Derby LIVE Press Listings Jan – Apr 2019

For more information on any of the below shows, please contact shows can be booked online at or at the Derby LIVE Box Office on 01332 255800.


Babbling Vagabonds & Derby LIVE

The Dinosaur Who Came For Christmas

PJ is finding life hard with a new baby in the house, lost in a world of nappies and tired parents who haven’t any time to spend playing anymore. But what is to be done when a real live dinosaur comes to stay for Christmas? How can PJ keep it a secret? How do you hide a dinosaur? Mum will go Jurassic!

Babbling Vagabonds conjure a rawsome Christmas story of mammoth proportions! Combining their customary mix of colourful characters, catchy tunes, cheeky puppets and theatrical magic to make a festive treat for all the family. Find out what happens when it’s not just Gran who comes to stay.

Fri 7 – Sun 30 Dec FAMILY Guildhall Theatre

£13.50 - £11.50 Concessions available, Group rates available, Schools rates available, Family tickets, BSL Shadow Interpreted performances, Audio described, relaxed performance

Tea time treat £10 per ticket (schools £6) includes a drink and healthy snacks for kids

Little Wolf & Derby LIVE

Jack and the Beanstalk

Back by popular demand MORGAN BRIND as Dame Trott, DUNCAN JAMES as Jack and UK’s Best Male Baddie winner LAWRENCE BOOTHMAN as Cess Pitt.

Winner Best Staging and Set Great British Pantomime Awards

Fee Fi Fo Fum, Derby Arena is in for some fun.

The villagers of Dappy Darley on the Derwent are under threat from a ginormous giant!

Poor young Jack has his head in the clouds, but when he sells his beloved cow Pat for just a handful of beans he begins a huge adventure which takes him to new heights.

The team behind the smash hit Beauty and the Beast are back with the BIGGEST panto of them all with marvellous moosic, cow-ntless costumes and an udderly ridiculous dame with giant-sized


Book now - it’s the perfect treat for the whole family.

Sat 8 Dec 2018 – Sat 5 Jan 2019 VARIETY Derby Arena £32.75 - £14.75

Concessions available, Group rates available, Schools rates available, Family tickets, BSL, Audio described, Captioned, Relaxed performance

VIP Meet the Cast night- Sat 15 Dec, after the 6:30pm show.

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

Adult £20, Concessions £12, in addition to your panto ticket.



Mike McClean

Return of the Mac

Join Mike for an evening of top class comedy which will have you laughing and rolling about on the floor. As part of the evening Mike will also perform his alternative mind-reading act.

Fri 11 Jan, 8pm




Floyd in the Flesh

From the subtle beauty of "Coming Back to Life" to the all-out rock of "Run Like Hell" this incredible, 8 piece, fully live tribute to the one and only Pink Floyd deliver on every level.

Sat 12 Jan, 7:30pm


Guildhall Theatre


Hans Rey: Riding Life

Hans Rey, the former World Champion, pioneer of Freeride, and mountain bike adventurer, will take audiences on an inspiring journey through his 30 year career and show you some of the best trails and destinations worldwide.

Wed 16 Jan, 7:30pm


Guildhall Theatre


Concessions available

Little Pixie Productions

The Nightingale of South Bank

Helena Leonard sings many of Florence Easton’s famous arias from operas including Madame Butterfly, Gianni Schicchi, and many more as she tells you the fascinating story about the varied career of Florence Easton, "The Nightingale of South Bank".

Thu 17 Jan, 7:30pm

Guildhall Theatre



Concessions available

Martyn Joseph

Martyn Joseph is a completely unique and mind blowing artist. Take everything you think you know about singer songwriters….and rip it up. For one man and a guitar he creates a performance with a huge far-reaching sound that is energetic, compelling and passionate.

Fri 18 Jan, 8pm

Guildhall Theatre



Concessions available

Watson Players

Dick Whittington

A new version of the classic tale, brimming with comedy, slapstick and everything you would want and expect from a traditional family pantomime and of course plenty to keep the audience cheering and booing along!

Tue 22 – Sun 27 Jan


Guildhall Theatre

£11.50 - £5.50

Concessions available, Amateur performance, Groups rates available


Robin Hood and the Revolting Peasants

Audiences are in for a treat as Oddsocks bring their trademark humour, fast-paced action and live music to the legend that is Robin Hood! Join Robin, Little John, Maid Marion and of course Friar Tuck as they take on some of their hardest challenges to date: A conniving king, a sinister sheriff and a downtrodden village of peasants whose ‘get up and go’ has got up and gone. Rumbustious new adventures of this legendary folk hero in a show for all the family.

Tue 29 Jan – Sat 2 Feb


Guildhall Theatre

£18 - £14

Concessions available, Group rates available, Schools rates available, Family Ticket, BSL, Audio described, Relaxed performance


Sinfonia Viva

Searching for Mozart

The first part of an exploration into the world’s most famous composers. Curated by Sinfonia Viva’s Principal Conductor who promises ‘enjoyable evenings, where there is a nice variety of

styles and emotions that explore new perspectives on these composers.’

Wed 6 Feb, 7:30pm


Guildhall Theatre


Professor Brian Cox Universal World Tour 2019

Having set two Guinness World Record titles with his previous sell-out live UK and Ireland tour, Professor Brian Cox, OBE is heading back out on the road with a brand new show for 2019. Taking audiences to the edge of our current understanding about the origin and evolution of our Solar System and the Universe, Professor Brian Cox Live 2019 offers a fascinating insight into the workings of nature at the most fundamental level.

Thu 7 Feb, 8pm


Derby Arena

Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult

£47 - £37

Speakers From the Edge

Leo Houlding – The Spectre Expedition

To the End of the Earth

1000 miles, 200+ kgs, 60 days, 1 incredible mountain. The story of Leo Houlding’s daring dream to reach the summit of the most remote mountain on Earth: The Spectre, Antarctica. A tale of ambition, adventure, friendship and endeavour, uncovering some of the less known facts and history of the great white continent as well as other stories of cutting edge, vertical exploration.

Fri 8 Feb, 7:30pm


Guildhall Theatre


Whitney Queen of the Night

A stunning celebration of the music and life of one of the greatest singers of our time. Featuring a sensational line up of musicians and artists, together with a breathtaking performance in the spirit of Whitney, with three decades of classic hits.

Fri 8 Feb, 8pm


Derby Arena


Present Company

A Sentinental Affair

A musical of romantic intrigue set in ‘between the wars’ London, at the office of the Daily Sentinel newspaper. Cameron Blackstone, a journalist, meets and is instantly attracted to a beautiful girl

called Marissa.

Sat 9 Feb – Sun 10 Feb

Guildhall Theatre



Concessions available, Groups rates available, Amateur performance

Bound & Gagged Comedy

Stephen K Amos

Bouquets and Brickbats

As Brexit looms on, Trump reigns rampant and everyone seems pushed to extremes, Stephen’s main aim is to cheer us up.

Wed 13 Feb, 8pm


Guildhall Theatre



Creedence Clearwater Reimagined

Creedence Clearwater Reimagined is a celebration of the music of this hugely influential band. Using original vintage gear and authentic costumes, this high energy show faithfully recreates the true sound and feel of CCR in the height of their fame.

Thu 14 Feb, 7:30pm


Guildhall Theatre



Scottish folk pioneers Lau return with their first new music since 2015’s ‘The Bell That Never Rang’. Lau is a trio that put a lot of thought into the live experience and presentation, something anyone who shared in Lau’s acclaimed Decade tour will know.

Fri 15 Feb, 8pm


Guildhall Theatre


Someone Like You – The Adele Songbook

A world class live concert performance, Someone Like You (The Adele Songbook) is a stunning celebration of one of our generations finest singer-songwriters. Hand-picked by Adele herself on Graham Norton’s BBC Special, the outstanding Katie Markham, backed by an amazing six piece band, delivers a powerhouse performance.

Sat 16 Feb, 7:30pm


Guildhall Theatre


Simon Fielder Productions

Buddy Holly and The Cricketers

Not Fade Away

To commemorate Buddy’s anniversary and to celebrate the joy he brought millions of people for over 60 years, the country’s first and best-loved Buddy Holly act, Buddy Holly and The Cricketers, plays a very special show in venues all over the UK.

Sun 17 Feb, 7:30pm


Guildhall Theatre


Mandy Muden

Mandy Muden, direct from her sensational appearances on ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ takes to the road with her brand new hilarious show ‘Cunning Stunts’. Loads of amazing tricks, razor sharp wit and lots of audience participation.

Thu 21 Feb, 7:30pm


Guildhall Theatre


Group rates available, 14+

Purple Zeppelin

Purple Zeppelin pay tribute to Deep Purple & Led Zeppelin in a mesmerising "Full On" show performing more than 30 classic songs – basically "The best bits, all of the time!" The accent is firmly on entertainment with audience interaction, Ritchie Blackmore’s on stage antics, Jimmy Page’s Twin Neck Guitar & Theremin & a very special Violin Bow Solo!

Fri 22 Feb, 8pm


Guildhall Theatre


Comedy Club for Kids

Cracking entertainment for everyone over six years old and under 400 years old (no vampires). We have the best comedians from the UK and world circuit doing what they do best… but without the rude bits!

Sat 23 Feb, 2pm


Guildhall Theatre


Stephen Bailey

Our Kid

Everyone’s favourite ‘guilty pleasure’ (Daily Record), stand-up comedy star, Stephen Bailey is back on tour with his brand-new show ‘Our Kid’ – a story full of Northern warmth, some working-class guilt and a bit of blue.

Sat 23 Feb, 7:30pm


Guildhall Theatre


Concessions available, 16+

Belper Musical Theatre

Our House

The Madness Musical

Belper Musical Theatre bring you this lively musical including music from ‘Madness’. The story

follows Camden lad Joe Casey who, on the night of his 16th birthday, makes a decision that will change his life. Joe breaks into a building development. Things get worse as the police turn up. Joe’s life splits into two; the Good Joe who stays and gives himself up, and Bad Joe who runs from the police.

Wed 27 Feb – Sat 2 Mar


Guildhall Theatre


Concessions available, Amateur performance


Derby Shakespeare Theatre Company

Richard III

For three long and bloody decades, the Houses of York and Lancaster have fought for their right to the throne. As the ‘glorious’ time of the Yorks grow cold, Richard begins his most vicious campaign for the crown. A dark, cold, and primal portrayl of one of Shakespeare’s most brutal Histories. Now is the winter…

Tue 5 – Sat 9 Mar


Guildhall Theatre


Concessions available, Amateur performance, 11+

Leigh Timmis, 16:10:45

My journey to breaking a Guinness World Record

Join Derby’s round the world cyclist, as he shares fascinating stories from his incredible journey to becoming the fastest man to cycle across Europe. Travel with Leigh and discover what it takes to ride into the record books.

Wed 13 Mar



Guildhall Theatre


Shifting Sands Theatre

The Government Inspector!

By Nikolai Gogol

The Mayor of a small town is in a cold sweat. News has reached him of an imminent investigation by a high-ranking government official who is travelling incognito – The Government Inspector!

Thu 14 Mar, 7:30pm


Guildhall Theatre


Concessions available, Group rates available, Schools rates available, 11+

The Lindisfarne Story

The Lindisfarne Story is an affectionate and enthusiastic celebration of one of the UK's most

original and successful groups. Written and performed by former front-man Billy Mitchell and founder member Ray Laidlaw, the show takes the audience on a trip through fifty years of the Geordie group's history.

Fri 15 Mar, 7:30pm


Guildhall Theatre


Rose Hill Musical Society

The Mikado

Gilbert and Sullivan’s most popular comic opera, set in Japan but satirising all things English, is packed with well-known songs including Three Little Maids from School Are We, I’ve Got a Little List and The Flowers That Bloom in The Spring.

For tickets call Peter Featherstone on 0115 9258717

Tue 26 – Sat 30 Mar


Guildhall Theatre

£15 - £13

Amateur performance

Amy- A Tribute to Amy Winehouse

'Amy' have left no stone unturned when paying close attention to every detail of recreating the music of Amy Winehouse. If you are a fan of Amy, this is the production not to miss.

Fri 5 Apr, 8pm


Guildhall Theatre


Alfie Moore

Getting Away With Murder

In his latest stand-up tour show former Detective Sergeant Alfie Moore, and star of BBC Radio 4 comedy ‘It’s A Fair Cop’, takes you on a thrilling and interactive journey through the art and science of murder investigation.

Sat 6 Apr, 8pm


Guildhall Theatre



Good Companions

The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas

The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas tells the true story of the Chicken Ranch, a long-established brothel in Texas. Don’t miss your chance to see this revival of an American classic!

Tue 9 – Sat 13 Apr


Guildhall Theatre

£14 - £12.50

Group rates available, Amateur performance

The Selfish Giant

Grinter the giant shuts herself away in her cold house, surrounded by huge snowy gardens, enclosed by high, frost-covered walls. Outside, the children discover a chink in the giant's wall, changing the course of their lives forever.

Tue 16 Apr, 2pm


Guildhall Theatre


Concessions available

Sinfonia Viva

Searching for Tchaikovsky

The second part of an exploration into the world’s most famous composers. Curated by Sinfonia Viva’s Principal Conductor who promises ‘enjoyable evenings, where there is a nice variety of styles and emotions that explore new perspectives on these composers.’

Wed 17 Apr, 7:30pm


Guildhall Theatre

£16 - £14

The Bootleg Shadows

The Shadows became the worlds most successful instrumental group with 35 hits, more hits than any other British group. For anyone who loves the sounds of the 60's The Bootleg Shadows perform an unmissable tribute.

Thu 18 Apr, 7:30pm


Guildhall Theatre


Concessions available, Group rates available

Malcolm Stent and Mad Jocks & Englishmen

An evening of Folk, Fun and Frivolity

Malcolm Stent made his name in Jasper Carrott’s Boggery Folk Club with side splitting songs and stories. Mad Jocks & Englishmen have graced the folk scene for many years with 10 albums to their credit. Well-seasoned songs and great gags make for a belting night out.

Don’t come if you don’t like laughing!

Sat 20 Apr

Guildhall Theatre



Oye Santana

Award-winning Oye Santana combine awesome guitar, as passionate and exciting as Santana himself, with an infectious good-time feel – you’ll be singing, smiling and dancing along from the first chink of tambourine to the get-up-and-boogie finale.

Thu 25 Apr, 8pm


Guildhall Theatre


Coming Soon

Reform Theatre Company/Harrogate Theatre

Two 2

Jim Cartwright revisits the lives, loves and laughs of regulars in a Northern boozer. It could soon be last orders for the struggling landlord and lady. When a once in a life time opportunity presents itself, will either of them have the courage to turn their back on the pub or each other?

Wed 1 – Tue 2 May


Guildhall Theatre


Concessions available, Group rates available, 14+

Cara Dillon

Cara Dillon occupies an enviable position at the very top of her genre. This extraordinary Irish singer has been captivating audiences and achieving exceptional acclaim for over 20 years. She has (according to Mojo magazine) "Quite possibly the world's most beautiful female voice".

Thu 3 May, 8pm


Guildhall Theatre



The flutes of Brian Finnegan and Sarah Allen, the guitar of Ed Boyd and the bodhran of John Joe Kelly weave and spin traditionally rooted tunes into the breathtaking sound of the groundbreaking band Flook. This group possesses a rare blend of fiery technical brilliance, delicate ensemble interaction and a bold, adventurous musical imagination.

Wed 8 May


Guildhall Theatre


Dear Zoo

The timeless children’s classic book returns to the stage in 2019! This production will delight those who have read the book (young and old) as it unfolds with child-engaging puppets, music and lots of audience interaction.

Sun 12 – Mon 13 May


Guildhall Theatre


Schools rates available

Fastlove – A Tribute to George Michael

Direct from London’s West End and touring in 9 countries Fastlove has quickly become a fan favourite all over the world, bringing to life a respectful and moving tribute to the late, great George

Michael. These 14 specially selected shows across the UK will be bigger than ever, with new songs, video walls and featuring George Michael’s very own saxophonist, Ed Barker.

Thu 16 May


Derby Arena


£35 - £29

Elvis Tribute Artist World Tour

Direct from the USA, the world’s biggest, best and most successful Elvis tribute show returns to the UK by popular demand. Starring America's finest together in one show - Shawn Klush and Dean Z.

Fri 17 May


Derby Arena


£54 - £33

Killer Queen

‘Killer Queen is a living jukebox, an absolutely fantastic show. This is an evening where you feel the hair stand on the back of your neck. I’ve never seen the arena explode with such an electric charge. The sound is perfect… a concert to remember.’ The VLT0 Sundsvall Sweden

Sat 18 May


Derby Arena


Rhod Gilbert

It has been a while, but the multi-award-winning Welsh comedian is back, with a brand new live show. In a six-year break from stand-up, a lot has happened to Rhod. Almost all of it ****.

Sun 19 May


Derby Arena




Bill Bailey

Larks in Transit is a compendium of travellers’ tales and the general shenanigans of twenty years as a travelling comedian. With musical virtuosity, surreal tangents and trademark intelligence, Bill Bailey tackles politics, philosophy and the pursuit of happiness.

Thu 6 Jun


Derby Arena



The Magic of Motown

Music fans are invited to the biggest party of the year as the unstoppable Magic of Motown show steams into town! Prepare yourself for 40 back-to-back classic Motown hits, glittering costume changes, dazzling dance moves and outstanding musicianship.

Sat 8 Jun


Derby Arena


The Dreamboys

The Dreamboys are without a shadow of a doubt the UK's most famous and successful show of its kind in history. Their breath taking show spectacular has been perfectly created for hen nights, birthday parties and girls nights out with all your friends.

Sat 29 Jun


Derby Arena

£39.50 - £24.50




Cathedral Quarter Christmas Ice Rink 2018

Whether out with a group of friends, spending time as a family or looking for a venue for a work Christmas party, a spin on the Ice Rink, made of real ice will be a fabulous festive treat!

Fri 30 Nov 2018 – Sun 6 Jan 2019

Market Place, Cathedral Quarter

£9.50 - £7.50

Concessions available, Group rates available, Schools rates available, Family ticket. 3+

Family Festivities at Markeaton Park

Christmas in the park for all of the family with a free elf trail, festive food, music and much more.

Sat 1 - Sun 2 Craft fair weekend Sat 8 - Sun 9 Family workshop weekend

11am – 3pm Markeaton Park Free entry, some activities have charges

Visit for programme information

Christmas Arts and Craft Fair

The Christmas arts and craft fair returns for 2018. Offering a wide range of products from local traders and small businesses. A perfect place to find that different Christmas gift.

Fri 30 Nov – Sun 9 Dec

Wed 19 Dec – Sun 23 Dec

10:30am – 4:30pm Market Place

Free entry



Join in the evening’s fun by exploring the night’s sky through one of the Derby & District Astronomy Societies’ telescopes, take part in starry craft activities, story telling and much more as part of this annual starry event.

Sat 2 Feb


Alvaston Park



International Women’s Day

The uplifting, multicultural festivities include live performances, drumming, inspiring speakers, HERstory exhibition, women's causes, stalls, arts & crafts, foods and family fun.

Sat 9 Mar


Derby Arboretum


St Patrick’s Day

Join us after the civic mass as the St Patrick’s Day parade makes its way from St Mary’s Church to The Spot, culminating in an Irish dancing display and music.

Sat 16 Mar


The Spot


The Ladyboys of Bangkok

Greatest Showgirls Tour

After kicking off their 20th anniversary tour in Derby, the dazzling Divas are back. The entertainment soars from start to finish with infectious showstopping performances that will bring you to your feet time and time again. A cabaret like no other cabaret, performed by girls like no other girls!

Fri 29 Mar – Sun 14 Apr

Market Place

£38 - £26.50


Planet Circus

The Wow Factor!

Don’t miss your chance to see Britain’s favourite family circus and its spectacular all new production. With everything that you would expect from a traditional circus but with a modern twist

and spectacular thrilling stunt action!

Wed 3 – Sun 7 Apr

Bass’ Recreation Ground

See website for prices

Derby County Community Trust

Derby 10k

The Derby 10K is Derby’s biggest race and Derby County Community Trust’s biggest fundraiser, raising thousands of pounds to help the local community since 2000.

Sun 7 Apr

9am – 12pm

Pride Park

St George’s Day Celebrations

Join us as we celebrate Merrie Olde England, with Morris dancing, a craft fair, a parade and lots of English eccentricity.

Sat 20 Apr

Derby City Centre


Cycle Derby Sportive

The Cycle Derby Spring Classic Sportive offers three routes around the Staffordshire and South Derbyshire countryside. Individual and team entries available, all children under 15 must be accompanied by an adult throughout the event.

Sun 28 Apr

Markeaton Park Craft Village

£35 (80k & 160k), £25 (40k)


The Big One @ Chaddesden Park

All the family favourites that guarantee a great day out for everyone to enjoy. A great selection of stalls, international food arena, dance, funfair, live entertainment and the return of the fantastic dog show.

Sat 1 Jun

Chaddesden Park


Run for All & Asda Foundation

Derby Half Marathon

Organised by Run For All for the first time in 2018, the Asda Foundation Derby Half Marathon – formerly known as the Ramathon – proved to be a welcome addition to our events calendar, attracting thousands of runners and raising tens of thousands of pounds for good causes.

Sun 9 Jun


Derby City Centre

See for race entry prices

Spirit of Chellaston

Multigroup village event, showcasing local groups and activities bringing the community together. A fun day out for all the family.

Sat 15 Jun

Swarkestone Road Park, Chellaston


The Derby Charity Retro, New and Classic Car Show

Cars, vans, motorcycles, trikes, scooters, bicycles, whether original or modified will be on show, literally anything with wheels of all shapes and sizes. Including a large selection of New Car models from some of Derby’s biggest main dealers. Sure to make for a fantastic and fun event not only for the car enthusiasts but for the entire family.

Exhibitors can apply at

Sun 7 Jul

10am – 3pm

Markeaton Park


The Hannells Darley Park Concert

An evening of classical music and fireworks – don’t forget your picnic! Come along and be part of one of the UK’s biggest outdoor classical concerts, in the stunning natural amphitheatre that is Darley Park.

Sun 1 Sep

Gates 2pm, Concert 6pm

Darley Park

£7.50 on the day (£3.50 in advance)

Under 16s £2.50 on the day (From FREE in advance)

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