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Three Men in a Boat sails in to Exeter Northcott Theatre

20 Oct 2014

Original Theatre Company and Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds present

Tues 4 – Sat 8 November

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tickets: A £24.50 B £21.50 C £19 D £16.50
Sat matinee: £16.50
Concs: £2 off
Schools: £9 for groups 10+
Student Standby: £8
Groups 10+ get 11th ticket FREE
Age: 11yrs+
Running Time: 2hrs 30mins

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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

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

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

For more information on Original Theatre Company , please visit
www.originaltheatre.com/




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An Elephant in the Garden

06 Oct 2014

Poonamallee productions and Exeter Northcott Theatre present the world premiere 

           Weds 22 – Sat 25 November


The Exeter Northcott Theatre is delighted to be working with Poonamallee Productions on the world premiere of Michael Morpurgo’s An Elephant in the Garden.

Following previous collaborations which include Toro! Toro!, The Mozart Question and Private Peaceful, Elephant in the Garden is a new adaptation from Simon Reade of Morpurgo’s best-selling novel.

In Dresden, 1945, Lizzie, her mother and Marlene, an elephant from the zoo, flee the Allied fire-bombing in the end-game of the Second World War.

Escaping the Allies' advance from the West - and also the advancing Russian armies from the East - this extraordinary trio of refugees meets: a downed RAF officer, cowering in a barn; a homeless school choir on the run and their Countess saviour, harbouring them from the Nazis; and the mechanised American cavalry, appearing over the horizon.

Plodding, obdurate, opportunistic, load-bearing, indestructible, cheering, Marlene embodies the stubbornness of the human will and how it will do everything to survive.

“Morpurgo's magic, a masterly adaptation by Simon Reade...this is one hour of your own life you will never forget."
DAILY MAIL on Private Peaceful

“a beautiful story, perfectly realised and performed with passion and vigour."
BRITISH THEATRE GUIDE on Toro! Toro!


Tickets:
£13.50
Sat matinee: £15
Concs: £2 off
Schools: £8.50 for groups 10+
Student Standby: £8
Groups 10+ get 11th ticket FREE
Age: 8yrs+
Running Time: 75mins (no interval)
Post Show Talks: Thurs 1.30pm & 7pm, Fri 1.30pm; Sat 2pm, Michael Morpurgo will join the team
Assisted Performances: BSLThurs 23 October 1.30pm; Audio-described Sat 25 October 2pm

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

Notes to editors


Michael Morpurgo has written over 100 books, including,  He is a three-time winner of the Prix Sorcière in France and has twice won the Red House Children's Book Award in England. In addition, has won the Whitbread Award, the Smarties Prize, and has been short-listed for the Carnegie Medal. He has also been named the 2003-2005 Children's Laureate, an award he helped to establish with the late Poet Laureate Ted Hughes to reward a lifetime contribution to children's literature and highlight the importance of the role of children's books..


An Elephant in the Garden is adapted and directed for the stage by Simon Reade. His previous adaptations include Michael Morpurgo’s ‘Toro! Toro!’ and ‘The Mozart Question’, ‘Tales from Ovid’ by Ted Hughes and Salman Rushdie’s ‘Midnight’s Children’ both for the RSC and Philip Pullman’s ‘The Scarecrow and His Servant’. He has directed and co-written the feature film ‘What You Will’.


Exeter Northcott Theatre is a 460 seat venue serving Exeter and heart of Devon from its home on the University of Exeter Streatham Campus home on the University of Exeter Streatham Campus.  The theatre offers a mixed programme of touring theatre productions, contemporary dance, opera, music, comedy and family shows.


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5 star 1984 at Exeter Northcott Theatre

06 Oct 2014

              Tues 14 – Sat 18 October

The West End smash hit adaptation of George Orwell's dystopian masterpiece 1984 will visit the Exeter Northcott Theatre in October.

George Orwell’s 1984, published in 1949, is one of the most influential novels in recent history, with its chilling depiction of perpetual war, pervasive government surveillance and incessant public mind control.  Its ideas have become our ideas, and Orwell's fiction is often said to be our reality.

April, 1984. 13:00. 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.

The definitive book of the 20th century is re-examined in this radical new staging exploring surveillance, identity and why Orwell's vision of the future is as relevant now as ever

This co-production with Headlong, Nottingham Playhouse and Almeida Theatre has previously enjoyed two sell out runs; a national tour in 2013, and seven weeks at the Almeida Theatre in London, followed by three months in the West End in London.

A superbly handled multimedia exploration on the nature of truth that never lets the audience off the hook.”
LYN GARDNER, THE GUARDIAN ★★★★★

A remarkable, radical touring version for Headlong blazing clinical, spine-tingling finesse. It points us back to the novel, revealing it as fully fit-for-purpose in the 21st century, and quite possibly timeless.”  
THE TELEGRAPH  ★★★★★

A staging that reconsiders a classic with such steely power that it chills brain, blood and bone.”
SAM MARLOWE, THE TIMES ★★★★★

 

Tickets: A £24.50  B £21.50  C £19  D £16.50
Sat Matinee: £16.50
Concs: £2 off (bands B, C & D)
Schools: £9 Thurs Matinee & Tues - Thurs Eves
Student Standby: £8
Age: 14yrs+
RunningTime: 101 mins (no interval)
Post Show Talks: Wed 15 Oct, Thu Schools' Matinee
Assisted Performances: Audio Described Performance Sat 18 Oct 2.30pm
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For more information, please contact Jenny Hogg on 01392 223 989 or email her.

Notes to editors

1984 was one of Headlong’s most acclaimed and commercially successful tours in recent history, having had its world premiere at Nottingham Playhouse in September 2013.  Nominated for an Olivier award in the Best New Play category, the play performed a  sold-out run at the Almeida Theatre, before transferring  to the West End’s Playhouse Theatre where it continued to receive critical acclaim whilst also being a commercial success with the West End run recouping after 10 weeks.

1984 is co-produced by Headlong, Nottingham Playhouse and Almedia Theatre.


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Jasmin Vardimon Returns to Exeter Northcott

01 Oct 2014

Park

                      Thurs 9 – Fri 10 October

The Exeter Northcott Theatre is delighted that the  Jasmin Vardimon Company are to return with their hotly anticipated dance theatre production, Park. Following previous shows, Yesterday, 7737, Justitiaand Freedom, the company's latest show will begin its national tour in Exeter.

Park is an urban oasis, a place of refuge from ordinary life where eight characters play, fight, fall in love and learn to survive. In this playground of relationships, young lovers wrestle in a historic fountain, a graffiti artist sprays his story, a busker finds his only appreciative audience in a bag lady and a flag-waving bully rants worn out political beliefs. Their stories intertwine creating a modern day fairytale that is alternately sharp, funny and cruel.


"Bristling with tension, raw excitement and audacious moves "
THE STAGE

“...an enthusiastic piece of outrageous theatre”
SHEFFIELD STAR

“Vividly physical and quirky performances.”
THE TIMES

“Extraordinary… a sexy and beautiful dance piece”
NEW STATESMAN

Reworked for 2014 with new 3D imaging and multi-talented cast Park presents a breathtaking collision of highly acute physical theatre, text, athletic dance and funky music, delivering fresh statements about our time.

 

Tickets: A £19.50 B £16.50 C £13.50 D £11.50
Concs: £2 off
Schools: £8.50 for groups 10+
Student Standby: £8
Groups 10+ get 11th ticket FREE
Age: TBC
Running Time: TBC
Post Show Talk: Thu 9 October

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

Notes to editors

A leading force in British dance theatre for nearly twenty years, Jasmin Vardimon has built a reputation for challenging, exciting and visually stunning dance and continues to add to the body

of critically acclaimed, artistically respected yet accessible work both for the company she formed

in 1997 and for some of the leading dance companies across the world. Born and raised in

Israel, she has been an Associate Artist at Sadler’s Wells since 2006, Jasmin has also been

recognised with the positions of Associate Artist at The Place in 1998 and at Yorkshire Dance as a Partner from 1999 – 2005.


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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

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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

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


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