treats galore at theatre

Derby Theatre's new season has been announced
Derby Theatre's new season has been announced

It’s here! Derby Theatre’s autumn season is upon us, featuring a huge array of treats for theatregoers.

From bold new adaptations of Greek classics to Olivier award-winning comedies; exciting new work for teenage audiences to magical, family-friendly festive productions; original studio shows to a wealth of insightful workshops and from the best of touring theatre to an abundance of exciting opportunities for children and young people; this autumn at Derby Theatre promises an exciting theatrical experience.

Antigone, on from September 19-October 4, presented by Pilot Theatre, Derby Theatre and Theatre Royal Stratford East production, a brand new adaptation by acclaimed playwright, Roy Williams.

Roy has placed Sophocles’ play in a contemporary setting bringing Thebes into the 21st century, reinforcing this tale’s relevance and vitality.

Big-hearted northern classic The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, by Jim Cartwright will run from October 31-November 22. Shy Little Voice, in the shadows of her attic, hides an astonishing talent for pitch-perfect impersonations of great musical legends, Shirley Bassey, Judy Garland and Marilyn Monroe. Her mum’s fancy man, Ray Say, has big plans for her extraordinary singing…but can she overcome her stage fright.

Christmas at Derby Theatre is going to be magical, with two festive productions on offer. A Derby Theatre production of a vibrant adaptation by Neil Duffield of Charles Dickens’s treasured novel, A Christmas Carol will run in the main house from December 5-January 4. For little ones and their families, Red Earth Theatre, in association with Derby Theatre, will present the classic, deliciously scary Hansel & Gretel in the Studio from December 9-28.

Derby Theatre welcomes top-class touring companies into the main house again this autumn.

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This will include the return of Birmingham Stage Company with another ‘horrible’ offering, Terry Deary’s Horrible Histories Barmy Britain, on from October 7-11.

Bill Kenwright, by special arrangement with Agatha Christie Limited, will present Hercule Poirot in Black Coffee, on from November 24-29.

Sarah Brigham, artistic director at Derby Theatre, said: “I’m delighted to be presenting our busiest season yet at Derby Theatre. We have four ‘Made in Derby’ shows: our co production with Pilot Theatre and Theatre Royal Stratford East, which continues our reinvention of Greek classics in the form of a bold new adaptation of Antigone; the brilliant The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, which builds on the success of Kes to present another heart-warming northern classic; and not one but two Christmas treats: A Christmas Carol, everybody’s favourite and the deliciously tasty Hansel & Gretel with local company Red Earth who brought the brilliant Emil and the Detectives to our audiences last season.

“We don’t know yet if it will be a mild autumn or a frost-bitten winter but either way I’m pretty certain Derby Theatre will be ringing with laughter, cheer and a good night out for all next season.”

For full season details and to book tickets call the box office on 01332 593939 or visit www.derbytheatre.co.uk