Variety is the spice of life

A Taste Of Honey at Derby Theatre
A Taste Of Honey at Derby Theatre

Derby Theatre has announced its May–July 2014 season.

From John Godber masterpieces to stage adaptations of iconic British cinema classics; top quality, award-winning touring productions to new, exciting and inventive youth and community theatre shows; original studio productions to a wealth of insightful workshops and from fabulous family theatre to the return of DEparture Lounge, next season offers an array of shows and events to tempt and tantalise the theatrical tastebuds.

A Taste of Honey (see picture above), on from Tuesday, April 29-Saturday, May 10, is a Derby Theatre and Hull Truck Theatre co-production and is a stage adaptation of Shelagh Delaney’s 1958 hit.

This touching tale of a young girl’s journey into adulthood stars Rebecca Ryan (Shameless and Waterloo Road) and is directed by Mark Babych, who directed Cooking with Elvis for Derby Theatre in May 2013.

Derby Theatre welcomes a host of top-class touring companies this summer including: Northern Broadsides with the deeply moving drama poised at the tipping point of war, An August Bank Holiday Lark, from May 20-24; the highly acclaimed, award-winning Headlong return again this season with Wedekind’s definite play about youthcaused riots, Spring Awakening, from May 28-31; London Classic Theatre make another welcome return to the theatre with the 50th anniversary production of Joe Orton’s Entertaining Mr Sloane from June 10-14 and Northern Stage, as part of the first ever UK of Joseph Heller’s classic novel, with a stage adaptation of Catch 22, on June 17-21.

From June 27-July 12, Derby Theatre, in association with Paul Tyrer and Jamie Clark for The Booking Office, will present John Godber’s comical, bittersweet masterpiece, April in Paris.

Directed by Godber himself, this classic two-hander will feature two star names (to be announced soon).

n Continued on page 20

Over the summer period, DEparture Lounge, a summer festival of fantastic fringe performances, returns again this year and promises to be a theatrical adventure like no other. Prepare to buckle up for an exciting ride from July 17-20 for this showcase of theatre from some of the exciting companies and artists from across the UK before they depart for the heady lights of Edinburgh and beyond.

Derby Theatre is also delighted to officially announce two productions for the autumn.

Antigone, a Pilot Theatre, Derby Theatre and Theatre Royal Stratford East Production, is a new adaptation of Sophocles’ play adapted by acclaimed playwright, Roy Williams. It is in the main house from September 19-October 4, and A Christmas Carol, which will be Derby Theatre’s big festive production, from December 5-January 4.

For more information, full season details and to book tickets call the box office on 01332 593939 or visit