Derby Theatre: Spring 2018 Programme Launch.

Looking ahead to spring 2018, Derby Theatre will: produce and present a classic comic two-hander, play host to top quality touring productions, a wealth of fabulous family shows, a Youth Theatre double bill, a national festival for young people, an exciting and eclectic season of cutting edge and thrilling Studio shows and some great one nighters; plus, provide a vast programme of events and opportunities for new and emerging artists…and, on top of all this, will once again offer lots of opportunities for people of all ages to get involved in the work they do.

From Friday 2 until Saturday 24 March, Derby Theatre’s big production for the spring will be Jim Cartwright’s brilliant comic two-hander, TWO. A bickering husband and wife, and the dozen regulars who pass through their pub in an evening, are played by two actors. As a range of colourful characters pull up a stool, the rich tapestry of their interconnecting lives is revealed.

Multi-award winning playwright Jim Cartwright has written extensively for stage, television and radio, and amongst many fantastic press quotes describing TWO, The Times described it as “The writing is brilliantly, surrealistically and comically poetic”.

Starring in TWO will be Sean McKenzie and Jo Mousley. Sean, who lives in Derbyshire, has a wealth of theatre and TV credits to his name including, most recently, the National Theatre’s production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time in the West End; the UK, Ireland and South Africa tour of the multi award-winning War Horse; The Magistrate starring John Lithgow for the National Theatre; and The Rise and Fall of Little Voice and the world premiere of Goth Weekend for the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough. For TV, Sean has appeared in Emmerdale, David Walliams’ Billionaire Boy, Downton Abbey and Shameless, to name but a few. Jo also has a wonderful range of credits to her name including Brassed Off and Horrible Histories Horrible Christmas for Derby Theatre, The Twits for Leicester Curve, The Full Monty (No. 1 Tour) for David Pugh Ltd; Corrie! (No. 1 Tour) for Phil McIntyre; Blood and Chocolate for York Theatre Royal and Slung Low, and for TV: Coronation Street and Emmerdale.

Top class touring productions for spring 2018 include: From Ibiza to the Norfolk Broads, a powerful and touching acclaimed sell-out production which tells the tale of a young David Bowie obsessive where music and magic realism collide in this darkly funny and moving tour-de-force solo show; Private Lives, Noel Coward’s most popular and enduring stage comedy full a sparkling comedy, razor-sharp wit and quick fire dialogue presented by London Classic Theatre; Gecko, the award-winning and internationally acclaimed physical theatre company, with their extraordinary performance of The Wedding which combines movement, imagery and provocative narratives in the company’s exhilarating trademark style; the multi award-winning smash-hit comedy, The Play That Goes Wrong, described as Fawlty Towers meets Noises Off;

the cult classic Spamalot, winner of the 2005 Tony Award for Best New Musical written by Monty Python legend Eric Idle; Black Theatre Live and Yellow Earth Theatre in association with the Royal Exchange, Manchester with Mountains – The Dreams of Lily Kwok based on the memoir Sweet Mandarin by Helen Tse and Brighton Rock, an un-missable version of the gripping noir thriller by Graham Greene.


Brighton Rock Square.
Gecko – The Wedding.

For young people at Derby Theatre in the spring: Derby Theatre is thrilled to once again be the East Midlands’ host to National Theatre Connections, an annual festival of new writing, performance, workshops plus much more for ages 11+. As part of the Festival, Derby Youth Theatre (years 10-13) will also perform Blank by Alice Birch. In the Studio, Derby Youth Theatre (years 4-6) will present, and bring to life, two imaginative stories where audiences can expect thrilling adventures, imaginative characters and surprising plot twists.

Boy Who Climbed to the Moon.

Family theatre and fun for the spring includes: Milkshake! Live – The Magic Story Book, a fun-packed show for ages 3+ starring Milkshake! favourites Bob the Builder, Fireman Sam plus many more; The Boy Who Climbed Into The Moon by Theatre Alibi, a warm and very funny story full of big ideas and sky-high courage featuring original live music and puppetry perfect for ages 6+; Metta Theatre’s Little Mermaid – The Circus Sensation, a spectacular show featuring inspiring acrobatics and hauntingly beautiful original songs ideal for ages 8+; Mirror Mirror, an exciting new version of Snow White which combines loveable puppets, spirited storytelling and mesmerising sign language;

The Dead Sea by Derby Theatre associate artist Louise White, an exciting show for young audiences about saving our planet and ocean conservation which also includes captioning for Deaf and hard of hearing audiences, and Red Riding Hood and the Wolf by Little Angel Theatre, an exciting new spin on the classic story about two misfits who just want to fit in.

One-nighter highlights for next season includes evenings with: Michael Portillo – Life: A Game of Two Halves, An Audience with Martin Kemp, Swinging at the Cotton Club, Lucy Worsley – Jane Austen at Home, An Evening with Pam Ayres and the National Dance Company Wales Terra Firma.

Dane Baptiste G.O.D

Comedy highlights for the spring include: Dane Baptiste – G.O.D. (Gold. Oil. Drugs.), John Robins: The Darkness of Robins, Some People v. Reginald D Hunter, Rob Rouse: Are You Sitting Comfortably?, Dave Spikey – Juggling on a Motorbike and Count Arthur Strong is Alive and Unplugged.

Man On The Moon.

Studio highlights for the autumn include: Mighty, a punchy show performed by bite-sized activist Jack AG Britton which asks the big question – does size matter?; Man on the Moon, a show which explores cultural displacement, religious confusions, political paranoia and misplaced masculinity suitable for ages 12+; We’ve Got Each Other, a tragic love story which takes a sideways look at the pomp and circumstance of modern jukebox musicals;

Meet The Playwrights, an evening in the company of four great playwrights who write for theatre, Amelia Bullmore, Zodwa Nyoni, Amanda Whittington and moderator, Nick Wood; Post, a new show which invites you to join the table, eat yummy Portuguese food, drink potent Cachaca, get merry, make new friends and challenge exactly what makes a nation; Up ‘n’ Under, a fast-moving and witty re-telling of John Godber’s award-winning and much-loved play which includes visual and physical storytelling performed by a cast of Deaf and hearing actors using BSL and spoken English;

Finding Nana


Finding Nana by popular regional playwright Jane Upton, a highly acclaimed autobiographical play which journeys back to find a beloved Nana before she forgot who she was; What Happened to Vandal Raptor, a piece about rebellion, growing up and friendship which celebrates 40 years of punk rock which includes poetry, live music and raw storytelling and Leaving, a new play in collaboration with children in care and care leavers which explores the themes of leaving, giving voice to those working within the system, from staff in children’s homes to MPs and policy makers – Leaving will be an immediate, immersive experience that will change the way you see and think about young people in care.

Why not purchase a Derby Theatre Season Ticket and make big savings on your theatregoing? See 4 shows in the Main House from just £52 per person or 4 shows in the Studio for just £28 per person. For more information and to book your Season Ticket, call the Box Office on 01332 593939 or book online at (the shows that are part of the subscription scheme include a SEASON TICKET stamp on the respective show pages in the brochure and on the website).

In addition to the wonderful wealth of productions we produce and present, the Theatre also offers lots of opportunities to get involved in the work we do, including: Youth Theatre, Young Technicians, Holiday Workshops, Derby Theatre Young Persons’ Network, Derby Theatre Ambassadors, Theatre Unwrapped, Technical Training, plus much more. For more information about how you can get involved visit and/or email

All shows and events in the spring season are now on sale. For FULL season details, more information and to book tickets call 01332 593939, visit our box office in person or visit

THIS CHRISTMAS…a reminder… Bookings are going well for our two big Christmas productions, Peter Pan, perfect for ages 5+, in the Main House and The Gingerbread Man, ideal for ages 3+, in the Studio. Tickets for Peter Pan are £12 – £28, with Family Tickets (4 people) from £48 and for The Gingerbread Man, tickets are £11, £9.50 concessions, with Family Tickets (4 people) from £37.

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