Royal & Derngate, Northampton is the main venue for arts and entertainment in Northamptonshire, welcoming more than 378,000 show and film audience members last year. Their diverse programme of drama, music, dance, comedy and film, and our co-produced work was seen by 115,000 people across the country.
They were named Regional Theatre of the Year by the inaugural Stage 100 Awards in 2011, and were nominated again in 2016. They also won the Management Award for Best Presentation of Touring Theatre in the 2015 UK Theatre Awards for our Made in Northampton work. The Herbal Bed (a co-production with English Touring Theatre and Rose Theatre Kingston) won the 2016 UK Theatre Award for Best Touring Production. Other recent highlights include nationwide tours of The Jungle Book, Love from a Stranger and Death of a Salesman. Previous acclaimed productions have included Shakespeare’s King John, world premieres of Arthur Miller’s The Hook and Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World.
As a registered charity, they remain ambitious about ensuring that their theatres are for everyone. They encourage young people to take part in our creative learning opportunities via bespoke schools partnerships and weekly activity at the theatres. This weekly programme, reaching more than 21,000 participants last year, attracts a broad section of our community, and also offers opportunities for nurturing new talent through their commitment to artist development.
They offer sign language interpreted, audio described and captioned performances for all Made In Northampton productions and a host of touring shows.
You will receive a Sennheiser Infra-red Enhanced Hearing System, which has two options. You can choose to hear an enhance version of the sound onstage or you can hear the show visually described, for example, the appearance of the set and the actions of the characters. This hearing system is available from the Box Office. To ensure that you purchase tickets in seats with optimum coverage, please check with Box Office at time of booking.
Touch tours: Before every audio described evening performance in the Made In Northampton season, they hold a half-hour touch tour at 5.30pm to introduce visually impaired audience members to the set and costumes. Spaces on these tours are limited, so please ring the Box Office to book your place.
To book, or if you have any queries, you can contact Box Office using Text Relay, just call 18001-01604-624811. Alternatively, you can use our new mobile service by calling 07825 427492.