We’re extremely grateful for the support we have received from our funders and audience members, but, like many theatres up and down the country, we still face challenging times ahead.
As a registered charity, we need your support now more than ever, but why should you support us and where does your money go? Here’s just some of the ways your donation makes a difference…


Creating life changing opportunities for children & young people


Every year, hundreds of children and young people come through our doors to discover the joy of theatre as part of our youth programme. We’re lucky enough to see first hand the difference theatre can make to a child’s life; increasing confidence and creativity, supporting self expression and wellbeing, and developing artistic and leadership skills.
Our creative activities help countless young people across our county build a brighter, happier future and your donations allow us to make sure that money is never a barrier for any child or young person wanting to take part in Youth Theatre and Young Company groups, have fun on our Holiday Projects, get ahead in their chosen career through industry training opportunities or have their voice heard in Arts Leader projects.

Our award winning Made In Northampton productions


Our critically acclaimed, and Olivier award winning ‘Made In Northampton’ productions have continued to put our county firmly on the map, with several even going on to continue their run in London on stages across the West End!
We’re super proud of the work we produce in house at Royal & Derngate, but inevitably it comes at a price.
From the captivating actors, talented composers, and skilful designers, to the stunning scenery and all important props, the costs of a Made In Northampton theatre productions are often significant.

Your generous support means we’re able to continue to deliver exciting, innovative and engaging theatre, for everyone to enjoy right here under our roof.

Lights, camera, action!


A huge amount of work goes into the shows you see on our stages and we rely heavily on essential theatre equipment to keep everything running smoothly.

Specialist lighting, rigging, and sound equipment can be expensive and need replacing frequently, but your donations can help us manage this cost, as well as afford daily necessities such as energy-efficient stage lights, battery packs and the all-important radio mic headsets for our crew.

Looking after the essentials


Maintaining a building as big as ours is a huge undertaking!
Royal & Derngate has 916 emergency lights, 128 electric distribution boards, 10 air conditioning units, 5 chillers, 88 toilets and 216 taps, all of which need to be checked, serviced, repaired or replaced on a regular basis, even whilst we’re closed! Not to mention seats need recovering, paint frames need mending and boilers need fixing. Then there’s the electricity, heating, water, communication and security systems, all of which need to be maintained so we’re able to welcome you all safely and comfortably into our spaces day in, day out.

Getting into character


Costumes are so much more than just outfits – they are an important tool which the director can use to bring a character or story to life. Our immensely talented wardrobe department are not only creators, but artists, storytellers, historians and social commentators. They have produced some amazing costumes over the years, and spend thousands of hours designing, measuring, cutting and stitching garments, for every Made In Northampton production.

We rely on donations to fund everything that goes into making these fabulous pieces; from the fabric, sequins, beads and wigs to the sewing machines, irons & steamers.

Preserving our heritage


The Royal Theatre first opened it’s doors over 130 years ago in 1884, and The Royal Safety Curtain, painted by  Henry Bird, has been wowing audiences since it was commissioned to mark the Queen’s Silver Jubilee in 1977. The painting depicts aspects of the history of the Royal Theatre and combines elements of Northampton history, mixing real events and fantasy to celebrate the importance of the theatre within the life of the town.

In order to preserve these important local stories for future generations, your donations could go towards helping refurbish this much cherished artwork and those like it.

Making theatre accessible to everyone


We are passionate in our view that theatre should be for everyone, and are committed to ensuring as many people as possible are able to enjoy performances at Royal & Derngate. We proudly supply captioned, sign language interpreted, audio described and relaxed performances, as well as touch tours all free of charge to our audiences.

However none of these would be possible without the help we receive through your donations, which help us keep up to date with the latest technology and extend the number of accessible performances we’re able offer all year round.

Providing essential cultural and creative education


Royal & Derngateis proud to deliver an extensive education programme providing support and opportunities for children and young people to access vital cultural opportunities and experiences. We work closely with local schools, colleges and cultural partners to deliver exciting creative workshops, provide access to vital arts training and opportunities, and support teachers through online resources.

Our education projects led by professional arts practitioners, funded by your donations, bring the joy of theatre to all children and young people, providing access to fun, engaging and often life-changing learning experiences that stay with them forever.

Giving an unforgettable gift


Every year, the generous donations from people all over Northamptonshire mean we’re able to offer hundreds of local, underprivileged children, a chance to come and experience the joy and laughter of our much loved Christmas panto.

Just £10 covers the cost of a ticket for one child or young person living in, or at risk of poverty, helping them enjoy special family togetherness and creating long lasting happy memories.
Supported by Northampton Community Foundation and Lamport Hall’s Sir Giles Isham Trust, thousands of children and their families have benefited from the campaign since it launched in 2015, and we hope to continue sharing the magic for many more years to come.

Creating a sense of community


Royal & Derngate belongs to YOU. We program the shows that you want to see and which have the power to bring everyone together. We love welcoming you through our doors and seeing all the familiar faces as you say hello. We love watching you meet your family and friends for a show or laugh with the stranger sitting next to you, and we all will again…very soon.

But like many businesses across the county, COVID-19 has had a devastating impact on income, and we are no exception.  Close to 90% of our income comes through ticket sales and bar revenue, all of which was wiped out overnight with the enforced closure of public spaces in March.

Although we have been immeasurably grateful for the support we have received from our audiences and funders thus far, there are still tough and uncertain times ahead.
So if you can, please play a part in sustaining our theatres long into the future, and help bring us back together.

Back to your seat,
Back to your feet.        

Back to life-changing experiences from the earliest age,
Back to performing together with friends on our stage

Back to world class theatre made here in your town,
Back to smash-hit shows, the biggest around

Back to a G&T and the comfort of your favourite screen,
Back to the warmest of welcomes from our Front of House team

Back to Royal & Derngate.


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