July 2017

26 July 2017

Robert Lindsay Announced for Northcott Anniversary Gala

Exeter Northcott Theatre is delighted to announce that acclaimed actor Robert Lindsay will perform in its 50th anniversary gala in November.

Robert is an Olivier-winning actor known for his acclaimed performances both on and off screen, including appearances with the Royal Shakespeare Company, as well his role as the hapless dentist Ben Harper in BBC’s My Family.

Robert Lindsay was part of the Exeter Northcott’s Rep Company during the early 1970s, alongside Brian Protheroe, John Nettles and Geraldine James.  His Northcott career was particularly prolific, performing in a wide variety of shows which ranged from musical theatre (The Boyfriend, Guys & Dolls) to Shakespeare (Julius Caesar, Taming of the Shrew) to farce (A Flea in her Ear) to period drama (Three Sisters, Roses of Eyam) to political epic theatre (Narrow Road to the North, Caucasian Chalk Circle).  He also served as fight choreographer in The Fair Maid of the West (1971) and appeared in the controversial adaptation of Measure for Measure created by playwright Howard Brenton for the Northcott in 1972.

The anniversary gala will take place on Sunday 12th November 2017. The evening will celebrate the Exeter Northcott Theatre’s first 50 years and will raise funds to help strengthen the foundations for the next 50. Dame Judi Dench was recently announced as Patron of the Gala.

With more performers will be announced in due course, tickets for the gala are on sale and can be bought online at www.exeternorthcott.co.uk or through the theatre’s Box Office on 01392 726363.

Artists announced as performing are subject to professional availability.

19 July 2017

Lucy Studholme Announced as Honourary Graduate

We are very proud to share the news that our Chair, Lucy (Lady) Studholme, is an honourary graduate of the University of Exeter.

Lucy is an alumna of the University of Exeter and has contributed to the life of the University for over 25 years. Following working as a general and paediatric nurse at The Westminster Hospital in London, she studied English with American and Commonwealth Arts at Exeter. During her time at University, Lucy was active in the Guild’s Student Theatre Society, and brought the first student drama production into the Northcott Theatre in 1984, starting a tradition which has been an annual event ever since.
Speaking of the honour, Lucy said “I’m really, really thrilled and delighted. It’s a huge honour and it means an enormous amount to me.” 

Lucy has been on the Northcott’s board of trustees since 2012 and Chair since 2014.


12 July 2017

Space Weather: Free Public Lecture

As part of the five day Space Weather of the Heliosphere: Processes and Forecasts, IAU Symposium 335 taking place at the University of Exeter, Exeter Northcott Theatre will be hosting a free public lecture.


5 Million Degrees: Journey to the centre of the Sun

Public lecture by Prof. Lucie Green, University College London

110 times wider than Earth; 15 million degrees at its core; an atmosphere so huge that Earth is actually within it: come and meet the star of our solar system.

Light takes eight minutes to reach Earth from the surface of the Sun. But its journey within the Sun takes hundreds of thousands of years. What is going on in there? What are light and heat? How does the Sun produce them and how on earth did scientists discover this? Join Lucie Green for an enlightening talk, taking you from inside the Sun to its surface and to Earth, to discover how the Sun works, how a solar storm can threaten the modern technology that society relies on and more of the latest research in solar physics.

Lucie Green is a British science communicator and solar researcher. Since 2005 Green has been a Royal Society University Research Fellow at Mullard Space Science Laboratory of the University College London.
Venus – an Exoplanet next door

Public lecture by Dr Sanjay S. Limaye, University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA

In 1761 Lomonosov observed the transit of Venus as it crossed the Sun’s disc, making the first observed discovery about another planet – that our nearest solar system neighbor had an atmosphere. This technique has led to the discovery of thousands of planets around other stars. Nearly two hundred years later in 1962, the Mariner 2 spacecraft successfully flew past Venus and made the major discovery that the planet’s surface was extremely hot. Since then Venus has been explored by atmospheric entry probes, landers, balloons and orbiters in addition to being observed by spacecraft on their way to other destinations. We have discovered that the cloud covered planet which takes longer to rotate about itself than to orbit the Sun is still shrouded in mystery. If we cannot understand our closest planetary neighbor, how can we really appreciate with confidence the mysteries of other exoplanets beyond our own solar system?

Sanjay Limaye is a planetary scientist at the Space Science and Engineering Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


At the end of the two public lectures, we invite members of the public to a ‘fun fair’ with some hands-on demos for children and adults to use. Demonstrations will start around 7:30pm, on the open stage of the Northcott Theatre. Please visit the funfairs webpage for a list of demonstrations.

This event is free but please register to attend.

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07 July 2017

Lisa Dwyer Hogg to Play Emma in People, Places & Things

Headlong, The National Theatre, HOME and Exeter Northcott present

People, Places & Things

By Duncan Macmillan
Directed by Jeremy Herrin
with Holly Race Roughan

Jeremy Herrin will direct Lisa Dwyer Hogg as Emma in the much anticipated UK revival of Duncan Macmillan’s highly acclaimed People Places & Things.

Following a critically-acclaimed, sold-out season at the National Theatre and in London’s West End, People, Places & Things will embark on a major UK tour this autumn for Headlong in a co-production with the National Theatre, HOME and Exeter Northcott Theatre.

Irish born Lisa Dwyer Hogg will play Emma, an actress whose life has spun recklessly out of control because of her addictions to drink and drugs. Full casting to be announced shortly.

Duncan Macmillan’s intoxicating play People, Places & Things became the must-see show in London’s West End last year for its vivid portrayal of one woman’s entanglement in addiction, treatment and self-awareness.

It will open at Home, Manchester, (22 Sept – 7 Oct) before travelling to Oxford Playhouse (11 – 14 October), Bath Theatre Royal (17 – 21 October), Bristol Old Vic (24 – 28 October), Exeter Northcott Theatre (31 October – 4 November), Nuffield Theatre, Southampton (7 – 11 November), Liverpool Playhouse (14 – 18 November) and Cambridge (21 – 25 November).

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?

Lisa Dwyer Hogg’s stage credits include St Joan (Lyric Belfast), Signatories (Verdant Theatre, Kilmainham Gaol & Irish Tour), After Miss Julie, Blackbird, Scarborough (Prime Cut Theatre Company); Liola (National Theatre); Heartbreak House, Tales of Ballycumber (Abbey Theatre, Dublin); The Importance of Being Earnest, The Mariner (Gate Theatre, Dublin); Dunsinane (RSC / Hampstead) Dallas Sweetman (Paines Plough); Begin Again (Old Vic / 24 Hour Plays); Much Ado About Nothing (Stafford); Loyal Women (Royal Court); Pete and Me (New End, Hampstead); Many Loves (Sandis / Lilian Baylis).

Her screen credits include The Fall in which she played Marion Kay, the sister of serial killer Paul Spector’s
first victim. Other credits include BBC’s Waking the Dead, The Royal, Acceptable Risk (RTE), Across the Universe
(Revolution), Almost Adult (Parallax Films), A Year of Greater Love, Best: His Mother’s Son, Casualty (BBC); The Royal
(Yorkshire TV); Trial and Retribution, Commander (La Plante Productions); The Bill, Fallen (Thames TV); and Wire in
the Blood III (Coastal Productions).

04 July 2017

Exeter Northcott Theatre announces exciting autumn 2017 season

Exeter Northcott Theatre turns 50 years old and will celebrate with an Anniversary Gala

Dame Judi Dench announced as 50th anniversary patron

Exeter Northcott Theatre, Headlong and National Theatre will co-produce the UK tour of People, Place & Things

Pantomime returns to Exeter Northcott with Steve Bennett as the Dame in Dick Whittington

Internationally-acclaimed physical theatre company, Gecko, make their Northcott debut with The Wedding.

The Northcott Young Company Relaunches

Exeter Northcott Theatre is delighted to announce its exciting autumn 2017 season. The season will see the theatre celebrate its 50th anniversary, co-produce another UK national tour, and see pantomime return at Christmas.

Paul Jepson, artistic and executive director at Exeter Northcott comments on the season “This autumn the Northcott turns fifty and I’m very proud to present this exciting season. There’s much to celebrate in our birthday year. We have an education department that is admired. We produce our own work. We have an Associates Programme that is supporting ambitious, talented young companies onto the midscale. We are launching number one tours and collaborating with the University of Exeter to commission inter disciplinary performance inspired by University of Exeter academic research. The theatre is buzzing and looking forward to celebrating being fifty years young.”

Exeter Northcott Theatre’s 50th anniversary celebrations will begin with an evening of world class performances and artists in November to celebrate the theatre’s first 50 years and will raise funds to help strengthen the foundations for the next 50.

Following a critically-acclaimed, sold-out season at the National Theatre and in London’s West End, People, Places & Things comes to Exeter Northcott Theatre as part of a national tour. The theatre will co-produce this UK revival with Headlong, National Theatre and Home.

Gecko is an internationally acclaimed physical theatre company combining movement, imagery and provocative narratives to create emotionally charged and spectacular performances inspired by the complexity of human nature. With The Wedding, Gecko makes its debut at Exeter Northcott Theatre with an extraordinary ensemble who guide us through the struggle between love and anger, creation and destruction, community and isolation.

Pantomime comes home to the Northcott with a spectacular new staging of Dick Whittington, starring Exeter’s most popular Dame, Steve Bennett and directed by one of the country’s leading pantomime directors, Tony Lidington.

In September, Exeter Northcott Theatre’s Young Company re-launches with their re-imagining of Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s Rime of the Ancient Mariner. The company will spend a week-long residency exploring the themes of Coleridge’s classic work culminating in two final performances.

The Season

Join The Little Mix Experience for a jam-packed concert of one of the X Factor’s finest exports. Star of The Voice, Michelle John pays homage to many of the artists she has performed with, while regaling fabulous tales of what really goes on backstage. Join Mouse on a daring adventure through the deep, dark wood in Tall Stories’ magical, musical adaptation of The Gruffalo. The inventive Wardrobe Ensemble make its debut at Exeter Northcott with Education, Education, Education. With slick choreography, charisma, amazing live vocal and a great band, Frankie’s Boys put their own stamp on the hits of Frankie Valli.

Tavaziva return to the Northcott with its dynamic, bold and breath-taking new work, Izindava. Original Theatre will revive the classic, edge of your seat thriller, Wait Until Dark. Featuring flying bodies, last minute catches and an energy you can feel as well as see, Last Man Standing from James Wilton Dance is international, award-winning work. Direct from the West End, join the mysterious and fabulously wealthy Phineas Fogg in Around the World in 80 Days. English Touring Theatre and Mercury Theatre Colchester present The Weir, a chilling modern classic that won the 1997 Olivier Award for Best Play. Lovingly ripped off form the hugely successful Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Spamalot is a riotous comedy full of misfit knights, killer rabbits, dancing nuns as ferocious Frenchmen. The Night Pirates is a gorgeous family show that tells the tale of a group of little girl pirates who descend on a young boy called Tom at bedtime

Shell Shock is a stunning personal realisation of one soldier’s experience of learning to cope with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. RuPaul’s Drag Race winner, Jinkx Monsoon, stars in The Vaudevillians, a bawdy, rowdy, musical comedy. English Touring Opera present its autumn season with three masterpieces by composers who lived at almost exactly the same time – Bach, Handel and Rameau. Celebrated across the world for their stunning live performances, films and TV appearances, Ballet Boyz are back in Exeter with four brand new works and the return of an audience favourite. Following his 2015 100 date sell out tour, comedy powerhouse Paul Chowdry brings his highly-anticipated new stand up show to Exeter. Join Saba Douglas-Hamilton, the highly acclaimed elephant conservationist and wildlife TV presenter, for an evening of exciting animal stories. Following an outstanding West End run, The Kite Runner, an unforgettable theatrical tour de force comes to Exeter.

Restaurant Events:
Exeter Northcott and Moonstone Theatre Company present Dolly and Black Day at Blackawton Manor, two delicious evenings of Murder Mystery in October and on New Year’s Eve. Both events include a meal in The View Restaurant. Join us in the Exeter Northcott bar for FunHouse Comedy Club in October and November, with the best stand-ups in the business. The globetrotting and truly legendary Faulty Towers Dining Experience returns to the Northcott by popular demand in December.

Tickets for the autumn 2017 season are now on sale. 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