Michael Jones Jeweller to sponsor theatre’s Made in Northampton productions for a second year

Well-known local company Michael Jones Jeweller is to support Royal & Derngate’s Made in Northampton productions for a second year, having renewed its sponsorship deal with the theatre. The final production in the venue’s 2018/19 Made in Northampton season has just been confirmed as a world premiere of Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Remains of the Day.

Mark Conway, manager of Michael Jones Jeweller commented: “We are thrilled to be continuing our association with Royal & Derngate’s ‘Made in Northampton’ programme. As a local company we are wholeheartedly committed to supporting the local community and contributing to the local arts. We are proud to see such high quality and accessible productions as a result and we look forward to seeing ‘Made in Northampton’ thrive and captivate audiences in Northamptonshire and beyond for years to come.”

Michael Jones Jeweller is a local watch and diamond specialist, with branches in Northampton and Banbury. Founded in 1919 by Claude S Jones, it was converted into a co-operative in 1970, giving it a twin concept of service and ownership, with the business co-owned by the people who work there, providing a deep seated desire to give their customers the best.

2017 Nobel Prize winner Kazuo Ishiguro’s masterpiece The Remains of the Day has entranced generations as a novel and its story of memory, regret and undeclared love is now re-imagined by one of Britain’s most exciting young writers, Barney Norris (Critics’ Circle Award for Most Promising Playwright for Visitors; Times best-selling novelist) in collaboration with Ishiguro himself. It will receive its world premiere in Northampton in February 2019 before embarking on a national tour.

This year’s Made in Northampton season also includes world premieres of Alice Sebold’s uplifting novel The Lovely Bones, adapted for the stage by Bryony Lavery and Joe Simpson’s best-selling memoir Touching the Void, adapted by David Greig. This year’s Royal Christmas show will be The Worst Witch, a new story for the stage by Emma Reeves based on the beloved characters from Jill Murphy’s series of books.

Recognised as one of the country’s leading regional theatres, Royal & Derngate won the Management Award for Best Presentation of Touring Theatre in the 2015 UK Theatre Awards and won Best Touring Production for The Herbal Bed in the 2016 UK Theatre Awards. In 2016 it was nominated for The Stage Awards Regional Theatre of the Year (an accolade which it won in 2011).

To find out more information about Royal & Derngate’s Made in Northampton productions, call Box Office on 01604 624811 or visit www.royalandderngate.co.uk. For more information about Michael Jones Jeweller go to www.michaeljonesjeweller.co.uk

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