Royal & Derngate Northampton unveils shows for 2022/2023 season

Royal Derngate Northampton 2022-2023 season

Royal & Derngate Northampton has unveiled its new season for 2022 and 2023.

The new Made in Northampton season features eighteen productions including plays, musicals, a feature film, On Demand theatre, podcasts and a new interactive digital work.


The season will start with the world premiere of Jacques Tati’s Playtime (2 – 24 September 2022), adapted for the stage for the first time by Dancing Brick with original songs from Grammy Award-winners Chilly Gonzales and Martha Wainwright, a script from Verity Bargate Award winner Thomas Eccleshare and Comedy Direction by John Nicholson of Peepolykus.

October will see Hydrocracker and DeafConnect’s Who Cares 2032, an interactive digital experience about the future of healthcare, co-created by Jem Wall and Nathan Crossan-Smith, written by Chloe Todd-Fordham, Thea Gajic and Rebecca Saffir and directed by Nathan Crossan-Smith, with interactive design by John Hunter (October 2022).

Anthony McCarten’s original play The Two Popes returns (11 – 15 October 2022) after its Oscar, Golden Globe and BAFTA-nominated big screen adaptation. Directed by James Dacre with original music by Grammy winner Anne Dudley and starring Anton Lesser and Nicholas Woodeson. The Northampton run will follow a UK tour.

At Christmas, a magical staging of The Night Before Christmas (25 November – 31 December 2022) from Royal & Derngate and Polka Theatre arrives in the Underground Studio, adapted by Oliver Award nominee Hattie Naylor for under 7s and their grown ups

Into 2023 and the venue will stage the world premiere of Michael Rosen’s Unexpected Twist (11 – 23 February 2023), a musical re-telling of the Charles Dickens classic Oliver Twist. It’s been adapted for the stage by BAFTA award-winner Roy Williams with original music by Yaya Bey and BAC Beatbox Academy’s Conrad Murray, directed by James Dacre and designed by Frankie Bradshaw.

Partnering with Shakespeare’s Globe and Headlong, Henry V (7 – 18 March 2023) will be directed by Holly Race Roughan as an exploration of our nation’s history and what it means to be British.

Next year will also welcome the premiere of Inspector Sands’ adaptation of Wuthering Heights (24 April – 6 May 2023), created by Lucinka Eisler and Ben Lewis, and containing violence, peril, social awkwardness, exhilarating music, high winds and mud!

And in the autumn, Lucy Bailey returns to Royal & Derngate with a world premiere reimagining of Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None (8 – 16 September 2023), the best-selling crime novel of all time

Additionally, the venue has announced the release of musical adaptation of The Selfish Giant on Audible featuring Stephen Fry, Joseph Marcell, Giles Terera, Sharon D Clarke, Roger Allam and Patricia Routledge. Plus, a feature film adaptation of T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets is in the works, performed by Ralph Fiennes and directed by Sophie Fiennes, adapted from Royal & Derngate and Bath Theatre Royal’s acclaimed stage production with designs by Hildegard Bechtler. Release dates for both are to be announced.

For more information about the season and tickets, visit

Artistic Director James Dacre said “This season sees the culmination of several strands of strategic activity that have seen us challenge ourselves as a venue to nurture the creation of original work in radically different ways.

“Whether supporting artists to develop original musical theatre for the midscale, hosting ensemble companies to collaboratively devise their work over the course of several years, inviting playwrights to write for our main stage or supporting artists to reach new audiences in cinemas and online, this body of work has widened our practice, broadened our reach and helped shape our future.”

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