Since 1964 Shakespeare House at 93 Kedleston Road, Derby has been our home.
This former schoolhouse was occupied by Claude Gibson, who had been a master at Derby School, once the house was no longer occupied by boarders. It is now the headquarters of Derby Shakespeare Theatre Company and provides rehearsal and performance space, storage for costumes and props, a workshop for set construction and our meeting room, named in honour of Alan Bates, our most famous former member.
Our rehearsal space was refitted in 2009 and features full lighting and sound capabilities and seating for audiences of around 70. Upstairs are our costume and prop storage rooms and the upper floors have been converted into flats which we let out to private tenants via an agency.
In 2008, to commemorate our centenary, we fitted a specially commissioned stained glass window in the Alan Bates room. It features an image of William Shakespeare along with our motto: "The play's the thing".
In the past we have rented out Shakespeare House for rehearsals, performances, examinations and many other uses. If you'd like to enquire about renting Shakespeare house, or any of our costumes or props, please contact us - we'd love to hear from you!