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Northumberland Theatre Company



NTC is a professional small-scale touring theatre company based at the Playhouse, Alnwick. We tour shows around the country, predominantly using village halls and community centres as venues in small rural towns and villages

"NTC's productions may be small-scale and done on a shoestring but they are backed by a team which can match anything done by much bigger, purpose built theatres and whose imagination and ability to weave a storytelling magic as they transform unpromising spaces into theatres for the night is second to none" - Lynn Gardner, The Guardian


Golden Opportunity

Posted by: Karen - Tue 26th Aug 2014 11:19am

‘Golden’ Trainee Opportunity

• NTC is delighted to announce that The Boris Karloff Charitable Foundation, The Golsoncott Foundation and The Barbour Trust have provided funding for an acting trainee on our Christmas touring production of ‘RUMPELSTILTSKIN’ written by Mike Kenny.

• NTC has wide ranging experience and success in encouraging and training new talent through its previous award winning InterACT programme and traineeships on ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, ‘Grimm Tales’ and ‘4Scene’.

• This opportunity will enable one performer (m or f) to join the cast of ‘RUMPELSTILTSKIN’ learning and developing their craft ‘on the job’, working alongside experienced professionals. There will also be the opportunity for additional skills training and career development.

• This exceptional opportunity offers a training bursary of £280 p.w., accommodation in Alnwick during rehearsals and accommodation on tour.

• To apply you must be over 18, originate from, be resident or have trained in the Northern Region and will usually have undertaken a degree or equivalent training course within the last 3 years.

• You must be available from 10 November 2014 - 25 January 2015 inclusive. This is a full time opportunity and will include weekend and evening working - you will also be required to write a final report on your experience.

• Auditions will take place in Alnwick on Monday/Tuesday 22/23 September.

• Please email a photo, CV (or Spotlight link) and letter of application outlining your skills and experience, demonstrating how this opportunity will make a difference to your career and development as a performer by Monday 1 September.

Contact Gill.


Holiday update

Posted by: Karen - Tue 26th Aug 2014 11:18am
I have been on holiday so this is a bit of an update of what has happened since the end of July:

Hexham Abbey

Gillian Hambleton and Louis Roberts performed at Hexham Abbey on 3 August as the County of Northumberland's Service of Remembrance and Reflection to mark the 100th Anniversary of the Outbreak of World War I.

Flags and Bandages

Rallying Round is in rehearsals and will be out on tour from 19 September.

The workshops for Notes from the Front have been warmly received and David is working hard on the script.

Rumpelstiltskin rehearsals will be starting on 10 November 2014 and the show will tour until 25 January 2015. Watch this space for further details we will be looking for 5 actors and a stage manager.

See you soon at a venue near you.

Arts Council Funding

Posted by: Karen - Tue 1st Jul 2014 11:58am
Disappointingly, Arts Council have chosen not to support NTC through the NPO scheme.

However, we have Chumbawumba’d this morning and we will get up again!

Rallying Round - Actor required.

Posted by: Karen - Mon 30th Jun 2014 12:28pm
“RALLYING ROUND” a new play by Stewart Howson.

A rollicking new comedy/drama about youth, age and two very different worlds colliding with compassion.
‘Old soldier Airchie cons young Mo into giving him a lift..... to Monte Carlo! although Airchie is pretty hazy about the route and even their destination!’

NTC is seeking an actor to play Mo: playing age 18 - 26 ‘in their prime, streetwise, cool, attractive, apparently on Community Service, fixated with their mobile and twitter’.

Actor must have strong physical theatre skills, excellent audience rapport, small-scale touring experience and be able to learn a script very quickly. This two-hander toured twice last year to excellent reviews. NTC will consider submissions from both M & F actors and is actively seeking applications from BME actors for this role.

Rehearses: 15 September - 19 September – 1 additional week’s rehearsal in late August (TBA).

Location: Tours village hall and community venues throughout the UK with 1 stage manager: 19 September 2014 – 25 October 2014.

All actors assist the Stage Manager in get-ins and get-outs. This is hard but ultimately rewarding work!

Please email CV, photo and covering letter by 15 July 2014 to

Auditions Alnwick and London July/August ITC/Equity contract applies: £420 p.w. plus accommodation and allowances.

Rallying Round

In Battalions Festival

Posted by: Karen - Mon 16th Jun 2014 10:43am
Friday 4th July 2014, 10am - 5.30pm
Drama Centre London, Central Saint Martins
Ticket price: £20-50
Book: In battalions website.

A celebration of risk, innovation and collaboration in British theatre.

On the 4th of July 2014 the first In Battalions Festival will take place at Drama Centre London at Central Saint Martins. This one-day summer festival is a new opportunity for professional theatre-makers, academics, politicians, journalists and other culture professionals to share innovative ideas and practical models for maintaining a vital theatre ecology in the UK and will take place as part of The Year of Experimentation, a three day new writing festival taking place at Drama Centre London as the culmination of the first year of its new MA in Dramatic Writing.

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Forthcoming Shows:
19 Sep 14 - Rallying Round
Longhirst Village Hall, Northumberland
20 Sep 14 - Rallying Round
Bamburgh Village Hall, The Pavilion, Bamburgh
21 Sep 14 - Rallying Round
Lillesleaf Village Hall, Melrose
25 Sep 14 - Rallying Round
Thoresby Riding Hall Theatre, Ollerton
26 Sep 14 - Rallying Round
Caistor Town Hall, Caistor, Lincolnshire
Louis Roberts in Telling TalesEleanor Dennison in Beauty and the BeastStrandedPhil Yarrow, Anstey Thomas, Nigel Collins, David Reakes, Kim Evans and Andrew Piper in Great ExpectationsPhilip Oakland in Pinnochio4Play 2011Sandra hunt and Nigel Collins in A Village Life