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James Dacre to leave Royal & Derngate

The artistic director of Royal & Derngate Theatre in Northampton is to leave at the end of next summer. A statement released by the Northampton Theatres Trust said: James Dacre has announced he will step down after a decade as Artistic...

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...

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,...

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...

Discover the emerging theatrical talent on our doorstep at Gen-Fest

Following the success of the on-line festivals in November 2020 and March this year, Royal & Derngate’s artist support programme Generate presents its third Gen-Fest, this time with a mix of on-line and in-person sessions. Dedicated to supporting emerging...
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