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One hundred years ago, Northampton had numerous theatres that satisfied a demand for entertainment. Theatres wowed audiences with varied programmes of musical and variety acts, plays, pantomimes, ballets and operas.


The Royal on Guildhall Road was the first theatre to be opened in 1884 by local businessman John Franklin. Further theatres were built including the Palace Theatre of Varieties on Gold Street in 1901, the New Theatre on Abington Street in 1912, and the Savoy, the first theatre and cinema, in 1936, now known as The Deco.

In 1983 the Derngate Theatre was added to the site of the Royal and today the Royal & Derngate remains a popular destination in the town.

Quote by Yvonne Goodridge, daughter of a theatrical Northampton family


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