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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...

Northampton’s version of Blue/Orange makes one of the white characters black but is the power game just the same?

THE issues of class, race and the NHS couldn’t be more relevant to audiences today, tentatively returning to the theatre at the height of a pandemic-heightened mental health crisis. The original Blue/Orange stage play, by former journalist Joe Penhall, was...

Fontaines DC at Roadmender reminded me why it is worth going out

Four hundred and ninety two days after it was last open the Roadmender welcomed back rock fans with Fontaines DC and support WJ Healey. There were pandemic controls in place and a reduced cap on audience numbers but as a...

Can you handle an Othello for the world we live in now?

Following Laurence Olivier, Adrian Lester, and the first Black British actor to play Othello, David Harewood – Francesca Amewudah-Rivers joins the number of actors that have played the character since his conception in the early 17th century. Directed by Miranda...

Our leaders telling porkies? This must be Animal Farm…

The boar Old Major gathers Manor Farm’s animals for a meeting, speaking of a dream he had where animals live together in unison and harmony free from the oppression of humanity. Telling them of song named ‘Beasts of England’,...
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Northampton Pride 2022 in full swing with huge turnout in town centre

A sunny, fun-filled day for all showed Northampton at its best #NorthamptonPride22 Northampton did itself proud this weekend with...
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