From history to mystery

Horrible Histories coming to Northampton
Horrible Histories coming to Northampton
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A wide variety of entertainment for all ages comes to the Royal and Derngate’s as part of its new summer season.

Kicking of proceedings is The Play That Goes Wrong, described as Fawlty Towers meets Noises Off. It is based around the Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society which attempts to stage a 1920s murder mystery. But everything that could go wrong does in the show, which is staged from Monday to Saturday, May 17.

There will be plenty to keep drama fans gripped in a story which tests family, friendship and honour, Dealer’s Choice.

This funny story looks at the world of male camaraderie and obsession set in the gritty world of amateur poker. It has been written by Patrick Marber who also penned both Coser and Notes on a Scandal. Dealer’s Choice will be staged from May 23 to June 14.

Another drama, staged to mark the centenary of the First World War, will run from August 29 to September 20.

Regeneration is set around Craiglockhart War Hospital in Scotland in 1917. A poet and soldier has been institutionalised in an attempt to undermine his public disapproval of the war. But his army psychiatrist has been tasked with returning him to the trenches despite the injured soldier questioning what he does in the name of medicine.

For those who feel nostalgic for the swinging 60s, there will be plenty of feel-good fun as the fab four come to the Royal and Derngate. Let It Be features the iconic music of The Beatles and is packed with more than 40 of their greatest hits.

Fans can relive their meteoric rise from Liverpool’s Cavern Club through to the heights of Beatlemania with hits including Twist and Shout, Hey Jude, Yesterday and Let It Be. This show runs from May 26 to 31. (See page 65 for your chance to win tickets.)

Children with an interest in the gruesome side of history will be in for a treat when the Horrible Histories team return to Northampton.

This brand new show focuses on Barmy Britain and features 3D effects with subjects ranging from the gunpowder plot, grave snatchers and Burke and Hare to Boudicca and William Wallace. It is performed from July 1 to 5.

On June 28, Strictly Come Dancing duo Karen Hauer and Kevin Clifton appear in Flash Mob showcasing a wide variety of dancing styles.

Legendary comedian Jasper Carrott will be bringing a show and musical entertainment to the stage on September 4. The following night Jimmy Carr brings his new show Funny Business to the stage, which is set to have witty and incisive musings on the human condition.

To book tickets for any of the shows call the box office in 01604 624811 or visit,uk.