Attractive new season at theatre

Sarah Brigham''Photo by Robert Day
Sarah Brigham''Photo by Robert Day

Derby Theatre’s forthcoming autumn season is offering a wide range of theatrical treats for all ages.

The season will celebrate the 40th anniversary of theatre at the current site.

From big-hearted, bold and brassy smash-hit productions to fantastic, festive shows for all the family; song-influenced spins on Shakespeare to fresh and exciting Studio pieces; classic Christie to West End hits; fabulous Derby Festé to family shows to inspire, excite and enthral; and a wealth of insightful workshops to an abundance of exciting and engaging participation opportunities for children, young people and the community; autumn 2015 at Derby Theatre is going to be a very busy one.

To open the 40th anniversary season, the theatre will present the big-hearted and bold Brassed Off, based on the screenplay from the smash-hit film, on from September 18 until October 10.

Brassed Off will be performed by a professional company of actors and will feature a small company of young actors from the region with live music from Belper-based Derwent Brass, the combination of which promises a truly thrilling and incredibly enjoyable night at the Theatre.

To celebrate the 40th anniversary, there will also be a Gala Performance of Brassed Off on September 22. For £40 per ticket, with every penny going towards the theatre’s work within the community, audience members on this night will receive a glass of bubbly and canapés on arrival, the performance plus post-show food, drink and entertainment.

Christmas 2015 offers two great Derby Theatre productions to suit all ages. Cinderella, a fun and feisty re-telling of the classic story, full of magic and humour performed by a merry band of actor-musicians, will run in the main house from December 4 until January 9.

The Elves and The Shoemakers, a tale of magic and mischief suitable for ages 3+, will run in the Studio from December 8-26. Both productions follow in the footsteps of previous knockout festive shows and promise to enthral and delight. Family tickets are available on both shows.

Touring shows for the autumn include: the ever-popular Oddsocks with a high octane musical version of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing; The Agatha Christie Company

celebrate their 10th anniversary with an all-star cast production of And Then There Were None, and Jeeves & Wooster in Perfect Nonsense, a laugh-out-loud comedy, which comes direct from the West End.

Sarah Brigham, artistic director at Derby Theatre, said: “We are incredibly excited about our upcoming autumn season, which will also celebrate 40 years of Derby Theatre being at its current site on Theatre Walk in the Eagle Centre and Intu.

“Brassed Off is the perfect show for us to host a Gala Performance and celebrate the 40th anniversary in style as it’s a show that encompasses everything that has been great about our history. .

“Once again, we have a great festive offer of Christmas productions, two perfectly-pitched shows.

“In the rest of our season, I’m really looking forward to yet another vibrant Studio programme - the most exciting cutting edge work around for which we are now building a strong audience who want to kick off their weekend with something extraordinary. I am also absolutely thrilled to see two of our In Good Company associate companiespresenting shows as part of our season with The Party’s Over by Nonsuch Theatre and Cloudcuckoolanders by LaPelle’s Factory. Exciting new work made right here in Derby.

“I am immensely proud that we continue to offer an exciting range of participation opportunities for our audiences and community to get involved in, which complements our season of productions and events, and autumn 2015sees us ‘unwrapping’ the theatre experience further with exciting opportunities for you to get into the heart of the process. We hope you want to celebrate and spend time with us this anniversary season.”

See www.derbytheatre.co.uk for more.