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Romeo and Juliet

19 Sep 2014

Custom/Practice presents

       Tues 23 – Sat 27 September

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Custom/Practice return to the Exeter Northcott Theatre this month with their adaptation of Shakepeare’s Romeo and Juliet.

Custom/Practice interweave Shakespeare’s original language with dynamic street dance, aimed at diverse theatre audiences. The approach aims to bring the best of classical theatre to new audiences, while continuing to challenge more traditional audiences by renewing their imaginative engagement with a well-known classical text.

The dance element will be realized by the creative team behind Olivier Award Winning Hip Hop dance company Boy Blue – London-based choreographer Kenrick ‘H2O’ Sandy and composer Michael ‘Mikey J’ Asante.

Boy Blue is acclaimed for presenting the perfect marriage of music and dance, releasing boundless creative energy in their performances, laying down the beats and delivering thrilling and raw dance sequences. The company is proud to be home to some of the UK’s most sought-after hip-hop artists.

By developing a production that seamlessly integrates the best of spoken classical verse with the best contemporary street dance, the work will challenge audiences and artists from both worlds in order to engage with the text and its narrative in new ways. Both dance and spoken elements will be underscored with newly commissioned music.

Rae McKen, founder of Custom/Practice says: “The work makes a powerful case for truly universal access to the classics. By re-imagining a story that is seen as ‘core’ to our heritage through a cast, creative team and theatrical language that each enthusiastically embraces the cultural diversity of our country, the work, we hope, demonstrates to both new and established audiences that such diversity, over and above any social agenda, can quite simply enrich and enhance the artistic experience for everyone, whatever their background.”

Tickets: A £21.50 B £18.50 C £16 D £13.50
Sat matinee: £13.50
Concs: £2 off
Schools: £9 for groups 10+
Student Standby: £8
Groups 10+ get 11th ticket FREE
Age: all ages
Running Time: 2hrs 20mins
Post Show Talk: Wed 24 Sep, Thu schools' matinee
Assisted Performances: Audio Described Performance Sat 27 Sep , 2.30pm


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

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Go Cuckoo for Footsbarn Travelling Theatre

27 Aug 2014

Footsbarn Travelling Theatre present

Cuckoos Nest

Thurs 11 – Sat 13 September

Footsbarn Travelling Theatre return to the Exeter Northcott Theatre in September with an imaginative take on Ken Kesey’s One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest.

From the company who brought the triumphant Indian Tempest to Exeter in 2012, Cuckoo’s Nest will combine puppetry, masks, music and projection to offer their interpretation of this cult novel. Set in an insane asylum, Cuckoo’s Nest is a riot of emotion: touching, inspiring and a timeless criticism of authority. The show explores the original novel’s deeper themes through Footsbarn’s creative and distinctive style, offering a unique performance that is at once thought-provoking, funny and deeply atmospheric.  

During its colourful 43-year history,  which began in the south west, Footsbarn Travelling Theatre has travelled the world, bringing together a truly diverse group of performers. Prepare to be enthralled as their talents enrich this timeless tale in a theatrical performance like no other.

A heady mix of humour, song, poetry, puppetry, physical theatre and mime... Cuckoo's Nest does have a dark and challenging underbelly but comedic and musical interludes lighten the mood, flagging up the absurdities of authority and the brief joy of friendship."
  Western Morning News

Tickets: A £21.50 B £18.50 C £16 D £13.50
Matinee: £13.50
Concs: £2 off
Schools: £9 for groups 10+
Student Standby: £8
Groups 10+ get 11th ticket FREE
Age: 10yrs+
Running Time: 1hr 40mins (no interval)
Post Show Talk: Fri 12 September

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

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Curtain Up on Exeter Northcott Theatre's Summer School

20 Aug 2014

Monday 18 – Saturday 30 August 2013

Creative youngsters began their two-week intensive Summer School at the Exeter Northcott Theatre this week. From 18– 30 August participants, aged between 12 and 19, will be working with Polly Agg-Manning, Exeter Northcott Theatre’s Associate Director for ENGAGE, and a skilled team at the Exeter Northcott to develop a professional piece of theatre, Just So, which will culminate in a performance at the theatre on Saturday 30 August. 

Just So is based around the true story of a soldier in the First World War. Before the night Jack Kipling went into battle he kept the troops’ spirits high with his father's magical stories. For just a few hours the trench was not an unbearable pit of devastation, but an imaginary escape into the Indian Jungle, to the stories of everyone's childhood and to a place of happiness and hope where everything was Just So.

 “Like always it's such a treat to be able to work with such a talented group of people- they are all full of energy, wonderful ideas and enthusiasm. The play will be extraordinary- powerful, funny and sad. I just can't wait to see them all on stage in a performance that they have created themselves.” said Polly Agg-Manning.

During the two-week Summer School, the participants will develop professional industry skills as well as performing on the Exeter Northcott stage.

For more information, please visit or call the Box Office on 01392 493493


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

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Exeter Northcott Theatre announces its autumn 2014 season

28 Jul 2014

1984, Headlong's critically acclaimed co-production with Nottingham Playhouse and Almedia Theatre.

A new adaptation of Michael Morpurgo's Elephant in the Garden - a coproduction between Poonamallee Productions and Exeter Northcott Theatre.

Footsbarn Travelling Theatre return with their new show, Cuckoo's Nest.

For Christmas 2014, Birmingham Stage Company's George's Marvellous Medicine.

New Go Together Club launched.

General booking opens Tuesday 29th July

Exeter Northcott Theatre has put its hardworking staff centre stage as it launches its autumn 2014 Season. To celebrate receiving Arts Council funding, the new brochure pays tribute to the fantastic team at the theatre as they take a trip back to the 1940s through the costume store.

Photographer Matt Austin spent an afternoon with Ed (Box Office Manager), Hazel (Box Office Assistant and Bar Steward), Vicki (Senior Bar Steward) and Sam (Steward) for a photocall which transported them to a theatre of the 1940s and the result is a set of beautiful images.

The new autumn season is packed with the usual great drama, dance, opera, family theatre and comedy but the theatre is also launching a new Go Together Club.

Aimed at people who love theatre but don't like going alone, or have recently moved to the area and want to meet like-minded people, the Go Together Club is an opportunity to meet other members over a drink or supper and then enjoy a fantastic show at the theatre. The Go Together Club is free to join and Band B seats in the auditorium have been reserved for the following theatre shows in the autumn season: Romeo & Juliet - Wed 24 Sept 7:30pm, An Elephant in the Garden - Wed 22 Oct, 7:30pm, Three Men in a Boat - Wed 5 Nov 7:30pm and Lotty's War - Wed 12 Nov, 7:30pm.

Following on from last year’s triumphant tour, the Exeter Northcott Theatre is delighted that Headlong's major new production of George Orwell's 1984 is coming to Exeter in October.  Comrade 6079, Winston Smith, thinks a thought, starts a diary, and falls in love. But Big Brother is always watching, and the door to Room 101 can swing open in the blink of an eye. With 5 star reviews across the country, this critically acclaimed new adaptation is one not to be missed.

Exeter Northcott Theatre is thrilled to be working with Poonamallee Productions to present the world première of a new adaptation of Michael Morpurgo's best-selling children's book, An Elephant in the Garden.  1945. Dresden, Germany. Lizzie and her mother - and an elephant from the zoo, flee the allied fire-bombing in the end-game of the Second World War. It is Lizzie's story, but Marlene, the elephant, is the heroine.  Marlene embodies the stubbornness of the human will and how it will do everything to survive.

For Christmas, Exeter Northcott Theatre are delighted to welcome The Birmingham Stage Company with Roald Dahl's George's Marvellous Medicine, an amazing story about a young boy who makes a marvellous new medicine to cure his grandmother of her terrifying temper. If you're looking for fizztickling fun and whizzpopping magic for all the family this Christmas, then don't miss George and his Marvellous Medicine!

Other highlights of the autumn season include:


The theatre plays host to some brilliant comedy in 2015. 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 favourites 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).


Following their spectacular Indian Tempest in 2012, Exeter Northcott Theatre is delighted to welcome back Footsbarn who bring their own joyful twist to Ken Kesey's cult novel, One Flew Over The Cuckoos' Nest. Footsbarn's Cuckoo's Nest will be a uniquely different adaptation of this literary and big screen classic (Thu 11 - Sat 13 September).

One of Britain's best-loved actors, Simon Callow, performs a fresh and moving account of biblical stories in The Man Jesus. Thought-provoking and full of wit, this extraordinary play looks back two thousand years to witness key moments in the life of the man Jesus, through the eyes of those who knew him. (Sun 14 September)

Custom/Practice and Corn Exchange, Newbury present a dynamic new production of Romeo and Juliet which combines the purity of Shakespeare's original text with entrancing contemporary street-dance (Tues 23 - Sat 27 September).

In November, Original Theatre Company and Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds present an ingenious and acclaimed adaption of Jerome K Jerome's classic tale Three Men and a Boat. Equipped with a working pub, live piano accompaniment, some ale, music hall singing, a dog and a feast of physical comedy, this show celebrates the very essence of Britishness (Tue 4 - Sat 8 November)

Before it heads to London's West End, Lotty's War, a mesmerising story of passion, courage and sacrifice, heads to Exeter. Based on recently discovered diaries found in Germany, this critically acclaimed play is a thriller set in WWII Germany occupied Channel Islands. Does Lotty dare to tread a passionate and dangerous path to save a friend? (Mon 10 - Sat 15 November)

Acclaimed playwright, Roy Williams, takes the classic Sophocoles' play, Antigone, and places it into a contemporary setting. Co-produced by Pilot Theatre, Derby Theatre and Theatre Royal Stratford East, this is a timeless story about truth and loyalty, human nature and human behaviour and how we make meaning out of life and death and what, in the end, really matters. (Wed 26 - Sat 29 November).

In December, Exeter Northcott Theatre proudly presents a Charity Command Performance in aid of the theatre, a unique event of world class artists and performances from, amongst others, Dame Hilary Mantel, John Nettles and Mark Rylance. The evening also includes a champagne and canapé reception, a raffle and a bespoke auction. Further performers to be announced. (Sun 14 December). 


Based on the book by Nicholas Allan, The egg and Southbank Centre present The Queen's Knickers. What would you do if you lost the Queen's pants? Dily's, the Queen's maid, guards HRH's smalls as if they were the crown jewels, but one day they go missing, causing a national state of emergency. A classic comedy for wise young children. (Sun 5 October).

Enjoy music in a family-friendly atmosphere featuring a wide-range of musicians and music with Earworms, hosted by Mervyn Bedford (Sun 26 October)

October half-term sees the return of exetreme imagination to Exeter, bringing with it a wealth of literature based events for and by young people. Andy Stanton, award-winning author of the Mr Gum series, talks about the hilarious true-life tales of being a writer (Sun 26 October), Darren Chan will be reading from and talking about his epic 12-book series, Zom-B, (Wed 29 October), Dennis the Menace and Horrid Henry go head to head to prove they deserve the title 'King of the Bad Boys' (Sat 1 November) and Ballet Black present their first family ballet, Dogs Don't Do Ballet (Fri 31 Oct). In November, join the Exeter Northcott Theatre in its Exetreme Family Fun Day (Sat 1 November).


Jasmin Vardimon returns with her critically-acclaimed dance theatre production, Park. Reworked for 2014 with new 3D imaging and a multi-talented cast, Park presents a breathtaking collision of highly acute physical theatre, text, athletic dance and funk. (Thu 9 & Fri 10 Oct).

In their critically-acclaimed debut production, HeadSpaceDance's Three and Four Quarters, features work specially commissioned from Proteins Luca Silvestrini, Didy Veldman and Javier de Frutos (Tues 28 October). Now in its sixth year at Exeter Northcott Theatre, Chance to Dance has invited dance clubs from all over Devon to take part in this performance, and is delighted to welcome some new schools to the Northcott stage this year (Sun 2 November). Tavaziva Ten is a special anniversary show celebrating 10 years of dance making from Tavaziva Dance. This extraordinary story of one man's imagination is a stunning and seductive collection of 10 dance gems performed by Tavaziva's eight outstanding dancers (Tue 2 December).


English Touring Opera returns to Exeter for another season of baroque splendour. These two masterpieces by Handel and Haydn are wildly different - one is lofty and heartbreaking and the other a razor-sharp comedy. One of the most popular of Haydn's many operas Life on the Moon (Il mondo della luna) is a fast-moving and funny treatment of a farce by Carlo Goldoni.

If you enjoyed ETO's popular productions of Handel comedies Flavio, Xerxes and Agrippina in Exeter in recent years, you can expect equally ravishing music in one of the composer's most successful serious operas, Ottone. 


Following the annual RAW Platform during the Ignite Festival in June, Exeter Northcott presents a new autumn event - a programme of the best new work created by recent graduates of the University of Exeter's Drama department. (Thurs 2 - Sat 4 October). The theatre also invites you to join Exeter Musical Society to celebrate their 110 year anniversary with Showtime! Showcasing a hugely talented company, Exeter Musical Society trace their history from 1904 to their present day status as one of the leading musical theatre groups in the South West (Sun 30 November)


Kamo Tsunamara Daiko brings to the stage all the joy, energy and excitement of the Japanese festival, or matsuri. The dance-like choreography of these drummers adds an extra dimension to the rhythms of traditional Japanese taiko, further augmented by beautiful, haunting melodies played on the bamboo flute ( Sun 16 November).


Tickets for the Autumn 2014 season go on general sale at 10am on Tuesday 29th July. 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.


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Peppa Pig to make Big Splash at Exeter Northcott Theatre

21 Jul 2014

Sat 9 & Sun 10 August 2014

Peppa and her friends return to Exeter Northcott Theatre for another all-singing, all-dancing adventure full of songs, games and muddy puddles in this brand new show Peppa Pig’s Big Splash.

The nursery roof is leaking and Peppa and her friends need to fix it – quick! As they set up a fete to raise the money for the repairs, they’ll need the audiences help to make sure everything goes smoothly.

Join Peppa, George, Mummy and Daddy Pig, as well as Danny Dog, Pedro Pony, Suzy Sheep as they have fun putting up bunting, running stalls and organising a great day out.

There’s also a Champion Puddle Jumping competition judged by Mr Potato where everyone gets wet and Peppa needs to find her Golden Boots.

Peppa Pig returns live on stage with super cute puppets and brilliant sing-along songs in this brand new show that will brighten your day.

So grab your wellies and brollies and get splashing!

A rollicking, all singing, dancing interactive adventure.”

“A treat for your little one’s eyes and ears.”


Tickets: £16
Family Ticket: £42 for 3 + up to 3 more tickets
£14 each
Age: All ages
Running Time: 90mins (including interval)    

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

Notes to editors

For more information about Peppa Pig’s Big Splash, please visit

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The Day We Played Brazil Kicks Off This Week

14 Jul 2014

The World Cup might be over but there is still Brazilian football fever in Exeter this week as over 90 people take to the Exeter Northcott stage in new musical, The Day We Played Brazil.

Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the football match between Exeter City and the Brazil national team , the first-ever game played by Brazil, the musical will be performed by local people telling the stories of the players and their wives, sweethearts and families back home.

Rehearsals for the show have been happening at venues across Exeter since April and with opening night just days away, the excitement within the cast is palpable.

Sam Dishart said,I’m so excited and so proud to be part of something so good. I just can't wait to perform in front of an audience and want everyone to come and enjoy watching what we have enjoyed making!”

Avenda Burnell Walsh said, “So proud, so proud, so proud' as one of our songs says. A tremendous opportunity for us players and all of Exeter to showcase this wonderful city. It really is a celebration of us all. It's who we are.”

Caius Nicholls saidVery excited to show the world how the Grecians played their football! Can't wait for the public to see this amazing story, which has been adapted into an absolutely brilliant piece of theatre.

The Day We Played Brazil is not just a football story; it’s a story of love and hope and follows the past and present of the city of Exeter. A city to be proud of.

The Day We Played Brazil will be performed at the Exeter Northcott Theatre from Wednesday 16th – Sunday 27 July,with a special charity gala performance on Saturday 2nd August. Tickets can be bought from the Exeter Northcott Box Office on 01392 493493 or online.


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