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Beyond The Barricade

23 Jan 2015

             Fri 6 & Sat 7 February

The UK’s leading and longest running musical theatre concert, Beyond the Barricade makes a long overdue first appearance at Exeter Northcott Theatre, with a sensational new show for 2015

This exciting concert re-creates original West End/Broadway musical hit songs with amazing authenticity and features a cast of past principal performers from the West End production of Les Miserables, and the 25th Anniversary Concert at the 02 Arena.

Starring Andy Reiss, David Fawcett, Katie Leeming and Rebecca Vere, together with their own ensemble oftalented musicians, this brand new production reflects Beyond the Barricade’s 15 year history.

It will feature songs from and array of musicals including The Phantom of the Opera, Miss Saigon, The Lion King, West Side Story, Jesus Christ Superstar, Blood Brothers, The Jersey Boys and many more, with of course a spectacular finale from Les Miserables.

The vocalists in Beyond the Barricade have all played principal roles in Les Miserables, both in the West End and on national tours.And this production includes a special section devoted to this musical.

Don’t miss the musical event of the year!

 “This production deserves to be labelled ‘special’”

Fight to get a ticket for this fantastic show!

Tickets: £20
Age: 7yrs+
Groups 10+ get 11th FREE
Running Time: 2hrs 20mins


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

Notes to editors

For more information on Beyond The Barricade, please visit:


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The Thinking Drinkers' Guide to the Legend of Liquor

22 Jan 2015

                                                                    Thursday 5 February

Ben McFarland  and Tom Sandham, award-winning drinks experts, are touring with their hit show, The Thinking Drinkers’ Guide to the Legends of Liquor, following their fourth consecutive sell-our year at Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

At the end of January, all too often a time for imprudent abstention and downright daft denial, there is no more distinguished  way in which to descend from the wagon. Slide gently onto the bar stool of discovery and savour several free drinks as the Thinking Drinkers explore the liquid lives of history’s most extraordinary elbow-benders.

Sit back and sip as the discerning drinking duo embark on an imbibing adventure that hails the who’s-who of hooch. Among the liquid legends you’ll meet along the way are Alexander the Great, Winston Churchill, Humphrey Bogart, Dorothy Parker, Andre the Giant, Jesus Christ and some good ol’ cowboys. 

With their catchphrase 'Drink Less, Drink Better', The Thinking Drinkers celebrate the men and women who have used alcohol to light a fire under the rocking chair of moribund ideas rather than those irresponsible imbibers who have given drink its devilish reputation.

"For serious and not so serious devotees of legal recreational consumables, the ‘Thinking Drinkers Guide' is your bible”
Dan Aykroyd

"The most entertaining free drinks event I’ve ever been to
 Dom Joly

"This is brilliant. I love this show."
The Skinny★★★★

Tickets: £16
Age: STRICTLY 18 and over
Running Time: 60mins
Groups 10+ get 11th FREE


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

Notes to editors

When they are not performing the show, Ben and Tom travel the world dispensing spiritual wisdom via their writings for a number of leading titles including Jamie Oliver Magazine, the Daily Telegraph and Time Out. Triple crowned 'Beer Writer of the Year', Ben McFarland's book Boutique Beers (2013) was hailed as “The new book rocking the world for beer lovers"  by Metro and Tom Sandham's 2012 coffee table tome World’s Best Cocktails was the Daily Mail's 'Gift Book of the Year'. In autumn 2014, their co-authored book - Thinking Drinkers: Enlightened Imbibers Guide to Alcohol -  was published by Jacqui Small. 

The Thinking Drinkers’ Guide to the Legends of Liquor is directed by Malachi Bogdanov.

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Exeter Northcott Theatre announces its spring/summer 2015 season

07 Jan 2015

Shakespeare’s Globe will tour to Exeter with Romeo and Juliet.

Out of Joint Theatre Company return with their powerful new show, Crouch, Touch, Pause, Engage.

Sell A Door Theatre bring the UK’s favourite play, The History Boys.

Sasha Regan’s all male company present Pirates of Penzance.

Exeter Northcott Theatre has put its backstage heroes, the Technical team, centre stage as it launches its spring/summer 2015 season.

Photographer Matt Austin spent an afternoon with Dominic (Technical Manager), Lee (Technical Stage Manager) and Jamie (Chief Electrician) for a photocall which put the team thoroughly in the spotlight and resulted in some fantastic images.

Packed with the usual great drama, dance, opera, family theatre and comedy the spring/summer 2015 season is now on sale.

The Exeter Northcott Theatre is delighted to be hosting Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in April when they bring the classic tale of star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet to the stage. Performed on an Elizabethan-style stage, this stripped-down version breathes new life into one of the greatest of all love stories.

Following the successful co-production of Ciphers in October 2013, Out of Joint return to Exeter with their new production, Crouch, Touch, Pause, Engage. On the eve of one of the most important games of his career, Welsh Rugby legend Gareth Thomas received a warning: The Sun newspaper was going to ‘out’ him as gay.  Working with Gareth himself, two of the UK’s most exciting theatre companies, Out of Joint and National Theatre Wales, have teamed up to tell a great story about sport, politics, secrets, life and learning to be yourself.

Voted the UK’s favourite play, this brand new production of The History Boys is an hilariously funny and exceptionally moving play about the true purpose of education. Set in the 1980s the play is the story of a group of bright, funny and unruly sixth-formers in pursuit of sex, sport and a place at university. This national treasure, written by Alan Bennett, has proved to be the perfect night at the theatre.

Following their much lauded debut visit to the Exeter Northcott Theatre in 2014 with HMS Pinafore, Sasha Regan’s all-male company return with their inventive and fun-filled Pirates of Penzance. For their return visit, the company present the award winning and exquisitely funny new take on the much-loved classic.

Other highlights of the spring/summer season include:


The theatre plays host to some brilliant comedy in 2015. Slide onto the bar stool of discovery and enjoy several free deluxe drinks as the Thinking Drinkers Guide explore the liquid lives of history’s most extraordinary elbow-benders (Thu 5 February). 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 favourite 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), They’ve skewered history, the Bible and the world’s most celebrated playwright, now the Reduced Shakespeare Company tackles the subject it was born to reduce: Comedy (Sun 5 April)


Beginning the season in January, Dr Lucy Worsley, BBC TV presenter, renowned historian and Chief Curator at the charity Historic Royal Palaces, takes you on an illustrated tour through the dark story of our fascination with murder ( Sat 17 January).
  The UK’s leading and longest running musical theatre concert, Beyond the Barricade makes a long overdue first appearance at Exeter Northcott Theatre, with a sensational new show for 2015 (Fri 6 & Sat 7 February).
Exeter University’s Footlights return with their fantastic adaptation of Evita (Weds 28 – Sat 31 January).
A tense and atmospheric new production visit the Exeter Northcott in late February in the form of The Mist in the Mirror, Oldham Coliseum Theatre and imitating the dog return following their hugely entertaining 2012 collaboration Hound of the Baskervilles. (Tues 24 – Sat 28 February)

The brilliant Filter Theatre return to Exeter with their radical new version of Macbeth (Mon 2 – Sat 7 March).

 Exeter University Gilbert and Sullivan Society
sail on to the stage with HMS Pinafore (Wed 11 – Sat 14 March), Nottingham Lakeside Arts and Meeting Ground Theatre Company bring a d
arkly comic play that offers glimpses of a mysterious world, this insightful play enters into the experience of dementia care with Inside Out of Mind ( Tues 17 & Fri 20 March).

 The Poppy Project is an arrangement of three innovative Physical Theatre performances, devised and adapted by the award-winning Anthos Arts collaborative. From theatre produced by youths as a consequence of their involvement with industry professionals, to a comical adaptation of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night by Anthos' in-house troupe of classical and Physical Theatre performers and musicians (Sun 22 March).

 Vamos Theatre return to Exeter Northcott Theatre with their heart-warming wartime full-mask show Nursing Lives (Thu 26 – Sat 28 March).

Following on from its 110th anniversary celebrations, this Easter Exeter Musical Society begins a new era with the ‘divine musical comedy’ Sister Act(Mon 30 March – Sat 4 April)

Middle Ground Theatre Company is delighted to present The Business of Murder, the acclaimed psychological thriller from the pen of Richard Harris (The Sweeney, A Touch Of Frost,The Avengers) which enjoyed a successful 9-year run in the West End. tarring Robert Gwilym, known by millions for his role as Dr Max Gallagher in Casualty, alongside Paul Opacic (a regular as Steve Marchant in Emmerdale, Mark Waddle in Bad Girls and Carl Costello in Hollyoaks), and Joanna Higson, who played Maxine Donnelly for 2 series of Shameless and is currently appearing as Vicky Hall in BBC TV's WPC56. (Mon 6 Sat 11 April)


Theatre Alibi
present their adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s  I Believe in Unicorns, a spellbinding and moving story by one of our greatest storytellers. (Thu 12 – Sun 15 February).

 Based on the much loved book by Dr Seuss, The Cat in the Hat is a lively and engaging first theatre experience for young children ( Wed 15 April).

Following a smash hit West End season, Scamp Theatre's delightful adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's hugely popular children's book Stick Man in coming to Exeter Northcott Theatre. ( Sat 23 & Sun 24 May)
The zany and hilarious Aliens and Underpants based on the best-selling children's book is wonderfully brought to life on stage for the very first time. You’ll laugh your pants off! (Tues 16 – Thus 18 June)

Enjoy music in a family-friendly atmosphere featuring a wide-range of musicians and music with Earworms, hosted by Mervyn Bedford (January and March).



Celebrating its shared commitment to dance development in Devon, Dance in Devon and Exeter Northcott Theatre are delighted to come together to present Watch This Space, a platform for emerging dance artists from our region. (Thurs 22 January)

Proudly celebrating its twentieth year, Richard Alston Dance Company returns to Exeter Northcott Theatre with a knock-out new programme showcasing Alston’s superbly skilled choreography.  (Tues 24 – Wed 25)

Shobana Jeyasingh Dance return to Exeter with a radical re-imagining of the celebrated ballet, La Bayadère, for the 21st century.  Moving between fact and fantasy, the original story is interwoven with the first ever visit of Indian dancers to Europe in 1838. (Tues 12 – Wed 13 May)

Ballet Black presents a triple bill featuring exciting works by Kit Holder (Birmingham Royal Ballet) and Will Tuckett (Royal Ballet). Award-winning choreographer Mark Bruce makes the company's newest narrative ballet, The Second Coming. ( Tues 19 – Wed 20 May)



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

La Bohème (Puccini) is a tale of young love, starting on Christmas Eve in a Paris garret. With some of the most memorable music in opera, ETO's new Italian-language production lifts every spirit and breaks every heart. 
The Siege of Calais (Donizetti) enjoyed its first ever UK professional tour with ETO in 2013, when it was acclaimed as one of the company's greatest achievements. Proud, fierce, exhilarating – this is history on stage, in thrilling music.
The Wild Man of the West Indies(Donizetti) is an extraordinary opera which vanished after initial success. A rare feast for lovers of bel canto (beautiful singing), and a rare adventure for lovers of theatre.
(Tues 28 April – Sat 2 May)  


Slip on your blue suede shoes, pull up your bobby-socks and take a trip to a simpler time, when high school romances and heart-breaks were accompanied by a king-size soda pop! Stage By Stage present the musical classic, Grease (Tues 23 – Sat 27 June)



Tickets for the Spring/Summer 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 on



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Don't miss George's Marvellous Medicine!

24 Nov 2014

Tues 9 December – Sun 4 January

The Exeter Northcott Theatre is delighted to welcome The Birmingham Stage Company with their production of George’s Marvellous Medicine for Christmas 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!

Amongst the professional cast, nine girls from Exeter will take it in turns each week to play the role of the shrunken Granny. The girls, aged between 7 and 10 years old, literally screamed for a role in the show at auditions on the University of Exeter campus.

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

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.


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

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:

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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Pilot Theatre return to Exeter with Antigone

12 Nov 2014

Pilot Theatre, Derby Theatre and Theatre Royal Stratford East present

Weds 26 – Sat 29 November

Contemporary version of Antigone by award-winning playwright Roy Williams to be performed at Exeter Northcott Theatre

 Following the critical success of his recent plays Kingston 14 at Theatre Royal Stratford East and Pilot Theatre’s touring production of The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner, the acclaimed and award-winning playwright Roy Williamsis once again set to join forces with York-based Pilot Theatre, this time to bring Sophocles' Antigone up to date in a bold new contemporary version of the classic Greek tragedy that will be relevant to today’s audiences.

Directed by Pilot Theatre’s Artistic Director Marcus Romer and co-produced with Derby Theatre and Theatre Royal Stratford East, Antigone will be at Exeter Northcott Theatre from Wednesday 26 – Saturday 29 November

Williams’ new version of Antigone re-imagines Sophocles’ tale about loyalty and truth, human nature and human behavior in a contemporary setting creating a new piece of theatre that will reverberate with today’s audiences whilst also illustrating Pilot’s excellent reputation for creating innovative work in new and exciting ways for a young theatre audience.

The production’s excellentcast will include Mark Monero (Steve Elliot in EastEnders and One Man Two Guvnors, National Tour; Gamba Cole (Kingston 14, Theatre Royal, Stratford East); Savannah Gordon-Liburd (Loneliness of the long Distance Runner, Pilot Theatre and Oliver Wilson (Henry V, Propeller Theatre Company and Blue/Orange, National Tour).

Williams said on adapting the classic Greek play: “I was intrigued to know if it was possible to set Antigone in a world that I have written about before, i.e. the gangster culture that is too often the life of a lot of young people today.”

“It has always disturbed me to hear young people say that being in a gang makes them feel powerful. But as we all know power does corrupt. Creon begins the play feeling all-powerful with his gang running ‘tingsin Thebes. It is almost like he and others like him, have put aside other feelings that make us human, like love and fear, in favour of a “live fast, die young” mentality. ” 

Pilot Theatre aim to inspire creativity and new ways of thinking and are strategic innovators in the field of digital networks and leaders in the delivery and distribution of work for, by and with young people. Last year the company received much acclaim for their production of Blood + Chocolate.

The production will be supported by an extensive National Schools’ programme which will be run alongside the tour. The programme will provide an informative education resource pack, which explores the themes and story of Antigone and their relevance to the production and in today’s society, especially with young theatregoers. The programme will also be offering parallel work and workshop activities and bespoke participatory projects with the production’s host co-producing venues.


Tickets: A £21.50 B £18.50 C £16 D £13.50
Concs: £2 off
Schools: £9 for groups 10+
Student Standby: £8
Groups 10+ get 11th ticket FREE
Age: 14yrs+
Running Time: 95mins (no interval)
Post Show Talk: Thu 27 November

Book tickets


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

Notes to editors

Antigone is suitable for 14+

For more info visit

PRESS NIGHT –  Weds 26 November

Production creative team

Pilot Theatre in partnership with Derby Theatre and Theatre Royal Stratford East present


A version by Roy Williams

Director: Marcus Romer

Designer: Joanna Scotcher

Lighting: Alexandra Stafford

Music: Sandy Nuttgens

Associate Director: Tom Bellerby

Cast:      Doreene Blackstock (Eunice), Gamba Cole (Eamon), Savannah Gordon-Liburd (Antigone), Luke James (Guard),Mark Monero (Creon), Sean Sagar (Soldier 3/Sentry), Frieda Thiel (Esme), Lloyd Thomas (Soldier 2) and Oliver Wilson (Tyrese/Soldier 1)

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Lotty's War

27 Oct 2014

Mon 10 – Sat 15 November

The critically acclaimed new play, Lotty’s War, is coming to the Exeter Northcott in November before it transfers to the West End in 2015.

Based on recently discovered diaries found in Germany, Lotty’s War is a fascinating story of love and betrayal. With the last boat to England gone, Lotty is housed in close quarters with the enemy, in particular General Bernberg. As loyalties waver amidst the temptations of forbidden love and the politics of war, does Lotty dare to tread a passionate and dangerous path to save a friend?

The show features am all-star cast including Olivia Hallinan,  known for her roles in television shows Lark Rise To Candleford, Sugar Rush and Girls in Love, Mark Letheren whose credits include Wire in the Blood, Casualty and The Bill and Adam Gillen, who features in Benidorm, Fresh Meat and Prisoners Wives.

 'gripping piece of theatre'
★★★★★ West End Wilma

“This is  one of the most mesmerising, gripping and involving productions I have ever seen”
British Theatre Guide

An emotional insight into the moral dilemma of war
What’s on Stage

a truly memorable production
London Theatre


Mon – 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
Sat Matinee: £18.50
Concs: £2 off
Schools: £10 for groups 10+
Student Standby: £8
Groups 10+ get 11th FREE
Age: 12yrs+


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

Notes to editors

Interviews can be arranged for all members of cast.

For more information on Lotty’s War, please visit:

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