June 2016

20 June 2016

Exeter Northcott Theatre find Lost Boys

Exeter Northcott Theatre is delighted to announce that following a series of workshops and auditions, it has found 20 local young actors to play the parts of John and Michael and the Lost Boys in its magical Christmas show, Peter Pan.

Directed by Exeter Northcott’s Executive and Artistic Director Paul Jepson and designed by award-winning Ellan Parry, Peter Pan, an Exeter Northcott Theatre production, will run from Fri 2 December 2016.

The theatre was delighted with the response to its audition call, which included putting on extra sessions to cope with demand.

Lisa Hudson, the theatre’s Education and Outreach Officer said “We would like to thank everyone who came to the audition sessions for their interest, energy and enthusiasm. There is an exciting wealth of talent in Devon and we can’t wait to get started on the show”

The successful young actors, who range in age from 10 to 15, and come from primary and secondary schools across the county, will form an integral part of the professional company, and will be in rehearsals with the full cast in the autumn.

There will be updates of their progress on Exeter Northcott Theatre’s website as they embark on an awfully big adventure….


For further please contact Jenny Hogg on 01392 722 408 or email her.


Notes to Editors

J.M Barrie’s Peter Pan
An Exeter Northcott Theatre Production

Fri 2 December 2016 – Sun 1 January 2017

For over a hundred years children (and adults) have drifted off to sleep dreaming of Tinkerbell, the Lost Boys, fairy dust, crocodiles and of course the villainous Captain Hook.  Featuring death defying feats of flying and a generous sprinkling of fairy dust, let your imagination soar in this magical new stage adaptation of J.M. Barrie’s classic story – the perfect festive treat for all the family.

09 June 2016

Exeter Northcott Theatre Announce Autumn 2016 Season

Exeter Northcott Theatre has cut its £2 booking fee.

Steve Bennett returns to the Exeter Northcott Theatre in its Christmas show, Peter Pan

The theatre will co-produce Terence Rattigan’s French Without Tears with English Touring Theatre and Orange Tree Theatre.

Edward Fox will star in a production of Sand in the Sandwiches, a celebration of John Betjemen.

Complicte’s The Pacifists Guide to the War on Cancer tours to the Exeter Northcott Theatre before going to the National Theatre.

Other highlights include an evening with Claire Balding, Jenny Éclair’s new stand up show and an evening with Countryfile’s Adam Henson.

Exeter Northcott Theatre is delighted to announce its exciting autumn 2016 season.

This season the theatre has cut its £2 transaction booking fee. Instead, customers who want their tickets posted will be asked to pay a small charge to cover postage costs.

After 7 years local actor Steve Bennett will return to the Exeter Northcott Theatre this Christmas. Steve will play the roles of Mr Darling and Tinkerbell in Peter Pan. Featuring death defying feats of flying and a generous sprinkling of fairy dust, Peter Pan is the perfect festive treat for all the family.

Exeter will be the first stop on a tour of English Touring Theatre’s French Without Tears, a rare chance to see Terrence Rattigan’s ravishing 1930s comedy of young love and stiff upper lips.

Starring double BAFTA winner, Edward Fox, Sand in the Sandwiches travels through Betjeman’s boyhood, his adolescence, to life as Britain’s Poet Laureate, presenting a hugely entertaining insight into the world of this much-loved poet.

Other highlights of the autumn season include:


Jenny Éclair brings her new tour, How to Be A Middle Aged Woman (Without Going Insane), to Exeter in October. Jenny is younger than Madonna but eats crisps and likes wine. Semi-bearded and suffering from outbreaks of gout and hysteria, Eclair puts middle age under the microscope and decides whether to laugh, cry or buy a dachshund! (Tues 4 October)

Pam Ayres has been making the nation laugh for over 40 years. Her work is funny, and approachable. Her hair-trigger timing, her eye for the detail of everyday life, and for the absurdity therein, makes for an art that hides art. (Sat 12 – Sun 13 November)


Shakespeare’s Globe returns to the Exeter Northcott, this time with their Two Gentlemen of Verona. This riotous new production is led by a joyful ensemble of players who will delight with songs, romance and chaos, and hurl Shakespeare’s anarchic comedy into the 21st century. (Thu 8 – Sun 11 September)

Following last year’s critically acclaimed sold out run, Orange Tree Theatre and English Touring Theatre in association with Exeter Northcott Theatre present French Without Tears, the sparkling comedy that first established Terence Rattigan as “one of the supreme dramatists of the 20th century” (Fri 16 – Sat 24 September).

Complicite’s A Pacifist’s Guide to the War on Cancer is an all-singing, all-dancing examination of life with a cancer diagnosis. This brand new musical takes you on a whistle-stop tour through five unconventional stories about cancer, confronting the highs and lows of the scariest word we know. The production opens first in HOME in Manchester, before touring to Exeter Northcott and then heads to the National Theatre (Wed 28 September – Sun 2 October)

Join number one bestselling author, national treasure, and broadcaster Clare Balding for an evening full of inspirational stories and family entertainment to mark the publication of her very first children’s book The Racehorse Who Wouldn’t Gallop. (Wed 5 October)

21 characters, 2 actors and 1 of the most romantic stories of all time. Over 200 years after the nation’s favourite novel was published, Two Bit Classics’ adaptation of Pride and Prejudice is fast and very funny. This chance to catch the five Bennett sisters and the whole world of Austen brought to life by just two actors is a treat not to be missed. (Thu 13 – Sat 15 October)

Associated with the  University of Exeter’s Drama Department, Told by the Wind is a performance of movement and text that ‘dances’ an inner landscape and invites the audience to enter an imaginative space of possibilities. Critics have described the performance as ‘hypnotic’, ‘contemplative’, ‘mesmerizing,’ and ‘hauntingly poetic’. (Mon 17 October)

This Autumn, Graeme Swann, England’s greatest ever spin bowler is heading to Exeter with none other than cricket’s best loved commentator, Henry Blofeld. Who better to discuss the trials and tribulations of Swanny’s illustrious career than the man who commentated on it every step of the way, and who better for Henry to pass on his pearls of wisdom to after 40 years in the TMS commentary box. (Sat 22 October)

Produced by the award-winning Original Theatre Company (Birdsong, Three Men In A Boat, Invincible), Night Must Fall is a psychological thriller from master playwright Emlyn Williams  that has all the tension, atmosphere and suspicion of the best British mysteries and will leave you on the edge of your seat. (Tue 25 – Sat 29 October)

Dead Sheep is the true story of how Mrs Thatcher, once the most powerful woman in the world, was brought down by Geoffrey Howe, her one time friend and political soul mate, with one of the greatest speeches ever made. Howe, whose speaking skills saw him famously compared to a Dead Sheep, was inspired by his wife Elspeth, whose relationship with Mrs Thatcher was notoriously frosty. Margaret, Geoffrey and Elspeth:  a tale of love, honour, loyalty – and revenge. (Mon 31 October – Sat 5 November)


Metta Theatre is an Exeter Northcott Theatre Associate Company – making a triumphant return after their five-star smash-hit Jungle Book earlier this year. In September they bring their new show, Blown Away. Packed full of spectacular circus, magical puppetry and catchy songs this joyous new stage adaptation of Rob Biddulph’s award-winning children’s book is fun for all the family. (Sat 3 – Sun 4 September)

Monstersaurus is a brand new show from the creators of Aliens Love Underpants and is monster-ously good! Follow the young inventor Monty as he creates a whole world of whacky inventions and incredible monsters, but he has a problem – now he has made them all, what is he going to do with them?! This energetic show full of thrills, spills, magic and mayhem will delight the whole family –with original music and plenty of audience participation! (Sun 25 September)

With songs, puppets and a family of performing penguins, Mr Poppers Penguins is a delightful musical adaptation of Richard and Florence Atwater’s popular book (also made in to a Hollywood film starring Jim Carrey) is brought to you by the producers of The Tiger Who Came to Tea and We’re Going on a Bear Hunt. (Sat 8 October)

Aerial circus company Ockham’s Razor presents its new full length show, Tipping Point.  Set in the round, the action veers from catastrophe to mastery as five performers transform simple five-metre metal poles into a rich landscape of images.  Poles are balanced on fingertips, hung from the roof, lashed, climbed, swung from and walked along, they become forests, cross-roads and pendulums. (Mon 7 – Tue 8 November)

Exetreme Imagination

Exeter Northcott Theatre is delighted to be involved in exetreme imagination, Exeter’s festival of writing and stories. Here are the events in the festival taking place at Exeter Northcott Theatre:

Jasmin Vardimon’s innovative take on Pinocchio will be at the theatre in October. Bringing to life the famous marionette, the show follows Pinocchio as he embarks on a fantastic journey to become a human boy. Showcasing Vardimon’s trademark theatrical style, the piece combines physical theatre, quirky characterisation and innovative technologies with text and dance to explore the idea of what it means to be human. With clever, engaging drama and witty observations, Pinocchio takes audiences on a wonderful journey of discovery through the landscape of this timeless fable. (Wed 19 – Fri 21 October)

Le Navet Bete’s Dick Tracy is a physical comedy influenced by the world-famous detective incorporating fooling, original live music, plenty of audience interaction, lightening quick character changes, incredibly authentic accents spattered with mystery, malice and mischief. Le Navet Bete are a new Associate Company of the Exeter Northcott Theatre. (Sun 23 October)

Join master storyteller, and award winning author, Michael Morpurgo as he speaks about his work including his latest book Didn’t We Have a Lovely Time.  It’s inspired by his charity Farms for City Children, which was founded by Michael and his wife Clare and is now celebrating its 40th year. (Sat 29 October)


Move It! are proud to introduce Devon’s brand new showcase for young performers. Over 300 students from various dance studios and educational schools will be collaborating to bring you an exciting array of performances, highlighting the rise in talent from across the county. Move It! are dedicated to providing young performers with exciting opportunities to showcase their talents to the community, so come along and show your support for Devon’s stars of tomorrow! (Sun 9 October)

A gritty and explosive brand new triple bill from the award winning and physically adventurous 2Faced Dance Company. Featuring three new exhilarating commissions by world class choreographers Tamsin Fitzgerald, Lenka Vagnerova and newcomer Rebecca Evans, RUN explores the darker side of humanity, through an explosion of movement, theatre and design. 2Faced Dance is one of the UK’s leading and award-winning male, urban contemporary dance companies. (Tue 11 October)

Chance to Dance, now in its eighth year at Exeter Northcott Theatre, has invited dancing schools and dance groups from in and around Exeter and the wider areas of Devon, Somerset and Dorset, to showcase the many styles of dance taught and the passion the dancers have to perform on such a great stage. (Sun 30 October)

Ballet Black’s return to Exeter Northcott sees them collaborating with three bold and inventive choreographers to present an irresistible trilogy of narrative and abstract dance. As the centrepiece, Christopher Hamspson’s Storyville is the bittersweet fable of Nola, a farm girl who falls prey to unscrupulous characters and wordly desires in 1920s New Orleans, set to the haunting music of Kurt Weill.


English Touring Opera return to Exeter for another season of fantastic opera.  Venice, the birthplace of opera as we now know it, was a city of fabulous wealth, learning, trade and sensuality. The most fantastic of all its “follies”, the marriage of poetry, music and art, is opera.

One of ETO’s most warm-hearted and humorous productions of recent years, Xerxes is Handel at his best, sometimes fiery and explosive, at other times deeply touching. (Tue 22 November)

One of the certain masterpieces of Venice’s glory days is Monteverdi’s crowing achievement, Ulysses’ Homecoming – one of the most profound musical meditations upon the ravages and costs of warfare, for both those who return, and those to whom they are returned. (Thu 24 – Sat 26 November)

Cavalli’s La Calisto irreverently charts the relations between gods, men and women, in a score so rich and heady it must have drawn as many blushes as gasps when first heard. (Wed 23 November)


Tickets for the Spring/Summer 2016 season are on sale from Friday 10 June. Call the Exeter Northcott Theatre box office on 01392 726363 or book your seats online at the Exeter Northcott Theatre website: www.exeternorthcott.co.uk. 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 722 408 or email her.



06 June 2016

Family fun with Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Exeter Northcott Theatre was a hive of activity yesterday as Stuff and Nonsense Theatre Company brought their Goldilocks and the Three Bears to the stage. A brilliant mix of ingenious puppetry, music and mischief, the show tells the story of broken chairs, unmade beds and a mysterious visitor who takes Baby Bear on a breath-taking adventure that turns his house and his world upside down!

To accompany the two performances of this beary-tale, the younger members of the audience enjoyed tucking into Chef Paul George Bending’s bear themed picnic bags and created their own bears with drawings and colouring. Face painters also added to the fun by creating a whole host of little bears before each of the performances. Some of the youngest members of the audience even brought their own teddies to enjoy the performance alongside them.

Lisa Hudson, Education and Outreach Officer, said: “It was great to see the theatre buzzing with excitement about the show, and particularly lovely to see the younger members of our audience (and their teddies!) making the most of the bear-themed activities.”


02 June 2016

Exeter Northcott Theatre Announce Associate Companies

Exeter Northcott Theatre is delighted to announce that Le Navet Bête, Metta Theatre and Paddleboat Theatre are now Associate Companies of the organisation.

The Exeter Northcott Theatre Associates programme will support young companies with a strong connection to the South West into the midscale. The three companies will benefit from artistic mentorship, production management support, tour booking, education support, marketing and sales planning and support with bid writing.

Paul Jepson (Exeter Northcott Theatre’s Artistic and Executive Director) said: “We are investing in the future. These bright young companies are committed to the South West and we’re helping them to flourish in the midscale. We are looking forward to working with them.”

Exeter-based Le Navet Bête are an award-winning internationally touring troupe of clowns whose high energy, spectacular and hilarious shows have wowed audiences globally.

Matt Freeman of Le Navet Bete said:
“It’s a really positive step for us and our relationship with a midscale venue in the city. It’s great for us to be able to look to make those progression roots through the city, starting at the Bike Shed Theatre, through to the Exeter Phoenix and then coming to the Northcott. It feels like our company has cemented itself within the city.”

Metta Theatre, who recently performed their sold-out Jungle Book at Exeter Northcott Theatre, are known for their bold use of theatrical forms including circus, movement, text and live music.

Poppy Burton-Morgan of Metta Theatre said: We’re absolutely thrilled with this new partnership with Exeter Northcott Theatre; a perfect venue, brilliant and supportive staff and an intelligent and engaged local audience – we feel like we’ve won the theatrical jackpot! With no fewer than four Metta productions planned to premiere at the theatre over the next two years you’ll be seeing a lot more of us on Exeter Northcott’s wonderful stage”

Born from the vibrant cities of Exeter and Bristol, PaddleBoat Theatre is committed to delivering high-quality productions and workshops for children and families across the South-West.

Paddleboat Theatre said: “Being an associate company means a lot to us because the Exeter Northcott is on the campus we graduated from two years ago. As Paddleboat moves forward and grows we want to make our work integral to the heart of Exeter and its community, and partnering with the Exeter Northcott is a really vital for us to keep moving our work forwards and further integrating ourselves within the city”


For further information please contact Jenny Hogg on 01392 722 409 or email her.

Notes to Editors

Le Navet Bête are an award winning internationally touring troupe of clowns based in Exeter, whose high energy, spectacular and hilarious shows have wowed audiences globally, including hundreds of outdoor performances.

Using their extensive training in clowning, acrobatics and mime as well as music and circus history – La Navet Bete have engaged audiences since 2006, garnering widespread critical acclaim en route.

Award-winning Metta Theatre are prolific theatre makers and masters of storytelling who combine circus, new writing and physical theatre forms to make challenging and richly layered work – with a strong commitment to making such work for family audiences alongside their adult productions.

Recent new writing includes Mouthful at London’s Trafalgar Studios in September 2015 (Critics’ Choice, The Times), a response to the global food crisis from six of the world’s leading dramatists in partnership with six world-renowned scientists. These projects were both part of Metta 10 – ten shows staged across one year to celebrate the company’s tenth birthday – of which Jungle Book is the 10th. Metta Theatre are supported by Arts Council England’s Strategic Touring Fund.

PaddleBoat’s creative team blend passions for storytelling, live music, object play, physical theatre and unbounded imagination. Our distinctive storybook-sets create a world where every object holds the potential to share a story. With playful and engaging audience interaction, we invite our audiences into a space where performers and audience members alike embark on journeys, create adventures and get lost in magical worlds together.

PaddleBoat also offer workshops in storytelling and devising that are specifically tailored to groups but will always challenge the boundaries of imagination and creativity.