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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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15 May 2019

Emma Rice’s Malory Towers: full cast announced

Full casting has been announced for Emma Rice’s upcoming stage adaptation of Enid Blyton’s Malory Towers, which opens in Bristol at the Passenger Shed before embarking on a UK tour. Tickets go on general sale at 5pm on 16 May for the Northcott, where the show opens on from 17 September. The piece follows new student […]

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18 April 2019

‘Don’t Push Me Around’ shines a light on ‘joys and frustrations’ of disability

A play which explores the daily joys and frustrations of four proudly independent disabled actors will be staged at the Northcott as part of a mini festival. Don’t Push Me Around is an original piece of theatre devised by the quartet of emerging artists, along with CEDA (Community Equality Disability Action) and Exeter Northcott Theatre. […]

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18 April 2019

Beauty and the Beast announced as Exeter Northcott panto 2019 – a first for the theatre

Exeter Northcott Theatre has announced that this year’s pantomime will be an ambitious new production of the classic love story Beauty and the Beast. The famous tale of a handsome prince who is transformed into a hideous beast and can only be saved by ‘true love’s kiss’ is set to delight audiences this Christmas. Artistic […]

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22 February 2019

Academics and artists to create performance around loneliness

Exeter Northcott Theatre has joined forces with academics to bring the subject of loneliness and community to a wider audience. The theatre has this week announced a new partnership with the University of Exeter’s Wellcome Centre for Cultures & Environments of Health with a call for performance artists and makers. Last year, a show about […]

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13 February 2019

Exeter Northcott Theatre takes next step with new leadership team

Exeter Northcott Theatre has completed the recruitment of a new leadership team as it sets out a bold vision for the future of performing arts in the city and the wider South West region. Artistic Director & Chief Executive Daniel Buckroyd has announced the appointment of two highly experienced senior managers as part of a major […]

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17 January 2019

Panto appeal raises record-breaking £9,000 for work with young people

Panto audiences at Exeter Northcott Theatre dug deep over Christmas and raised almost £9,000 to help fund ground-breaking work with youngsters. Theatre-goers contributed the record-breaking amount via bucket collections during the festive run of Jack and the Beanstalk, which cast 16 local children in its chorus. The final tally, from a show seen by almost […]

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21 December 2018

‘Hamilton meets Matilda’ – how Metta is pushing the boundaries of musical theatre

Metta Theatre’s extraordinary new hip-hop musical In the Willows opens at the Northcott in February. With epic show tunes and killer beats, this much-loved Edwardian tale has been brought popping and locking into the twenty first century, with fast bikes, fierce moves and fabulous vocals. The show is the third in a trilogy by the […]

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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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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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