Abigail's Party and Abi

Now Showing until Saturday 20 October

Double Bill - Two Shows for just £9.50

Schools see both Abigail's Party  and contemporary response piece Abi for just £9.50 each
One teacher free with every ten tickets purchased

Suitable for: Key Stage 3, 4 & 5
Performance Times: Abigail's Party: 7pm, followed by Abi at 9:30pm (Standalone Abi performance on Mon 8 Oct, 8pm)

In Mike Leigh's classic 70s comedy, Abigail's Party, Beverly and husband Laurence are entertaining their newlywed neighbours. Joining them is twitchy divorcee Sue, banished from the party of her teenage daughter, Abigail. Over a stack of cheesy-pineapple sticks, small talk and splashes of alcohol, the appalling host’s soiree soon descends into chaos. As the sniping begins, this delicious comedy cracks open social climbing suburbia to savagely funny effect.

Then for the first time ever, find out what happened to the mysterious Abigail... Meet her granddaughter in dynamic new play, Abi, a contemporary response to Abigail's Party

The digital life of millennials is brilliantly captured in Abi, a fresh new play jointly commissioned by Derby Theatre and Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch. This vibrant one-woman show explores how a fiery 15-year-old girl experiences modern society by delving into her realm of boys, family, partying, ambitions and social media, with wit and flair.

Abigail's Party - Exploring the Text Workshop

Available until Friday 19 October

Students will work with both script and improvisation to understand the features of this classic piece, exploring text, themes and characters.

Suitable for: KS3 - KS5
Cost: £160
Duration: Up to 2 hours

Production and Interpretation Workshop

Available until Friday 19 October 

An insight into the production elements that went into making this 70s classic.

This can be helpful for GCSE/A Level Drama Live Review and builds students’ knowledge and understanding of how text is communicated and interpreted.

Suitable for: KS4 - KS5
Cost: £160
Duration: Up to 2 hours



Noughts and Crosses

Friday 1 – Saturday 16 February 2019

Sephy is a Cross and Callum is a Nought. Between Noughts and Crosses there are racial and social divides. A segregated society teeters on a volatile knife edge. As violence breaks out, Sephy and Callum draw closer, but this is a romance that will lead them into terrible danger.

This gripping Romeo and Juliet story, based on the young adult novel by acclaimed writer Malorie Blackman and adapted by Sabrina Mahfouz, is a captivating drama of love, revolution and what it means to grow up in a divided world.

School Tickets: £10 each (with one teacher free with every ten tickets purchased)

Noughts and Crosses Workshops

Available throughout February

Using production techniques, drama and role play, we can shape a workshop for you that explores one or more of the following areas of this powerful play:

- Story Theatre and the use of narration and physicality

- Exploring characters’ status, identity and perception

- Exploring the broader issues of prejudice and stereotypes

- The production elements of this show

Suitable for: KS3 & KS4

Duration: 1 hour – 2 hours (depending on requirements)

Dates: Please enquire

Careers Day

See backstage and meet the professionals who work across all the departments.  Learn about the broad range of career paths in theatre, experience what our staff do and find out how they became invovled in professional theatre work.

Suitable for: KS3, 4 & 5

Cost: £6 a head

Duration: Whole day

Min pupils: 30   Max pupils:  60

Shakespeare in Practice

These workshops will provide students with practical approaches to explore ways to unlock Shakespeare's language and bring the text to life. As either a first introduction or a deeper study of a chosen plays language, characters and theme we can tailor them to meet your learning objectives.

You can choose from the following workshops:

First Encounter Workshop: An introduction to a Shakespeare play

Exploration Workshop: A deeper study into a Shakespeare play, unpicking key speeches ans scenes.

Suitable for: KS3, 4 & 5 (Can also be used as a GSCE revision aid) 

Duration: 2 hours

Price: £5 per head

Max capacity: 30

Backstage Tour

A great introduction to theatre. From the dressing rooms to the fly floor, come and take a look into the backstage world of theatre.

Both these sessions are perfect for Arts Awards.

Suitable for KS 3, 4 & 5

Cost: £2 per head

Duration: 1 hour

Maximum capacity: 30 pupils

Arts Award Day

Build Derby Theatre into your plans for Arts Award for all levels. Discover the theatre and find out about professional artists. We'll inspire yoru pupils here, giving them the knowledge they need to complete their award.

Suitable for KS 3, 4 & 5

Cost and duration is flexible depending on your needs. Please enquire.