January 2017

27 January 2017

Exeter Northcott Theatre to co-produce People, Places & Things

Headlong, The National Theatre, Home Manchester and Exeter Northcott presents

People, Places and Things

By Duncan Macmillan

An intoxicating play about surviving in the modern world.

Following a critically-acclaimed, sold-out season at the National Theatre and in London’s West End, People, Places & Things will tour the UK this autumn in a co-production between Headlong, the National Theatre, HOME and Exeter Northcott Theatre with a new cast to be announced.

Written by Duncan Macmillan (1984, Every Brilliant Thing, Lungs) and directed by Headlong Artistic Director Jeremy Herrin (This House, The NetherWolf Hall/Bring Up the Bodies), People, Places and Things is designed by Oliver and Tony Award winning designer Bunny Christie (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.)

Emma was having the time of her life. Now she’s in rehab.

Her first step is to admit that she has a problem. But the problem isn’t with Emma, it’s with everything else. She needs to tell the truth. But she’s smart enough to know that there’s no such thing.

When intoxication feels like the only way to survive the modern world, how can she ever sober up?

The tour begins at HOME, Manchester (22 September – 7 October before travelling to Oxford Playhouse (11 – 14 October), Bath Theatre Royal (17 – 21 October)  Bristol Old Vic (24 – 28 October), Northcott Theatre, Exeter (31 October – 4 November, Nuffield Theatre, Southampton (7 – 11 November) and Liverpool Playhouse (14 – 18 November).

Full casting will be announced shortly.

‘A thrilling, provocative evening’
Evening Standard

‘A terrific rush’
Daily Telegraph

‘A bold, timely and searching play’
The Financial Times


20 January 2017

An open invitation to celebrate a new season of cultural events in Exeter.

Exeter’s cultural venues will celebrate a new season of events at a launch party held at the Cathedral on Thursday 26 January.

Open to the public and completely free of charge, the launch is an opportunity for people to meet those working in the city’s cultural venues and find out more about the wide range of events going on in Exeter.

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.

Visitors to RAMM have the opportunity to view loans from the Royal Collection illustrating Queen Victoria’s historic visit to Paris in 1855 which have never before been displayed in their entirety; the UK’s finest comedians come to venues including Exeter Phoenix and the Corn Exchange for Laugh Out Loud; Exeter’s acclaimed Theatre Alibi show their newest production Fish Eye at the Bike Shed Theatre: whilst up at Exeter Northcott audiences can see the world premiere of Le Navet
Bete’s Dracula: The Bloody Truth.

There are plenty of opportunities for people to participate in events throughout the city: Exeter Library will host a Bibliotherapy Day where you’ll get a personal-shopper to recommend books you’ll love; Kaleider offer free lunchtime talks on Fridays with fantastic speakers varying from creatives, scientists, technologists and researchers; and Cygnet Theatre’s students perform a new production of Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure.

Tickets to the launch 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

16 January 2017

Exeter Northcott Theatre announces Easter School

Exeter Northcott Theatre is proud to announce its inaugural Easter School and is looking for creative youngsters to take part.

The week long Easter School will take place from Monday 3 April – Friday 7 April 2017 and will see participants make a piece of devised theatre from scratch. The week will culminate in a sharing of work for friends and family on the Friday evening.

The Easter School is open to enthusiastic and creative youngsters in school years 7, 8 and 9 who love drama.

Lisa Hudson, Exeter Northcott’s Education and Outreach Officer said “We’re so excited to be able to offer our brand-new Easter School, which will enable young people to have a fabulous week of fun and practical drama. There will be opportunities to share ideas, create a piece of theatre and make lots of new friends. I’m also thrilled that this is the next exciting step in the expansion of the Northcott’s education offer.”

The week’s course, run by Northcott Theatre staff, which will take place at the University of Exeter’s Drama department, is just £150. To register your interest and for further information or questions, please contact Lisa at education@exeternorthcott.co.uk or 01392 722417.

Matthew Bourne's Early Adventures Exeter Northcott
10 January 2017

Matthew Bourne’s Early Adventures

Thursday 9 – Saturday 11 February

Hailed as the UK’s most popular and successful Choreographer/ Director, Matthew Bourne will bring his critically acclaimed Early Adventures to the Exeter Northcott in February.

Matthew Bourne returns to his roots with a programme of hit pieces that launched his career and saw the birth of the style, wit and sheer entertainment that have become hallmarks of the New Adventures company today. “Spitfire”, “Town and Country” and “The Infernal Gallop” were last seen on tour in 2012 and “Watch with Mother” has not been seen for nearly 25 years.

The cast includes: Reece Causton; Tom Clark; Daniel Collins; Sophia Hurdley; Mari Kamata; Jamie McDonald and Edwin Ray as well as Joao Carolino and Paris Fitzpatrick.

Early Adventures is directed and choreographed by Matthew Bourne with designs by long-time collaborator Lez Brotherston.

Spitfire”An advertisement divertissement:  A celebration of male vanity and an affectionate comment on the preening grandeur of the danseur noble, it places Perrot’s Pas De Quatre (originally made as a kind of ‘diva-off’ for the four leading ballerinas of the 19th Century) in the world of men’s mail order underwear advertising.

“Town and Country”Lie back and think of England…  Moving and hilarious, this heartfelt pastiche explores notions of national character from a bygone era through the evocative music of Edward Elgar, Noël Coward and Percy Grainger, amongst others.

“The Infernal Gallop”A French dance with English subtitles –  This is France as seen by the uptight English imagination, with all the traditional clichés joyously paraded for our entertainment and climaxing in Offenbach’s inevitable Can-Can!

“Watch with Mother”Seen but not heard? – Conkers, Hopscotch, Doctors & Nurses; Children’s games can be all-consuming, competitive and sometimes cruel. Based on Joyce Grenfell’s famous “Nursery School” sketches (“George… Don’t do that”) and set to Percy Grainger’s own piano compositions and arrangements of Bach and Faure, this 1991 piece has not been seen for nearly 25 years.