April 2015

14 April 2015

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

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 j.l.hogg@exeter.ac.uk

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. www.englishtouringopera.org.uk

10 April 2015

Exeter Northcott introduces e-tickets

We are pleased to announce that we have now introduced the option of e-tickets on all of our performances.

E-tickets are a quick and simple way of receiving your tickets as soon as you have booked.  When booking tickets online, simply choose the ‘print at home’ option at checkout and your ticket will be emailed to you in PDF format. You then have the option to display the e-tickets on your smart phone to our stewards or print your tickets for display on entering the auditorium. Please be aware that each e-ticket prints onto a single A4 sheet of paper.

08 April 2015

Crouch, Touch, Pause, Engage

Acclaimed theatre company, Out of Joint, return to the Exeter Northcott Theatre in May, this time with  Crouch, Touch, Pause, Engage – a new, verbatim play directed by Max Stafford-Clark.

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.

This is the story of two Welsh names bruised, but not beaten, by media speculation: Gareth Thomas, 100 caps for Wales, now the world’s most prominent gay sportsman; and his hometown, Bridgend, itself a victim of intrusion following the deaths of several young residents.

Working with Gareth himself, and young people in Bridgend, 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.

“It wrenches the gut and makes the soul sing. Staggeringly moving” 

“A moving story with some real dark times, told with a wonderful and realistic sense of humour… Thoroughly enjoyable for anyone”

“…an uplifting story of hope. Inspiring.”

“Out of Joint aims to develop ‘entertaining theatre that broadens horizons and investigates our times’. Here, it does just that”

“Fantastically moving… a tremendous evening.”

“…I have no interest in rugby whatsoever, don’t know one end of the ball from the other, but this drama with its very respectful treatment of working people and damaged people had me spellbound and very close to tears. Stafford-Clark is a master of the stage.”

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
Age: This production includes some swearing and sensitive material
Date: Tues 5 –Sat 9 May 2015
Running Time: TBC
Post Show Talk: Tues 5 May

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

Notes to editors
Directed by Max Stafford-Clark

Writer Robin Soans is celebrated for his documentary verbatim plays based on interviews with real people, including Out of Joint’s acclaimed shows Mixed Up North, A State Affair and Talking to Terrorists which was nominated Best Play at the TMA awards and has had subsequent productions overseas including in Tehran. Others include Life After Scandal about Christine and Neil Hamilton, and The Arab-Israeli Cookbook, which also spawned a book of recipes. His most recent play was the fictional drama Perseverance Drive, which played to great praise at the Bush Theatre in 2014.

Designer Angela Davies
Lighting Designer Katy Morison
Sound designer Dyfan Jones
Movement Director Scott Graham

Cast: Rhys ap William, Patrick Brennan, Katie Elin-Salt, Daniel Hawksford, Lauren Roberts, Bethan Witcomb

Out of Joint makes and tours plays that are epic, inquisitive, original and authentic: entertaining theatre that broadens horizons and ask questions of our times. “The mighty Out of Joint” Time Out; “Inventive, individual and humane” Whatsonstage.com

National Theatre Wales has made theatre in forests, up mountains, on beaches, in nightclubs and across entire towns. They collaborate with storytelling poets, visual visionaries and inventors of ideas making theatre rooted in Wales with an international reach. “National Theatre Wales reinvents the language of theatre every time it puts on a show” Daily Telegraph

In its converted paint factory in Dalston, East London,Arcola Theatre presents new writing and forgotten classics to a local and international audience. World-class productions of plays, operas and musicals appear alongside exciting young companies. “One of the great success stories of the British Theatre” The Stage

For more information about Out of Joint, please visit: http://www.outofjoint.co.uk/

01 April 2015

Dr Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat

Katie Mitchell’s acclaimed stage adaptation of Dr Seuss’sThe Cat In The Hat will embark on its first UK tour in 2015, playing at Exeter Northcott Theatre on Wednesday 15 April 2015.

From the moment his tall, red-and-white-striped hat appears around the door, Sally and her brother know that the cat in the hat is the funniest, most mischievous cat they have ever met. With the trickiest of tricks and craziest of ideas, he turns a rainy afternoon into an amazing adventure. But what will mum find when she gets home? 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 aged 3+.

The Cat in the Hat
was first published in 1957 as Dr. Seuss’s second book for children. It marked the transition of Theodor Seuss Geisel from successful advertising executive and political cartoonist, to world-famous illustrator and children’s author. The curious and intricate rhyming found in The Cat in the Hat is still adored decades later with over 250 million copies sold worldwide in more than 20 different languages. Katie Mitchell’sstageadaptation of The Cat in the Hat first played in the National Theatre’s Cottesloe Theatre in December 2009, before transferring to the Young Vic in 2010.

‘Triumphs as the maestro of mischief’

The Stage
Tickets: £13
Family Ticket: £36 for 3 + up to 3 more tickets £12 each
Schools: £9 groups 10+, 1 teacher FREE with every 10 students.
Date: Wed 15 April 2015
Age: 3yrs+
Running Time: 45mins (no interval)

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

Notes to editors
Dr. Seuss’s
The Cat in the Hat, based on the book by Dr. Seuss, was originally produced in 2009 by the National Theatre of Great Britain, and adapted and originally directed by Katie Mitchell. This new production is directed by Lillie Collier, designed by David Shields and produced by Paul Taylor-Mills Ltd. It is presented through special arrangement with Josef Weinberger Plays Ltd on behalf of Music Theatre International (MTI).

01 April 2015

Shakespeare’s Globe presents Romeo & Juliet

Award-winning Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre will visit Exeter Northcott Theatre in April with its brand new version of the classic tragedy, Romeo & Juliet.

A violent street brawl between their rival families is the prelude to Romeo’s first encounter with Juliet. Despite this, and the fact Juliet has been promised to another, they fall in love. But any plans for their future happiness are cruelly destroyed by renewed violence between their families and tragedy begins to unfold.

A small troupe of travelling players takes to the road with Shakespeare’s tale of star-crossed lovers.  Performed on an Elizabethan-style stage, this stripped-down version breathes new life into one of the greatest of all love stories.

“Summer is all the sweeter for a Shakespeare road trip.”
The Telegraph

Tickets: A £24.50  B £21.50  C £19 D £16.50
Sat matinee: £16.50 all seats
Concs: £2 off
Schools: £9 for groups 10+
Student Standby: £8
Groups 10+ get 11th ticket FREE
Age: all ages
Date: Thu 16 –Sat 18 April 2015
Running Time: 2hrs 30mins
Post Show Talk: Fri 17 April 7.30pm
Multibuy: multibuy discounts are available on this show.

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

Notes to editors
Shakespeare’s Globe has been touring productions around the world since 2007.

Founded by the pioneering American actor and director Sam Wanamaker, Shakespeare’s Globe is a unique international resource dedicated to the exploration of Shakespeare’s work and the playhouse for which he wrote, through the connected means of performance and education.

Together, the Globe Theatre, Globe Exhibition & Tour and Globe Education seek to further the experience and international understanding of Shakespeare in performance.

For more information about Shakespeare’s Globe, please visit: http://www.shakespearesglobe.com