Royal & Derngate in Northampton announces two new productions for 2024

Royal & Derngate in Northampton has announced two new productions for 2024.

After the recent temporary closure for RAAC investigations, Royal & Derngate theatres and the Filmhouse have revealed their re-opening timelines and exciting plans for the coming year.

These productions, which have been in development with the theatre over several years, encompass a co-production with Spymonkey, presenting “The Frogs” – a creative reinterpretation of Aristophanes’ classic comedy by Carl Grose & Spymonkey.

Additionally, there will be a new staging of Simple8’s critically acclaimed family adventure, “Moby Dick.” This rendition of their 2013 production, complete with live sea shanties, is an adaptation from Herman Melville’s novel by Sebastian Armesto, marking a reunion of Simple8 and Royal & Derngate following their collaboration on “A Passage to India.”

Both of these productions are integral components of Made in Northampton’s long-term development process and exemplify the theatre’s enduring commitment to ensemble-led theatre.

Jesse Jones, who took over as Artistic Director this summer, will announce his first full season of work shortly

Jo Gordon, Chief Executive said: “We’re delighted to welcome back both Spymonkey and Simple8 as part of our Made in Northampton portfolio for spring 2024. It’s great to be working again with these inspiring companies, to bring these exciting new productions to the Royal stage.”

Jesse Jones, Artistic Director added: “I can’t wait to welcome these two new productions, both of which have been in development since before my tenure as artistic director. These shows are symbolic of Royal & Derngate’s extensive work with ensemble-led theatre companies and our commitment to staying connected with our local community, values I hope to continue to build on when I announce my first season in the months to come.”

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