Derby Theatre’s spring season aims to offer something to suit all tastes.
From epic, classic Greek theatre to internationally acclaimed, award-winning companies; classic drama to crime, suspense and
murder original studio shows to top-class touring theatre; a wealth of workshops to wonderful fringe productions and from fabulous family theatre to four-foot tall actors, it’s all there for you.
Homer’s The Odyssey (pictured), in a new version by award-winning playwright, Mike Kenny, will be the big professional produced show
for the spring, and will launch theatregoing for 2014 in spectacular style.
Produced and presented by the same creative team who brought Kes to the stage at Derby Theatre last season, The Odyssey promises a theatrical experience of epic proportions and will run from February 14 until March 1.
Penelope RETOLD, on from February 20 until March 1, is the perfect accompaniment piece to The Odyssey, as it looks at the story from the perspective of Odysseus’ wife, Penelope. The RETOLD programme is a series of brand new one-woman plays commissioned by Derby Theatre, from some of the most exciting female voices in contemporary theatre today. Penelope RETOLD will be created by theatre maker and performer, Caroline Horton.
Shelagh Delaney’s touching tale of a young girl’s journey into adulthood in the late 50s, A Taste of Honey, is a Derby Theatre and Hull Truck Theatre co-production.
It will be directed by Mark Babych, who was at the helm for the hugely successful Cooking with Elvis last season.
It will run in the main house from Tue 29 April until Sat 10 May.
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Derby Theatre’s presented season includes: Hall and Childs’ Kindertransport, starring veteran TV actresses Paula Wilcox and
Janet Dibley, a moving insight into the complex relationship between mothers and daughters set in Germany nine months
before the outbreak of World War II; The Perfect Murder by international best-selling crime thriller novelist Peter James
starring Les Dennis and Claire Goose; Birmingham Stage’s production of the family favourite,
Tom’s Midnight Garden; See How They Run, a comedy of small proportions starring the most successful short actor in Britain,
Warwick Davis and his company, The Reduced Height Theatre Company, and the 60th Anniversary production of Agatha Christie’s legendary The Mousetrap.
Family Theatre shows next season include: Splosh, a splishy, splashy, sploshy birthday party for 2 – 5 year olds;
Bin Men, a story of recycling and transforming from multi award-winning playwright Mike Kenny; There’s a Monster in My
Piano, an offbeat jazzy tale starring puppets, clowning and animation, ideal for ages 4+; Tunnels,
an enchanting multi-sensory production for teenagers with profound and multiple learning disabilities; Not Now, Bernard, a
stage adaptation of David McKee’s iconic picture book and Alice in Wonderland, a family friendly, laugh-a-minute version
presented by Uncontained Arts.
The Studio will play host to a wealth of productions and events next season including: Wrong ‘Un by Red Ladder Theatre
Company; Egusi Soup by Menagerie and Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds; plus much more.
For ticket details for all of the above shows, please call the box office at Derby Theatre on 01332 255800.