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Derby Theatre – United Kingdom

Derby Theatre is a theatre situated in Derby, England. Formerly known as the Derby Playhouse, it was operated by Derby Playhouse Ltd from its opening in 1975 until 2008, when the company ceased operating after a period in administration. The theatre was subsequently reopened in 2009 as Derby Theatre under the control of the University of Derby, who use it as a learning and community theatre. Professional productions are staged at the venue in conjunction with Derby LIVE, the city council's performing arts programme.On 29 November 2007, following the refusal of Derby City Council to forward £40,000 of grant monies, the Board of Trustees of the theatre announced that it was going into voluntary liquidation and that performances would cease immediately. The cast and crew of Treasure Island (the Christmas show that was due to 'press' that evening) defied the wishes of the Trustees and put on that evening's performance. On 30 November 2007 the Board of Trustees announced that the company had been put into administration.The Arts Council subsequently suspended its funding.The Playhouse then reopened on Friday 7 December 2007 to finish its run of Treasure Island, trading in administration. Tickets for a slightly modified Spring/Summer 2008 season, which had already been on sale for some weeks before the closure, were put back on sale during December and January while an appeal was made to the Arts Council. However, the Arts Council refused the appeal on 25 January 2008, and so the theatre closed after the last performance of Treasure Island on 2 February 2008, the run having been extended by one week. At a meeting on 30 July 2008 the creditors voted to accept a rescue package put together by the new board of trustees of the company. . Subsequently, the theatre reopened on Saturday 13 September 2008 with The Killing of Sister George starring Jenny Eclair.The Derby Playhouse production, Moon Landing, has been nominated in the Best Musical Production category of the TMA Awards, 2008.A NEW era has begun at Derby Playhouse – with the first productions expected on stage by October. University of Derby staff, who will manage the theatre, entered the city centre building Friday, April 24, 2009 just hours after signing a 99-year lease – for an undisclosed sum. Work is in progress to convert behind the scenes areas into offices and learning spaces for theatre and performing arts staff and students. University finance director Hari Punchihewa also hopes to receive applications from community groups and touring productions who want to put on productions at the theatre. He was quoted as saying "This is both a learning theatre and a community theatre and we want it to appeal to all ages and sections of society".The Playhouse re-opened in October 2009 under the name Derby Theatre with two productions by local non-professional theatre group Derby Gilbert & Sullivan Company who performed The Gondoliers and The Mikado. It is now being run by Derby LIVE. As of November 2009 they are showing the Bafta award winning play "The Pros, the Cons and a Screw", written by Tim Elgood. The Prison drama has received with strong reviews, "...altogether superb", The Stage.

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City: Derby

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Capacity: 535 seats

Opened: 1975

Architect(s): Roderick Ham

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395 yd - Hampton By Hilton Derby City Centre

With its central location, Hampton by Hilton Derby City Center is within easy reach of most tourist attractions and business addresses in Derby. The Hampton by Hilton Derby City Center boasts a convenRead moreient location with modern amenities in every guestroom and superb service. Each guestroom has non smoking rooms, air conditioning, hair dryer. This Derby accommodation contains all of the facilities and conveniences you would expect from a hotel in its class. For guests to unwind, the hotel offers a variety of facilities and services including gym. Being one of the good quality hotels in Derby, guests staying at this hotel will find its convenient location and tranquil atmosphere pleasurable. To book a room at the Hampton by Hilton Derby City Center, please select your dates of travel and complete fill out our secure online booking form.Hide

455 yd - The Stuart Hotel

Set in a prime location of Derby, Stuart Hotel puts everything the city has to offer just outside your doorstep. The hotel offers a high standard of service and amenities to suit the individual needs Read moreof all travelers. Business center, meeting facilities, bar/pub, pets allowed, concierge are on the list of things guests can enjoy. Designed and decorated to make guests feel right at home, each room comes with separate shower and tub, television, ironing board, bathtub, shower. The hotel offers various recreational opportunities. No matter what your reasons are for visiting Derby, Stuart Hotel will make you feel instantly at home.Hide

635 yd - Smart Aston Court Hotel

The Smart Aston Court Hotel is perfectly located for both business and leisure guests to Derby. Each of the 55 well-furnished guestrooms at the hotel ensures a comfortable stay with industry-standard Read moreroom amenities. The guestrooms are equipped with internet access – wireless, desk, internet access – LAN. This Derby accommodation contains all of the facilities and conveniences you would expect from a hotel in its class. For a more enjoyable stay, guests can take advantage of a variety of recreational facilities, including gym. Modern comfort and convenience are seamlessly combined to ensure the guests' satisfaction. To make your booking at the Smart Aston Court Hotel Derby, please enter the dates of your stay and sumbit our secure online booking form.Hide

649 yd - Swallow Aston Court

This city centre hotel is an ideal retreat for a weekend break. The hotel provides a welcoming atmosphere with friendly staff. The central location offers a chance to explore the historic town of DerbRead morey or a visit to one of many local attractions, relax and unwind in the extensive lounge area where you can enjoy afternoon tea or a light snack. (KB 03/08) A traditional building set across 2 floors. Situated in the heart of Derby, opposite Derby Rail Station. An excellent central location for both business and pleasure. Derby provides a fantastic location to visit attractions such as Alton Towers.Hide

649 yd - Midland Hotel

It is situated at MIDLAND RD in the south-east section of Derby, at only 7 minutes by car distance from the center.Of a Family category, the Midland Hotel has all the comforts such as : Free Parking.TRead morehe East Midlands airport is about 27 minutes by car from the hotel (8 miles ).This hotel offers high speed internet.This hotel is part of the WV chain.This hotel offers a unique service : wheelchair accessible.Practical information:This hotel has a free parking.Hide

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