Verity is a journalist who likes to escape from the world of news by visiting the theatre. A lot. She was about 10 when she saw her first West End Show (Cats) but her theatre-going habit was kick-started by an obsession with We Will Rock You in her late teens. She tries to get to the theatre at least twice a month - but her attendance record is her trip to New York - seven shows in five days... Living in the Midlands she sees a mixture of West end, off-West End and regional productions.
The world premiere of Anthony McCarten's (The Theory of Everything, Bohemian Rhapsody, Darkest Hour) play The Pope at Royal and Derngate looks at a turning point moment in the Catholic Church - the retirement of Pope Benedict XVI and his replacement with Pope Francis. Two popes living, but more than that, the retirement was a challenge to the idea that a pope should die in office - an idea that had been unchallenged for 700 years.BWW Review: RICHARD III, Royal and Derngate May 17, 2019
Held together by a mesmerising performance by Tom Mothersdale, Headlong's production of Richard III races along at such a pace that it's only after it stops that you realise exactly how much ground they have managed to cover. In John Haidar's hands, one of the very longest of Shakespeare's plays is a just over two and a half hours - including interval - which means that the death toll mounts at some speed.BWW Review: GHOSTS, Royal and Derngate May 2, 2019
The world premiere of a stage version of Jill Murphy's The Worst Witch is the non-panto festive show at Northampton's Royal and Derngate this Christmas, ahead of a national tour in 2019.BWW Review: SPACE SHAMBLES, Royal Albert Hall June 16, 2018
Agatha Christie and Frank Vosper's Love from a Stranger returns to the stage in this collaboration between Royal and Derngate and Firey Angel. And it's a disconcerting experience, as what starts off seeming like a conventional enough story turns into something altogether creepier.BWW Review: ALADDIN, Royal and Derngate December 13, 2017
For me, the best thing about panto is the stuff that's not in the script - we went every year when I was little and my favourite memory is of the year that Brian Blessed's trousers split when he was playing Captain Hook and he and Smee had an extended fit of giggles.BWW Review: THE JUNGLE BOOK, Royal and Derngate December 8, 2017
Christmas is coming, and along with the lists of food to buy and presents to wrap, there's the traditional conundrum about which Christmas show to go and see. Fear not - BroadwayWorld has been checking out what's on around the Midlands this festive season. Hint: Cinderella is *really* popular this year.BWW Review: EDUCATION, EDUCATION, EDUCATION, Royal and Derngate October 15, 2017
Making the European premiere of Peter and the Starcatcher the not-panto Christmas show in Northampton's Royal Theatre may well have been an inspired move by the powers-that-be at Royal and Derngate. There are no soap stars, celebrities or Britain's Got Talent competitors here, but it does feel like it has some shared DNA with a pantomime. There's a dame - Michael Matus's Mrs Bumbrake; an evilly over-the-top baddie you can't take your eyes off in Greg Haiste's Lord Flashheart-eque Black Stache; and Evelyn Hoskins' Molly is practically a Principal Boy. And that's before you get to the fact that this is a prequel of sorts to Peter Pan. There's jokes about farts for children, about British colonialism for grown-ups and about Philip Glass for the geeks.BWW Review: THE TEMPEST, Royal and Derngate, June 30 July 1, 2016