May 2017

 
22 May 2017

All Or Nothing: the Mod Musical

The sensational Mod musical All or Nothing is coming to the Exeter Northcott Theatre in June.

Written by the award-winning actress Carol Harrison, All or Nothing tells the electrifying yet bittersweet tale of Kenney Jones, Ian McLagan, Ronnie Lane and Steve Marriott; four charismatic young kids from East London with humour, attitude, passion and above all talent. They became The Small Faces and were rocketed into the big time, only to discover the path to fantastic success is paved with exploitation, betrayal and ultimately tragedy.

In 1964, a new phenomenon exploded on to the dingy British streets. It was the essence of all that was cool. It was Mod. Mods stuck two fingers up at the class-ridden society and its dull redundant culture. They were working-class free spirits who rode sexy streamlined Italian Vespas or Lambrettas. The sharpest Mod of all was known as a ‘face’. The Small Faces encapsulated all that is Mod, a unique blend of taste and testosterone, neat, clothes obsessed, and streetwise. But these cult sophisticates shared another passion, their dedication to ‘Rhythm and Blues.’

All or Nothing celebrates the unique sound of the iconic Mod band. The musical is packed full of all the timeless hits, including the brilliant Whatcha Gonna Do About It, Tin Soldier, Lazy Sunday, Here Comes the Nice, Itchycoo Park and of course All or Nothing.

Carol Harrison saidIt’s a real honour to be able to bring the extraordinary world of The Small Faces back to the fans and to a brand new audience, young and old. Audiences have embraced the chance to enjoy a bit of mod nostalgia and the critics have all acknowledged the vivid underground vibe on stage as we bring the 60s scene into sharp focus. Our live band and cast tell the story of the rise and fall of the band, a journey as colourful as their sound, and get to showcase an amazing catalogue of music – hard edged R&B.”

The show runs from Mon 26 – Wed 28 June and can be bought online at www.exeternorthcott.co.uk or at the Northcott Box Office by calling 01392 726363.

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17 May 2017

Exeter Northcott Theatre present The Railway Children

Thursday 15 – Sat 24 June

Exeter Northcott Theatre and Nick Brooke Ltd are proud to present a brand-new adaptation of
E. Nesbitt’s classic tale, The Railway Children.

The production will open at Exeter Northcott in June before embarking on a UK tour to cities including Newcastle, Glasgow, Norwich, Canterbury, Northampton and Southampton.

Directed by Exeter Northcott Theatre’s Paul Jepson, the cast includes Stewart Wright (Perks), Joy Brook (Mother), Millie Turner (Roberta), Andrea Davy (Mrs Perks), Katherine Carlton (Phyllis), Neil Salvage (Old Gentleman), Vinay Lad (Peter), Callum Goulden (John), Andrew Joshi (Father/Doctor), Will Richards (Szczepansky) and Sally Geake (Ensemble).

When their father mysteriously disappears with two strangers one evening, the lives of Roberta, Peter and Phyllis are turned upside down.  Forced to leave the comforts of their privileged London life in exchange for a simple existence in the depths of the Yorkshire countryside, this fractured family soon discover new friendships and an unexpected secret that will change their lives forever.

Paul Jepson said “I’m delighted to be bringing The Railway Children to Exeter and other wonderful venues across the UK with this fantastic cast. The show will be a faithful retelling of the story and will delight audiences up and down the country”

Adapted by Dave Simpson and designed by Tim Bird, The Railway Children will play at Exeter Northcott Theatre from Thursday 15 – Saturday 24 June, before heading to the Newcastle Theatre Royal from Monday 26 June.

 

17 May 2017

David Baddiel to Tour to Exeter Northcott

Wednesday 13 June 2018

Following a sold out run at London’s Menier Chocolate Factory and two critically-acclaimed West End runs, David Baddiel will takes his Olivier-nominated one-man show to the Exeter Northcott Theatre in June 2018.

My Family: Not the Sitcom is Baddiel’s hilarious comedy, detailing stories of his late mother Sarah and his dementia-ridden father Colin. Both riotous and thought-provoking, the show covers topics such as memory, ageing, infidelity, gay cats and an over-sensitive moral culture.

Described by Baddiel as a massively disrespectful celebration of his parents, the show examines why, when family members die, we only have good things to say about them. After all, even though family members are gone, we might remember that they weren’t always angelic!

My Family: Not the Sitcom received rave reviews from audiences and critics alike, delving into family secrets we really shouldn’t know, with a refreshing, brutally honest humour.

Tickets are now on sale to Exeter Northcott Theatre Members and will go on general sale on Friday 19 May at 10am.

Death of a Salesman
03 May 2017

Death of a Salesman

Arthur Miller’s Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece Death of a Salesman comes to Exeter in May as part of a major touring revival by Northampton’s Royal & Derngate. Directed by Abigail Graham, the production can be seen at Exeter Northcott Theatre from Tue 30 May – Sat 3 June.

Widely considered to be one of the greatest plays of the twentieth century, Death of a Salesman is about the cost of not being able to let go of the American Dream.

Willy Loman is not as young as he once was, and boy is he feeling it. After a lifetime on the road, this once successful travelling salesman is unable to keep up in a changing workplace; he’s on the brink of unemployment, and he and his wife have got bills to pay. When his drop out son Biff moves home again, Willy decides to give success one last shot. Can he prove to everyone he’s got what it takes?

The iconic role of Willy Loman will be played by Nicholas Woodeson, an Olivier Award-nominated actor, who worked for many years with the Royal Shakespeare Company. Recent stage credits include Fatherland at the Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester and The Audience in London’s West End. Playing his wife Linda Loman is Tricia Kelly whose recent credits include The Lower Depths at Arcola Theatre. The cast also includes Geff Francis, perhaps best known for TV roles in Ashes to Ashes and Desmonds. The cast is completed by Sujaya Dasgupta, Ben Deery, Amelia-Rose Morgan, Mitchell Mullen, George Taylor, Thom Tuck, Connie Walker and Michael Walters.

Death of a Salesman is directed by acclaimed emerging director Abigail Graham whose production of Molly Sweeney played recently at The Print Room and Lyric Belfast. Design is by Georgia Lowe, whose recent credits include The Night Watch at the Royal Exchange and the recent tour of The Twits. The lighting designer is Matt Haskins, whose previous work includes Turn of the Screw for Opera North and the national tour of Steel Magnolias, and composition and sound design is by Giles Thomas, whose credits include Wish List and I See You at the Royal Court.

Part of Royal & Derngate’s Made in Northampton 2017 season, Death of a Salesman is touring to Cambridge, Bath, Malvern, Exeter, Canterbury, Portsmouth, Edinburgh, Truro, Guildford and Oxford. In 2015 Royal & Derngate was awarded the UK Theatre Management Award for Best Presentation of Touring Theatre and in 2016 the venue was jointly awarded the UK Theatre Award for Best Touring Production for The Herbal Bed.

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For further information and to request interviews, review tickets and images, please contact Jenny Hogg on 01392 724 221 or email her

Press night:  Tues 30 May at 7.30pm


Notes to editors:

Tickets: www.exeternorthcott.co.uk

Creative team:

Director                                                        Abigail Graham

Designer                                                       Georgia Lowe

Lighting Designer                                     Matt Haskins

Composer and Sound Designer              Giles Thomas

Movement Director                                    Jennifer Jackson

Fight Director                                           Brett Yount

Dialect Coach                                            Martin McKellan

Assistant Director                                      Fay Lomas

Casting Director                                       Sophie Parrott CDG

Cast:

 Sujaya Dasgupta                               Jenny/Miss Forsythe

Ben Deery                                           Happy Loman

Geff Francis                                       Charley

Tricia Kelly                                          Linda Loman

Amelia-Rose Morgan                     Letta

Michael Mullen                               Ben Loman

George Taylor                                   Biff Loman

Thom Tuck                                          Howard/Stanley

Connie Walker                                 Miss Francis

Michael Walters                              Bernard

Nicholas Woodeson                       Willy Loman

For full details of the Death of a Salesman tour, go to: www.royalandderngate.co.uk

Royal & Derngate, Northampton, is the main venue for arts and entertainment in Northamptonshire. Last year more than 314,000 people saw shows and films at Royal & Derngate, and another 180,000 saw its co-produced work across the country. Recognised as one of the country’s leading regional theatres, Royal & Derngate won the Management Award for Best Presentation of Touring Theatre in the 2015 UK Theatre Awards, and was nominated again in The Stage Awards 2016 for Regional Theatre of the Year (which it won in 2011). Its acclaimed Made in Northampton work has included Arthur Miller’s The Hook (world premiere adapted for the stage by Ron Hutchinson), Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World (world premiere adaptation by Dawn King) and Festival Of Chaos (Cultural Olympiad 2012). The Herbal Bed (a co-production with English Touring Theatre and Rose Theatre Kingston) won the 2016 UK Theatre Award for Best Touring Production. The theatre also runs a wide-ranging Get Involved participatory programme which reached over 21,500 people last year, through projects in schools, within the community and at the theatre.

www.royalandderngate.co.uk