Chief Executive Jo Gordon
Artistic Director James Dacre

Royal & Derngate, Northampton is the main venue for arts and entertainment in Northamptonshire, welcoming more than 378,000 show and film audience members last year. Our diverse programme of drama, music, dance, comedy and film, and our co-produced work was seen by 115,000 people across the country.

We were named Regional Theatre of the Year by the inaugural Stage 100 Awards in 2011, and was nominated again in 2016. We also won the Management Award for Best Presentation of Touring Theatre in the 2015 UK Theatre Awards for our Made in Northampton work. The Herbal Bed (a co-production with English Touring Theatre and Rose Theatre Kingston) won the 2016 UK Theatre Award for Best Touring Production. Other recent highlights include nationwide tours of The Jungle Book, Love from a Stranger and Death of a Salesman. Previous acclaimed productions have included Shakespeare’s King John, world premieres of Arthur Miller’s The Hook and Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World.

As a registered charity, we remain ambitious about ensuring that our theatres are for everyone. We encourage young people to take part in our creative learning opportunities via bespoke schools partnerships and weekly activity at the theatres. This weekly programme, reaching more than 21,000 participants last year, attracts a broad section of our community, and also offers opportunities for nurturing new talent through our commitment to artist development.

We are proud that a number of our team here at Royal & Derngate also deliver services for our sister venue, The Core at Corby Cube – from marketing, finance and administration to ticketing and programming. The addition of the Northampton Filmhouse to our venue in 2013 received such brilliant customer feedback and proved so popular that we opened a second screen in 2017, which has welcomed over 82,000 audience members to screenings of the best in world, independent, British and mainstream film in the most luxurious surroundings.

The flexible nature of our Derngate auditorium enables us to host gala dinners, product launches, conferences and flat floor standing music gigs.

We have recently revamped our bars and continue to sell highly regarded local and national brands within our Front of House areas. We have adopted Family Arts Standards and are committed to providing a warm welcome to our family audiences.

Our audiences provide fantastic feedback on all areas of our business. Our commitment to customer care is central to our vision, and we are thrilled to maintain the Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor for both Royal & Derngate and Northampton Filmhouse.

Whether you join us as an audience member, a participant, an artist, a theatre-maker or a conference attendee, for a drink in the bar or for a cinema screening in the Filmhouse, we look forward to welcoming you warmly to Royal & Derngate.


Royal & Derngate is a trading name of The Northampton Theatres Trust Limited.
Charity No.1075741. Company No.3640915. VAT No. 623 5320 71
19 -20 Guildhall Road, Northampton, Northamptonshire NN1 1DP United Kingdom

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