Bumper crop of theatrical treats

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DERBY Live’s series of productions at Derby Theatre this autumn and winter is to open with the new musical adaptation of LP Hartley’s classic novel The Go-Between.

This poignant story of childhood innocence, hidden memories and self-realisation can be seen at Derby Theatre from October 6-29.

As an elderly man, Leo Colston stumbles across a trunk filled with the memories of his past, memories long buried and best forgotten. But he cannot forget the events of the oppressively hot summer of

1900, and the memories of his days spent in Norfolk come flooding back.

Spending the holidays with the family of his school friend Marcus, the young Leo is unwittingly enlisted into an adult affair of deceit and forbidden passion. Acting as the go-between for the beautiful, upper-class Marian and tenant-farmer Ted, Leo becomes embroiled in a doomed love affair which will shape his life forever.

Next comes a very unique theatrical experience. Skybus, created by Andy Barrett and Esther Richardson, will ask the audience to ‘get on board’ (literally) as this is a production which will take you on a journey in more ways than one.

Come and join a group of larger than life characters aboard the Skylink bus and head along with them, from Derby’s Market Place to the departure gate at East Midlands Airport. As the excitement and anticipation mounts, escape, discovery, romance and chance encounters are all on the cards for our passengers.

Skybus will run from October 24 until November 12. Tickets are extremely limited.

Christmas with Derby LIVE comes next thanks to two festive productions. The BFG (Big Friendly Giant) will be Derby Theatre’s big Christmas production for 2011-12 and will run at Derby Theatre from Tuesday, November 29, until Saturday, January 14.

Dick Whittington and his Cat will be Derby’s all-star pantomime for this year, at the Assembly Rooms from December 7 until January 8. It will star Paul Nicholas, Linda Robson and Mike ‘Squeaky’ McClean.

At the beginning of February, at Derby Theatre, will be the third offering in their trio of spectacular Shakespeare productions in recent years, The Taming of the Shrew (following on from

Much Ado About Nothing in 2009 and The Merchant of Venice in 2010).

This controversial comedy will run from February 3-25 and will receive the Pete Meakin treatment, who will be sitting in the director’s seat, and will play out tragically in the finale of this hat-trick of productions.

Pete Meakin, artistic producer of Derby LIVE said: “Derby LIVE’s final season of producing theatre is the culmination of all that it has achieved in less than four years. Exciting, innovative work which puts Derby firmly on the nation’s cultural map can be seen in productions as different as The Go-Between, a brand-new musical drama, and Skybus, a site-specific journey into the unforeseen.”

For full details of the season, call the box office on 01332 255800.