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WELCOME TO SUMMER 09 Welcome to your new look Royal & Derngate brochure. You will find the same fantastic range of shows on offer in this brochure, but we’ve changed the layout so that all of our productions appear in chronological order with an easy reference diary at the front. You will notice that our concession prices have been standardised too, making it clearer what discounts you are entitled to and how much you’re saving. Whenever you see and , you will know discounts apply and you can refer to page 50 for full details.

We Are keen to hear your feedback… Let us know what you think of our new brochure. We can be emailed at brochures@royalandderngate.co.uk

SEASON HIGHLIGHTS AYCKBOURN AT 70 - A CELEBRATION

This year, we have introduced a new Subscribe & Save offer for all of the productions that we make ourselves – our Made In Northampton shows – see page 50 for details of the scheme. We will also be presenting two world premieres on the Derngate stage this season: English National Ballet’s new show featuring Angelina Ballerina, and Moonshadow, a brand new musical featuring the songs of Cat Stevens. We hope that you enjoy browsing through our brochure and choosing the shows you want to see this season. We look forward to welcoming you to Royal & Derngate again soon.

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Sun 19 Apr Mon 20 Apr Tue 21 Apr New Connections Festival 2.30pm/4pm/6pm/8pm 6 2.30pm/4pm/6pm/8pm Wed 22 Apr 2.30pm/4pm/6pm/8pm Thu 23 Apr Fri 24 Apr 2.30pm/4pm/6pm/8pm Sat 25 Apr 2.30pm/4pm/6pm/8pm Sun 26 Apr Mon 27 Apr Tue 28 Apr Wed 29 Apr Thu 30 Apr Fri 1 May Under Milk Wood 7.45pm 10/11 Sat 2 May 7.45pm Sun 3 May Mon 4 May 7.45pm Tue 5 May 7.45pm Wed 6 May 7.45pm Thu 7 May 2.30pm/7.45pm Fri 8 May 7.45pm Sat 9 May 2.30pm/7.45pm Sun 10 May Mon 11 May 7.45pm Tue 12 May 7.45pm Wed 13 May 7.45pm Thu 14 May 2.30pm/7.45pm Fri 15 May 7.45pm Sat 16 May 2.30pm/7.45pm Sun 17 May Mon 18 May Tue 19 May Wed 20 May Thu 21 May Fri 22 May Just Between Ourselves 7.45pm Sat 23 May 7.45pm Sun 24 May Festival Gala 3pm Mon 25 May Just Between Ourselves 7.45pm Tue 26 May 7.45pm Wed 27 May 7.45pm Thu 28 May 2.30pm/7.45pm Fri 29 May 7.45pm Sat 30 May 2pm/7.45pm Sun 31 May Mon 1 Jun 7.45pm Tue 2 Jun 7.45pm Wed 3 Jun 7.45pm Thu 4 Jun 2.30pm/7.45pm Fri 5 Jun 7.45pm Sat 6 Jun 2pm/7.45pm Sun 7 Jun Mon 8 Jun 7.45pm Tue 9 Jun 7.45pm Wed 10 Jun 7.45pm Thu 11 Jun 2.30pm/7.45pm Fri 12 Jun 7.45pm Sat 13 Jun 2pm/7.45pm Sun 14 Jun Mon 15 Jun Tue 16 Jun Wed 17 Jun Thu 18 Jun Fri 19 Jun Sat 20 Jun Sun 21 Jun Private Fears In Public Places 7.45pm 28/29 Mon 22 Jun Tue 23 Jun 7.45pm Wed 24 Jun 7.45pm Thu 25 Jun 7.45pm Fri 26 Jun 7.45pm

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Mica Paris 7.30pm Fame 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 5.30pm/8.30pm 2.30pm/7.30pm Glenn Miller Orchestra 5pm dinnerladies 7.30pm 7.30pm 2.30pm/7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 2.30pm/7.30pm Rumours of Fleetwood Mac 8pm All The Fun Of The Fair 7.30pm 7.30pm 2.30pm/7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 2.30pm/7.30pm Solid Silver ’60s 4.30pm/8pm The Drifters 7.30pm His Dark Materials 7pm 2pm/7pm 10am/3pm 2pm/7pm 2pm

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Sat 27 Jun Private Fears In Public Places 2pm/7.45pm Sun 28 Jun Mon 29 Jun 7.45pm Tue 30 Jun 7.45pm Wed 1 Jul 7.45pm Thu 2 Jul 2.30pm/7.45pm Fri 3 Jul 7.45pm Sat 4 Jul 2pm/7.45pm Sun 5 Jul Mon 6 Jul 7.45pm Tue 7 Jul 7.45pm Wed 8 Jul 7.45pm Thu 9 Jul 7.45pm Fri 10 Jul 7pm/10pm Sat 11 Jul 2pm/7.45pm Sun 12 Jul Mon 13 Jul Tue 14 Jul Wed 15 Jul Thu 16 Jul Orvin Champion of Champions 7.45pm Fri 17 Jul 7.45pm Sat 18 Jul 2pm/7.45pm Sun 19 Jul Mon 20 Jul Tue 21 Jul Wed 22 Jul Thu 23 Jul Fri 24 Jul Sat 25 Jul Sun 26 Jul Mon 27 Jul Man Of The Moment 7.45pm Tue 28 Jul 7.45pm Wed 29 Jul 7.45pm Thu 30 Jul 2.30pm/7.45pm Fri 31 Jul 7.45pm Sat 1 Aug 2pm/7.45pm Sun 2 Aug Mon 3 Aug 7.45pm Tue 4 Aug 7.45pm Wed 5 Aug 7.45pm Thu 6 Aug 2.30pm/7.45pm Fri 7 Aug 7.45pm Sat 8 Aug 2pm/7.45pm Sun 9 Aug Mon 10 Aug 7.45pm Tue 11 Aug 7.45pm Wed 12 Aug 7.45pm Thu 13 Aug 2.30pm/7.45pm Fri 14 Aug 7.45pm Sat 15 Aug 2pm/7.45pm

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Angelina Ballerina Derren Brown Royal Philharmonic Orchestra That’ll Be The Day Think Floyd

7pm 11am/5pm 2pm/5pm 11am/2pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 8pm 8pm

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Joseph Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Bizet’s Carmen 10cc Laughs & Loves of Henry Blofeld How Sweet It Is

7.30pm 2pm/7.30pm 2pm/7.30pm 2pm/7.30pm 5pm/8pm 2pm/5pm/8pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 8pm

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Milkshake Joe Longthorne Soul’d On Blues Graduate Fashion Show GA GA Wangley Wood

10.30am/1.30pm/4.30pm 11am/2.30pm 25 7.30pm 24 7.30pm 25 2.30pm/7.30pm 26 8pm 26 12pm

Sings Out… Summer Spirit 7.30pm Clive James 7.30pm Singalonga Rocky Horror 7.30pm

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UNDERGROUND Sat 6 Jun Wish Wash Tue 9 Jun Wed 10 Jun Thu 11 Jun Fri 12 Jun Sat 13 Jun Tue 16 Jun Wed 17 Jun Thu 18 Jun Fri 19 Jun Sat 20 Jun Tue 23 Jun Wed 24 Jun Thu 25 Jun Fri 26 Jun Sat 27 Jun

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World Of Song 7.30pm Young People’s Arts Festival 6pm 7pm 4pm Summer Festival of Music 2pm/7.30pm Chicago 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 5.30pm/8.45pm 5pm/8pm

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Tue 7 Jul The Revengers’ Comedies 7.45pm Wed 8 Jul 7.45pm Thu 9 Jul 7.45pm Fri 10 Jul 7.45pm Sat 11 Jul 2pm/7.45pm






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THU 9 APRIL 7.30PM Our resident Orchestra perform pieces by Saint-Saëns and Mussorgsky’s sensational Pictures at an Exhibition. TICKETS FROM £13

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£2 off top four prices

Jasmin vardimon company present

(OR THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST)

JUSTITIA

TUE 7 – SAT 11 APRIL

SAT 11 APRIL 8PM

A story of international espionage from the hilarious Peepolykus.

A daring, sharp edged piece of physical dance theatre. Fiercely athletic and beautifully detailed, this production delivers a generous mix of energetic dance, sharp script and exhilarating music.

“THE MOST GLORIOUS ENTERTAINMENT FOR AGES” HHHHHH TIME OUT CRITICS’ CHOICE (See pg 50) £3 off top four prices (excl. Thu Mat)

BLAKE

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TUE 7 APRIL 7.30PM

TICKETS £27.50 £25

Contains adult themes. Suitable for ages 14+

DREAMBOATS AND PETTICOATS

WITH SPECIAL GUEST NATASHA MARSH The award-winning artists Blake and the glamorous soprano Natasha Marsh are on tour performing material from their albums, plus popular classics from the operatic, cinematic and pop music scene.

TICKETS FROM £10

MON 13 – SAT 18 APRIL The ultimate British Rock ‘n’ Roll Musical, packed with hits from music’s golden era. TICKETS FROM £14

(See pg 50)

£3 off top two prices (excl. Mats)

BILLY TWINKLE

THE CHUCKLE BROTHERS IN

CHUCKLE TREK

REQUIEM FOR A GOLDEN BOY Wed 15 - Sat 18 April

Paul and Barry are back on a brand new adventure – in space! They are boldly going where no one has gone for a while to save the earth from rogue robots. Can they save us? Of course they can!

Internationally acclaimed Ronnie Burkett visits Royal & Derngate as part of only a four-date UK tour, renowned for creating some of the most beautiful, elaborate and provocative puppetry you’ve ever seen.

TICKETS £13

£48 (Max. 2 adults)

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WED 8 APRIL 2PM & 5PM

TICKETS FROM £9.50

(See pg 50) Suitable for ages 14+

£3 off top four prices

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SPYSKI!

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TICKETS £28.50 £23.50

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The ultimate rock experience, featuring all of Meat Loaf’s greatest hits including Paradise By The Dashboard Light, Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth and Bat Out Of Hell.

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MON 6 APRIL 7.30PM

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BAT THE SYMPHONY

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national theatre new connections festival tue 21 - sat 25 april 2.30PM, 4PM, 6PM & 8PM The National Theatre’s annual season of exciting new plays for young actors returns this April, giving thousands of young people the chance to work both on stage and behind the scenes, creating productions of brand new plays specifically commissioned for them. Productions in this year’s festival include works by Anthony Horowitz, Davey Anderson, Georgia Fitch, Christopher William Hill, and Royal & Derngate’s own Youth Theatre will be presenting The Vikings and Darwin by David Mamet. Don’t miss your chance to experience the best new talent emerging in this year’s New Connections Festival.

TICKETS £5 (ticket gives access to all performances on the day) This festival is supported by Arts Council England and sponsored by Bank Of America.

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THE VIKINGS AND DARWIN

Packed with breathtaking routines and unforgettable songs, the students of New York’s High School for the Performing Arts find themselves on an inspiring journey of laughter, tears, heartache and romance. With an explosive vitality, this show is guaranteed to have you dancing in the aisles, determined to ‘live forever’.

By David Mamet

tue 21 & sat 25 april 8PM A debate rages between two people about life, death and the unfathomable puzzles of our existence in this brand new play by David Mamet, written specifically for this year’s New Connections Festival. Fusing physical theatre, original music and multimedia, Royal & Derngate Youth Theatre will be performing this fantastic interpretation of Mamet’s play, following on from the success of last year’s Burying Your Brother In The Pavement, Zombie Prom and Ubu Roi. TICKETS See above

MON 20 – SAT 25 APRIL Fame The Musical is the smash-hit dance explosion that has captivated the country for over a decade.

X Factor’s Beverley Trotman joins the multi-talented cast of Fame as Ms Sherman, to guide the ambitious students on the road to stardom with a big voice and a big heart. For the ultimate feel-good live show, see Fame The Musical this April!

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MON - THU 7.30PM FRI 5.30PM & 8.30PM SAT 2.30PM & 7.30PM Tickets Mon – Thu 7.30pm & Sat 2.30pm £27 £24 £22 £20 Fri 8.30pm & Sat 7.30pm £30 £28 £26 £24 Fri 5.30pm £21 £19

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MICA PARIS SUN 19 APRIL 7.30PM Mica Paris has been a soul star for over two decades and will soon be back with a new album. A singing sensation as well as a TV and radio presenter and an actress, Mica has collaborated with artists including Prince, Natalie Cole and Anita Baker.

TICKETS £20 £18

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Mica’s now back on tour, performing all her greatest hits including Breathe Life To Me, Don’t Say Goodbye, I Can’t Stop Loving You and My One Temptation.

GLENN MILLER ORCHESTRA SUN 26 APRIL 5PM Ray McVay and the Glenn Miller Orchestra are bringing the ’40s back to life!

With performances of In the Mood, Moonlight Serenade, American Patrol and a tribute to the big bands complementing all the old Glenn Miller favourites, you won’t want to miss this nostalgic trip back to the ’40s. TICKETS £18 £16

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Vocal group, The Moonlight Serenaders alongside swinging jazz band, The Uptown Hall Gang and Britain’s Got Talent stars, Irresistible join the orchestra for an unforgettable concert.

RUMOURS OF FLEETWOOD MAC SUN 3 MAY 8PM In one sensational evening of outstanding music, Rumours of Fleetwood Mac chart the songs of arguably the world’s first supergroup. These six professional musicians return to deliver a non-stop barrage of hit songs spanning over 30 years, including timeless classics Black Magic Woman, Albatross, Go Your Own Way, Dreams, Gypsy, Say You Love Me, Sara, Oh Diane, Little Lies, Everywhere and many more.

TICKETS £17.50 £15.50

Victoria wood’s

DINNERLADIES MON 27 APRIL – SAT 2 MAY

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Take one huge sitcom from BBC TV. Place on a stage for its first national tour with Andrew Dunn and Shobna Gulati from the original cast of the TV series.

EVES 7.30PM WED & SAT MATINEES 2.30pm

Blend in Victoria Wood’s writing, undoubtedly some of the funniest on TV, and whip into a play based on the second series, following the reluctant love story of Bren and Tony. Egged on by Dolly, Jean, Twinkle and Anita, mix in caretaker Stan’s words of wisdom and coat with regular visits by Philippa from Human Resources and Petula – Bren’s dreadful mother – and you have a recipe for madness, mirth and twelve rounds of toast!

Mon – Thu & Sat Matinee £22.50 £20.50 £17.50 £15.50

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Fri & Sat Eve £24.50 £22.50 £19.50 £17.50 Wed Matinee £15.50 £13.50 (See pg 50) £2 off top three prices

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Directed by Adele Thomas Designed by Hannah Clark Lighting Designed by Lizzie Powell Sound Designed by Dafydd James Elena Pena

Dylan Thomas’ rich and poetic masterpiece paints a unique picture of the sleeping and waking desires of the eccentric community of Llareggub. Moving from the wonderfully vivid dream world of the sleepers’ minds, through to the cacophony of waking life in the village, we are led by the mysterious narrator through the darker desires of the town’s inhabitants. He unearths the terrifying nightmares and private tragedy behind the town’s respectable veneer, but the inhabitants of Llareggub have a lust for life that fills their world with humour and hope. Young Welsh director, Adele Thomas, brings together an ensemble of Welsh actors to reinvent this touchingly comic riot of a play presenting humanity in all its mad glory.

CREATIVE PROJECTS ARE AVAILABLE FOR SCHOOLS, COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES TO ACCOMPANY THIS PRODUCTION. PLEASE CALL OUR CREATIVE PROJECTS MANAGER ON 01604 627566 OR VISIT WWW.ROYALANDDERNGATE.CO.UK

EVES 7.45pm thu & sat Matinees 2.30pm (excl. Sat 2 May) TUE 12 MAY

WED 13 MAY

Tickets Mon – Fri Eve & Sat Matinee £21.50 £20.50 £16.50 £10.50 (Premium Seats £25.50) Sat Eve £23.50 £22.50 £18.50 £12.50 (Premium Seats £26.50) Thu Matinee £16.50 £10.50 (See pg 50) Half price tickets on top two prices (first four performances) £3.50 off top three prices (all other performances)

Previews £5 off ticket price on first four perfomances

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Starring David Essex

SOLID SILVER ’60s SUN 10 MAY 4.30pm & 8pm The UK’s original and premier ’60s show is back once again!

MON 4 – SAT 9 MAY Set against the backdrop of a travelling funfair and packed with dazzling stunt sequences, hilarious crafty cons and plenty of rock ‘n’ roll, All the Fun of the Fair is a brand new action-packed musical. Widower and funfair owner Levi Lee (David Essex) is struggling to fend off the unwelcome attentions of an alluring and attractive divorcee whilst trying to keep up with the ins and outs of his son’s tangled love life and lofty ambitions. And what is he to make of the dangerous predictions of the fair’s mysterious gypsy fortune teller? This roller-coaster ride is underscored by a helter-skelter of hits such as Winter’s Tale, Hold Me Close, Gonna Make You A Star, Me and My Girl Nightclubbing, Silver Dream Machine and Rock On.

EVES 7.30PM WED & SAT MATINEES 2.30PM Tickets Mon - Thu Eve & Sat Matinee £29 £25 £21 £16 £14 Fri & Sat Eve £31 £28 £23 £19 £15 Wed Matinee £19 £16 (See pg 50)

MON 11 MAY 7.30PM In celebration of the release of their first official new album in 30 years, The Drifters are back on tour in the UK with an exciting new show. This energetic concert features the only legitimate Drifters line up in the world, performing timeless classics such as Saturday Night At The Movies, Under The Boardwalk, Come On Over To My Place and Kissing In The Back Row Of The Movies, as well as a whole host of new material from their stunning new album, Five Decades and Moore.

This is the only place to hear the classic hit songs from the golden age of music like Sweets for My Sweet by The Searchers, Um Um Um Um Um Um by Wayne Fontana, I Think Of You by The Merseybeats and Make It Easy On Yourself by John Walker, performed by the original hitmakers!

£3 off top two prices (excl. Fri and Sat Eve & Wed Mat)

So roll on up and get your tickets now for this beautiful, modern musical love-story with a heartbreaking twist. “WITNESS THE BIRTH OF A SURE-FIRE HIT MUSICAL” UKTHEATRE.NET

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The Solid Silver ’60s show, now in its 24th year, brings together the unforgettable talents of The Searchers, Wayne Fontana, The Merseybeats, very special guest John Walker (of the Walker Brothers) and The Dakotas!

THE DRIFTERS

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TICKETS 4.30PM £20.50 £18.50 8PM £22.50 £20.50

TICKETS £21

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15 A magical introduction to the world of ballet… FRI 22 MAY 12.30 - 1.30PM (2-5 Year Olds) SUN 24 MAY 12.30 - 1.30PM (5-9 Year Olds) Follow in Angelina’s footsteps and learn steps from the ballet on stage in a fun and creative workshop led by artists from English National Ballet. Places are limited, so book early to secure your child’s place! TICKETS £4.50

Based on the trilogy of novels by Philip Pullman adapted by Nicholas Wright

wed 13 - Sun 17 May Nicholas Wright’s stage version of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials was a triumph when it premiered at the National Theatre in 2004. This outstanding new professional production is your chance to revel in the excitement, mystery, emotional thrill and brilliant fantasy of the story in a two-part journey through the writer’s hugely successful epic adventure. Embarking on a quest that will change the course of their lives, Lyra and Will encounter the most dangerous of enemies in parallel worlds. With a large cast and spectacular staging, this is a theatrical event extraordinaire that will thrill adults and young people in equal measure. On Thursday, Friday and Saturday, His Dark Materials will be presented in its entirety, giving you the opportunity to immerse your family or school in Pullman’s fantastical world. A ‘Picnic Lunch’ is available to buy between shows, ask the Box Office for details. Both parts can also be enjoyed separately or on different days.

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ANGELINA BALLERINA’S BIG AUDITION

DERREN BROWN

THU 21 – SUN 24 MAY

MON 25 – WED 27 MAY 7.30PM

English National Ballet and Royal & Derngate celebrate the start of their partnership with the UK premiere of English National Ballet’s new show featuring Angelina Ballerina. This magical new ballet follows Angelina as she prepares to audition for the prestigious Camembert Academy. Miss Lilly prepares Angelina for her big chance to dance in front of the judges and, though excited about the possibility of a new adventure, Angelina worries about leaving home and Alice behind.

BUY TOGETHER AND SAVE £££s

During her audition at the Camembert Academy, Angelina meets lots of new friends including the hip-hopping AZ and musical Marco, who is a whiz on the bongos! Will Angelina’s dream of joining the dance academy end in tears, or will this be an exciting new chapter in her life?

Tickets

Choreography Antony Dowson Music Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Part 1 & Part 2 (Together) £39 £31.50 £24

www.ballet.org.uk/angelina

Purple Times denote ParT 1 Green Times denote Part 2

£130 (max. 2 adults)  Part 1 or Part 2 (Separately) £26 £21 £16 (See pg 50) £4.50 off top two prices (Part 1 & 2 together) £3 off top two prices (Part 1 or 2 separately)

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If you only know him from his Channel 4 shows, you’re in for a real treat. Apart from being the best thing to happen to television in years, his pioneering blend of psychology, illusion and showmanship makes for a stunning theatrical evening in the hands of a master performer. There’s nothing like it anywhere else in the world: don’t miss it!

THU 7PM FRI 11AM & 5PM SAT 2PM & 5PM SUN 11AM & 2PM TICKETS Adults £15 Children £12 £50 (max. 2 adults) 

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TICKETS £28.50 £26

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JUST BETWEEN OURSELVES

FRI 22 MAY – SAT 13 JUNE

PRIVATE FEARS IN PUBLIC PLACES

MON 22 JUNE – SAT 11 JULY

MAN OF THE MOMENT

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MON 27 JULY – SAT 15 AUGUST

As Sir Alan Ayckbourn celebrates his 70th birthday, we are producing a Season to celebrate the contribution he has made to popular theatre. With three plays from different eras of his writing life, plus a host of events focused on his work, we hope you will join us for this major season of work. Laurie Sansom Artistic Director

THE AYCKBOURNATHON

AYCKBOURN AT 70 A Celebration

FESTIVAL GALA

PLATFORMS

Sun 24 May 3pm Celebrating both the launch of our Ayckbourn Festival and Alan’s 70th birthday, a whole host of surprise guests will join us to perform excerpts of Alan’s work and provide musical interludes. Alan himself will be with us for this unique event, which also celebrates the future of homegrown theatre in Northampton as we mark the 125th anniversary of the Royal.

SAT 30 MAY 5PM

TICKETS £40 £30

The Guardian’s Michael Billington chairs a discussion with a line up of actors, directors and writers who have worked with Sir Alan Ayckbourn. SAT 27 JUNE 5PM Alan will be talking to his biographer, Paul Allen, about his career in the theatre. TICKETS £5.50

PLAY READINGS

THE AYCKBOURNATHON READATHON! WEEKDAYS FROM TUE 28 JULY – FRI 14 AUGUST 6.30 - 7.15PM Prior to the performances of each evening show during Man Of The Moment, groups from across the County will be performing excerpts from all of Alan’s 72 plays. These 45-minute curtain raisers are a way to experience the development of Alan’s work from his very first play in 1959, right through to his most recent work, written in 2008. TICKETS Pay What You Can, with a £1.25 minimum donation towards our 125th anniversary campaign.

SATS FROM 18 JULY – 15 AUGUST 5 – 7.30PM You really can immerse yourself in Ayckbourn’s work as we’ll be presenting readings of some of his most popular plays. They will be performed by professional actors, many of whom have appeared in his work. Absurd Person Singular (SAT 18 JULY) Season’s Greetings (SAT 25 JULY) Wildest Dreams (SAT 1 AUGUST) Things We Do For Love (SAT 8 AUGUST) Sugar Daddies (SAT 15 AUGUST) TICKETS £5.50

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Just between Ourselves By Alan Ayckbourn

FRI 22 MAY – SAT 13 JUNE

Directed by Mark Rosenblatt Designed by Ben Stones Lighting Designed by James Farncombe Music Composed by Ollie Fox Sound Designed by Adrienne Quartley

Dennis is trying to sell his wife Vera’s car. The engine’s not been turned over in a while and the door is stuck, but it’s a good little motor all the same and if it’s not used soon, it might break down altogether. Reluctant buyer Neil and his even more reluctant wife Pam are proving tricky to convince. Meanwhile, Vera dutifully shuttles cups of tea to the garage, in a bid to avoid the relentless finger-pointing of Dennis’ overbearing mother. Told over four birthdays, this brilliantly observed black comedy reveals the hairline cracks in two suburban marriages. Often shocking and agonisingly hilarious, Just Between Ourselves confirmed Ayckbourn as a serious comic writer of the highest order. This play is directed by Mark Rosenblatt, who recently directed Ayckbourn’s Snake In The Grass at The Matrix Theatre in Los Angeles and was last at Royal & Derngate to direct A Passionate Woman in 2002.

EVES 7.45pm THU MATINEES 2.30pm SAT MATINEES 2pm (excl. Sat 23 May)

WED 27 MAY

THU 28 MAY Tickets Mon - Fri & Sat Matinee £22 £21 £17 £11 (Premium Seats £26) Sat Eve £24 £23 £19 £13 (Premium Seats £27) Thu Matinee £17 £11

Subscribe & Save (See pg 50) £3 off top three prices

Previews £3 off first three performances

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ROYAL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA

“WITH HIS CHARM, GOOD LOOKS AND POP STAR VOICE, CRAIG CHALMERS IS A DREAM JOSEPH”

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EVENING TIMES

THU 28 MAY 7.30PM Conductor Dirk Joeres

Piano Freddy Kempf

Described as a conductor who goes for extremes, join Dirk Joeres and the exceptional young pianist, Freddy Kempf, for a playful concert that takes in the Scandinavian miniatures of Grieg and two massive works from the German repertoire. TICKETS £30 £27.50 £25 £23 £19 £13 (See pg

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Grieg Peer Gynt Suite No. 1 Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3 Brahms Symphony No. 4

THAT’LL BE THE DAY FRI 29 MAY 8PM Often referred to as the hottest show in town, the legendary That’ll Be The Day returns with a brand new show.

If you love classic-gold pop music and you like a good laugh, come and enjoy over two hours of non-stop nostalgia and take the ultimate trip down memory lane - we guarantee you’ll be on your feet and dancing before the night is over. www.thatllbetheday.com TICKETS £22 £20

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Featuring back to back classic hits from the ’50 s through to the ’90s, mixed with all new feel-good comedy routines, this definitely is a show not to be missed.

By Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber

MON 1 – SAT 6 JUNE

THINK FLOYD

Amassing a host of sensational reviews, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat continues to enjoy huge success across the country.

THE 2009 TOUR

Craig Chalmers, one of the most popular finalists in the recent hit BBC series Any Dream Will Do, continues his role as Joseph, having delighted at Royal & Derngate last year.

SAT 30 MAY 8PM All the atmosphere, visual magnitude and musical excellence of Pink Floyd is re-created live onstage in this extraordinary concert. Dubbed the definitive Pink Floyd experience, Think Floyd make a welcome return, with a special celebration of classic Floyd from Barrett to The Division Bell. With their acclaimed 30th anniversary concert presentation of music from The Wall, accompanied by a local school, this is a must-see for lovers of Pink Floyd’s unique music.

TICKETS £18.50 £16.50

artwork by Steve Geary

Telling the story of Joseph, his eleven brothers and the coat of many colours, this magical musical is full of unforgettable songs including Any Dream Will Do, Close Ev’ry Door To Me and One More Angel.

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“A Superb piece of entertainment. I was thrilled” Daily Mirror “Brilliant! it explodes like glittering fireworks” The Sunday Times

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MON 7.30PM TUE - THU 2PM & 7.30PM FRI 5PM & 8PM SAT 2PM, 5PM & 8PM TUE 2 JUNE WED 3 JUNE TicketS Mon – Thu 7.30pm & Fri 5pm £22 £20 £17 £14 Fri 8pm & Sat 2pm, 5pm & 8pm £26 £23.50 £20 £17 Tue – Thu 2pm £18 £13 (See pg 50) £3 off top three prices (excl. Tue - Thu & Sat Mats) Craig Chalmers will perform in all shows excl. Wed Mat & Sat 5pm.

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ROYAL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA

An interactive new show for under 6s

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AMERICAN CLASSICS SUN 7 JUNE 7.30PM Conductor Michael Seal

Piano Benjamin Grovesnor

This concert has a variety of pieces that will be recognisable to many audience members. Full of the energy of the stars and stripes, it will leave you on a real high. TICKETS £30 £27.50 £25 £23 £19 £13 (See pg

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Copland Fanfare For The Common Man & Billy The Kid: Suite Gershwin Rhapsody In Blue & An American In Paris Bernstein West Side Story: Symphonic Dances

BIZET’S CARMEN MON 8 JUNE 7.30PM In their farewell tour, Ellen Kent & Amphitheatre Productions will transport you to the real bullrings of Spanish life to tell the story of the fiery and beautiful Carmen in this fantastic new production of Bizet’s Carmen. This is a passionate opera, complete with themes of love, jealousy and revenge performed by international soloists, alongside the Chisinau National Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus.

TICKETS £34.50 £29.50 £24.50 £20 £17.50

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SAT 6 – SAT 27 JUNE Everyone has wishes. But when wishes lose their sparkle, it’s time for a Wish Wash! Dinah has lots of wishes, but she’s forgotten what they are. One day, when she is cleaning in the theatre where she works, she finds some extraordinary secret places. Join Dinah on her journey into a magical world. You’ll meet colourful characters who will help you make a lot of mess where you shouldn’t, dance like nobody is watching and make as much noise as you want! Wish Wash will take you on a fantastical voyage to a messy, wonderful place where anything is possible.

TUES – FRI 10.30AM & 1.30PM SAT 10.30AM, 1.30PM & 3.30PM (excl. SAT 6 JUNE 11.30AM & 3.30PM) No performances on Sundays or Mondays Directed by Dani Parr Designed by Kate Bunce Tickets Child £5 Adult £6

10cc TUE 9 JUNE 7.30PM 10cc, one of the most successful groups of the ’70s are here as part of their nationwide tour to celebrate the release of their new album, The Greatest Hits and More. Join 10cc as they perform all their favourite hits including the classics Rubber Bullets, I’m Not In Love, Dreadlock Holiday, Donna, Art For Art’s Sake, Good Morning Judge, The Things We Do For Love, I’m Mandy Fly Me, Life Is A Minestrone, The Dean And I and The Wall Street Shuffle. 10cc are Graham Gouldman, Rick Fenn, Paul Burgess, Mick Wilson and Mike Stevens.

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Wish Wash is co-produced with Polka Theatre.

TICKETS £25 £22

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Sung in French with English surtitles.

Photo: Alex Soulsby

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THE LAUGHS AND LOVES OF HENRY BLOFELD

Direct from TV

WED 10 JUNE 7.30PM

Milkshake! Live

HOW SWEET IT IS

My first concert

MOTOWN’S GREATEST HITS

SAT 13 – SUN 14 JUNE

THU 11 JUNE 8PM

For the first time ever Milkshake! is hitting the road with a colourful LIVE concert!

How Sweet It Is celebrates the 50th anniversary of one of the most loved and popular genres of music ever.

TICKETS £19.50 £17.50

It’s a guaranteed feel good treat, bursting with energy and a fabulous opportunity to enjoy all the tunes and dance steps that have made Milkshake! one of the most successful children’s TV experiences ever. So get your family’s dancing shoes on and join in with the action - it’s the perfect summer treat!

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Featuring music from two of Motown’s finest vocal groups, The Temptations and The Four Tops, along with many other legendary artists from the great Motown stable, this fantastic concert includes the songs Reach Out I’ll Be There, Walk Away Renee, I Cant Help Myself, Going Loco in Acapulco, My Girl, Just My Imagination, and Get Ready, to name just a few. There’ll also be renditions of smash hits from other famous Motown artists like Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and many more.

Now your children can join their favourite TV characters and Milkshake! presenters in a brand new, action packed all-singing, all-dancing musical extravaganza. Fifi & Bumble, Peppa & George, Rupert Bear, Little Princess, Noddy & Tessie Bear and Mr. Bump & Little Miss Daredevil will all be together on one stage!

SAT 10.30AM & 1.30PM SUN 11AM & 2.30PM TICKETS Adult £15.50 Child £13.50

Characters/presenters subject to change

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Joe Longthorne

Soul’d On Blues

MON 15 JUNE 7.30PM

TUES 16 JUNE 7.30PM

Joe Longthorne began his career over three decades ago with appearances on Junior Showtime, followed by a grounding on the tough Northern club circuit. After appearances at the London Palladium with Bob Hope and The Talk of the Town, Joe received the Variety Club of Britain award as Most Promising Artiste of the Year.

Blues and Soul was booming in the UK in the ’60s and three legendary voices were at the heart of the UK scene Chris Farlowe, Cliff Bennett and Herbie Goins, together with the Norman Beaker Band.

Joe’s repertoire of voices is endless and includes hundreds of the world’s top singers, doing an incredible impersonation of Shirley Bassey. Now he’s back on the road looking forward to new challenges, new songs to sing and new audiences to thrill.

TICKETS £23 £19.50

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All three will now join together on stage once again to perform their unforgettable hits Out of Time, Handbags and Gladrags, Got to Get You Into My Life, One Way Love and Number One in Your Heart, as well as some classic hits from Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, James Brown and BB King.

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This is a true taste of the best in blues and soul music.

TICKETS £18.50

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Henry Blofeld has danced his way from an irretrievably Edwardian upbringing to the Test Match Special Commentary box, via a brief (but not brief enough) stay in the City of London. He’s met many celebrities including Ian Fleming and Noël Coward and in this hilarious evening of entertainment, Blowers will recount his laughs and his loves, kicking some of the most annoying habits of the modern world into touch.

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THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTHAMPTON

SAT 20 JUNE 12PM - 12AM

GRADUATE FASHION SHOW

Royal & Derngate’s very own music festival is here. Northampton is a hotbed of musical talent just waiting to burst through the ground and in the Wangley Wood Music Festival, you can experience the very best new music your town has on offer.

WED 17 JUNE 2.30PM & 7.30PM Top catwalk models will showcase cutting-edge fashion from the designers of tomorrow at The University of Northampton’s Graduate Fashion Show – the most fashionable diary date of the year!

We’re packing the whole building, from the foyer spaces through to Derngate auditorium with live music, for a day of entertainment as well as stalls, acoustic sets and storytelling sessions that the whole family can enjoy.

Expect the unexpected on the catwalk – last year, the show featured beautiful ball gowns, a collection based on Princess Diana, ’60s themes and dresses inspired by farmyard poultry! TICKETS £15

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The event is a glamorous and exciting vehicle for the talents of Year 2 and Year 3 BA Fashion discipline students from the University.

Wander into the Wangley Wood and enjoy some of the best new music in town! And we promise… despite being assured a fantastic festival-vibe with our great indoor stages and stalls, wellies are optional, as one thing you wont have to contend with is the British weather! Get Involved We have a few limited spaces available for local musicians, bands and stall holders. If you’d like to be part of Royal & Derngate’s summer festival, please email steve.scrivens@royalandderngate.co.uk for an information pack.

GAGA THE ULTIMATE TRIBUTE TO QUEEN THU 18 JUNE 8PM

TICKETS £16 £15

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“Undoubtedly the finest Queen tribute around” POP LIFE MAGAZINE

Tickets £15

SINGS OUT… SUMMER SPIRIT MON 22 JUNE 7.30PM Sings Out...Summer Spirit returns to our stage with another inspiring, vocally dynamic performance. Prepare to be blown away by 650 Northamptonshire voices, a live professional band and singers with up-tempo gospel flair, soulful arrangements and invigorating choreography. This show will make you move, clap and smile and will leave you breathless – it’s unlike anything you have ever seen before.

Go on, Reward yourself – you Deserve it… TICKETS £8

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Performing Queen classics as they were meant to be performed, GA GA present one of the finest tribute concerts you’ll ever see. Creating the atmosphere of Queen’s live shows without any gimmicks, GA GA will bring back to life the magic of this legendary band with renditions of We Are The Champions, Radio Ga Ga, Somebody To Love and Bohemian Rhapsody plus many more.

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PRIVATE FEARS IN PUBLIC PLACES By Alan Ayckbourn

MON 22 JUNE – SAT 11 JULY

Directed by Laurie Sansom Designed by Nicolai Hart-Hansen Lighting Designed by James Farncombe Sound Designed by Adrienne Quartly

CREATIVE PROJECTS ARE AVAILABLE FOR SCHOOLS, COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES TO ACCOMPANY THIS PRODUCTION. PLEASE CALL OUR CREATIVE PROJECTS MANAGER ON 01604 627566 OR VISIT WWW.ROYALANDDERNGATE.CO.UK

Nicola wants a new flat. Imogen wants a new man. Stewart wants Charlotte. Charlotte wants to spread God’s love. Ambrose wants a quiet life and Dan wants another drink. Six people looking for love and companionship against the backdrop of a modern city find their lives intersecting in this startlingly beautiful play. The action flows seamlessly from hotel bar to bedsit to office as the characters discover that what you see in public isn’t always what’s going on in private. In this unique production, actors and audience will share the stage of the Royal, plunging you inside an intimate piece of modern life with all its ridiculous and heartbreaking uncertainties. Directed by Artistic Director Laurie Sansom, who spent four years working as Alan Ayckbourn’s Associate in Scarborough, this production follows a string of highly acclaimed productions at Royal & Derngate including Follies, The Glass Cage and The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.

EVES 7.45pm THU 2 JULY 2.30pm SAT MATINEES 2pm FRI 10 JULY 7pm & 10pm

TUE 30 JUNE WED 1 JULY

Tickets Mon - Fri & Sat Matinee £22 £21 £17 £11 (Premium Seats £26) Sat Eve £24 £23 £19 £13 (Premium Seats £27) Thu Matinee £17 £11

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NORTHAMPTONSHIRE CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE’S ARTS FESTIVAL

WED 24 JUNE 7.30PM Writer, broadcaster, raconteur and Australia’s finest export, Clive James has been a British institution for longer than he cares to remember.

“King of the chat shows” EDINBURGH EVENING NEWS TICKETS £17

THU 6PM FRI 7PM SAT 4PM TICKETS £9

sing-a-long-a rocky horror picture show

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www.clivejamesevening.com

This Festival celebrates the achievements of children and young people from schools and arts organisations across the County. Now in its third year, this is a wonderful opportunity to experience a wealth of live performance featuring a variety of dance, drama and music.

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Famous for writing the way he talks, Clive James can talk the way he writes. This will be a feast of opinion - some of it surprisingly sane, concluding with an exclusive Question & Answer session where you can pitch your own question to the master interviewer.

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SUMMER FESTIVAL OF MUSIC SUN 5 JULY 2PM & 7.30PM

Fancy dress is not obligatory but highly recommended! www.singalonga.net TICKETS £14.50

The 2nd Generation Concert takes place at 7.30pm with performances by the County’s Training Orchestra, Brass Band, Wind Orchestra, Jazz 2, Girls’ Choir, Guitar Ensemble and String Orchestra, with foyer entertainment from Plugged in 1.

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The campest cult classic of all time gets the Singalonga treatment it’s been screaming for! With a screening of the film, starring Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Meat Loaf and Richard O’Brien, it’s the most outrageous, riotous, wonderful romp ever. If you’ve done The Time Warp before, you’ll never have done it quite like this!

TICKETS £11 £10 £9

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Northamptonshire Music and Performing Arts Service presents the New Generation Concert at 2pm, with performances by the County’s Junior Orchestra, Wind Orchestra, Brass Ensemble, String Orchestra, Girls and Boys Choirs and Jazz 3, with foyer entertainment from Plugged in 2.

THU 25 june 7.30pm

WORLD OF SONG WED 1 JULY 7.30PM Northamptonshire Music and Performing Arts Service, part of Northamptonshire County Council’s Children and Young People’s Service, invites you to join their World of Song. A feast of vocal and instrumental music from around the world will be presented by a massed choir of the Moulton Cluster Schools, with guest performances from the award-winning County Youth Choir under the baton of Kathryn Cook and the County’s outstanding Youth Big Band, under the direction of Rachel Coles.

TICKETS £8

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Royal & Derngate’s comedy club returns for another season of laughs on our Underground stage. See some of the best new comedy acts around. Dates for this season are still to be confirmed so check with the Box Office for full details. TICKETS £9 in advance £10 on the door

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By Alan Ayckbourn

“STILL THE SEXIEST, MOST SENSATIONAL MUSICAL” SUNDAY EXPRESS

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TUE 7 - SAT 11 JULY When fired accountant Henry Bell and society maverick Karen Knightly meet on a London Bridge late one night, their fevered minds quickly turn to revenge. These unlikely bedfellows soon find themselves entwined in each others’ lives, hunting down the objects of each others’ wrath. But revenge is a dangerous business, and soon their lives are hurtling out of control. The Revengers’ Comedies is Ayckbourn’s homage to the classic thriller Strangers On A Train and was written to celebrate his 50th birthday. Twenty years on, join our Community Actors Group for Parts One and Two of this epic romp through the stately homes and offices of England. This production is part of Ayckbourn at 70 - A Celebration. tue 7 wed 8 thu 9 fri 10 sat 11

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Purple Times denote ParT 1 Green Times denote Part 2 TICKETS £8.50 (Part 1 or Part 2 purchased seperately) £15 (Part 1 & Part 2 purchased together)

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By Alan Ayckbourn THU 16 - sat 18 july Orvin the great. Orvin the indestructible. Orvin the… only one left? When the chorus of gods find themselves with no other choice but to appoint Orvin, the most reluctant and unlikely of heroes as Champion of Champions, even they find his story a challenge to tell. And Orvin, a hopeless squire transformed into a legendary warrior, discovers that he’s got a bad case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

MON 6 – SAT 11 JULY

Based on real life events back in the roaring 1920’s, nightclub singer Roxie Hart shoots her lover and along with Cell Block rival - double-murderess Velma Kelly - they fight to keep from death row with the help of smooth talking lawyer, Billy Flynn. Created by the musical theatre talents of John Kander, Fred Ebb and legendary choreographer Bob Fosse, Chicago’s sexy, sassy score includes All That Jazz and Razzle Dazzle. With six Oscars, six Tony, two Olivier, one Grammy and two Bafta awards, Chicago truly is “the sharpest, slickest show on the block” The Times.

MON – THU 7.30PM FRI 5.30PM & 8.45PM SAT 5PM & 8PM

A musical, medieval romp of accidental heroism, Orvin – Champion of Champions is packed full of musical fun and is the perfect entertainment for everyone who has ever felt slightly out of place.

Tickets Mon – Thu Eve & Sat 5pm £33 £28 £25 £21 £16

This production is part of Ayckbourn at 70 - A Celebration.

Fri & Sat Eve £36 £31 £28 £22 £18

EVES 7.45PM SAT MATINEE 2PM Directed by Mike Hayhurst

Fri 5.30pm £26 £19 £16

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£3 off top three prices (excl. Fri 5.30pm & Sat 8pm)

TICKETS £8.50 £5.50

It would be a crime to miss it! www.chicagothemusical.com

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“Murder, greed, corruption, exploitation, adultery and treachery…all those things we hold near and dear to our hearts”… So begins the international award-winning musical, Chicago starring Gary Wilmot as Billy Flynn and Emma Barton (EastEnders) as Roxie Hart.

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MAN OF THE MOMENT By Alan Ayckbourn

MON 27 JULY – SAT 15 AUGUST

Directed by Alan Ayckbourn Designed by Michael Holt Lighting Designed by James Farncombe Sound Designed by Paul Arditti

Vic Parks has it all – a villa in Spain, a trophy wife and a swimming pool to die for. After years of celebrity, Vic’s about to come face to face with the man who made it all possible, and this time it will be captured on camera. Who is the real Vic and will the television director get the dramatic reunion she is banking on? Taking a dive into the vacuous world of celebrity culture and reality TV, Man Of The Moment is arguably even more relevant today than when first written. A biting satire on the state of the nation, this darkly comic story explores how we create heroes and villains and what happens to the little guy caught in the middle. In a remarkable exclusive for Royal & Derngate, Alan Ayckbourn returns to his own play 20 years on to direct this new production.

EVES 7.45pm THU MATINEES 2.30pm SAT MATINEES 2pm

TUE 4 AUGUST WED 5 AUGUST

Tickets Mon - Fri & Sat Matinee £22 £21 £17 £11 (Premium Seats £26) Sat Eve £24 £23 £19 £13 (Premium Seats £27) Thu Matinee £17 £11

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Featuring the hit songs FATHER & SON, THE FIRST CUT IS THE DEEPEST, WILD WORLD, MORNING HAS BROKEN, MATTHEW & SON and MOONSHADOW.

WED 22 JULY – SAT 1 AUGUST One of the world’s most popular and creative singersongwriters ever, Cat Stevens (Yusuf Islam) has sold over 60 million albums worldwide, including some of the most lasting and frequently recorded songs of our time.  This spectacular new musical features many of his much-loved hits, such as Father and Son, The First Cut is the Deepest, Wild World, Morning Has Broken, Matthew & Son and, of course, Moonshadow. Set in a magical world of darkness and mystic moonlight, Moonshadow tells the tale of young hero Stormy who, accompanied by a mysterious guide, embarks on an epic journey to find the lost land of unseen light that shines brightly in his dreams.  A dazzlingly beautiful and inspiring musical, Moonshadow plays its only UK date in Northampton before heading to the West End. Don’t miss your chance to see it here first this summer.

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TUE 8 – SAT 12 SEPTEMBER A tale as old as time... One of the most popular and enchantingly romantic stories ever told is coming to Royal & Derngate.

EVES 7.30PM WED & SAT MATINEES 2.30PM

Seen by over 25 million people, one of the biggest musicals of all time brings to life the beloved story with a burst of theatrical magic.

Tue – Thu Eve & Sat Matinee £30 £26.50 £22.50 £17.50 £15.50

Nominated for nine Tony awards including Best Musical, this sensational show has been wowing audiences worldwide and now is your chance to experience the enchantment of an unforgettable performance of Disney’s classic musical!

Tickets

Fri & Sat Eve £32.50 £29.50 £24.50 £20.50 £16.50 Wed Matinee £26 £23 £16 (See pg 50)

“SPECTACULAR” BRITISH THEATRE GUIDE 2 tickets for the price of 1 on top two prices (First night) £5 off top two prices (Mon-Thu Eves)

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“ENCHANTING AND EMOTIVE, HILARIOUS AND HEART-WARMING. A BEAUTY OF A SHOW” WHATSONSTAGE.COM

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COMING SOON...

Soweto Gospel Choir TUE 15 SEPTEMBER 7.30PM Two time Grammy awardwinners Soweto Gospel Choir return to the Derngate stage. The choir is made up of diverse cultures and faiths and as such, will be performing in several different languages – Xhosa, Sotho, Zulu and English. It is this diversity which makes South Africa and its music and dance so exciting. Expect earthy rhythms, rich harmonies, energetic percussion and a touch of humour, and with some dynamic dancing and vibrant, colourful costumes, this concert will have explosive energy!

FASCINATING AIDA

TANGO FIRE

THU 17 SEPTEMBER 7.30PM

FRI 18 SEPTEMBER 7.30PM

Britain’s top female comedy trio are 25 years old! (well, older actually, but they have decided their Silver Jubilee can be celebrated for a few more years at least!)

Direct from Buenos Aires Argentina’s hottest tango show returns to Royal & Derngate in a show that is seductive, sophisticated and thrilling!

25 years, five continents, six West End runs, six albums, numerous award nominations, two books and 784 sopranos later, they are back on tour. Now with new songs, join Dillie Keane, Adele Anderson and Liza Pullman as they celebrate their auspicious birthday.

Born of a culture where tango is not just a hobby but an integral part of life, five couples dance on stage with a fleetness of foot that is totally breathtaking. Watch as the dancers perform an elaborate mix of tango that combines nostalgia with a modern edge – but always maintaining the same intimacy of this most passionate dance.

Rockin’ on Heaven’s Door

The Gruffalo

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SUN 20 SEPTEMBER 1.30PM & 4.30PM

SUN 27 SEPTEMBER 7.30PM

SAT 19 SEPTEMBER 7.30PM

Based on the award-winning picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, Tall Stories’ big scary monster of a show is coming to Royal & Derngate!

Rockin’ On Heaven’s Door sends shivers down the spine with spookily convincing portrayals of musical giants Presley, Orbison, Holly, The Big Bopper and Jerry Lee Lewis. Now in its 12th fantastic year, this production has received acclaim throughout the UK and Europe. Backed by a superb five piece band, it delivers the feel-good factor from start to finish – one million people can’t be wrong.

This smash-hit production continues to delight young fans of the massively popular book and is a brilliant show for your family this September. Join Mouse as she sets out into the woods on a hunt for hazelnuts; meet a wheeler-dealer Fox, an eccentric old Owl, a maracashaking, party-mad Snake and, of course, the Gruffalo!

Happy Birthday Fascinating Aida!

Alongside a live four-piece band, this is dance at its most electrifying. “FIZZING ENERGY – A HIGHLY ENTERTAINING NIGHT OUT” THE TIMES

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TICKETS Adult £10 Child £8

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“MONSTROUS FUN!” DAILY MAIL

£32 (max. 2 adults)

Curtis Stigers is at the forefront of a new generation of jazz singers. With one of the most distinctive voices in music, this singer, saxophonist and songwriter pushes the boundaries of conventional jazz performers and expands the jazz repertoire creating modern jazz standards. Blazing a path as one of his generation’s finest and most original interpreters of modern songs, this concert is sure to delight all fans of great music. TICKETS £22.50 £20

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SPYMONKEY’S MOBY DICK (An Unreliable Version)

FRI 18 – SAT 26 SEPTEMBER

“This is one of the funniest pieces of theatre you will ever see. This beautifully crafted melodrama is packed with physical humour, silliness and exquisite performances from start to finish. If there’s any justice in the world, these guys will be given their own TV series”

Performed by Aitor Basauri Petra Massey Stephan Kreiss Toby Park

Four whalers find themselves trapped in the belly of a whale. As they ponder the irony of their fate they recount a story of Moby Dick, sparkling with their own fantastical flourishes. The novel’s epic examination of good, evil, fate and obsession is lost on them. And then, mysteriously, found on them again.

Directed by Jos Houben

Will Ahab’s thirst for revenge be unhinged by the wellmeaning but staggeringly inept attentions of his crew? Now that he has found true love, is Ishmael still fated to be the sole survivor of the Pequod? What does a cannibal harpoonist from Bavaria eat?

Presented with support from Arts Council England

Co-produced by

Will the cameo appearance by legendary screen actor Awesome Whales scupper everything? And how do you make a whale throw up? Following the huge success of Cooped in 2007, Spymonkey returns with this whale of a show, co-produced by Royal & Derngate.

EVES 7.45pm THU & SAT MATINEES 2.30pm (excl. 19 Sept)

WED 23 SEPTEMBER THU 24 SEPTEMBER

Tickets Mon - Fri & Sat Matinee £22 £21 £17 £11 (Premium Seats £26) Sat Eve £24 £23 £19 £13 (Premium Seats £27) Thu Matinee £17 £11

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Previews £3 off first three performances

Time Out, London on Cooped

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TIM RICE & ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER’S MASTERPIECE

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“a monumental show” sunday express

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“thrilling & tantalising” THE scotsman

“A PRODUCTION FULL OF PASSION - A DAZZLING SUCCESS”

Rambert DANCE COMPANY

THE LIVERPOOL ECHO

MON 21 - SAT 26 SEPTEMBER Jackie The Magazine live on stage! Your fave teen-read from the ’70s is now a poptastic musical! Travel through time and rediscover all your favourite features from the magazine set to a background of hits from Donny Osmond, David Essex, The Jackson 5, Pan’s People and of course, David Cassidy. MON – THU 7.30PM FRI 5PM & 8PM SAT 4PM & 8PM

MON 2 – SAT 14 NOVEMBER TUE 6 – SAT 10 OCTOBER Over a quarter of a million people have seen Never Forget and now you can too! Direct from its acclaimed West End run, this spectacular musical is bursting with life, laughs and the great songs of Take That including the chart-topping smashes Relight My Fire, Pray, Back For Good, Babe and of course, Never Forget. Join the ride of a lifetime as Ash and his mates take a rollercoaster ride of fame, fortune and friendship on the way to realising their dreams. Could it be magic? Yes, it could!

Over 600,000 chart-busting albums sold!

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TICKETS

Mon – Thu & Sat 4pm £25 £22 £20 £18 £15

Tue - Thu Eve £27 £24 £22 £20

Fri & Sat Eve £30 £25 £23 £20 £18

Fri 5pm & Sat 4pm £21 £19

Fri 5pm £18 £15

Fri 8.30pm & Sat 8pm £30 £28 £26 £24

£3 off top three prices (excl. Fri 5pm & Sat Eve)

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Featuring some of the most famous and inspiring stage music ever written, including the classic songs Don’t Cry For Me Argentina, On This Night of a Thousand Stars, Oh What A Circus, You Must Love Me and Another Suitcase in Another Hall, the extraordinary Evita has over 20 major awards to its name, including an Oscar for the film version starring Madonna. This brand new production of the smash hit musical promises to be one of the theatrical events of the year. “A SHOW WITH PASSION, ENDLESS EMOTION AND STYLE” DAILY POST “EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS SHOW IS SPECTACULAR” WHATSONSTAGE.COM

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£3 off top three prices (Excl. Fri 5pm & Sat 8pm)

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TICKETS Mon – Thu & Sat Matinee £33 £28 £25 £21 £14 Fri & Sat Eve £36 £31 £28 £22 £16 Wed Matinee £26 £21 £19 £16

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wed 2 – fri 4 DECEMBER Rambert Dance Company, Britain’s most popular dance company, returns to Northampton with a sensational and diverse programme, featuring Comedy of Change, a major new production by award-winning Artistic Director Mark Baldwin. EVES 7.30PM THU MATINEE 2.30PM

EVES 7.30PM WED & SAT MATINEES 2.30PM

TUE – THU 7.30PM FRI 5PM & 8.30PM SAT 4PM & 8PM

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with Associate Orchestra London Musici

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(See pg 50) TICKETS Wed – Fri Eve £22 £20 £18 £16 £12 Thu Matinee £17 £15 £13 £11 £7

TUE 3 NOVEMBER WED 4 NOVEMBER

£3 off top three prices (excl. Thu Mat & Fri Eve)

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Young America Two Plays By Eugene O’Neill and Tennessee Williams

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE OCTOBER Fri 9 Sat 10 Thu 15 Fri 16 Sat 17 Mon 19 Tue 20 Wed 21 Thu 22 BTH 2pm Fri 23 Sat 24 SS 2pm Mon 26 Tue 27 Wed 28 Thu 29 SS 2pm Fri 30 Sat 31 BTH 2pm NOVEMBER Mon 2 Tue 3 Wed 4 Thu 5 BTH 2pm Fri 6 Sat 7 SS 2pm Mon 9 Tue 10 Wed 11 Thu 12 SS 2pm Fri 13 Sat 14 BTH 2pm

BTH 7.45pm BTH 7.45pm SS 7.45pm SS 7.45pm SS 7.45pm BTH 7.45pm SS 7.45pm BTH 7.45pm SS 7.45pm SS 7.45pm BTH 7.45pm SS 7.45pm BTH 7.45pm SS 7.45pm BTH 7.45pm BTH 7.45pm SS 7.45pm

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Our Young America season features the European premiere of one of Tennessee Williams’ first plays and a Eugene O’Neill work not seen in the UK for over 80 years. Performed by one company of actors in rep, this will be a major event in the artistic calendar.

SS 7.45pm SS 7.45pm BTH 7.45pm SS 7.45pm SS 7.45pm BTH 7.45pm BTH 7.45pm BTH 7.45pm SS 7.45pm BTH 7.45pm BTH 7.45pm SS 7.45pm

Directed by Laurie Sansom Designed by Sara Perks Lighting Designed by Chris Davey

BEYOND THE HORIZON FRI 9 OCTOBER – SAT 14 NOVEMBER Robert is about to start a new life across the ocean, whilst brother Andy is looking forward to settling on the family farm. But the realisation that they love the same woman results in them swapping lives as fate takes hold of the Mayo family. A powerful story of youthful dreams crashing into reality and the human spirit being tested almost beyond endurance, this is the play that formulated Eugene O’Neill’s tragic vision of America.

SPRING STORM THU 15 OCTOBER – SAT 14 NOVEMBER Heavenly has almost everything a young woman could desire but one spring is forced to decide between her handsome but wild lover Dick, and the respectable and sensitive Arthur. Her actions will have consequences for both her debt ridden family and other young people in the town, as they are all caught up in a storm that threatens to tear their lives apart.

mon 26 october SS TUE 27 OCTOBER BTH

WED 28 OCTOBER SS THU 29 OCTOBER BTH

Tickets Mon - Fri & Sat Matinee £22 £21 £17 £11 (Premium Seats £26) Sat Eve £24 £23 £19 £13 (Premium Seats £27) Thu Matinee £17 £11

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£3 off top three prices

Previews £3 off first four performances

Many of the preoccupations of Tennessee Williams’ classic plays are found in this extraordinary tale of young people struggling to reconcile the expectations of society and their volatile passions.

BTH Beyond The Horizon SS Spring Storm P Previews

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CHRISTMAS AT ROYAL & DERNGATE PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

The family musical from the writers of Mary Poppins

Music by George Stiles Book and lyrics by Anthony Drewe

TUE 1 DECEMBER – SUN 3 JANUARY Have you ever had the feeling that you go “Honk!” when everyone else goes “Quack!”? From the moment his egg cracks open, the Ugly Duckling knows there is something different about him. Follow Ugly’s adventures in Honk!, a hilarious musical comedy adventure based on the classic Hans Christian Andersen fairytale. As Ugly is lured away from his bullying siblings by an ever-hungry Cat, he embarks on a mission to find his way home, meeting a cast of eccentric creatures along the way!

Tickets For details of performance times, ticket prices and full discounts, please contact the Box Office. Available

Discounts apply

With live music, larger than life characters and belly laughs a-plenty, this is a delightful Christmas spectacle for the whole family and a sure-fire hit to follow up last year’s record breaking The Wizard of Oz.

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STAR CAST SOON TO BE ANNOUNCED!

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Fri Sat Sun Mon Tue Wed Thurs Fri Sat Sun

11 12 13

Dec Dec Dec

- 1pm 1pm

14 15 16 17 18 19 20

Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec

No performances 2pm 7pm 2pm 7pm 2pm 7pm 2pm 7pm 1pm 5pm 1pm 5pm

Mon Tue Wed Thurs Fri Sat Sun

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Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec

No performances 2pm 7pm 2pm 7pm 1pm 5pm No performances 1pm 5pm 1pm 5pm

Mon Tue Wed Thurs Fri Sat Sun

28 29 30 31 1 2 3

Dec Dec Dec Dec Jan Jan Jan

1pm 5pm 2pm 7pm 2pm 7pm 1pm 5pm No performances 1pm 5pm 1pm 5pm

Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri Sat Sun

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Jan Jan Jan Jan Jan Jan Jan

No performances 2pm 7pm 2pm 7pm 2pm 7pm 2pm 7pm 1pm 5pm 1pm 5pm

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FRI 11 DECEMBER – SUN 10 JANUARY Hi ho, hi ho, it’s off to Northampton you go to see our spectacular and enchanting family pantomime, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Get ready for the ultimate Panto adventure as the Wicked Queen, with help from her evil Henchman, tries her hardest to woo the Prince away from Snow White. Journey deep into the magical forest to meet seven loveable and hilarious dwarfs and find out if Snow White will get her fairytale ending. Our pantomimes are renowned for combining traditional storytelling, fantastic special effects, dazzling sets and costumes, sensational songs and dance routines to give you great big helpings of fun, laughter and audience participation. This year is no exception – come along and be dazzled by our sparkling family production!

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7pm 5pm 5pm

Local Partner

Green Shows £15 Purple & Gold Shows £23 £21 £19 Purple performances only £20 £18 £16 Parties 15+ £17 Parties 40+ £16 Parties 60+ £15 £10.50 (one teacher’s seat free with every 10 tickets) £3 off purple shows £1 off gold shows

Early Bird (excl. School Tickets) Buy before Sat 1 September and save an extra £1 off the price of your ticket.

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Between our ongoing projects and regular groups, in an average week Royal & Derngate’s Creative Projects department engages with over 500 different participants from all over the County – that’s over 2000 people a month.

Royal & Derngate provide creative opportunities for 2 – 25 year olds across the County. As well as our 10 regular Youth Theatre groups, we deliver a diverse range of projects enabling young people to engage with theatre making. One of our most recent projects involved 30 young people creating an online graphic novel. Working closely with actors, directors, photographers, digital artists, graphic designers and a music producer, the project challenged the media’s depiction of teenage crime, focusing on themes of public fear and mistrust. The end result was a new website that was launched at the Roadmender earlier this year. It can be found at www.hypercomproject.com

We run a number of groups and projects for members of the local community working with at least 400 adults from Northamptonshire every month. Our Community Actors Group and Community Choir offer a variety of performance opportunities both within the theatre and other local venues, whilst The Play’s The Thing Group provides a diverse programme of plays for those with a passion for discussing theatre. We have also begun a series of master classes with professional writers in collaboration with Theatre Writing Partnership, to which anyone is welcome. Creative Projects for schools, colleges and universities are a vital part of the theatre’s identity and are at the heart of all our work.

For more information on our groups and Creative Projects, contact the Arts Team on 01604 655757 or email arts@royalandderngate.co.uk

All year round, Royal & Derngate works closely with schools and colleges from across Northamptonshire and neighbouring Counties to create a wide-ranging programme exploring subjects relevant to the English, Drama, Dance, Music and Art & Design curriculums.  

MON 3 – FRI 7 AUGUST 10AM – 5PM

We also provide accompanying projects for our shows, many of which are free, and details of which can be found in our Creative Projects newsletter. If you would like to receive additional copies of this brochure, would like more details about our Creative Project work or would like to discuss ideas for developing tailor-made projects with your institution, then please contact our Creative Projects Manager, Alex Soulsby, on 01604 627566 or email alex.soulsby@royalandderngate.co.uk

Royal & Derngate’s Summer School returns this August for another week packed with drama, music, creativity and fun! If you’re aged between 8 and 18 and interested in theatre, then our Summer School is the perfect place to explore your creative horizons (and take a break from the parents!). See our website for more information.

TICKETS £125

Photos by Alex Soulsby

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DISCOUNTS TYPE

HOW TO BOOK

EXCEPTIONS (SUMMER 2009) CONCESSIONS

FAME £2 off top two prices (excl. Fri 5.30pm)

PHONE Call 01604 624811 or visit the Box Office in person

UNDER MILK WOOD £3.50 off top four prices (Mon-Fri & Sat Mat) & £3.50 off top price (Thu Mat)

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

HIS DARK MATERIALS £23 £18 £15 (per performance)

£2 off top three prices

SUMMER FESTIVAL OF MUSIC £7.50 (£6.50 for Classical Season Subscribers)

EMAIL Email our Sales Advisors at box.office@royalandderngate.co.uk

FAME 10+ £2 off top two prices; 20+ £3 off top two prices (excl. Fri 5.30pm)

POST Send your booking to Royal & Derngate, Box Office, Guildhall Road, Northampton, NN1 1DP.

GROUPS Wherever you see , Groups are entitled to the following discounts (excluding Fri & Sat evenings and weekday matinees):

ALL THE FUN OF THE FAIR £3 off top two prices (excl. Fri and Sat Eve & Wed Mat) CARMEN £3 off top three prices

UNDER MILK WOOD 10+ £2 off top four prices; 20+ £3 off top four prices (excl. Sat Eve) ALL THE FUN OF THE FAIR 10+ £5 off top two prices; 20+ £6 off top two prices (excl. Fri and Sat Eve & Wed Mat)

Parties 10+ £2 off top three prices

ANGELINA BALLERINA No discount. One free adult seat with every 10 children’s tickets

Parties 20+ £3 off top three prices

MOONSHADOW 8+ £3 off top three prices, 10+ £4 off top three prices, 20+ £5 off top three prices

Parties 40+ £4 off top three prices

THE GRUFFALO No discount. One free adult with every 10 children’s tickets

SCHOOLS

CARMEN 10+ £3 off top three prices

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

FAMILY Wherever you see , a special price applies for your family group. Prices are highlighted on individual show pages.

The Box Office is open from 10am to 8pm Mon to Sat. On Sun and Bank Holidays, the Box Office is closed unless there is a performance, at which point it will open an hour and a half before the first performance. Ticket reservations must be paid for within 4 days of booking. We are unable to reserve tickets without payment within the 7 days prior to the performance. We are unable to exchange or refund tickets. Please note: Boxes in the Royal auditorium are sold subject to technical requirements and may not be available for purchase, ask at Box Office when booking.

HOW TO FIND US HIS DARK MATERIALS £16 £11 (per performance) ANGELINA BALLERINA One free adult seat with every 10 children’s tickets

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

ONLINE Visit www.royalandderngate.co.uk and select your own seat

JOSEPH £9 plus one teacher’s seat free with every 10 tickets (Tue – Thu 2pm only) BEAUTY & THE BEAST £11 (Wed Mat only) EVITA £10 plus one teacher’s seat free with every 10 tickets (Wed Mat only) THE GRUFFALO No discount. One free teacher’s seat with every 10 children’s tickets

Wherever you see the Subscribe & Save logo: book six shows and save up to £6 per ticket, book five shows and save up to £5 per ticket, book four shows and save up to £4 per ticket. Call the Box Office for further details.

All concessions are subject to availability and should be checked at the time of booking. Some concessions and ticket prices may only be available for a limited period, subject to demand. Our Box Office can advise you which concessions are available for a performance at the time of booking. Only one concession applies per ticket. Please note: Proof of status will be required on the first purchase of a concessionary ticket and can be checked on any subsequent ticket purchase.

GROUP BOOKINGS

FREE TICKETS FOR U26s

As well as the fantastic savings you can make on shows as detailed above, there are lots of other benefits you can enjoy as a group booker including:

As one of only four venues in the East Midlands taking part in a new Arts Council initiative, we’re inviting under 26 year olds to enjoy A Night Less Ordinary.

Our dedicated Group Sales Advisors can make your trip to Royal & Derngate as easy as possible. Call 01604 620066.

If you are travelling by car, parking is available in the Albion Place and St John’s Surface and Multi-Storey car parks. All car parks have an 80p evening charge in effect from 5pm to 11.59pm (6pm in St John’s multi-storey). For SAT NAV devices, Albion Place Car Park is located at NN1 1UD and both St John’s Car Parks are located at NN1 1EQ. There are train and bus connections approximately 15-minutes walk from the theatre.

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• Extended payment periods • Special discounts • Discounted coach travel from Yorks Coaches • Facilities to pre-book interval ice creams and soft drinks • Regular newsletters • Invitations to group organiser events.

Royal & Derngate’s main entrance 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.

Helping to cultivate a new generation of theatregoers, this scheme is designed to encourage young people to take their theatregoing experiences into their own hands, and gives them the opportunity to claim FREE tickets for shows on the Royal stage. If you’re under 26, register online at www.royalandderngate.co.uk or call the Box Office. For more info see www.anightlessordinary.org.uk

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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 and Audio Described performances are indicated on the individual show pages. The Sennheiser Infra-red Enhanced Hearing System is available from the theatre shop. •G  uide 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 ring 01604 624811. Please note: During some performance intervals, on-screen film advertising may be shown in the Derngate auditorium. 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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SUPPORT ROYAL & DERNGATE CHALLENGE 125 This is a big year for us. We have been producing theatre in the Royal for the people of Northampton since 1884, and this year we celebrate its 125th anniversary. The Board of Trustees have accepted the challenge of raising £125,000 to go directly towards the artistic programme at Royal & Derngate and the staff have been charged to come up with fun and inventive ways to raise money. If you’re keen to hear more about our fundraising campaign and find out how you can help us develop the ambition and range of our produced shows, call our Box Office or see the local press for more details.

From as little as £25 a year with our enjoy membership scheme, you can: • Take advantage of regular discounts on all of our shows • Enjoy invitations to special events • Receive a regular newsletter with insights into what’s happening behind the scenes • Claim 10% off at our bars For example, this season book for Moonshadow and you will get your membership back in just one booking with our special 2for1 ticket offer. See individual show pages for available enjoy concessions. To find out more, call 01604 635868, ask the Box Office, visit us online at www.royalandderngate.co.uk/supportingus or email enjoy@royalandderngate.co.uk

Save money and support us today!

ROYAL & DERNGATE BUSINESS CLUB Support Royal & Derngate by becoming a Business Club member. Benefits are tailored to your business and can include: • Use of Business Club bar • Company logo to appear in all season brochures and in-house programmes • Invitations to VIP and business networking events • Best seats available for company use • Personal priority booking service • Complimentary and discounted tickets For information on our exclusive Business Club and to become a member, please contact Ronny Kimbell, Business Development Manager on 01604 655736 or email ronny.kimbell@royalandderngate.co.uk

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