Press Release 26/08/16- For Immediate use

New theatre company confirm partnership with Delapre Abbey

A BRAND new theatre company is being launched at Delapre Abbey, a Grade II listed building currently undergoing a £6.3million restoration project. Warts and All Theatre will involve both professional and new theatre talent, and is about to begin recruiting for places on its first youth programme.

Led by acclaimed director Christopher Elmer-Gorry, who recently directed plays at London’s Almeida Theatre, Theatre Royal Plymouth and Northampton’s Royal & Derngate, Warts and All Theatre will provide a unique connection between the community of Northampton and historic Delapre Abbey.

The company has secured a two-year partnership with the abbey preservation trust, and will be based at the 900-year-old house and gardens, which is due to open to the public after a two-year renovation project in February 2017.

Artistic Director Christopher, who lives in Northampton, said: “It’s incredibly exciting to be based at Delapre, especially as it is about to reveal what’s been hidden away for so many decades, and the first production will reflect that sense of history and occasion for the town. We’re starting to look for members and begin devising the new show in October.”

Warts and All Theatre’s board includes Gareth Collins as Chair and Hazel Barnes as Creative Producer. Gareth has worked with organisations including the Royal Shakespeare Company, the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad and Sydney Opera House. Other board members have been recruited from the creative arts across Northants.

Christopher continued: “Warts and All wants to inspire and encourage artists, audiences and members of the public to engage in theatre. We want to provoke the artist in everyone, and promote the craft of collaborative theatre making, while making high quality, engaging theatre experiences for audiences in Northampton.
“We will also be running The Collective, a resident company of theatre makers. This group provides an opportunity for people aged 18 and over to be mentored by a professional creative team and work collaboratively to create new work together. Participants may or may not want to act, but might also be interested in writing, designing or directing, and this provides the perfect opportunity.”

Warts and All Theatre is recruiting for three Young Actors Groups for those aged 8-21 years.
The Young Actors will meet between 5.15-6.45pm (ages 8-11 years) and 7pm-8.30pm (ages 11-14) on Thursdays, and on Wednesdays between 6-8pm for 14-21 year-olds. Fees are between £55-65 a term and bursary schemes are available.
The Collective group will meet on a Wednesday night, 8-10pm, and all groups will begin rehearsing an original production to be staged in the grounds of Delapre Abbey for its grand opening in February.

To register for places and find out more, contact Warts and All Theatre for an information pack on 07765171549 or by emailing More information is also available at

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