Imelda Staunton in Cinderella 20 Dec 1978
Imelda Staunton in Cinderella (20 Dec 1978)
Black and white photo of the theatre being built in 1966
The theatre under construction in 1966
Image of the first Northcott Calendar
The first Northcott brochure
Northcott Carpentry Workshop, March 1970, Copyright N Toyne
Northcott Carpentry Workshop, March 1970
© Nicholas Toyne
A female intern dressed in a lab coat, gloves and goggles uses a magnifying glass to look at photo negatives in the archive
Our Heritage Intern Alice inspects materials in the archive
A female intern dressed in a lab coat and gloves inspects a book in the archive
Our Heritage Intern Latifa inspects materials in the archive

Heritage Open Day 2021

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For the first time, the Exeter Northcott Theatre will be sharing items from its archive and sharing stories from the people and productions making up more than 50 years of rich history as Exeter’s much loved, flagship theatre.

Visitors will be able to view and rummage through materials from the theatre’s history, share their own memories, take part in family activities, and be part of an important conversation about the future of theatre and whose stories we tell in a discussion facilitated by diversity consultant and artist Louisa Adjoa Parker.

As part of a two year project funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the Exeter Northcott is exploring its archive and heritage with the communities it serves: hosting exciting events to interpret the materials in its heritage collections, and having conversations to shape the future of the theatre.

This open afternoon invites locals to learn more about the Northcott’s role in the creation and sharing of live performance and entertainment in the South West, while imagining what could come next.

Find out more about our Heritage project here.

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Exeter Northcott Theatre and Le Navet Bete's Dick Whittington artwork. Background: a foggy panorama photo of the city of London, with iconic buildings such as Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, and St Paul's Cathedral. The cityscape is washed over with a burgundy haze. Foreground: A black and white cat (black body, white neck collar, white paws) looks towards the cityscape and we see them in near silhouette. They are stood on a yellow-brick path, with green grassy hills either side of them. On the hills, grey rats with large red eyes. On the left hand side of the cat, a rat holds a stereotypical hobo sack on a stick. At the top of the artwork, gold text reads: 'Exeter Northcott Theatre and Le Navet Bete present Dick Whittington.' Another group of rats with large red eyes are playing around the letters in 'Dick Whittington'. A cat paw icon replaces the dot on top of the letter 'I' in 'Dick', and a block of cheese replaces the dot on top of the second letter 'I' in 'Whittington.
Dick Whittington
Sun 10 Dec 2023 - Sun 07 Jan 2024
Exeter Northcott Theatre Exeter Northcott Theatre Exeter Northcott Theatre
Northcott Theatre
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Stan Hacking Concert Band Christmas Spectacular promotional artwork - Blue background. On the left: an illustration of a Christmas tree made from golden musical notes, with a star on top. On the right: illustration of red and green baubles hanging from golden thread. In the centre: Stan Hacking Concert Band logo - a blue circle with a white rim with text in the middle and a large musical note on the inside left of the circle. White text underneath reads: 'Christmas Spectacular' 'Raising funds for the Coronary Care Unit, RD&E Hospital'.
The Stan Hacking Band Christmas Spectacular
Sun 10 Dec 2023
Barnfield Theatre
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Dear Santa promotional image - An illustration of a gift-wrapped Christmas present with a gift tag that reads: 'From Santa'. Either side of the present are circles with blue bows sticking out the top. The one on the left contains text reading 'From the creator of Dear Zoo' and an illustration of the Dear Zoo cover art. In the second circle, text reads: 'Meet Santa; Every child gets a free gift!' Main text at the top of the picture reads: 'Live on stage; Dear Santa; by Rod Campbell'. The background is red with white dots and there is a golden border on each side with winter holly leaves in each corner.
Dear Santa
Wed 13 Dec 2023 - Sun 24 Dec 2023
Exeter Northcott Theatre Exeter Northcott Theatre
Barnfield Theatre
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