Royal and Derngate, Northampton


Chief Executive Martin Sutherland
Artistic Director James Dacre

Royal & Derngate, Northampton, is the main venue for arts and entertainment in Northamptonshire, with audience members and participants last year numbering more than 474,000 in Northampton and beyond. As one of the major producing venues in the country, Royal & Derngate was named Regional Theatre of the year by the inaugural Stage 100 Awards in 2011, an accolade for which it was nominated again in 2016. The theatre also won the award for Best Presentation of Touring Theatre in the UK Theatre Awards 2015 for its Made in Northampton work.

Recent highlights of its Made in Northampton seasons include a nationwide tour of Death of a Salesman, a major revival of Peter Whelan’s The Herbal Bed (winner of the 2016 UK Theatre Award for Best Touring Production), a major tour of King Lear, starring Michael Pennington, a new production of Gaslight, starring Tara Fitzgerald and directed by Lucy Bailey, and Soul, a new play by Roy Williams about Marvin Gaye. Previous acclaimed seasons have included Shakespeare’s King John, world premieres of Arthur Miller’s The Hook and Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, Young America (Northampton and National Theatre, London) and End of the Rainbow (Northampton and West End).

The theatre runs a wide-ranging Get Involved participatory programme which reached over 26,000 people last year and it has recently opened a second screen at the Errol Flynn Filmhouse, which shows the best in world, independent, British and mainstream films.

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