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Derby LIVE Press Listings April – August 2021

Derby LIVE Press Listings-April August 2021-ARTICLE

Summer isn’t that far away and Derby LIVE has an exciting programme of events and theatre to enjoy with family or friends in an environment where we all feel more comfortable at the moment – the great outdoors!

The Outdoor Theatre and Cinema Season returns to Markeaton Park, with family-friendly Shakespeare from Oddsocks with A Comedy of Errors, Derby Shakespeare Company’s 1990s update of John Godber’s Bouncers, and Babbling Vagabonds’ Here Be Dragons for all the family. Bring your picnic and chair for award winning films with a musical flavour – Bohemian Rhapsody, Chicago, Rocketman and A Star is Born.

August Bank Holiday will bring a weekend of events to the stunning surroundings of Darley Park. Enjoy the Balearic beats of Ibiza Classics, watch a double bill of family films – Frozen II and Singalonga The Greatest Showman – before the Sunday’s grand finale, the return of The Hannells Darley Park Concert.

Looking ahead to the autumn, we are hopeful that this will bring a time when we’re able to be together again and enjoying great music, comedy and much more, all under one roof.

We will be following national government guidelines very closely when it comes to planning and delivering our events, whether that be outdoors or indoors. Each event will have more details of any COVID-secure guidelines on our website nearer the event date or sent to them on our pre-show emails for ticketed events.

For more information on any of the below shows, please contact Shows can be booked online at or by calling the Derby LIVE Sales and Information Team on 01332 255800.


St George’s Day Celebrations at Home

Traditional English St George’s Day events delivered right to your home. Follow our traditional clog dancer and dancing dragon through the streets of Derby, watch The Lost Boys re-enact the dragon-slaying legend in silent movie style, join in with the Derby Dragon song and enjoy traditional dance. Fun for all the family from the comfort of your own home.
Available from Friday 23rd to Friday 29th April, on demand

  • On demand online event
  • Family
  • FREE

FOLK3D, Online Folk Dance

Delivered into your living room via Zoom. Live musicians, easy called dance instructions and other dancers in their own homes to share the evening with. Show us your moves, have a laugh, or simply sit and enjoy the music. Have some fun and share these St George’s Day frolics in style!
Friday 23rd April, 7pm – 8:45pm with interval

  • On Demand online event
  • £3.50 per household

Derby Market Place

Book a chalet or table, order from one of our participating eateries or bring a takeaway, and enjoy our outdoor dining experience from Fri 23 Apr. With an exciting new performance area, Derby Market Place will be transformed into a vibrant area for meeting and entertainment over the summer months, with the venue offering alfresco dining alongside an events programme. Watch this space!

Derby LIVE Press Listings-April August 2021

Outdoor Theatre and Cinema Season

Oddsocks | The Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare

A servant and master arrive in Ephesus in search of their long lost twin brothers. Tormented by a wild wife, a moody mistress, challenged by a crazy jeweller and damned by a demonic doctor the terrified twosome run headlong into a climactic happy ending which defies all probability. A summer delight not to be missed!

  • Thursday 24th – Saturday 26th June, 7.30pm
  • Theatre
  • Markeaton Park Craft Village
  • £17

Derby Shakespeare Theatre Company | Bouncers by John Godber

Derby Shakespeare Theatre Company bring you the well loved, extremely successful and energetic comedy Bouncers from acclaimed writer John Godber. Join Lucky Eric, Les, Ralph and Judd as they take you on a hilarious journey through a typical night out in the 90s, through the eyes of the bouncers… and the lads, lasses and characters they encounter. A nostalgic look back that’ll have you laughing out loud.

  • Friday 9th – Sunday 11th July, 8pm
  • Theatre
  • Markeaton Park Craft Village
  • £13

Babbling Vagabonds | Here Be Dragons!

Be aware! Be very aware! Those fabulous funsters, Babbling Vagabonds are bringing their own brand of adventure theatre back this summer. Their award-winning outdoor show, Here Be Dragons! is returning to Derby this July and they are inviting fearless families to come and join in the fun.

  • Wednesday 21st – Saturday 25th July, 11am & 2pm
  • Family
  • Markeaton Park Craft Village
  • £9, under 3s go free

Markeaton Park Outdoor Cinema | Bohemian Rhapsody – Cert. 15

This is a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury. The film traces the meteoric rise of the band through their iconic songs and revolutionary sound.

  • Thursday 29th July, 9pm
  • Film
  • Markeaton Park Craft Village,
  • £14

Markeaton Park Outdoor Cinema | A Star is Born – Cert. 15

Seasoned musician Jackson Maine (Bradley Cooper) meets and falls in love with struggling singer songwriter Ally (Lady Gaga). Jack coaxes Ally to follow her dreams while he battles with alcoholism and his personal demons.

  • Friday 30th July, 9pm
  • Film
  • Markeaton Park Craft Village
  • £14

Markeaton Park Outdoor Cinema | Rocketman – Cert. 15

An epic musical fantasy about the incredible story of Elton John’s breakthrough years in the 1970’s. Set to his most beloved songs, watch as the shy piano prodigy, Reginald Dwight, becomes one of the most iconic figures in pop history. Starring Taron Egerton, Jamie Bell and Richard Madden.

  • Saturday 31st July, 9pm
  • Film
  • Markeaton Park Craft Village
  • £14

Markeaton Park Outdoor Cinema | Chicago – Cert. 12A

Oscar-winning big screen adaptation of the popular Broadway show. In 1920s Chicago, nightclub singer Velma Kelly (Catherine Zeta Jones) and aspiring starlet Roxie Hart (Renee Zellweger) are placed in jail together, where they both try to further their quest for wealth and fame.

  • Sunday 1st August, 9pm
  • Film
  • Markeaton Park Craft Village
  • £14

Derby LIVE Press Listings-April August 2021

Darley Park Weekender

Classic Ibiza
Join the party in summer 2021. Witness the Urban Soul Orchestra, DJ Goldierocks and a host of critically acclaimed vocalists bring a heady blend of Balearic beats to life in the beautiful grounds of Darley Park. All the family are guaranteed a night to remember.

  • Friday 27th August, gates 4pm
  • Warm-up DJ 6pm,
  • Sundowner (1st set) 7:45pm,
  • Dance (2nd) set with lasers 9:15pm
  • Events
  • Darley Park
  • £52 – £41
  • Under 16s £27 – £22
  • Under 5s free

Frozen II – Cert. U

A showing of Frozen II on a huge screen in Darley Park as part of a weekend of events. Elsa has an extraordinary gift – the power to create ice and snow. But no matter how happy she is to be surrounded by the people of Arendelle, Elsa finds herself strangely unsettled. After hearing a mysterious voice, Elsa travels to the enchanted forests and dark seas beyond her kingdom – a journey of self-discovery.

  • Saturday 28th August, gates 12 noon, film 1.45pm
  • Film
  • Darley Park
  • £14, under 2s free

Singalonga The Greatest Showman – Cert. PG

Look out ‘cause here it comes… from the producers of Singalonga Sound of Music, the smash hit film musical with lyrics on screen that everyone can’t stop singing. Cheer, boo and hiss as you sing your heart out with our live host who will teach you some dance moves and show you how to use your free props bag. Please note this is a screening of the movie not a live stage show.

  • Saturday 28th August, gates 4pm, film 5pm
  • Family
  • Darley Park
  • £18, under 2s free

The Hannells Darley Park Concert

An evening of classical music and fireworks – don’t forget your picnic! 2021’s theme is built around the exciting reopening of Derby Silk Mill and the celebration of Derby’s 300-year history of technological innovation. Come along and be part of one of the UK’s biggest outdoor classical concerts, in the stunning natural amphitheatre that is Darley Park.

  • Sunday 29th August, gates 2pm, concert 6pm
  • Event
  • Darley Park
  • £8.50 on the day, from £4 in advance
  • Under 16s £3.50 on the day, from £1 in advance

Derby LIVE Press Listings-April August 2021

Coming Soon

Derby Folk Festival

Now in its 15th year, Derby Folk Festival is delighted to return to the live stage in 2021 in the heart of the city centre. A number of artists who were due to perform in 2020 will be returning for 2021, along with past favourites and familiar faces in a range of concerts and other events taking place over the festival weekend. The Mick Peat Stage will be located in the Market Place marquee, keeping the festival embedded in the city centre; Derby Cathedral will host concerts during Saturday, and The Old Bell Hotel will be a hub of activity with fringe events and more.

  • Friday 1st – Sunday 3rd October
  • Music
  • Locations within the Cathedral Quarter
  • £90 weekend ticket, day/event tickets released soon.

Early bird save £5 by booking before Wed 30 Jun

Queen Machine Symphonic featuring Kerry Ellis

The music of rock legends Queen is to be celebrated like never before as West End leading lady Kerry Ellis joins Scandinavian tribute stars Queen Machine for a fully orchestrated UK tour with the London Symphonic Rock Orchestra. An unforgettable night of rock anthems from We Will Rock You, Killer Queen, Somebody To Love, Barcelona and, of course, Bohemian Rhapsody.

  • Wednesday 13th October, 7.30pm
  • Music
  • Derby Arena
  • £57 – £27

Elvis Tribute Artist World Tour

The best Elvis show in the world… just got even better! Direct from the USA, Shawn Klush & Dean Z have now been joined by fellow US Elvis Tribute Artist Cody Ray Slaughter, making this an all-American spectacular not to be missed by any Elvis fan.

  • Thursday 14th October, 8pm
  • Music
  • Derby Arena
  • £55 – £33

Jimmy Carr – Terribly Funny

Jimmy’s brand new show contains jokes about all kinds of terrible things. Terrible things that might have affected you or people you know and love. But they’re just jokes – they are not the terrible things. Having political correctness at a comedy show is like having health and safety at a rodeo. Now you’ve been warned, buy a ticket.

  • Saturday 23rd October, 8pm
  • Comedy
  • Derby Arena
  • £32.50. Suitable for age 16+

Professor Brian Cox – Horizons, A 2021 Space Odyssey

Having set two Guinness World Records with his previous sell-out World Tour, Professor Brian Cox is back with a brand-new Arena show for 2021. Horizons takes audiences on a dazzling cinematic journey; a story of how we came to be and what we can become.

  • Thursday 28th October, 7:30pm
  • Talk
  • Derby Arena
  • £49 – £39

Sarah Millican – Bobby Dazzler

Sarah Millican is back on tour with a Bobby Dazzler of a new stand-up show. In her sixth international tour, you’ll learn about what happens when your mouth seals shut, how to throw poo over a wall, trying to lose weight but only losing the tip of your finger, a surprisingly funny smear test, and how truly awful a floatation tank can actually be.

  • Friday 29th October, 8pm
  • Comedy
  • Derby Arena
  • £29.50. Suitable for age 16+

Seven Drunken Nights

Direct from the West End and having sold out venues worldwide, the story of The Dubliners returns to theatres in 2021 with a brand new production for its incredible 5th anniversary tour. This hugely talented cast of musicians and singers bring the music of this iconic group back to life and will have you singing and dancing in the aisles.

  • Saturday 30th October, 6pm
  • Music
  • Derby Arena
  • £26.50

Little Wolf Entertainment and Derby LIVE | Sleeping Beauty

One of Britain’s best loved TV actresses and former Eastenders icon, Rita Simons, is to star in Sleeping Beauty this year.
She’s been locked down and had her 100 years of beauty sleep (well, one), so come and enjoy the brand new spin on a much-loved yarn for Christmas 2021 with a spellbinding new pantomime at Derby Arena. With daring duels, doting dragons, lavish sets and costumes and bucket loads of laughs, the team behind Beauty and the Beast, Jack and the Beanstalk and Peter Pan are back to lift the spell over Derby with this magical new pantomime.

  • Friday 10th December – Saturday 8th January 2022
  • Variety
  • Derby Arena
  • £32.75 – £14.75

The Circus of Horrors

The almighty cast that stormed into the finals of Britain’s Got Talent is now a West End & World-wide hit. Circus of Horrors is a circus like no other and a show you simply can’t afford to miss.

  • Friday 21st January 2022, 8pm
  • Variety
  • Derby Arena
  • £30 – £27. Suitable for age 16+

Early bird save £5 by booking before Sunday 31st October.

What’s Love Got To Do With It?

After a fantastic sell out debut tour across the UK, Tina Turner fans will have the time of their lives as What’s Love Got To Do With It? is back for 2022. Expect a night of high energy and feel-good rock-and-roll. Featuring all the hits including Proud Mary, River Deep, Simply The Best, Private Dancer, and many more.

  • Sunday 23rd January 2022, 7.30pm
  • Music
  • Derby Arena
  • £29.50 – £27

Whitney: Queen of the Night

Join us for an unmissable evening as we pay homage to the Queen of Pop with a sensational cast and a stunning live band. Taking audiences on a magical rollercoaster ride through three decades of hits that include: I Wanna Dance With Somebody, One Moment In Time, I’m Every Woman, I Will Always Love You, My Love Is Your Love, So Emotional Baby, Run to You, Saving All My Love and many more.

  • Saturday 5th March, 8pm
  • Music
  • Derby Arena
  • £28.50

John Bishop: Right Here Right Now

Comedy superstar John Bishop returns to Derby Arena with his highly anticipated brand-new stand up show. This will be John’s eighth stand up show and it is shaping up to be his best yet.

  • Tuesday 8th March 2022, 8pm
  • Comedy
  • Derby Arena
  • £49 – £39.50

The Magic of Motown

Forty back-to-back classic Motown hits, glittering costume changes, dazzling dance moves and outstanding musicianship in this explosive concert experience. Celebrate the timeless music of Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, The Supremes, The Four Tops, Martha Reeves, Jackson 5, Smokey Robinson and more.

  • Friday 27th May 2022, 8pm
  • Music
  • Derby Arena
  • £31.50

Dreamboys: Too Hard to Resist

The Dreamboys is without a shadow of a doubt the UK’s most famous and successful show of its kind in history. Their breath-taking show spectacular has been perfectly created for hen nights, birthday parties and girls’ nights out with all your friends.

  • Saturday 28th May 2022, 8pm
  • Variety
  • Derby Arena
  • £39.50 – £24.50. Suitable for age 18+

Jason Manford: Like Me

It’s been some time since Jason’s last smash-hit stand up show but he’s back with Like Me, his latest comic offering set to hit the road!

  • Thursday 30th September 2022 at 7.30pm
  • Comedy
  • Derby Arena
  • £37. Suitable for age 14+


Out and About Events


The Museum of Making

The Museum of Making at Derby Silk Mill opens this spring, celebrating Derby’s 300-year history of innovation and making to inspire new creativity. Located in the Derwent Valley Mills UNESCO World Heritage Site, on what is widely regarded as the site of the world’s first modern factory, the Museum of Making is a contemporary space, designed and made by the people and industries of Derby.


Derby Walking Festival

A celebration of walking with a wide variety of self-led and virtual walks, there’s something for everyone. Whether you are looking to keep fit, enjoy some fresh air or try something new, we invite you to move more! For more information and local walking opportunities join us on @movemorederby and #derbywalkfest

  • Launching on 1 May
  • Derby Parks
  • Free / charged (depending on the selected walking route)

Mayfest Online

Derby Arboretum’s Village Fayre

Friends of Derby Arboretum will be online this year, with workshops, videos and activities. Just look on the facebook page at or email for more details.

  • Sunday 9th May, 1pm
  • Derby Arboretum
  • Free entry, online


Derby Book Festival

A range of events for all ages and interests, including outdoors to enjoy nature in city parks plus live in venues and online events.

Vegan Market

Find a whole host of mouth-watering food stalls, eye-opening lifestyle brands, luxury cosmetics, ethical clothing, interesting charities and much more.

  • Saturday 25th June and Saturday 18th September, 10.30am – 4pm
  • Cathedral Green
  • Free entry


The Lost Boys | Schools’ Public Speaking Competition Final

After receiving professional training from The Lost Boys Theatre Company, students from schools across Derby will compete in a public final at Derby’s Speakers’ Corner.

  • Friday 2nd July, 12 noon
  • Derby’s Speakers’ Corner
  • Free

Furthest From The Sea Festival

Performance, participation and piratical shenanigans for all the family. Come and enjoy this free family festival on Cathedral Green with some of Derbyshire’s finest homegrown actors, dancers, poets, musicians, makers and more. It’s Arrrrr 8th year!

The Lady Boys of Bangkok – Flight of Fantasy

The Flights have been rescheduled and The Lady Boys of Bangkok will be touching down with their most sensational show yet for 2021. Climb aboard for the trip of a lifetime as 16 of the world’s most glamorous showgirls (who just happen to be men!) send you soaring to spectacular musical destinations, with over 400 stunning diamante dripping costumes. Comedy turbulence is the in-flight order of the day as your cabin crew take you mile high at the biggest party in the sky!

  • Friday 2nd – Sunday 11th July, see for times
  • Variety
  • The Sabai Pavilion
  • Cathedral Green
  • £38 – £17.00

The Derby Retro and Classic Car Show

Cars, vans, motorcycles, trikes, scooters, bicycles, whether original or modified will be on show, literally anything with wheels of all shapes and sizes. Sure to make for a fantastic and fun event not only for the car enthusiasts but for the entire family.

  • Sunday 11th July, 10am – 4pm
  • Markeaton Park
  • Free (car parking charges and exhibitor fees apply)
  • Exhibitors can apply at (£5 per car)

Caribbean Carnival

See the colourful 45th Caribbean carnival parade process from Derby City Centre to Osmaston Park where a family fun day can be enjoyed. Take part in the carnival activities at the Cathedral Green and Osmaston Park.

  • Sunday 18th July
  • Procession from Cathedral Green, 1pm
  • Osmaston Park, 1pm – 9pm
  • Cathedral Green, Free
  • Osmaston Park, £2, under 12s free.

Superhero Picnic in the Park

All you need to do to take part in the fun is dress up like a superhero, bring a picnic and enjoy the activities! Prizes for the best dressed superhero.

  • Tuesday 27th July, Markeaton Park | Wednesday 28th July, Chaddesden Park | Thursday 29th July, Darley Park
  • Free entry, see on site for prices


The Big 1

All the family favourites that guarantee a great day for everyone. Enjoy a selection of stalls, international foods, dance, funfair, live entertainment and the fantastic dog show.

  • Sunday 1st August, 11am – 5pm
  • Chaddesden Park
  • Free entry, see on site for prices

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