About Us

Bold and brilliant performances. Shows that represent our community. A platform for groundbreaking artists. A pathway for learners of all ages. A guaranteed great night out. We’re a theatre like no other.

We’re known for artistic excellence. We’re committed to education. And we believe that theatre can change your life. 

Previously Derby Playhouse, we have a long and important theatrical history. As Derby Theatre, we work in partnership with the University of Derby. We produce new plays and projects, collaborate with artists and local people, and welcome higher education students and anyone who wants to learn.  

We are a charity and a National Portfolio organisation for Arts Council England, and we’re led by artistic director and CEO Sarah Brigham

It’s really important to us that we make everyone feel welcome. So we set out to treat everybody with respect and care. That includes audiences, artists and learners who are new to theatre or who don’t usually feel like it’s for them.  

Don’t just take our word for it – come and find out for yourself.

Awards we have won

  • Highly Commended: Arts, Culture & Heritage, The Charity Awards, 2024
  • Shortlisted: Local Family Attraction of the Year, Lots for Tots, 2024
  • Winner: Digital Project of the Year, The Stage Awards, 2023
  • Shortlisted: Community Project of the Year, as part of Derby CAN for Over to You, The Stage Awards, 2023
  • Highly commended: Regional Theatre of the Year, The Stage Awards, 2021
  • Winner: The Guardian Award for The Best Community Project, 2020
  • Winner: The Mighty Creatives Be Mighty Be Creative Partnership Award, 2019
  • Winner: Excellence in Arts Education Award, UK Theatre Awards, 2019
  • Winner: Programme Award, Derby County Community Trust, 2019
“Few theatres are as sure of their civic purpose as Derby Theatre… it has signposted the way for others in creating a theatre that is genuinely connected, local and networked”
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