Chief Executive Martin Sutherland
Artistic Director James Dacre
Royal & Derngate, Northampton is the main venue for arts and entertainment in Northamptonshire – last year we welcomed more than 314,000 audience members for a diverse programme of drama, music, dance, comedy and film. Another 180,000 people saw our work across the country, shows originated, cast, built, rehearsed and premiered on our stages. We were thrilled to win the award for Best Presentation of Touring Theatre in the UK Theatre Awards 2015 acknowledging this Made In Northampton season.
As a registered charity, we remain ambitious about ensuring that our theatres are for everyone and welcome 86,000 young people as audience members every year. We also encourage young people to take part in our creative learning opportunities via bespoke schools partnerships and weekly activity at the theatres. This weekly programme attracts a broad section of our community, and also offers opportunities for nurturing new talent with our commitment to artist development.
We are continually developing new initiatives to ensure that our theatres continue to thrive. We are proud that a number of our team here at Royal & Derngate also deliver services for our sister arts venue in the county, The Core at Corby Cube – from marketing, finance and administration to ticketing and programming www.thecorecorby.com. The addition of the Errol Flynn Filmhouse to our venue three years ago has received such brilliant customer feedback and proved so popular that we are now adding a second screen www.errolflynnfilmhouse.com.
We have recently revamped our bars and continue to sell highly regarded national brands within our Front of House areas – including Lick at Northampton’s first Frozen Yogurt Bar. We have adopted Family Arts Standards – committed to providing a warm welcome to our family audiences, and continue to prioritise environmental sustainability, through our continued programme of LED lighting, insulation, and partnership with NCC and Electric Car Club. We continue to exploit the flexible nature of our brilliant auditorium, housing gala dinners, product launches, conferences, weddings and flat floor standing music gigs.
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 Errol Flynn Filmhouse.
Whether you join us as an audience member, a participant, an artist or theatre-maker, a conference attendee or a wedding guest, for a drink in the bar or for a cinema screening in EFF, we look forward to welcoming your warmly to Royal & Derngate.