What’s On in Derbyshire during March

Gandey's Circus

Gandey's Circus - Credit: Archant

Derbyshire Life’s guide to the best events in and around the county this month.

MUSIC, DRAMA AND CONCERTS

2nd

Albany Piano Trio

An evening of piano music with the diverse ensemble. Derby, Chamber Music Society, Multi-Faith Centre, University of Derby, Kedleston Road, 7.30pm. Tel: 01332 830585

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3rd

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DaleDiva

Derbyshire’s leading female four-part close harmony choir performs to raise funds for DayCare at the Glebe. Crich Glebe Field Centre, 7.30pm. Tel: 01773 853260

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3rd

Derby Concert Orchestra

Performing the works of Dvorak, Sibelius, Rimsky-Korsakov and Tchaikovsky. Derby Cathedral, 7pm. Tel: 01332 763594

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10th

Red Dirt Skinners

The multi award-winning, genre-defying husband and wife duo. Alstonefield Village Hall, Alstonefield, 7.30pm. Tel: 01335 310322

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10th

Sitwell Singers

‘The Sitwells and a Saxophone’ with Alistair Parnell. St Osmund’s Church, London Rd, Derby, 7.30pm. Tel: 01332 662519

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15th

Sinfonia Viva Twilights Concert

‘Masters and Maestros’.

Derby Cathedral, 7.30pm. To book: 0333 666 3366

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17th

Belper Singers

‘Sweet Lovers Love the Spring’.

St Clement’s Church, Horsley, 7.30pm. Tel: 07990 658071

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17th

Derby Bach Choir

Brahm’s Requiem, Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs and Butterworth’s A Shropshire Lad. Derby Cathedral, 7.30pm.

Tickets from Foulds, Irongate, Derby on 01332 344842 or derbybachchoir.com

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17th

Derby Concert Band

Celebrate St Patrick’s Day at the band’s brilliant Celtic Festival.

Landau Forte College, Fox Street, Derby, 7.30pm. Tel: 01332 344842

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17th

The High Society Jazz Band

An evening of toe-tapping entertainment. Dove Jazz Club, Village Hall, Dove Holes, nr Buxton, 8pm. Tel: 01298 812919

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Here I Belong

Pentabus Theatre Company presents a funny, moving play, charting 60 years of village life. Crich Glebe Field Centre, 7.30pm. Tel: 01773 853260

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17th-18th

John Bishop

The stand-up comedian presents his ‘biggest, best and funniest’ tour yet – ‘Winging It’. Derby Arena. Tel: 01332 255800

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17th

The Spikedrivers & Guy Tortora

‘A Blues Extravaganza’. Imperial Rooms, Imperial Rd, Matlock, 8pm. Visit peakconcerts.co.uk

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23rd

James Turnbull & Libby Burgess

‘The Romantic Oboe – Schumann and his Legacy’. Derby, Chamber Music Society, Multi-Faith Centre, University of Derby, Kedleston Road, 7.30pm. Tel: 01332 830585

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24th

Beatus Choral

Terry Bailey’s ‘Requiem’.

St Modwen’s Church, Burton-on-Trent, 7.30pm. Tel: 01283 813377

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24th

Block4 Recorder Quartet

A captivating evening of contemporary consort music and music from the Renaissance and Baroque periods. Music at Duffield, Ecclesbourne School, 7.30pm. Tel: 01332 841503

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24th

Derby Choral union

‘English Music for Passiontide’. Derby Cathedral, 7.30pm. Tel: 01332 702162

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EVENTS

2nd

Andrew Smyth & Sinfonia Viva

A fundraising baking demonstration and taster session with the Great British Bake Off finalist, with music from Sinfonia Viva. University of Derby, Kedleston Road, Derby, 7pm. To book: 0333 666 3366

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4th

Fabulous Places Spring Market

Over 100 hand-selected exhibitors selling food, gifts, jewellery and accessories for the home and garden. The Roundhouse, Pride Park, Derby, derbyshirespringmarket.co.uk

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4th

Resolution Run

Whether you’re a novice or a seasoned runner, you can walk, jog or run 5k or 10k while raising vital funds for the Stroke Association. Markeaton Park, Derby. Tel: 0300 330 074

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8th-18th

Gandeys Circus: The Greatest Showmen

A glittering production featuring awe-inspiring circus performers from around the world. Uttoxeter New Road, Derby, www.gandeyscircus.com

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10th

International Women’s Day Festival

Live performances, inspiring workshops, HERstory exhibition, stalls, arts and crafts.

Market Place and QUAD, Derby, www.derbylive.co.uk

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17th

Betfred Midlands Grand National

Enjoy a day at the races at the second longest steeplechase in the country. Uttoxeter Racecourse, www.uttoxeter-racecourse.co.uk

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23rd-24th

Padley Good as New Clothes sale

A high-quality clothes sale raising funds for Derby charity Padley. Friday night sale on 23rd, 5pm-8pm, tickets £10 (including fizz, canapés and first-look). Saturday sale, 10am-3pm, adm free. St Peter’s Church, Derby. Tel: 01332 774480 or visit www.padleygroup.com

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31st

Easter Egg Hunt

Themed activities, donkey rides and refreshments in aid of Treetops. Treetops Hospice Care, Derby Rd, Risley, 10am-1pm

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THEATRE HIGHLIGHTS

Buxton Opera House

01298 72190

4th

Ed Byrne In ‘Spoiler Alert’

the stand-up comedian asks the question: ‘Are we all spoiled?’

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6th-10th

The Little Matchgirl

Emma Rice’s superb production – inspired by the beautiful yet sad Hans Christian Andersen tale – reveals a world of magic and mystery

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12th

Ant Middleton

The survival expert, TV presenter and ex elite forces soldier shares his experiences as a modern-day explorer

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14th

Russell Watson

Having sold more than seven million albums worldwide, Russell Watson is the UK’s best-selling classical crossover artist

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18th

Take That Experience

Relight your fire for one of the most successful boy bands of all time

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20th Century Boy

The smash-hit musical telling the life story of Marc Bolan and band T. Rex

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23rd-25th

English Touring Opera

Magical productions of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro on 23rd; Puccini’s Il tabarro & Gianni Schicchi on 24th; and Rossini’s Fireworks on 25th

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26th

Jasper Carrott’s Stand Up and Rock

A brilliant new stand-up show combining comedy and rock music

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Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield

01246 345222

4th

Andy Parsons

Worried about your job? Worried about your family? ‘Come and have a laugh about it!’ says Andy

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5th-10th

Teddy The Musical

Combining original songs with 1950s’ hits, Teddy is the ultimate story of teenage rebellion and the birth of a new musical era

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13th

Vamos Theatre: A Brave Face

Created from research with ex and serving soldiers, families and health professionals, A Brave Face explores Post-Traumatic Stress and its impact

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14th-17th

The Scary Bikers

A couple’s bike ride through Europe tests their budding romance in this comedy about life and love

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Dusty and the Shades of the 60s

Celebrating the life and music of the iconic female artiste

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20th

The War of the Worlds

The Pantaloons use musical instruments and puppetry to recreate interplanetary warfare in this funny new adaptation

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23rd-24th

The Wedding Singer

After his fiancée leaves him, wedding singer Robbie Heart vows to make every wedding as disastrous as his own – with hilarious consequences

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Winding Wheel, Chesterfield

01246 345222

3rd

Jasper Carrott’s Stand Up and Rock

The popular comedian’s new stand-up show – with a musical twist

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Menopause the Musical

The hysterical show packed with one-liners about night sweats, hot flushes and memory loss. Starring Cheryl Fergison, Maureen Nolan, Rebecca Wheatley and Hilary O’Neil

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17th

Brian Conley

A brand-new show featuring comedy, songs and sketches plus some of his best material from stage and screen

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24th

Lipstick on your collar

Get your dancing shoes at the ready for an evening of back-to-back hits from the 1950s and 60s

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31st

The Magic of Motown

Celebrating the sound of a generation with the timeless music of Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder and more

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Derby Theatre

01332 593939

2nd-24th

Two

A hilarious yet heart-breaking look at working-class life in a 1980s’ northern pub – with two actors playing 14 characters

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11th

An Audience with Martin Kemp

The actor and musician talks about his life and career, from Spandau Ballet to EastEnders

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18th

Lucy Worsley: Jane Austen at Home

Dispelling the myth of the cynical, lonely spinster, Lucy offers us a witty and passionate woman of her time

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26th

John Robins

One of the most ‘exciting and distinctive voices in comedy’ reflects on love and loss

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29th-31st

Little Mermaid: The Circus Sensation

Spectacular circus and spellbinding songs combine in this new adaptation from the award-winning Metta Theatre

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Guildhall Theatre, Derby

01332 255800

1st

An Evening with Leigh Timmis

The round-the-world-cyclist and adventurer shares humorous and fascinating stories from his seven-year bicycle journey across the globe

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3rd

Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys

Haunting harmonies, soaring tunes and melodies, charming anecdotes and instrumental performances of the highest calibre, all led by Sam’s unmistakable vocals

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6th-10th

The Tempest

With passion and humour, Derby Shakespeare Theatre Company brings William Shakespeare’s last play to life in a fresh interpretation

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14th-17th

The Who’s Tommy

The story of the pinball-playing, deaf, dumb and blind boy who triumphs over adversity Royal

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Concert Hall, Nottingham

0115 989 5555

2nd

Jake Bugg Solo Acoustic

The award-winning Clifton musician

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14th Mar-7th April

War Horse

Based on the novel by Michael Morpurgo, this powerful and imaginative drama features astonishing life-sized puppets that bring galloping, true-to-life horses to the stage

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Theatre Royal, Nottingham

0115 989 5555

6th-10th

Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella

Set in London during WWII, Matthew Bourne’s interpretation of the classic tale centres on a war-time romance

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13th-17th

Opera North

Madama Butterfly on 13th & 15th; Don Giovanni on 14th & 16th; and Un ballo in maschera on 17th

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20th-24th

Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde

A twisted tale of horror, this adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic gothic thriller stars Phil Daniels as Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

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26th-29th

Fat Friends: The Musical

Join the infamous group of loveable characters as they are put through their paces at Super Slimmers. Packed full of hope, humour, love and weight-loss and starring Jodie Prenger, Sam Bailey, Natasha Hamilton and Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff

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Nottingham Playhouse

0115 941 9419

9th-24th

Our Country’s Good

Set in 1787, this is the extraordinary true story of a group of convicts and a young officer who rehearse and perform Australia’s first theatrical production – even with the odds stacked against them

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Though care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of dates and times, it is always advisable to verify the details