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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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Pilot Theatre return to Exeter with Antigone

12 Nov 2014

Pilot Theatre, Derby Theatre and Theatre Royal Stratford East present

Weds 26 – Sat 29 November

Contemporary version of Antigone by award-winning playwright Roy Williams to be performed at Exeter Northcott Theatre

 Following the critical success of his recent plays Kingston 14 at Theatre Royal Stratford East and Pilot Theatre’s touring production of The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner, the acclaimed and award-winning playwright Roy Williamsis once again set to join forces with York-based Pilot Theatre, this time to bring Sophocles' Antigone up to date in a bold new contemporary version of the classic Greek tragedy that will be relevant to today’s audiences.

Directed by Pilot Theatre’s Artistic Director Marcus Romer and co-produced with Derby Theatre and Theatre Royal Stratford East, Antigone will be at Exeter Northcott Theatre from Wednesday 26 – Saturday 29 November

Williams’ new version of Antigone re-imagines Sophocles’ tale about loyalty and truth, human nature and human behavior in a contemporary setting creating a new piece of theatre that will reverberate with today’s audiences whilst also illustrating Pilot’s excellent reputation for creating innovative work in new and exciting ways for a young theatre audience.

The production’s excellentcast will include Mark Monero (Steve Elliot in EastEnders and One Man Two Guvnors, National Tour; Gamba Cole (Kingston 14, Theatre Royal, Stratford East); Savannah Gordon-Liburd (Loneliness of the long Distance Runner, Pilot Theatre and Oliver Wilson (Henry V, Propeller Theatre Company and Blue/Orange, National Tour).

Williams said on adapting the classic Greek play: “I was intrigued to know if it was possible to set Antigone in a world that I have written about before, i.e. the gangster culture that is too often the life of a lot of young people today.”

“It has always disturbed me to hear young people say that being in a gang makes them feel powerful. But as we all know power does corrupt. Creon begins the play feeling all-powerful with his gang running ‘tingsin Thebes. It is almost like he and others like him, have put aside other feelings that make us human, like love and fear, in favour of a “live fast, die young” mentality. ” 

Pilot Theatre aim to inspire creativity and new ways of thinking and are strategic innovators in the field of digital networks and leaders in the delivery and distribution of work for, by and with young people. Last year the company received much acclaim for their production of Blood + Chocolate.

The production will be supported by an extensive National Schools’ programme which will be run alongside the tour. The programme will provide an informative education resource pack, which explores the themes and story of Antigone and their relevance to the production and in today’s society, especially with young theatregoers. The programme will also be offering parallel work and workshop activities and bespoke participatory projects with the production’s host co-producing venues.


Tickets: A £21.50 B £18.50 C £16 D £13.50
Concs: £2 off
Schools: £9 for groups 10+
Student Standby: £8
Groups 10+ get 11th ticket FREE
Age: 14yrs+
Running Time: 95mins (no interval)
Post Show Talk: Thu 27 November

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

Notes to editors

Antigone is suitable for 14+

For more info visit

PRESS NIGHT –  Weds 26 November

Production creative team

Pilot Theatre in partnership with Derby Theatre and Theatre Royal Stratford East present


A version by Roy Williams

Director: Marcus Romer

Designer: Joanna Scotcher

Lighting: Alexandra Stafford

Music: Sandy Nuttgens

Associate Director: Tom Bellerby

Cast:      Doreene Blackstock (Eunice), Gamba Cole (Eamon), Savannah Gordon-Liburd (Antigone), Luke James (Guard),Mark Monero (Creon), Sean Sagar (Soldier 3/Sentry), Frieda Thiel (Esme), Lloyd Thomas (Soldier 2) and Oliver Wilson (Tyrese/Soldier 1)

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Lotty's War

27 Oct 2014

Mon 10 – Sat 15 November

The critically acclaimed new play, Lotty’s War, is coming to the Exeter Northcott in November before it transfers to the West End in 2015.

Based on recently discovered diaries found in Germany, Lotty’s War is a fascinating story of love and betrayal. With the last boat to England gone, Lotty is housed in close quarters with the enemy, in particular General Bernberg. As loyalties waver amidst the temptations of forbidden love and the politics of war, does Lotty dare to tread a passionate and dangerous path to save a friend?

The show features am all-star cast including Olivia Hallinan,  known for her roles in television shows Lark Rise To Candleford, Sugar Rush and Girls in Love, Mark Letheren whose credits include Wire in the Blood, Casualty and The Bill and Adam Gillen, who features in Benidorm, Fresh Meat and Prisoners Wives.

 'gripping piece of theatre'
★★★★★ West End Wilma

“This is  one of the most mesmerising, gripping and involving productions I have ever seen”
British Theatre Guide

An emotional insight into the moral dilemma of war
What’s on Stage

a truly memorable production
London Theatre


Mon – Thurs Eves: A £27 B £24.50 C £22.50 D £18.50
Fri & Sat Eves: A £29 B £26.50 C £24.50 D £20.50
Sat Matinee: £18.50
Concs: £2 off
Schools: £10 for groups 10+
Student Standby: £8
Groups 10+ get 11th FREE
Age: 12yrs+


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

Notes to editors

Interviews can be arranged for all members of cast.

For more information on Lotty’s War, please visit:

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Ballet Black return with Dogs Don't Do Ballet

21 Oct 2014

          Fri 31 October & Sat 1 November

Ballet Black return to the Exeter Northcott Theatre with Dogs Don’t Do Ballet.

As part of the Exeter-wise exetreme imagination festival, Ballet Black are back with their first family ballet based on the best-selling book Dog’s Don’t Do Ballet by Anna Kemp.

Biff is a dog, but he's not your usual kind of dog. Instead of chasing sticks and fetching newspapers, Biff loves tutus, tiaras and ballet! Watch as Biff sneaks into the class of the fearsome ballet teacher, Miss Polly, practises pirouettes in the park and finally gets to go the ballet.

Featuring music from Fauré, Elgar and Tchaikovsky, this ballet is also an ideal introduction for young children to classical music.
Family ticket: £33 for 3 + up to more tickets £11 each
Age: 3yrs+ Running Time: TBC
Post Show Talk: with author Anna Kemp, Sat 1 Nov 2pm

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

Notes to editors

Ballet Black is a professional ballet company for international dancers of black and Asian descent. We aim to bring ballet to a more culturally diverse audience by celebrating black and Asian dancers in ballet.

For more information on Ballet Black, please visit:

exetreme imaginationis Exeter’s festival of writing for and by young people
25 October to 1 November 2014.The festival is a collaboration of Exeter’s arts and culture organisations, who are coming together to produce an exciting programme of events aimed at young people, age 2 to 25.

For more information on the exetreme imagination festival, please visit:

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HeadSpaceDance at Exeter Northcott Theatre

21 Oct 2014

The critically acclaimed dance company, HeadSpaceDance make its debut at Exeter Northcott Theatre in November with Three and Four Quarters.

is the brainchild of British dancers Charlotte Broom and Christopher Akrill, who, after some twenty years in the business, dancing with Cullberg Ballet, Northern Ballet Theatre and in many productions at the Royal Opera House, took the reins in a new venture as dancers, curators and producers.

In their critically acclaimed debut production Three And Four Quarters, HeadSpace's stellar cast includes Oliver-award-nominee Clemmie Sveaas and Antonia Grove, twice nominated as Best Performer by the Critic's Circle, and Charlotte Broom herself.

Javier de Frutos' STUDIES IN M opens the programme.  A fascinating trio detailing the idiosyncracies of the performers.

IN THE SKIN I'M IN by Dutch choreographer Didy Veldman is three solos, with each brief work capturing some personal essence of the performer.

AFTER THE INVERVAL pins the observational genius of Protein's Luca Silvestrini to satirising dancing life.

“There aren't many dancers who could carry this piece off and strike the requisite bitter sweet note, but these three can and do"

Underpinning the genius of the evening is an intimate and empathic accord between the audience and four of the most expressive dancers around.  With costumes by Fabrice Serafino and lighting by Simon Bennison, this programme is right from the heart and absorbing throughout.

“a superb evening of panache, personality, standard and style... They're very, very good together."

“It's not often you're in at the birth of a company (Michael Clark, DV8) who may just change the landscape...Their first show is funny and touching and very accessible, demystifying much of the jargon around ballet"

Tickets: A £17.50 B £15.50 C £11.50 D £11.50
Concs: £2 off
Schools: £8.50 for groups 10+
Student Standby: £8
Groups 10+ get 11th ticket FREE
Age: TBC
Running Time: TBC
Post Show Talk: there will be a FREE talk after the show


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

Notes to editors

For more information on HeadSpaceDance , please visit  

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Three Men in a Boat sails in to Exeter Northcott Theatre

20 Oct 2014

Original Theatre Company and Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds present

Tues 4 – Sat 8 November

Original Theatre Company, the company which brought Birdsong to the Exeter Northcott Stage, return in November with the much loved comedy Three Men in a Boat.

Celebrating its 125th anniversary since original publication, Jerome K Jerome's classic novel Three Men In A Boat will dock in Exeter from 4 to 8 November.

In an attempt to escape the stresses of city life, three friends, J, Harris and George, accompanied by their faithful canine companion Montmorency, decide to take to the river in order to relax and rejuvenate. The holiday, however, quickly unravels and descends into chaos.

Originally intended as a guide to boating on the Thames, Jerome's tale is a classic full of youthful friendship, mischief and folly which celebrates the very essence of Britishness. In an attempt to escape the stresses of city life, three friends decide to take to the river in order to relax and rejuvenate - but the holiday quickly descends into chaos.

Craig Gilbert, adapter of the show, is delighted to be coming to Exeter.

“It’s wonderful to take work into places I admire; places like the Northcott Theatre where great work continues to takes place.”

Alastair Whatley, director of the Original Theatre Company, said: ‘Jerome K Jerome has been accused of writing the funniest book of all time. Now, 125 years later, it still has the power to make people laugh uncontrollably in public.’

The cast of Three Men in a Boat includes Anna Westlake, Tom Hackney and Alastair Whatley.

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
Groups 10+ get 11th ticket FREE
Age: 11yrs+
Running Time: 2hrs 30mins


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

Notes to editors

Interviews with the cast are available. Tom Hackney studied Drama for three years in Exeter.

Original Theatre brought Birdsong to the Exeter Northcott in May 2014.

For more information on Original Theatre Company , please visit

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