How To Book

Derby Theatre has introduced a range of new health and safety measures to the booking process, in line with government advice and local health authority requirements, that seek to reduce the risk associated with the presence of COVID-19. 

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All bookings must now be made in advance. Where possible, please book online via our website, where you will be issued with an e-ticket.

Box Office: 01332 59 39 39

Please note that the Box Office line 01332 59 39 39 will only be open for phone bookings and enquiries on Fridays (from Friday 11 September) from 11am until 2pm until further notice. Online booking however, is available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.

Text Number: 07717 346 964

For patrons wishing to make a booking or an enquiry via text, our text phone number is 07717 346 964, which is monitored Monday – Friday, 9am-5pm.

Opening Hours

Derby Theatre will remain closed to the public until Friday 6 November, when the Box Office will re-open once a week, every Friday from 11am - 2pm, for customers to make bookings in person.

Email Enquiries

For email enquiries, please email

We endeavour to respond as quickly as possible and are currently operating on a reduced staff team, so it may take us slightly longer to process your email. We will try and get back to you within 5 working days and we thank you in advance for your patience.

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Track and Trace

- When booking, please ensure the contact details on your theatre account contain an up-to-date phone number and email address – as these are the details we will use to contact you if needed.

Seating Pods 

- In line with government advice, we are only able to offer seats in socially distanced pods (of varying sizes, but not exceeding 6 people), with 2 metre distance between each pod. Pods of seats can only occupied by people from within 1 household or bubble.

- Please only book into a seating pod that matches your group size. For example a group of two people should not book into a pod of four people. If your pod size is not available please try another performance.

- For any enquiries on how to book a seating pod please email or text 07717 346 964.

For groups – group sizes within a single seating pod cannot exceed 6 people. Groups exceeding 6 people can be allocated a number of pods in close proximity to each other. For example, a group of 12 could be placed in 3 pods of 4, as long as each of those 4 people are from the same household or bubble. Outside of the auditorium, in the front of house areas, we ask you to adhere to the government policy of not gathering in groups of more than 6 people.

For schools – on selected productions we will be offering a number of schools-only performances where larger sized pods of seats will be available to accommodate class-sized bookings. If you wish to make a school booking or have any questions about school visits please contact us on

- Book with confidence - free exchange or refund in case of cancellation due to COVID-19. Scroll down for more information on our flexible ticketing policy.


- After booking events held at the theatre, you will be sent a confirmation of your booking and an e-ticket via email. Simply show your e-ticket to a member of our team before entering the auditorium and they will scan the e-ticket directly from your phone. This avoids you having to print at home and/or anyone having to handle printed tickets.

- E-tickets allow us to minimise contact so please make sure your theatre account contains an up-to-date email address.

- However, if you are unable to be sent an e-ticket via email you may select the option to collect your tickets from Box Office on arrival when making your booking. Protective screens will be in place in the Box Office area.

- Please note: we are currently unable to post tickets to you.

Card Payments

Please be ready to make any on-site payments via a contactless bank card, rather than cash, where possible.

We accept all types of card payments, except American Express. Cheques are only accepted for group bookings of 20 or more. Please note, we can only reserve seats without payment for group bookings of 10 or more.

Flexible Ticketing Policy

In the unfortunate event of a future production/performance being cancelled, we will automatically offer you: an exchange to a different production/performance (if available); theatre credit (to be used on a future production at Derby Theatre, available for 12 months), a full refund or the option to donate to the Theatre.

If you are unable to attend a performance due to displaying Covid-19 symptoms, we will be able to offer you theatre credit, valid for 12 months from when the Theatre re-opens.

If you are unable to attend for any other reason, we are unable to offer a refund. Credit may be offered, but will be assessed on a case by case basis (dependent on the circumstances).