Dickens with a modern twist at Exeter Northcott

18:30 27 February 2013


Exeter-based Theatre Alibi return to the road in 2013 with a contemporary version of Charles Dickens’s Old Curiosity Shop which will open at Exeter Northcott Theatre on Friday, March 8.

It will then be and touring to Oxford, Southampton, Peterborough, Huddersfield and Basingstoke.

Curiosity Shop tells the story of Nell Trent, who lives with her grandfather in The Old Curiosity Shop, a vintage record store.

When the shop is repossessed by Quilp, a vicious loan shark, Nell and Grandpa find themselves homeless.

Whilst living rough they meet con men, Good Samaritans, wide boys and buskers - in pubs, burger bars and doss houses across the length and breadth of England.

This hugely enjoyable and moving story of human frailty, love and downright wickedness has a fabulous cast of characters – from bent lawyer Sally Brass to wide boy rapper Dick E Swiveller.

Playfully staged with huge projections of modern England and a soundtrack that ranges from Bach to Bowie, Presley to Professor Green, Theatre Alibi’s ambitious production shows our country to be as much a cultural curiosity shop as it ever was in Dickens’s day.

Created as a co-production with Exeter Northcott Theatre and Oxford Playhouse, Curiosity Shop is adapted by Daniel Jamieson, who has adapted previous successful Theatre Alibi productions including Spies, The Ministry of Fear and The Crowstarver.

Theatre Alibi are contemporary storytellers with an excellent reputation for distinctive new work that is visually and physically inventive.

Past productions include Goucher’s War, The Ministry of Fear, Cobbo, Spies, The Crowstarver, Caught, One in a Million, Why the Whales Came, Shelf Life and Little White Lies.

The play will be at Exeter Northcott Theatre from Friday March 8 until Saturday, March 16.


Other Entertainment Stories

Andy Quick from Land of the Giants playing Qube on Saturday 5th December 2015,

Exmouth’s live music scene is getting a boost soon. The top floor of the Q-Club is being turned into Qube - a live music lounge.

Read more
Yesterday, 18:32
Nibs van der Spuy is at Exmouth Folk Club on Sunday, October 18.

Nibs van der Spuy – described as ‘one of the most extraordinary and exciting world acoustic guitarists and exports to come out of South Africa’ – is performing an intimate solo show at Exmouth Folk Club on Sunday, October 18.

Read more
Sunday, October 11, 2015
Ruby Wax.

Ruby Wax is coming to the Exmouth Pavilion on November 13.

Read more
Saturday, October 10, 2015
Exmouth Players' in Curtain Up On Murder. Photo: Ian Whilden.

Preparations are well in hand for the Exmouth Players’ forthcoming production Curtain Up On Murder by Bettine Mantkelow. There’s very much a family feeing around the theatre as the group moves closer to the opening night this coming Monday (October 12).

Read more
Friday, October 9, 2015
Members of Exmouth Art Group who held their annual art exhibition at Ocean. Ref exe 1045-41-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

Exmouth Art Group’s 69th annual exhibition – which runs at Ocean until Sunday, October 18 – is proving a big success, with some strong work, good footfall and encouraging sales.

Read more
Thursday, October 8, 2015
Sidmouth carnival. Ref shs 4171-40-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

Final preparations are under way for this year’s Exmouth Carnival, to be held this Saturday, October 10.

Read more
Thursday, October 8, 2015
Rhubarb Crumble Cake

Country Markets – a network of country markets across the UK – is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year.

Read more
Wednesday, October 7, 2015
The puppets are ready for showtime.

The puppet masters of Exeter Little Theatre Company dazzled on their opening night as they started their five-night run of Avenue Q at Exeter’s Barnfield Theatre, writes Clarissa Place.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 12°C

min temp: 7°C

Most Read Entertainment

Great British Life

Great British Life

Useful Links

Family notices
Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Submit a Story
Buy Photos
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Read the Midweek Herald e-edition E-edition

Find a job in Devon

Local business directory

Honiton's trusted business finder

Find planning applications