Saturday, 13 March 2010

Free ticket scheme for under 26’s celebrates first anniversary

The national free theatre ticket initiative for under 26s – A Night Less Ordinary – has just celebrated its first anniversary, and to mark a successful first year, Royal & Derngate is offering an extra 50 free tickets for young people to see the exciting new production of Three Sisters coming to Northampton from 16 March.

Over 1600 young people have registered with Royal & Derngate to benefit from the free ticket scheme, supported by the Arts Council England and the DCMS, which was launched to help reach new audiences among young adults and their families. 

During this first year nearly 2000 free theatre tickets have been claimed by young people to see shows at Royal & Derngate.
Shows for which free tickets have been made available include the hugely popular Brief Encounter,
Spymonkey’s Moby Dick, Spring Storm and Beyond the Horizon, and most recently End of the Rainbow, all on the Royal stage.

Currently free tickets are available under the scheme for Monday to Thursday nights for Royal & Derngate’s production of
David Hare’s My Zinc Bed, which runs until Saturday 13 March,
and also for visiting productions including Spike Milligan’s Adolf Hitler:
My Part in His Downfall and The Woman in Black. In celebration of the success of the first year of the scheme,
the allocation for Three Sisters’ midweek performances is being doubled,
with the free ticket offer also being extended to the Friday evening.
This innovative production of the Chekhov classic,
created by Lyric Hammersmith and Filter – fusing imaginative staging and evocative physicality
with Filter’s trademark use of sound – comes to Northampton from 16 to 20 March.

Martin Sutherland, Chief Executive
of Royal & Derngate

Martin Sutherland, Chief Executive of Royal & Derngate said:
We’ve been pleased to make it possible for more young people to
share in some of our recent successes, such as End of the Rainbow and our Ayckbourn at 70 and Young America seasons. Coming up in the near future under 26s have the chance to get free tickets for the spine chilling Woman in Black and
Graham Greene classic The Ministry of Fear.
Three Sisters

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Three Sisters

Buy Tickets Tue 16 Mar - Sat 20 Mar
Venue: Royal

Lyric Hammersmith and Filter
Directed by Sean Holmes & Filter

Hope, despair and vodka.

Frustrated by their small-town existence, the Prozorov family long to return to Moscow. But as relationships, duty and misguided optimism take hold they soon find their dreams drifting further away from them…

Fusing imaginative staging, evocative physicality and Filter’s trademark use of sound, this brand new production distils the essence of Chekhov’s classic.

Following their hit show Twelfth Night (RSC), exhilarating theatre company Filter and the Lyric Hammersmith’s Artistic Director Sean Holmes delve beneath the surface to explore one family’s search for ever elusive happiness.

If you liked our co-production of Brief Encounter with Kneehigh, or Frantic Assembly’s Othello, then you’ll love this.

"A lively, modern, bold staging of Chekhov"

"Thrilling and challenging piece of theatre"

"Another fascinating collaboration between director Sean Holmes and Filter"


Times vary, please check at time of booking

£9.50 - £25.50

Audio Described Performance
Wed 17 March

Sign Language Interpreted Performance
Thu 18 March

Post-show Talk Back
Thu 18 March

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 More details can be found at
The allocation of free tickets for any given performance is available on a first come first served basis. For more information about 
the scheme nationwide visit

Also a night less ordinary , the Facebook group 

Any individuals under 26 interested in claiming free tickets at Royal & Derngate need
 to register for the scheme by calling the Box Office on 01604 624811 and asking to join the free tickets 

Colin Morgan 

( from Merlin on BBC TV)

talks about 

A Night Less Ordinary

In February 2009 the Arts Council England launched a brilliant new scheme that offers thousands of free theatre tickets throughout England to anyone under the age of 26. The scheme's called


Since November 2009 Anthony Head is an official ambassador for the scheme.

On November 4th Tony was interviewed at London's Royal Court Jerwood Upstairs Theatre where he talked about his passion for theatre, his role as Uther Pendragon and how it is to snog a troll.

Interviewer: Louise Wylie, Arts Council England

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