• Andy Street: the Derbyshire musician who appeared on the world’s biggest television show

    Sitting down for an evening of undemanding television, my wife and I tuned in to a reality series that caught our eye: Last Laugh In Las Vegas. Nine showbiz legends from the 1960s, ‘70s and ’80s were given a final shot at putting on their dream show in the variety capital of the world. During the episode we looked at, ...
  • GASLIGHT: POSTPONED UNTIL MARCH 2021

    The Marlowe Players’ production of Gaslight by Patrick Hamilton which should have been staged at Darley Abbey Village Hall in March 2020 has been postponed until March 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic. Here’s a look at the play in rehearsal.
  • Long John Silver sets sail for Derby for Easter

    For the second successive year, Derby Theatre is producing a major show featuring fully integrated British Sign Language and captioning. In 2019, the theatre presented Neil Duffield’s adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book; in 2020 Treasure Island will get similar treatment. Steve Orme chats to Derby Theatre’s artistic director Sarah Brigham about the show and what the theatre is doing regarding the ...
  • MACBETH

    By William Shakespeare Derby Theatre 3 to 14 March 2020 No outlandish concept, few gimmicks and a concentration on the text: Douglas Rintoul’s production for Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch and Derby Theatre is a fairly traditional take on Shakespeare’s story which points out the relevance to contemporary society. Watching on press night at Derby Theatre, I regarded some of the lines spoken by ...
  • The Black Veil

    John Goodrum based on a short story by Charles Dickens Rumpus Theatre Company Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield 19 to 21 September 2019 Each year Rumpus Theatre Company mounts tours of plays which aims to serve up a few chills on a dark, cold evening. For 2019 John Goodrum, founder of the Derbyshire-based company, is reviving his 2001 work The Black Veil as well ...
  • Rugeley Poisoner tale to be told on stage

    While working as a television producer, Steve Orme came across the true story of Staffordshire doctor William Palmer who became known as the Rugeley Poisoner. In 1856 Palmer was executed for the murder of his friend John Parsons Cook. He was also alleged to have killed four of his five children, his wife, mother-in-law and drunken brother among others. There ...

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MACBETH

By William Shakespeare Derby Theatre 3 to 14 March 2020 No outlandish concept, few gimmicks and a concentration on the text: Douglas Rintoul’s production ...

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