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09 November 2018

The Mousetrap: New Tour with Only Fools and Horses Star


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09 November 2018

Ian McKellen announces Exeter date in 80th birthday solo tour to support emerging artists

Ambassador Theatre Group presents IAN MCKELLEN ON STAGE Tolkien, Shakespeare, others …and you! Ian McKellen is to celebrate his 8oth birthday next year by raising funds for theatres, with a new solo show which will play on 80 stages across the UK – including the Northcott on July 1. It all begins in January 2019 […]

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02 October 2018

Full Cast Announced for JACK AND THE BEANSTALK – Exeter’s favourite panto dame returns as writer and director

 BOOK tickets here An Exeter Northcott production Written and directed by Steve Bennett   Artistic & Executive Director of Exeter Northcott Theatre Daniel Buckroyd today announces the full cast for the Christmas pantomime. Exeter’s favourite panto dame Steve Bennett returns after last year’s acclaimed Dick Whittington to write, direct and star in this year’s show. […]

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16 September 2018


  We have just been advised that Joan Armatrading is unwell and therefore unable to perform at Exeter Northcott Theatre next week. We are in the process of scheduling new dates and will be in touch with ticket holders again on Monday

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11 September 2018

Full Cast Announced for Don Carlos – Centrepiece of the Northcott’s 50th Anniversary Season

An Exeter Northcott, Nuffield Southampton Theatres and Rose Theatre Kingston co-production in association with Ara Don Carlos Written by Friedrich Schiller Translated by Robert David MacDonald Directed by Gadi Roll; Set and Costume Design by Rosanna Vize Lighting Design by Jonathan Samuels Artistic and Executive Director of Exeter Northcott Theatre Daniel Buckroyd today announces the […]

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27 July 2018

Exeter Northcott Theatre to sell locally-sourced ice cream after Salcombe Dairy sponsorship

The Exeter Northcott Theatre has teamed up with Salcombe Dairy to supply audiences with locally-produced ice cream. As part of the deal, the South Devon producer has sponsored the theatre’s Christmas pantomime, Jack and the Beanstalk. Exeter’s favourite panto dame, Steve Bennett, returns in November as writer and director as Dame Trott. Salcombe Dairy began […]

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20 July 2018

Write to Play scheme offers opportunity for D/deaf and disabled playwright

  Sixth year of Graeae’s renowned Write to Play programme to be run in partnership with leading South-West England based organisations Bristol Old Vic, Exeter Northcott Theatre, Theatre Royal Plymouth, Wiltshire Creative, Nuffield Southampton Theatres and Ustinov Studio at Theatre Royal Bath. Applications open to D/deaf and disabled writers based in South-West England from 3 […]

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06 July 2018

Exeter Northcott Theatre to LIVE STREAM stage talk with TV star Tom Burke

The Exeter Northcott Theatre is to live stream an event from the stage for the first time. Tom Burke, best known as the popular TV detective Cormoran Strike, is appearing in Don Carlos, which opens at the Northcott in October. Burke and director Gadi Roll, who have launched the new theatre company behind the play, […]

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04 July 2018

Two new homegrown Associate shows in production after major arts awards of £110,000

Two new theatre productions created in Exeter are set to go ahead after funding of more than £110,000 was awarded. A brand new comedy version of The Three Musketeers by Le Navet Bete will open at the Northcott next May ahead of a UK tour. The ingenious physical theatre company, which is based in Exeter […]

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29 June 2018

Young Chorus recruited for Jack and the Beanstalk after record-breaking auditions

The Young Chorus has been revealed for this year’s giant of a pantomime, Jack and the Beanstalk, after a record number of auditions. Exeter’s favourite pant dame Steve Bennett is writing, directing and starring in this year’s Christmas show, which opens in November. Appearing in the 52 performances with the professional cast will be 16 […]

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15 June 2018

Full programme announced for Autumn/Winter Season

Exeter Northcott Theatre is delighted to announce a remarkable new season with tickets now on sale for more than 30 shows. To crown a year of 50th anniversary celebrations, we have put together a wide-ranging programme of powerful classical drama and modern adaptations alongside thrilling dance, opera, heart-warming musicals and comedy. One of the highlights […]

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25 April 2018

Northcott launches Pay What You Decide ticket offer

  Theatregoers are being offered the chance to watch a play but only pay what they decide it is worth afterwards. The pay what you decide offer has been designed to appeal to people who may have been to see theatre shows but don’t tend to watch traditional drama. The audience development initiative, which has […]

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23 April 2018

Even Shakespeare haters will love the new A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Do you love entertaining stage shows but can’t stand cod-pieces and incomprehensible soliloquies by men in tights? If so, I have the perfect show for even the most hardened Shakespeare hater: a joyfully irreverent and astonishing version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Outside of the box office hits of Macbeth, Othello and Hamlet I tend […]

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09 April 2018

Summer theatre project for imaginative children aged 7 to 11

Imaginative young people aged 7 to 11 are invited to create stage play with professionals during the summer holiday. PaddleBoat Theatre Company are offering children the chance to put together a piece of original drama and perform on the Northcott stage. The inventive Exeter company, which is known for its distinctive and playful approach to […]

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05 April 2018

Associate companies programme – the story so far

The Exeter Northcott Theatre returned to producing its own work in 2015. The following year, a new programme to stage exciting new plays was launched, making Le Navet Bête, Metta Theatre and PaddleBoat Theatre associate companies . This year sees the addition of the latest partner when Ara, the newly formed company led by stage and […]

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29 March 2018

Easter Weekend Box Office Opening Times

Friday 30 March (Good Friday) – Closed all day Saturday 31 March – Open 10am – 6pm Sunday 1 April (Easter Sunday) – Closed all day Monday 2 April (Easter Monday) – 5pm – 8pm Normal box office hours will resume on Tuesday 3 April.  You can also purchase tickets for all shows and dining […]

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26 March 2018

New UK and international tour plans for unique show about epilepsy and the brain

Following the success of Beyond My Control 2018 – a full UK and international tour is planned for the unique show fusing performing arts and science to explore epilepsy and the brain Exeter Northcott Theatre is marking Epilepsy Awareness Day with the announcement that it plans to take its acclaimed stage show Beyond My Control […]

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23 March 2018

Recruitment of full-time Artistic & Executive Director

23/03/2018 Exeter Northcott Theatre is advertising for a permanent Artistic and Executive Director. In January 2015 the charity’s Board of Trustees set a strategic plan for financial recovery, restructure and revision with a brief to provide local jobs and a wide breadth of live performance to Exeter and the South West. At that time, the […]

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19 March 2018

A Brave Face – Mon 19 March Cancelled Performance

Due to the heavy snow fall over the weekend, the get out  for Awful Auntie was unable to take place on Sunday as planned, and will be taking place today.  Unfortunately, this means that there is now insufficient time to pre-rig and set up for tonight’s scheduled show of A Brave Face, so we have […]

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15 March 2018

Open Auditions for Young Performers in Jack and the Beanstalk

We are looking for local children to join the cast of our fabulous Christmas pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk. Following the success of Dick Whittington last year, resident panto dame and Exeter favourite Steve Bennett is returning to lead the company. We are in search of talented young male and female actors (aged between 10 […]

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Media Releases

14 May 2018

New Artistic & Executive Director announced for Exeter Northcott Theatre

The Board of Trustees are delighted to announce that Daniel Buckroyd has been appointed to lead the Exeter Northcott Theatre from Autumn this yearN. Daniel has overseen a recent period of rapid development with significant artistic and business success as Artistic Director and Joint CEO at the Mercury Theatre in Colchester, and will bring his […]

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30 March 2018

Paul Jepson takes decision to step down as Artistic and Executive Director when successor appointed

PRESS RELEASE The revitalised Exeter Northcott Theatre is advertising for a permanent Artistic and Executive Director. This recruitment process was diarised three years ago and comes at a time when the Northcott has successfully secured Arts Council (national portfolio organisation) NPO funding to 2022. Current Artistic and Executive Director Paul Jepson, said “As my three-year […]

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17 November 2017

Panto comes home to the Exeter Northcott Theatre with Dick Whittington

Panto is making a welcome return to the Exeter Northcott Theatre with a new production by one of the country’s leading pantomime directors. Dick Whittington is set to open next month, marking a spectacular return to the theatre’s tradition of producing its own pantomimes. The show follows Dick as he leaves his Exeter home for […]

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The Weir Exeter Northcott Theatre
21 September 2017

Olivier-Award Winning The Weir will head to the Northcott

Tue 17 – Sat 21 October Winner of the 1997 Olivier Award for Best New Play, Conor McPherson’s chilling, modern classic The Weir will grace the Exeter Northcott stage in October. In a small Irish town where the locals exchange stories round the crackling fire of Brendan’s pub to while away the hours one stormy […]

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30 August 2017

Gecko’s The Wedding

Thu 21 – Sat 23 September Critically-acclaimed physical theatre company, Gecko, will make its Exeter Northcott Theatre debut this month. Combining movement, imagery and a provocative narrative, The Wedding is an emotionally charged, spectacular performance inspired by the complexity of human nature. In a blur of wedding dresses and contractual obligations, Gecko’s extraordinary ensemble guides […]

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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 […]

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La Strada production photos - photos by Robert Day
04 April 2017

“Stunning” La Strada comes to the Northcott

A critically acclaimed new stage adaptation of Federico Fellini’s La Strada will run at Exeter Northcott Theatre in May. La Strada ‘The Road’, a metaphor for life, is a deeply impassioned tale of love and loss. We journey into the heart of the Italian countryside where Gelsomina, full of the innocent spirit of youth, is […]

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Matthew Bourne's Early Adventures Exeter Northcott
10 January 2017

Matthew Bourne’s Early Adventures

Thursday 9 – Saturday 11 February Hailed as the UK’s most popular and successful Choreographer/ Director, Matthew Bourne will bring his critically acclaimed Early Adventures to the Exeter Northcott in February. Matthew Bourne returns to his roots with a programme of hit pieces that launched his career and saw the birth of the style, wit […]

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Exeter Northcott Theatre Spring Summer Season
30 November 2016

Exeter Northcott Theatre announces exciting spring summer 2017 season

Exeter Northcott Theatre will co-produce and direct the UK national tour of The Railway Children Shakespeare in Rougemont Gardens returns with the brand-new Exeter Northcott Theatre Graduate Company producing The Comedy of Errors. Exeter Northcott Theatre and Le Navet Bete will co-produce Dracula: the Bloody Truth A debut visit for Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures Tim […]

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20 September 2016

Mr Popper’s Penguins

Kenny Wax Family Entertainment & TC Beech presents                                                                      Sat 8 October 2016 Mr & Mrs Popper and their remarkable family of performing penguins are coming to the Exeter Northoctt Theatre in October. Painter and decorator by day, Mr Popper dreams of Antarctic adventures. He is astounded when one day a packing crate arrives […]

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Image Art Direction & Design © David Curtis-Ring Photography © Christa Holka Post Production Marcelo Dalle Grave
06 September 2016

A Pacifist’s Guide to the War on Cancer

A Complicite Associates co-production with the National Theatre in association with HOME Manchester Wed 28 September – Sun 2 October 2016 Exeter Northcott Theatre is proud to announce A Pacifist’s Guide to the War on Cancer, an all-singing, all-dancing examination of life with a cancer diagnosis. Directed by Bryony Kimmings, this brand-new musical sees Complicite […]

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22 August 2016

Shakespeare’s Globe return to Exeter Northcott Theatre

Two Gentlemen of Verona    Thu 8 – Sun 11 September 2016 Following the great success of 2015’s Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare’s Globe returns to Exeter Northcott Theatre, this time with its acclaimed Two Gentlemen of Verona. Valentine loves Silvia and Proteus loves Julia – but Proteus is fickle, and falls for Silvia too. When […]

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17 May 2016

Smash-hit comedy, Invincible, comes to Exeter Northcott Theatre

                                                                    Mon 30 May – Sat 4 June 2016 From one of the most exciting playwrights to emerge since Alan Ayckbourn, Torben Betts, and produced by the award-winning Original Theatre Company (Birdsong, Three Men In A Boat), comes a brand new production of the smash hit, sell-out comedy, Invincible. With the recession biting hard, Emily […]

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10 May 2016

Avenue Q

                                                                    Mon 30 May – Sat 4 June 2016 Following five years in the West End, sell-out runs worldwide and a smash hit tour last year (packed with mischief, bad behaviour and political incorrectness) Avenue Q comes to Exeter Northcott Theatre at the end of May. Featuring the naughtiest puppets in town, brought hilariously to […]

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12 April 2016

Creative Cow return with Travels with my Aunt

                                                                    Tue 10 – Sat 14 May 2016 Following 2015’s A Christmas Carol, the successful co-production with Exeter Northcott, Creative Cow return to the theatre in May with their new show, Travels with my Aunt. An adaptation of Graham Greene’s most entertaining of books, Creative Cow chose to tour Travels with my Aunt to mark […]

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24 March 2016

Free tickets to TEDxExeter livestreams are available now

More people will be able to watch TEDxExeter and discuss the talks they are hearing, thanks to three new public livestreams. The main event, which takes place at the Exeter Northcott Theatre on April 15, sold out in a record 22 minutes in December last year, and tickets for a simultaneous broadcast to Exeter University’s […]

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22 March 2016

Exeter Northcott Theatre Announce New Shows at The Great Hall

Exeter Northcott Theatre has announced a new programme of shows that will take place at The Great Hall on the University of Exeter’s Streatham campus. Extending the range of work that is presented by the theatre, the new shows announced include 10cc in Concert, Jimmy Osmond in Concert, YolanDa Brown and Destiny’s Child’s Michelle Williams […]

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15 March 2016

Mark Bruce’s The Odyssey

Mon 11 & Tues 12 April 2016 The award-winning Mark Bruce Company, whose critically acclaimed dance theatre production of Dracula performed to sellout audiences across the country in 2013 and 2014, including Exeter, bring their brand new production THE ODYSSEY to Exeter Northcott Theatre on April 11th and 12th. THE ODYSSEY, Homer’s epic poem written […]

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29 February 2016

This Is My Body

Ten Ten Theatre and Exeter Northcott Theatre present Wed 23 & Thurs 24 March 2016 The award-winning one-woman play, This Is My Body, will come to Exeter in March and will be directed by Exeter Northcott Theatre’s Artistic and Executive Director, Paul Jepson. There are “reasonable grounds” to suspect that a Romanian woman, who has […]

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18 February 2016

The Herbal Bed

An English Touring Theatre, Royal & Derngate, Northampton and Rose Theatre Kingston production Tues 15 – Sat 19 March 2016 English Touring Theatre return to Exeter Northcott Theatre in March with their new, critically- acclaimed, production of The Herbal Bed. “I have always wanted that which I cannot have.” Based upon real events from Stratford-upon-Avon […]

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