Beauty and the Beast

Be our guest… as a tale as old as time gets a brand new twist this Christmas.

Starring Derby’s very own GWEN TAYLOR and BEN FAULKS (CBeebies’ Mr Bloom).

In the little french village of Spondon-on-the-Seine Belle is pursued by the handsome but not too bright local heartthrob Gaston (Aston Dobson). She yearns for adventure, but soon gets more than she bargained for when, along with her neighbours Idle Jacques (CBeebies’ Mr Bloom) and his mother Betty Brioche (Morgan Brind), she finds herself trapped inside an enchanted castle by a mysterious beast. Will true love conquer all? Will the Enchantress’ (Gwen Taylor) curse ever be broken? Will Betty Brioche burn her baguettes?

Featuring shimmering sets, outrageous costumes, magic, mayhem and monstrous fun, this brand new production promises to be Derby LIVE’s most spectacular panto yet!

The Legend of King Arthur

Set in the field behind Challengers (a children’s disability charity) at Burchatt’s Farm in Stoke Farm, the Spiegeltent holds 200 people, is fully heated and accessible to all.

THE LEGEND OF KING ARTHUR tells the famous story of the ‘once and future king’, Arthur Pendragon. From his
humble beginnings as a knight’s squire, who pulls ‘the sword in the stone’, to his destiny as King of the Britons.
However, as Arthur gathers his Knights of the Round Table to uphold the code of chivalry, a terrible threat surfaces in the shape of the White Dragon, unleashed by an unexpected adversary.

This rollicking family adventure contains all the legendary aspects of Arthur including Camelot, Excalibur, the Lady in the Lake and of course the all-powerful wizard Merlin, guiding Arthur towards his destiny.

Written and directed by CAROLINE DEVLIN (Macbeth, King Lear, Henry V), the production will once again feature
five actors who will transport audiences to a world of medieval magic.

For the event, GSC are very excited to be bringing back the fabulous Spiegeltent from Belgium, which so enchanted
audiences last year. The 80-yr old mirrored dance hall was an instant hit with everyone who stepped inside the
TARDIS-like venue: “Something a little different is clearly about to take place inside this strange structure. Red linen seats; mirrored walls; roll up, roll up atmosphere envelops…” Surrey Life Magazine, 2016

Brighton Rock

Fred is found dead – they deny it was murder.
Rose is in love – they say she’s in danger.
And that boy Pinkie… they say he’s evil – but what has he done?
As two seventeen year olds, Pinkie and Rose get embroiled in a vicious gang war in Brighton, one brutal murder leads to the next. The police are impassive – but the courageous and life embracing Ida Arnold wants the truth. Nothing scares her. Whatever the cost, she’ll see justice is done.
An unmissable new version of this gripping noir thriller.

Jack and the Beanstalk

This year we’ll be bringing you the ever popular Jack & The Beanstalk, a family favourite featuring a line-up of much loved panto characters – the big bad giant, Daisy the cow and of course, Jack himself.
They are joined by Berwick Kaler, the nation’s longest running consecutive panto dame who is widely acclaimed to be the best in the land. Once again we’ve assembled the theatre’s dream team who will conjure up all that amazing magic and sparkle loved by generations of panto fans.

For Love or Money

It’s the 1920s. In a small Yorkshire town, the wily-widow, Rose, entertains the advances of two dubious suitors. Fuller is a fabulously rich and morally corrupt banker who woos Rose by parading his wealth whilst hiding a few secrets. Handsome Arthur is much younger and deceitful through and through. He plays Rose for as much money as she can take from Fuller.
But money’s a slippery commodity and all is not quite as it seems. Throw in a bailiff, a drunkard, a vamp, a second-hand clothes dealer and two upwardly mobile servants, and the complications multiply.

Wait Until Dark

Set amidst the social turbulence of 60’s London the play follows the story of Suzy, a blind woman who left alone in her apartment becomes embroiled with a group of conmen hatching an elaborate scam. As the tension notches up, Suzy is left to fend for herself but with the phone line cut dead and the house plunged into darkness, can Suzy outwit the murderous visitors?
Wait Until Dark, made into a film starring Audrey Hepburn in 1967, is often ranked as one of the top 100 scariest films of all time and this exciting new production reclaims it for the stage.

Rita, Sue & Bob Too

Best friends Rita and Sue get a lift home from married Bob after babysitting his kids. When he takes the scenic route and offers them a bit of fun, the three start a fling they each think they control.
Andrea Dunbar’s semi-autobiographical play, written when she was 19, is a vivid portrait of girls caught between a brutal childhood and an unpromising future, and hungry for adult adventure.
Told with wicked humour, startling insight and a great ear for dialogue, Rita, Sue And Bob Too was adapted into a cult 80s film, and the play’s original director directs this production.

Things I know to be True

As beautifully touching as it is funny and bold, Things I Know To Be True tells the story of a family and marriage through the eyes of four grown siblings struggling to define themselves beyond their parents’ love and expectations.
Parents Bob and Fran have worked their fingers to the bone and with their four children grown and ready to fly the nest it might be time to relax and enjoy the roses. But the changing seasons bring home some shattering truths.

A Murder is Announced

The residents of Chipping Cleghorn are astonished to read an advert in the local newspaper that a murder will take place this coming Friday at Little Paddocks, the home of Letitia Blacklock.
Unable to resist, the group gather at the house at the appointed time, when the lights go out and a gun is fired. Enter Miss Marple, who must unravel a complex series of relationships and events to solve the mystery of the killer…

Prince Stroppy Pants and the Christmas Caper

His Royal Highness the Prince is the bossiest, stroppiest, snottiest Prince that ever did live.

He is rude and he is lazy and worst of all he is given everything that he asks for.
“I want more presents!” whines the Prince
“I want it to snow right now and to go skiing in the garden!” he demands
“Yes your Highness” reply the servants

But one day he asks for the unthinkable…
“I want Father Christmas’ Magical Sleigh and I WANT IT NOW!!!!”
And his dad the Right Royal King set out to find it. After a week of waiting the Prince starts to worry, after a month he is scared.
“Where is my daddy! I want him now!”
Will the Prince get his daddy back? Will he learn some manners along the way? Babbling Vagabonds are back with a new festive tale for Christmas 2017.