Our beautifully designed stage and auditorium works exceptionally well for all types of theatre and dance and is loved by audiences and artists. We offer a range of high quality touring drama from new and established companies covering the entire spectrum of theatre by offering new writing, classic plays, mask theatre and devised/experimental work. We have also developed a strong, enthusiastic dance programme and in recent years have made a return to producing our own work.
The theatre opened in 1967 and has a rich history of developing new writing and nurturing artists at the beginning of their careers. An array of new writing has been premiered at the theatre over the decades; from the first public performances of Edward Bond’s Bingo in 1973 through Howard Barker’s BLOK/EKO in 2011 to Dawn King’s Ciphers in 2013, Exeter audiences have enjoyed the opportunity to be in at the beginning of exciting new works and careers.
Since 2015, under the artistic direction of Paul Jepson, we have steadily been increasing our producing arm. Recent productions and co-productions include: Dick Whittington; People, Places & Things (Headlong, NT, Home & Exeter Northcott); The Railway Children (Exeter Northcott and Nick Brooke Ltd co-production (National Tour ); The Comedy of Errors (outdoor Shakespeare South West Tour Summer 2017); Dracula: The Bloody Truth (Le Navet Bete in association with Exeter Northcott); J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan; French Without Tears (Exeter Northcott, English Touring Theatre and Orange Tree Theatre co-production); This Is My Body (Exeter Northcott and Ten Ten Productions – Anti Slavery Day Media Award Winner 2015); Harold Pinter’s Betrayal; A Christmas Carol (Exeter Northcott and Creative Cow co-production).
This has allowed the theatre to develop a radical interdisciplinary commissioning programme – IMPACT. In March 2017 we successfully piloted, Beyond My Control, an interactive performance about epilepsy, presented as part of its IMPACT Programme in partnership with the University of Exeter, using the medium of performance to facilitate public engagement for the University’s world class research.
We also run an Associates Programme, which supports the next generation of theatre companies to successfully transition to the midscale. Current members comprise PaddleBoat Theatre Company, Metta Theatre and Le Navet Bete.
We actively work alongside other venues in Exeter in terms of programming and audience development, to maximise opportunities for audiences to access the highest quality performing arts throughout the city, and have been part of the Exetreme Imagination Children’s Literature Festival, Laugh Out Loud Comedy Festival and the UK Taiko Festival.
We are confident that our ever increasing and broadening audiences will always find something to enjoy and, as ever, we look forward to welcoming you to the Exeter Northcott Theatre and sharing our passion for live performance and hospitality with you.