Northampton election candidates set to answer questions from theatregoers before evening performances tomorrow

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Theatregoers in Northampton will be treated to some pre-show politics tomorrow as candidates attend the Royal & Derngate theatre to meet and chat to audience members before evening performances.

They have been invited by the theatre’s CEO Martin Sutherland to answer questions from Northampton audiences in an informal roadshow setting.

Candidates standing for election in Northampton North who will be present include Tony Clarke (Green), Michael Ellis (Con), Sally Keeble (Lab) and Tum Rubython (UKIP), while those representing Northampton South will include Sadik Chaudhury (Lib Dem), Rose Gibbins (UKIP), Kevin McKeever (Lab) and David Mackintosh (Con).

Mr Sutherland said: “We are fortunate to welcome more than 300,000 audience members to our shows each year. With Royal & Derngate a part of so many people’s lives here in Northamptonshire, we are pleased to create an opportunity for our audiences to meet local candidates and to quiz them about their party’s policies regarding the arts, and to remind them of the social and economic importance of the theatres to the town and county.”

The event will take place at 6.15 on Thursday (April 23) before the theatre’s Made in Northampton production of Cyrano de Bergerac at 7.45pm and comedian Milton Jones’s Temple of Daft show at 8pm.

Films being shown that night at the Errol Flynn Filmhouse will be Wild Tales and Still Life.