Derby Theatre

Derby Theatre has a long and rich history of delivering high quality drama to audiences. Previously Derby Playhouse, Derby Theatre not only has a unique partnership with University of Derby but it is also an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation (NPO). In 2017, Arts Council England awarded Derby Theatre a 59% uplift in funding for 2018-2022, to further develop their excellent programme of work. As a Learning Theatre, Derby Theatre is leading the way in producing high quality produced theatre, whilst embedding learning opportunities for all, across its programme of work.

Led by Artistic Director and Chief Executive Sarah Brigham, Derby Theatre is bringing together creative professionals and audiences to tell compelling stories and take artistic risks.  The theatre combines this professional programme with an exciting suite of undergraduate and postgraduate courses and an emerging talent programme aimed at developing the next generation of artists.  Meanwhile our community engagement programme reaches out across our region to include people of all ages and from all backgrounds.

'Increasingly the most crucial theatre in the region because of its emphasis on learning, nurturing and nourishing'
Lyn Gardner, The Guardian