Northcott announces autumn season

PUBLISHED: 18:20 13 August 2008 | UPDATED: 22:10 15 June 2010

Exeter Northcott has announced details of its new Autumn / Winter season. This is the third season for the professional theatre-producing venue since it reopened last Christmas following a £2.1 million refit.

Exeter Northcott has announced details of its new Autumn / Winter season. This is the third season for the professional theatre-producing venue since it reopened last Christmas following a £2.1 million refit.

The huge range of performing arts events contained in the Autumn/Winter season - including drama, contemporary dance, opera, pantomime, music, comedy, community and amateur performances - demonstrates a rapid evolution in the way Exeter Northcott caters for it loyal core patrons and also seeks new audiences.

With such a variety on offer, it is difficult to pick out highlights, but mention should be made of the season opener: a new adaptation by Mark Healy of Hardy's Far From the Madding Crowd, co-produced by English Touring Theatre and Exeter Northcott and starring Stephen Billington (Greg Kelly in Coronation Street) as Boldwood.

Among the new visitors to Exeter Northcott is one of the Arts Council's newest RFOs, Freedom Studios, with Happy & Married, directed by Madani Younis, also Lifeblood Theatre Company (with Shakespeare's Globe) with Glyn Maxwell's Liberty, Trestle Theatre Company and the Jasmin Vardimon Dance Company. One night only events include Ronnie Scott's Jazz Orchestra and appearances by comedian Jeremy Hardy and TV architectural historian Dan Cruickshank.

Established companies returning this season include English Touring Opera, Richard Alston Dance Company and Pilot Theatre (with York Theatre Royal) with its award-winning adaptation of William Golding's Lord of the Flies.

Exeter Northcott Theatre Company will once again produce an in-house pantomime, The Sleeping Beauty, written and directed by artistic director Ben Crocker who leaves after a very successful ten years at the helm. Older members of Exeter Northcott's Young Company - part of the theatre's community participation programme - tackle Sarah Kane's Crave, and local performing arts school, Stage by Stage, perform The King and I.

More information can be found at or by calling the box office on (01392) 493493.

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