alice in Wonderland (2011/12)

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£2.50 off top 3 prices

Parties 15+ £18 Parties 40+ £17 Parties 60+ £16 Pink Shows £4 off top 3 prices

Parties 15+ £16 Parties 40+ £15 Parties 60+ £14  £10.50 (one teacher’s seat free with every 10 tickets purchased)

£70

All shows £4 off top 3 prices


PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE Fri 7 Dec 7pm Sat 8 Dec 1pm 5pm Sun 9 Dec 1pm 5pm Mon 10 Dec No Performances Tue 11 Dec 2pm 7pm Wed 12 Dec 2pm 7pm Thu 13 Dec 2pm 7pm Fri 14 Dec 2pm 7pm Sat 15 Dec 1pm 5pm Sun 16 Dec 1pm 5pm Mon 17 Dec No Performances Tue 18 Dec 2pm 7pm Wed 19 Dec No Performances Thu 20 Dec 2pm 7pm Fri 21 Dec 2pm 7pm Sat 22 Dec 1pm 5pm Sun 23 Dec 1pm 5pm Mon 24 Dec 1pm 5pm Tue 25 Dec No Performances Wed 26 Dec 1pm 5pm Thu 27 Dec 2pm 7pm Fri 28 Dec 2pm 7pm Sat 29 Dec 1pm 5pm Sun 30 Dec 1pm 5pm Mon 31 Dec 1pm 5pm Tue 1 Jan No Performances Wed 2 Jan 2pm 7pm Thu 3 Jan 2pm 7pm Fri 4 Jan 2pm 7pm Sat 5 Jan 1pm 5pm Sun 6 Jan 1pm 5pm

“BOBBY DAVRO, HAD THE AUDIENCE IN STITCHES” DAVENTRY EXPRESS* Fri 28 Dec 2pm Tue 3 Jan 7pm

FRI 7 DECEMBER – SUN 6 JANUARY “BOBBY DAVRO IS A GENUINE STAR” THE STAGE* Northampton’s panto favourite, Bobby Davro, returns to Royal & Derngate in the role of Buttons. Joining him on stage is Denise Welch, the renowned television actress, presenter and much-loved, quick-witted panellist on Loose Women, who will be casting her magic over Northampton as Fairy Godmother.

TICKETS Green Show £16 Purple & Gold Shows £24 £22 £19 Purple Shows only

Cinderella promises to be a fantastic treat for all the family with sumptuous costumes, stunning sets, an abundance of comedy and beautiful Shetland ponies to transport Cinderella and her coach to the Ball!

£3 off

Parties 15+ £18 Parties 40+ £17 Parties 60+ £15

Book your seats early before they sell out, since not even your Fairy Godmother will be able to magic you a ticket to Northampton’s biggest and most spectacular pantomime!

£10.50 (one teacher’s seat

“YET ANOTHER PANTO TOUR‑DE‑FORCE” NORTHAMPTON CHRONICLE & ECHO*

free with every 10 tickets purchased)

£3 off purple shows £1 off gold shows

*All quotations refer to Aladdin (2011/2012)

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Underground

A PLAYFUL, INTERACTIVE ADVENTURE

IDEAL FOR CHILDREN AGED 6 AND UNDER

TUE 11 DECEMBER – Sun 13 January Christmas is a time for magic and mischievousness, and this year Noelle, the impish spirit of Christmas, has come to Royal & Derngate to help adventurous young audiences and their families journey through time, walk through walls, become invisible or even fly! Noelle will whisk you back in time to a Victorian Christmas to discover the lives of toyshop owner Mr Humbug and his timid toymaker Nick Trimble. When the two men go home for the holiday, Mr Humbug sits in front of his empty Christmas tree, while Nick Trimble, who has made a mountain of the most beautiful decorations, cannot imagine where on earth he could hang them all... Following our previous Christmas events for very young children Down The Rabbit Hole and Through The Wardrobe, this wonderful interactive adventure is directed by our Associate Director Dani Parr (The Dream Space, Flathampton). Come and help Noelle weave a festive spell of magic, and give Mr Humbug and Nick Trimble a Christmas they will never forget! PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE Tue 11 Dec 10am 1.30pm Wed 12 Dec 10am 1.30pm Thu 13 Dec 10am 1.30pm Fri 14 Dec 10am 1.30pm Sat 15 Dec 11am 2pm 4pm Sun 16 Dec 11am 2pm 4pm Mon 17 Dec No Performances Tue 18 Dec 10am 1.30pm Wed 19 Dec No Performances Thu 20 Dec 11am 2pm Fri 21 Dec 11am 2pm Sat 22 Dec 11am 2pm Sun 23 Dec 11am 2pm Mon 24 Dec 11am 2pm Tue 25 Dec No Performances Wed 26 Dec 11am 2pm Thu 27 Dec 11am 2pm

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE Fri 28 Dec 11am 2pm Sat 29 Dec 11am 2pm Sun 30 Dec 11am 2pm Mon 31 Dec 11am 2pm Tue 1 Jan No Performances Wed 2 Jan 11am 2pm Thu 3 Jan 11am 2pm Fri 4 Jan 11am 2pm Sat 5 Jan 11am 2pm Sun 6 Jan 11am 2pm Mon 7 Jan No Performances Tue 8 Jan 10am 1.30pm Wed 9 Jan 10am 1.30pm Thu 10 Jan 10am 1.30pm Fri 11 Jan 10am 1.30am Sat 12 Jan 11am 2pm Sun 13 Jan 11am 2pm

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Writer Daniel Jamieson Director Dani Parr TICKETS Pink Shows (Family) All tickets £7.50 Gold Shows (Schools) £255 per performance (Max. 40 pupils) Blue Shows – SOLD OUT


Fri 11 January 8pm

Back by popular demand, Beyond The Barricade returns with a brand new show that recreates original West End and Broadway musical hit songs with incredible authenticity. Featuring a cast of past principal performers from the West End production of Les Miserables, the show includes songs from Miss Saigon, The Lion King, Phantom Of The Opera, West Side Story, Mamma Mia, Blood Brothers, The Jersey Boys and many more.

Derngate

Beyond the Barricade

TICKETS £20.50

SAT 12 JANUARY 7.30pm

Having won almost every brass band accolade, the real stars of the hit movie Brassed Off, the Grimethorpe Colliery Band, have a highly acclaimed international reputation with numerous television appearances and recordings to their credit. Enjoy the fabulous sound of this world famous brass band.

Derngate

GRIMETHORPE COLLIERY BAND

“SENSATIONAL – PERFORMING YOUR FAVOURITE CLASSICS IN SPECTACULAR STYLE!” THE TIMES TICKETS £21 £19.50

SAT 12 JANUARY 7.45PM

A sell-out on its last visit, this stunning night of sophisticated tease combines beautiful choreography, hilarious routines, classic comedy, atmospheric music and daring magic – delivering the most highly regarded production of its kind in the UK. The award-winning performances by some of the finest artistes of the genre will delight and excite in a truly delicious night of tassels, tease and titivating laughter – join us for a fun-filled evening of Burlesque! TICKETS £18.50

Royal

THE BURLESQUE SHOW

Recommended for ages 16 and above

GO TO HOLLYWOOD

THU 17 & FRI 18 JANUARY 7.30PM The UK’s favourite dancing stars, Strictly Come Dancing’s Anton Du Beke and Erin Boag are back following the sell-out success of Anton & Erin in 2011. They bring a dazzling new show featuring superb singing, stunning dancers and a sensational show band, in a salute to the golden years of the MGM musicals.

Derngate

Anton & Erin

TICKETS £41 £37.50 £35.50

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ROYAL

SPYMONKEY PRESENTs

COOPED

“A CAREFULLY CRAFTED BRAND OF LUNACY... MADE ME LAUGH SO MUCH MY THROAT HURT”

TUE 15 – SAT 19 JANUARY

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THE TIMES Spymonkey presents a rare chance to catch the comedy gem, Cooped. It is the show that made them an international comedy sensation, delighting audiences from Sydney Opera House to London theatres. Its success at Royal & Derngate in 2007 led to the subsequent co-productions Oedipussy and Moby Dick. Beautiful, fawn-like, but a hostage to love, Laura du Lay arrives in the remote county of Northumberlandhamptonshire to take up her position as confidential secretary to the reclusive Forbes Murdston. She has ignored for as long as she can the unsettling rumours that surround her new employer, his ominous manservant Klaus and the ancient mansion. But Murdston’s violent moodswings can only signify one thing... And her an orphan! It is a deliciously demented take on the pulp gothic romance directed by Cal McCrystal, comedy director for the National Theatre’s recent hit One Man, Two Guvnors and director of our upcoming Mr Whatnot (see page 32). It is created by McCrystal and Spymonkey’s Aitor Basauri, Stephan Kreiss, Petra Massey and Toby Park, with designs by Lucy Bradridge. TICKETS Eves 7.45pm, Thu & Sat Matinees 2.30pm Tue – Thu Eves & Sat Mat Recommended for £31.50 £25.50 £21.50 £20.50 £16.50, £10 ages 14 and above Fri & Sat Eve £33.50 £26.50 £23.50 £22.50 £18.50 £12.50 2 for 1 on top 3 prices (Tue 15 Jan), Thu Matinee £3 off top 3 prices at other times £31.50 £16.50 £10 (excl. Sat Eve & Thu Mat)

Derngate

ONE NIGHT IN VIENNA

WITH THE JOHANN STRAUSS ORCHESTRA SAT 19 JANUARY 7.30PM Be swept away by the magic of 19th century Vienna and journey through a sparkling assortment of music and dance from the most romantic of times. This is a brand new show starring the elegant Johann Strauss Dancers in glorious costumes of the period, dancing to the superior music of the Johann Strauss Orchestra, who perform timeless classics The Blue Danube Waltz, Radetzky, Thunder And Lightening Polka and many more. TICKETS £30 £28 £25 £20.50 £16

£75

Derngate

ROYAL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA

JANINA FIALKOWSKA PLAYS CHOPIN SUN 27 JANUARY 7.30PM French conductor Fabien Gabel makes his Northampton début to present a programme featuring three of the Romantic era’s most distinguished composers: Brahms’ darkly powerful Tragic Overture, Chopin’s Piano Concerto No.2 and Beethoven’s Symphony No.6, ‘Pastoral’. The soloist is Janina Fialkowska, a pianist renowned for her brilliant interpretations of the Romantic repertoire. TICKETS £32.50 £30 £26 £24 £20 £14

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£68


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Moscow City Ballet Mon 21 – sat 26 January

“NOT TO BE MISSED”

HHHH

SUNDAY EXPRESS ON SLEEPING BEAUTY

Mon – Wed – Sleeping Beauty Thu – Sat – The Nutcracker The universally-loved Moscow City Ballet is currently at its artistic best, with the orchestra, choreography, beautiful costumes and sets, and outstanding virtuoso performances repeatedly winning rave reviews. This January it brings two of the most famous ballets of all time to Royal & Derngate; their stunning performance of the timeless love story Sleeping Beauty is a jewel in their repertoire, while their version of The Nutcracker has an appealing, innovative freshness. Join this outstanding company for the perfect start to the New Year, and the ideal introduction to ballet for children.

“FOR SHEER COLOUR, MOVEMENT, ATHLETICISM, ARTISTRY AND OF COURSE MUSIC, MOSCOW CITY BALLET TOGETHER WITH THE MOSCOW CITY BALLET ORCHESTRA PUT ON A GREAT PERFORMANCE” THE PUBLIC REVIEWS ON THE NUTCRACKER Box Office 01604 624811 www.royalandderngate.co.uk

Eves 7.30pm, Wed & Sat Matinees 2.30pm TICKETS Mon – Fri Eve £33 £31 £29.50 £25.50 £21.50 Wed Mat £29 £27 £25.50 £21.50 £17.50 Sat Eve & Sat Mat £34 £32 £30.50 £26.50 £22

£3 off top 3 prices

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NORTHAMPTON GILBERT & SULLIVAN GROUP

Iolanthe MON 21 – SAT 26 JANUARY

Join Northampton Gilbert & Sullivan Group for their revival of Iolanthe, one of Gilbert and Sullivan’s most popular operettas. Be transported to London with the duo’s famous tilt at politics and the House of Lords in this sparkling new production. Enjoy Gilbert’s outrageously comic characters including the Lord Chancellor and the Fairy Queen, as well as young lovers Phyllis and Strephon, and of course, the indefatigable Private Willis. Iolanthe contains some of Sullivan’s best music, including the showstopping Peers’ Chorus, the fiendishly complicated Nightmare Song and the rousing When Britain Really Ruled The Waves. Returning to the Royal stage after an absence of 15 years, it is a firm favourite with both audiences and performers alike, providing a delightful evening of music, dance and comedy for all the family.

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Eves 7.45pm, Sat Matinee 2.30pm TICKETS Mon & Tue £18.50 £17.50 Thu – Sat Eve £20 £19 Wed Eve & Sat Matinee £19 £18


Spring STORYTELLING EVENTS Programmed in collaboration with the Crick Crack Club

The King & the Corpse Thu 31 January 8PM A king is obliged to carry the corpse of a hanged man on his back – but the corpse is not dead, it is possessed by a storytelling vampire, whose enigmatic puzzles threaten to burst the King’s head into a thousand pieces… With customary charismatic style, The Unorthodox, Unprecedented Preacher (TUUP) takes to the stage with sitar virtuoso, Sheema Mukherjee. They tell transglobalised versions of these stunning, 2,000 year old tales, bringing an 11th Century Indian fairytale to the contemporary stage.

FROM THE ODD Thu 28 March 8PM The undisputed master of the odd, Tim Ralphs brings together a set of stories randomly curated from the contents of a Sheffield skip and selected by you, the audience, on the night. This is a spectacular re-imagining of some of the most familiar material in myth, folktale and nursery rhyme – treated with reverence, love, sewing scissors and a welding iron. The imagery includes Orpheus’ Lyre, urban landscapes, the Devil playing scrabble, stars, sheds, and jocular cannibals. Let Tim take you to the edge, and back.

TRICKSTER Thu 30 May 8PM 15th July 1910. A red-haired boy walks out of school. His classmates, teachers, and the local doctor have already fallen foul of his trickery. Ahead are fun, fortune and a hundred more serious ruses to try. Little does he know he will soon be hunted as the most wanted man in the country. Harbouring deviously disguised global trickster tales and real-life story, Dominic Kelly embarks on an audacious tale of trickery and deceit; a tale where truth and hearsay, history, folktale and myth flicker like shadows in sunshine. Come and journey on a trickster’s side of the road. “Compelling, funny and heartbreaking” The Times

All performances take place at The Black Bottom Club, George Row, NN1 1DF TICKETS £9.50

Recommended for ages 18 and above

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MADE IN NORTHAMPTON 2013 SUBSCRIPTION SEASON Welcome to our exciting new season of Made In Northampton productions. Our first three shows are billed as Comedy Gold – great comedies written by three of the country’s most beloved playwrights, ideal to welcome in the New Year. These are followed by two gripping dramas. Subscribe & Save now, and you could save up to 25% on every ticket.

One for the road

MR WHATNOT

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM

by Willy Russell

by Alan Ayckbourn

by William Shakespeare

Fri 1 – Sat 23 February

FRI 15 MARCH – SAT 6 APRIL

FRI 19 APRIL – SAT 11 MAY

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page 32

page 40

DANCING AT LUGHNASA

TO SIR, WITH LOVE

by Brian Friel FRI 24 MAY – SAT 15 JUNE

by Ayub Khan-Din based on the book by E R Braithwaite

page 47

FRI 6 – SAT 28 SEPTEMBER

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Subscribe & Save GET THE BEST SEATS AT THE BEST PRICES Follow these simple steps to make your booking for the 2013 Subscription Season: 1. D  ecide which shows you would like to see. Don’t forget the more you see, the more you save – you will receive 25% off every ticket if you see all five shows. 2. Choose when you would like to see your shows (Evenings, Matinees or Previews) and which price band you would like to sit in, either Premium or A. 3. Look at the prices in our Subscription Table below to see what you will pay. 4. Book your tickets in the usual way by calling 01604 624811, complete an online subscription form at www.royalandderngate.co.uk, or request a postal form from Box Office.

Benefits of subscribing include flexible payment options, no-quibble ticket exchange, 20% reduction on theatre programmes if you pre-book, and the chance to treat a friend by booking extra guest tickets at a discount. Call Box Office for more details.

5 play package 25% discount Price Band

4 play package 20% discount

3 play package 10% discount

Premium

A

Premium

A

Premium

A

Guest tickets

Evenings

105.00

90.00

89.60

76.80

75.60

64.80

21.60

Matinees

75.00

71.25

64.00

60.80

54.00

51.30

17.10

Previews

86.25

71.25

73.60

60.80

62.10

51.30

17.10

Evenings

97.50

82.50

83.20

70.40

70.20

59.40

19.80

Matinees

75.00

71.25

64.00

60.80

54.00

51.30

17.10

Previews

86.25

71.25

73.60

60.80

62.10

51.30

17.10

67.20

67.50

56.70

18.90

ADULT

CONCESSIONS

FRIEND & GOLD SUPPORTERS Evenings

93.75

82.50

80.00

Matinees

75.00

71.25

64.00

60.80

54.00

51.30

17.10

Previews

86.25

71.25

73.60

60.80

62.10

51.30

17.10

45.00

45.00

38.40

38.40

32.40

32.40

10.80

UNDER 26s All Performances

INDIVIDUAL TICKET PRICES Mon – Sat Eves £24 £22 £19 £13 (Premium £28) Thu & Sat Matinees £19 £13 (Premium £20), Groups of 8+ £15 (plus one free ticket with every 8 booked)

Previews £5 off first three performances Under 26 Tickets £11 (all performances)

See show pages for details

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One for the road by Willy Russell

Director Laurie Sansom Designer Jessica Curtis Eves 7.45pm (excl. Tue 5 Feb 7pm) Thu & Sat Matinees 2.30pm (excl. Sat 2 Feb) Tue 19 Feb 7.45pm

Fri 1 – Sat 23 February This wickedly observant ’80s comedy by one of the country’s most acclaimed writers (Educating Rita, Shirley Valentine, Blood Brothers) finds Dennis, on the eve of his birthday, making a desperate attempt to ditch the trappings of his newly acquired middle class life. Imprisoned on Phase Two of a new housing estate and surrounded by Tupperware parties, Richard Clayderman fans and garden gnomes, Dennis yearns for his youth of road trips and music festivals. Once neighbours Roger and Jane arrive to help celebrate his birthday, it is not long before he reaches breaking point. As the day spirals out of control, it becomes clear that the mindless vandalism inflicted on the estate may not be down to local teenagers after all, and his wife and friends may not be quite what they seem. Dennis must attempt a break for freedom. One of Willy Russell’s funniest and most poignant plays, One For The Road is directed by Royal & Derngate’s Laurie Sansom, as his last production before he leaves to head up the National Theatre of Scotland. “BEGUILING COMEDY WITH A RIP ROARING DISPLAY OF SLAPSTICK” LISTENER

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Wed 20 Feb 7.45pm Thu 21 Feb 7.45pm TICKETS Mon – Sat Eves £24 £22 £19 £13 (Premium Seats £28) Thu & Sat Matinees £19 £13 (Premium Seats £20)

2 for 1 on top 2 prices (Fri 1 Feb), £3 off top 3 prices at other times (excl. Mats)

Subscribe & Save

Save up to 25% per ticket. See page 15 for details.

Post Show Talk Back Tue 12 February Masterclass for Over 18s Creative Writing For The Theatre Wed 13 February 7pm-9pm

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Dance4 presents

NDANCE 13

Sunday 3 February 7pm Presented by Dance4, this annual event is an insight into the wealth of dance and creativity in the county and provides talented young people an opportunity to showcase their work in a world-class venue. During the evening, the best groups from this event will be chosen to go on to perform at the first ever Midlands Youth (MY) Dance Festival on Sat 20 April in Nottingham.   TICKETS £7

For information on how to apply and be involved visit www.dance4.co.uk

Derngate

Boogie nights

With the Osmonds and Gareth gates TUE 5 FEBRUARY 7.30PM This star-studded musical features The Osmonds, Gareth Gates, Louisa Lytton, Andy Abraham, Shane Richie Junior and Chico and follows the hilarious and heartwarming story of bad boy Roddy O’Neil, whose life of birds, booze and boogie is about to be turned upside down. It features all your favourite chart-topping hits, including I Will Survive, Le Freak, Blame It On The Boogie and many more. TICKETS £36.50 £33.50 £30.50

DELICIOUS, FRESHLY MADE SANDWICHES, SOUPS, SALADS AND INDULGENT TREATS. EXPERTLY MADE IN OUR KITCHEN USING LOCALLY SOURCED, WHOLESOME INGREDIENTS INSPIRED BY SEASONAL VARIETY. LOOK OUT FOR OUR MOUTH-WATERING DAILY SPECIALS.

Proudly WORKING WITH local SUPPLIERS St Giles Cheese, Sauls Of Spratton, Pudding Parlour, Le Petit Gateaux and Gallones

OPEN 10AM-5.30PM MON-SAT, AND PRE-SHOW

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10% off all food and drink


WED 6 FEBRUARY 7.30PM

Steve Steinman returns to Royal & Derngate with the very best music from Meat Loaf’s incredible catalogue of albums. With its video projected scenes, exciting stage set, superb band and Steinman’s unique sense of humour and stage presence, the show will have you up on your feet and dancing in the aisles to all the greatest Meat Loaf hits, including Anything For Love, Dead Ringer For Love and Bat Out of Hell, to name just a few.

Derngate

THE MEAT LOAF Story

TICKETS £23

30TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL THU 7 FEBRUARY 7.30PM

Hailed as “the best Fury since Fury”, Michael King and his fantastic collection of musicians take you on a journey through the musical career of Britain’s best loved rock ‘n’ roll legend, commemorating 30 years since his untimely passing. This exciting show is filled with Fury’s greatest hits such as Run To My Loving Arms, When Will You Say I Love You?, Last Night Was Made For Love and many more, delivered live in true Fury style.

Derngate

THE BILLY FURY YEARS

TICKETS £18

Sun 10 February 8pm

Royal

Rudi Lickwood and his Comedy Chums Mek Mi Laugh and Comedy Untapped bring you their newly titled show for more of Britain’s finest stand‑up comedy. Heading the bill are the hugely talented Curtis Walker (They Think It’s All Over), Zoe Lyons and Imran Yusuf (Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow), the dynamic and creative Steve Gribbin and resident host Rudi Lickwood, as playful and charismatic as ever. TICKETS £12.50

Recommended for ages 18 and above. Doors open at 7pm

TUE 12 FEBRUARY 7.30PM

After the phenomenal success of their 2012 UK tour, Rumours Of Fleetwood Mac are back to celebrate the 35th anniversary of Fleetwood Mac’s eleventh studio album, Rumours. A nostalgic evening of breathtakingly outstanding musicianship, Rumours perfectly replicate the power and subtlety of timeless classics such as Dreams, Go Your Own Way, Little Lies and many more.

Derngate

RUMOURS OF FLEETWOOD MAC

“AN EXTRAORDINARY, EMOTIVE PERFORMANCE OF FLEETWOOD MAC” MICK FLEETWOOD TICKETS £23.50

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THE GRUFFALO’S CHILD

The soldiers

Wed 13 & Thu 14 February

Fri 15 February 7.30pm

Wed 1.30pm & 4.30pm, Thu 10am & 12pm The Gruffalo said that no Gruffalo should Ever set foot in the deep dark wood... Following hot on the heels of The Gruffalo’s sell-out tour and its monstrous West End success comes The Gruffalo’s Child – with attitude! Just how brave is she? Find out for yourself by joining her at Royal & Derngate. One wild and windy night the Gruffalo’s child ignores her father’s warning and tiptoes out into the snow. After all, the Big Bad Mouse doesn’t really exist...does he? Tall Stories Theatre Company returns, bringing Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s award-winning sequel to life in this magical, musical adaptation. All adults must be accompanied by a responsible child! “Lovingly and simply brought to the stage” Evening Standard “Fun, daft and a little scary!” Time Out

TICKETS £12

Lance Corporal Ryan Idzi, Sgt. Maj. Gary Chilton and Staff Sgt. Richie Maddocks are the first group of serving soldiers to hit the British pop charts, and their music has helped raised over half a million pounds for army charities.  Their new tour coincides with the release of their third album, Message To You, following their two top 10 albums, Coming Home and Letters Home. The Soldiers have performed for Her Majesty The Queen at the Royal Variety Performance and at The Festival of Remembrance two years in a row. Their TV appearances include, The Paul O’Grady Show, Lorraine, Daybreak, and Strictly Come Dancing. Their classic song, Coming Home, has become their anthem and is dedicated to all the servicemen and women across the world, receiving standing ovations with audiences around the country.

Recommended for ages 3 and above Running time 55 mins

Children’s Activity Offer Food & Fun £4.50

£40

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TICKETS £23.50 £20.50


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GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS

ROYAL & DERNGATE YOUTH THEATRE

OFFICIALLY AMAZING Science LIVE! Wed 27 February 7.30pm For the first time ever, direct from its London HQ, Guinness World Records arrives on stage with its record-breaking, science mad, all-new live show. From the producers of Brainiac Live! and Science Museum Live On Tour comes this new show, which explores the best, the worst, the weirdest and the unbreakable world records attempted and the extraordinary talents in each and every one of us. You may not be the world’s tallest man, but have you got the loudest voice?

Spring Awakening

Thu 28 February – Sat 2 March 8pm Join a group of late 19th Century German students on their journey from adolescence to adulthood in our Musical Company’s daring production of Spring Awakening, directed by Royal & Derngate’s Youth Theatre Director, Natalie Diddams. Frank Wedekind’s original play exposes the sexual oppression of the era and forms the basis for this rock musical which became a phenomenon, due to rave reviews and social networking. Winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Spring Awakening has inspired a new generation of musical theatre composers and performers, making it the perfect choice for our Musical Company. Spring Awakening was a major hit on Broadway and features “the most gorgeous Broadway score this decade” (Entertainment Weekly). The show has exhilarated audiences across the world like no other musical in recent years. “BROADWAY MAY NEVER BE THE SAME AGAIN!” NY TIMES “THE EXPERIENCES I HAVE GAINED ARE INVALUABLE TO ME. GAINING A FULL UNDERSTANDING OF ALL ASPECTS OF THEATRE HAS HELPED ME DEVELOP AS A PERSON AND I HOPE TO USE THESE SKILLS THROUGHOUT MY FUTURE” YOUTH THEATRE MEMBER

Join our official Guinness World Records Adjudicator and team of presenters to witness or even take part in genuine audience record attempts; unleash your inner skills, understand the world we live in and see if you too can be a record-breaker!

SPRING AWAKENING – A New Musical Book and Lyrics by Music by Steven Sater Duncan Sheik. Based on the Original Play by Frank Wedekind Produced on Broadway by IRA PITTELMAN, TOM HULCE, JEFFREY RICHARD, JERRY FRANKEL, ATLANTIC THEATER COMPANY, Jeffrey Sine, Freddy deMann, Max Cooper, Mort Swinsky/Cindy and Jay Gutterman/Joe McGinnis/Judith Ann Abrams, ZenDog Productions/CarJac Productions, Aron Bergson Productions, Jennifer Manocherian/Ted Snowden. Harold Thau/Terry E. Schnuck/Cold Spring Productions, Amanda Dubois/Elizabeth Eyon Wetherell, Jennifer Maloney/Tamara Tunie/Joe Cilibrasi The World Premiere of “SPRING AWAKENING” was produced by the Atlantic Theater Company by special arrangement with Tom Hulce and Ira Pittelman. This amateur production is presented by permission of Josef Weinberger Limited on behalf of Music Theatre International of New York.

TICKETS £17

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£60

Recommended for ages 14 and above

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Don’t miss our wonderful Christmas and New Year show for Under 6s, Humbug! See page 8

ROYAL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA FAMILY DAYS

Musical Meanderings Sun 27 Jan 1pm Join members of the RPO on a journey through the rolling hills and lush meadows of the musical countryside and see how composers have put rural life in to their music. There will be plenty of frolicking flutes, cooing clarinets and twittering trumpets to join us as we make a musical scene of our own.

Russian Adventures Sun 24 Mar 1pm Don your mittens, pull on your fur coat and join members of the RPO for a musical journey to Russia. From frozen tundra and wild mountains to enormous cities and beautiful coastlines, Russia and its composers have inspired music throughout history. Join us on our journey as we find out more! TICKETS £2.50 per child (price includes accompanying adults) Recommended for ages 6-13. No instrumental skills are necessary, but if you can play, please do bring along your instrument. If you come to the workshops, why not make a day of it and book for our evening concert too? Children’s tickets start from just £5, see pages 10 and 36 for details.

Birthday parties Let us create a birthday party for your child that stands out from the rest in a way that only theatre can. Our packages are packed with music, games and activities to thrill the senses and ignite the imagination, plus the excitement of a starring role in a mini theatrical performance! We can even provide a delicious selection of party food and party bags, so all that is left for parents to do is to enjoy the event in a relaxed, family friendly environment. We offer parties for children up to 14 years, and a maximum of 25 children per party. For more information or to book, please contact Natalie Diddams on 01604 655777 or email natalie.diddams@royalandderngate.co.uk.

HALF-TERM DRAMA COURSE

Alice in Wonderland BY Lewis Carroll Wed 13 – Fri 15 FEB 10am‑3pm Fall down the rabbit hole with us and spend three magical days in Wonderland! Drink tea with the Mad Hatter, play croquet with a flamingo and smile like the Cheshire Cat! Children will act, sing, dance, play confidence-boosting drama games and even make their own scenery, all leading to a performance of this timeless tale at the end of the week. Cost £60 per participant

EASTER DRAMA COURSE

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory BY ROALD DAHL Tue 2 – Fri 5 Apr, Tue 9 – Fri 12 Apr 10am-3pm Congratulations, this golden ticket will admit you into Willy Wonka’s amazing Chocolate Factory! This Easter we bring to life Roald Dahl’s scrumptious story in a four-day drama course. Young actors will act, sing, dance, play games and make (edible!) scenery in a fun and relaxed environment, all leading to a delectable performance on the final day! Cost £80 per participant Both courses take place at Maidwell Theatre at The University Of Northampton and are recommended for ages 6-12. For more information please contact Natalie Diddams on 01604 655777 or email youththeatre@royalandderngate.co.uk. Earlier drop-offs and later pick-ups are available on request.

WORKSHOP SESSIONS FOR UNDER 5s AND THEIR FAMILIES

MOVE, MAKE & DO SATURDAYS 11.15AM–12.15PM (SAT 19 JAN – SAT 9 FEB, SAT 23 FEB – SAT 16 MAR) Our hugely popular Move, Make & Do sessions offer a varied and fun-focussed programme that uses dance, music, art and drama to create an hour of weekend fun for Under 5s and their families to enjoy together. Anything can happen in a session; you could be exploring the night skies with Stella the Starcatcher, making magic potions with Wizard Wilhelmina, or even going on a polar bear hunt! TICKETS £6 per child, per session (up to two accompanying adults free)

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FREE CHILD’S SANDWICH FROM OUR ‘JUST’ RANGE WITH EVERY PURCHASE OF AN ADULT MEAL DEAL ON FAMILY FRIENDLY PERFORMANCE DAYS.


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CRAZY HAIR Wed 3 – Sun 7 April Bamboozle presents Crazy Hair, an adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s delightful children’s story.   Bonnie is so fascinated by Mister’s wild hairstyle that she decides to try to tame it. However, Mister feels his hair is misunderstood, and so begins a bizarre adventure as Bonnie and her comb jostle with puppets and pirates, hunters and hot air balloons, a musician and a mischievous monkey! This wonderful performance is suitable for all children and their families and sees the audience brought right up close to the performers. It is a multi‑sensory feast, with delightful songs and fast moving action. “This superb company can amaze, enchant and entertain in a way no other theatre group has ever done! You simply cannot afford to miss Bamboozle.”   Debbie Withers, Head Teacher, Wren Spinney School “What a fantastic performance! Kids loved it, staff loved it. The whole school is buzzing about Bamboozle!” Linda McGrath, Senior Teacher, Priory Woods School

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PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE Wed 3 April 11am 2pm Thu 4 Apr 11am 2pm Fri 5 April 11am 2pm Sat 6 April 11am 2pm Sun 7 April 11am 2pm

Red Shows All families welcome Green Shows Specifically for families with children with special needs TICKETS £6.50

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Derngate BILL KENWRIGHT BY ARRANGEMENT WITH THE REALLY USEFUL GROUP PRESENTS

“BRILLIANT. IT EXPLODES LIKE GLITTERING FIREWORKS” SUNDAY TIMES

“JOSEPH RETURNS IN ALL ITS GLORY” Daily Mail

LYRICS BY TIM RICE MUSIC BY ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER

Tue 19 – Sat 23 February Having enjoyed sensational reviews, Bill Kenwright’s “amazing”, “superb”, “wonderful” and “brilliant” production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s sparkling family musical continues to enjoy huge success across the country, with standing ovations at every performance. Keith Jack, runner-up in the hit BBC series Any Dream Will Do, takes on the title role, having won the hearts of the nation with his dazzling charisma and sensational singing voice. Retelling the Biblical story of Joseph, his eleven brothers and the coat of many colours, this magical musical is full of unforgettable songs including Those Canaan Days, Any Dream Will Do and Close Every Door To Me. “A SUPERB PIECE OF ENTERTAINMENT. I WAS THRILLED” DAILY MIRROR

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Tue – Thu 7.30pm, Fri & Sat 5pm & 8pm, Wed, Thu & Sat Matinees 2pm Wed 20 Feb 7.30pm Thu 21 Feb 7.30pm TICKETS Tue – Thu Eves & Sat Matinee £27 £25 £22 £17 £15 Fri & Sat Eves £29.50 £27.50 £23.50 £19 £15 Wed Mat, Thu Mat & Fri 5pm £19 £16 £15

£3 off top 3 prices (excl. Sat Eve, Wed Mat & Thu Mat)


Derngate Opera & Ballet International presents two Ellen Kent productions

Starring international soloists, the full Moldovan National opera and moldovan national Philharmonic

BIZET’s

PUCCINI’s

SUN 24 FEBRUARY 7.30PM

MON 25 FEBRUARY 7.30PM

Directed by Ellen Kent, this traditionally staged, dazzling new production is set in Seville, with a set that reflects a Goya painting, including fountains, flowers, orange trees and even a rescue donkey.

Directed by Ellen Kent and starring the celebrated international soprano Elena Dee (Madama Butterfly at Royal & Derngate in 2011), this traditional production is a heady mixture of true love, torture and treachery, with two of the best roles for tenor and soprano, plus a truly blood curdling villain.

CARMEN

TOSCA

Starring international mezzo soprano Nadia Stoianova, whose portrayal of Carmen has won rapturous reviews, this is the story of a bewitching gypsy girl whose tantalising beauty lures a soldier to desertion and ultimately leads to her own murder. The performance features some of the most evocative and best-loved melodies in opera, including The Toreador’s Song, and guarantees an evening of passion and romance.

Set against the beautiful backdrop of Rome, with spectacular costumes, and featuring a boys choir, this most popular of operas is sure to delight with its tender, moving arias Vissi d’arte and E Lucevan le Stelle. “BRILLIANTLY SUNG” THE TIMES Sung in Italian with English surtitles.

“Hot-blooded, a joy” The Independent “Impassioned and sultry” The Observer Sung in French with English surtitles.

TICKETS £35 £32 £28 £23 £19

Glass of Champagne & Chocolates £15

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“DIZZYINGLY ENTERTAINING” Daily TELEGRAPH

MON 25 FEBRUARY – SAT 2 MARCH Direct from the West End and Broadway comes the smash hit version of Alfred Hitchcock’s classic spy thriller. Brilliantly and hilariously recreated for the stage, The 39 Steps has won an Olivier Award for Best New Comedy, received countless rave reviews and sold out at Royal & Derngate in 2008. This wonderfully inventive and gripping production follows the incredible adventures of handsome hero Richard Hannay, complete with stiff-upper-lip, British gung-ho and pencil moustache, as he encounters dastardly murders, double-crossing secret agents and, of course, devastatingly beautiful women.  The 39 Steps features four fearless actors playing 139 roles in 100 minutes of fast-paced fun and thrilling action.

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Eves 7.45pm, Thu & Sat Matinees 2.30pm Wed 27 Feb 7.45pm  & Thu 28 Feb 2.30pm Thu 28 Feb 7.45pm TICKETS Mon – Thu Eves & Sat Matinee £25.50 £21.50 £20.50 £16.50 £10.50 Fri & Sat Eves £26.50 £23.50 £22.50 £18.50 £12.50 Thu Matinee £16.50 £10.50

2 for 1 on top 3 prices (Mon 25 Feb), £3 off top 3 prices at other times (excl. Sat Eve & Thu Mat)


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Thu 28 February 8pm

Milton Jones has earned his place amongst Britain’s gag-smith elite. If you liked his performances on Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow and Live At The Apollo or the nine radio series he has had commissioned for BBC Radio 4, then you will love his new hits, as he cranks up his joke box once more. All this plus some pictures he drew.

Derngate

Milton Jones

“HE IS FAST, ABSURD AND VERY FUNNY” RADIO TIMES TICKETS £21

FRI 1 MARCH 7.30PM

Following rave reviews, the boys are back recreating the electrifying magic of Take That live in concert. With their sensational dance routines, spectacular costumes and uncanny live performances, you will be singing and dancing within minutes. Featuring all the hits, old and new, such as Rule The World, Relight My Fire and Never Forget, you will be putting your hands together to Pray that the boys are truly Back For Good!

DERNGATE

Back for good

TICKETS £20 £18

NORTHAMPTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

MUSIC FROM THE BALLET SAT 2 MARCH 7.30PM

Following their acclaimed performance at Royal & Derngate in 2011, the Northampton Symphony Orchestra returns for an evening of superb ballet music. The programme will include excerpts from the world’s favourite ballets, including Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite, Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake and Prokofiev’s Romeo & Juliet as well as music by Delibes, Khachaturian and Weber. The compere will be the famous broadcaster Angela Rippon OBE. TICKETS £20 £18 £16 £14 £12 £10

DERNGATE

With Angela Rippon OBE

Students & Under 25s £9 One free Under 16s ticket with each adult ticket purchased

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NMPAT GALA CONCERT SUN 3 MARCH 7.30PM

Northamptonshire Music and Performing Arts Trust presents, as part of its Spring Festival of Music, a Gala Concert, performed by the award-winning Northamptonshire County Youth Orchestra. The programme includes Glinka’s Overture To Russlan And Ludmilla, Lee Actor’s Concerto For Alto Saxophone, Holst’s Ballet Suite: The Perfect Fool and Rachmaninov’s Symphony No. 2 in E Minor. The conductors are Richard Roper and Andy Kirkwood, the leader is Tim Espin and the soloist is Alto Saxophonist Amy Green. TICKETS £15 £13 £11

Students £8.50

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CIRCUS OF HORRORS Mon 4 march 7.30pm

Circus Of Horrors has toured the world and achieved cult status, storming into the finals of Britain’s Got Talent and dragging ‘circus’ screaming and shouting into the 21st century and beyond. Packed with new shocks, the show will take you on a whirlwind journey through the most bizarre and dare-devil circus acts that will have you simultaneously on the edge of your seat and falling off it with laughter! “Totally Unbelievable” Scott Mills, Radio 1 TICKETS £24 £21 £18 £11

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THE BOOTLEG BEATLES IN CONCERT WED 6 MARCH 8PM

Re-live the sights and sounds of the ’60s when The Bootleg Beatles return with their spectacular multi-media stage production featuring all the classic Beatles hits. Using film footage of the period and with help from their brass and string ensemble they trace the history of the Fab Four from Liverpool’s Cavern Club through Sgt Pepper to The Apple Rooftop. “MIND-BOGGLING ACCURACY” THE MAIL ON SUNDAY TICKETS £27.50

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Harry Hill Sausage Time

Thu 7 march 8pm The self-styled floppy-collared loon is back with a live show that promises incontrovertible proof that God exists. Harry is joined by showband The Harrys, and at times his son and grandson. There will be an all‑singing, all‑dancing finale. Oh, and a giant sausage. “The man oozes genius” DAILY STAR TICKETS £37

Recommended for ages 12 and above

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ROMEO AND JULIET

By William Shakespeare Directed by Ria Parry

Royal

THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTHAMPTON BA (HONS) ACTING

THU 7 MARCH 1.30PM, FRI 8 MARCH 7.45PM, SAT 9 MARCH 1.30PM Give me my Romeo, and when he shall die, Take him and cut him out in little stars, And he will make the face of heaven so fine, That all the world will be in love with night. A pair of star-crossed lovers pursue their forbidden love. TICKETS £17

Students £12

TWELFTH NIGHT

By William Shakespeare Directed by James Farrell

Royal

THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTHAMPTON BA (HONS) ACTING

THU 7 MARCH 7.45PM, FRI 8 MARCH 1.30PM, SAT 9 MARCH 7.45PM Journeys end in lovers meeting. Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night is a tale of love triangles, mistaken identity, revenge and the search for love. TICKETS £17

Students £12

Fri 8 March 8pm This staggeringly authentic show has amazed audiences across the UK. Maaike Breijman, who shares an uncanny resemblance to Kate Bush in appearance, performance and vocal style, will astound you as she sings Bush’s greatest songs and performs numerous dance routines with a full troupe of musicians, dancers and a state-of-the-art light and video show.

Derngate

WOW – A celebration OF THE MUSIC AND ARTISTRY OF KATE BUSH

TICKETS £21 £19

Sat 9 March 7.30pm

The spectacular Essence Of Ireland is back with a new show, featuring its biggest and most talented cast of dancers, singers and musicians. The show combines breathtaking dance routines with the very best of Irish music and a touch of Irish craic!

Derngate

Essence of Ireland

“Five Star Irish Magic. Highly recommended” Irish WorldNews TICKETS £24.50 £22.50

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DERNGATE Stewart Francis Alan Davies NMPAT Christmas Big Sing DERNGATE That'll Be The Day

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Anton & Erin Anton & Erin One Night In Vienna Moscow City Ballet Moscow City Ballet Moscow City Ballet Moscow City Ballet Moscow City Ballet Moscow City Ballet Janina Fialkowska Plays Chopin DERNGATE

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Boogie Nights The Meat Loaf Story The Billy Fury Years

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Rumours Of Fleetwood Mac The Gruffalo's Child The Gruffalo's Child The Soldiers

7.30pm 1.30pm/4.30pm 10am/12pm 7.30pm

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Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Carmen Tosca

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Officially Amazing Science Live! Milton Jones DERNGATE Back For Good Music From The Ballet NMPAT Gala Concert Circus Of Horrors The Bootleg Beatles In Concert Harry Hill

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Wow – A Celebration Of The Music And Artistry Of Kate Bush

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The Burlesque Show Cooped Cooped Cooped Cooped Cooped Iolanthe Iolanthe Iolanthe Iolanthe Iolanthe Iolanthe

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ROYAL One For The Road One For The Road

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One For The Road One For The Road One For The Road One For The Road One For The Road One For The Road Rudi Lickwood And His Comedy Chums One For The Road One For The Road One For The Road One For The Road One For The Road One For The Road One For The Road One For The Road One For The Road One For The Road One For The Road One For The Road

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NMPAT Wind Band Spectacular Solid Silver 60s Al Murray The Pub Landlord Cannon, Campbell, Watchorn & O'Conner, Formerly Of The Dubliners The Mousetrap The Mousetrap The Mousetrap The Mousetrap The Mousetrap The Mousetrap Kirill Karabits Conducts Russian Masterpieces

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One Night With Joan Limelight Theatre School

8pm 1pm/5pm

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High Society High Society High Society High Society High Society Alexander Shelley Conducts Scheherazade Derren Brown Derren Brown Derren Brown Derren Brown Derren Brown Derren Brown

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The Illegal Eagles That'll Be The Day

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Birds Of A Feather DERNGATE Birds Of A Feather Birds Of A Feather Birds Of A Feather Birds Of A Feather Soul Sister Soul Sister Soul Sister Soul Sister Soul Sister Soul Sister

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Mr Whatnot by Alan Ayckbourn 50th Anniversary Production

Director Cal McCrystal Designer Lucy Bradridge Eves 7.45pm (excl. Tue 19 Mar 7pm & Tue 26 Mar 5pm) Thu & Sat Matinees 2.30pm (excl. Sat 16 Mar) School-friendly performance Tue 26 Mar 5pm

Fri 15 March – Sat 6 April

Tue 2 Apr 7.45pm

Alan Ayckbourn is one of the country’s most loved and prolific playwrights. Following on from our Ayckbourn at 70 Season in 2009 we are delighted to present one of his rarely seen early plays – his very first to transfer to the West End. This is the 50th anniversary production of a side-splitting play combining a tribute to the physical comedy of the silent movie era with the very British obsessions with class, cucumber sandwiches and bed-hopping.

Wed 3 Apr 7.45pm & Thu 4 Apr 2.30pm

In this hilarious fish-out-of-water tale, a naïve but highly imaginative piano tuner is summoned to the stately home of Lord and Lady Slingsby-Craddock. A case of mistaken identity leads to an increasingly surreal series of encounters over a summer weekend of tennis matches and afternoon tea, as Mr Whatnot attempts to win the affections of their debutante daughter Amanda. Think Mr Bean goes to Downton. A wonderfully silly tale of havoc and mayhem, Mr Whatnot is directed by the brilliant Cal McCrystal, long-term collaborator with Spymonkey (Cooped, see page 10) and physical comedy director for the award‑winning National Theatre production, One Man, Two Guvnors. “fans of comic theatre...know him as Britain’s funniest director” The Guardian on Cal McCrystal

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Thu 4 Apr 7.45pm TICKETS Mon – Sat Eves £24 £22 £19 £13 (Premium Seats £28) Thu & Sat Matinees £19 £13 (Premium Seats £20)

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NMPAT WIND BAND SPECTACULAR SUN 10 MARCH 7.30PM

Join Northamptonshire Music and Performing Arts Trust for their Wind Band Spectacular. The show features the Northamptonshire County Youth Concert Band conducted by Peter Smalley, the Northamptonshire County Training Wind Orchestra conducted by Naomi Muller and Giles Liddiard and the Northamptonshire County Junior Wind Orchestra conducted by Ruth Allen and Jo Coventry. TICKETS £15 £13 £11

Students £8.50

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solid silver 60s Thu 14 march 7.30pm

Relive the sounds of the ’60s with Solid Silver 60s, now in its 28th incredible year and featuring original artists performing their greatest hits. The concert includes the unforgettable talents of Mike Pender, who was the original voice of The Searchers, plus Dave Berry and Wayne Fontana, all backed by ’60s music band New Amen Corner, and with special guests The Merseybeats. TICKETS £25

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AL MURRAY THE PUB LANDLORD THE ONLY WAY IS EPIC FRI 15 MARCH 7.30pm The multi-award-winning comedian is back with a brand new show of epic proportions. Following his last, phenomenally successful tour, Britain’s most irrepressible innkeeper will be serving up his premier brew of ale-inspired acumen and bar-room buffoonery as part of his hilarious new show The Only Way Is Epic. TICKETS £26.50

Recommended for ages 16 and above

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CANNON, CAMPBELL, WATCHORN & O’CONNOR, FORMERLY OF THE DUBLINERS Sat 16 march 7.30pm

2012 saw this legendary Irish group celebrate 50 years with a BBC Radio 2 Folk Lifetime Achievement Award. After Barney McKenna’s sad passing and John Sheahan’s decision to step back from touring, Sean Cannon, Eamonn Campbell and Patsy Watchorn, with banjo virtuoso Gerry O’Connor, have decided to continue the legacy with a new tour which will feature all the classic ballads that made The Dubliners so popular. TICKETS £21

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Mon 18 – Sat 23 March The Mousetrap is the longest running show of any kind in the history of British theatre and is now on its first tour, complete with a star cast, to celebrate 60 incredible years on stage. A group of people, gathered in a country house cut off by snow, discover to their horror that there is a murderer in their midst. Who can it be? One by one, the suspicious characters reveal their sordid pasts until at the last, nerve-shredding moment the murderer’s identity and motive are finally revealed. In her own inimitable style, Dame Agatha Christie creates an atmosphere of shuddering suspense and a brilliantly intricate plot, where murder lurks around every corner.

“The cleverest murder mystery of British Theatre” DAILY Telegraph

Eves 7.30pm, Wed & Sat Matinees 2.30pm Wed 20 Mar 2.30pm & 7.30pm Thu 21 Mar 7.30pm TICKETS Mon – Thu Eves £25 £20 £18 £16 £12 Fri Eve, Sat Mat & Eve £29.50 £24.50 £22.50 £18 £14 Wed Matinee £23 £18 £16 £14 £10

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ROYAL AND DERNGATE YOUTH THEATRE

Shoot/Get Treasure/Repeat Sat 23 – Sun 24 March 10.45am Shoot/Get Treasure/Repeat is an epic cycle of plays by Mark Ravenhill, exploring the personal and political effect of war on modern life. Performed in site-specific locations all over Royal & Derngate by our Young Actors Company, this immersive, harrowing and darkly funny performance will challenge your perceptions of war, the media and our obsession with being good. Recommended for ages 14 and above TICKETS £8.50 (including a cup of tea or coffee and a croissant)

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ROYAL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA

KIRILL KARABITS CONDUCTS RUSSIAN MASTERPIECES SUN 24 MARCH 7.30PM

Acclaimed Ukranian maestro Kirill Karabits leads an enchanting programme of Russian masterpieces overflowing with inventive themes and glittering sonorities: Borodin’s Prince Igor Overture, Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No.3 and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No.1, ‘Winter Daydreams’. TICKETS £32.50 £30 £26 £24 £20 £14

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JOE BROWN

FRI 29 MARCH 7.30PM Rock ‘n’ roll legend Joe Brown brings his brand new show to Northampton, packed with timeless classics, rockabilly, gospel, country, folk, and rock ‘n’ roll, plus some of the tunes on his new, critically acclaimed album The Ukulele Album. This show will incorporate his effervescent delivery of his music and his humorous reminiscences, and he will perform with his five piece band including his son and record producer Pete Brown. TICKETS £22.50

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WED 3 APRIL 11AM & 1.30PM

See Chris and Pui from Show Me Show Me live on stage! CBeebies’ favourite double act are back in town with songs, rhymes, comedy sketches and lots of joining in for all the family. See Incy, Humpty, the Grand Old Duke and – “oh my woolly word!” – Little Bo Peep, plus many other of your favourite characters live on stage. You are invited to bring your teddies or favourite character toys – but do hang on to them! TICKETS £10

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CHRIS & PUI ROADSHOW

Children’s Activity Offer Food & Fun £4.50

Sat 6 april 8pm

In her internationally acclaimed one woman show, the Dynasty diva and celebrated actress Joan Collins takes to the stage with honesty, style and grace to share the stories and secrets of her amazing career as one of the world’s most glamorous and intriguing personalities.

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One Night with Joan

“A terrific storyteller” The Times “The audience Loved It” The Guardian TICKETS £32.50 £30

Sun 7 april 1pm & 5pm

Limelight Theatre School are pleased to be back once again by popular demand with another show-stopping performance. The pupils from the fictitious school HSPA are up to yet another adventure, but where will their antics take them this time? With foot tapping songs for all the family to enjoy, audiences are in for a real treat.

TICKETS £13.50

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Limelight Theatre School

Under 16s £9.50

ALEXANDER SHELLEY CONDUCTS SCHEHERAZADE SUN 14 APRIL 7.30PM

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ROYAL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA

The talented and widely regarded Alexander Shelley makes a welcome return to the Orchestra to conduct a spectacular programme featuring Tchaikovsky’s Romeo And Juliet Fantasy Overture, Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade. TICKETS £32.50 £30 £26 £24 £20 £14

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Music & lyrics by Cole Porter Book by Arthur Kopit Additional lyrics by Susan Birkenhead

TUE 9 – SAT 13 APRIL Get ready for a glorious night of vintage Hollywood when the feel‑good musical of the season, Cole Porter’s High Society, skips into town in a dazzling new production from the acclaimed producers of The King And I. Wealthy socialite Tracy Lord is in the midst of planning a lavish summer wedding when her ex-husband Dexter Haven turns up to disrupt the proceedings in an attempt to win her back. A further twist arrives in the form of charming reporter Mike Connor, who falls instantly for Tracy and she for him. As the day of the wedding draws closer, we are left guessing which groom the bride will choose! High Society stars Michael Praed (Robin Of Sherwood, The Sound of Music), Carolyn Pickles (Emmerdale), Teddy Kempner (Acorn Antiques The Musical), Daniel Boys (Any Dream Will Do) and Sophie Bould (Royal & Derngate’s The Go-Between). Adapted from the hit 1956 film starring Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly and Frank Sinatra, the show bubbles with a host of beautiful ballads including True Love, You’re Sensational and the unforgettable Well, Did You Evah! This uplifting and sparkling production proves Porter’s classic musical style and fizzing wit will always be in fashion. Based on the play The Philadelphia Story by Philip Barry. Also based on the Turner Entertainment Co. motion picture High Society. High Society is supported by Arts Council Wales.

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Eves 7.30pm Wed & Sat Matinees 2.30pm Wed 10 Apr 2.30pm & 7.30pm Thu 11 Apr 7.30pm TICKETS Tue – Thu Eves & Sat Matinee £31 £25 £22 £18 £14 Fri & Sat Eve £34.50 £28.50 £25.50, £21.50 £15.50 Thu Matinee £24 £22 £14

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Infamous MON 15 – SAT 20 APRIL The master of psychological illusion, Derren Brown returns with a brand new live show. Fresh from the hugely successful, Olivier Award‑winning show Svengali, he will once again mesmerise, shock and entertain you. Derren says, “I enjoy the stage shows more than anything else. Live on stage is the best place for what I do; it’s unpredictable, and the audience knows there’s no possibility of judicious editing.” Derren exhilarates audiences with his unique brand of entertainment. For the past 12 years he has created TV and stage performances that have stunned audiences, debunked the paranormal and encouraged many to improve and enhance their own mental abilities. This new show promises a truly unique live stage show in April – tickets have been selling fast and we have limited availability.

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8pm TICKETS £35 £32 £29 Recommended for ages 12 and above

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A Midsummer night’s dream by William Shakespeare Fri 19 April – Sat 11 May ‘Methought I was enamoured of an ass’ Titania, Act 4 Scene 1 Slip into a world of enchantment and mischief in Shakespeare’s best loved comedy. This new production sets the action in Edwardian England, but mischief is afoot and the usual divides of upstairs/downstairs have been turned upside down. Worlds real and unreal collide, passion and madness erupt, love and magic work their potent charms and love at first sight proves real for some but makes an ass of others.

Director Gary Sefton Designer Ti Green Composer & Sound Designer Jon Nicholls Eves 7.45pm (excl. Tue 23 Apr 7pm & Tue 30 Apr 5pm) Thu & Sat Matinees 2.30pm (excl. Sat 20 Apr) School-friendly performances Tue 30 Apr 5pm & Thu 2 May 2.30pm Tue 7 May 7.45pm Wed 8 May 7.45pm & Thu 9 May 2.30pm Thu 9 May 7.45pm

TICKETS Mon – Sat Eves £24 £22 £19 £13 (Premium Seats £28) Thu & Sat Matinees £19 £13 (Premium Seats £20)

‘The course of true love never did run smooth’ Lysander, Act 1 Scene 1 Perfect both as an introduction to Shakespeare and for seasoned Shakespeare audiences, A Midsummer Night’s Dream offers a feast of humour and magic. Under the thrilling and energetic direction of Gary Sefton (who directed A Christmas Carol, Diary Of A Nobody and Travels With My Aunt for Royal & Derngate) the winning combination of Shakespeare’s lyrical text and some of his funniest characters make this rich, vivid production a real treat for all ages. “the cleverest, fastest entertainment I have seen for months” HHHHH Daily Mail on Diary of a Nobody

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NATIONAL THEATRE CONNECTIONS Mon 8 – Sat 13 April 2pm-8pm Each year the National Theatre asks 10 exciting writers to create new plays which are performed by young theatre companies all over the country. Royal & Derngate is one of 20 venues across the UK, from Plymouth to Inverness, in which National Theatre Connections celebrates great new writing for the stage and the energy, commitment and talent of young theatre-makers. Do not miss your chance to be amongst the first to see this programme of thrilling new works by Lenny Henry, Jim Cartwright, Ryan Craig, Anya Reiss, Morna Pearson, Howard Brenton, Stacey Greg, Jonathan Harvey, Lucinda Coxon and Jemma Kennedy, performed by the rising theatre stars of our region. For more details about Royal & Derngate’s festival, visit www.royalandderngate.co.uk/whatson For more information about the Connections programme visit www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/connections TICKETS £6 per day

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THE ILLEGAL EAGLES Heaven Heats Up tour FRI 26 APRIL 7.30PM Following their critically-acclaimed performances in the UK, Europe and beyond, The Illegal Eagles return to Royal & Derngate with their Heaven Heats Up tour. The band will be performing all the classic Eagles hits including Hotel California, Take It Easy, Tequila Sunrise, Lyin’ Eyes and many more. TICKETS £23.50, £21

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that’ll be the day BRAND NEW 2013 SHOW SAT 27 APRIL 7.30PM Prepare yourself for a party as the legendary rock ‘n’ roll variety show That’ll Be The Day returns by popular demand with a brand new production. This hugely entertaining rock ‘n’ roll spectacular features an all-new line up of knock-out hits from the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s, mixed with lots of new zany comedy routines for a show with a real, feel-good party atmosphere. TICKETS £23 £21.50

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Lesley Joseph

Birds of a feather Tue 30 APRIL – SAT 4 MAY One of BBC TV’s most popular and fondly‑remembered sitcoms, Birds Of A Feather comes to the stage with all three of its original leading cast members, Pauline Quirke, Linda Robson and Northampton’s own Lesley Joseph. The TV series became a huge hit in the ’90s and ran for nearly ten years. Now the three stars are re-united on stage to re-create their adored characters, sisters Sharon Theodopolopoudos and Tracy Stubbs and their sex-mad neighbour, Dorien Green. Don’t miss this chance to see the girls live!

“THE WRITING IS SHARP, THE GAGS AS GLEEFULLY INSULTING AS EVER” THE STAGE

Linda Robson

The girls are back! Eves 7.30pm, Wed & Sat Matinees 2.30pm Wed 1 May 2.30pm & 7.30pm Thu 2 May 7.30pm TICKETS Tue – Thu Eves & Sat Matinee £25 £23 £20 £17.50 £16 Fri & Sat Eve £29.50 £26.50 £25.50 £23.50 £19 Wed Matinee £23 £21 £18 £15 £13.50 Girls Night Out Offer Wine & Sweets £14

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HHHH Daily MAIL

“SENSATIONAL” The Times

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Evening Standard

“Simply the best”

Daily Telegraph

Mon 6 – sat 11 may Straight from her sensational West End season, critically acclaimed Emi Wokoma stars in this brand new musical inspired by the life and times of Ike and Tina Turner. The story follows the highs and lows, passion and heartbreak of Ike and Tina as their careers soared and their marriage crumbled. Do not miss Wokoma’s incredible, star-making performance alongside the complete West End cast, including Chris Tummings’ triumphant, ‘hissably cocksure and sleazy Ike’ (The Independent), the exuberant Ikettes and a superb on-stage band. Soul Sister features the classic songs What’s Love Got To Do With It, Proud Mary, Private Dancer, River Deep Mountain High and of course, Simply The Best, and many more. Filled with heart and soul, electrifying choreography and stunning musical numbers, this fantastic show is sure to have you on your feet, partying the night away.

“A back catalogue to die for. the hits hardly stop coming” evening standard Box Office 01604 624811 www.royalandderngate.co.uk

Eves 7.30pm Wed & Sat Matinees 2.30pm TICKETS Mon – Thu Eves & Sat Matinee £30 £26.50 £22.50 £18.50 £15.50 Fri & Sat Eve £32.50 £29.50 £24.50 £20.50 £16.50 Wed Matinee £26 £24 £16 £15 Girls Night Out Offer Wine & Sweets £14

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A MINI MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM Sun 28 April 7.15pm

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Royal & Derngate Youth Theatre

Young lovers collide with warring fairies and rude mechanicals in this magical, music-filled retelling of one of Shakespeare’s best loved comedies. Royal & Derngate Youth Theatre’s response to the Made In Northampton production (see page 40) will take place on Royal stage, using the professional set, and will be a remixed and reworked celebration of magic, silliness and love. TICKETS £7

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FRI 17 MAY 7.30PM

Double Grammy Award-winner Jack Jones brings his swinging renditions of contemporary pop and rock, as well as classic standards, to Northampton on his Farewell Tour. Jones will charm audiences with his wit, elegance and vocal splendour in a show featuring all his greatest hits including Wives And Lovers, Love Boat, Impossible Dream and The Race Is On.

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Jack Jones farewell tour

“JONES IS A BONA FIDE LEGEND” THE GUARDIAN TICKETS £30.50 £28.50

Qualmpeddler

Wed 22 & Fri 31 May 8pm Bill Bailey had doubts about the modern world, but these have now grown into qualms… This show has the all classic Bill Bailey elements, trademark musical mash-ups, multi-lingual riffs, films, songs, philosophising and silliness on a grand scale. Plus one amazing owl.

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Bill Bailey

“He’s a genius, full stop” THE WEST AUSTRALIAN TICKETS £26

IN THE MIDST OF CRACKERS THU 30 MAY 8PM

Following two previous sell-out UK tours, Reginald D Hunter – a regular guest on TV’s Live At The Apollo and Have I Got News For You – is back with his own unique blend of humour in a brand new show.

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Reginald D Hunter

“SIMPLY EXHILARATING. THIS IS COMEDY OF A RARE SCOPE” HHHH THE TIMES TICKETS £25

Recommended for ages 16 and above

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“Captures both the pain and the pity of a war that almost defies comprehension” THE GUARDIAN

Mon 13 – sat 18 may A mesmerising story of love, courage and sacrifice is brought to the stage in this critically acclaimed version of Sebastian Faulks’s bestselling novel, an epic tale of love and war set both before and during the Great War. In pre-war France, a young Englishman, Stephen Wraysford, embarks on a passionate and dangerous affair with the beautiful Isabelle Azaire that turns their world upside down. As the war breaks out over the idyll of his former life, Stephen must lead his men through the carnage of the Battle of the Somme. Faced with the unprecedented horror of the war Stephen clings to the memory of Isabelle as his world explodes around him. Directed by Alastair Whatley, this brand new adaptation marks the very first touring production of the play. It is performed by a dynamic ensemble company including award-winning actress Sarah Jayne Dunn (Drop Dead Gorgeous, Hollyoaks). “The play poignantly intermingles ghosts of past and present, and fully expresses the black poetry of this carnage…and the landscape it inhabits” THE INDEPENDENT

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Eves 7.45pm Thu & Sat Matinees 2.30pm Wed 15 May 7.45pm & Thu 16 May 2.30pm Thu 16 May 7.45pm TICKETS Mon – Thu Eves & Sat Matinee £31.50 £24.50 £20.50 £19.50 £15.50 £9.50 Fri & Sat Eve £33.50 £25.50 £22.50 £21.50 £17.50 £11.50 Thu Matinee £31.50 £15.50 £9.50

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Dancing at Lughnasa by Brian Friel

Fri 24 May – Sat 15 June Rural Donegal, 1936. The Mundy sisters cry, laugh and dance together, at a time when life is simple but making ends meet seems impossibly hard. During a summer when their missionary brother returns from Africa a changed man and the Mundy’s are gifted their first wireless radio, relationships are tested, social conventions challenged and the doctrines of the church clash with the spirit of a Pagan past. Dreams of love crumble as dusk sets on the life the sisters knew. Told through the eyes of seven-year old Michael, Brian Friel’s Olivier and Tony award-winning play is a magical, moving, memory-story filled with humour, tenderness and the longing of unfulfilled lives. Richard Beecham returns to Royal & Derngate to direct after his critically acclaimed productions of Terrence Rattigan’s In Praise of Love and Charlotte Jones’ Humble Boy. “Richard Beecham’s moving and enormously enjoyable production packs a powerful emotional punch” Mail on Sunday on In Praise of Love

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Director Richard Beecham Eves 7.45pm (excl. Tue 28 May 7pm & Tue 4 Jun 5pm) Thu & Sat Matinees 2.30pm (excl. Sat 25 May) School-friendly performance Tue 4 Jun 5pm Tue 11 Jun 7.45pm Wed 12 Jun 7.45pm & Thu 13 Jun 2.30pm Thu 13 Jun 7.45pm TICKETS Mon – Sat Eves £24 £22 £19 £13 (Premium Seats £28) Thu & Sat Matinees £19 £13 (Premium Seats £20)

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Eves 7.30pm Thu & Sat Matinee 2.30pm

Eves 7.30pm Wed & Sat Matinees 2.30pm

Following a sell-out West End run and an Olivier Award nomination, the sizzling show Midnight Tango comes to Northampton. Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace have dazzled television audiences for seven series of the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing with their stunning Tango routines. Now they have created their own live show: a breathtaking evening that brings all the drama, sensuality and elegance of this most exciting of dance forms to life.

Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s extraordinary record‑breaking, smash-hit musical CATS returns to Royal & Derngate for one week only.

Vincent and Flavia’s mesmerising choreography and fiery chemistry command the floor with explosive tango routines, gravity-defying moves and featherlight footwork. Set in a late night bar in downtown Buenos Aires, this sensational show features live music and some of the finest Tango dancers in the world. “A FANTASTIC NIGHT OF PURE DANCE MAGIC” HEAT MAGAZINE

Adapted from TS Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book Of Practical Cats, this wonderful blend of fantasy, drama and romance is set on the night that the Jellicle Cats meet for the Jellicle Ball in a sparkling fusion of music, dance and verse. With an amazing musical score that includes the timeless Memory, spectacular set designs, stunning costumes and breathtaking choreography, CATS is a magical musical like no other. One of the longestrunning shows in West End and Broadway history, it has enchanted audiences all around the world. Now you have the chance once again to experience this legendary musical phenomenon. “SHOWS DON’T COME MUCH BETTER THAN THIS - IT’S ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT” DAILY EXPRESS

TICKETS Mon - Thu Eve £30 £26.50 £22.50 £17.50 £15.50

TICKETS Mon – Thu Eves £35.50 £33.50 £29.50 £26.50 £20.50

Thu & Sat Mat £26 £24 £16

Wed Matinee £29 £27 £23 £20 £15

Fr & Sat Eve £32.50 £29.50 £24.50 £20.50 £16.50

2 for 1 on top 3 prices (Mon Eve), £3 off top 3 prices at other times (excl. Sat Eve & Thu Mat)

Fri & Sat Eve & Sat Matinee £38 £36 £32 £28 £24

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2 for 1 on top 2 prices (Mon Eve), £3 off top 3 prices at other times (excl. Sat Eve & Wed Mat)


Underground Derngate

Royal & Derngate’s Friday night comedy club returns to the Underground stage for another season of stand up from some of comedy’s rising stars. Mon 11 – Sat 16 November Eves 7.30pm, Wed & Sat Matinees 2.30pm The sensational, multi-awardwinning West End rock ‘n’ roll show Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story is coming to Northampton. Experience the drama, passion, excitement and some of the greatest songs ever written as a cast of phenomenally talented actors and musicians tell Buddy Holly’s story, from his meteoric rise to fame to his final legendary performance at The Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa. “The show you will never forget” Daily Mail “Joyous! I love this show” Sunday Express

Fri 25 January

Fri 22 March

Rob Heeney Loretta Maine Paul Kerensa Compere Dan Evans

James Dowdeswell Helen Arney Johnny Candon Compere Dan Evans

Fri 8 February

Fri 19 April

Alan Francis Robert White Debra Jane Appleby Compere Simon Clayton

Mary Bourke Marc Lucero Ria Lina Compere Dan Evans

Fri 22 February

Fri 3 May

Ian Cognito Otiz Cannelloni Keith Farnan Compere Angie McEvoy

Noel James Sally-Anne Hayward Luke Toulson Compere Dan Evans

Fri 8 March

Fri 17 May

Christian Reilly Meryl O’Rourke Paul Ricketts Compere Dan Evans

Josh Howie Jen Brister Joe Rowntree Compere Dan Evans

Doors 7.45pm

TICKETS £16-£32

Show 8.15pm

Early Bird Offer Until Thu 1 March £5 off top price (excl. Fri & Sat Eves)

Line up may be subject to change

Recommended for ages 16 and above TICKETS £11.50 in advance, £12.50 on the door

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YOUNG PEOPLE

FAMILIES

During the holiday periods we offer creative projects, theatre trips and drama courses. So whether you like to act, dance or sing, or simply want to make new friends, visit www.royalandderngate.co.uk/youththeatre for more information.

This season our exciting shows include the enchanting theatre company Bamboozle’s Crazy Hair and the return, by popular demand, of CBeebies’ Chris & Pui. Family activities include workshops with the acclaimed Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and our popular Move, Make & Do sessions for Under 5s and their grown-ups.

Royal & Derngate Youth Theatre gives young people aged 5 to 21, with all levels of experience, the opportunity to train, perform and have fun in a professional theatre environment. We offer weekly workshops throughout term-time and produce a number of productions every year.

In addition, we regularly deliver a variety of creative projects for young people throughout the year in a range of art forms such as visual art, urban music and storytelling. These projects aim to empower, engage and inspire young people and provide new skills and enjoyment for those involved. For more information please contact Erica Martin on 01604 655757 or email arts@royalandderngate.co.uk

Royal & Derngate is a family friendly theatre with a range of activities for children and their grown-ups to enjoy together. We have regular shows and family events in our Underground spaces, offering the very young a perfect introduction to theatre.

Don’t miss out on our Easter and Half-term drama courses for children aged 6-12. See page 22 for more details on this season’s family friendly activities. We want to make your visit as easy as possible, so baby changing, high chairs, a microwave to heat baby food and spare nappies are all available. Special family meal deals in the cafe and family ticket offers make Royal & Derngate the perfect place for a family day out. To discuss how we can meet the needs of your family contact Erica Martin on 01604 655757 or email arts@royalandderngate.co.uk

“IT’S A VERY INCLUSIVE AND FRIENDLY GROUP. I HAVE MADE MANY FRIENDS OF DIFFERENT AGES” KAT BEST, YOUTH THEATRE MEMBER

Birthday parties at Royal & Derngate “THE CHILDREN ALL HAD A GREAT TIME AND IT WAS VERY EASY FOR ME TOO!” NICKY HOLDEN, PARENT See page 22 for more information.

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COMMUNITY

Get involved in our exciting programme of workshops and projects, including: • N  ew masterclasses in 2013 to compliment our Comedy Gold season! Led by professionals in their field, join us for Creative Writing For The Theatre with Rosanna Lowe (The Bacchae), Clowning with Cal McCrystal (One Man Two Guvnors) and Shakespeare’s Comedies with Helen Barnett (The Bacchae/Blood Wedding). These are for anyone aged 18 and above, no experience necessary. • The Actors Company – a weekly group for over 21s, offering performance opportunities throughout the year. • The Play’s The Thing – a weekly group for passionate theatregoers and those who wish to discuss theatre in a friendly and informal group. • R  oyal & Derngate’s Community Choir – a wonderful weekly group with opportunities to perform before shows at the theatre and at special events. We are always looking for opportunities to engage with local artists. Please get in touch if you would like to hear about our future programme of work. For further information on any of the above please contact Erica Martin on 01604 655757 or email erica.martin@royalandderngate.co.uk

SCHOOLS

Royal & Derngate works closely with local schools to design and deliver a wide variety of bespoke projects, complementing and developing classroom learning across a range of subjects. Our exciting and stimulating workshops empower young people to achieve outcomes relevant to English, Drama and Performing Arts. We work hard to offer projects for all kinds of students and young people, including gifted and talented young people, those with specific educational needs and those who have been excluded from mainstream education. Our current programme includes: • Show-specific workshops for both produced and programmed work, which can be tailored to support learning in a variety of subjects • Bespoke, one-off creative projects designed around the needs of individual schools and students • School Partnership Programmes, where a year‑long programme (including tickets to shows, show‑specific workshops, backstage tours and much more) is designed on a school by school basis For more information about our work with schools and how we can support yours, please contact our Creative Projects Manager, Georgia Munnion, on 01604 655232 or email georgia.munnion@royalandderngate.co.uk

Behind The Curtain Join our Resident Storyteller Jo Blake Cave for an engaging and exciting backstage tour and storytelling experience for groups, schools and individuals. Contact Erica Martin on 01604 655757 or email erica.martin@royalandderngate.co.uk

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“Thank you for your hard work this year. It has been a pleasure to see the children grow in confidence” Sally Gedney, Head Teacher, Parklands Primary School

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Ways to Support royal & Derngate

Artistic Director’s Circle

From as little as £30, become a Friend and make fabulous savings throughout the year. Benefits include: • Discounts, including £3 off to 2 for 1s (just look for symbol on our brochure pages) • No transaction or postage fee • Priority booking and brochure mailing • Advanced email information about shows going on sale • Free exchange facility • Local discounts including at Eat and Drink, St Giles Cheese and The Church Restaurant and Bar • Friends e-newsletter This season enjoy 2 for 1 offers on Cooped, One For The Road, Mr Whatnot, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The 39 Steps, High Society, Soul Sister, Birdsong and more! Call Box Office today and see how you could save.

A Gold Supporter membership opens up a range of new opportunities for you to become more involved in the life of your theatre, while contributing towards our ongoing creative projects with children and young people in the community. Our Gold Supporters enjoy all the benefits of a Friends membership, as well as the following:

This scheme directly supports the work we make for our stages. Membership includes a substantial donation to the theatre, but also brings with it unique benefits including: • An invitation to an annual dinner with our Artistic Director • The opportunity to join our Artistic Director to watch a Made In Northampton production and attend a post show discussion

• A dedicated personal booking service through our Development Department

• An opportunity to meet the cast of one of our Made In Northampton productions at a special reception

• Four complimentary Made In Northampton programmes per year

• Sneak previews of set and costume designs of an upcoming production

• Invitations to exclusive events and discussions, including networking events

• Invitations to special rehearsals

• Discounted room hire and hospitality opportunities

• A credit in all Made In Northampton programmes and on our supporters wall

Become a Gold Supporter for £150 per year. £100 of this will support creative project work, details of which can be found on page 50 and 51.

You will also receive all our Gold Supporters and Friends benefits. Membership is £600 per person or £1,000 for joint members. If you are a UK taxpayer we can claim gift aid on the majority of this.

To join contact Jodie MorternDavies on 01604 655735 or email jodiemd@namtrust.co.uk

To join contact Jodie MorternDavies on 01604 655735 or email jodiemd@namtrust.co.uk

This Christmas make your gifts mean even more By signing up to www.easyfundraising.org.uk you will ensure that your favourite retailers make a donation to us each time you shop with them. It is a free service and could not be easier to use. For example when you spend £10 with Amazon you raise 25p for us while £20 with WH Smith puts up to £1 in our pocket. For every pound you spend online we receive a gift. Featuring over 2,000 of the UK’s most popular retailers including M&S, Argos, John Lewis, eBay, Tesco and many more, easyfundraising has already raised almost £4 million for UK causes. If you click through to the easyfundraising site on your way to these websites, the gifts you give to others this Christmas will reach even further – raising money to support Royal & Derngate. For more information please contact our Development Officer Jodie Mortern-Davies on 01604 655735 or email jodiemd@namtrust.co.uk

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BUSINESS CLUB By associating your company with Royal & Derngate, you will benefit from a host of commercial and marketing opportunities with a potential to reach 400,000 audience members a year.

We would like to thank our current Business Club Members for their ongoing support:

Membership can be specifically tailored to match your company requirements whether your priorities are corporate entertaining, brand awareness, staff incentives or fulfilling your corporate social responsibilities. There are many benefits of Business Club membership including free room hire, branding opportunities plus hospitality packages, and free tickets to entertain clients or reward staff. “ROYAL & DERNGATE IS AN IDEAL PARTNER FOR THE HOLIDAY INN NORTHAMPTON. OUR CORPORATE CLIENTS LOOK FORWARD TO THE WARM HOSPITALITY PROVIDED BY THIS EXCELLENT VENUE” THE HOLIDAY INN

We would also like to thank our current Business Club Supporters:

Sponsorship Whether you are a company or an individual, there are many opportunities to support the work of Royal & Derngate. Sponsors can support: • • • • •

Orchestral performances Creative Project activity Our Youth Theatre A Made In Northampton show A season of world class productions

We can tailor-make a package for you to deliver commercial and marketing opportunities including: • P  rofile in our brochure, mailed to 40,000 customers three times a year • Presence on our web pages, visited by 52,000 customers a month • Exposure to 400,000 audience members a year for Royal & Derngate work in Northampton and further afield • Branding opportunities throughout the building and in theatre programmes

For further information on ways to support us please call Jodie Mortern-Davies on 01604 655735 or email development@royalandderngate.co.uk

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Your event at royal & Derngate Our contemporary Derngate auditorium is an exceptionally versatile space that can be set to a range of formats. It is ideal for large‑scale conferences, product launches, exhibitions, trade shows, fashion shows, standing concerts, sports events, banquets, wedding receptions and dances. Future Fund Hoedown, 2012

“I can think of few arts complexes that induce such a rush of excitement on arrival” The Daily Telegraph

The University Of Northampton Fashion Show, 2010

Flathampton performance, 2011

The University Of Northampton freshers’ party, with Professor Green, 2012

Formula 1 car exhibition,, 2012 Gala dinner, 2011

If you are interested in holding an event at Royal & Derngate please call Sue Roberts on 01604 655729 or email sue.roberts@royalandderngate.co.uk

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Weddings, civil partnerships and proposals Royal & Derngate’s inspiring, creative surroundings provide the perfect venue for fabulously romantic wedding ceremonies, civil partnerships and even proposals. With an expert team that is passionate about delivering events of the highest quality, you can be that sure your day will be a truly unforgettable experience.

We are working in partnership with Sweet Events to offer you a bespoke wedding service. For more information, or to book your event, please call Sue Roberts on 01604 655729 or email weddings@royalandderngate.co.uk We look forward to celebrating with you.

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The Corby Cube, George Street, Corby, NN17 1QG

Visit Corby’s arts venue for a wide range of entertainment including film screenings, theatre performances and Get Involved sessions. Highlights this season include:

Hats Off To Led Zeppelin

Pete Firman Hoodwinker

Barry Cryer & Ronnie Golden – Going Gaga

Romeo And Juliet

Suggs – My Life Story

Stuck

Skyfall (Film)

Toddle Time (Get Involved)

Arts Alive - Over 50s Creative Workshops (Get Involved)

Thu 17 January 7.30pm

Thu 31 January 7.30pm

Thu 21 February 7.30pm

January 2013 (contact Ticket Office for full film schedule)

Wed 24 April 7.30pm

Tuesdays 10am-10.30am & 11am‑11.30am

Thu 7 February 7.30pm

Sat 11 May 11am & 2pm

Thursdays 1pm-3pm

For information on shows, Get Involved or the upcoming film programme at The Core, contact the Ticket Office on 01536 470 470. Ticket Office 01536 470470 www.thecorecorby.com


CAR PARKING ACCESSIBLE PERFORMANCES We are committed to enabling as many people as possible to enjoy performances at Royal & Derngate. We offer sign language interpreted, captioned and audio described performances for all Made In Northampton productions and a host of touring shows. Just look for these symbols on the brochure pages. This season includes: • A Christmas Carol • Cinderella • Joseph • One For The Road • The 39 Steps • The Mousetrap • Mr Whatnot

As part of the town centre re-development programme led by Northampton Borough Council, St John’s Surface Car Park is now closed. The 150 spaces (including 1 disabled space) that have been removed with this closure have been accommodated within the spare capacity that already exists in the adjacent St John’s Multi-Storey Car Park. The closest surface car park to Royal & Derngate, Albion Place Car Park (accessed via Derngate) remains open as usual. There are a number of Pay and Display on‑street options available. Additional spaces for our Disabled Patrons are available and can be reserved by calling Box Office on 01604 624811 or emailing salessupervisors@royalandderngate.co.uk. These are only available for evening performances and subject to availability. We are also recommending four other car parks. Hazelwood Road, The Ridings and Commercial Street South car parks are most suitable for customers attending evening performances, while St. Michael’s Multi‑Storey is recommended for matinees audiences only. Please see below for a map of these car parks. To ensure you have as smooth a journey to the theatre as possible, we are advising customers to leave a little longer than usual for their journey. Please don’t hesitate to talk to Box Office at time of booking if you have any concerns about your visit.

• High Society • Birds Of A Feather • A Midsummer Night’s Dream • Birdsong • Dancing At Lughnasa

CAPTIONED PERFORMANCES We also offer captioned performances on certain shows which this season include: • A Christmas Carol • One For The Road • Mr Whatnot • A Midsummer Night’s Dream • Dancing At Lughnasa For more information on all of our access facilities including wheelchair spaces, our welcome for guide and hearing dogs, and our Sennheiser Infra‑red Enhanced Hearing System, please see page 59.

Albion Place NN1 1UD

The Ridings NN1 2BT

St. John’s Multi‑Storey NN1 1HA

Commercial Street South NN1 1PN

Hazelwood Road NCP NN1 1LG

St.  Michael’s Multi‑Storey NN1 3JU (matinee only)

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Discounts and concessions CONCESSIONS

Schools

Wherever you see , Under 16s, 60+, Students, Jobseekers and Disabled Patrons are entitled to the following discounts (excluding Sat evening and weekday matinees):

Wherever you see , Schools will pay the following price (excluding Fri & Sat evenings):

£2 off top three prices Disabled Patrons can also claim a free carer/ companion ticket

On certain performances, schools prices are available in specific parts of the auditorium only, and at the discretion of the management.

Groups

Family

Wherever you see , Groups are entitled to the following discounts on the top three ticket prices (excluding Fri & Sat evenings and some matinees): Parties 10+ £2 off Parties 20+ £3 off Parties 40+ £4 off We are currently introducing new discount rates for Groups. The shows in this brochure to which they apply are Cooped, High Society, Buddy, Soul Sister, Back For Good, Circus Of Horrors and all 2013 Made In Northampton shows. Groups are entitled to the following discounts on the top three ticket prices (excluding Fri & Sat evenings and some matinees): Parties 8+ £2 off* Parties 20+ £3 off* Parties 40+ £4 off* Parties 8+ (2013 Made In Northampton matinee shows only) £15 per ticket* *Plus one additional free ticket for the group organiser on all bookings Groups Hotline 01604 620066

PREVIEWS On all Made In Northampton productions, a £5 discount is available on a number of early performances. Ask Box Office for details.

£11 (plus one teacher’s seat free with every 10 tickets purchased)

Wherever you see , a special price applies for your family group. Prices are highlighted on individual show pages. A family is classed as a maximum of 2 adults with 2 children.

REAL DISCOUNTS Wherever you see , a number of free or discounted tickets are available for 14-26 year olds. Ask Box Office for details. Generously supported by The Constance Travis Charitable Trust

FRIENDS, GOLD SUPPORTERS AND ARTISTIC DIRECTOR’S CIRCLE MEMBERS Wherever you see

,

members are entitled to the discounts highlighted within it and £1 at all other times. Wherever you see members are entitled to claim £1 off per ticket.

MUSICAL MULTI-SAVER you can save

SUBSCRIBE & SAVE

Wherever you see

Look at the pricing table on page 15 to see how much you could save by subscribing to our Made In Northampton season.

£5 on each ticket you purchase if you also purchase tickets for CATS. For full details of this offer see page 3.

The above represent our usual discounts, however there are a number of shows every season where slightly different concessions apply. A separate discount 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.

FUNDERS AND SUPPORTERS

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


HOW TO BOOK PHONE Call 01604 624811 or visit the Box Office in person ONLINE Visit www.royalandderngate.co.uk and select your own seat EMAIL Email our Sales Advisors at box.office@royalandderngate.co.uk POST Royal & Derngate, Box Office, Guildhall Road, Northampton, NN1 1DP OPENING TIMES The Box Office is open from 10am until 15 minutes after the last performance commences, closing at 6pm when there is no evening performance. On Sundays and Bank Holidays, it is open from 1 hour 30 minutes prior to the first performance commencing. BOOKINGS A postal charge of 75p applies. Tickets can be collected at Box Office for no charge. All online and telephone bookings are subject to a £2 transaction fee. Friends, Gold Supporters, Disabled Patrons, and Group Bookings are exempt. This fee does not apply to those booking in person at the Box Office and, unlike many other theatres, is only applicable per-booking and not per-ticket. It has been introduced to support the running costs of Royal & Derngate. As ticket revenue is divided between many different parties, an increase in ticket prices may not necessarily benefit the theatre. By adding a small transaction charge, we ensure that every penny goes directly to Royal & Derngate. HOW TO FIND US Royal, Derngate and Underground are all accessed via our main entrance. This is situated on Swan Street, off Guildhall Road, in the centre of Northampton, approximately 15 minutes from the M1 and an hour from London by train. If you are travelling by car, parking is available in the Albion Place and St John’s Multi-Storey car parks, both managed by Northamptonshire Borough Council. All car parks have a £1 evening charge in effect – Albion Place: 5pm–11.59pm, St John’s Multi-Storey: 6pm-11.59pm. You can park for free on Sundays. For SAT NAV devices, Albion Place Car Park is located at NN1 1UD and St John’s Multi-Storey Car Park is located at NN1 1EQ. For further information on car parking, see page 53. There are train and bus connections approximately 15 minutes walk from the theatre. You can also visit www.nationalrail.co.uk (Trains) or www.traveline.info (Buses)

ACCESS • 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). • Sign Language Interpreted performances are indicated on and Captioned , Audio Described the individual show pages. The Sennheiser Infra-red Enhanced Hearing System is available from the theatre shop. To ensure that you purchase tickets in seats with optimum coverage, please check with Box Office at time of booking. • To book, or if you have any queries, you can contact the box office using Text Relay. Just call 18001-01604-624811. Alternatively, you can use our new mobile service. Just text 07825 427492. • Guide and hearing dogs are welcome and water can be provided. If you wish to take them into the auditorium, please let Box Office know when booking so that suitable seats can be allocated for you.

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

CONDITIONS OF SALE Please note that we are unable to refund or exchange tickets. Boxes in the Royal Auditorium are sold subject to technical requirements and may not be available for purchase. Ticket reservations must be paid for within 4 days of booking (excluding Group Bookings). We are unable to reserve tickets without payment within the 7 days prior to the performance. Please note: Information 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.

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Thank you for supporting Royal & Derngate

234,635

people saw performances at Royal & Derngate

182,861

people saw Royal & derngate co-productions across the country

33,104

people participated in creative project activities

audiences and participants totalled

450,600 in 2011/12, over 50,000 more than in 2010/11

We look forward to welcoming you back soon All figures are from Royal & Derngate’s 2011/12 Annual Report

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