The Jungle Book

The perfect family adventure comes to Derby Theatre this Easter in a spectacular new production.

Award-winning writer Neil Duffield’s new adaptation of The Jungle Book is inspired by Rudyard Kipling’s magical stories, and is brought to life with brand new songs.

Whilst growing up in the jungle and facing battles with the ruthless Shere Khan, Mowgli learns what it truly means to belong thanks to friends Baloo and Bagheera.

The Jungle Book will have fully integrated BSL interpretation and Captioning, and will also have pre-recorded audio description on all performances from Wednesday 10 April.

Play in a day – Family Fest

Working with our in-house practitioners, come and take a play from page to stage across the course of a day. No previous experience required.

10am – 4pm (1 hour break for lunch)

Price: £10

This workshop will be BSL interpreted

Sleeping Beauty

A DREAM OF A FAMILY FESTIVE TREAT

When Maleficent, the wickedest of witches, isn’t invited to Princess Rosalind’s Christening, she plots her revenge.

All grown up, the beautiful Princess pricks her finger on the needle of Maleficent’s enchanted spinning wheel and is cursed to sleep until woken by a kiss from her one true love. Soon Sleeping Beauty and her snoozing friends and family are trapped in the palace and surrounded by a magical forest.

Can the brave Prince Alexander, with the help of Fairy Wisheart, save them from their terrible fate and stop the evil witch’s plans before it is too late?

One night in Miami

25 February 1964: Cassius Clay is crowned the new heavyweight champion of the world and celebrates with three of his closest friends – activist Malcolm X, American football icon Jim Brown and soul star Sam Cooke – in a downtown Miami motel room.

That much we know is true. What follows is an imagined account of a fabled real-life event.

Kemp Powers’ tough-talking, in-your-face drama speculates on what might have happened in that room that night. Over music, whiskey and two tubs of vanilla ice cream, the men wrangle with the change that’s gonna come. What will emerge are four legends that would define an era.

The Memory of Water

Three sisters arrive at their remote childhood home on the eve of their mother’s funeral. Having grown apart, the siblings argue and joke as they sort through their mother’s belongings and gradually confide about the realities of their own adult lives. But it’s when they move on to childhood recollections that they discover they remember things differently, leading to a series of dramatic and devastating revelations.

The Memory of Water is a hilarious and heart-breaking drama about what we fear most – losing someone both in life and death. A play about family, grief and the unreliability of memory. Expect tears and laughter in Nottingham Playhouse’s new production of Shelagh Stephenson’s Olivier Award-winning comedy.

Skellig

“They say that shoulder blades are where your wings were, when you were an angel…where your wings will grow again one day.”

Moving house has been hard for 12-year-old Michael, and now his baby sister is ill in hospital, it seems his whole world has been turned upside down.

Exploring the crumbling garage of his new home one afternoon, he makes an extraordinary discovery. A strange, decrepit creature, Skellig, is hidden amongst the dust, dead insects and junk.

West Side Story

New York City, West Side, 1957. In the midst of gang rivalry and racial tensions, love at first sight strikes between Tony, a founding member of the White-American Jets and Maria, the sister of Bernardo, leader of the Puerto Rican Sharks. In the face of danger, the two young lovers continue to meet in secret – but the Jets and the Sharks have one last rumble to fight out.

War Horse

At the outbreak of World War One, Joey, young Albert’s beloved horse, is sold to the Cavalry and shipped to France. He’s soon caught up in enemy fire, and fate takes him on an extraordinary journey, serving on both sides before finding himself alone in no man’s land. Albert, who remained on his parents’ Devon farm, cannot forget Joey. Though still not old enough to enlist he embarks on a treacherous mission to find him and bring him home.

Based on the beloved novel by Michael Morpurgo, this powerfully moving and imaginative drama, filled with stirring music and songs, is a show of phenomenal inventiveness. At its heart are astonishing life-sized horses by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company, who bring breathing, galloping, charging horses to thrilling life on stage.

Grease

The world’s best-loved musical is back! Grittier and more glamorous than ever before, this brand-new production is direct from a sell-out and critically acclaimed run at Leicester Curve.

After a whirlwind summer romance, leather-clad greaser Danny and girl-next-door Sandy are unexpectedly reunited when she transfers to Rydell High for senior year. But can they survive the trials and tribulations of teenage life and find true love once more?

The Color Purple – Musical

This unforgettable story told over the course of 40 years follows courageous heroine Celie, as she journeys through joy, despair, anguish and hope in her own personal awakening to discover her unique voice in the world.

With a profoundly evocative score drawing inspiration from jazz, ragtime, gospel and blues, this moving family chronicle set in racially divided southern America, celebrates life, love and the strength to stand up for who you are and what you believe in.