Friday, 27 November 2009

Royal & Derngate Northampton w/c 30 November

Leading local choirs perform with top orchestra

When the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra perform the Beethoven Choral concert on Monday 30 November, they will be joined on the Derngate stage by local singers from the Northampton Bach Choir and Daventry Choral Society for an amazing evening of orchestral and choral music.

Under the baton of renowned conductor Nicolae Moldoveanu, the RPO will be performing the last symphony which Beethoven wrote, the ‘Choral’, a ground-breaking piece with which the composer effectively redefined the genre.

The highly charged expressive power of its first three orchestral movements find release in an extraordinary finale, a setting for chorus and soloists of Schiller’s Ode to Joy, in which the composer makes an impassioned appeal to humanity for universal harmony. The great melody of the Ode builds to a climax of shattering power and visionary ecstasy.

The local choirs will be joined by soloists Helena Dix (soprano), Anne-Marie Owens (mezzo soprano), Daniel Norman (tenor) and Pauls Putninš (bass-baritone).

The concert will also include Bruch’s phenomenally successful piece - the Violin Concerto in G minor. Richly melodic and sumptuously orchestrated, this enchanting work is beloved of performers and audiences alike, and will feature the talents of violinist Chloë Hanslip.

The Beethoven Choral concert takes place at Royal & Derngate on Monday 30 November at 7.30pm. Tickets prices range from £31 to £14, with concessions available and can be booked by calling the Box Office on 01604 624811 or online at Audience members can find out more about the pieces being performed at a pre-concert talk at 6.30pm led by RPO Managing Director Ian Maclay, with Nicolae Moldoveanu and Chloë Hanslip.


Rambert returns with The Comedy of Change

Royal & Derngate is delighted to welcome the return of Britain’s premier and most popular contemporary dance group, Rambert Dance Company, celebrating the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin's birth with its Comedy of Change tour, which comes to Royal & Derngate from Wednesday 2 to Friday 4 December. 

          Back in Northampton for the first time since the theatre's redevelopment, Rambert bursts onto the stage with a sensational programme. Bold collaborations with composers, designers and visual artists come together alongside live music to create performances that are stunning, witty and enchantingly beautiful.

Mark Baldwin, Rambert’s Artistic Director, returns to the world of science to create his third major work for the company. Marking 150 years since the publication of Darwin's book On The Origin of Species, his new piece The Comedy of Change will take audiences on a journey of discovery. Kick-started by Stephen Keynes, Darwin’s great-grandson and long-standing friend of Baldwin, The Comedy of Change includes a specially commissioned score by renowned British composer Julian Anderson, and production design by the multifaceted French-Algerian artist, Kader Attia.

In addition to Mark Baldwin’s The Comedy of Change, Rambert will also perform the hugely popular Carnival of the Animals by Siobhan Davies and a brand new piece, Tread Softly by Henri Oguike. All these pieces will be accompanied by live music played by the newly launched Rambert Orchestra.

Constantly evolving to lead the way in 21st century dance, Rambert continues to build on its rich heritage, consistently working with some of the world's most exciting choreographers to produce dance that is passionate, thrilling and innovative. Don't miss The Comedy of Change Tour when Rambert's 22 exquisite dancers take to the Derngate stage from Wednesday 2 to Friday 4 December, with performances nightly at 7.30pm and a matinee at 2.30pm on Thursday. Tickets – priced from £22 to £7 – can be booked by calling the Box Office on 01604 624811 or 
The ultimate Christmas concert – for everybody!

This Christmas Northampton will be partying to the biggest seasonal hits when the Merry Xmas Everybody Tour comes to Royal & Derngate on Saturday 5 December.

Now in its sixteenth successful year, the Merry Xmas Everybody Tour has become the must-see Christmas party. It is a night of pure festive fun, opening with Mud2, which features members of the late Les Gray’s Mud. Their sensational set will include the all-time classic hit Lonely This Christmas.

The world’s most authentic T-Rex tribute act, T-Rextasy, will follow, with all of Marc Bolan’s hits including Metal Guru, Ride a White Swan, Hot Love and many more. Then the 70s legends Slade will take to the stage for a brilliant set that will have the audience singing and dancing in the isles, ending with the iconic Merry Christmas Everybody.

So get into the festive spirit this December with the Merry Xmas Everybody Tour, in the Derngate auditorium on Saturday 5 December at 7.30pm. Tickets are priced at £24.50 and are available from the Box Office on 01604 624811 or online at


A Christmas show with a difference - Honk! The Ugly Duckling Musical

Following on from the success of last year’s production of The Wizard of Oz, this Christmas Royal & Derngate presents a festive show with a twist, Honk! The Ugly Duckling Musical. Based on the classic Hans Christian Andersen fairytale and from the writers of Mary Poppins, Honk! is a fun-filled family show for all ages and will be hatching onto the Royal stage from 1 December to 3 January. 

Prepare to be taken on a hilarious musical journey following the adventures of Ugly, a duckling born different from the rest. Shunned and taunted by his siblings he is lured away from home by the ever-hungry Cat. Managing to escape, Ugly embarks on a brave mission to find his way home to his devoted mother, meeting many colourful characters along the way, who help him to discover more about himself than he could have ever imagined.

Directed by Andrew Panton, this brilliantly funny story is awash with puns, and boasts an uplifting musical score and larger than life characters. A great family alternative to the pantomime, the story is a timeless tale that will be enjoyed by people of all walks of life, from ducklings to swans, with a heartening theme of the acceptance of others. 


Andrew Panton returns to Northampton to direct Honk! following his previous success at Royal & Derngate as Associate Director of Follies in 2006. The cast of Honk! includes Fiona Dunn, who returns to the Royal stage where she performed in They’re Playing Our Song, Andrew Dennis, seen on TV in Doctors, The Bill and My Hero, and co-founder of Fascinating Aida Marilyn Cutts who was in the original cast of Honk! and was most recently seen in Never Forget in the West End. Talented newcomer Adam Barlow takes the leading role of Ugly, the young duck who learns he is somehow different from his siblings. Local children will be joining the cast to play the parts of the ducklings and froglets. 

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For a spectacular Christmas treat for all the family Honk! The Ugly Duckling Musical can be seen at Royal & Derngate from Tuesday 1 December to Sunday 3 January. Tickets cost from £9 to £21 with concessions and group discounts available. You can book now by calling the Box Office on 01604 624811 or online at




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