August 2016

30 August 2016

French Without Tears

                                                                   Fri 16 – Sat 24 September 2016

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 by Terence Rattigan.

After a group of young men arrive at Monsieur Maingot’s French school for the summer to cram for the Diplomatic exam, their concentration is disrupted by beautiful visitor Diana Lake. Quelle surprise, they must learn another new language: girls.

At first, it seems pretty simple. Kit loves Diana and she loves him. And Bill. Oh, and darling Alan, of course. Then there’s Jack: she’s in love too. Meanwhile, Babe conceals his feelings… Not so simple after all.

Paul Miller directs Ziggy Heath as Alan, Alistair Toovey as Kenneth (Babe), Alex Large as Brian, Beatriz Romilly as Jacqueline, Tim Delap as Commander Rogers, Joe Eyre as Kit, David Whitworth as Monsier Maingot, Ariana Gray as Marianna, Florence Roberts as Diana.

Don’t miss a rare chance to see Rattigan’s ravishing 1930s comedy of young love and stiff upper lips.

This tour launches the Regional Touring Network, an Arts Council England Strategic Touring consortium of nine regional venues with whom ETT produce and tour high quality drama to venues looking to develop their drama audience. The Regional Touring Network includes venues in Exeter, Harrogate, Barnstaple, Cheltenham, Doncaster, Poole, Warwick, Oldham, and Huddersfield.

Previews: A £17 B-D £15 (Fri 16 & Sat 17 Sept)
Evenings: A £25.50 B £22.50 C £20 D £17.50
Sat Matinee: £17.50
Wed Green Matinee: £15*
Concs: £2 off
Student Standby: £5
Groups of 10+ get 11th ticket FREE
Members – multibuy discount available

Age 13yrs+
Running Time: 2 hours 15 mins


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


Press night: Friday 16 September | 7:30pm

Terence Rattigan (1911 – 1977) was a dramatist. French Without Tears, his sparkling 1936 comedy was his first smash-hit success. Other major works include The Deep Blue Sea, TheBrowning Version, Separate Tables and The Winslow Boy. He was knighted in 1971 for services to theatre.


English Touring Theatre is one of the UK’s most successful and exciting production companies, widely regarded as England’s national theatre of touring. Led by Director Rachel  Tackley, the company works with leading artists to stage an eclectic mix of new and classic  work for audiences throughout the UK and overseas; theatre that is thrilling, popular and, above all, entertaining. Brideshead Revisited, adapted by Tony Award nominee Bryony Lavery and directed by Damian Cruden, is on tour until July and will run in London at Richmond Theatre from 29 June to 2 July.




The Orange Tree Theatre is a 168-seat theatre-in-the-round producing a bold and continually evolving mix of new and re-discovered plays. Founded in 1972 by Sam Walters above a pub in Richmond, south-west London and moved to its current premises in a converted Victorian primary school in 1991. Orange Tree Theatre is run by Paul Miller as Artistic Director and Executive Director Sarah Nicholson. The Orange Tree Theatre has won five Offie Awards: four for Pomona as well as Best Artistic Director. The Philanderer plays at the Orange Tree until 25 June.




23 August 2016

Exeter’s Cultural Venues Invite Public to Season Launch party

Monday 5 September 2016, 5pm at The Bike Shed Theatre

On 5th September, Exeter’s cultural venues will celebrate a new season of events taking place in
the city. The Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter Cathedral, The Cygnet Theatre, Devon Libraries, Exeter
Northcott Theatre, Exeter Phoenix and RAMM, will officially announce an exciting programme of
events taking place between September and December at a launch party held at The Bike Shed

This is the first time the city’s venues have collaborated on such an event and, to mark the
occasion, they are opening the launch to the public. Anyone who wishes to find out about the
range of cultural events happening in the city is invited, free-of charge, to the party.
From theatre productions to art exhibitions, concerts and festivals, events taking place in Exeter
this season will give audiences the chance to enjoy work from home-grown talent alongside
nationally recognised companies.

Renowned theatre company, Complicite will present A Pacifist’s Guide to the War on Cancer at
Exeter Northcott Theatre; at RAMM, Kurt Jackson Revisiting Turner’s Tourism showcases the work
of the celebrated South West artist alongside JMW Turner’s original prints of the westcountry;
artists from across the globe exhibit as part of Exeter Contemporary Open at Exeter Phoenix whilst
The Bike Shed Theatre will be transformed into secret bunker for their foot-stomping Christmas
show Beneath the Blizzard.

The incredible Exeter Philharmonic Choir perform their ever-popular Christmas carol concert at
Exeter Cathedral, The Cygnet Theatre present a gripping story of the miners’ strike in Undermined
and two festivals will take place across the city: Active Life, Active Mind, encouraging positive
health and wellbeing will promote events taking place in Devon Libraries; and extreme imagination,
Exeter’s festival of writing and stories will host a huge range of fun events for young people at
venues across the city during the October half-term.

Tickets are absolutely free but are subject to availability on a first-come-first served basis. They
must be booked in advance via The Bike Shed Theatre’s website www.bikeshedtheatre.co.uk


Notes to Editors

The Bike Shed Theatre
Nestled at the end of an alley in the heart of Exeter, you’ll find the Bike Shed Theatre. With a 60
seat subterranean auditorium and adjacent vintage cocktail tavern, the venue has performances
from some of the country’s most exciting emerging companies. Championing new work and
innovation, the theatre has gained national acclaim for its shows, winning a Peter Brook Empty
Space award in 2011 and the UK Theatre’s Most Welcoming Theatre award in 2013.The bar has
built a reputation for the most exquisite cocktails, and also serves local ale, cider and tasty wines.

Exeter Cathedral
Exeter Cathedral is the spiritual home for a wide diversity of people, and all who come through the
door are warmly welcome. The treasures we hold, even the Cathedral itself, tell the story of our
City and Region, and some, such as the Exeter Book, part of UNESCO’s Memory of the World
project, tell the story of our language itself. For over 900 years, through worship, memorials and
music, Exeter Cathedral has told stories of conquest and revolution, and of deep devotion, prayer
and service.

Cygnet Theatre
An intimate space situated just above the Exeter Quay is the home of Cygnet – a unique drama
school providing high calibre apprentice actor training. Performances at Cygnet Theatre include
Classical, Modern and Musical including new theatre works. Cygnet also hosts occasional musical
events including folk & strings performances.

Exeter Library
Exeter Library, the living room of the City, is nestled in the cultural quarter. More than just about
books Devon’s flagship library is also home to a Fab Lab and Business and IP Centre. There are
regular activities throughout the year and one off events also.

Exeter Northcott Theatre
Located on the University of Exeter’s stunning Streatham campus, Exeter Northcott Theatre plays
a central role in the cultural life of the city and region. The theatre is passionate about live
performance and delights in presenting a varied programme of the highest quality drama, opera,
music, dance, comedy and family theatre. In 2015 Exeter Northcott made a return to producing its
own work with the much lauded co-production with Creative Cow, A Christmas Carol, and in
February 2016 it produced Harold Pinter’s Betrayal. Christmas 2016 sees the theatre producing its
very own production of J.M Barrie’s Peter Pan.

Exeter Phoenix
Exeter Phoenix is the South West’s foremost multi-artform venue. With hundreds of events and
exhibitions programmed each year, spanning contemporary art, music, film, and theatre, Exeter
Phoenix is a vibrant venue proud of its diversity and revelling in its eclectic buzz.

Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery
Exeter’s award-winning museum holds significant and diverse collections of natural history, art,
archaeology and ethnography. RAMM runs a dynamic programme of events, displays and special
exhibitions including for 2016/17: Queen Victoria in Paris and Hiroshige’s Japan: Stations of the
Tōkaidō Road.

extreme imagination
exetreme imagination is Exeter’s biennial festival of writing and stories with an exciting programme
of author events, creative workshops, performances and exhibitions for young people, families, and
some events for adults too. Exeter’s major arts and culture organisations work in partnership to
create the festival, which aims to enthuse and inspire children and young people about stories,
showcase high quality writing and foster talent.

22 August 2016

Shakespeare’s Globe return to Exeter Northcott Theatre

Two Gentlemen of Verona

   Thu 8 – Sun 11 September 2016

Following the great success of 2015’s Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare’s Globe returns to Exeter Northcott Theatre, this time with its acclaimed Two Gentlemen of Verona.

Valentine loves Silvia and Proteus loves Julia – but Proteus is fickle, and falls for Silvia too. When Valentine plots an elopement, Proteus betrays him and Valentine is banished and joins some outlaws in the forest. What are the chances that he’ll be pursued by Silvia, and Silvia by Proteus, and Proteus by Julia, and that all will be waited upon – after a fashion – by their servants Speed and Launce and even Launce’s dog, Crab?

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.

energetic and very funny”

A £25.50 B £22.50 C £20 D £17.50
Sat Matinee: £17 all seats
Concs: £2 off bands B-D for benefit recipients, registered disabled, patrons aged 60+, students and under 26s, UoE Staff Association
Schools: £10 for groups 10+
Student Standby: £5
Groups 10+ get 11th ticket FREE
Members – multibuy discount available

Age 12yrs+
Running Time: TBC



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

Press night: Thursday 8 September | 7:30pm

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 on Shakespeare’s Globe, please visit: http://www.shakespearesglobe.com/about-us

15 August 2016

Metta Theatre present Blown Away

                                                                    Sat 3 & Sun 4 September 2016

Following its triumphant adaptation of The Jungle Book, Metta Theatre returns to Exeter Northcott Theatre with its new show, Blown Away.

Penguin Blue and friends go on an acrobatic Antarctic adventure full of good ideas, homesickness and the perils of kites.  Packed full of spectacular circus, magical puppetry and catchy songs, Metta Theatre’s, joyous new stage adaptation of Rob Biddulph’s award-winning children’s book is fun for all the family.

London based Metta Theatre recently became an associate company of the Exeter Northcott Theatre. Along with Le Navet Bete and Paddleboat Theatre, Metta Theatre will benefit from artistic mentorship, production management support, tour booking, education support, marketing and sales planning and support with bid writing.

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”


Tickets £13
Family Tickets: £33 for 3 + up to 3 more tickets £11 each
Age 3yrs+ (babies admitted)

Running Time 50 mins (no interval)



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

Metta Theatre is one of the UK’s leading touring companies – making exceptional theatre and opera at the mid, large and small scale and touring that work throughout the UK. Established in 2005 by visionary Director Poppy Burton-Morgan and Motley trained Designer William Reynolds Metta Theatre is at the forefront of cross-art-form theatre practice, known for combining emotionally powerful performances with imaginative theatricality and striking visual style.

For more information about Metta Theatre, please visit: http://www.mettatheatre.co.uk/company/what-we-do/