Derby Theatre

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Derby Theatre
Theatre Walk ,
DE1 2NF Derby

Venue information

Derby Theatre is entering an exciting new phase in its history as one of the UK’s leading producing theatres and is seeking an inspirational and experienced theatre professional to play a key role in leading and managing the change.

Previously Derby Playhouse, the theatre is now owned and run by the University of Derby. With the support of Arts Council England, the University has developed a three year Pilot Programme for Derby Theatre to establish a new and entirely unique operating model as a “Learning Theatre”. The vision for the Learning Theatre is to create a highly successful, artistically recognised, regional producing theatre that combines, and places equal value on, the University’s educational mission, professional theatre, the need to nurture and develop the next generation of theatre-makers, and a commitment to a city-wide community education programme.

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Address: Derby Theatre
Theatre Walk , DE1 2NF Derby
Public transport
By Train or Taxi:

Derby Theatre is a 10 minute walk from the train station – follow the signs for Westfield. We’ll be more than happy to order a taxi to be waiting for you after the performance; please ask the box office on arrival.

By road
By Car

The most convenient car park is Westfield basement accessed from Traffic Street. However, spaces are limited so we advise you to leave plenty of time to park, in case you have to use one of the many others around the city centre.



Access For All

Derby Theatre welcomes all patrons and has an extensive range of services to ensure you have an enjoyable and comfortable visit. Do mention your requirements when you book tickets, and don’t hesitate to ask the Duty Manager if there is anything you need on arrival.

Assisted Access Scheme

We operate a scheme for those who need somebody to be present in order to assist them to readily access theatre shows. Our Assisted Access Scheme allows members to buy a seat for themselves and an essential companion at half price. This scheme is only open to those who genuinely require assistance visiting the theatre. Joining is free and a short application form is available from the box office or to download here, providing us with contact details and any information the disabled person would like recorded to assist with their visits.

The applicant, or their appointed representative, will be required to sign a declaration that the person concerned is restricted in their ability to access the services provided in Derby Theatre without assistance. The companion must be able to help the disabled person access the theatre and its facilities, remaining with them to ensure their wellbeing and comfort. All tickets are subject to availability at the time of booking. The theatre reserves the right to review the availability of tickets within the scheme, to review a member's eligibility and to revoke that membership following review.


There are reserved parking spaces for blue badge holders in the Westfield basement car park for which normal parking charges apply. There is a lift directly from the basement car park to all levels of the theatre. Getting Around There is level access to the box office and café from Theatre Walk. The foyer, theatre, bar and studio can be accessed via the lift.


There are a limited number of wheelchair spaces available in each venue, please notify the box office when booking. Our staff can bring refreshments to you in the interval – please ask a member of our front of house staff for this service.

Toilet Facilities

There are accessible and adapted toilets on the ground and first floors.

Hearing Impaired

Sound enhancement systems are available in the theatre and studio. The best quality of sound is through our infrared headsets which are available to borrow free from the box office.

If you prefer to use the T switch on your hearing aid, you will need to borrow an induction loop aerial, which is worn around the neck - these are available from the box office.

Assistance Dogs

Assistance dogs are welcome in all areas of the building. Please talk to the box office about any special requirements when booking. If you require our brochure in large print, braille or on audio tape, please enquire at the box office.

BSL Interpreted Performances

British Sign Language (BSL) Interpreted. Please let box office know where you would like to sit: directly in front of the interpreter or on the opposite side, looking across the stage/action.

Our sign interpreters are co-ordinated by Sarah Gatford-Ball and TheatreTerp.

Audio Described

Ideal for blind and partially sighted people, audio description is a form of audio-visual translation using the natural pauses in dialogue or between critical sound elements to insert a narrative that translates the visual image into a sense form.

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