Anyone for a pint?
Can it really be 2020? It seems only yesterday that people were concerned with Y2K, Big Brother launched in the UK and Richard Madeley pretended to be Ali G. Yet, 20 years of the new Millenium have flown by, sure there have been changes, nobody really plays snake on their mobile anymore, Netflix has struck at the core businesses of TV and cinema, The Lost Boys came into existence and Paul Hurst has sympathetically restored the Old Bell Hotel back into the beautiful building it once was and in so doing breathed new life into it which continues with this exciting and diverse new Pub Theatre Programme.
What hasn't changed is theatre, well actually it has changed a great deal. Arguably it is more important than ever. The need to engage with live entertainment, to make sense of our world and better yet, have a great time without the multitude of distractions that modern life throws at us is vital to our mental wellbeing. Add a pint to that mix and I am happy, and so will you be.
The opportunity to develop a programme of theatre for this outstanding venue and to produce theatre for this city, for Derby, our home town, is one we are relishing. What follows over the next few pages then, is a collection of shows and events that ultimately provides something for everyone, in 2020, so if you like comedy, history, biography, drama, music, then have a night off Netflix, stop trying to be retro-cool by playing snake and get your tickets.
Thursday 19 - Sunday 22 March
Not to be missed by any Derby County fan, a celebration of the lifeof one of the "Beautiful Game's" true legends
Thursday 4 - Sunday 7 June
The Lost Boys acclaimed production returns to Derby after a sell-out run at Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Thursday 8 - Sunday 11 October
A show dedicated to our local coaching history featuring the stories the drivers would share around open fires.
Tuesday 10 - Sunday 15 November
A new re-telling of the gothic novel by Robert Louis Stevenson, put through the prisms of The Lost Boys' minds.
The Old Bell Hotel is a beacon of Derby’s history and heritage stretching back over 350 years.
The Old Bell Hotel is Derby’s largest and last surviving coaching inn and has played a huge role in the history of Derby. The grade II listed building was constructed in 1650 and was considered one of the most prestigious coaching inns outside of London.
In 2013 The Old Bell went through the largest renovation project in its history. Entrepreneur Paul Hurst worked with Derby City Council and English Heritage on a two-year project to restore the crumbling building.
It now plays host to a fantastic selection of entertainment including themed dining expereinces, comedy nights and now pub theatre!