The team at Royal & Derngate are deeply saddened by the recent incidents in Manchester and London – our thoughts are with those affected and their families.
Whilst there are increased threat levels across some parts of the country, advice provided locally by our Counter Terrorism Security Advisor suggests that there is no specific threat to Northamptonshire at the present time.
All ongoing performances at Royal & Derngate and screenings in Errol Flynn Filmhouse will proceed as planned. As part of measures to make your visit as safe, secure and enjoyable as possible, you may be asked to co-operate with a random bag search.
These searches will be conducted across the foyer spaces within the building, and security staff will ensure these checks are as quick and easy as possible. We thank you for your support in this matter, and ask that you please avoid bringing any unnecessary bags or coats to the venue this week. Please note that there will be no cloakroom, baggage or buggy storage facilities onsite. We thank you for your understanding and co-operation.
We continue to work hard, behind the scenes, to ensure that our audiences are well looked after. As you might expect, we have implemented security measures which you can see and ones that you cannot. The theatre environment and building is monitored every day and our team members are trained to ensure that all our guests have a secure and happy time. We continue to work very closely with multiple stakeholders and partners in Northampton and the emergency services to ensure that we provide a safe experience for all. We will continue to review the measures we have implemented, in line with advice from the security services.
The safety and security of our visitors, performers and staff is a top priority for us at Royal & Derngate. When attending, we ask that you join our team in remaining vigilant at all times and report any suspicious behaviour to a Duty Manager or their colleagues.
The government have shared the following information, which you might also find helpful: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/manchester-attack-may-2017-support-for-people-affected
We look forward to welcoming you to Royal & Derngate.