Packed season in store at theatre

Gwen Taylor and Don Warrington in Driving Missy Daisy
Gwen Taylor and Don Warrington in Driving Missy Daisy

Derby Theatre has announced its autumn season of productions and events, a selection sure to whet all theatrical appetites.

Derby Theatre will present an exciting array of productions and shows from September 2012 until January 2013 with many highlights for theatregoers of all ages to enjoy.

These include the return once again of one of the UK’s best-loved actresses, Derbyshire’s own Gwen Taylor in Driving Miss Daisy, which also stars Don Warrington (Rising Damp). Gwen Taylor has recently completed a well-received stint starring in Michael Morpurgo’s The Butterfly Lion so this latest appearance will be well-received by her many fans in the area.

There are a brace of musicals with the 1970s-inspired Disco Inferno, starring Dani Harmer, aka CBBC legend Tracy Beaker, and the 1930-set Radio Times, starring all-round song and dance ace Gary Wilmot.

There’s Alan Ayckbourn as you’ve never seen him before with Haunting Julia, classic comedy with Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest and Ron Aldridge’s You’re Only Young Twice, starring comic veteran, Melvyn Hayes, of Summer Holiday and It Ain’t Half Hot Mum fame.

In addition, there’s a right ripping yarn with Jerome K Jerome’s Three Men in A Boat and a thriller

that will set you on the journey to the very edge of terror, Bill Kenwright’s version of Charles Dickens’s The


Other season highlights include God’s Garden, in association with Déda; stand-up comedy with Tim Key and Daniel Sloss, and erotic cabaret and burlesque with Shipwrecked.

Amateur theatre highlights include Macbeth by Derby Shakespeare Company and Oliver by Good Companions Stage Society.

Uncontained Arts (a professional theatre company established in 2008 by former graduates of the University of Derby Theatre Arts course) will present, in the main house, Fresher the Musical and a musical adaptation of Angela’s Ashes. Shows and events in the studio theatre include studio music and comedy nights, The Writers Group, My Mother Said I Never Should, Bones by Jane Upton presented by Fifth Word Theatre Company in association with Nottingham Playhouse; The Beginning by Michael Pinchbeck; Two by Two by Ark Theatres; L.O.V.E., a radical classic from VOLCANO and Steps for the Future, a night of dance, drama and music performed by adults with learning disabilities.

Ticket details for all of these shows are available now by calling the box office at Derby Theatre on 01332 593939.