University of Derby Theatre Ltd

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University of Derby Theatre Ltd

University of Derby Theatre Ltd – Inspiring Performance

Derby Theatre has a long and rich history of delivering high quality drama to audiences. Previously Derby Playhouse, our unique new partnership with University of Derby and an Arts Council England award of strategic funding, which will be built on via our entry into their National Portfolio in April 2015, now means Derby Theatre is transforming from a traditional producing house to an organisation of training, mentorship and artistic excellence.

Led by Artistic Director and Chief Executive Sarah Brigham, Derby Theatre is bringing together creative professionals and audiences to tell compelling stories and take artistic risks as we emerge as a vibrant, thriving theatre.  We combine this professional programme with an exciting suite of undergraduate and postgraduate courses and an emerging talent programme aimed at developing the next generation of artists.  Meanwhile our community engagement programme reaches out across our region including people of all ages and from all backgrounds in our unique offer.

 ‘increasingly the most crucial theatre in the region because of its emphasis on learning, nurturing and nourishing’
Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

Venue Hire

Derby Theatre welcomes requests from organisations wishing to hire our spaces for performances, events and meetings.

We have a main auditorium with 530 seats, a smaller ‘studio’ theatre with 110 seats, along with a meeting room and various other spaces that are available for hire during the day and in the evening.  Explore our different spaces by selecting from the menu on the left and viewing them in 360 degrees.

As an organisation we are supported with public funding from Arts Council England and University of Derby.  It is important that everything we do is consistent with the values of our funders, and our own values as an inclusive and artistically led organisation with learning at the heart of its mission.  We therefore consider all requests to hire our spaces but reserve the right to refuse any event that we believe to be inconsistent with our values and ethos.

For more information please contact