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THE DERNGATE Cole Porter’s champagne musical comes to Royal & Derngate


Wealthy socialite Tracy Lord is in the midst of planning a lavish summer wedding when her ex- husband, jazz musician Dexter Haven arrives to disrupt the proceedings in an attempt to try and win her back. In a further twist, charming reporter Mike Connor, sent to cover the wedding, falls instantly for Tracy, and she for him.


As the nuptials draw closer, Tracy must choose between her three very diff erent suitors. T e role of Haven, played by Bing Crosby in the movie, is taken by Michael Praed, star of Robin of Sherwood and T e Secret Adventures of Jules Verne. Daniel Boys, of Any Dream Will Do fame, plays Mike Connor, and founder member of Fascinating Aïda Marilyn Cutts is Tracy’s mother Margaret Lord. T e high- class cast also includes West End favourites Teddy Kempner, Craig Pinder, Kieron Crook and Alex Young.


Royal & Derngate are staging a themed evening of vintage Hollywood glamour for the show’s fi rst night in Northampton on Tuesday 9 April. Audiences are encouraged to look their most de- lovely for the red carpet, and a special cocktail has been devised for the show’s run by the theatre’s café, Eat & Drink.


High Society is at Royal & Derngate from Tuesday 9 to Saturday 13 April, with evening performances at 7.30pm and matinees on Wednesday and Saturday at 2.30pm.


Laurie Sansom directs Willy Russell’s One For T e Road as his farewell production


One of Willy Russell’s funniest and most poignant plays, is directed in his last production for Royal & Derngate’s Laurie Sansom, One For T e Road is a hilariously observant ‘80s comedy by one of the country’s most acclaimed writers, responsible for such well-loved classics as Educating Rita and Shirley Valentine, as well as the hugely popular musical Blood Brothers. T e play fi nds Dennis, on the eve of his birthday, making a desperate attempt to ditch the trappings of his newly acquired middle class life. Imprisoned on Phase Two of a new housing estate and surrounded by Tupperware parties, Richard Clayderman fans and garden gnomes, Dennis yearns for his youth of road trips and music festivals. Once neighbours Roger and Jane arrive to help celebrate his birthday it is not long before he reaches breaking point. As the day spirals out of control, it becomes clear that the mindless vandalism infl icted on the estate may not be down to local teenagers after all, and his wife and friends may not be quite what they seem. Dennis must attempt a break for freedom. T e role of his wife Pauline is Michelle Butterly, ITV’s Benidorm. Nicola Stephenson takes the role of Jane. Nicola, War Horse (New London T eatre), is also well- known as Margaret Clemence in Brookside and also for roles in Clocking Off , Moving On and Lark Rise to Candleford,. T e part of Roger is taken by Matthew Wait, Casualty’s Luke Warren.


One For T e Road can be seen at Royal & Derngate from Friday 1 to Saturday 23 February, and tickets, priced from £13 to £28. For bookings, information and show times call the Box Offi ce on 01604 624811 or visit www.royalandderngate.co.uk.


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