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Exeter Northcott leads national conversation about opportunities in theatre

Exeter Northcott has made a public commitment to advertise a minimum of one creative role on every home-produced show.

The Commotion Time artwork: A young woman wearing historical clothing (white shirt under a yellow dress) is seen from neck to waist. In her outstretched hands she holds a miniature Gildhouse, set atop a mound of grassy earth. The earth falls through her fingers.

Exeter Northcott to present the world premiere of The Commotion Time

We are delighted to announce the world premiere of The Commotion Time, a compelling tale of insurrection, love, desperation and murder by South West-based playwright Sarah Dickenson.

Text reads Exeter Northcott Theatre and Le Navet Bete present: Cinderella. Two little mice are haning out on the letters. On the right, is Cinderella practically floating. We see a poofy blue dress skirt, sparkly boots with one lace trailing behind and orange tights. Sparkles are trailing around her feet and there's a little duckling in her boot.

Exeter Northcott Theatre and Le Navet Bete present Cinderella for Christmas 2024

After year-on-year record-breaking success, Exeter Northcott and Le Navet Bete team up once again to bring you this fabulous modern take on a classic story. With laugh-out-loud fun, great music, stunning costumes and sets, and amazing special effects, you’ll soon be telling everyone about the unmissable family panto Cinderella.

Feel Me production photo. Three causally-dressed young performers sit on the floor and take selfies.

We’re bringing young people’s empathy centre stage

We are bringing two visually stunning and provocative shows, Feel Me and Belongings, to the Northcott Theatre within the next few weeks. Both shows’ creative teams have used years of research and planning to actively connect the audience to their stories and help build empathy.

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We’re launching our first pyjama performance for families at the Barnfield Theatre!

We’ll be holding our first ever pyjama performance for the upcoming early years show The Farmer & The Clown on Wednesday 13 March, 6pm, at the Barnfield Theatre.

Exeter Northcott Theatre Spring / Summer 2024 announcement artwork. Pink background. A yellow paint stroke descends diagonally across the pink background from left to right. In the centre of the artwork, a spiral paintbrush strokes, spiralling out from the centre. In the top left-hand side of the artwork, paintbrush strokes in the shape of an arrow pointing towards the bottom right-hand corner of the artwork. Inside the spiral paintbrush stroke, images of people performing and artwork from shows being performed at Exeter Northcott Theatre and the Barnfield Theatre between January and June 2024.

Spring / Summer Shows Revealed

We’ve announced over 100 exciting new events at our Northcott and city centre Barnfield theatres from January until June 2024.

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We’ve gifted the first 100 Christmas tickets of our 2023 Pay It Forward campaign 

We’ve given away 100 tickets for our and Le Navet Bete’s Christmas family pantomime Dick Whittington in partnership with Exeter-based bereavement support charity Balloons.

Exeter Northcott Theatre and Le Navet Bete Dick Whittington cast announcement artwork. A red and burgundy gradient background. Around the edge of the image, a golden square outline. Inside the square outline: (left to right, top to bottom) Headshots of the Dick Whittington cast inside gold squares with their names underneath the squares: Nick Bunt, Molly Cheesley, Elliot Coombe, Andrew Dillon, Al Dunn, Matthew Freeman, Poppy Joy, Sophia Lewis, Stephanie Lysé, Jodie Micciché.

Meet the cast for our Christmas panto Dick Whittington!

Our Dick Whittington is a hilarious new take on the classic folk tale, combining stunning costumes, spectacular sets and mesmerising song and dance routines to catapult audiences through a rollercoaster, rags-to-riches ride filled with courage and camaraderie – both human and feline!

(Left to right) Kelly Johnson, a middle aged woman with light brown hair, wearing a black, orange and white floral patterned jacket; Emma Stephenson, a middle aged woman wearing a black shirt; Martin Berry, a middle aged man wearing a light blue shirt. All three people are facing towards the camera and smiling. They are stood on the Barnfield Theatre auditorium stage in front of rows of theatre seats that are lit with orange light.

We’ve Announced Our New Creative Director and Joint Chief Executive Leadership 

We’ve appointed Martin Berry as our Creative Director and Joint Chief Executive. The Chief Executive role will be shared between three people with distinct areas of expertise: Martin Berry (Creative Director), Kelly Johnson (Development & Marketing Director) and Emma Stephenson (Finance & Operations Director).

We’re piloting a new Community Associates Programme with Cafe Theatre Company

We’ve created a Community Associates Programme to learn how we can support artists or companies who work with communities with limited access to arts opportunities and communities whose stories and voices have low visibility.

Autumn / Winter Shows Now On Sale

We’re thrilled to announce our highly anticipated autumn / winter theatre season, showcasing more than 60 captivating performances and stories across Exeter from August 2023 to January 2024.

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Northcott Announces New Leadership Structure with Search for Creative Director and Joint Chief Executive

Recruitment for a Creative Director & Joint Chief Executive commences today. The Creative Director & Joint Chief Executive will lead the Northcott’s creative strategy with responsibility for programming, producing and creative participation.

Northcott Launches New Pay It Forward Campaign

By purchasing an additional ticket alongside your own, you can make a real difference to someone’s life and this year, we want to share the magic of panto with even more people.

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Exeter Northcott and Le Navet Bete team up again for Dick Whittington in 2023

Expect plenty of laughs, great music, amazing special effects and full-on-fun for every generation with this fabulous rags-to-riches tale.

Background: Exeter high street. A road and pavement with grey slab tiling stretches to the horizon. Foreground: (Left) a Stagecoach-branded blue and white double decker bus. (Right) A large blue dragon puppet, with horns, a ridged back and light blue winds. The dragon is standing as if about to board the bus.

Dragon catches bus to the Northcott for its starring role in Christmas show Robin Hood

Fluffy the Dragon had been rehearsing with the Robin Hood cast at the city centre Barnfield Theatre, but needed to get to the Northcott Theatre, where the show will be staged this Christmas, for a dress rehearsal…

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Spring / Summer 2023 Shows Announced

We’ve launched a super-packed programme of cutting-edge dramas, family favourites, outrageous comedies and so much more taking place across Exeter over the next eight months.

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Barnfield Theatre Joins National Warm Spaces Initiative

We’re offering people a place to get warm and find community amid the challenging rise in the cost of living this winter. Additionally, anyone who is not able to purchase a drink from the café will be able to ask for a free tea or coffee from our Barnfield staff, no questions asked.

Background: underneath a medieval stone footbridge. Grass. Foreground (Left - Right), Nick Bunt as Merlin, wearing a multi-coloured smock, Al Dunn as the Sheriff of Nottingham, wearing a black cape and a silver helmet with a purple feather top, and Matthew Freeman as Nanny Fanny, wearing a large orange and yellow wig and a checkered blue and white maids dress.

Northcott hits stretch target of gifting 750 theatre tickets

In total, 1234 people donated £12,559 towards our Pay It Forward campaign this year.

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Exeter Northcott Will Continue To Receive Funding From Arts Council England

This investment, which represents standstill funding from Arts Council England, will allow Exeter’s theatre to continue presenting a diverse programme of quality live performance at both the Northcott Theatre and the Barnfield Theatre in Exeter’s city centre.

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Northcott Associates Documental Launch Three New Radio Plays Interrogating Life in Devon

Written from the perspective of three different writers, each of the plays in the Ties That Bind series used the Devon landscape as a starting point to explore what feels important to them today.

Split image: (Left side) a young child sits in a theatre chair with popcorn with a look of wonder on their face. (Right side) Robin Hood Artwork - an arrow flies into an archery board, text on the board reads 'Robin Hood'.

Northcott hits target of gifting 500 Christmas theatre tickets; extends goal to 750 tickets

Our Pay It Forward campaign, now in its third year, asks audience members to donate towards the cost of a theatre ticket for children and young people who would not otherwise be able to go.

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