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The Royal & Derngate Theatre has been nominated for the Excellence in Inclusivity Award in the UK Theatre Awards 2019, while designer Ti Green is nominated in the Best Design category for her work on Royal & Derngate’s co-production Touching the Void. The UK Theatre Awards celebrate creative excellence and the outstanding work seen on […]

As we move slowly out of September, panto season grows ever closer and this year, the Royal and Derngate Theatre is hosting a production of the classic fairy tale Cinderella throughout the festive season. Running from Friday 6th to Sunday 29th December, this year’s performance of Cinderella is Northampton’s largest festive production, with laugh-out-loud comedy, jaw […]

The Q-Film Weekender returns to the Northampton Filmhouse from Friday 8 to Sunday 10 November 2019 for its third year. Running across three days, the festival celebrates queer cinema from around the world, showcasing the very best in  LGBTQIA+ talent and films. The programme includes award-winning films such as Céline Sciamma’s highly-acclaimed Portrait of a Lady on Fire […]

Today, Chris and Shelly were joined by legendary producer and self-titled “namedropper” Chris Phipps. Speaking over the phone, Chris spoke about his time on Channel 4’s The Tube and the musicians he worked with in the 5 years he was working on that programme, including Frankie Goes To Hollywood, The Proclaimers and Black Sabbath. All […]

Avenue Q is an interesting play. An adult musical that addresses themes such as racism, sexuality, axiety and many more through a blend of Muppet-style puppets – with their controllers clearly present and providing more emotion to them – and hugely exaggerated stereotypes, it’s hard to describe Avenue Q in a way that does it […]

Comedian Matt Richardson bought his first feature-length show to the Underground of the Derngate last weekend, supported by Thrapston-born comedian, Ross Smith. Ross started his set slowly, but it picked up when he began interacting with the audience, and established many running jokes that continued throughout Matt’s main show. After the first five minutes, he […]

Cinderella in itself is the perfect pantomime title; a double dollop of nastiness with the ugly sisters, plenty of magic from the good fairy, some comic moments from the hapless Buttons and of course a love story. Unfortunately despite all the promise of the title, the delivery of this piece was lacking. Chris Maloney (X […]

Comedian Steve Bugeja bought his third and largest UK tour to the Derngate last weekend and showed off his unique brand of storytelling. The show sees Steve trapped on a 13-hour flight from Japan to the UK when he receives a message from his girlfriend with the oh-so ominous line “we need to talk”. The […]

Echo and the Bunnymen / Jonathan Jackson Northampton Derngate 20 October 2018 Award winning actor Jonathan Jackson is also one third of indie rock band Enation and his solo show this evening captures some of that bands alternative spirit. Stripped bare and acoustic his songs evidence a vulnerability that brings to mind Radiohead. Bathed in […]

Darren Day, Flawless,The Grumbleweeds and Abigail Dever brought a touch of early Christmas magic to Northampton as they officially launched Peter Pan, this year’s swashbuckling Royal & Derngate pantomime, with a photo call at Northampton’s Riverside Hub play centre. Actor, singer and television presenter Darren Day will play the dastardly Captain Hook. Darren has had […]


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