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Swan Lake – Royal & Derngate, Northampton

Swan Lake from St Petersburg Ballet Theatre

Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Choreographer: Marina Medvetskaya  Reviewer:  Natasha Hegarty Swan Lake is the absolute pinnacle of classical ballet - one of the most famous stories - and Saint Petersburg Ballet Theatre brings it to a packed house in Northampton’s Royal and Derngate. This piece is performed in repertoire with The Nutcracker and is under the artistic direction of former prima ballerina, Marina ...

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Sunny Afternoon – Royal & Derngate, Northampton

Cast of UK Tour of Sunny Afternoon

Book: Joe Penhall Music and Lyrics: Ray Davies Director: Edward Hall Reviewer:  Natasha Hegarty The Kinks is a band that defined 1960s Britain and one which is still just as influential today. Sunny Afternoon tells the story of how one of Britain’s most iconic bands rose to stardom while the country was battling a huge political and social upheaval. This ...

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Peter and the Starcatcher – Royal & Derngate, Northampton

The cast of Peter and the Starcatcher

Writer: Rick Elice Director: Luke Sheppard Reviewer: James Garrington Everyone knows the story of Peter Pan, the boy who never grew up – the lost boys, battles with pirates, and the children who fly with him to Neverland. What happened before the book, though? How did the boys get there, why don’t they grow up? Peter and the Starcatcher promises to ...

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Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story – Royal & Derngate, Northampton

LeeOrmsbyDeanElliott-and-MiguelAngel in Buddy

Book: Alan Janes Music and Lyrics: Buddy Holly and others Reviewer: Natasha Hegarty The tour of Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story makes its stop at Northampton, bringing with it the epic sounds of ‘50s rock and roll. The show first opened in 1989 in London’s West End and hasn’t stopped since. Probably one of the most famous – maybe the ...

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Dirty Dancing – Royal and Derngate Theatre, Northampton

Writer: Eleanor Bergstein Director: Federico Bellone Reviewer: Natasha Hegarty Dirty Dancing isn’t so much a stage adaptation of the now classic 1987 movie starring Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze as the two lovers from different worlds, but almost a complete transcription. Set in 1963 when America was under the watchful eye of John F. Kennedy, Frances “Baby” Houseman (Katie Hartland) is ...

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The Woman in Black – Royal & Derngate, Northampton

A scene from The Woman In Black by Susan Hill @ Fortune Theatre.

Writer: Stephen Mallatratt, from the novel by Susan Hill Director: Robin Herford Reviewer: Natasha Hegarty It’s one thing watching a horror film at home, but it’s quite another sitting in a darkened theatre with the action right in front of you that heightens all your senses. And the small and intimate Royal Theatre only adds to the creepy atmosphere. Marking ...

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Dead Sheep – Royal & Derngate, Northampton

Steve Nallon in Dead Sheep

Writer: Jonathan Maitland Director: Ian Talbot Reviewer: James Garrington Every leader – political or otherwise – should be afraid of their Geoffrey. The Geoffrey in question is Geoffrey Howe, one time Chancellor and Foreign Secretary, and staunch supporter of Margaret Thatcher. Never a political firebrand, and an uneasy speaker, he was a politician who lacked the charisma ever to catch ...

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Oliver! – Royal & Derngate, Northampton

Book, Music and Lyrics: Lionel Bart Director: Christopher Elmer-Gorry Reviewer: Claire Going Bart’s beloved adaptation of Dickens’ classic novel is a firm favourite with young and old alike, and a stock production for youth theatres across the globe.  It is, therefore, a challenge for any theatre company to produce an Oliver! that is both distinctive and freshly entertaining, but the Royal ...

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