Royal & Derngate

Partnerships is the theme of the 14th Malcolm Arnold Festival. This annual weekend, packed with live music, films and talks on the multi-faceted composer and his music. Featuring the BBC Concert Orchestra as well as talented performers from around the region and family-friendly concerts suitable for all ages, the Festival takes place in the composer’s […]

Northampton’s Royal & Derngate has just announced that comedy legend Bernie Clifton, CBeebies star Sid Sloane and comedian and magician Martyn James will join soap and screen star Anita Dobson in this Christmas’s spectacular family pantomime Cinderella, which runs from Friday 6 to Sunday 29 December. The multi-award-winning stage, television and film actress and singer […]

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 […]

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 […]

The outgoing boss of Royal & Derngate Martin Sutherland has warned that Northamptonshire’s councils must fund the arts to help the economic recovery of the area. When the County Council is abolished new unitary authorities will be formed and not all the councillors taking part will have experience of providing arts funding. Martin said his […]

Okay, I have to admit it– I hate Abba tribute acts and dare I say it, I completely hated the film version of Mamma Mia when I watched it several years ago. With this in mind you would be forgiven for wondering why I was sat in a theatre auditorium last night to watch the […]

A casting call has gone out to pet owners who might have a dog who can play the part of Toto in The Wizard of Oz in October. And this time big dogs need not apply because the successful canididate has to be able to fit in Dorothy’s basket. Northampton Musical Theatre Company is looking […]


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