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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’,...

Stepping into the wonderful world of Slowthai

"I've got some friends from London down tonight, let's show them how we party in Northampton..." If there was a theme to Slowthai's homecoming gig at Northampton's Roadmender then that was it, expressed during one of the breathless breaks ...

Cinderella is a shoe in for your big panto fun

There are some clear stand out moments in the big Derngate panto in Northampton this Christmas. You've got Anita Dobson leading the cast in a rendition of Queen's Don't Stop Me Now, even miming the guitar solo her real...

Northamptonshire’s Richard III was the victim of a French coup

My first encounter with the author of Richard III and the Battle of Bosworth now seems like it took place in another era of history. Many years ago I was news editor of the Northampton Chronicle & Echo and I...

Get inside the lives of the Last of the Pelican Daughters

The very brilliant young company Wardrobe Ensemble bring their latest production for pre-Edinburgh previews at Northampton this week, and I implore you to go if you can get tickets tonight (July 26). If not, they're back in March. The Last...

Are you a papal person?

As part of its Made in Northampton season, Royal & Derngate Northampton is staging a world premiere of The Pope, which runs on the Royal stage until Saturday 22 June, Karin Johnstone reviews it here We see an elderly Bavarian...
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