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Northampton Cultural Quarter – Royal and Derngate Theatres

Royal and Derngate Theatres

The Royal Theatre was designed by the renowned Victorian architect C J Phipps who had designed many other theatres around the UK and opened in 1884. It is a Grade II listed building. Although the normal seating capacity for a theatre is 583 seats, the practical capacity of the Royal is 460 due to the nature of the gallery bench seating. Amongst many famous actors to grace the stage of the Royal, Errol Flynn is the most famous, working as a member of Northampton Repertory Players in the early 1930’s.

(Royal Theatre – Left and Derngate Theatre – Right)


The Derngate was designed by RHWL for multi-purpose use and opened to the public in 1983. The theatre can be configured to host a wide variety of events including theatre, classical concerts, musicals, opera and dance. There is a maximum capacity of 1,500 with 1,200 seats.

(Royal and Derngate Theatre Signage)


(Back of the Royal and Derngate Theatre)


The theatres are a huge part of Northampton’s culture and a lovely place to visit for a show. Please have a look at their website:

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