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What’s coming up at Derby Theatre studio

Drama, music and children’s shows offer entertainment to suit all the family in the new season at Derby Theatre studio.
A magical, musical space adventure kicks off the fun. The show 3, 2, 1 Blast Off gives young chldren the opportunity to moonwalk, meet friendly aliens and help Geoffrey Jumper and Mandy get home in time for tea. Catch the production on September 1 and 2.
Tales of Birbal (October 14) focuses on the enchanting world of the Moghul King Akbar, his witty advisor Birbal and travelling storytellers. Humour, puppetry and music combine in this show.
Children are also the focus of the season’s final offering, The Gingerbread Man, which is running in the Studio from December 5 to 31.
During the intervening months, there is plenty to entertain older viewers.
The drama Hymns (September 8 and 9) focuses on four men who reunite to mourn the loss of a close friend but time and events have had a corrosive effect on this once tight-knit bunch. 
High-energy physical theatre, acapella singing and humour combine in Freeman (October 6).
Rich storytelling features in Tell Me Anything (November 3) about a boy trying to be a man and his girl who has an eating disorder.

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Jodie Prenger as Shirley Valentine

Jodie Prenger on tour in Shirley Valentine

Jodie Prenger takes on the role of a housewife who changes her life for the better in the heart-warming comedy Shirley Valentine.

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VIDEO: Speedy SIV sales is just the ticket to boost regional economy, says new entertainment and events boss

A speedy new tickets sales system to help people buy easier and faster at SIV's venues - including Sheffield Arena - was outlined today as part of major plans to increase business and boost the region's economy.

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Can you dig deep for Derby Theatre and help with accommodation?

Can you dig deep for Derby Theatre and help with accommodation?

Derby Theatre is on the lookout for home owners in and around the city who are interested in joining the theatre’s Digs List, to offer short term accommodation to actors and other creatives who work at the theatre throughout the year.

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You’d be crazy to miss this top musical

You’d be crazy to miss this top musical

Caroline Flack and Tom Chambers head the cast in a touring production of the hit musical Crazy For You when it comes to Nottingham’s Theatre Royal later this year.

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Expectations are high at Derby Theatre

Expectations are high at Derby Theatre

A Derby Theatre production of Great Expectations by Charles Dickens can be seen from September 29-October 21.

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A real beauty of a musical is coming to the area

A real beauty of a musical is coming to the area

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical is coming to Nottingham’s Theatre Royal from October 17-21.

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Kids’ auditions to be held for Derby Arena panto

Kids’ auditions to be held for Derby Arena panto

Calling all talented young dancers in the area.

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A campaign to help injured music teacher Chris Toon has already passed its original �15,000 target.

Fundraising campaign launched to help injured musician

A fundraising campaign has been launched to help a music teacher get back on stage after he suffered life-changing injuries in a road crash.

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Kids’ TV star Ben is in Derby Arena panto

Kids’ TV star Ben is in Derby Arena panto

BAFTA-nominated actor and writer Ben Faulks, known to most as CBeebies’ Mr Bloom in the television show Mr Bloom’s Nursery, is set to star as Idle Jacques in this year’s spectacular all-star family panto Beauty and the Beast at Derby Arena.

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See Pascoe’s new comic take on Pride and Prejudice at Playhouse

See Pascoe’s new comic take on Pride and Prejudice at Playhouse

Nottingham Playhouse Theatre Company and York Theatre Royal are presenting their brand new comic adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice by Sara Pascoe, later this year.

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Patrick Monaghan

Bumper comedy bill for Edinburgh Festival preview show

Six comedians are lining up for an Edinburgh Festival preview show in Derbyshire.

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On Behalf of the People

Derbyshire writer premieres new play

Derbyshire playwright Ray Castleton’s new play about a post-war mining family will have two performances in the county.

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The Vamps at Sheffield O2 Academy on Monday, July 10.

WIN: Tickets to see The Vamps at Sheffield O2 Academy July 10

The Vamps have only just wrapped their massive UK arena tour but are back with an album preview show at the Sheffield Academy on Monday and you could be going for FREE.
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Ali MacGraw, Ryan O'Neal

Nottingham dates are off as Love Letters tour is cancelled

The UK tour of Love Letters, due to visit the Theatre Royal Nottingham from November 27-December 2, has had to be cancelled.

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The cast of The Addams Family. Photo by Matt Martin

REVIEW: Addams Family leaves Theatre Royal audience in raptures

They’re creepy and they’re kooky, mysterious and spooky......the time-honoured traditional way of describing The Addams Family — and the launch of the musical of the same name at Nottingham’s Theatre Royal lived up to this in spades.

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The Empress and Me to be performed at Buxton Fringe. Photo by Ross Ericson.

True story of Chinese princess is played out on stage

Buxton Fringe sees the debut of a new play from Ross Ericson, entitled The Empress and Me.
The play by Grist to the Mill Productions looks for the real woman behind the persona of Princess Der Ling and explores just what it is like to be raised between two cultures.
Lizzie Yu, daughter of a Chinese diplomat and Eurasian mother, was raised in France to be every bit the Victorian Lady, but when her father is recalled home she suddenly finds herself living in the Forbidden City, entangled in the politics of the Chinese Court and lady in waiting to the infamous Empress Cixi. This is the amazing true story of Princess Der Ling who, following her unique experience of life at the Manchu court and close relationship with the Empress Dowager, became an international celebrity.

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Muha. Photo by Matthew Hoyland.

VIDEO: Buxton Fringe offers 68 shows

This year’s Buxton Fringe features acclaimed new talent from the worlds of comedy, theatre and music in 68 different shows.


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Chamber Opera's production of Jane Austen at New Mills Art Theatre on July 16.

Musical aids theatre renovation

A musical version of Jane Austen’s final novel, Persuasion, at New Mills Art Theatre will help to aid a renovation project at the venue.

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The Marriage of Kim K at the Arts Centre Studio on July 6, July 13 and 18.

Kim Kardashian inspires update of Mozart masterpiece

What do Mozart and Kim Kardashian have in common?
Well, Kim’s 2011 marriage to NBA star Kris Humphries began with a televised fairytale wedding and ended just 72 days later when a mysterious divorce was filed. 
This epic failure of love is one of three collapsing marriages at the centre of a brisk, hilarious and vaultingly ambitious rewrite of Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro.

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