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The Tin Ring with Zdenka Fantlova

20 Aug 2015

Thurs 10 September 2015

Zdenka Fantlova, one of the few living eye-witnesses to the horror of the Holocaust, visits Exeter Northcott Theatre to tell the extraordinary story of how when she was just seventeen years old a simple tin ring made for her by her boyfriend became central to her will to live. She survived six concentration camps, lost her entire family and endured unimaginable horrors.

Now 92, Zdenka Fantlova is determined to tell her inspiring story of great love, and of what happened in the Holocaust, to as many people as possible. Zdenka, a Jew from former Czechoslovakia, grew up with a love of music, learning to play the piano and being taken to concerts and the theatre. In 1942 she was transported to Terezín where her boyfriend, Arno, gave her the tin ring that would, many years later, provide the title for her moving memoir.

The Tin Ring is a unique account of how a seventeen-year-old girl survived the horrors of the Nazi concentration camps. An incredible story of human endurance and will power.

“Zdenka Fantlová and her story made a lasting impression… During her time in the camps she kept a little tin ring, made for her by her boyfriend. She risked her life to keep this humble object that meant so much to her. Her boyfriend did not survive the camps. But Zdenka’s love for him and the tin ring did"


Tickets: £18
Concs: £2 off
Groups 10+
get 11th FREE
Running Time:


For more information, please contact Jenny Hogg on 01392 272 409 or email her at

Notes to editors

Zdenka Fantlova is available for interviews.

The Tin Ring is Zdenka’s book dedicated to the unknown British soldier who saved her at the end of the war when, skin and bone and crippled by typhoid, she crawled to a Red Cross post set up by liberating forces at the Belsen death camp.

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The Scarecrows' Wedding

17 Aug 2015


Tues 8 & Wed 9 September 2015

Following last season’s five-star hit Stick Man, Scamp Theatre return to the Exeter Northcott Theatre to present a truly heart-warming adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s new bestselling book The Scarecrows’ Wedding.

Betty O’Barley and Harry O’Hay are excellent scarecrows (they scare a lot of crows).   Harry loves Betty, and Betty loves Harry - so they decide to get married.  Harry sets off to search for their wedding day essentials including a dress of feathers, a bunch of flowers and a necklace made from shells.

However, when the farmer notices he is missing a scarecrow, he replaces Harry with the devilishly smooth but dangerous Reginald Rake.  Dashing, daring and ever so cool, can Reginald persuade Betty that he is the scarecrow for her? Will Harry make it back in the nick of time before Reginald ruins their special day?

Bursting at the seams with Scamp Theatre’s inimitable style (Stick Man, Tiddler & Other Terrific Tales, and Pirate Gran) this epic love story promises wit, drama, and wedding bells!

‘Scamp Theatre send shivers down my spine. They are so lively and innovative’ 
Julia Donaldson, author and former Children’s Laureate 

‘I think the quality of what Scamp do is amazing.’
Michael Morpurgo

Tickets: £13
Family Ticket: £36 for 3 + up to 3 more tickets £12 each
Schools: £9 groups 10+
Age: 3yrs+
Running Time: 60 mins


For more information, please contact Jenny Hogg on 01392 272 409 or email her at

Notes to editors

Scamp Theatre was founded in 2003 by award-winning international producers Jennifer Sutherland and Louise Callow.

Scamp brings a range of theatrical live performance to audiences of all ages, with an increased focus on adaptation, particularly in children’s literature. With productions touring constantly, Scamp have a superb track record in theatre production in London, on tour and at the world’s leading venues & festivals.

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Law firm renews Exeter Northcott Theatre sponsorship

10 Aug 2015

Exeter Northcott Theatre is delighted to announce that law firm Browne Jacobson has renewed its sponsorship with the theatre for a second year.

The year-long sponsorship agreement with the national firm which has an office in Exeter will make a valuable contribution to the theatre.

Exeter Northcott Theatre’s Chair of the Board of Trustees Lady Studholme said:

“We have thoroughly enjoyed working with Browne Jacobson over the last year and are pleased that they have agreed to continue their sponsorship of the Theatre for a further year.

The Exeter Northcott is undergoing an exciting transformation, both bringing and producing a wide range of outstanding performances to a wide range of audiences. Sharing this with support from the local business community plays an important part in ensuring we deliver productions of the highest quality, and also to continue and develop the valuable work we do with schools and community groups.”

Browne Jacobson is a national law firm with offices in five major UK cities, including Exeter. Earlier this year the firm announced a 17% increase in turnover to a record £58.9 million. The firm’s Exeter office, which was opened in 2012, saw turnover grow by 40% with its education team posting 16% growth.

Mark Fowles, partner at Browne Jacobson’s Exeter office added:

“We are delighted to announce our continued sponsorship of Exeter Northcott for a further 12 months.

“We are committed to investing in organisations and initiatives that deliver tangible benefits to the local community.

“From a business perspective it has been a successful partnership and I am sure that our clients will look forward to the theatre’s forthcoming season which is, once again, packed with an array of fantastic productions.”


For more information, please contact Jenny Hogg on 01392 722408 or email her at 

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Exeter Northcott Theatre Announce Autumn/Winter 2015 Season

02 Jul 2015

Three shows direct from London’s West End: Hetty Feather, Jeeves & Wooster, and Gangsta Granny

English Touring Opera
with a season of French operas about doomed love and obsession

English Touring Theatre with a new take on The Odyssey

For Christmas, Exeter Northcott Theatre marks its return to producing with Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.

New membership scheme launched

New kitchen and bar opening in September

Launch of Exeter Northcott Theatre @

Exeter Northcott Theatre is pleased to announce its autumn/winter 2015 season.

Packed with the usual great drama, dance, opera, family theatre and comedy, the new season is now on sale.

The Exeter Northcott Theatre is delighted to be marking its return to producing with a brand-new adaptation of Charles Dickens’ much-loved classic, A Christmas Carol. Co-produced with Creative Cow, A Christmas Carol is a magical start to a journey that will re-establish Exeter Northcott Theatre as a regional producing powerhouse.

The theatre is also delighted to be hosting no less than three shows direct from the West End. Hetty Feather is a terrific adventure story set in 1876 London, with live music, circus skills and a huge heart. Jeeves and Wooster is a hilarious production that layers joy on joy, joke on joke, in a delightful evening of theatrical absurdity featuring P.G. Wodehouse’s iconic double act. From the acclaimed producers of George’s Marvellous Medicine, Gangsta Granny is the funny and amazing story by David Walliams, following the crazy adventures of Ben and his very own Gangsta Granny.

English Touring Theatre return to Exeter with their brand-new production of The Odyssey: Missing Presumed Dead. Joining forces with award-winning poet and author Simon Armitage and Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse, The Odyssey promises to be a compelling piece of theatre.

The new season also sees the launch of a new membership scheme. The Exeter Northcott has been busy over the last few months listening to audience feedback about its membership scheme and it has made some significant changes. More information on the new membership can be found in the new brochure and on the Exeter Northcott website.

Also launched this season is Exeter Northcott @ which will see the theatre bringing more excellent and diverse work to Exeter than ever before by programming work at its partner venues in the city and on the University of Exeter campus. This autumn the theatre will extend the programme in the Great Hall (Jasper Carrott & Alistair McGowan) and co-present the excellent Cscape Dance’s new show Taste at Exeter Phoenix.

Other highlights of the autumn/winter season include:


The theatre plays host to some brilliant comedy in 2015. From Adam Long, founding member of The Reduced Shakespeare Company and co-creator of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) comes Dickens Abridged – a high-speed comic journey through Dickens’ Greatest Hits (Tues 5 October). Jongleurs, the world-famous comedy club, is coming to Exeter Northcott Theatre

for two nights this autumn with a superb line-up from the best of the British stand-up circuit. (Sat 10 October & Sat 7 November)


The Tin Ring with Zdenka Fantlova is a unique account of how a seventeen-year-old girl survived the horrors of the Nazi concentration camps. An incredible story of human endurance and will power. (Thu 10 September).

Based on Terence Rattigan's experiences as a tail gunner during World War II, Flare Path combines highly charged drama with a truly authentic taste of the fear, camaraderie and passion experienced by the men and women who fought to save their country their families and each other. With heart tugging, human emotion, Flare Path opens an unforgettable window into a pivotal moment in our history. (Tues 22 - Sat 26 September).

Following national tours and a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Festival, Scary Little Girls turns the Dracula myth on its head in this audacious new production.  Packed with a wealth of vividly drawn characters, Dracula: The Kisses...features an all-female cast in this ground-breaking adaptation of the Gothic classic. (Tues 6 October).

The UK’s leading constitutional historian, David Starkey, known for his forthright views, talks about the 13th century agreement that, imperfect though it was, and radically modified in its first ten years, limited for the first time the power of the monarch by stating the basic rights, privileges, and liberties of leading citizens and clergy. (Wed 7 October)

Agatha Christie’s A Murder Is Announced: The residents of Chipping Cleghorn are astonished to read an advert in the local newspaper that a murder will take place this coming Friday at Little Paddocks, the home of Letitia Blacklock. Unable to resist, the group gather at the house at the appointed time, when the lights go out and a gun is fired. Enter Miss Marple, who must unravel a complex series of relationships and events to solve the mystery of the killer... (Mon 19 – Sat 24 October).

Celebrating 70 years in show business this year, Sir Roger Moore, Hollywood legend and James Bond star chats with biographer Gareth Owen about his extraordinary life and career. Featuring inside stories and exclusive anecdotes from an astonishing career that has included the hit TV series The Saint and The Persuaders, plus Hollywood blockbusters and, of course, seven iconic movies as the world’s most famous spy, 007. (Fri 6 November).

Following the success of our inaugural Charity Command Performance in 2014, the Exeter Northcott Theatre is delighted to be welcoming a new selection of stars for 2015. The theatre has been a charity since 2013 and this special evening will raise funds to support us as it approaches its 50th Anniversary in 2017. (Sun 15 November)


Following five-star hits Stick Man and Tiddler & other Terrific Tales, Scamp Theatre are proud to present a truly heart-warming adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s hotly anticipated new book The Scarecrows’ Wedding. Bursting at the seams with Scamp Theatre’s inimitable style, this epic love story promises wit, drama, and wedding bells! (Tues 8 & Wed 9 September).

Get closer to the action than ever before with The Hollywood Special Effects Show as this interactive and explosive family show takes you behind the scenes of your favourite films to discover the science and secrets of creating movie magic. Join a team of professionals who’ve been behind the effects on productions including The Dark Knight Rises, Guardians OfThe Galaxy, Phantom Of The Opera and Game Of Thrones for a revealing insight into the world of special effects. (Sat 17 October).

Set in the immediate aftermath of WWII, The Silver Sword follows the Polish Balicki children’s search for their parents as Europe is divided up and displaced people return to their homelands. Join Ruth, Edek and Bronia in this gripping tale of hope against all the odds. (Tues 27 – Sat 31 October)

In November’s The Snow Dragon, Billy has everything a young goat could need – and more besides. On New Year’s Eve, Billy’s parents tell him about the legendary Snow Dragon, who will bring him even more goodies during the night. Story-telling, comedy and songs create a magical, mysterious world for everyone aged 3 and up, from the company that brought you The Gruffalo and Room on the Broom. (Tues 3 * Wed 4 November)


Tavaziva’s Africarmen is a sumptuous and evocative dance production loosely based on Georges Bizet’s popular opera, Carmen. Through a synthesis of ballet, contemporary and African dance, Bawren Tavaziva’s powerful choreography is performed by a cast of outstanding dancers. With a new score composed and arranged by Fayyaz Virji of the acclaimed Warriors International, Africarmen is Bawren Tavaziva’s most ambitious work to date. (Mon 12 October)

Chance to Dance, now in its seventh year at Exeter Northcott Theatre, has invited dancing schools and after school dance clubs from all over the South West to take part in this performance, and are delighted to be welcoming some new schools to the Northcott stage this year.

Chance to Dance stemmed from a passion to provide opportunities for local dancers to perform in a professional theatre. Their performances are non-competitive and show many styles of dance taught in and around Exeter and the wider areas of Devon, Somerset and Dorset. (Sun 1 November)

This year marks the 20th year of the collaboration between choreographer Russell Maliphant and lighting designer Michael Hulls. Together, they have developed a unique and unparalleled language between light and movement that is revered the world over. For this special occasion, Russell Maliphant Company present both new and classic work, including the iconic Broken Fall with music by Barry Adamson – originally performed by Sylvie Guillem and the BalletBoyz. It will be presented in this programme by Maliphant’s own company of exceptional dancers who will also perform new creations including a quintet and a solo for former Royal Ballet dancer Dana Fouras. With a commissioned score by Mukul and costumes by Stevie Stewart. (Fri 13 November)


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

Based on the great classic novel by Goethe that took Europe by storm, Werther (Massenet) is an entirely domestic story of an apparently idyllic middle class family, torn apart by uncontrollable passion. Rarely in opera is the destructive power of love felt so close to the bone – and rarely, too, has the innocence and sweetness of a young family at Christmas been so touchingly depicted. (Wed 18 November)

From the master of French operetta, Offenbach, who virtually reinvented comic opera in France, this work of genius, studded with famous melodies like the Barcarolle, is as dark a comedy as you can get. The Tales of Hoffman has had many lives – and this new production by James Bonas promises to be inventive, and highly theatrical, matching the virtuoso talents of young tenor Sam Furness in the title role, Ilona Domnich (Mimì in ETO's La bohème) as his three heroines, and Louise Mott (from ETO's Ariodante) as his friend and inspiration. (Thu 19 & Sat 21 November).

There is no other opera like Pelléas et Mélisande.  For years Debussy searched for the perfect drama to set, and once he saw the strange, compelling play by Maurice Maeterlinck he had no doubt that this was it. The resulting marriage of music and drama is sensuous, mysterious, utterly captivating. For no other opera is the sensation of being 'under a spell' so applicable. (Fri 20 November).


Mugemkyo Taiko Drummers
present thundering rhythms on huge taiko drums, mysterious masked choreography with inventive lighting, muscular synchronisation timed to perfection, post-apocalyptic martial imagery and infectious belly laugh humour - all in a spellbinding display of sheer athleticism (Sun 11 October)

Join The Magic of the Beatles in the authoritative live concert show, celebrating the 50th anniversary of Help! Taking you from the Beatles’ Mop Top roots to the psychedelia of Sgt Pepper and beyond. From Love Me Do to Let It Be. Fantastic costumes, brilliant vocals and incredible musicianship Come Together in a lavish Magical Musical trip back to Yesterday. (Sat 14 November)


Tickets for the autumn/season 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.


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Mrs Warren's Profession

15 Jun 2015

Tues 7 – Sat 11 July

Mrs Warren’s Profession, a play that was banned for 30 years, comes to the Exeter Northcott in July.

George Bernard Shaw's Mrs Warren's Profession stars Sue Holderness (Only Fools and Horses) and Christopher Timothy (Doctors) and runs from Tues 7 - Sat 11 July.

Vivie Warren, a young Cambridge graduate, is horrified to learn that her education and entire luxurious life-style has been financed by her mother’s career in the world’s oldest profession.

Due to its frank portrayal of Mrs Warren’s profession, this rarely performed and ground-breaking play was originally banned in England by the Lord Chamberlain.

Written in 1894, it was not allowed a public performance for the next thirty years and during its first performance in New York, the police stopped the play and arrested the cast.

The role of Mrs Warren is considered to be one of the greatest female acting roles and this production explores the choices women of the time were forced to make.

Sue Holderness said: “I’m very excited to be taking Mrs Warren’s Profession on tour to some gorgeous venues. It’s such a terrific play and Mrs Warren is a wonderful character to play. I seem to be type cast as an old tart.”

The cast also includes Emily Woodward as Vivie, Christopher Bowen as Praed, Ryan Saunders as Frank Gardner and Richard Derrington as Reverend Samuel Gardner.

The production is presented by the Everyman Theatre Company and is directed by Paul Milton, the Everyman Theatre’s Creative Director with design by Dawn Allsopp.

Tue – 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
Wed & Sat Matinees: £18.50
Concs: £2 off
Student Standby: £8
Groups 10+ get 11th FREE
Age: TBC
Running time: TBC


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

Notes to editors

Sue Holderness and Christopher Timothy are available for interviews.

For more information on this production, please visit

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Aliens Love Underpants

01 Jun 2015

Tues 16 – Thu 18 June

Exeter is preparing for an extra-terrestrial invasion in June with the arrival of Aliens Love Underpants at the Exeter Northcott Theatre.

Based on the hugely successful children's book by Claire Freedman and Ben Cort, the story of the mischievous aliens who come to earth on an important mission to steal everybody's underpants has stunning effects, madcap action, original music and lots of crazy aliens of course!

This fantastically fresh and funny production will delight the whole family. You'll laugh your PANTS off!

"Children of all ages will lap this up!"

“An excellent show for the entire family"

“A close encounter of the most entertaining kind!"

“…the enthusiasm, cheeky fun and loveable aliens make the show 55 minutes of brilli-pant fun.”

Tickets: £13
Family Ticket: £36 for 3 + up to 3 more £12 each
Schools: £9 for groups 10+
Running time: 55mins (no interval)
Ages: schools and families with children 3 and up


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

Notes to editors

Aliens Love Underpants
stars Abigail Carter-Simpson as Veronica, Mark Collier as Mr Stevens, Eve Pearson-Wright as Mum and Alex James Ellison as Timmy - and their magical puppetry skills also bring the colourful cast of aliens to life.

First published in 2007, Aliens Love Underpants has sold more than three million copies around the world and it has become a firm family favourite. It was listed as the most borrowed children's book from UK libraries in 2013, and it has been translated into 46 languages. Claire Freedman and Ben Cort have also enjoyed great success with their books Aliens in Underpants Save the World, Dinosaurs Love Underpants, Pirates Love Underpants, Aliens Love Panta Claus, Monstersaurus!, Monsters Love Underpants and the forthcoming Aliens Love Dinopants which will be published in October. Ben also illustrated the recent children's edition of Ringo Starr's Octopus's Garden.

Aliens Love Underpants is based on the book by Claire Freedman and Ben Cort, and adapted and directed by Adam Bampton-Smith. Design is by Isla Shaw, lighting by Will Evans and choreography by Emma Clayton. The production is produced by Big Wooden Horse and Nick Brooke Limited.

For more information on this production, please visit

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