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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 12 – 24 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 www.exeternorthcott.co.uk or call the Box Office on 01392 493493

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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:

COMEDY:

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).

THEATRE:

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). 

FAMILY EVENTS:

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).

DANCE:

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).

OPERA

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. 

COMMUNITY SHOWS:

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)

MUSIC:

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).

BUYING TICKETS:

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: www.exeternorthcott.co.uk. 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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Image of Peppa Pig to make Big Splash at Exeter Northcott Theatre

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.”
DAILY TELEGRAPH

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

 

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

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For more information, please contact Jenny Hogg on 01392 223 989 or email her at j.l.hogg@exeter.ac.uk

Notes to editors

For more information about Peppa Pig’s Big Splash, please visit  
www.peppapiglive.com



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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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Image of We have something marvellous brewing for Christmas...

We have something marvellous brewing for Christmas...

10 Jun 2014

The Exeter Northcott Theatre is delighted to announce George’s Marvellous Medicine as its Christmas show for 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!

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

Tickets:
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.

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

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:  http://www.birminghamstage.com/

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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Record Breaking The Mousetrap hits Exeter

06 Jun 2014

Mon 30 June - Saturday 5 July

The longest-running  show of any kind in the history of British theatre, Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap, will visit Exeter for a week in July.

To celebrate 60 incredible years on stage, it’s going on tour for the first time to give audiences a once in a life-time opportunity to see this masterpiece at Exeter Northcott Theatre.

The scene is set when a group of people gathered in a country house cut off by the snow discover, to their horror, that there is a murderer in their midst. Who can it be? One by one the suspicious characters reveal their sordid pasts until at the last, nerve-shredding moment the identity and the motive are finally revealed.



“The cleverest murder mystery of British Theatre”
THE TELEGRAPH

“A truly entertaining classic thriller”
THE SUNDAY TIMES


“Deservedly a classic among murder thrillers”
THE OBSERVER


The cast for  the tour includes returning company member Karl Howman (Brush Strokes) as Mr Paravicini alongside: Joanna Croll (Sirens, Doctors) as Mollie Ralston, Ellie Jacob (DCI Banks, Misfits) as Miss Casewell, Christopher Gilling (ITV’s Law and Order, BBC1’s Silk) as Major Metcalf, Anne Kavanagh (Chichester Festival Theatre’s Goodnight Mr Tom, August: Osage County at the National Theatre) as Mrs Boyle, Henry Luxemburg (Hollyoaks, Hotel Babylon) as Giles Ralston, Ryan Saunders (Sweet Bird of Youth at the Old Vic, The History Boys UK tour) as Christopher Wren and Jonathan Woolf (Travelling Light at the National Theatre) as Sgt Trotter.


In her own inimitable style, Dame Agatha Christie has created an atmosphere of shuddering suspense and a brilliantly intricate plot where murder lurks around every corner.

Ticket Prices
Tues - Sat Eves: A
 £35.50 B & C £33.50 D £29.50
Mon Eve, Wed & Sat Mats: A £29.50 B & C £27.50 D £25
Running time: 2 hrs 20 mins.

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

Notes to Editors

www.MousetrapOnTour.com

  • Richard Attenborough and his fellow film-star and beloved wife, Sheila Sim took the leading roles when the production opened at The Ambassadors Theatre in 1952. It played there for 21 years and moved to the adjacent St Martin’s Theatre without missing a performance.
  • The Mousetrap holds numerous Guinness World Records including ‘the longest continuous run of any show in the world’
  • Since The Mousetrap opened, 419 actors and 243 understudies have appeared in the play.

  • Agatha Christie became a Dame of the British Empire in 1971; her books have sold billions of copies around the world – many more than any other author except Shakespeare and The Bible. She died on the 12th January 1976 aged 85.

  • On 25 November 2002, The Mousetrap celebrated its golden jubilee with a Birthday Gala performance attended by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh.  Lord (Richard) Attenborough gave the famous curtain speech exactly 50 years since he first delivered it in London: “Now you have seen The Mousetrap you are our partners in crime, and we ask you to preserve the tradition by keeping the secret of whodunit locked in your hearts.”

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