Love Derby Student Guide 2018

Theatre & Arts


Address: Market Place, Derby DE1 3AS

QUAD is a cinema, gallery, cafe bar and workshop that anyone can use, based in the Market Place in Derby, just a few minutes’ walk from the bus station.

Our cinema shows the best in World, Hollywood and Independent films.

The exhibition programme includes work from local, national and international artists. Our exhibitions are FREE and our gallery is open from 11am-5pm Mon-Sat & 12pm-5pm Sundays.

Come and relax in our fully licensed Café Bar with a drink or choose from a range of delicious home-made dishes, including vegan and gluten free options. There is also free Wi-Fi.


16-25s can see films at QUAD for just £3.50! Simply buy tickets 45 minutes or less from the start time at Box Office, and bring along ID the first time you sign up.

To keep up to date with what’s on at QUAD, sign up to our weekly e-news at

Derby Theatre

Address: 15 Theatre Walk, St Peter’s Quarter, Derby, DE1 2NF

There’s always something exciting for students to get involved with at Derby Theatre thanks to it’s partnership with the University of Derby.

Theatre students in particular will get to know Derby Theatre quite well, as the theatre is a workspace for them and some of their lectures even take place in our auditorium!

All University of Derby students can receive £5 tickets, though – all they need to do is sign up with their student email address online or present their student ID at our box office.

They can bring their friends for £5, too, even if they’re not Derby students – as long as they’re aged 16 – 25, they can get tickets for a fiver on Fridays for shows including ‘Abigail’s Party’ and ‘Hansel & Gretel’.*
(* this offer is subject to availability and not available on all performances!)

If they enjoy getting to know us, students can also sign up to become Derby Theatre Student Ambassadors. This is an awesome opportunity to gain valuable experience working alongside our marketing team to spread the word about our productions across the Midlands.

Find out more at

Derby LIVE

Students can get some light relief from their studies with a packed programme of outdoor events and shows with Derby LIVE, including:

For those students looking for gift ideas for loved ones the Arts and Craft fair can offer welcome inspiration and also has free entry from Thu 4 to Sun 7 Oct during the Derby Folk Festival, which has a fantastic line-up and an ever popular free fringe festival.

fiverLIVE – 16-26 year olds can access £5 for a range of live events at Derby LIVE venues. Find out more at

What better than a bit of horror in the run up to Halloween? The Lost Boys are back with The Creation of Frankenstein, at the Guildhall Theatre in the town centre from Wed 24 – Sat 27 Oct, and this griping production transitions seamlessly between two worlds in front of your eyes. A treat for literature lovers and romantics!

Derby Arena plays host to a range of events and live performances, including the annual Christmas pantomime. This year students can go on a giant adventure with Jack and the Beanstalk starring Duncan James from Sat 8 Dec – Sat 5 Jan. Concession prices are available for full-time students on production of a valid student card when booking in person at the box office or online at

Students can experience a fabulous festive treat with a spin on the Christmas Ice Rink, made of real ice in Derby’s Market Place from Fri 30 Nov- Tuesday 2 January. Tickets are priced from only £7.50 – £9.50 and concessions are available for full time students when booking.

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