- Date: 25 May 2010
- Artform: Theatre
- Area: Midlands
Royal & Derngate is the main venue for arts and entertainment in Northampton. Recently the subject of a £15 million redevelopment project, the theatre offers two auditoria and Underground, a creativity centre that's home to the Youth Theatre and a wide range of workshops and projects for the local community.
Royal & Derngate offers a diverse programme of work with everything from drama to dance, stand-up comedy to classical music, children's shows to opera on its stages.
Some of the biggest names and shows on tour can be found there, alongside a programme of widely acclaimed in-house produced work. The theatre also offers a programme of Creative Projects that gives people the chance to get involved in performing, writing or to find out more about what goes on behind the scenes.
Every year more than 350,000 visit Royal & Derngate.
Reviews of Spring Storm by Tennessee Williams and Beyond the Horizon by Eugene O'Neill which transferred from the Royal & Derngate to the National Theatre in March 2010
'Laurie Sansom, the artistic director of Northampton's Royal & Derngate Theatres, has come up with two terrific winners for his Young America season.'
Jeremy Kingston, The Times *****
'There's a confidence of purpose and an element of revelatory surprise about the whole project that makes this double-bill one of the most thrilling regional offerings I've encountered all decade.'
Dominic Cavendish, The Daily Telegraph *****
Laurie Sansom, Artistic Director, said: 'This is a great time for Royal & Derngate; positive reviews for our last two seasons and a triple win at the TMA Awards. We are particularly pleased by how keen the National is to present these plays as 'a Royal & Derngate production'. I believe it gives people in Northampton a pride in their own theatre, which is vital in building up our local audience.'