Performance Venue

Performance types

Derby has been without a performance venue in the city centre since a fire at the Assembly Rooms in 2014 and plans are being developed to create a new facility on the site of the Assembly Rooms.

Our ambition is for this to be the cultural flagship facility to anchor an emerging cultural hub in the heart of the city which would include places such as the Guildhall Theatre, Quad, Déda, the Silk Milk and the Derby Museums, all in the Cathedral Quarter.

With more shows and a larger capacity auditorium, this will be a game-changer that will transform the Market Place into a vibrant night-time hub of leisure activities.

Initial feasibility studies confirmed that there is a market demand for a larger purpose-built venue in the city centre. The work also estimated an annual audience of 322,000, creation of 395 full time jobs and a financial benefit of around £9.6 million to the local economy.

The delivery of a new performance venue forms part of the key pledges that were announced in early March 2017.

At their 4th October 2017 meeting, Council Cabinet approved £475,000 to start the next stage of work subject to the outcome of a public consultation on the main options which emerged from the feasibility studies.

That consultation was held from 16th November to 15 December 2017. The result, expected in January 2018, will inform the decision as to which option to proceed with. The Council's perferred option is the Music and Performance Venue (see "Main Options" link below).

The advantages and disadvantages of each options which emerged can be found in the expandable links below.

The Council has been allocated £8.6 million of local growth funding through D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership Local Enterprise Partnership - the private sector-led partnership promotes economic growth across Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.






Contact details

Post address:
Regeneration Projects, Derby City Council, Council House, Corporation Street, Derby DE1 2FS
Project Manager: Samuel Rosillo
Phone: 01332 641 738