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

Writer: Alan Janes Director: Matt Salisbury Reviewer: Bethaney Rimmer [Rating: 4] Rock ‘n’ Roll icon Buddy Holly introduced the world of music to a sound it’d never heard before. Even though record labels remained cautious, the bespectacled, fresh faced singer/songwriter never gave up trying to prove that being somewhat different was a good thing, and when sitting through this musical ...

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Formby – Royal & Derngate Theatres, Northampton

Writer &co-deviser: Ewan Wardrop Director &co-deviser: Ed Hughes Reviewer: Sue Dixon [rating:4.0] George Formby was one of the most unlikely (yet highly paid) stars of his day. Born in Wigan he was a household name from the 1930s to his death in 1961. This one man show by Ewan Wardrop will certainly contribute to his enduring charm and appeal; one ...

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NEWS: Musical Writers Could Score £12,000

Budding musical theatre writers could be in with a change to win a £12,000 commission. Perfect Pitch and Royal &Derngate, Northamptonare offering British writers and composers the chance to complete a full draft of a new musical over a twelve month period supported and mentored throughout by Perfect Pitch and Royal &Derngate. At the end of the year, once the ...

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Jack Dee – Royal & Derngate Theatres, Northampton

Reviewer: Sue Dixon [rating:4.5] The minute Jack Dee ambles on to the stage of The Derngate Theatre and delivers his opening lines, we know we are in for a sardonic treat. Jack Dee is back on tour doing what he does best; sharing his acerbic observations about everyday topics. The 51 year old is in characteristic grumpy mood and let ...

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To Sir, With Love – Royal & Derngate Theatre. Northampton

Writer: E R Braithwaite Director: Mark Babych Reviewer: Sue Dixon [rating:5.0] To Sir, With Love will be remembered by most as the 1967 film with Sydney Poitier and its memorable theme tune, sung by Lulu. This world premiere stage production is a co-production between the Touring Consortium and The Royal and Derngate and will tour the country following this brilliant ...

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Peter Schaufuss Ballet – Romeo and Juliet, Royal & Derngate, Northampton

Choreographer: Peter Schaufuss Music: Sir Frederick Ashton Reviewer: Rosella Barnes [rating:3.5] Romeo and Juliet arrives into Northampton’s Royal &Derngate with such poise and elegance proving that arguably one of Shakespeare’s most renowned plays can be transformed into a majestic and stunning ballet. Peter Schaufuss’ interpretation of one of Shakespeare’s most treasured love stories and a tale known worldwide, captures the ...

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Mr Whatnot – Royal & Derngate Theatre, Northampton

Writer: Alan Ayckbourn Director: Cal McCrystal Reviewer: Sue Dixon [rating:4.5] Alan Ayckbourn is known as one of the country’s most prolific and popular playwrights, yet Mr Whatnot, one of his earliest plays, remains little known. It was first produced in Stoke-on-Trent in 1963 and in an interview at the time Ayckbourn said: ‘”It has no message, no claims to anything ...

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The Mousetrap – Royal & Derngate, Northampton

Writer: Agatha Christie: Director: Ian Watt-Smith Reviewer: Sue Dixon [rating:3.5] Agatha Christie first wrote The Mousetrap as a radio piece (Three Blind Mice), a gift to Queen Mary for her 80th birthday, back in 1952. It has now been running for so long it is considered a national institution along with Madame Tussauds or the changing of the guards; something ...

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