For one night only: line-up of entertainment events for autumn 2021

Ready for a night out? Whether your looking for pure escapism or something more thought provoking Derby Theatre has an event for you.

Check out our line-up of entertainment for autumn 2021, including new show announcements of Luminosa and Pasadena Roof Orchestra plus David Suchet, Gyles Brandreth and more!

More announcements to follow so check back soon.

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An Evening with Pam Ayres

Part of Derby Book Festival

Tuesday 9 November, 7:30pm (Main House)

Pam Ayres has been entertaining the nation with her poems and stories for over 40 years. Join her for an evening featuring her work, old and new, from her many books.

Perfect for all animal lovers.

Book Tickets



Friday 12 November, 7:30pm (Main House)

A brand new circus cabaret for the 21st Century. Luminosa from Jacksons Lane and Lost In Translation is a sizzling, scintillating night of daring feats with fun and fantastic performance.

Perfect for families with ages 12+

Book Tickets

Pasadena Roof Orchestra in London

Pasadena Roof Orchestra


Wednesday 17 November (Main House)

With an unparalleled reputation across the UK, Europe and beyond, for over 50 years the Pasadena Roof Orchestra have been re-creating the sounds of a golden era of music from the 1920s and 1930s to widespread acclaim.

Book Tickets

RUSH: A Joyous Jamaican Journey


Saturday 18 September, 7:30pm (Main House)

Join us as we tell the story of Reggae music and the Windrush Generation and hear how this music took the world by storm. Featuring ska, rock steady, calypso, gospel, lovers rock, dancehall and Reggae played live by the JA Reggae Band.

Book Tickets

Gyles Brandreth: Odd Boy Out


Wednesday 22 September, 8pm (Main House)

Gyles Brandreth, author, actor, former MP, The One Show reporter and Gogglebox star talks about his new childhood memoir – Odd Boy Out – and to share stories from his unusual (and, at times, eccentric) life in the theatre, TV, politics and journalism.

Book Tickets

All The Beds I Have Slept In


Thursday 23 September, 7:30pm (Main House)

A brand new play by Phosphoros Theatre, an energetic company of refugee performers that shines a light on the kindness and care they experienced after being forced to leave their homes to seek asylum in the UK.

Book Tickets

Slow Violence


Friday 8 October, 8pm (Studio)

An absurd comedy about attitudes to climate change. It’s Peter’s first day at Happy Holiday's office. Unfortunately this office isn’t looking like the best working environment. The fact that everyone seems to be ignoring this is even more worrying. 

Book Tickets



Saturday 23 October, 8pm (Studio)

SESSIONS by Ifeyinwa Frederick is a raw, funny, bittersweet deep-dive into the complexities of masculinity, depression and therapy.

Book Tickets

David Suchet


Saturday 13 November, 2:30pm & 7:30pm (Main House)

Join us in conversation with Sir David Suchet, the actor behind the detective Poirot and many characters portrayed on stage and screen over a career spanning five decades.

Book Tickets

Even More Great Events...

Romeo and Juliet


Friday 24 - Saturday 25 September (Main House)

Shakespeare 2021 style. Three actors cooped up together during lockdown. Fuelled by cabin fever and with a bookshelf full of the Bard, they did what they do best and created an unhinged and bonkers, laugh-out-loud version of Romeo & Juliet.

Book Tickets

Our White Skoda Octavia


Friday 15 & Saturday 16 October (Studio)

Written by Shamser Sinha and directed by Sameena Hussain, this moving new play shines a light on the struggles of contemporary life as one family juggles bills, dreams and taxi-driving schemes.

Book Tickets


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Lead Images: L-R Rush photo by ET Photography, Luminosa photo by Luke MacGregor, Pasadena Roof Orchestra and David Suchet by Liza McLean, Andrew Kay and Jonathan Church Theatre Productions