First up is A Murder Is Announced which starts on January 29 and runs to February 2. One of Agatha Christie’s best mysteries, it boasts an interesting cast of characters including Katy Manning, Dean Gaffney and Gemma Bissix.
Next is a brand new comedy written and directed by iconic comic playwright John Godber. Losing The Plot is on stage from February 12 until 16. It tells the story of Jack Munroe who walked out on his job, his wife and teenage children. Beside his bed was a copy of ‘Hot Sex Tips’ and ‘Which Caravan’ magazine. After travelling around Europe to write his much promised novel he returned with no novel, no money and no idea why he’d left.
Described as The Cosby Show meets Restoration Comedy; One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show, presented by Eclipse Theatre Company, is set in 1970s Philadelphia and follows the Harrisons who are the most respectable middle-class Black family in the suburbs. It is a hilariously outrageous play about how hard we try to hide who we really are, which is on from February 20 to 23.
Other highlights later in the season include Brother Cadfael: The Virgin in the Ice which is set in winter 1139 when raging civil war has sent many refugees fleeing north from Worcester. among them is an orphaned boy, his beautiful 17-year-old sister and a young nun. Featuring film projections, lavish settings and bespoke music, this stunning new production comes from the writer of the famous Cadfael novels and is on from April 8 – 13; and Sebastian Faulks’ Birdsong which will be at Derby from April 16-20 following on from a highly acclaimed West End run and an airing on BBC1. The mesmerising story of love, courage and sacrifice, will star Sarah Jayne Dunn (Drop Dead Gorgeous and Hollyoaks); Charlie G Hawkins (Darren in Eastenders); Arthur Bostrum (the hilarious English policeman who attempts to talk French in TV’s ‘Allo ‘Allo) and Tim Van Eyken (War Horse).
More details of the season can be found at http://www.derbytheatre.co.uk and artsbeat magazine will be featuring more details at a later date.