Derby LIVE Listings

Derby Folk Festival

The 10th Derby Folk Festival returns to the City Marquee on the Market Place, the Guildhall Theatre, The Old Bell Hotel and Derby Cathedral. As well as ticketed concerts and events, there will be dance displays
throughout the streets, and free music performances during Saturday and Sunday.

The festival is a who's who of folk including: Fairport Convention, The Demon Barbers, The Young'uns, Heidi Talbot, 9Bach, John McCusker, Sally Barker, Belshazzar's Feast, Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker and many more.

Fri 30 Sep - Sun 2 Oct

Derby City Centre

£22 - 80

Concessions and family tickets are available, this event is part of our
LifeSaver offer.

Adverse Camber productions - The Shahnameh - The Epic Book of kings

Dive into the majestic mythology of Persia - with supersized heroes, magical horses, kings and queens. A hand-picked selection of stories are brought to
life by dazzling performance storytelling and music.

Part of Derby Folk Festival

Fri 30 Sep, 7:30pm

Guildhall Theatre


Concessions available. 12+ only.

Gatepost Theatre Company - Return to the Forbidden Planet

Shakespeare's forgotten Rock 'n' Roll masterpiece journey to the unchartered corners of the universe and the Rock 'n' Roll heyday of the 1960s and 70s. Including several top hits, this is a musical of meteoric proportions.

Wed 5 - Sat 8 Oct

Guildhall Theatre


Concessions available, cream teas are also available. This event is amateur

Paul Burton Productions - Lucy Kay in Concert with special guests The Rockabellas

Lucy shot to fame when she became the runner up on ITV's talent show, Britain's Got Talent, in 2014. Known for her outstanding classical, Soprano voice, Lucy will be joined by special guests, The Rockabellas.

Sun 9 Oct, 7:30pm

Guildhall Theatre


Concessions available, LIVEsaver event.

Townsend Productions - Dare Devil Rides to Jarama

Through stirring song and poetry, compelling movement and imagery, this play captures the raw passion and emotion generated by the Spanish Civil War.

Tue 11 Oct, 7:30pm

Guildhall Theatre

Concessions available.

A Lost Boys and Derby LIVE co-production - Me & Robert Mckee - A play by Greg Mcgee

Billy, a writer, is reliant on teaching scriptwriting for a living and the bottle for oblivion; his sense of self-worth is teetering on the edge.

When Mac, his best friend, a banker and would-be producer, offers him a screenplay to write, the offer is not all it seems. Anyone can write,
writing is the great free market of artistic expression. There's no exams to pass, no subs to pay, no fees, no licence. It's open slather.

Entirely self-regulatory. You can do whatever you please. Like banking. A play for anyone who has tried to write a screenplay, or teach creative writing.

Wed 12 - Sat 15 Oct

Guildhall Clubrooms


This is a LIVEsaver event, suitable for 15+

Omid Djalili - Schmuck for a night

Award-winning comedian and actor Omid Djalili known for his legendary stand-up performances is back on a nationwide tour! Intelligent, sometimes provocative and always entertaining, his stand-up is a hugely energetic and
captivating comedy masterclass.

Thu 13 Oct, 8pm

Guildhall Theatre


Suitable for 16+

The Big Wheel

Get a fantastic birds-eye view of the city centre from the huge Big Wheel coming to the Market Place soon. Thursdays and Fridays 3pm to 10pm, Saturdays and Sundays 12 noon to 10pm and during the school half term holiday every day from 12 noon to 10pm.

Thu 13 Oct - Sun 6 Nov

Market Place

£4 per person or £10 for family of 4

You've Got A Friend

A brand new theatre experience celebrating two of the world's greatest songwriters of all time: James Taylor and Carole King. Telling the delicate story of friendship, this musical journey intertwines all the hits.

Fri 14 Oct, 7:30pm

Guildhall Theatre


Concessions available.

Talon - The Best of Eagles

Talon have truly transcended the tag of a tribute band. This production delivers an in-depth look at the early Eagles roots, featuring all of those classic Eagles greatest hits.

Sat 15 Oct, 8pm

Guildhall Theatre


SB5 and Derby LIVE - Happy Monday + The Bluetones plus special Guests

Derby LIVE and SB5 present legendary 80s band Happy Mondays plus iconic band The Bluetones in a unique, one off gig at Derby Arena as part of Derby County Football Club's former Captain Shaun Barker's testimonial year.
Originally formed in 1980, Happy Mondays have since reformed with new members and can boast platinum albums and massive festival performances. Joining them is iconic band The Bluetones who are back celebrating their
20th anniversary.

Sat 15 Oct, doors open at 6:30pm

Derby Arena


This is a standing event and is suitable for 14+

James Acaster - Reset

James Acaster finds himself with something to look forward to. Something he's always wanted. Something we all want. Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Show Nominee 2015, 2014, 2013 & 2012.

Sun 16 Oct, 8pm

Guildhall Theatre


Concessions available, ages 15+

The Boy With Tape On His Face Is TAPE FACE

This is stand-up comedy with no talking, drama with no acting and punch lines with no words. Bringing you a multi-award winning, multi-hyphenate spectacle that needs to be seen to be believed.

Mon 17 Oct, 7:30pm

Guildhall Theatre


Suitable for ages 10+

Buddy Holly and The Cricketers

This breath-taking show has rock 'n' rolled audiences across the globe. Guaranteed to have everyone singing along to the music and dancing in the aisles, it stars some of the finest actor-musicians in the UK.

Mon 18 Oct, 7:30pm

Guildhall Theatre


Concessions available, this is a LIVESaver event.

Rumpus Theatre Company - The Haunting of Exham Priory by H P Lovecraft, based on The Rats in the Walls

Mr Delapore retires to England to restore his ancestral home, Exham Priory, which has lain ruined for over 300 years. But what tragedy overtook the ancient de la Poer family in a single night?

Wed 19 Oct, 7:30pm

Guildhall Theatre


Concessions available, this event is a LIVESaver Event, suitable for ages

The Life and Music of Jim Reeves

Al Grant presents a unique insight into the life and music of the legendary singer Jim Reeves with a wonderful concert of his classic hit songs, with special guest Isla Grant.

Thu 20 Oct, 7:30pm

Guildhall Theatre


T J Higgs - The Medium

Psychic medium, author and lecturer TJ Higgs brings a fresh, exciting new approach to understanding spirituality and mediumship, with her unique gift of helping to contact loved ones who have passed to the spirit world.

Fri 21 Oct, 7:30pm

Guildhall Theatre


Concessions available

And Finally... Phil Collins

The truly amazing eleven piece band faithfully re-creates classic hits from the Phil Collins and Genesis timeless back catalogue, with enhanced lighting, stage sets and world-class musicians.

Sat 22 Oct, 8pm

Guildhall Theatre


Big Adventures Theatre Company - The Hound of the Baskervilles

This brand new (and not altogether faithful) adaptation of the much loved Sherlock Holmes adventure follows the great detective to Baskerville Hall to uncover a murderer and end the legend of the diabolical Hound. A must see for all comedy fans! Four actors, one mystery, no Clue.

Wed 26 - Sat 29 Oct

Guildhall Theatre


Concessions available

Babbling Vagabonds in association with Derby LIVE - Captain Sprouts Pop Up Pirate Shop

Ahoy mi'hearties! lubbers and crafty coves wanted! Join the Babbling Vagabonds storytelling theatre and fathom out some fabulous fables from the deep.

Create your own sea creature shadow puppets, put them together with a story of adventure and daring do, and before you can say 'shiver me timbers' you'll have a tall tale to tell that a Pirate would be proud of. A make and
play workshop for all the family.

Mon 24 - Sat 29 Oct

Guildhall Theatre - Clubrooms


Grown-ups FREE, this is a LIVEsaver event, plus special offers for groups of 2 or more children.


Lucy Porter - Consequences

A new show of heart-felt personal revelations and incisive cultural observations from stand-up Lucy Porter, covering: censorship, generational conflict, theological ethics, home-brewing, quizzing, Britpop of the 1990s,
falconry and Gary Wilmot.

Tues 1 Nov, 8pm

Guildhall Theatre


Suitable for 16+

HMTC - Flint St Nativity

Miss Horrocks is preparing her class for their nativity play. Will they remember their lines and the words to the carols? You will laugh out loud at this play performed by adults.

Thu 3 - Fri 4 Nov

Guildhall Theatre


This event is amateur theatre.

Catfish and the Bottlemen -       SOLD OUT

Following the release of their eagerly anticipated new album The Ride, Brit Breakthrough Award winners Catfish and the Bottlemen will be opening their tour at Derby Arena.

Sat 5 Nov, Doors open at 6:30pm

Derby Arena


This is a standing event, suitable for ages 14+.

Derby Shakespeare Company - King Lear by William Shakespeare

A Catholic asylum. 1963. A patient attempts to process their grief; the denial, the anger, the darkness. Can reliving the story of King Lear bring comfort?

Tue 8 - Sat 12 Nov

Guildhall Theatre

£11.25 - £13.25

Concessions available, this event is amateur theatre, suitable for ages 14+.

Nods Theatre Company - She Stoops to Conquer by Oliver Goldsmith

An 18th century comedy of mistaken identities. Join Marlow and Hastings, as they lose their way journeying for a pre-marital meeting between the reluctant Marlow and Hardcastle's daughter.

Wed 16 - Sat 19 Nov

Guildhall Theatre


Concessions available, this event is amateur theatre.

Derby Night Market

Derby Night Market is a vibrant event with over 200 stallholders of street food, pop up bars, live DJ's, performances, gifts, craft, vintage, festive handicrafts, home decorations, beauty products, fashion, art and photography.

Thu 17 Nov, 5pm - 10pm

Cathedral Quarter, Derby

Free entry

Fourblokes Theatre Company - The Ladykillers by Graham Linehan

Based on the famous Ealing comedy, this award-winning stage adaptation by Graham Linehan, writer of Father Ted and The IT Crowd, fizzes with fun.

Tue 22 - Sat 26 Nov

Guildhall Theatre

£9.25 - £11.25

Group rates and cream teas are available, this event is amateur theatre.


Family Festivities

Christmas in the Park for all of the family. Traditional rides, food, carols, brass bands, wreath making, visits from Santa, festive face painting and much more.

Visit or for more information.

Various dates throughout December

Markeaton Park

Free entry, some activities are chargeable.

Furthest from the Sea

The Winter Wonderland at the Market Hall

Santa's grotto, workshops, a roaming pantomime... step into a month-long daytime programme of festive family fun as Derby Market Hall is transformed into a magical winter wonderland.

Fridays and Saturdays between 1 - 23 Dec

The Market Hall, Derby

Free entry, some activities are chargeable.

Kaleidoscope Players - Rapunzel

A spectacle of panto delights where the good, the bad, the silly and the spooky weave a tangled tale of fantasy and fun around a handsome prince and a beautiful girl with long golden hair.

Fri 2 - Sun 4 Dec

Guildhall Theatre

£8 - £11

Concessions available, this event is amateur theatre.

Derby LIVE & PHA


No one should miss Derby's biggest ball - at Derby Arena. Cinderella is the classic fairy tale of a beautiful girl forced to serve her jealous stepsisters. Aided by the silly but loveable Buttons and a Fairy Godmother carefully watching over her, Cinderella dreams of escaping her misery and finding true love and happiness.

The all-star cast includes TV star, West End actor and comedian, Richard Blackwood who will be playing the role of Buttons. Eilish O'Carroll, star of Mrs Brown's Boys in which she plays the character Winnie McGoogan will be
bringing an Irish twist to the part of Fairy Godmother. Art Attack presenter Lloyd Warbey is sure to please the crowds as Dandini.

A pumpkin magically transformed into a sparkling coach, mice into white horses, a glass slipper and a spell that breaks at midnight, this is the classic rags to riches story. Along with Cinderella's best buddy Buttons and the magical Fairy Godmother pantomime goers will join the journey to escape the misery of her dastardly diva sisters and find true love in the arms of a dashing Prince.

For Christmas 2016 there will be dazzling new sets & costumes, hilarious comedy, fabulous music and dance routines, lots of audience participation and fun for all the family.

Tue 6 Dec - Tue 3 Jan

Derby Arena

£13.25 - £30.25

Concessions available, groups, family tickets and school rates available, this is also a Livesaver event. There will also be Audio Described, Captioned, Relaxed and BSL performances.

VIP Night

Includes top priced ticket, programme and access to an exclusive post-show drinks reception, with a chance to meet the cast.

Fri 16 Dec, 7pm


Concessions and family tickets available.

Babbling Vagabonds in association with Derby LIVE - Captain Sprout and the Christmas Pirates

Batten down the hatches for Captain Sprout and the Christmas Pirates are about to ruin everyone's festive season. They are set to pillage every Christmas stocking this side of Derby by stealing the children's presents
from right under their noses and running off with a sack full of booty. Who will make them walk the plank? Which lad or lassie can stop this band of naughty pirates? Cast yourselves off and join the Babbling Vagabonds in this
swashbuckling Christmas adventure.

Thu 8 - Wed 28 Dec

Guildhall Theatre

£11 - £13

Concessions available as well as groups, family tickets and school rates this is also a LIVEsaver event. There will also be Audio Described, Relaxed and BSL performances.

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