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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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Sasha Regan's All-Male Pirates of Penzance

14 May 2015

Tues 2 – Sat 6 June

The Exeter Northcott Theatre is delighted to welcome the return of Sasha Regan’s all male company following their much-lauded debut visit in 2014 with the inventive and fun-filled HMS Pinafore. 

For their return visit the company present the award winning, exquisitely funny and new take on the much-loved classic Pirates of Penzance.  The show was a huge critical and popular hit during its London run and proved just as successful in Australia when it landed in Cate Blanchett’s Sydney Theatre.

Sasha Regan’s Pirates of Penzance is a Gilbert and Sullivan production like no other; fast, funny and packed with wit and musical excellence, this is the tale of Frederic, apprenticed in error to a band of tender hearted, orphaned pirates. His plans to marry the beauteous Mabel are thrown into disarray when it is discovered he was born on 29th February, so won't come of age until he is 84!

You don’t want to miss this hilarious and thoroughly entertaining show when it sails into Exeter.


“Riotously inventive...should leave you grinning like a Jolly Roger”

“The lovable spirit of D’Oyly Carte is on earth does a man sing such accurate coloratura, so high and with so little apparent effort... the evening is full of delights.”

“As brilliant and heretical as Matthew Bourne’s vision of Swan Lake”

Tickets: A £22.50 B £19.50 C £17 D £14.50
Matinee: £14.50
Concs: £2 off
Student Standby: £8
Groups 10+ get 11th ticket FREE
Age: 7yrs+
Running Time: 2hrs
Post Show Talk: Wed 3 June 


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

Notes to editors

Press night: Tues 2 June

Led by Olivier Award-winner Miles Western as the Major General, the cast also features Alan Richardson as Mabel, Samuel Nunn as Frederic, Alex Weatherhill as Ruth, James Waud as Sergeant of Police, Michael Burgen as Samuel, Ben Irish as Edith, Dale Page as Kate, Richard Russell Edwards as Connie and Chris Theo-Cook as Isabel. The ensemble company is completed by Joel Elferink, Joseph Houston, William Whelton, Matt Jolly, Tommy Knapp, Liam Lakin and Thomas Henson.

The Pirates of Penzance is directed by Sasha Regan, who for 15 years has been Artistic Director of The Union Theatre, where directing credits include Sweeney Todd, Iolanthe, HMS Pinafore, Whistle Down the Wind, Cabaret and Love Story. It is choreographed by Lizzi Gee, whose recent work includes the BAFTA award-winning film Pride, the UK tour of Annie Get Your Gun, A Winter’s Tale for the Royal Shakespeare Company, and Rocket to the Moon at the National Theatre. Lizzi is currently working on The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas for Chichester Festival Theatre. Musical is direction by David Griffiths with design by Robyn Wilson Owen and lighting design by Jack We

For more information on this production, please visit

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The History Boys

23 Apr 2015


Tues 26 – Sat 30 May

Voted the nation’s favourite play, Alan Bennett’s multi award-winning The History Boys will return in 2015, visiting the Exeter Northcott Theatre in May as part of a major new UK tour for 2015.

Winner of over 30 major awards including the Olivier and Tony Awards for Best New Play, The History Boys is the story of a group of bright, funny and unruly sixth-formers in pursuit of sex, sport and a place at university. Their maverick English teacher is at odds with the young and shrewd supply teacher, whilst their headmaster is obsessed with results and league tables. Staffroom rivalry and the anarchy of adolescence overflow, provoking insistent questions about history and how you teach it. Their A Levels may be over, but their true education is only just beginning. Widely hailed as one of the greatest theatrical events of the last decade, The History Boys is a hilariously funny and exceptionally moving play about the true purpose of education.

The cast features Richard Hope as Hector, Kedar Williams-Stirling as Dakin, Steven Roberts as Posner, Christopher Ettridge as Headmaster, Mark Field as Irwin, Susan Twist as Mrs Lintott, Sid Sagar as Akthar, Matthew Durkan as Crowther, Patrick McNamee as Lockwood, David Young as Rudge, Alex Hope as Scripps, Joshua Mayes Cooper as Timms, Chris Barritt as TV Director and Melody Brown as Fiona.

David Hutchinson, Artistic Director of Sell a Door Theatre said: “We are delighted to be launching our 2015 season with the UK revival tour of the nation’s favourite play by one of Britain’s most cherished playwrights. Sell a Door prides itself on engaging young adults in live theatre, and our partnership with English Touring Theatre subsidising free tickets will allow hundreds of first time patrons to see this critically acclaimed play.”

Alan Bennett's comic masterpiece was voted the nations favourite play in a recent national survey conducted by English Touring Theatre to celebrate their 21st birthday. English Touring Theatre are delighted to be able to support the winning play by giving away 100 pairs of free tickets to The History Boys throughout the 2015 tour. As part of their commitment to growing audiences and increasing access to regional theatre, applications are open to anyone who has never attending their local theatre before. For more information on how to apply, visit

This brand new production for 2015 is presented by Sell a Door Theatre Company, whose recent productions include Avenue Q (2014 UK Tour), Spring Awakening (2011 UK Tour) and Seussical (West End).

The History Boys will be directed by Kate Saxon, whose credits include God of Carnage (Royal & Derngate), Persuasion (Salisbury Playhouse), The Real Thing (English Touring Theatre) and French Lieutenant’s Woman (UK Tour). Kate was also Associate Director at Shared Experience from 2000-2012.

Tickets: A £35 B & C £33 D £29
Matinees: A £29 B & C £27 D £25
Concs: £2 off (Tue - Thu eves & Sat mat).
Student Standby: £8
Groups 10+ get 11th FREE
Age: TBC
Running Time: 2hrs 30mins


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

Notes to editors

Christopher Ettridge began his career at the Exeter Northcott when he was part of the rep company in 1974/75. Christopher is available for interviews.

The History Boys
premiered at the National Theatre in 2004 directed by Nicholas Hytner, and helped launch the careers of many of its original cast members including James Corden and Dominic Cooper. It went on to open on Broadway in 2006, with a film adaptation featuring the original stage cast released later that year. The History Boys also had two successful West End runs, playing at the Wyndham’s Theatre in 2007 and 2008, and has won countless awards including the Oliver Award for Best New Play, Tony Award for Best Play, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play and Evening Standard Award for Best Play.

Alan Bennett is one of the UK’s most celebrated playwrights and authors, and in a career that spans five decades has created many acclaimed works for theatre, television and film. His work for the stage includes People, Hymn and Cocktail Sticks, The Habit of Art, Talking Heads, The Madness of George III and Kafka’s Dick. Prior to his work as a playwright, Bennett enjoyed enormous success as a co-writer and performer of Beyond the Fringe, a comedy stage revue which played in the West End and on Broadway in the 1960s. At the 2005 Olivier Awards Bennett was awarded the Society Special Award for his contribution to theatre.

For more information on this production, please visit

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Olivier Award-winning English Touring Opera returns with new Italian season

14 Apr 2015

Tues 28 April – Sat 2 May

The Olivier Award-winning English Touring Opera (ETO) is performing a new season of fully-staged Italian opera at Exeter Northcott Theatre this April and May.

Puccini’s masterpiece La bohème is joined by two rare Donizetti titles, The Wild Man of the West Indies (Il furioso all’isola di San Domingo) and The Siege of Calais (L’assedio di Calais). All three are sung in full costume, in Italian with English surtitles, accompanied by ETO’s chorus and 25-piece orchestra.

One of the greatest and most moving operas of all time, La bohème is a story of young love, starting on Christmas Eve in a Parisian garret. On this festive, snowy night the lovers Mimi and Rodolfo draw close, but poverty and ill-health force them apart.

The production features a group of 12 young local singers from Ladysmith Junior School in Exeter, recruited especially for ETO’s tour to sing a children’s chorus of street urchins.

La bohème is performed at Exeter Northcott Theatre at 7.30pm on Tuesday 28 April, Thursday 30 April and Friday 1 May.

Donizetti’s The Wild Man of the West Indies (Il furioso all’isola di San Domingo) was hugely successful when first performed in 1833, but then vanished until the late 20th century. The opera has never been staged in the UK, and this is its first performance in Exeter.

A love story of Shakespearean depth set on a Caribbean island, The Wild Man of the West Indies features beautiful arias in the Italian bel canto or ‘beautiful singing’ style, characterised by an elegant, highly melodic and refined sound. After his wife Eleonora is unfaithful, Cardenio flees for the island of San Domingo in the West Indies, where he loses his senses and his mind.

ETO’s new production is sung in Italian with English surtitles, directed by Iqbal Khan, who has previously worked for the National Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company, for which he will direct Othello later this year.

The Wild Man of the West Indies is performed at Exeter Northcott Theatre at 7.30pm on Saturday 2 May.

Donizetti’s The Siege of Calais (L’assedio di Calais) tells the story of the citizens of Calais who offer up their lives to save their city from the besieging English army. Their sacrifice culminates in one of the most moving ensembles in all of opera, the momentous O sacra polve, o suol natio (O Sacred Earth).

The opera combines Donizetti’s sparkling score with a gritty depiction of the harsh realities of a city gripped by siege.

The Siege of Calais is performed at Exeter Northcott Theatre at 7.30pm on Wednesday 29 April.

James Conway, General Director of ETO, said: ‘This spring ETO’s opera productions are all Italian, and all sung in that beautiful language – even though not one is actually set in Italy!’ He added: ‘All three operas are romances, and all have music of great power, drawing out the very best of that remarkable thing, the human voice.’

ETO’s season also continues the company’s record of work for younger audiences, with two new productions touring to schools in the region.

Shackleton’s Cat, designed for children aged 7-11,is based on the true story of the tabby cat that accompanied Ernest Shackleton’s 1914-16 Antarctic expedition, and incorporates elements of the geography and history curriculum. Waxwings is a new interactive opera for children with severe special educational needs, based on the story of flight and the myth of Icarus.

Tickets: £33, £30, £24, £19

Concessions: £2 off all tickets except £33 tickets for u.26, benefits recipients, 60+.

Student standby: £8


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

Notes to editors

The winner of the 2014 Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Opera, English Touring Opera is the most prolific touring opera company in the UK, travelling annually to around 70 venues, more than any other English opera company. With its mission to offer opera to everyone, the company presents as many as 140 performances a year. There are two major annual tours, both performed in full costume with a live orchestra. The spring tour tends to be larger scale, while autumn tours tend to be more intimate: both seasons often come to venues which receive little or no other live opera. ETO’s outreach programme focuses on creative work, and ranges from community operas and music theatre workshops to productions for young people and their families, featuring artists from the company’s main-stage shows, touring to schools across the UK. The company is also a national leader in the provision of arts for dementia sufferers. ETO has helped launch the careers of singers including Amanda Echalaz and Sarah Connolly and gave the world première of Alexander Goehr’s opera Promised End in 2010.

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