October 2015

27 October 2015

Cast Announced for A Christmas Carol

The Exeter Northcott Theatre and Creative Cow are delighted to announce the cast for their magical new adaptation of Charles Dickens’ much-loved Christmas classic.

Leading the cast is celebrated local actor, Derek Frood, in the role of Ebenezer Scrooge. Derek was recently seen in BBC1’s Poldark and has previously entertained Devon audiences in his work with Theatre Alibi.

Derek said, “The prospect of stepping into the shoes of Ebenezer Scrooge fills me with delight. In 1843 Dickens intended the story as a strong condemnation of greed, and the transformation of Scrooge provided an optimistic message that proved popular and is as relevant today as it was then. Creative Cow are a young, dynamic, company and I thank them for giving me this opportunity to play the miserly old man. Amanda Knott (the Director) and I last worked together in the early 1990’s and the combination of all our energies will snowball, I’m sure, creating an unforgettable festive feast on stage!”

Making his Exeter Northcott Theatre debut is Cygnet Theatre trained Ed Ferrow in the roles of both Jacob Marley and Bob Cratchit. Creative Cow co-founder Katherine Senior will play the roles of Mrs Fezziwig and Mrs Cratchit. Darren Lake will play the roles of Ghost of Christmas Present and Fezziwig. Darren has played leading roles in shows as diverse as Maggie May, Tales from the Vienna Woods, The Hired Man, Oh! What A Lovely War. Séan Aydon will play the Ghost of Christmas Past, the first of the three spirits to haunt Ebenezer Scrooge. Séan recently appeared in the world premiere of Arthur Miller’s The Hook in a co-production between Northampton’s Royal & Derngate and the Liverpool Everyman.

Fred and Young Scrooge will be played by George Jennings. George has worked with Creative Cow before in the role of Young Marlow in She Stoops to Conquer. South West musician Jamie Huddlestone will bring elegant music to the production.
Completing the cast is John Dunlop, from Exeter, who will play the role of Tiny Tim.

Paul Jepson, artistic and executive director of Exeter Northcott Theatre said “I am delighted with the exciting cast and creative team we have brought together for A Christmas Carol, a show that marks the Exeter Northcott’s return to producing. Along with the wonderful Creative Cow, we will provide south west audiences of all ages with a magical adaptation of a Christmas classic.”

Matthew Parish and Katherine Senior from Creative Cow said “Creative Cow jumped over the moon when the opportunity to co- produce A Christmas Carol with Exeter Northcott Theatre arose. It is a new venture for us to have a residency at a theatre because, as a touring company, we are so used to packing up after a week and moving on to the next venue. It is an extremely exciting time to team up with the Northcott and because we are a Devon company we have a lot of local professional artists on board from Exeter and Plymouth alongside children from various Exeter schools and Willow Tree Theatre School in Tiverton. We hope our production will be a festive feast for all the senses and we can’t wait to get started.”

Ebenezer Scrooge is a notoriously bitter old man who is determined not to let Christmas interfere with his miserly routine. But one Christmas Eve, Scrooge receives some unexpected supernatural visitors who are determined to show him the true spirit of Christmas and the error of his ways.

Creative Cow’s artistic director Amanda Knott directs an ensemble company of actors and musicians to bring you this magical, inventive, heart-warming adaptation of a festive classic, with Dickens wit and masterful storytelling at its core. Guaranteed to appeal to young and old alike, A Christmas Carol will melt even the coldest of hearts and leave all rejoicing with Christmas spirit.

Recommended for age 7+. Tickets: £14 – £28, family tickets from only £27. Schools £10 for groups 10+. For more information, performance times and to book tickets call the Box Office on 01392 726363 or visit www.exeternorthcott.co.uk


For more information, please contact Jenny Hogg on 01392 722409 or email her.



A Christmas Carol will run from Fri 4 December 2015 – Sun 3 January 2016

Cast list

Ebenezer Scrooge: Derek Frood
Bob Cratchit/Jacob Marley: Ed Ferrow
Mrs. Cratchit/Mrs Fezziwig/ Fanny/ Belle: Katherine Senior
Ghost of Christmas Past/Peter: Séan Aydon
Ghost of Christmas Present/ Old Joe/ Fezziwig
: Darren Lake
Tiny Tim: John Dunlop
Young Scrooge/Fred: George Jennings
Musician and Composer– Jamie Huddlestone

A Christmas Carol is co-produced by Exeter Northcott Theatre and Creative Cow.

Adaptation by Katherine Senior
Director: Amanda Knott
Production Manager: Matthew Parish
Lighting Designer: Dominic Jeffery
Costume Designer: Jessica Zammit
Stage Manager: Helen Williams

Exeter Northcott Theatre is a 460 seat venue serving Exeter and heart of Devon from its home on the University of Exeter Streatham Campus.  It offers a mixed programme of touring theatre productions, contemporary dance, opera, music, comedy and family shows to its catchment area of 551,000 homes.

For more information on Exeter Northcott Theatre, please visit: www.exeternorthcott.co.uk

Creative Cow is a touring repertory theatre company formed in 2007 by Amanda Knott, Jonathan Parish and Katherine Senior. Their aim is to present to wide and diverse audiences the very best in classic and contemporary playwriting with imaginative and accomplished performances.

For more information on Creative Cow, please visit: http://www.creativecow.co.uk

26 October 2015

Alternative Pedestrian Access: Mon 2 – Fri 20 Nov

Please note that Exeter University will be undertaking some building work on its pedestrian paths between car parks A, B & D and the theatre from Monday 2 – Friday 20 November. The university have put on alternative pedestrian routes which will be lit and sign posted. We are advising that our patrons leave a little extra time when using these routes. Although the footpaths will be closed the road will still be accessible to cars.

The picture below shows the footpath closure in red and the alternative footpaths in yellow and green. Please be aware that the yellow footpath is steeper than the green. For more information please call our box office on 01392 72 63 63.

Path Diversion 2 - 20 Nov

19 October 2015

American Idiot Announced

Sell a Door present the Tony Award winning musical American Idiot

Weds 18 – Sun 22 May 2016




Green Day’s explosive Tony Award® winning Broadway musical American Idiot, will embark on a national tour and visit Exeter Northcott Theatre in May 2016. Following on from its hugely successful and critically acclaimed West End run, which is currently running at the Arts Theatre, Leicester Square until 22 November 2015.

American Idiot will begin its UK tour from 19 March 2016, commencing at the Curve Theatre, Leicester, directed and choreographed by Racky Plews, with designs by Sara Perks, lighting by Tim Deiling, sound by Chris Whybrow and musical supervision by Richard Morris.

Amelia Lily (X-Factor) will be reprising her critically acclaimed role, Whatsername, from 5 April at the Palace Theatre, Manchester, with full casting to be confirmed in due course.

Amelia Lily said “I’m so excited to be a part of American Idiot on tour! It’s been an amazing experience playing Whatsername in the West End and now I get to do it all over again next year around the UK, bringing this incredible show to a wider audience who haven’t had a chance to see it in London!”

The musical features the music of Green Day with the lyrics of its lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong, and book by Billie Joe Armstrong and Michael Mayer. The production is being directed and choreographed by Racky Plews, with musical supervision by Richard Morris, sound by Chris Whybrow, design by Sara Perks and lighting by Tim Deiling.

American Idiot is the story of three boyhood friends, each searching for meaning in a post 9-11 world. Winner of two Tony Awards® and the 2010 Grammy Award winner for Best Musical Show Album, American Idiot premiered at Berkeley Repertory Theatre in September 2009, moving onto a critically acclaimed Broadway run in April 2010.

Its hit songs include “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” “21 Guns,” “Wake Me Up When September Ends,” “Holiday” and the blockbuster title track “American Idiot” from Green Day’s 2004 Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum album. Also included are several songs from Green Day’s 2009 release “21st Century Breakdown,” and an unreleased love song, “When It’s Time.”

American Idiot The Musical is presented by arrangement with Josef Weinberger Limited on behalf of Music Theatre International of New York.

Amelia Lily (Whatsername) is a singer who finished third on the eighth series of The X Factor in 2011, mentored by Kelly Rowland. Her debut single, “You Bring Me Joy”, was released in 2012 and reached number two on the UK Singles Chart, while her follow-up singles “Shut Up (and Give Me Whatever You Got)” and “Party Over” (both 2013) reached the top 20 and the top 40 respectively. Amelia made her West End debut, earlier this year, in American Idiot the musical and previously starred as the Narrator in the UK tour of Joseph And His Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

Tickets: Wed – Sun Evenings:
A £32 B £30 C £30 D £26
Sat & Sun Mats: A £28 B £26 C £26 D £20
Concs: £2 off
Groups 10+ get 11th ticket FREE

For more information, please contact Jenny Hogg on 01392 722409 or email her.




Racky Plews (Director/Choreographer) was the resident director at Trafalgar Studios on Rodgers and Hammerstein’s State Fair and also the choreographer in residence at The Gatehouse where credits include: Guys and Dolls (Best Production nomination – thirteen Off West End nominations); The Drowsy Chaperone (Best Off West End Production nomination What’s On Stage); Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story; A Slice of Saturday Night; The Hot Mikado and Into The Woods. Her choreography credits include: the UK Premiere of the musical comedy Cougar (The Belgrade, Coventry); Jekyll and Hyde (UK Tour); the Asian Premiere of Seussical (and director- The Lyric Theatre, Hong Kong, Singapore and Middle East); Guys and Dolls (director- Tring Park); Josephine Baker (The Beckett Theatre, New York); Liza Liza Liza by Richard Harris (Bill Kenwright Tour); Respect La Diva (Garrick Theatre); Momentous Musicals (New Wimbledon Theatre, ATG); Aladdin (Hastings, Qdos); Blockbuster (assistant/resident director, UK Tour); Shitfaced Sondheim (UK Premiere); A Dolls House (UK Tour); Seussical (The Arts Theatre); Wagner’s The Ring Cycle (and co-director- The Scoop Amphitheatre, South Bank); West End Bares 2013 and 2014 (Jerry Mitchell/Darren Carnall); An Evening with Marvin Hamlisch (St. James Theatre, main space); The Jewish Legacy (UK Tour); Oedipus & Antigone (The Scoop Amphitheatre, South Bank); A Tale of Two Cities (Charing Cross Theatre); Lost Boy (Liverpool Playhouse); Billy Elliot’s West End Eurovision Entry 2013 and 2014 (Dominion Theatre); Denise Pearson – The Jackson’s World Tour (UK Arena Tour/Birmingham Pride/G.A.Y. London); Forever Plaid (UK & International Tour); Sophie Tucker’s One Night Stand (UK Tour); the European Premiere of Bare – The Rock Musical (Best Choreography nomination Broadway World); Bernarda Alba; and Once Upon A Mattress (Best Choreography nomination Off West End Awards, The Union Theatre); A Christmas Carol (Kings Head Theatre); Assassins (The Landor); La Traviata and The Marriage of Figaro (and director- Hampstead Garden Opera); Freshers (Edinburgh Festival – Best Musical Whats On Stage Award); Dangerous Daughters (Perfect Pitch); The Wild Party (Mountview); How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying (CPA); The 48hour Musicals – The Boy Friend (Her Majesty’s Theatre); Crazy For You; and Me & My Girl (London Palladium).


Billie Joe Armstrong, is frontman of the rock band Green Day. Green Day’s albums include 1039/Smooth Out Slappy Hours; Kerplunk; 1994’s Dookie, which sold 15 million copies and garnered their first Grammy, Insomniac; Nimrod; Warning; 2004’s landmark American Idiot, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard chart, spawned five hit singles, and earned seven Grammy nominations (winning two, including Best Rock Album); 21st Century Breakdown (Grammy Award, Best Rock Album); and 2012’s consecutively released ¡Uno!, ¡Dos!, and ¡Tré! (as well as the behind the scenes DVD,¡Cuatro!). Last year, Armstrong and Norah Jones released Foreverly, a tribute to the Everly Brothers’ 1958 Songs Our Daddy Taught Us. The Tony and Grammy winning musical American Idiot, featuring lyrics by Armstrong, music by Green Day, and a book written by Armstrong and director Michael Mayer, opened on Broadway in 2010. Throughout its run, he made cameo appearances in the role of St. Jimmy. The recent documentary, Broadway Idiot, chronicles his road to the Great White Way. Armstrong also composed the music for These Paper Bullets staged last year at the Yale Repertory Theatre.  His other film and TV credits include This is 40, Nurse Jackie, and the upcoming feature film, Like Sunday, Like Rain. greenday.com


Green Day

Vocalist/guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong, Bassist Mike Dirnt, and Drummer Tré Cool – were kids from working-class backgrounds who came of age in the underground punk scene in Berkeley. Even though they had released two records prior (1039 / Smoothed Out Slappy Hours and Kerplunk), they announced their arrival with 1994’s Dookie, a dynamic blast of exuberant punk-pop that sold 15 million copies and earned the band its first Grammy® Award for Best Alternative Music Performance. Over the years, Green Day continued to top the charts with their subsequent studio albums Insomniac, Nimrod and Warning, while entertaining millions of fans with their frenetic live shows. But it was their landmark 2004 album American Idiot that launched Green Day into the stratosphere. American Idiot debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard chart, spawned five hit singles, earned seven Grammy® nominations (winning two, including Best Rock Album), and raised the bar for modern rock and roll. In 2009, Green Day released 21st Century Breakdown, which won the 2010 Grammy® Award for Best Rock Album. It spawned two hit singles: the gold “Know Your Enemy,” which was the first song ever to top Billboard’s Rock, Alternative, and Mainstream Rock charts simultaneously, and the double-platinum “21 Guns,” which earned them three 2009 MTV Video Music Awards including Best Rock Video. Green Day also took home an American Music Award for Favourite Alternative Rock Music Artist. Later that year, Green Day collaborated with Tony Award winning director of Spring Awakening, Michael Mayer, for the stage musical of American Idiot. The play bowed at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre in September 2009 and set attendance records during its limited engagement. The play went on to Broadway and ran for a year at the St. James Theatre and won two Tony Awards Green Day’s highly anticipated album trilogy kicked off with the release of Green Day ¡Uno!, (September 25, 2012) followed by Green Day ¡Dos! (November 13th), and Green Day ¡Tré! (December 11th). The band recently completed the Soundwave Festival in Australia.  For more info visit www.greenday.com.

08 October 2015

The Silver Sword

The Belgrade Theatre and Sell A Door Theatre Company present
The Silver Sword

Tues 27 – Sat 31 October 2015

Ian Seraillier’s highly acclaimed and much-loved children’s novel, THE SILVER SWORD, has been adapted for the stage and will visit Exeter at the end of October.

The Silver Sword is a heart-warming tale of three children whose determination to become a family again, takes them on an incredible adventure to find their father against all the odds.

Named by The Times as one of the top 50 children’s books of all time, The Silver Sword is set in Poland in the immediate aftermath of WWII and follows the Balicki children’s search for safety as Europe is divided up and displaced people return to their homelands.

Along the way, Ruth, Edek and Bronia meet 14 year old Jan – a boy who, years before, had met their father by chance and been given the family’s precious paper knife, affectionately known as the Silver Sword. Jan’s instructions are to show it to the children, should their paths cross, with the message that their father is still alive and headed for Switzerland.

During their adventures they cross paths with people from every nation as well as animals such as Jimpy the cockerel, Bistro the chimpanzee and Ludwig the dog.

This brand new musical adaptation of The Silver Sword is full of warmth, music and excitement, and is brought to life by a cast of wonderful actor/musicians, featuring amazing puppetry and stunning visual projections.

“Well-told, touching and funny. A definite must-see.”


“New musical adaptation of children’s classic has a strong message but also plenty of imagination
and levity”

Tickets: Opening Night (Tue 7pm): £15
Family Ticket: £42 for 3 + up to 3 more tickets £14 each

Wed Green Matinee: A £22 B £18 C £13 D £11 * *
Family Tickets: A £63* (£21) B £51* (£17) C £36* (£12) D £30* (£10)
*for 3, up to 3 more tickets at the price in brackets

Wed – Sat 7pm & Sat Matinee: A £25 B £20 C £15 D £12
Family Tickets: A £72* (£24) B £57* (£19) C £42* (£14) D £33* (£11)
*for 3, up to 3 more tickets at the price in brackets


For more information, please contact Jenny Hogg on 01392 272 409 or email her at j.l.hogg@exeter.ac.uk

Notes to editors

Press night is Tues 27th October

The cast are available for interviews.

For more information about the production, please visit: http://www.belgrade.co.uk/event/the-silver-sword

02 October 2015

A Murder is Announced

Middle Ground Theatre Company presents
Agatha Christie’s A Murder is Announced

Mon 19 – Sat 24 October 2015

Agatha Christie’s famous novel, A Murder is Announced, is brought to life on the Exeter Northcott staged in October.

The residents of Chipping Cleghorn are astonished to read an advert in the local newspaper that a murder will take place this coming Friday at Little Paddocks, the home of Letitia Blacklock.

Unable to resist, the group gather at the house at the appointed time, when the lights go out and a gun is fired. Enter Miss Marple, who must unravel a complex series of relationships and events to solve the mystery of the killer…

Miss Marple, along with Hercule Poirot, is one of Agatha Christie’s most loved characters, having been portrayed many times on screen. She’s appeared in 12 of Agatha Christie’s crime novels and in 20 short stories, numerous TV adaptations and on the radio too.

Starring Judy Cornwell as Miss Marple and Diane Fletcher (House of Cards) who both have distinguished careers spanning 50 years on stage and screen. Judy Cornwell is best known for playing the loveable Daisy in Keeping Up Appearances.

They are joined by Tom Butcher (PC Steve Loxton in The Bill and Dr Marc Elliott in Doctors), Sarah Thomas, who played Glenda Wilkinson in Last of The Summer Wine for 24 years, Rachel Bright (EastEnders’ Poppy Meadow) and Dean Smith (Waterloo Road, Last Tango in Halifax).
“I have seen a fair few adaptations for the stage and I enjoyed this one more than The Mousetrap.”


Tickets A £27.50 B £25 C £23 D £19
Wed Green Matinee: £17 *
Sat Matinee: £19
Concs: £2 off (bands B, C & D only)
Student Standby: £8
Groups 10+ get 11th ticket FREE
Age: 12yrs+
Running Time: TBC


For more information, please contact Jenny Hogg on 01392 272 409 or email her at j.l.hogg@exeter.ac.uk

Notes to editors

Press night is Mon 19th October

The cast are available for interviews.

For more information about the production, please visit: http://www.middlegroundtheatre.co.uk/Wordpress/a-murder-is-announced/