Derby Theatre to support Wise Children & Bristol Old Vic live stream of Romantics Anonymous

Derby Theatre is thrilled to announce that we will be partnering with Wise Children and Bristol Old Vic to present a live stream of Emma Rice’s critically-acclaimed musical adaptation of Romantics Anonymous, that will be performed live at Bristol Old Vic!

It will be broadcast live direct to audience’s homes, nationally and globally, following the cancellation of its US tour due to Covid-19.

Digital Tour

The show will be available to stream as a ‘digital tour’ between Tuesday 22 and Saturday 26 September.

In a wonderful act of industry solidarity, partner theatres across the world, including Derby Theatre, will sell tickets for different nights of the week.

Each night will be tailored to audiences at those different theatres, with a sprinkle of local flavour added before the stream begins.

Midlands Performance

The Midlands performance will take place on Wednesday 23 September at 7:30pm and tickets are now available to purchase here through Ticket Co.

Tickets will be £15 each (plus £1 booking fee) until Monday 21 September when ticket prices will increase. So we encourage you to book early!

After booking a ticket, you will be sent a link to watch the show online at the set time. This link will come in an email or by text, will be unique to you and can only be used on one device: they can’t be shared. 

Partners supporting the Midlands performance include Derby Theatre, Nottingham Theatre Royal, Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Belgrade Theatre Coventry, Oxford Playhouse and Warwick Arts Centre.

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Safety Measures

The company will each have a coronavirus test before forming a bubble in Bristol. Following approved sport and film production guidance, these rigorous measures mean that they will be able to perform the entire show without social distancing!

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"This will remind us of what it is to share stories..."

Emma Rice today said: “I have devoted my life to the live experience and the collective imagination – things that have proved impossible over the last few months. Whilst nothing will be able to replace the thrill of a night out at the theatre, this live broadcast is going to be as close to that delicious experience as we can possibly make it!"

"Live, fresh, fun and intimate, this will remind us of what it is to share stories, hear music and, if true love has its way, even kiss. Imagine that! We are taking the utmost care to protect all of our valued team and, for one week only, we can all experience a live performance again, get lost in a wonderful love story and remember what it was to be socially intimate!”

About The Show

Angélique is a gifted chocolate maker crippled by social anxiety and Jean-René is the boss of a failing chocolate factory. Angélique is so timid, she faints when people look at her; Jean-René so awkward he relies on self-help tapes and is prone to embarrassing sweating.

When Angélique takes a job in Jean-René’s struggling factory, a fragile love affair unfolds.

Funny, tender and painfully awkward, Romantics Anonymous is a delicious love story about breaking the mould and finding the courage to be happy.

The world premiere of Romantics Anonymous was originally produced by Shakespeare's Globe for the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse by special arrangement with Radio Mouse Entertainment. It is based on the film Les Émotifs Anonymes written by Jean-Pierre Améris and Philippe Blasband.

Reprising their roles are Marc Antolin (Jean-René), Carly Bawden (Angélique), Brett Brown (Salesman/Fred), Me’sha Bryan (Suzanne/Mimi), Harry Hepple (Ludo/Remi), Laura Jane Matthewson (Young Woman), Sandra Marvin (Magda/Brigitte/Dr Maxim) and Gareth Snook (Mercier/Mumbler/Marini).

Philip Cox, who played Father, Pierre and the Receptionist in the production’s original outing at Shakespeare’s Globe in 2017 will also return to that role.

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