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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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03 July 2019

Young actors get masterclass from Sir Ian McKellen after generous donor buys five tickets for Exeter show

Five lucky teenagers were handed the chance to meet acting legend Sir Ian McKellen after a regular theatregoer offered free tickets to his sold-out show at Exeter Northcott Theatre. The celebrated actor announced he was bringing his 80th birthday tour to raise money to help support emerging artists and the show sold out almost immediately. […]

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02 July 2019

Sir Ian McKellen launches ‘pay it forward’ appeal to give away 1,000 free panto tickets to families with bucket collection

Exeter Northcott Theatre has launched a campaign to help low-income families enjoy Christmas with free pantomime tickets. The festive give-away aims to hand out 1,000 tickets for the ambitious new production of Beauty and the Beast, which opens on November 30. Under the initiative, the public are asked to contribute towards a ticket for someone […]

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12 June 2019

Artists revealed for new collaboration with academics around loneliness

We’ve joined forces with the University of Exeter’s Wellcome Centre for Cultures & Environments of Health to bring the subject of loneliness and community to a wider audience. Last year, a show about epilepsy called Beyond My Control, which was inspired by cutting-edge research from the university’s mathematicians, was toured around the country. This latest […]

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24 May 2019

Audition Call: Beauty and the Beast

We’re looking for a fantastic cast to join our new Artistic Director and an experienced Creative Team mounting this year’s bigger-than-ever Northcott Panto. Beauty and the Beast, the first Exeter Northcott Theatre production to be directed by our new Artistic Director, Daniel Buckroyd, will be a magical interpretation of this classic tale for families this Christmas. […]

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22 May 2019

Northcott co-production The Life I Lead starring Miles Jupp set for West End run

Following a critically acclaimed UK premiere at Exeter Northcott Theatre, leading stand-up comedian, presenter and actor Miles Jupp is to bring his heart-warming show about the life of Walt Disney’s consummate English gentleman, David Tomlinson, to London’s West End. Written by James Kettle and co-directed by Selina Cadell and Didi Hopkins, The Life I Lead […]

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20 May 2019

Eight-year old Exeter schoolboy to make stage debut at Northcott with English Touring Opera

A primary school pupil has been chosen to make his professional stage debut alongside professional opera singers and musicians. Ted Brough, aged 8 and a student at Exeter School, will perform with English Touring Opera (ETO) when it brings its new work to the Exeter Northcott Theatre on May 21. Ted Brough The casting is […]

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