Royal & Derngate Northampton outlines a five year vision. 10 October 2016

Sunday 9 October 2016 – At an event held to celebrate the decade since the reopening of Royal & Derngate, Martin Sutherland, Chief Executive, announced three ambitious new initiatives that will shape the future of Royal & Derngate and the cultural development of Northamptonshire.

Martin Sutherland said: “Royal & Derngate finds itself at an exciting crossroads today. The skills acquired and lessons learned, as we head towards hard won sustainability, will continue to be shared within our community and beyond. We are now seeking conversations, debate and discussion with partners who can influence our vision for cultural education, the creative industries, music-theatre and film exhibition in our County and beyond.” 

Ten years on from the £15 million development that brought the Royal Theatre and the Derngate centre under one roof, the management and staff today celebrated with friends, supporters and patrons the many eye-catching successes from the past decade. The expansion of the venue’s core operations, which includes developing and managing a brand new arts centre, The Core at Corby Cube, since 2011 and developing and managing the hugely successful on-site cinema, the Errol Flynn Filmhouse, since 2013, along with annual local audiences now exceeding 300,000, have contributed to making the organisation more resilient and sustainable, able to play a leading role in the development of Northamptonshire. 

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