The Show

“How can Northampton become a New Town? It’s been here a thousand years.”

It’s the 1960s and Northampton is at a crossroads. The town’s population is set to double as part of the government’s New Towns Act. But as new estates welcome thousands of families from London and the old town centre undergoes radical changes, some fear Northampton’s identity is being stripped away.

Tasked with Northampton’s expansion over twenty momentous years, the newly formed Development Corporation will go to hilarious lengths to ensure targets are met – even adapting their radio jingle into a legendary pop record…

Made by local creatives and inspired by true events, 60 Miles by Road or Rail brings Northampton’s extraordinary past and present crashing together to celebrate our hometown at a time when uncertainty threatens to pull us apart.

The production premiered at Northampton’s Royal & Derngate in September 2021.

We are delighted to announce that we will be releasing a filmed version of the show shortly!

Production shots by Ali Wright

The Cast

The Creative Team

Writer Ryan Leder                                     
Director Andy Routledge            
Set & Costume Designer Lizzy Leech      
Lighting Designer Rory Beaton                  
Sound Designer Alice Boyd 
Movement Director Gerrard Martin 
Assistant Director Kitty Benford
Lighting Technician Luca Panetta
Producer Courtenay Johnson  
Stage Manager Jeanette Maggs
Deputy Stage Manager Jenny Northam 
Assistant Producer Beth Smiles  


Rehearsal shots by Christian Sinibaldi

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