The Palace of Varieties

Plays and Drama , Derby Theatre Productions
Saturday 22 January 2022 - Saturday 5 February 2022

Love him or hate him, Dennis Skinner, ex-miner and fifty years a Socialist M.P. is not a man to be ignored.

His infamous belligerence and acerbic wit in the House of Commons, earned him recognition as “The Beast of Bolsover”. But beneath the hard-line political image, is a man with a passion for Nature and a soul who loves to sing.

In the music-hall tradition of working men’s clubs, Dennis describes the Houses of Parliament as “The Palace of Varieties”.

The show is driven by politics and a-cappella, in a fast-moving, entertaining night out down the miners’ welfare.

The Palace of Varieties is written by Kevin Fegan and will be directed by Jimmy Fairhurst (Artistic Director of Not Too Tame).

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Dennis Skinner at a picket line in Greenwich in 1977.

Accessible Performances

BSL Interpreted - Thursday 27 January, 7.30pm and Friday 28 January, 7:30pm
Captioned - Thursday 27 January, 7.30pm & Saturday 5 February, 7.30pm
Dementia Friendly - Wednesday 2 February, 3pm

Audience Route

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Post-Show Discussion

Who’s Right: The Palace of Varieties Young People’s Panel Discussion

After the evening performance on Friday 28 January

In a world emerging from Covid, how are young people making their futures? Post-Brexit and without the vote for English young people until 18 (unlike Scottish and Welsh counterparts who can vote at 16 and 17) are there also many positive changes happening where young people are truly listened to? We are joined by a fascinating panel that includes Nadia Whittome MP and Derby’s current Youth Mayor. Performance and discussion deal for 16-25 year olds:

See the performance of The Palace of Varieties and join us for the post-show discussion on Friday 28 January for ONLY £5

Audience Q&A

Thursday 3 February, after the 7.30pm performance

Friends Membership Deal

Discount: Friends get £2 off any performance of The Palace of Varieties. Available on all seats.

Simply login into your theatre account before booking and your discounts will automatically be applied when adding tickets to your basket.

Friends are entitled to 1 discounted ticket, Joint Friends can get 2 discounted tickets and Family Friends can get up to 6 discounted tickets.