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Northcott Theatre seeks chair and trustees to build on theatre’s growing reputation

The Northcott is looking for new trustees to continue to drive forward an increasingly ambitious business plan. Following the appointment of Daniel Buckroyd as Artistic Director & Chief Executive and a recently recruited senior management team, the theatre has set…

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Northcott brings deaf and disabled writers together to create new plays

Three playwrights came together at the Northcott to create new 60-minute plays as part of a programme to develop D/deaf and disabled writing talent. Daisy Higman, Kellan Frankland and Anita MacCallum were selected to take part in Graeae’s renowned Write…

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Young actors get masterclass from Sir Ian McKellen after generous donor buys five tickets for Exeter show

Five lucky teenagers were handed the chance to meet acting legend Sir Ian McKellen after a regular theatregoer offered free tickets to his sold-out show at Exeter Northcott Theatre. The celebrated actor announced he was bringing his 80th birthday tour…

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Sir Ian McKellen launches ‘pay it forward’ appeal to give away 1,000 free panto tickets to families with bucket collection

Exeter Northcott Theatre has launched a campaign to help low-income families enjoy Christmas with free pantomime tickets. The festive give-away aims to hand out 1,000 tickets for the ambitious new production of Beauty and the Beast, which opens on November…

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Artists revealed for new collaboration with academics around loneliness

We’ve joined forces with the University of Exeter’s Wellcome Centre for Cultures & Environments of Health to bring the subject of loneliness and community to a wider audience. Last year, a show about epilepsy called Beyond My Control, which was…

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Audition Call: Beauty and the Beast

We’re looking for a fantastic cast to join our new Artistic Director and an experienced Creative Team mounting this year’s bigger-than-ever Northcott Panto. Beauty and the Beast, the first Exeter Northcott Theatre production to be directed by our new Artistic Director,…

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Northcott co-production The Life I Lead starring Miles Jupp set for West End run

Following a critically acclaimed UK premiere at Exeter Northcott Theatre, leading stand-up comedian, presenter and actor Miles Jupp is to bring his heart-warming show about the life of Walt Disney’s consummate English gentleman, David Tomlinson, to London’s West End. Written…

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Eight-year old Exeter schoolboy to make stage debut at Northcott with English Touring Opera

A primary school pupil has been chosen to make his professional stage debut alongside professional opera singers and musicians. Ted Brough, aged 8 and a student at Exeter School, will perform with English Touring Opera (ETO) when it brings its…

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Emma Rice’s Malory Towers: full cast announced

Full casting has been announced for Emma Rice’s upcoming stage adaptation of Enid Blyton’s Malory Towers, which opens in Bristol at the Passenger Shed before embarking on a UK tour. Tickets go on general sale at 5pm on 16 May for…

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‘Don’t Push Me Around’ shines a light on ‘joys and frustrations’ of disability

A play which explores the daily joys and frustrations of four proudly independent disabled actors will be staged at the Northcott as part of a mini festival. Don’t Push Me Around is an original piece of theatre devised by the…

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Beauty and the Beast announced as Exeter Northcott panto 2019 – a first for the theatre

Exeter Northcott Theatre has announced that this year’s pantomime will be an ambitious new production of the classic love story Beauty and the Beast. The famous tale of a handsome prince who is transformed into a hideous beast and can…

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Academics and artists to create performance around loneliness

Exeter Northcott Theatre has joined forces with academics to bring the subject of loneliness and community to a wider audience. The theatre has this week announced a new partnership with the University of Exeter’s Wellcome Centre for Cultures & Environments…

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Exeter Northcott Theatre takes next step with new leadership team

Exeter Northcott Theatre has completed the recruitment of a new leadership team as it sets out a bold vision for the future of performing arts in the city and the wider South West region. Artistic Director & Chief Executive Daniel Buckroyd…

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Panto appeal raises record-breaking £9,000 for work with young people

Panto audiences at Exeter Northcott Theatre dug deep over Christmas and raised almost £9,000 to help fund ground-breaking work with youngsters. Theatre-goers contributed the record-breaking amount via bucket collections during the festive run of Jack and the Beanstalk, which cast…

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‘Hamilton meets Matilda’ – how Metta is pushing the boundaries of musical theatre

Metta Theatre’s extraordinary new hip-hop musical In the Willows opens at the Northcott in February. With epic show tunes and killer beats, this much-loved Edwardian tale has been brought popping and locking into the twenty first century, with fast bikes,…

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The Mousetrap: New Tour with Only Fools and Horses Star

PRESS RELEASE – Friday 9 November THE MOUSETRAP TOUR  Adam Spiegel and Stephen Waley-Cohen AGATHA CHRISTIE’S RECORD-BREAKING MURDER MYSTERY THE MOUSETRAP ANNOUNCES MAJOR NATIONAL TOUR FOR 2019 FEATURING ONLY FOOLS AND HORSES STAR GWYNETH STRONG AS MRS BOYLE OPENING AT…

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Ian McKellen announces Exeter date in 80th birthday solo tour to support emerging artists

Ambassador Theatre Group presents IAN MCKELLEN ON STAGE Tolkien, Shakespeare, others …and you! Ian McKellen is to celebrate his 8oth birthday next year by raising funds for theatres, with a new solo show which will play on 80 stages across…

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Full Cast Announced for JACK AND THE BEANSTALK – Exeter’s favourite panto dame returns as writer and director

 BOOK tickets here An Exeter Northcott production Written and directed by Steve Bennett   Artistic & Executive Director of Exeter Northcott Theatre Daniel Buckroyd today announces the full cast for the Christmas pantomime. Exeter’s favourite panto dame Steve Bennett returns…

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CANCELLED: JOAN ARMATRADING – MON 17 & TUES 18 SEPTEMBER 7.30PM

  We have just been advised that Joan Armatrading is unwell and therefore unable to perform at Exeter Northcott Theatre next week. We are in the process of scheduling new dates and will be in touch with ticket holders again…

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Full Cast Announced for Don Carlos – Centrepiece of the Northcott’s 50th Anniversary Season

An Exeter Northcott, Nuffield Southampton Theatres and Rose Theatre Kingston co-production in association with Ara Don Carlos Written by Friedrich Schiller Translated by Robert David MacDonald Directed by Gadi Roll; Set and Costume Design by Rosanna Vize Lighting Design by…

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Exeter Northcott Theatre to sell locally-sourced ice cream after Salcombe Dairy sponsorship

The Exeter Northcott Theatre has teamed up with Salcombe Dairy to supply audiences with locally-produced ice cream. As part of the deal, the South Devon producer has sponsored the theatre’s Christmas pantomime, Jack and the Beanstalk. Exeter’s favourite panto dame,…