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What’s On in Derbyshire and the Peak District – April

PUBLISHED: 00:00 05 April 2017

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time Photo: Brinkhoff - Moegenburg

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time Photo: Brinkhoff - Moegenburg

Brinkhoff - Moegenburg

A round-up of events in the local area

1st April: 2Q Festival

An eclectic mix of big-name headliners and emerging talent performing at venues in Derby – including the Guildhall Theatre and the Old Bell Hotel. Visit

1st April: Derby Bach Choir

Performing a collection of works written by the choir’s favourite composer, including Magnificat in D. Derby Cathedral, 7.30pm. Tel: 01332 344842

2nd April Creeds Cross: The Celtic Journey

A vibrant tribute to the music and dance of Ireland. Winding Wheel, Chesterfield. Box office: 01246 345222

2nd April: The Bootleg Beatles

One of the world’s most famous Beatles tribute bands. Buxton Opera House. Box Office: 01298 72190

4th-15th April: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

A beautiful, inventive show – winner of 7 Olivier Awards – about the wonders of life. Theatre Royal Concert Hall, Notts. Box office: 0115 989 5555

4th-6th April: Jane Eyre at Haddon Hall

A brilliant new promenade play. The audience is greeted by Mrs Fairfax and led on a tour during which costumed actors recreate significant events from the book. Haddon Hall, Bakewell, 2.30pm and 5pm. To book visit

5th-8th April: The Pirates of Penzance

Beautifully presented by Melbourne Operatic Society. Duchess Theatre, Long Eaton, 7.30pm. Tel: 07763 278981

6th April: Champions of Magic

The world-class illusionists promise a spectacular night of mystery. Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield. Box Office: 01246 345222

8th April: Beauty & the Beast

An Easter panto spectacular, starring Keith Chegwin and Basil Brush. Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield. Box Office: 01246 345222

7th April: A Spring Quintet

Sinfonia Viva delivers a fabulous performance as part of the Twilights series. Derby Cathedral, 6pm. Tel: 01332 255800

7th April: Walker

Three UK jazz musicans – Mark Lewandowski, Liam Noble and Paul Clarvis – pay tribute to jazz giant Fats Waller. The Cube, Déda, Chapel St, Derby. Tel: 01332 370911

8th April: Old Chaps Jazz Band

A night of entertainment with the exciting band from Lille. Dove Jazz Club, Dove Holes, near Buxton, 8pm. Tel: 01298 814722

9th April: Tim Brooke-Taylor

One of our best-loved comedy performers. Derby Theatre. Box Office: 01332 593939

11th April: An Audience with Chris Packham

Join Chris for an enthralling evening as he discusses his extraordinary dedication to wildlife. Nottingham Playhouse. Box office: 0115 941 9419

12th-16th April: Gangsta Granny

David Walliams’ much-loved children’s story is brought to life by the producers of Horrible Histories. Buxton Opera House. Box Office: 01298 72190

12th April: The Solid Silver 60s Show

Celebrating history’s most successful decade of music. Theatre Royal Concert Hall, Notts. Box office: 0115 989 5555

13th April: Bootleg Shadows

A unique tribute to the 60s’ band. Guildhall Theatre, Derby. Box Office: 01332 255800

16th-18th April: Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games

A glittering dance and music show produced by Michael Flatley. Theatre Royal Concert Hall, Notts. Box office: 0115 989 5555

18th April: Pasha Kovalev

Dance the night away with the Strictly Come Dancing star. Winding Wheel, Chesterfield. Box office: 01246 345222

19th April: Bad Guys

A fun, high energy, and interactive family comedy show. Guildhall Theatre, Derby. Box Office: 01332 255800

19th April: Pride & Prejudice

A hilarious adaptation of the literary classic by The Pantaloons. Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield. Box Office: 01246 345222

19th-29th April: Tommy

Based on the iconic 1969 album, The Who’s Tommy is a multi-award winning rock opera written by Pete Townshend. Nottingham Playhouse. Box office: 0115 941 9419

20th-22nd April: The Game’s Afoot by Ken Ludwig

A hilarious whodunnit set during the Christmas holidays. Performed by the Mickleover Players. John Port School, Etwall, 7.30pm. Visit

20th-22nd April: Our Man in Havana

A hapless salesman gets sucked into a world of espionage. Graham Greene’s black comedy, adapted for the stage. Buxton Opera House. Box Office: 01298 72190

21st April: Coull String Quartet

The renowned musicians perform works from Mozart, Shostakovich and Beethoven. Derby Chamber Music Society, Multi-Faith Centre, University of Derby, Kedleston Road, 7.30pm. Tel: 01332 830585

21st April: BBC Big Band

Join the internationally-acclaimed band and conductor Barry Forgie for a celebration of swing legends. Derby Theatre. Box Office: 01332 593939

22nd April: Morgan & West: Parlour Tricks

An evening of jaw-dropping feats of magic, illusion and impossibility. Derby Theatre. Box Office: 01332 593939

22nd April: The Christians

30 years after the release of their debut album, the hit 1980s’ band is back on tour. The Venue, Abbey St, Derby, 7.30pm. Visit or call 01332 255800

22nd April: Derby Choral Union

Performing Felix Mendelssohn’s Elijah, accompanied by the Heart of England Chamber Orchestra. Derby Cathedral, 7.30pm. Tel: 01332 255800

22nd April: Steve Parrish

The ex motorcycle and truck racer presents an evening of funny stories and moving tales with his daughter. Guildhall Theatre, Derby. Box Office: 01332 255800

23rd April: Shakin’ Stevens

The platinum-selling entertainer and his new show Echoes of Our Times. Buxton Opera House. Box Office: 01298 72190

24th March-23rd April: Format International Photography Festival
The UK’s leading festival in contemporary photography and related media – with events held in some of Derby’s most iconic buildings. Visit

25th-29th April: Hairspray

Chesterfield Operatic Society delivers a vibrant take on the hit musical. Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield. Box Office: 01246 345222

25th-29th April: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Bill Kenwright’s production of the sparkling family musical, starring The X Factor winner Joe McElderry. Theatre Royal Concert Hall, Notts. Box office: 0115 989 5555

26th April: Juice Trio

Anna Snow, Kerry Andrew and Sarah Dacey form a British a cappella voice trio, specialising in vocals with an experimental edge. Abbotsholme School, near Rocester, 8pm. Tel: 01543 263304

26th April: Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Northern Ballet brings this classic story to life – the perfect opportunity for little ones to enjoy live ballet. Buxton Opera House. Box Office: 01298 72190

27th Mar-1st April: Dreamboats & Petticoats

The West End sensation featuring hit songs of the rock ‘n’ roll era. Winding Wheel, Chesterfield. Box office: 01246 345222

27th April: The Knights of Music

Hosted by Philip Schofield, a night championing the work of the Knights and Dames who have transformed the face of music and theatre. Theatre Royal Concert Hall, Notts. Box office: 0115 989 5555

28th April: Chamber Series

Featuring the work of Wolf, Haydn and Schubert, with members of the famous Hallé Orchestra. Assembly Room Theatre, Bakewell Town Hall, 7.30pm. Tel: 01629 810152

28th Apr-1st May: Buxton Big Session Festival

Celebrating the cream of English folk music with Oysterband, Eliza Carthy and Saul Rose, plus many more.Entertainmnent includes workshops, walks and a beer festival. Tel: 01298 72190 or visit

29th April: Afternoon Tea Party

In aid of St George’s Parish Hall. St George’s Parish Hall, Church Lane, New Mills, 2pm-4pm

29th-30th April: Bakewell Food Festival

Celebrating local produce with stalls, a tasting trail and demonstrations – including a visit from Great British Bake Off’s Howard Middleton. Visit

29th April-1st May: Great British Festival

Artisan stalls, cookery demonstrations, workshops and live music. Hardwick Hall (NT), Doe Lea, Chesterfield. Tel: 01246 850430

29th April: Come and Sing with Derwent Singers

Join the Derwent Singers in learning and performing Mozart’s Requiem in D Minor. Strutts Centre, Belper, 9.30am-5pm. Tel: 01283 561826

29th April: Belper Singers

Performing Renaissance. Belper Unitarian Church, Field Row, Belper, 7.30pm. Tel: 07990 658071

31st March-2nd April: British Superbike Championship

The opening round of the world’s leading domestic motorcycle racing series. Donington Park, Castle Donington,


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