Northern Ballet Theatre – The Little Mermaid

Immerse yourself in a mystical underwater world.

When a young mermaid is finally allowed her first glimpse of life beyond the ocean, she is enthralled by what she sees. After falling desperately in love with a man, she will do anything she can to live a human life.

Northern Ballet’s beautiful new ballet will reimagine the classic Hans Christian Andersen fairytale and take you on a journey beneath the waves.

Choreographed by David Nixon OBE, and performed to an original score played live by Northern Ballet Sinfonia, book now to see this spectacular new production.

Touch Tour Insight, Saturday 11 November, 12noon – 1.15pm FREE for visually impaired patrons and their companions
Led by Northern Ballet’s dancers and an audio describer, learn about basic ballet technique and movement from The Little Mermaid followed by a chance to touch costumes and props from the production and learn more about the show. Please book via the box office.

Beautiful – The Carole King Musical

Beautiful – The Carole King Musical, the Olivier award-winning West End show is coming to Nottingham as part of its first ever UK tour!

‘The audience loves Beautiful’ (Daily Mail) and critics agree! Called ‘Slick and beautifully played’ (The Times), the ‘amazing story of the songwriting talents of Carole King told through laughter and tears’ (BBC Radio 2), critics are celebrating this ‘ Tapestry of greatest hits’ (The Guardian).

Long before she was Carole King, the chart-topping music legend, she was an ordinary girl with an extraordinary talent.

Beautiful tells the inspiring true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Along the way, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation, with countless classics such as You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman, Take Good Care of my Baby, You’ve Got a Friend, So Far Away, It Might As Well Rain Until September, Up on the Roof, and Locomotion.

Beauty and the Beast

Don’t miss this year’s spellbinding family pantomime Beauty and the Beast starring much-loved actress, TV star, presenter, and Nottingham native, Sherrie Hewson as Mrs Potty , TV and stage star Ben Richards as the Beast and featuring the welcome return of panto favourites Ben Nickless and Andrew Ryan.

Dreaming of a happier life, the beautiful Belle finds herself transported to a spell-bound castle held captive by a hideous beast. Can she see beyond the monster and fall in love with her captor before the last petal falls from the enchanted rose? Or will the Beast’s selfishness cost him the world he once knew and the hand of the girl that has melted his heart?

This unmissable show will be packed with all of the ingredients our audiences have come to expect from the East Midland’s biggest pantomime; lots of laughter, stunning costumes, music and plenty of magic.

Pride and Prejudice

The most famous love story our country has ever produced, yet the women don’t work, the servants don’t speak, and who cares how filthy rich Mr Darcy is when he is so arrogant and RUDE?

Georgian England was a world where men had property whilst women had smelling salts and piano lessons. Lucky them.

Elizabeth Bennet is witty and clever, has terrible manners and muddy shoes. But with no independence, is her ending actually happy? Or have we been distracted by Colin Firth and frilly shirts?

If you’ve always heard people saying “Austen is so funny” and you never got it – you will now!

In a brand new comic adaptation by stand-up comedian Sara Pascoe with an original score from Emmy the Great and directed by Susannah Tresilian (Director of Posh in 2015) prepare yourself for a playful, truthful and occasionally disrespectful* take on this brilliant novel.

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.