Exeter Northcott Theatre & Le Navet Bete present
Written by Daniel Buckroyd with Le Navet Bete
Directed by Alex Jackson
‘If you only see one show this Christmas, this is it. Excellent!’
British Theatre Guide on Robin Hood
Following their record-breaking smash hit, Robin Hood, Exeter Northcott and Le Navet Bete are teaming up once again to bring you an unmissable family panto for Christmas 2023 – Dick Whittington!
Expect plenty of laughs, great music, amazing special effects and full-on fun for every generation with this fabulous rags-to-riches tale.
‘Wow – what a show! Our faces and bellies are aching with laughter. Absolutely stunning set and costumes.’
Audience member on Robin Hood
‘Had every generation in stitches. 10 out of 10!’
Audience member on Robin Hood
10 Dec, 2.30pm
Audio-described performance by Jonathan Nash.
14 Dec, 7pm
BSL-interpreted performance by Daryl McMullan – Provided by Complete Communication LTD.
6 Jan, 2.30pm
Nick has been Co-Artistic Director and performer with physical comedy company Le Navet Bete since 2008. Born and raised in Australia, he has always loved acting and writing comedy and has performed in some of the most widely respected venues all over the UK and internationally. When not performing, Nick is a keen pianist and loves to travel.
Theatre credits include: Robin Hood (Exeter Northcott Theatre), Jane Austen’s Emma (UK Tour) and Golden Pearl Pirates (UK Tour). Molly is thrilled to be back at the Northcott after a fantastic production last year.
Training: Molly attended the London School of Musical Theatre (2022) and has a first-class degree in Music and Drama from Royal Holloway University.
Theatre credits include: Understudy Christopher Wren in The Mousetrap (St Martins Theatre, West End); Silly in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Milton Keynes Theatre/ XRoads Pantomimes); Fuzz (Workshop); Teletubbies Live!(UK and Ireland Tour)
Training: Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.
Credits whilst training include: Made In Dagenham, The Clockmaker’s Daughter and The Pirates of Penzance.
Theatre credits include: Ensemble/Cover Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz(Leicester Curve); Gilbert/First Cover Seaweed in Hairspray (UK tour); Rusalka(London Coliseum and English National Opera); Ensemble in Motown the Musical (UK and Ireland tour); Flashdance (Italian Tour); Diva in Testosterone(UK tour); Sneezy in Snow White & The Seven Dwarves (Darlington Hippodrome) and Tommy Tucker in Red Riding Hood (Hoxton Hall).
Training: The Urdang Academy & The BRIT School
Jack & Rat Villain
Al is one of the founding members of Le Navet Bete and still performs with the company in their various shows, particular favourite roles have been Long John Silver in Treasure Island and The Ghost of Christmas Past in A Christmas Carol.
In his spare time Al is a keen pizzaiolo (pizza chef) cooking away in his wood fire oven.
Matt has been with Le Navet Bete since the beginning.
Matt has always had a passion for comedy and is hugely proud of the extensive back catalogue of work that Le Navet Bete have written and produced over the years, a particular career high was the publication and international licensing of Dracula: The Bloody Truth. He has always loved to dress up in women’s clothing and the roles he takes on within Le Navet Bete work clearly displays this.
When he is not making the masses fall apart with laughter he is growing organic vegetables on his allotment.
Sox the Cat
Training: Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
Credits whilst training include: Carrie (Miss Gardener); Merrily We Roll Along (Jerome); Kipps: Half a Sixpence (Carshot/Maxwell); Madagascar Jr(Melman).
Dick Whittington is Poppy’s professional debut!
Theatre credits include: Lucille in The Great Gatsby (Immersive London), Harlow Hayes in Around the World in 80 Days (Grand Theatre, Blackpool), Natasha in Zombies the Musical (The Other Palace, Studio), Roza in Glasgow Girls (UK & Scottish Tours), Nana in It Happened in Key West (Charing Cross Theatre), U/s Sarah, u/s Mayor, u/s Black Dude in Toxic Avenger (West End / Edinburgh), Nikita in Bollywood Rose (British Asian Festival/Watford Palace Theatre).
Training: London School of Musical Theatre.
Theatre credits include: Gwendolen in The Importance of Being Earnest (UK tour); Bianca in Othello (UK tour); Judy in Bird Brigade (Workshop); Baby Bear in Baby Bear (UK Tour); Rosie/Mum/Wolf in The Snow Dragon (UK Tour); Time Agent in Future Perfect (UK Tour); Ruth in The Pirates of Penzance (UK Tour); Mrs Beaver in The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe (UAE tour); Shoshana in Island Song (Tristan Bates Theatre); Enchantress in Beauty and the Beast(Radlett Centre); Fairy in Jack and the Beanstalk (Groundlings Theatre).
Training: The Royal Academy of Music and University of Exeter.
Fairy Bowbells & Captain Barnacle
Theatre credits include: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (The Pantaloons); Robin Hood (Exeter Northcott); Alice in Wonderland (Folksy Theatre); Great Expectations (The Pataloons), The Little Match Girl (Folksy Theatre); The Tempest (Folksy Theatre); Twelfth Night (The Pantaloons); Sleeping Beauty(Wisecracker/Rhodes Arts Complex); Pinocchio (Torch Theatre).
She is delighted to be returning to Exeter Northcott for Dick Whittington.
Training: Jodie graduated from Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama with an MA in Musical Theatre, and from LIPA with a BA in Acting.
- Daniel Buckroyd co-wrote and directed Robin Hood at Exeter Northcott Theatre last year. Daniel has written and directed many pantomimes over the years, including at Colchester Mercury and Exeter Northcott. He is currently Artistic Director at Litchfield Garrick Theatre.
- Le Navet Bete is a physical-comedy theatre company based in Exeter, Devon, whose spectacular and hilarious shows have wowed audiences globally since their formation in 2007. The company of three (Al Dunn, Matt Freeman and Nick Bunt) first met each other whilst studying at the University of Plymouth in 2003. With Exeter as their base, they have been Associate Artists at Exeter Northcott Theatre and are currently Artists in Residence at the Exeter Phoenix. Their productions of Dracula: The Bloody Truth, Treasure Island and The Three Musketeers: A Comedy Adventure have all been published and licensed worldwide by Nick Hern Books, with sell-out runs in the USA, Canada and New Zealand. Their production of A Christmas Carol was first performed since at the Barbican Theatre in Plymouth 2013 and was revived at Exeter Northcott Theatre in 2021. In 2022, the company collaborated with the Northcott to create the record-breaking smash hit Robin Hood.
Morag Massey – Producer (for Exeter Northcott)
Previously executive director at Bristol’s Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory, Morag has worked as marketing manager for Circomedia, a researcher for BBC Radio 4 and most recently as an Interim artistic director/producer for Tobacco Factory Theatres, producer for BOVTS and executive producer for OperaUpClose. She is currently working freelance.
Alex Jackson – Director
Alex is a director and writer originally from Exeter based in London.
Credits as Director include: Mermaid (Theatre 503); Beauty and the Beast (The Core Theatre); Superqueeroes (LAMDA); Forgotten Fellow (The Lion and Unicorn Theatre); No More Doughnuts (White Bear Theatre); Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Queen’s Theatre, Barnstaple); Henry: A Killer New Musical (The Albany, Deptford); Michael Morpurgo’s Out of the Ashes (The Bike Shed Theatre); Jack and the Beanstalk (South West Tour). As Youth Theatre Director: High School Musical, Matilda, We Will Rock You (Hall for Cornwall). As Associate Director: Bang Bang! by John Cleese (UK Tour); Monmouth: The Westcountry Rebellion (Marine Theatre). As Resident Director: Club Tropicana (UK Tour). As Assistant Director: Beauty and the Beast (Exeter Northcott Theatre); Hot Flushes The Musical (UK Tour); Buttons: A Cinderella Story, High Ridin’ by James Hogan, For Reasons That Remain Unclear by Mart Crowley (King’s Head Theatre); The Monstrum (Marine Theatre & The Egg at Bath Theatre Royal).
Alex created the podcast Making a Musical: The Future of British Musical Theatre with The Other Palace and co-founded Exeter Fringe Festival where he was Festival Director between 2019 and 2022. He was a Trainee Resident Director at the King’s Head Theatre where he was made a Junior Associate after graduating.
As well as directing, this year Alex has written Aladdin (Cheltenham Playhouse), and Jack and the Beanstalk (The Blakehay Theatre) and licensed scripts for numerous amateur productions across the UK and worldwide. Alex is a Trustee for the UK Pantomime Association who produce The Pantomime Awards.
Kim Healey – Choreographer
Kim is a South West girl, born & bred. She works as choreographer, actor & youth facilitator all across the UK, and is very proud to be working with the team on Dick Whittington this year. Kim’s choreography credits include: Ordinary Days (London College of Music); Twelfth Night, Pride & Prejudice & Pirates of Penzance (for Illyria Theatre); Pippin (London College of Music); Hound of the Baskervilles (The Barn Theatre); High School Musical, Bugsy Malone (both Academy of Music & Theatrical Arts); 9 to 5 (London College of Music); Sleeping Beauty (Hall for Cornwall); Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (The New Wolsey Theatre); Jack and the Beanstalk (Hall for Cornwall); Dick Whittington and his Mousehole Cat (Hall for Cornwall); The Biograph Girl (The Waterman’s Theatre); Oh, I Do Like To Be Beside the Seaside (UK Tour); Salad Days (The Waterman’s Theatre); A Gala Variety (The Bloomsbury Theatre)
Kim has also spent time working as the Get Creative Programme lead at Hall for Cornwall which included supporting local and emerging artists, facilitating the Youth Programme (ages 6 – 21), Community Outreach and work within schools across Cornwall. Previously she was the Director of the Barn Academy and in charge of Educational Outreach for The Barn Theatre, Cirencester. She is dedicated workshop leader and facilitator, teaching dance, drama and music to participants of all ages, and abilities.
Music Dimension – Musical Supervision and Track Recording
Music Dimension is a company that provides Musical Services to Theatre, TV and Film across the World. Within the team we have specialists working in various fields from Arranging to Orchestral Management and Keys Programming/Hire and Recording services. On Dick Whittington, Mark Crossland and Laurence Stannard are delighted to be involved.
TV/Film: Penny on MARS (seasons 1, 2 and 3 – Disney TV), Alex and Co (3zero2). On The Sound of Musicals (BBC1), Mark composed the theme tune as well as being an arranger and copyist. He was the arranger on the film Another Mothers Son (BK Films) and composed for the shows Singled Out (MTV/Channel 5) and Dating Hell (Sky One) and Lorraine Kelly’s Friday Fever (ITV).
Theatre Supervision/Arrangement: The SpongeBob Musical (London Southbank Centre and UK Tour), 9 to 5 (Savoy Theatre, UK Tour, Australian Tour and South Korea), Ian McKellan’s Mother Goose (Duke of York Theatre), We Will Rock You(World Tour), The Addams Family (UK Tour), Allegiance (Charing Cross Theatre), Madagascar (UK, US, Australia and New Zealand Tours), Trump L’Oeil (The Other Palace, London), Phantom of the Opera (World Tour), Bring It On (London Southbank Centre and UK tour), Footloose (Peacock Theatre, London, UK and European Tour), A Christmas Carol (Queens Theatre, Barnstaple), Falsettos (The Other Palace, London), Jersey Boys (World Tour), Little Miss Sunshine (Arcola Theatre, London and UK Tour), Avenue Q (UK Tour), Fame (Peacock Theatre/Troubadour Theatre, London and UK Tour), Flashdance (UK Tour and South Korea), Wizard of Oz (Blackpool Opera House), Our House (UK Tour), Spamalot (UK Tour), The Producers(UK Tour), High School Musical, 2 (UK Tour), Annie (UK tours, Singapore, Hong Kong and New Zealand), Little Shop of Horrors (UK Tour), The Snow Gorilla (The Rose, Kingston, London), Hello Dolly (UK Tour), Oliver (Lincoln Theatre Royal and Kuala Lumpa), Electric Lipstick (UK Tour), Miracle on 34th Street(UK Tour), Teen Scream (Lincoln Theatre Royal and Edinburgh Fringe), Bor Productions for MSC, CMC for P&O plus, various Pantomimes.
Izzie Winter – Musical Director
Since graduating from London College of Music last year, Izzie has enjoyed working as a writer, composer and performer.
Theatre credits include: Jasmine in What’s Wrong With Me (Camden Fringe), Paul in Four Miles (The Pen Theatre), Newsrevue (Canal Cafe Theatre), Becks in Say it with Sequins (Workshop- Jerwood Space) and Kat in Run to the Nuns (Brighton Fringe- Caravanserai).
Alongside this, Izzie has written, composed MY SISTER IS MISSING.– a one-person musical which they also perform. The production has been featured in seasons at The Pen Theatre, The Drayton Arms and was workshopped at The Other Palace in November. The musical was most recently featured as part of Tania Azevedo’s MT Pride Lab at Kings Head Theatre. Izzie released their debut EP ‘for when i sleep’ in 2022, for which they wrote and directed a music video under the same title, and can be found on all streaming platforms.
Marcus Bartlett – Lighting Designer
Exeter-based Lighting designer Marcus has designed lighting on last year’s hugely successful panto, Robin Hood, and Exeter Northcott’s The Honey Man and Antigone. With Le Navet Bete, on The Three Musketeers,Dracula: The Bloody Truth, A Christmas Carol and Aladdin. He’s also worked extensively with Triatre Theatre in Barcelona, Exeter Phoenix and with Theatre Alibi since 2002 on: Why the Whales Came, One in a Million,The Crowstarver, Caught, Spies, Cobbo, The Ministry of Fear, Gouchers War, Curiosity Shop, The boy who climbed into the moon and Falling. Also, with Forkbeard Fantasy on: Fall of the House of Usherettes, Rough Magyck (with the RSC) and The Colour of Nonsense.
In some of the summer months Marcus can be found as Lighting designer at Beautiful Days theatre tent, Gone Wild festival, Sidmouth folk festival and Jurrassic fields.
His lighting with live music includes: Afro Celt Sound System, Ward Thomas and Ralph McTell. Also extensively with Show Of Hands playing venues from The Royal Albert Hall to Under the Hull of the Cutty Sark to The Minack Theatre Cornwall.
The rest of Marcus’ time is spent as Technical Manager of Exeter Northcott where this year he’s headed a project to upgrade the sound and lighting within both of the Barnfield and Northcott theatres, he hopes you enjoy!
Nikki Crowley – Sound Designer
Nikki Crowley is a skilled sound designer and composer making noise in audio production – both figuratively and literally. With an impressive background working for renowned organisations such as the BBC, Bristol Old Vic, and Tobacco Factory Theatres, Nikki specialises in sound for theatre, film, TV, and radio. Drawing on over 15 years of experience, she brings a diverse skill set as a live and studio sound engineer, touring musician, and music producer.
Nikki excels in narrative storytelling, her sound design practice being broadly focused on source materials and the creative manipulation of their sonic qualities to create a richly textured soundscape. Primarily working from a palette of original field and studio recordings and electronic designed sounds.
A trusted expert in audio technology, she is the go-to professional for creating complex audio solutions. Embracing the motto ‘Let’s make some noise,’ Nikki is dedicated to ensuring that all productions receive the attention they deserve.
2023 – Sound Designer & Audio Mixer – In Situ, Film
2022/23 – Sound Designer & Audio Engineer – The Wall, Tobacco Factory Theatres
2022/23 – Sound Designer & Composer – There’s No One Else in the World and the World Belongs to Me, Bristol Old Vic
Various broadcast sound design for BBC Radio Rinse FM, Unity Radio, TV Pilots.
Various compositions for the BBC, Channel 4 and more. Assistant Production (Audio & Video) for various Productions for BBC Bitesize.
Rachael Duthie – Production Manager
Rachael is a Somerset based Production Manager and Lighting Designer. She trained at University of Wales, Aberystwyth and is currently working with Theatre Alibi and Travelling Light, as well as working as a sustainability consultant for small Arts organisations in the South West. Other companies she regularly works with include The Egg in Bath, Tobacco Factory Theatres, The Wardrobe Ensemble, Quirk Theatre, ZOO Venues as well as previously for the Bristol Old Vic, 2Faced Dance, The Belgrade, Pilot Theatre and The Courtyard in Hereford.
Mel Moran – Company Stage Manager
Katie Galbraith – Deputy Stage Manager
Katie Marie Galbraith is a freelance Stage Manager. She studied BA (Hons) Stage and Production Management at East 15 Acting School. Her recent credits include Group Portrait in a Summer Landscape (Pitlochry Festival Theatre Co-Production with Royal Lyceum Theatre, DSM), A Streetcar Named Desire (Pitlochry Festival Theatre, DSM), Frozen Jr (Kenneth More Theatre, DSM), Redbridge Choral Festival (Royal Albert Hall, DSM), Get Happy (Pleasance Theatre, TSM), Perhaps We Need Become Indecent (The Ditch, DSM), Aladdin (Kenneth More Theatre, ASM Book Cover) The Tempest (RCSSD, DSM), Wizard of Oz (Kenneth More Theatre, DSM), Snatched (UK Tour, SM on book & LX Op), Godspell (Kenneth More Theatre, Followspot), Zorro: The Musical (Charing Cross Theatre, ASM Cover), Bugsy Malone (Kenneth More Theatre, DSM), Starlight Academy Dance Show (Kenneth More Theatre, Stage Crew) The Keyworkers Cycle (Almeida Theatre, ASM), Cinderella (Kenneth More Theatre, ASM), I Lost my Virginity to Chopin’s Nocturn in B-flat minor (Edinburgh Fringe Festival, TSM), Giants are Fjord (Edinburgh Fringe Festival, SM), Sarah Keyworth : Pacific (Edinburgh Fringe Festival, SM).
Lara-Louise Jones – Assistant Stage Manager
Lara is a South West-based Stage Manager and recent graduate of Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. She has been visiting the Exeter Northcott for many years and is thrilled to be working at the theatre this Christmas.
Professional credits include: Stage Manager on Holes (Wuzhen Theatre Festival, China), Assistant Stage Manager on Aladdin (Theatre Royal, Bath), Assistant Stage Manager on The Two Popes (The Rose Theatre, London) & Deputy Stage Manager on White Bear Lake (The Drum, Theatre Royal, Plymouth).
Katie Haywood – Costume Supervisor
Katie completed her theatrical costume training at The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, and has since worked in costume and wardrobe departments all over the country including theatre productions, carnival companies, with circus performers and at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden.
Katie also runs her own company making bespoke bridal wear and unique costumes from her studio in Honiton.
She is thrilled to be joining the creative team for Dick Whittington.
Jay Seldon – Shadowing Director and Production/ ENT technician
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