Autumn preview – Royal & Derngate Theatre

Rebecca. Images by Steve Tanner
Rebecca. Images by Steve Tanner

Another in our occasional look at what’s coming to your local theatre. Today it’s the turn of Northampton’s Royal & Derngate Theatre.

Royal & Derngate’s wide-ranging programme features drama, music, comedy, dance and family entertainment.

The Made In Northampton season continues with the stage world premiere of ground-breaking satire Brave New World, adapted by Dawn King, set in a nightmarish dystopian future. The cast includes Sophie Ward and Abigail McKern.

In October, award-winning stage and screen actress Tara Fitzgerald (Brassed Off, Game of Thrones and recent leading credits at the RSC, Almeida and Donmar Warehouse) heads the cast of Patrick Hamilton’s classic mystery thriller, Gaslight.

In February Royal & Derngate will collaborate with English Touring Theatre and Rose Theatre, Kingston, on a major revival of Peter Whelan’s The Herbal Bed, exploring the secret life of Shakespeare’s daughter, Susanna Hall, and based on real in events in Stratford-upon-Avon in the summer of 1613.

Directed by James Dacre, the production will open Northampton ahead of a national tour, completing its run at the Rose Theatre.

The Royal auditorium plays host to some of the best touring drama.

A Man Called Monkhouse

The hit West End comedy Jeeves & Wooster in Perfect Nonsense brings P.G. Wodehouse’s iconic double act to Northampton (read Stage Review’s verdict bit.ly/1IMtsho) and, for one night only, the talented Simon Cartwright performs in the acclaimed A Man Called Monkhouse, a 65 minute solo play, featuring film archive footage as well as authentic stand up material from Bob Monkhouse.

Derngate auditorium sees the return of the famous Agatha Christie murder mystery The Mousetrap while the timeless story of Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca is brought to life in a stunning new production (our verdict bit.ly/1x9qBJp).

There’s also Hairspray, Priscilla Queen of the Desert and the Jersey Boys plus David Hasselhoff starring in Last Night a DJ Saved My Life, a heart-warming and hilarious story from the creators of Boogie Nights.

Festive production are The Snow Queen and, in Derngate auditorium, John Partridge and Sid Sloane star in the spectacular family pantomime Cinderella.

James McArdle as James I in \The James Plays. Images by Manuel Harlan.

Next year sees the arrival of Peter James’ thrilling stage play The Perfect Murder (our review bit.ly/122pwKl) and also for The James Plays, embarking on a high-profile tour after selling out at the Edinburgh International Festival and National Theatre in London last year.

2016 also sees Richard Alston Dance Company return with the best of contemporary dance; the St Petersburg Classic Ballet; Anton and Erin; and Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace’s The Last Tango.

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