Fourth Northampton show gets London transfer

Published: 29 May 2019
Reporter: Steve Orme

Pepter Lunkuse (Marie-Clare) and Michelle Asante (Sister Evangelique) in Our Lady of Kibeho which is to transfer to the Theatre Royal Stratford East Credit: Manuel Harlan

A fourth show from Northampton Royal and Derngate’s 2018–19 Made in Northampton season is to transfer to London.

Its production of Katori Hall’s Our Lady of Kibeho, which was directed by the theatre’s artistic director James Dacre, will be restaged at the Theatre Royal Stratford East in autumn 2019.

It follows the news that three more productions will be transferring to the West End. Royal and Derngate’s co-production with The Wardrobe Ensemble, Education, Education, Education, opens at the Trafalgar Studios from Friday 31 May. Originally rehearsed and built in Northampton, Education, Education, Education played first at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in summer 2017, winning The Stage award for best ensemble before taking to the Royal stage in autumn 2017 and spring 2018.

The theatre’s 2018 Christmas show, The Worst Witch, based on Jill Murphy’s children’s books, has been touring the country since January and now heads to Vaudeville Theatre for a summer season running from 24 July.

Touching the Void, based on Joe Simpson’s mountaineering memoir, was a co-production with Bristol Old Vic, Royal Lyceum Edinburgh and Fuel. Opening in autumn 2018, it has since travelled the world, playing as far afield as the Hong Kong Festival. This production will start its West End run at the Duke of York’s Theatre in November.

Royal and Derngate chief executive Jo Gordon commented, “we’re absolutely thrilled that four of our productions will reach an even wider audience this year as they take to their respective London stages.

“We’re proud of this achievement and excited to showcase the brilliant work going on in Northampton. I want also to share my huge thanks and congratulations to all the people whose hard work contributed to this success.”