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The latest news from producers, makers, venues and events organisers from around Derby and Derbyshire. If you have news to add to this page, then email us to let us know about it:

Peter Pan Cast Announced

Derby Theatre is thrilled  to announce the cast for their big, family-friendly, festive production for 2017/18, a magical and mystical Peter Pan, performed by a marvellous band of actor-musicians, on from Saturday 2 December until Saturday 6 January. 
Playing the title character will be Jack Brett. New to Derby Theatre audiences, Jack’s previous credits include Peter Pan in Underneath a Magical Moon (York Theatre Royal and UK tour); Alfie Strange: Trained Time Travellers Only (New Wolsey Theatre) and Cymbeline (Guildford Shakespeare Company).  

Hetain Patel - new exhibition at QUAD, Derby

A new exhibition in QUAD, Derby will include a premiere of work by East Midlands Artist Hetain Patel. The new exhibition consists of two film works: a major new work, Don’t Look at the Finger (2017), commissioned by Film and Video Umbrella with Manchester Art Gallery and QUAD, and The Jump (2015). It will be the UK premiere of The Jump in QUAD, Derby which will simultaneously also be shown at The Manchester Art Gallery, marking 50 years since Patel’s family emigrated from India to the UK.

Los Pacaminos comes to Buxton

If you’re longing for some Tex-Mex and Americana music, get your Stetson ready for the Los Pacaminos!

One the UK’s best loved vocalists Paul Young along with Drew Barfield, Mark Pinder, Steve Greetham, Jamie Moses and Melvin Duffy formed Los Pacaminos as an antidote to the bleak English Winter. Starting life as a practice band playing music they loved, word soon got around and it wasn’t long before the band where playing gigs.

New art exhibition celebrates Derbyshire’s famous women

New paintings by artist Eleanor May Watson will celebrate famous Derbyshire women at Dear Reader, an exhibition at the Museum & Art Gallery, Derby from 16 September to 19 November. The work, produced during a nine month residency as the current holder of the prestigious Jonathan Vickers Fine Art Award, was inspired by Eleanor’s research into the lives of these women across history.

New exhibition coming up at the Barn... 'Follow The Thread'

Sheffield based group Arts Through Textiles will be exhibiting their work at the Barn from Monday 11th September.

The exhibition, entitled 'Follow the Thread', will be a dynamic exhibition featuring an eclectic mix of style, technique and approach with the emphasis on textiles.

New Play Celebrates Life of Bess of Hardwick

Derby LIVE is pleased to announce that Bess, a new play by Kevin Fegan, will be performed at Derby’s Guildhall Theatre from Thursday 28 September to Sunday 1 October. The play was commissioned by First Art and in association with Derby LIVE.

Telling the story of the life and times of Bess of Hardwick, surprisingly, this is the first drama to capture this extraordinary woman and her extraordinary times. Bess takes centre stage in this one-woman show mixing theatre with film.


This year’s Hannells Darley Park Concert 2017, organised by Derby City Council’s entertainment arm, Derby LIVE, with orchestra Sinfonia Viva and media sponsor Classic FM, was a resounding success. The event was supported by Hannells Estates Agents, Flint Bishop Solicitors, HUUB, Mortgage Advice Bureau, PKF Cooper Parry, Specsavers and Stratstone BMW Derby.