Wednesday, 31 March 2010

Bradley Walsh The Wife’s New Shoes Tour 2010

Chief Executive Martin Sutherland
Artistic Director Laurie Sansom

Patron The Rt Hon Earl Spencer

An evening of laughter and
fun with top comedian Bradley Walsh

Actor, comedian and TV host Bradley Walsh comes to Northampton’s Royal & Derngate
on Friday 30 April, with his fantastic stand up show The Wife’s New Shoes.

At one time a professional footballer, Bradley Walsh has now established himself
as one of Britain’s most versatile and popular entertainers, with a flare for casting a gaze
on the ordinary and making it hilarious.

Bradley is probably best known for playing Mike Baldwin’s
cocky nephew Danny in Coronation Street, for which he was won Best Dramatic
Performance in the British Soap Awards. Other acclaimed TV roles include
Phil Seagrove in ITV’s Murder Investigation Team and DS Ronnie Brooks in Law & Order UK.

As a much sought after comedian, Bradley has also hosted a number of TV game shows,
including The Wheel of Fortune, Spin Star and The Chase,
and scooped the Comic Heritage Award for Top TV Personality of the Year.

Tickets Fri 30 Apr
Venue: Derngate 8pm

£23 £20.50

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Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night

A captivating adaptation for younger audiences..


Coming to Northampton’s Royal stage from Tuesday 20 to Saturday 24 April,
Carl Heap directs his own version of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night,
a National Theatre touring production for younger audiences,
suitable for schools and families with children aged eight and above. 

National Theatre touring production for
younger audiences,
suitable for schools and families 
with children aged eight and above.

Seven actors play multiple characters and instruments in this engaging
and inventive production of Shakespeare’s most captivating comedy.
A stormy night, a shipwreck, some cunning capers and concealments
result in a love tangle to rival no other and a whole heap of mischief and mayhem.

The performance lasts 70 minutes with no interval and is a perfect way to
introduce young people to Shakespeare and live theatre.

Twelfth Night is the fifth Primary Classics production from Carl Heap, following his
highly successful versions of Pericles, Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream
and Macbeth.  

Royal & Derngate’s 
Creative Projects Manager 
Alex Soulsby comments:
We’re really excited to have a classic text like
this presented in a way that makes it so incredibly accessible to young people and their families.

Twelfth Night

Tickets Tue 20 Apr - Sat 24 Apr
Venue: Royal

Running time 70 minutes with no interval.

Related workshops for children and families will be available during the run.

TUE 1.15PM
WED – FRI 10.30AM & 1.15PM

Adults £10
Children (under 18) £7

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Genre: Children's Shows

(For children 8 years & above)



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Monday, 29 March 2010

Ray Quinn In Jack and The Beanstalk this Christmas!

Please note, this event has passed!

Ray Quinn – TV and West End star – is to take the leading role of Jack,
in Royal & Derngate’s spectacular pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk
this Christmas. Starring along side 
him will be his real-life girlfriend Emma Stephens

Following last year’s hugely successful production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,
this Christmas Royal & Derngate will be staging the spectacular
giant of a pantomime – Jack and the Beanstalk. Heart throb,
TV and West End star Ray Quinn will lead the cast in the role of Jack.

Ray has become one of the UK’s much loved performers appearing in the X Factor finals
and winning Dancing on Ice. Ray wowed audiences when he appeared in the arena tour of the ice show.
Following his appearance in the final of the X Factor in 2007, Ray released his first album Doing It My Way.
In 2008 he starred in the West End production of Grease at the Piccadilly Theatre playing Danny.

Ray will be taking to the ice again with Torvil and Dean's Dancing on Ice Tour 2010 in April
when he will be back to defend his title as Dancing On Ice Tour Champion with new partner Alexandra Schauman.
Ray Quinn strolling through London with girlfriend Emma Stephens, 
who will play alongside  Ray as the Princess

Emma Stephens will be partnering and joining Ray on stage this festive season as the Princess.
She trained at Laine Theatre Arts and shot to fame when she starred with
Ray in the West End musical Grease as Sandy. Her previous credits include
Starlight Express and Saturday Night Fever.

Jonathan Kiley, Executive Producer said, “We are thrilled that Ray will be appearing here in Northampton for the first time.
Each year more and more people attend the pantomime here at Royal & Derngate
and it has become Northampton’s most successful Christmas show.
In fact, over 8,000 tickets have already been sold for Jack and the Beanstalk eight months ahead of its opening night!”

Jack and the Beanstalk is staged by Qdos Entertainment, the world’s largest pantomime producer.
Featuring magnificent scenery, beautiful costumes, an abundance of comedy, a larger than life
beanstalk and one very mean giant at the top of it, this favourite fairy tale will be brought magically
to life in Northampton’s biggest pantomime.
With ticket prices to suit all pockets you won’t have to sell the family cow
to enjoy spectacular pantomime at Royal & Derngate.

Jack and the Beanstalk

Tickets Fri 10 Dec - Sun 09 Jan
Venue: Derngate

Performance times vary - please check at the time of booking.

From £15

Concessions, Groups and School prices available on certain performances.

Genre:Panto/Christmas Show

Royal & Derngates Other christmas show/ panto Lion Witch & The Wardrobe



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A weekend of razzamatazz and glamour!

This year is the fifth annual Malcolm Arnold Festival 
which is a two day festival based at the Royal and Derngate 
in Northampton - the town of Sir Malcolm Arnold's birth.

The theme for the 2010 Malcolm Arnold Festival is Stage and Screen.
The festival (16-17 October) will see stars from the silver screen gathering at the Royal and Derngate in Northampton. 
The legendary actress Hayley Mills (Whistle Down the Wind) will be guest of honor at the festival opening and members
from the cast and crew of the original St Trinian's films will feature in a special event celebrating
the  50th anniversary of The Pure Hell of St Trinian's.

The legendary actress Hayley Mills 
(Whistle Down the Wind) 
will be guest of honor at the festival opening

Sir Malcolm Arnold  wrote the scores for over 70 major feature films winning an Oscar and a Golden Globe (?)– in  the 50s and 60s
he was one of the most sought after film composers, both here and in Hollywood.
His music for the concert hall and the stage were and still are hugely popular – there are five ballets,
one musical and a fascinating assortment of incidental music.

 Malcolm Arnold conducting 

The festival opens with 12 trumpeters from the award winning Northampton County Youth Orchestra playing Malcolm Arnold's
exuberant and high-spirited Hoffnung Fanfare which was written for the celebrated and riotous Hoffnung Music Festival in 1956.

 1950's Malcolm the composer

The festival programme includes, on the Saturday, a talk with actress Hayley Mills
about the films she and her father, the great John Mills, made with Sir Malcolm Arnold;
the Young Musician Competition in which young performers are invited to play any solo or ensemble work by the composer;

an illustrated talk on the film music by composer Martin Ellerby, a real expert in the genre; a scintillating piano recital featuring
music from both stage and screen; the world premiere of a specially commissioned work for the occasion
and a performance of the large-scale choral and orchestral work Return of Odysseus.

The Sunday has a very special flavour beginning with some rarely seen film excerpts; this is followed by the
acclaimed Northampton County Youth Orchestra performing the St. Trinian’s Suite (as well as other memorable film music);
a unique St Trinian’s event with many of the actors and crew from the original St. Trinian’s films!; a song recital of music
from Arnold’s marvellously tuneful musical Parasol as well as the witty and colourful set of songs he wrote as
incidental music to Sean O’Casey’s play Purple Dust; in a concert of string quartet music, Northampton composer
William Alwyn also features.

The festival is rounded off with a Gala Concert: ‘A Night To Remember’ which includes music by William Alwyn
(who, like Sir Malcolm Arnold, also wrote about seventy film scores). 
Alwyn’s ‘overture’ to the first major film about the Titanic will open the programme
which also features his music to the famous war film Desert Victory and some of Malcolm Arnold’s
best loved film music. The concert also includes Rachmaninoff’s 2nd Piano Concerto and Walton’s Battle of Britain Suite.
Altogether an evening of real nostalgia and excitement

Paul Harris, Festival Director, says
“It's a great coup for the festival to have so many stars coming to
celebrate Malcolm Arnold's music for stage and screen.
I am also delighted that so many young musicians
are taking part this year – Sir Malcolm Arnold would highly approve!”

Saturday 16th 11am   Festival Launch by Hayley Mills. Members of the Northamptonshire Country Youth Orchestra play
                                         Hoffnung Fanfare for 12 trumpets
                  11.45am  An Illustrated talk by Paul Harris and Hayley Mills Whistle down the Wind, The Chalk Garden, Sky West and Crooked
                2pm       Malcolm Arnold Performance Competition. Judges: John Gibbons (chair), Moritz Ernst and Matthew Taylor
                3:30pm   Malcolm Arnold Film Music: a talk by Martin Ellerby
                4:30pm   Tea
                  5.00pm   Moritz Ernst piano Programme includes Music from stage and film and the *World Première* of Matthew Taylor Fantasy on Whistle Down the Wind
                8.00pm   Northampton Symphony Orchestra & Abingdon Choral Society Conductor Alexander Walker. Introduced by Matthew Taylor Return of Odysseus and Sweeney Todd
Sunday 17th  11am   Malcolm Arnold on film. Rarely seen film excerpts Presented by Martin Ellerby.
                12noon   Northamptonshire Country Youth Orchestra. Programme includes Sound Barrier; St Trinians Suite; Inn of the 6th Happiness; Scherzetto; Hobson’s Choice
                  2.15pm   Celebrating St Trinians! Including members of the original cast and crew of the four St Trinian's films.
                4.00pm   The Harpham Quartet play Arnold and Alwyn. Alwyn String Quartet No 1; Arnold String Quartet No 2
                5.00pm   Jessica Gillingwater soprano and Edward Hughes tenor Programme includes Songs from Parasol & Purple Dust
                7:30pm   Gala Concert: A Night to Remember The Malcolm Arnold Festival Orchestra Conductor John Gibbons Arnold Overture from Trapeze;
                                       Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No 2; Arnold Bridge on the River Kwai; Boy on the Bridge (Premiere); Stolen Face, David Copperfield; Alwyn A Night to remember, Desert Victory.
Many Thanks,
Paul Harris (Artistic Director, Malcolm Arnold Festival)



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