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True story of Chinese princess is played out on stage

Buxton Fringe sees the debut of a new play from Ross Ericson, entitled The Empress and Me.
The play by Grist to the Mill Productions looks for the real woman behind the persona of Princess Der Ling and explores just what it is like to be raised between two cultures.
Lizzie Yu, daughter of a Chinese diplomat and Eurasian mother, was raised in France to be every bit the Victorian Lady, but when her father is recalled home she suddenly finds herself living in the Forbidden City, entangled in the politics of the Chinese Court and lady in waiting to the infamous Empress Cixi. This is the amazing true story of Princess Der Ling who, following her unique experience of life at the Manchu court and close relationship with the Empress Dowager, became an international celebrity.

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And now for something completely different......

And now for something completely different......

Follow the sound of clip-clopping coconut shells to Derby’s Guildhall Theatre, where Monty Python’s Spamalot will be performed by Big Adventures Youth Theatre.

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Young talent to perform West Side Story in Derby

Young talent to perform West Side Story in Derby

Derby Youth Musical Theatre will be performing the much-loved musical West Side Story at Derby Theatre from September 6-9.

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Get ready for take off as Departure Lounge returns

Get ready for take off as Departure Lounge returns

An acclaimed performance festival is to return to Derby Theatre as it celebrates its fifth anniversary.

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Tickets to go on sale this week for Millican’s Derby Arena date

Tickets to go on sale this week for Millican’s Derby Arena date

Award-winning comedian and writer Sarah Millican is set to perform at Derby Arena on Sunday, July 1, 2018, as part of her latest UK stand-up tour.

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More laughs as Funhouse returns to Old Bell Hotel

More laughs as Funhouse returns to Old Bell Hotel

The Old Bell Hotel in Derby is the place to be again for comedy entertainment on Friday, June 30.

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VIDEO: Buxton Fringe offers 68 shows

This year’s Buxton Fringe features acclaimed new talent from the worlds of comedy, theatre and music in 68 different shows.


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Get your tickets for Manford’s Derby Arena tour date

Get your tickets for Manford’s Derby Arena tour date

It’s been a busy few years for comedian Jason Manford, but he will be bringing his new UK wide tour Muddle Class to the Derby Arena on Saturday, November 24, 2018.

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Chamber Opera's production of Jane Austen at New Mills Art Theatre on July 16.

Musical aids theatre renovation

A musical version of Jane Austen’s final novel, Persuasion, at New Mills Art Theatre will help to aid a renovation project at the venue.

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The Marriage of Kim K at the Arts Centre Studio on July 6, July 13 and 18.

Kim Kardashian inspires update of Mozart masterpiece

What do Mozart and Kim Kardashian have in common?
Well, Kim’s 2011 marriage to NBA star Kris Humphries began with a televised fairytale wedding and ended just 72 days later when a mysterious divorce was filed. 
This epic failure of love is one of three collapsing marriages at the centre of a brisk, hilarious and vaultingly ambitious rewrite of Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro.

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The Last Revolution at Markeaton Park Craft Village from June 23 to 15.

Theatre and cinema in the great outdoors

Outdoor theatre and cinema has returned to Markeaton Park Craft Village, Derby.

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Eminem day tickets sold out for shows in Leeds and Reading - but you can still get to see him with a weekend pass.

VIDEO: Leeds Festival Sunday tickets sold out for headliner Eminem

Eminem fans still after tickets to see the rap legend returning to Leeds Festival this summer will now have to buy a weekend camping pass - Sunday day tickets have sold out.

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Micky Flanagan returning to Sheffield Arena on Saturday, June 24.

WIN: Tickets to see Micky Flanagan back at Sheffield Arena on June 24

Comedy star Micky Flanagan is celebrating his recent record-breaking appearances at Sheffield Arena with a return this month - and you could see him for FREE.

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Shappi Khorsandi at Derby Book Festival

Shappi Khorsandi at Derby Book Festival

Comedian and best-selling author Shappi Khorsandi will be entertaining audiences with her whip-crack jokes and effortless humour as part of Derby Book Festival.

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The Importance of Being Earnest at Rose Theatre, Chesterfield, from June 16 to 17.

Chesterfield theatre hosts The Importance of Being Earnest

The Importance of Being Earnest, Oscar Wilde’s brilliant comedy of love, manners and mistaken identity, has been delighting audiences for more than 100 years.

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BREAKING: Kasabian intimate show for lucky Leeds and Reading festivalgoers

For Crying Out Loud...get yourself a Leeds or Reading Festival ticket quick if you want the chance to see chart-toppers Kasabian play an official warm up show next week.
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The clock is ticking so get your Peter Pan tickets nice and early

Derby Theatre’s big festive production is to be Peter Pan and tickets to see it are on sale now.

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Whispering Wood Folk dare-devil acrobats will be performing at the former Caphouse Colliery near Wakefield.

WIN: Pass It On family tickets at Yorkshire's National Coal Mining Museum

Pass It On...we're giving away tickets to a sensational aerial acrobatics show coming to Yorkshire's National Coal Mining Museum for England.
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VIDEO: Footloose The Musical comes to Buxton

The smash hit musical Footloose is in Derbyshire this week for a five-night run at Buxton Opera House.

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