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Northumberland Theatre Company



NTC is a professional small-scale touring theatre company based at the Dovecote Centre, Amble. 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


Ecclesisatical - Movement for Good win

Posted by: Karen - Wed 17th Jul 2019 1:28pm

NTC Touring Theatre Co Ltd wins £1,000 Movement for Good award

NTC Touring Theatre Co ltd has won a £1,000 Movement for Good award thanks to nominations from the public.

NTC Touring Theatre Co ltd was nominated to win a £1,000 boost as part of specialist insurer Ecclesiastical's Movement for Good awards, which is giving £1million to charities this summer.

NTC will be using the monies kindly given by Ecclesiastical towards increasing their capacity at the Dovecote Centre in Amble.

Members of the public were invited to nominate causes close to their hearts, with 500 gifts of £1,000 available for donation. NTC Touring Theatre Co ltd was one more than 7,000 charities which were nominated by an amazing 98,000 members of the public to be in for a chance to win a financial boost.

“We would like to say a huge thank you to Ecclesiastical for giving us this opportunity and to all the people who supported us,” said Karen Hirst, Finance Manager.

Mark Hews, group chief executive at Ecclesiastical, said: “As a company whose purpose is to contribute to the greater good of society, charitable giving is at the heart of our business. We know that £1,000 can make a huge difference to the incredible work that charities do and we’re looking forward to seeing how this financial boost will change lives for the better.”

Dracula is winging his way to a venue near you.

Posted by: Karen - Tue 23rd Apr 2019 4:36pm

Catch us if you can on our whistle stop tour of Aberdeenshire and the North East.

Devised and created by NTC actor and writer, Stewart Howson, from the novel by Bram Stoker.

Light, funny and daft but with strong storytelling and some genuinely scary moments. This is Gothic storytelling at its best: imaginative, atmospheric and physically exciting.

Appealing to family audiences it features all the anticipated elements of the story: wolves, bats and the Brides of Dracula with plenty of audience participation, humour and music. Age 11+.

Dracula Dracula

You'd be bats to miss it!

Xmas Casting - Are you a Snow Queen?

Posted by: Karen - Mon 18th Mar 2019 12:03pm


On Monday 8th of April, NTC will be holding auditions at The Dovecote Centre in Amble for their upcoming touring production of The Snow Queen this Christmas. This is a paid position and accommodation will be provided throughout. Dates for the job, inclusive of rehearsals, are 11th of November 2019 - 20th January 2020.

To apply, please send an up to date CV (or Spotlight link), headshot and cover letter to: [email protected]

Deadline for applications is 10am on Monday the 25th of March - successful candidates will be notified later that day, so as to give plenty of time to prepare. Candidates will be required to read extracts from the script as well as perform a speech of their choice appropriate to the production, a poem suitable for children and a short song. If candidates are able to play an instrument and wish to accompany themselves, we fully encourage them to do so, however backing tracks will not be permitted on this occasion.

We look forward to hearing from you all!

Details of the show/casting breakdown can be found below:


A new version by Gill and Rick Juckes who have for the last 30 years been writing scripts and songs for Theatre, BBC Radio and BBC and ITV Television.

When Kai is really rude to the Snow Queen (someone you really don’t want to mess with) not only does she produce the biggest snow and ice storm that the village has ever seen, she snatches Kai away from his best friend Gerda to take him to her ice palace and teach him a proper lesson.

Gerda is distraught and against everyone’s advice sets out to rescue Kai.

The Snow Queen is determined that Gerda will not find the Ice Palace but Gerda is helped by a team of animals and birds including quarrelsome crows, a cowardly reindeer, dogs, squirrels and hedgehogs.

Will Gerda manage to reach the Ice Palace? And if she finds it, will she be strong enough to battle against the power of the Snow Queen and save Kai’s life?

Songs, laughs, dancing and bravery all await!

2 Female and 2 Male

Snow Queen – excellent singing voice. She’s bad tempered, imposing (tall?) and devious. Doubling as a Crow – bossy and quarrelsome but clever

Gerda – young with excellent singing voice. Her kindness overpowers everything (but she’s unaware of it)

Kai – young self- centred nuisance. Competent singer. Doubling as a quarrelsome Crow

Reindeer – nervous and funny– a scaredy pants – he’d love to be brave but he’s not – doubling as Granddad/Dog/Squirrel/Hedgehog. A competent singer.

New Programme 2019/20

Posted by: Karen - Mon 18th Mar 2019 11:40am
We are pleased to announce that we will be touring three shows this year.


In May we are re-touring

'Dracula... The Travesty!'

Devised and created by NTC actor and writer, Stewart Howson, from the novel by Bram Stoker.
Light, funny and daft but with strong storytelling and some genuinely scary moments. This is Gothic storytelling at its best: imaginative, atmospheric and physically exciting.

Appealing to family audiences it features all the anticipated elements of the story: wolves, bats and the Brides of Dracula with plenty of audience participation, humour and music.

In the autumn we will be touring

‘The Stars Look Down’

From the classic novel by A J Cronin freely adapted by Alex Ferguson.

The Stars Look Down

‘The cage dropped. It dropped suddenly, swiftly, into the hidden darkness. And the sound of its falling rose out of that darkness like a great sigh which mounted towards the furthermost stars.’

An uplifting family saga about a miner’s son who resolves to fight the profiteering that killed so many through underground accidents and starvation, and the injustice that wears down families and communities.

A physical theatre version of this classic 30s novel set in the North East exploring the life of young Davie Fenwick as he strives to gain decent wages and conditions for the pitmen. He falls in love with the coal owner’s daughter but is eventually disillusioned of ever achieving justice after a preventable pit disaster claims the lives of many men.

“..vivid, versatile and amazingly forceful..”
“…a resounding critical success, breathing new life into Cronin's timeless tale.”

Suitable for everyone over 13 this show will tour September and October 2019.

This Winter 2019 we will be touring

‘The Snow Queen’

- A new musical adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s much loved fairytale by Gillian Juckes and Rick Juckes who have many years experience of writing drama, music and songs for theatre, TV and radio.
How far would you go to save your best friend? Gerda and Kay are the very best, better than best friends. When Kay is swept away by the Snow Queen to the Land of Snow and Ice, Gerda knows exactly what to do. She must set off on a journey to find him. Join Gerda and her helpers – the Crow and the Reindeer – on their quest to find Kay and rescue him from the Snow Queen’s Palace before his heart turns to ice.

Suitable for family audiences of all ages, this show will tour December 2019 and January 2020.

The Queen Gerda and Kay

We are very excited about the shows. If you are interested in booking the shows please ring Natalie Barnes on 01665 713655, she can also be reached via email on [email protected].

Sleeping Beauty Great Review!

Posted by: Karen - Sat 29th Dec 2018 12:57pm
Many thanks for the great reviews: Northumberland Gazette Review

There is still time to be delighted by Queen Dorothy the Dame and Silly
Billy the royal butler, be scared by Carabosse the very wicked fairy and be captivated by two delightful cats, one good, one bad!

An enchanting love story over the course of one hundred and eighteen years, plus interval!

Sleeping Beauty - The Panto

Come and cheer the goodies...

Beauty and her prince? Good fairy

and boo the baddies...

Up to no good

Appearing at the Dovecote Centre, Dovecote Street, Amble NE65 0DX until 31 December 2018.

Saturday 29 December 2pm and 6pm
Sunday 30 December 2pm and 6pm
Monday 31 December 1.30pm (SOLD OUT).

A huge thank you to the members of the Alnwick Dance Academy and their parents - you are all amazing!

This show has been made possible with the support of the Arts Council.

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Forthcoming Shows:
5 Sep 19 - The Stars Look Down
The Gala Theatre, Durham
6 Sep 19 - The Stars Look Down
The Dovecote Centre, Amble
10 Sep 19 - The Stars Look Down
Etal Village Hall, Northumberland
11 Sep 19 - The Stars Look Down
Watson Memorial Hall (Lucker), Northumberland
12 Sep 19 - The Stars Look Down
Talbot Theatre, Whitchurch Leisure Centre
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