From big-hearted, bold and brassy smash-hit productions to fantastic, festive shows for all the family it is going to be a very busy season which promises an exciting theatrical ride for audiences and participants of all ages.
There will be song-influenced spins on Shakespeare; fresh and exciting Studio pieces; classic Christie; West End hits; fabulous Derby Festé and family shows to inspire, excite and enthrall.
A wealth of insightful workshops and an abundance of exciting and engaging participation opportunities for children, young people and the community are also on the agenda.
To open the 40th anniversary season, the theatre will be presenting the big-hearted and bold Brassed Off, based on the screenplay from the smash-hit film, from September 18-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 locally-based Derwent Brass.
To celebrate the anniversary, there will also be a Gala Performance of Brassed Off on September 22.
The audience on this night will receive a glass of bubbly and canapés on arrival, the performance plus post-show food, drink and entertainment. It costs £40 per ticket, with every penny going towards work within the community.
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-January 9.
The Elves and The Shoemakers, a tale of magic and mischief suitable for ages three plus 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, from September 2-4; The Agatha Christie Company celebrating its 10th anniversary with an all-star cast production of And Then There Were None, on from November 9-14 and Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense, a laugh-out-loud comedy, comes direct from the West End and from November 16-21.
For children and young people at Derby Theatre, participatory opportunities include: Youth Theatre for ages 8 – 19; Young Technicians for young people aged 11 – 19 who are looking for technical hands-on experience in theatre; Theatre Thinkers, a group who work together with the Creative Learning Associate to decide on how we can make Derby Theatre more exciting and relevant for young people and Derby Theatre Half Term workshops, the chance to learn skills and work as a team to create a mini performance.
The theatre is also offering Theatre Unwrapped, a wealth of unique and exciting opportunities, for novices and professionals, to unwrap the whole theatre experience.
Available on Brassed Off, you can Unwrap Rehearsals, by trying for yourself what it would be like to be in an acting company as the theatre’s artistic director, Sarah Brigham takes you through her exact process from day one of rehearsals; Unwrap Acting, where you can spend a week with Sarah to explore the text with her before she goes in to rehearsals; Unwrap Technical, an introduction and insight into the ideas and processes relating to production and design and Unwrap the Final Stages, an opportunity to join the technical rehearsal for a unique insight into the final stages of a production.
Sarah 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.
“Brassed Off is a story with a big heart which will make you laugh out loud and move you, a story that has a local resonance; a stunning production with live music from Derwent Brass, young people involved at the heart of the show and a huge programme of community engagement.
“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 companies presenting 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 2015 sees 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.”
Go to http://www.derbytheatre.co.uk to book tickets.