Monday, 7 September 2009

Royal and Derngate, Northampton

Curtis Stigers – singer, saxophonist and songwriter

Top jazz singer Curtis Stigers will be performing at Royal & Derngate on Sunday 27 September, in a concert that is sure to delight all fans of great music.
Curtis Stigers is at the forefront of a new generation of jazz singers. With one of the most distinctive voices in music, this singer, saxophonist and songwriter pushes the boundaries of conventional jazz performers and expands the repertoire, creating modern jazz standards. Curtis continues to blaze a path as one of his generation’s finest and most original interpreters of modern songs.

“This is my niche, my specialty,” says Stigers.  “I have a great love and an eclectic knowledge of a wide array of songwriters and musical genres, and I know how to bring them all together into one cohesive sound.  I want to follow in the footsteps of my heroes.”  Citing Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole among his inspirations, for taking popular songs of their generation and creating something new from them, Curtis Stigers is known for drawing on a wide range of styles – from Urban Blues to Folk to Punk Rock – to create his own unique sound.
Throughout his career, Stigers has been celebrated for a surprisingly wide variety of impressive accomplishments – from his early pop chart success with several self-penned, top-ten singles and hit albums and an appearance on the soundtrack for The Bodyguard (one of the biggest selling albums of all time), to touring the world in concert with such renowned pop artists as Elton John, Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raitt and Prince. His refusal to stand still, and his consistent desire to grow and evolve musically, has earned him admiration and recognition and kept critics guessing. 

Northampton audiences will be able to see Curtis Stigers perform in Derngate auditorium for one night only on Sunday 27 September, at 7.30pm. Tickets – priced £22.50 and £20 – can be booked by calling the Box Office on 01604 624811, and are available online at

Guaranteed to make you laugh!


Da Comedy Room returns to Northampton for another round of its ever popular comedy brand Mek Mi Laugh which will take to the Royal stage once more on Sunday 27 September.
This is a show not to miss, with not one but four Award-Winning comedy giants taking the stage. Heading the bill will be the “Don of Comedy” Curtis Walker, alongside one of Jamaica’s leading belly-busting comics Tony ‘Paleface’ Hendricks.  Both are true legends with remarkable careers behind them.
Curtis burst onto the scene back in the eighties as half of the double act Curtis and Ishmael. Hendricks is known the world over for his comedy antics and was voted “Best Jamaican Comedian” two years running.
Hosted by the naughty but nice Special P Fredricks, and featuring the comedy queen with major issues Annette Fagon, this is a night where you’re sure to experience comedy at its best.
Don’t miss Mek Mi Laugh at Royal & Derngate on Sunday 27 September at 8pm. The show is suitable for ages 16 and upwards and tickets, priced £12.50, can be booked by calling the Box Office on 01604 624811. You can also book online at

Young America - two exciting tales of youth and passion from the masters of American drama

Following on from the success of this summer's critically acclaimed Ayckbourn at 70 season, this autumn Royal & Derngate presents gripping tales of youthful passion and thwarted hopes with two early masterpieces of 20th Century American drama in its Young America season. An exciting young cast – including Life on Mars star Liz White – brings to life Eugene O'Neill's Beyond the Horizon and Tennesse Williams' Spring Storm, the latter a European Premiere. With the two plays performed in rotation by the same company of actors, the Young America season runs from Friday 9 October to Saturday 14 November.
Beyond the Horizon, by Eugene O’Neill, is considered by many to be the first modern American tragedy. Robert is about to start a new life across the ocean while his brother Andrew looks forward to settling down on the family farm. The realisation that they love the same woman results in them swapping lives and changing forever the path of the Mayo family, in a powerful story of youthful dreams crashing into reality and the human spirit being tested almost beyond endurance. This was the first of O’Neill’s plays to be professionally produced, and a sensation on Broadway when first seen in 1920, earning him a Pulitzer Prize. It enjoyed a successful run in the West End, but has been largely forgotten since.
Tennessee Williams’ Spring Storm was written when he was a playwriting student at Iowa University, and was re-discovered among his papers in 1999. Set in a Mississippi town full of small-minded gossips and young people brimming with life, it follows the tale of the beautiful and charming Heavenly and her host of young male admirers. When forced to make a decision between her handsome and wild lover, Dick, and the seemingly respectable and sensitive Arthur, they are all caught up in a storm  that threatens to tear their lives apart. This autumn's production at Royal & Derngate will be the first time the play has been staged outside America.
Laurie Sansom, Artistic Director of the Royal & Derngate, directs the season, and has assembled a talented young cast. In both productions Liz White, who is best known as Annie in BBC TV’s Life on Mars, plays the central female role, with handsome young actors Michael Malarkey (in his professional 

debut) and Michael Thomson taking on the roles of rival lovers, in two contrasting tales of tangled passions.
Laurie says, “The Young America season is exceptional – two plays that have rarely or never been seen before in Britain, by playwrights who would go on to write masterpieces of the American theatre.  Both plays are characteristic of youth – they revolve around the dreams and passions of young people trying to find their way in life, against the backdrop of an early twentieth century America that is a melting pot of idealism and social tension.”
Beyond the Horizon and Spring Storm can be seen as part of the Young America season which opens on Thursday 15 October and runs until Saturday 14 November. Tickets are on sale now priced from £27 to £11, and can be booked by calling the Box Office on 01604 624811 or online at The two plays are being performed in rotation, giving the opportunity to see both plays in one day on certain dates. For more details of dates and times visit the theatre’s website or call the Box Office. 
For more information visit or call 01604 624811.

Please see previous blog for September 2009 at the Royal & Derngate also Click here 

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