Theatre and Brewer come together for unique partnership

Derby Theatre and award-winning Derby brewery Dancing Duck have announced an innovative partnership. From Friday 2 to Saturday 24 March the stage and auditoria of Derby Theatre will be transformed into a pub for the Theatre’s big production for the spring, Jim Cartwright’s highly acclaimed comedy TWO.

Before the show begins and during the interval, the stage set will function as a real public bar, serving a specially brewed beer by Dancing Duck. Derby Theatre audiences (and customers at some of Dancing Duck’s usual outlets) will be able to enjoy limited-edition Dramatic Duck, a 4.1% hoppy pale ale.

Audience members can experience Derby Theatre’s production of TWO like no other show at the Theatre before, by booking exclusive on-stage Experience Seats, a unique chance to be immersed in the production and get up close and personal to the actors and the wonderfully authentic stage set, designed in great detail to replicate a traditional pub of the period.

The experience seats will also include a drink of Dramatic Duck from the on-stage working bar before the show (available on Monday – Thursday performances) and on Friday and Saturday performances, there will be an extra special opportunity to enjoy a pre-theatre meal (plus a drink) in the cosy surroundings of the Theatre’s ‘local’ on the main stage. There are just 24 Experience Seats available per performance, so early booking is strongly recommended. Please call the Box Office on 01332 593939 to book Experience Seats.

David Brownlee (Head of Development, Derby Theatre said):
“We’re delighted to be celebrating our new production of TWO with the support of Dancing Duck. We’re not aware of any theatre production that has had a brew specially created in its honour, and we expect a great night of entertainment, coupled with a very special pint, will prove a winning combination. Rachel and her team have been incredibly helpful in working with us to overcome the logistical challenges of turning a stage set into a real ale bar. We hope this kind of innovative partnership will be a model for future creative initiatives at Derby Theatre to work with and support local businesses.”

Rachel Matthews (Founder of Dancing Duck) said:
“We were delighted to be asked to partner Derby Theatre on their production of TWO, it's going to be a unique experience for the audience to have a live bar on the set, and we are very excited about it. Our specially brewed pale ale will be available both from the traditional handpull on stage and in bottles, it’s going to be great.
We love working with local companies and have showcased our beers in the Theatre bar for several years and can't wait to get this latest brew in for people to try.”

1 pub. 14 different characters. 2 actors.

TWO is hilarious, yet heart-breaking, and presents a slice of working-class life in a Northern local pub in the 1980s through a constantly quarrelling husband and wife landlord and landlady team, and the dozen regulars who pass through their pub in an evening; a place of failed aspirations and unfulfilled lives.  All life is present in this pub, and through this range of colourful characters, the rich tapestry of their interconnecting lives is revealed; it is the heart of communities, it is where people laugh, share stories, celebrate and mourn. With the fragile relationship of our less than cordial hosts at breaking point, a rollercoaster of emotions unfolds.

Multi-award winning playwright Jim Cartwright has written extensively for stage, television and radio, and amongst many fantastic press quotes describing TWO, The Times described it as “The writing is brilliantly, surrealistically and comically poetic”.

Key information about the Experience Seats…
* The on-stage seats will be traditional bar stools with no backs
* Wheelchair access is available (please speak to our Box Office team for further details)
* You will be on stage and visible to the audience (if you have to exit your seat during the performance you may not be re-admitted to the stage seat, and may be seated in an alternative seat in the auditorium)
* The running time of the performance is approx. 90 minutes plus a 20-minute interval
* Official photography may take place and you may be featured in marketing materials
* Experience seats are bookable over the phone or in box office only
* Your table may be shared with other audience members, each table seats 4 people
* If you are attending on a Friday or Saturday night for a pre-show meal please arrive ready to be seated at 6.30pm

More information about Dancing Duck here.