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25 March 2020

Artists Callout – HYPERLOCAL: arts commissions on a domestic scale

We are all having to get creative in responding to the Covid-19 pandemic. Although we are physically restricted during this period of government lockdown, our imaginations are still free to roam, and as makers we’re still keen to realise our ideas. In the spirit of adaptation, we are offering 10 micro-commissions to freelance artists working […]

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18 March 2020

UPDATE on theatre closure: staff working remotely, box office contacting customers and plans under way for future opening

Exeter Northcott Theatre closed, temporarily, at midnight on Monday but there is still a lot going on behind the scenes. As a theatre it is our job to make sure that the show goes on and that audiences and artists have a great time. But we also know that the job of a theatre is […]

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13 March 2020

Exeter Northcott Theatre named Arts organisation of the year at Exeter Living Awards

Exeter Northcott Theatre has won a prestigious Arts Award for its starring role at the heart of Exeter’s arts and culture scene. The accolade was revealed at a gala dinner held by Exeter Living magazine at the University of Exeter’s Great Hall. The recognition follows a momentous 2019 for Exeter’s flagship theatre, which last year […]

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26 February 2020

Exeter actor Amalia Vitale makes emotional return to Northcott stage as Chaplin years after performing in young company

Amalia Vitale is returning to Exeter playing Charlie Chaplin in a new play which is earning rave reviews from the critics. When she steps onto the Northcott stage in March, it will be the first time since she performed in the theatre’s young company as a child during the late 90s and early noughties. The […]

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24 February 2020

Warm tributes paid to former Northcott artistic director John Durnin

Tributes have been paid to John Durnin, the former artistic director of Exeter Northcott Theatre, who died last week after a short illness. John, who died on Sunday (February 16), was also associate director at the Cheltenham Everyman Theatre and had most recently been the artistic director at Pitlochry Festival Theatre (PFT) from 2003-2017. He […]

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13 February 2020


We’ve hand-picked a selection of shows that are our ‘Ones to Watch’ this season. They’re exciting, they’re ground-breaking and they feature stellar up-and-coming and established performers and theatre companies that we hope you’ll love as much as we do. SEE MORE – SAVE MORE!* BOOK 2 – SAVE 10% BOOK 3 – SAVE 15% BOOK […]

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20 January 2020

The three emerging theatre makers who will work with the Northcott as part of its new Northcott Futures Associates Programme

Exeter Northcott Theatre has unveiled the three South West theatre makers who will create new work as part of its newly-launched Associate Company Programme. Poet, playwright, actor and composer Jack Dean will join internationally-renowned choreographer Richard Chappell and theatre maker and activist Viv Gordon on the Exeter Northcott Futures project. The talented trio will work […]

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14 January 2020

Two-year community project to explore archive stories and voices awarded £143K National Lottery funding

Exeter Northcott Theatre has been awarded a £143,500 National Lottery grant by The National Lottery Heritage Fund to engage the local community in a new project to explore its archive. Since 1967, the Northcott has created a rich history of producing and creating theatre, launching the careers of many famous faces from stage and screen. […]

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17 December 2019

Q&A with Helen Bovey, New Work & Talent Development Producer

Introducing Helen Bovey, newly instated Producer (New Work/Talent Development) at the Northcott. Helen will be running our new talent development programme, Exeter Northcott Futures. We took a moment to sit down with her and talk about the role of theatre producer. How did you get into producing? I fell into producing after self-producing my own […]

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12 December 2019

Live stream of Beauty and the Beast brings Christmas cheer to children’s ward and care homes

Children in hospital and care home residents watched a Christmas pantomime beamed live to remote screens after a pioneering initiative by the Exeter Northcott Theatre. Youngsters in the RD&E’s Bramble Ward enjoyed a performance of Beauty and the Beast on Tuesday, December 10. The live stream was made possible thanks to a generous £3,900 donation […]

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05 December 2019

Artistic Director dons pink outfit and angel wings to save Beauty and the Beast Press Night after Cupid falls ill

Exeter Northcott Theatre’s Artistic Director and Chief Executive donned a pink suit, beret and angel wings to save the day after one of the stars of his pantomime was struck down by illness. Daniel Buckroyd stepped in at the last-minute to play Cupid at the Press Night performance of Beauty and the Beast on Wednesday […]

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26 November 2019

Pay it Forward – 1,000 panto tickets given to familes thanks to a community partnership made in Devon

Thanks to the amazing generosity of our audiences and supporters we have been able to raise more than £8,000 to give ticket to families who would otherwise not be able to come to our panto. The Pay it Forward campaign was launched by legend of stage and screen Sir Ian McKellen when he brought his […]

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25 November 2019

Date-night couple return to same Exeter Northcott Theatre seats to re-live first meeting 50 years ago

A romantic couple from Exeter who met as toddlers at a church crèche celebrated their fiftieth anniversary by repeating their first date at the Northcott. Keith Rowbottom surprised his wife Christine by arranging a return trip to the theatre and sat in the same seats they had occupied as teenagers at the end of the […]

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06 November 2019

City centre visitors will see actors in rehearsal as theatre brings panto cast to the high street

Shoppers and city centre visitors will be able to watch a professional cast rehearse a Christmas pantomime after Exeter Northcott Theatre took over a prominent space. Rehearsals get under way on Monday (11th) for Beauty and the Beast, which opens on 30 November. It is the first ever staging by the Northcott of the classic […]

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16 October 2019

Exeter Northcott Theatre announces Bang Bang! – new play by John Cleese blending French farce and Fawlty Towers

Bang Bang! – a new farce from comedy legend John Cleese (based on Monsieur Chasse! by Georges Feydeau) – is set to open at the Northcott next spring. Exeter Northcott Theatre and Dermot McLaughlin Productions are co-producing the show – described as a delicious combination of French Farce and Fawlty Towers. Bang Bang! is directed by Northcott Artistic Director & Chief Executive Daniel […]

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04 October 2019

Exeter Northcott Futures programme puts talent development centre stage

Exeter Northcott Theatre has today unveiled a comprehensive, new programme of funding and support to develop theatre-making talent in Exeter. The Exeter Northcott Futures project offers professional development for individual artists at the start of their careers, tailored packages of support for regionally-based companies at a critical moment in their development and a launch pad […]

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19 September 2019

U26 student membership launched with new discounts and benefits

The Northcott has overhauled its membership scheme for young theatregoers with a range of new benefits and discounts. A revamped U26 membership has been launched to coincide with the start of term and Freshers’ Week at Exeter University. The announcement comes ahead of a week of one-night shows including stand-up comedy, cutting-edge cabaret and a […]

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10 September 2019

Praise for ambitious youth theatre staging of novella The Family Tree

Almost 300 people watched the Northcott Young Company’s world premiere of a celebrated book about a family torn apart by a father’s descent into mental illness. A cast of 25 young actors aged staged the first dramatization of Mal Peet’s heart-rending book, The Family Tree on 30 & 31 August. The cast was given a […]

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08 August 2019

Northcott Theatre seeks chair and trustees to build on theatre’s growing reputation

The Northcott is looking for new trustees to continue to drive forward an increasingly ambitious business plan. Following the appointment of Daniel Buckroyd as Artistic Director & Chief Executive and a recently recruited senior management team, the theatre has set out its strategic targets for the next three years. With audiences and engagement increasing every […]

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31 July 2019

Northcott brings D/deaf and disabled writers together to create new plays

Three playwrights came together at the Northcott to create new 60-minute plays as part of a programme to develop D/deaf and disabled writing talent. Daisy Higman, Kellan Frankland and Anita MacCallum were selected to take part in Graeae’s renowned Write to Play initiative after a call for artists last summer. Over the course of one […]

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