The present day Derby Playhouse was officially opened on 20 September 1975 by the 11th Duke of Devonshire. It was the culmination of years of planning and fund-raising to secure a brand new theatre for Derby. The theatre was subsequently reopened in 2009 as Derby Theatre under the control of the University of Derby, who use it as a learning and community theatre. Professional productions are staged at the venue in conjunction with Derby LIVE, the city council's performing arts programme.