CONFIRMED: Theatres able to re-open in May. Everything you need to know about Derby Theatre's re-opening...

During today's government briefing (10 May), the Prime Minister confirmed that theatres can re-open for events from 17 May. 

From next Monday, socially distanced performances will be permitted, with safety measures in place such as reduced capacity, face coverings, staggered entry times, increased ventilation and enhanced cleaning between shows.

Statement from SOLT & UK Theatre in response to Government roadmap
"Today’s confirmation that Step 3 of the Government roadmap will go ahead on 17 May is very good news, allowing England’s theatre industry to begin the process of reopening.

A number of theatres will be welcoming audiences back to socially distanced performances while also creating work for our world leading workforce.

Theatres will be following our industry wide See it Safely protocols to ensure a consistency of customer experience and that the latest government Covid guidelines are being followed."

Here's everything you need to know about Derby Theatre's re-opening plans...

From 27 May...

Derby Theatre will officially be re-opening and resuming in-person events and performances from Thursday 27 May.

The socially distanced events that will take place are:

Derby Book Festival, various events from Thursday 27 May - Saturday 5 June

National Theatre Connections Festival, various performances and workshops from Thursday 10 - Saturday 12 June

- Absurd Person Singular by London Classic Theatre, from Wednesday 16 - Saturday 19 June

On Demand

- The Tarantella, by University of Derby students, available online from Monday 24 - Friday 28 May

- There Is A War, by University of Derby students, available online from Monday 31 May - Friday 4 June

On Your Doorstep

- A Derby Ditty, by Front Door Theatre, a 10-15-minute live musical performance on your very own door-step. Limited slots available to book from Sunday 6 - Sunday 13 June.


All events at Derby Theatre during this time will take place with reduced capacity, social distancing, face coverings and full safety measures in place. 

Derby Theatre has introduced a range of new health and safety measures to reduce the risk associated with the presence of COVID-19 and ensure your visit is safe, comfortable and enjoyable.

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Reassuring audiences, visitors and staff

Seating Pods

Seating Pods

We are only offering seats for all in-person events up until 21 June 2021 in socially distanced pods (of varying sizes, but not exceeding 6 people), with one metre distance between each pod.

Pods of seats can only occupied by people from within 1 household or bubble. During this time, please only book into a seating pod that matches your group size.

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From 21 June onwards...

Performances at Derby Theatre from this date are due to take place with full audience capacity and no social distancing, but some other safety measures may be in place, as per the current government guidance.

Please note: should guidelines change before any events, we will contact all bookers with the latest information.

Performances taking place at Derby Theatre during this time are:

The Snail and the Whale by Tall Stories, from Thursday 24 - Saturday 26 June

Take a look at our event listings to see what's on from September 2021 onward.

What's On

The Wind in the Willows

The performance of The Wind in the Willows at Derby Market Place will be initially on sale at a reduced capacity, whilst we await the next update in relation to the roadmap announcement for 21 June.

Performances will not be on-sale socially distanced, and seats may need to be re-allocated if full restrictions are not lifted from 21 June. If full restrictions are lifted, then more tickets will be released for sale. We will contact all bookers with the latest information.

Tickets on general sale from midday on Wednesday 12 May. Performances showing from Sunday 27 June - Sunday 11 July.

Flexible Ticketing Policy

Book With Confidence

We are offering a flexible ticketing policy to avoid any concern about cancelled performances. A free exchange or refund will be offered in cases of event cancellations due to COVID-19.

Free Tickets & Thank You Performances

To celebrate the re-opening of Derby Theatre, and live performance returning to our stages, the Theatre will be offering 500 free tickets for members of the public to nominate someone they know and say ‘thank you’ with the gift of live theatre.

The free tickets will be offered to selected nominees for special 'Thank You' performances of The Wind in the Willows and our Christmas production, Treasure Island.

Nominations are now open until Friday 21 May, 5pm.

Find out how to make a nomination here