May 2016

 
25 May 2016

Shadowlands

The critically-acclaimed production of William Nicholson’s moving play, Shadowlands, comes to Exeter Northcott Theatre from Tues 28 June – Sat 2 July

Starring Stephen Boxer (Humans, The Iron Lady, Doctors) as C.S. Lewis, Amanda Ryan (The Forsyte Saga) and Dennis Lill (Only Fools and Horses and The Royal) this West End and Broadway hit is the love story of C.S. Lewis – Oxford don and author of The Chronicles of Narnia and The Screwtape Letters – and American poet Joy Davidman.

Shadowlands is the stunning drama written by William Nicholson that poses classic questions about religion, pain and love, through childhood innocence through the beautiful wonder of late-flowering love.This West End and Broadway hit is the love story of C.S. Lewis – Oxford don and author of The Chronicles of Narnia and The Screwtape Letters – and American poet Joy Davidman.

Lewis is comfortable in his life at Oxford University, smug in his convictions about God and His plan for the world until his fan Joy and her young son enter his life and the bewildered theoretician of love in the abstract finally confronts its direct presence.

Following on from its original incarnation as a TV drama then subsequent stage adaptation and finally a film starring Anthony Hopkins, the play has gone on to win multiple awards as well as the film adaptation picking up multiple BAFTA and US awards.

★★★★
Intensely moving
THE TELEGRAPH

★★★★
a heart-breaking play well-served by touching performances”
 THE STAGE

★★★★
“A portrait of love and grief that profoundly touches a chord”
THE TIMES

Tickets
Tue – Thu evenings: A £27.50 B £25 C £23 D £19
Fri & Sat evenings: A £29.50 B £27 C £25 D £21
Wed Green matinee: £17 *
Sat matinee: £19
Concs: £2 off (bands B, C & D only)
Student Standby: £5
Groups 10+ get 11th ticket FREE
Age 12yrs+
Running Time: 2hrs 15mins

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For further information and to request interviews, review tickets and images, please contact Jenny Hogg on 01392 722 408 or email her.

Notes to Editors

Alastair Whatley is the director of Shadowlands. Alastair is also performing in the upcoming production of Invincible at the Exeter Northcott Theatre and is available for interviews about both shows.

Shadowlands is produced by the Birdsong Productions, the same producers of the critically-acclaimed Birdsong and Flare Path, which recently played at Exeter Northcott Theatre

19 May 2016

Mermaid Auditions for Peter Pan

Following the huge interest in Lost Boys auditions for its magical Christmas show, Peter Pan, Exeter Northcott Theatre is now looking for performers to join the cast to play mermaids.

The theatre would like to find 3 or 4 female performers aged 17 or above on the 1st September 2016.  The roles will include a mixture of acting and movement, as well as an element of singing, however singing experience is not essential.

Exeter Northcott is holding auditions on the afternoon of Saturday 4th June. Places are limited so register your interest now with the theatre’s Education and Outreach Officer Lisa Hudson at: education@exeternorthcott.co.uk

Please note that this is an amateur opportunity and will be unpaid.

Peter Pan is at Exeter Northcott Theatre from Friday 2 December 2016 – Sunday 1 January 2017. Tickets are from £12. Book online at www.exeternorthcott.co.uk or call the Box Office on 01392 726363
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17 May 2016

Smash-hit comedy, Invincible, comes to Exeter Northcott Theatre

                                                                    Mon 30 May – Sat 4 June 2016

From one of the most exciting playwrights to emerge since Alan Ayckbourn, Torben Betts, and produced by the award-winning Original Theatre Company (Birdsong, Three Men In A Boat), comes a brand new production of the smash hit, sell-out comedy, Invincible.

With the recession biting hard, Emily and Oliver have decided to downsize and shift their middle-class London lifestyle to a small town in the north of England. One night, they open their doors to their next door neighbours, Dawn and Alan. Over the course of a disastrous evening of olives, anchovies, Karl Marx and abstract art, class and culture collide, resulting in consequences that are both tragic and hilarious.

The cast includes Artistic Director of the Original Theatre Company, Alastair Whatley, who was recently seen at the Exeter Northcott in the 2015 tour of Flare Path  and the 2014 tour of Birdsong.

★★★★
“A refreshing Ayckborn-style comedy”
DAILY MAIL


★★★★
“Highly entertaining”

THE TIMES

★★★★
“Not much theatre makes me laugh out loud continually but Invincible is a rare and cherishable example”
The Sunday Times

Tickets
A
£24.50 B £21.50 C £19 D £16
Sat matinee: £16.50
Concs: £2 off
Schools: £9 for groups 10+
Student Standby: £5
Groups 10+ get 11th ticket FREE
Age 12yrs+
Running Time: 2hrs 15mins

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For further information and to request interviews, review tickets and images, please contact Jenny Hogg on 01392 722 408 or email her on j.l.hogg@exeter.ac.uk

Notes to Editors

Playwright Torben Betts was born in Lincolnshire and studied at Liverpool University. He became the resident dramatist at Scarborough’s Stephen Joseph Theatre in 1999. Poet and dramatist Liz Lochhead said Betts “is just about the most original and extraordinary writer of drama we have.” His play The Unconquered won Best New Play 2006/07 at the Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland. 2015 saw a revival of his acclaimed 2012 play Muswell Hill at London’s Park Theatre, his latest work, What Falls Apart, opened at Newcastle’s Live Theatre, and his version of Chekhov’s The Seagull was staged at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre. He has adapted Get Carter for Northern Stage in Newcastle, which opened in February this year, before embarking on a major national tour.

The full cast includes Alastair Whatley as Oliver, Emily Bowker as Emily, Graeme Brookes as Alan and Kerry Bennett as Dawn, and will be directed by Associate Director of The Original Theatre Company, Christopher Harper.

Alastair Whatley most recently played Teddy Graham in the 2015 UK tour of Flare Path and Evans in the UK tour of Birdsong (Birdsong Productions / Original Theatre Company). Other recent theatre roles include Jerome in Three Men In A Boat and The Reverend Lionel Toop in See How They Run (both for Original Theatre Company), and the title role in Henry V (South Hill Park). Alastair is also

Director Christopher Harper is an Associate of the Original Theatre Company and directed their 2011 production of See How They Run. As an actor, he recently finished playing Benedick on a world tour of Much Ado About Nothing for Shakespeare’s Globe, and starred as Victoria Wood’s son, Cliff Last, in the television film Housewife 49.

Invincible is designed by Victoria Spearing, with sound by Dominic Bilkey. The national tour is produced by Tom Hackney for The Original Theatre Company and Adrian Grady for Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds.

The Original Theatre Company was formed in 2004 by Creative Director Alastair Whatley. Based in Whepstead, Suffolk, they create touring productions of both classical and contemporary texts. Past productions include Flare Path, Birdsong, Our Country’s Good, See How They Run, Twelfth Night, Dancing at Lughansa, The Madness of George III, The Importance of Being Oscar, Journey’s End, Othello, and Vincent in Brixton.

 

10 May 2016

Avenue Q

                                                                    Mon 30 May – Sat 4 June 2016

Following five years in the West End, sell-out runs worldwide and a smash hit tour last year (packed with mischief, bad behaviour and political incorrectness) Avenue Q comes to Exeter Northcott Theatre at the end of May.

Featuring the naughtiest puppets in town, brought hilariously to life by an ensemble cast, Avenue Q is a Tony Award winning musical about growing up, dreaming big and finding your purpose in life.

Created by Jeff Marx and Robert Lopez (Co-creator of Book of Mormon and writer of the songs for Disney’s Frozen) Avenue Q is an irresistibly charming musical which tells the story of the loveable characters on a downtown New York street trying to make sense of life’s burning issues.

Hilarious, cheeky and uproariously entertaining, with a terrific batch of songs performed by a cast of hugely talented performers and puppets, Avenue Q is the musical like no other.

★★★★
The Stage


“You’d be a muppet to miss it!”

 Edinburgh Evening News

“The best musical of the decade”
The Sunday Times

 

Tickets
Mon-Sat Eves:
A £35 B £33 C £33  D £29
Wed Green Matinee: A £27 B £25 C £25 D £23 *
Sat Matinee: A £29 B £27 C £27 D £25
Concs: £2 off price bands B,C & D
Groups 10+ get 11th ticket FREE
Age14yrs+
Running Time: 2hrs 15mins

 

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For further information and to request interviews, review tickets and images, please contact Jenny Hogg on 01392 722 408 or email her.

 

Notes to Editors

Avenue Q is not a children’s show.

Avenue Q is the 23rd longest running show in Broadway history

Sell A Door Theatre Company began its life as a small team with big ideas. Established in 2009 with an aim to deliver dynamic, diverse and daring theatre, Sell A Door has produced an impressive portfolio of work principally aimed at engaging young adult audiences.

For more information about Sell A Door: www.selladoor.com/about-us

06 May 2016

Extra session added to Peter Pan auditions

Due to overwhelming popular demand, we are adding another session to our Peter Pan young actor auditions. The new session will take place from 2pm-4pm on Saturday 21st May.
 
We are looking for young actors who will be aged between 10 and 15 on 1st September 2016 to play the parts of the Lost Boys. We are also searching for two really special young male actors to play Michael and John.

The audition will be in the form of a drama workshop and will take place at Kay House on the University of Exeter’s Streatham campus.

For more information and to register interest via an application form, please email Lisa Hudson, Education and Outreach Officer, at education@exeternorthcott.co.uk. The deadline to submit application forms is Midday on Monday 9th May

Please be aware that the commitment will be to a 6 – 8 week rehearsal period of up to two evenings per week and some Saturdays from mid-October. In addition, children will need to be available for 25 performances which will include 6-7 part days off school. They will be expected to attend school even on performance days, and on days after an evening performance.Exeter Northcott Theatre is also looking for 3 mermaids (3 female performers with singing experience aged 16 –20 on the 1st September 2016). An audition call for these parts will follow shortly