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

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.

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

Fluffy had intended to fly to the Northcott, but Robin Hood director Daniel Buckroyd gave the dragon strict instructions to save their energy for the show. Fluffy had to find another way to travel to our theatre.

Fortunately, Stagecoach runs a weekday university bus service up to every 20 minutes from Exeter city centre.*

Fluffy hopped onto the university bus to make this short journey. The dragon was also joined by a few members of the Robin Hood cast. Exeter’s favourite funny men Le Navet Bete sat at the back of the bus with the show’s squirrel stars Baron von Nutburger and Heidi A. Corn, reportedly to give Fluffy more space. However, backstage gossip suggests that the relationship between the dragon and squirrels has soured in recent weeks; the latter have been spotted throwing acorns at Fluffy’s head.

Fluffy enjoyed their bus journey to the Northcott and would encourage people who are coming to see Robin Hood this Christmas to consider using public transport to travel to our theatre.

Robin Hood runs at our theatre from 9 December 2022 until 7 Jan 2023.

You can access Stagecoach’s university bus timetable here.

*The Stagecoach university bus operates up to every 20 minutes Monday to Friday during term time (excluding bank holidays) from Exeter City Centre. Stagecoach also runs a night university bus service from Exeter City Centre on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights until 4am.

**Please note that the university bus timetable is managed by Stagecoach, not Exeter Northcott Theatre. Bus times may vary during the Christmas period.

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