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Reviews

Epic storytelling on Derngate stage as The Colour Purple reminds us to learn from history.

You could tell that the story of Celie, the brutalised heroine of The Colour Purple, was hitting its mark by the way a middle-aged white guy a row in front of me was squirming in his seat throughout. To...

Neat tricks bring a Tati love story to life in latest Northampton touring production

I arrived at Royal and Derngate for the latest Made In Northampton touring production knowing little about what was in store for me with the first ever theatrical version of Jacques Tati's Playtime. The French master of visual comedy's tale...

Historic Shipmans’ pub refurbishment was worth every penny – restaurant review, August 2022

After being abandoned and left to rot for almost a decade, Northampton's famous Shipmans Pub has been beautifully restored by local company McManus, and certainly worth a visit. 12 The Drapery, Northampton. Visit The Shipmans for bookings The Shipmans' is...

Song of the Summer brings back Northampton music memories and reminds us of youth dilemmas – Review

Innovative 'gig theatre' at Northampton's Picturedrome mixes live music and an unfolding story as young people make choices about their future Here's the set up - it's 2006, and teenagers Alex, Max and Owen have a band, but they're not...

Make time for Mog – a purr-fect adventure at Northampton’s Royal and Derngate

Judith Kerr's forgetful cat brought to life by brilliant Wardrobe Ensemble in show for families which runs until June 19th Watching hundreds of kids engage with live theatre again was pretty sweet, as were my companions for the show. Alfred,...

REVIEW – An Improbable Musical, Royal and Derngate, Northampton

Hilary ScottReviewing theatre for 28 years, with no time off for good behaviour... I took a secret weapon to watch An Improbable Musical at Northampton's Royal and Derngate: my 14-year-old, musicals-obsessed daughter. Not just for her company and expertise, but...

A magic moment outside Six at Royal & Derngate

A wonderful thing happened on the way to Six at the Royal & Derngate. As all six particles in our nuclear family argued about where to grab a bite before the performance we found ourselves strolling along beside the...

Standing ovation as Hairspray the Musical rocks Royal and Derngate

Review: Hairspray. Royal and Derngate, Northampton (opening night January 31) I had never seen Hairspray before. Yes, I know, I know. It’s one of the most popular musicals in the world, an award-winning tour de force combining fantastic music and...

REVIEW – Turn again to the theatre with Dick Whittington at Northampton’s Derngate

As part of an arts scene audience starved of live interaction for just short of two years, it was almost pleasant to be in a chilly queue waiting for Covid protocols to be observed at Northampton's Derngate Theatre. I'd...
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