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Filter Theatre's Macbeth

08 Feb 2015

            Tues 3 – Sat 7 March

One of the most dynamic theatre companies touring the UK, Filter, return to the Exeter Northcott Theatre with a radical version of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, following their irreverent and contemporary recreation of Twelfth Night in 2014.

Playful, kaleidoscopic and horrific, Filter’s Macbeth fuses Shakespeare’s corrosive, psychological thriller of ambition, power, witchcraft and sanity with innovative sound and music to take you on a strange, funny and scintillating journey to the epicentre of the “heat-oppressed brain”.

Founded in 2001, Filter is actors Oliver Dimsdale, Ferdy Roberts and musician Tim Phillips, working with a trademark fusion of performance with integrated live music and sound. Filter’s irreverent and contemporary recreations of the classics – Caucasian Chalk Circle, Twelfth Night, Three Sisters and A Midsummer Night’s Dream – have toured the UK and internationally to great acclaim.

“Filter’s lo-fi, ninety minute remix of Shakespeare’s comedy infects the audience with the play’s celebratory spirit of madness from the start…You leave feeling slightly changed yourself.”

**** Metro on Twelfth Night

“For newcomers to Shakespeare, I can’t think of a better introduction…it’s a celebration: mad, wild, loving and hilarious.”

The Sunday Times on Twelfth Night

Tickets: A £22.50 B £18.50 C £17 D £14.50
Sat matinee: £14.50
Concs: £2 off
Schools: £8.50 for groups 10+
Groups 10+ get 11th FREE
Student Standby: £8
Age: 14yrs+
Running Time: 1hr 15mins (no interval)
Post Show Talk: Thu 1.30pm & 7.30pm
Assisted Performances: BSL Interpreted and Audio Described: Sat 7 March 2.30pm


Exeter Northcott Press Night Tue 3 March 2015, 7.30pm

For more information, interviews and images, please contact Jenny Hogg, media officer, on 01392 223 989 or email her at

by William Shakespeare
Created by Filter
Music Composed by Tom Haines

Cast: Geoffrey Lumb, Poppy Miller (Lady Macbeth), Victoria Moseley, Alan Pagan, Alison Reid, Ferdy Roberts (Macbeth), Paul Woodson

Notes for Editors:
Tobacco Factory Theatres has forged an inspirational path to becoming one of the country’s most respected venues in just ten years. It produced and presents excellent art in unique, intimate and visceral spaces, including the Factory Theatre and Brewery Theatre in Bristol, as well as off-site in Bristol and in venues across the country. The vision for the period 2014 onwards marks a key moment in the theatre’s evolution and a step-change in the level of its ambitions. A truly great theatre is all about the consistent production of great theatre and to achieve this it is investing ambitiously in more of its own productions and co-productions with
other great companies. Previous productions and co-productions have included the 2013 Olivier Award-nominated and 2014 Off West End Award-winning production of Cinderella: A Fairytale (co-produced by Travelling Light); the 2014 winner of the Sky Arts Award for Dance, Dracula (co-produced with the Mark Buce Company); Banksy;The Room in the Elephant which went on to a national tour (with The Sum) and the first production of Chris Goode’s Infinite Lives (****The Guardian).

In spring 2014 Tobacco Factory Theatres announced that Filter Theatre was to become a 2014/15 Tobacco Factory Theatres Associate Artist, allowing the two companies to work
together to develop new productions.

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The Mist in the Mirror

02 Feb 2015

Tues 24 - Sat 28 February

A chill will fall over the Exeter Northcott Theatre in February as unsettling ghost story, The Mist in the Mirror rolls into Devon. In the mould of Susan Hill’s chilling hit The Woman in Black, The Mist in the Mirror is staged as if audiences are eavesdroppers to a fireside ghost story told in the manner of the master of the classic English ghost story writer, M.R. James.

Mr James Monmouth has spent most of his life travelling, following in the footsteps of his childhood hero, the explorer Conrad Vane. Returning to the England he left as a five year old orphan, James is determined to discover more, not just about his origins but also about the early life of Vane. Warned against pursuing this quest, James becomes ever more determined to unravel the mysteries of the past. But who is the mysterious pale, thin little boy who haunts his every step?

Adapted by Ian Kershaw, from author Susan Hill’s novel, The Mist in the Mirror, is a tense and atmospheric new production by Oldham Coliseum Theatre with visual theatre innovators imitating the dog creating an unsettling ethereal atmosphere both on stage and off.


Tickets: A £24.50 B £21.50 C £19 D £16.50
Sat matinee: £16.50
Concs: £2 off
Schools: £9 for groups 10+
Student Standby: £8
Age: 12yrs+
Running Time: 2hrs 20mins
Post Show Talks: Thu 1.30pm & Wed 7.30pm


For more information, please contact Jenny Hogg on 01392 223 989 or email her at

Notes to editors

Ian Kershaw’s work includes Candyland, winner of the Bruntwood Playwriting Competition for the Royal Exchange Theatre (2007); Get Ken Barlow, Watford Palace Theatre (2005); Union Street (2007) and Star Cross’d (2012), Oldham Coliseum Theatre. His television work includes The Mill (Channel 4) which he co-wrote with Debbie Oates.

imitating the dog formed in Leeds in 1998. They have produced major touring works including Einmal ist Kenimal (once is never) (1999) Ark (2000) Guilty Pleasures (2001), Five Miles and Falling (2002/3) Kellerman (2009) and Tales from the Bar of Lost Souls (2009/10) as well as numerous smaller works and educational projects. itd projects are regularly funded by Arts Council England, alongside commissions by the Nuffield Theatre and Leeds Metropolitan Studio Theatre.   The Company make performance work that experiments with the role of story-telling and narrative in the contemporary theatrical experience. They make innovative use of digital media, design and physical performance to create off-kilter worlds within which public and private obsessions - identity, death, love and sexuality - are explored. 

Imitating the dog devise performances that experiment with the role of story-telling and narrative in a contemporary theatrical context. Through the innovative combination of digital media, design and physical performance, the company creates off-kilter worlds within which public and private obsessions – identity, death, love and sexuality – are explored. Made in close collaboration with associate artists (in this case the highly-respected theatre maker Pete Brooks) their highly visual and technological productions represent a unique and sometimes disorientating experience for the spectator

For more information on imitating the dog, please visit

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Beyond The Barricade

23 Jan 2015

             Fri 6 & Sat 7 February

The UK’s leading and longest running musical theatre concert, Beyond the Barricade makes a long overdue first appearance at Exeter Northcott Theatre, with a sensational new show for 2015

This exciting concert re-creates original West End/Broadway musical hit songs with amazing authenticity and features a cast of past principal performers from the West End production of Les Miserables, and the 25th Anniversary Concert at the 02 Arena.

Starring Andy Reiss, David Fawcett, Katie Leeming and Rebecca Vere, together with their own ensemble oftalented musicians, this brand new production reflects Beyond the Barricade’s 15 year history.

It will feature songs from and array of musicals including The Phantom of the Opera, Miss Saigon, The Lion King, West Side Story, Jesus Christ Superstar, Blood Brothers, The Jersey Boys and many more, with of course a spectacular finale from Les Miserables.

The vocalists in Beyond the Barricade have all played principal roles in Les Miserables, both in the West End and on national tours.And this production includes a special section devoted to this musical.

Don’t miss the musical event of the year!

 “This production deserves to be labelled ‘special’”

Fight to get a ticket for this fantastic show!

Tickets: £20
Age: 7yrs+
Groups 10+ get 11th FREE
Running Time: 2hrs 20mins


For more information, please contact Jenny Hogg on 01392 223 989 or email her at

Notes to editors

For more information on Beyond The Barricade, please visit:


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The Thinking Drinkers' Guide to the Legend of Liquor

22 Jan 2015

                                                                    Thursday 5 February

Ben McFarland  and Tom Sandham, award-winning drinks experts, are touring with their hit show, The Thinking Drinkers’ Guide to the Legends of Liquor, following their fourth consecutive sell-our year at Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

At the end of January, all too often a time for imprudent abstention and downright daft denial, there is no more distinguished  way in which to descend from the wagon. Slide gently onto the bar stool of discovery and savour several free drinks as the Thinking Drinkers explore the liquid lives of history’s most extraordinary elbow-benders.

Sit back and sip as the discerning drinking duo embark on an imbibing adventure that hails the who’s-who of hooch. Among the liquid legends you’ll meet along the way are Alexander the Great, Winston Churchill, Humphrey Bogart, Dorothy Parker, Andre the Giant, Jesus Christ and some good ol’ cowboys. 

With their catchphrase 'Drink Less, Drink Better', The Thinking Drinkers celebrate the men and women who have used alcohol to light a fire under the rocking chair of moribund ideas rather than those irresponsible imbibers who have given drink its devilish reputation.

"For serious and not so serious devotees of legal recreational consumables, the ‘Thinking Drinkers Guide' is your bible”
Dan Aykroyd

"The most entertaining free drinks event I’ve ever been to
 Dom Joly

"This is brilliant. I love this show."
The Skinny★★★★

Tickets: £16
Age: STRICTLY 18 and over
Running Time: 60mins
Groups 10+ get 11th FREE


For more information, please contact Jenny Hogg on 01392 223 989 or email her at

Notes to editors

When they are not performing the show, Ben and Tom travel the world dispensing spiritual wisdom via their writings for a number of leading titles including Jamie Oliver Magazine, the Daily Telegraph and Time Out. Triple crowned 'Beer Writer of the Year', Ben McFarland's book Boutique Beers (2013) was hailed as “The new book rocking the world for beer lovers"  by Metro and Tom Sandham's 2012 coffee table tome World’s Best Cocktails was the Daily Mail's 'Gift Book of the Year'. In autumn 2014, their co-authored book - Thinking Drinkers: Enlightened Imbibers Guide to Alcohol -  was published by Jacqui Small. 

The Thinking Drinkers’ Guide to the Legends of Liquor is directed by Malachi Bogdanov.

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Exeter Northcott Theatre announces its spring/summer 2015 season

07 Jan 2015

Shakespeare’s Globe will tour to Exeter with Romeo and Juliet.

Out of Joint Theatre Company return with their powerful new show, Crouch, Touch, Pause, Engage.

Sell A Door Theatre bring the UK’s favourite play, The History Boys.

Sasha Regan’s all male company present Pirates of Penzance.

Exeter Northcott Theatre has put its backstage heroes, the Technical team, centre stage as it launches its spring/summer 2015 season.

Photographer Matt Austin spent an afternoon with Dominic (Technical Manager), Lee (Technical Stage Manager) and Jamie (Chief Electrician) for a photocall which put the team thoroughly in the spotlight and resulted in some fantastic images.

Packed with the usual great drama, dance, opera, family theatre and comedy the spring/summer 2015 season is now on sale.

The Exeter Northcott Theatre is delighted to be hosting Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in April when they bring the classic tale of star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet to the stage. Performed on an Elizabethan-style stage, this stripped-down version breathes new life into one of the greatest of all love stories.

Following the successful co-production of Ciphers in October 2013, Out of Joint return to Exeter with their new production, Crouch, Touch, Pause, Engage. On the eve of one of the most important games of his career, Welsh Rugby legend Gareth Thomas received a warning: The Sun newspaper was going to ‘out’ him as gay.  Working with Gareth himself, two of the UK’s most exciting theatre companies, Out of Joint and National Theatre Wales, have teamed up to tell a great story about sport, politics, secrets, life and learning to be yourself.

Voted the UK’s favourite play, this brand new production of The History Boys is an hilariously funny and exceptionally moving play about the true purpose of education. Set in the 1980s the play is the story of a group of bright, funny and unruly sixth-formers in pursuit of sex, sport and a place at university. This national treasure, written by Alan Bennett, has proved to be the perfect night at the theatre.

Following their much lauded debut visit to the Exeter Northcott Theatre in 2014 with HMS Pinafore, Sasha Regan’s all-male company return with their inventive and fun-filled Pirates of Penzance. For their return visit, the company present the award winning and exquisitely funny new take on the much-loved classic.

Other highlights of the spring/summer season include:


The theatre plays host to some brilliant comedy in 2015. Slide onto the bar stool of discovery and enjoy several free deluxe drinks as the Thinking Drinkers Guide explore the liquid lives of history’s most extraordinary elbow-benders (Thu 5 February). After covering weighty issues like death, love, religion and spam javelins, Richard Herring returns with 'Lord of the Dance Settee' (Sun 22 February), expect topical new songs hot off the press, plus some old favourite as Fascinating Aida bring their terrific Charm Offensive to Exeter (Sun 8 March). Also in March, following sold out residencies in New York and London, Simon Amstell explores freedom, joy, love death, adventure, art, peace, regret and success in his new show To Be Free (Sun 15 March), They’ve skewered history, the Bible and the world’s most celebrated playwright, now the Reduced Shakespeare Company tackles the subject it was born to reduce: Comedy (Sun 5 April)


Beginning the season in January, Dr Lucy Worsley, BBC TV presenter, renowned historian and Chief Curator at the charity Historic Royal Palaces, takes you on an illustrated tour through the dark story of our fascination with murder ( Sat 17 January).
  The UK’s leading and longest running musical theatre concert, Beyond the Barricade makes a long overdue first appearance at Exeter Northcott Theatre, with a sensational new show for 2015 (Fri 6 & Sat 7 February).
Exeter University’s Footlights return with their fantastic adaptation of Evita (Weds 28 – Sat 31 January).
A tense and atmospheric new production visit the Exeter Northcott in late February in the form of The Mist in the Mirror, Oldham Coliseum Theatre and imitating the dog return following their hugely entertaining 2012 collaboration Hound of the Baskervilles. (Tues 24 – Sat 28 February)

The brilliant Filter Theatre return to Exeter with their radical new version of Macbeth (Mon 2 – Sat 7 March).

 Exeter University Gilbert and Sullivan Society
sail on to the stage with HMS Pinafore (Wed 11 – Sat 14 March), Nottingham Lakeside Arts and Meeting Ground Theatre Company bring a d
arkly comic play that offers glimpses of a mysterious world, this insightful play enters into the experience of dementia care with Inside Out of Mind ( Tues 17 & Fri 20 March).

 The Poppy Project is an arrangement of three innovative Physical Theatre performances, devised and adapted by the award-winning Anthos Arts collaborative. From theatre produced by youths as a consequence of their involvement with industry professionals, to a comical adaptation of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night by Anthos' in-house troupe of classical and Physical Theatre performers and musicians (Sun 22 March).

 Vamos Theatre return to Exeter Northcott Theatre with their heart-warming wartime full-mask show Nursing Lives (Thu 26 – Sat 28 March).

Following on from its 110th anniversary celebrations, this Easter Exeter Musical Society begins a new era with the ‘divine musical comedy’ Sister Act(Mon 30 March – Sat 4 April)

Middle Ground Theatre Company is delighted to present The Business of Murder, the acclaimed psychological thriller from the pen of Richard Harris (The Sweeney, A Touch Of Frost,The Avengers) which enjoyed a successful 9-year run in the West End. tarring Robert Gwilym, known by millions for his role as Dr Max Gallagher in Casualty, alongside Paul Opacic (a regular as Steve Marchant in Emmerdale, Mark Waddle in Bad Girls and Carl Costello in Hollyoaks), and Joanna Higson, who played Maxine Donnelly for 2 series of Shameless and is currently appearing as Vicky Hall in BBC TV's WPC56. (Mon 6 Sat 11 April)


Theatre Alibi
present their adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s  I Believe in Unicorns, a spellbinding and moving story by one of our greatest storytellers. (Thu 12 – Sun 15 February).

 Based on the much loved book by Dr Seuss, The Cat in the Hat is a lively and engaging first theatre experience for young children ( Wed 15 April).

Following a smash hit West End season, Scamp Theatre's delightful adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's hugely popular children's book Stick Man in coming to Exeter Northcott Theatre. ( Sat 23 & Sun 24 May)
The zany and hilarious Aliens and Underpants based on the best-selling children's book is wonderfully brought to life on stage for the very first time. You’ll laugh your pants off! (Tues 16 – Thus 18 June)

Enjoy music in a family-friendly atmosphere featuring a wide-range of musicians and music with Earworms, hosted by Mervyn Bedford (January and March).



Celebrating its shared commitment to dance development in Devon, Dance in Devon and Exeter Northcott Theatre are delighted to come together to present Watch This Space, a platform for emerging dance artists from our region. (Thurs 22 January)

Proudly celebrating its twentieth year, Richard Alston Dance Company returns to Exeter Northcott Theatre with a knock-out new programme showcasing Alston’s superbly skilled choreography.  (Tues 24 – Wed 25)

Shobana Jeyasingh Dance return to Exeter with a radical re-imagining of the celebrated ballet, La Bayadère, for the 21st century.  Moving between fact and fantasy, the original story is interwoven with the first ever visit of Indian dancers to Europe in 1838. (Tues 12 – Wed 13 May)

Ballet Black presents a triple bill featuring exciting works by Kit Holder (Birmingham Royal Ballet) and Will Tuckett (Royal Ballet). Award-winning choreographer Mark Bruce makes the company's newest narrative ballet, The Second Coming. ( Tues 19 – Wed 20 May)



English Touring Opera returns to Exeter with their exciting spring season.

La Bohème (Puccini) is a tale of young love, starting on Christmas Eve in a Paris garret. With some of the most memorable music in opera, ETO's new Italian-language production lifts every spirit and breaks every heart. 
The Siege of Calais (Donizetti) enjoyed its first ever UK professional tour with ETO in 2013, when it was acclaimed as one of the company's greatest achievements. Proud, fierce, exhilarating – this is history on stage, in thrilling music.
The Wild Man of the West Indies(Donizetti) is an extraordinary opera which vanished after initial success. A rare feast for lovers of bel canto (beautiful singing), and a rare adventure for lovers of theatre.
(Tues 28 April – Sat 2 May)  


Slip on your blue suede shoes, pull up your bobby-socks and take a trip to a simpler time, when high school romances and heart-breaks were accompanied by a king-size soda pop! Stage By Stage present the musical classic, Grease (Tues 23 – Sat 27 June)



Tickets for the Spring/Summer 2015 season are on sale now. Call the Exeter Northcott Theatre box office on 01392 493493 or book your seats online at the Exeter Northcott Theatre website: Alternatively buy in person from Exeter Northcott Theatre, Stocker Road, EX4 4QB


For further press information and to request interviews, review tickets and images, please contact Jenny Hogg on 01392 223 989 or email her on



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Don't miss George's Marvellous Medicine!

24 Nov 2014

Tues 9 December – Sun 4 January

The Exeter Northcott Theatre is delighted to welcome The Birmingham Stage Company with their production of George’s Marvellous Medicine for Christmas 2014.

This acclaimed adaptation of Roald Dahl by Birmingham Stage Company and David Wood, shows a young boy who makes a marvellous new medicine to cure his grandmother of her terrifying temper. But when his grandmother drinks his special new potion, the most incredible things start to happen. And George's adventure has just begun!

Amongst the professional cast, nine girls from Exeter will take it in turns each week to play the role of the shrunken Granny. The girls, aged between 7 and 10 years old, literally screamed for a role in the show at auditions on the University of Exeter campus.

Full of fizztickling fun and wizzpopping magic, George’s Marvellous Medicine is set to delight children and adults alike this Christmas with this marvellous dose of family entertainment.

“The BSC’s adaptation of George's Marvellous Medicine is cacophonously good fun. An exceptionally pungent and effective piece of kids theatre. It's a riot!
Time Out

“Staged in a beautiful farmhouse set, with impressive puppets, amazing special effects and truly magic tricks up its sleeve, George’s Marvellous Medicine perfectly demonstrates that children’s theatre is very rarely as simple as one might expect. A wickedly mischievous tale!
Society of London Theatre Reviews

“…celebrates the anarchy of Dahl with great gusto and a naughty sense of fun”
The Guardian

Off-peak Ticket Prices:
 A £20 B £18 C £16 D £12
Off-peak Family Tickets:
A £51 for 3 + up to 3 more tickets £17 each
B £45 for 3 + up to 3 more tickets £15 each
C £39 for 3 + up to 3 more tickets £13 each
D £27 for 3 + up to 3 more tickets £9 each

Peak Ticket Prices: A £28 B £25 C £18 D £14
Peak Family Tickets:
A £75 for 3 + up to 3 more tickets £25 each
B £66 for 3 + up to 3 more tickets £22 each
C £45 for 3 + up to 3 more tickets £15 each
D £33 for 3 + up to 3 more tickets £11 each

Schools: £10 for groups 10+
Age: all ages 5yrs+
Running Time: 1hr 40mins.


For more information, please contact Jenny Hogg on 01392 223 989 or email her at

Notes to editors

The Birmingham Stage Company is one of the world's leading producers of theatre for children, adults and families. It is the resident company of The Old Rep Theatre in Birmingham where
its shows are created and then tour nationally and internationally.

The award-winning BSC works with Britain's finest living writers including David Almond,Terry Deary, Michael Morpurgo, Philip Pullman and David Wood. For more information about The Birmingham Stage Company, please visit:

A Relaxed Performance will take place on Friday 2 January at 11am

Relaxed performances
are specifically designed to welcome people with a learning disability, Down’s Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Condition or sensory and communication disorders.  There is a relaxed attitude to noise and movement and some small changes made to the light and sound effects.  An easy way to understand the atmosphere is perhaps, 'the opposite of the quiet carriage on the train'.

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