The Show

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

60 Miles by Road or Rail  returns, bigger and better, following its celebrated preview in September 2018.
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.
Originally scheduled for 2020, the show will now take place Weds 22 – Sat 25 September 2021
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Praise for the Preview

“It is a new piece of drama that is referencing a very current political crisis in Northampton but also telling the town a new story about itself. It’s an amazingly dynamic achievement. You can’t help feeling that 60 Miles by Road or Rail is so good it deserves to evolve a bit more and be seen a lot more. Who knows what may be possible. It turns out 60 Miles by Road or Rail is an incredible journey.”

Read the full NeneQuirer review here

Production images credit: Ben Gregory-Ring, taken from 2018 Preview performance

Cast and Creatives

Script by Ryan Leder
Directed by and based on an idea by Andy Routledge
Company: Subika Anwar-Khan, Jo Blake, Helen Crevel, Davin Eadie, Dan McGarry
Produced by Courtenay Johnson (Carbon Theatre)
Set and Costume Design by Lizzy Leech
Lighting Design by Rory Beaton
Sound Design by Alice Boyd
Marketing design by Adam Blakemore (Strelka)
Made in association with Royal & Derngate
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