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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


Keeping you up to date

Posted by: Karen - Wed 24th Aug 2016 12:03pm
We are going into production next week for How to Make Killing in Bollywood.

We are excited to announce the cast and crew are as follows:

How to Make a Killing in Bollywood

Storm-Skyler McClure

Manjot Sumal, Uhmar Ahmed, Adam Buksh

Craig Davidson (SM)
Munya Redman-Bayasi (Trainee SM)

Fin Kennedy from Tamasha Theatre will be consulting on the production. Michelle Huitson is the Designer for the show.

We open at Alnwick Playhouse on 15 September at 7.30pm, see you there. If you can't make it we are touring around the country until 5 November 2016. We hope we are touring to a venue near you.

A big thank you to our funders for making this exciting new project possible, thank you to Arts Council, The Barbour Trust and the Ridley Family Trust.
Grants for the Arts

Dates for 'How to Make Killing in Bollywood'

Posted by: Karen - Wed 27th Jul 2016 12:03pm
The tour dates for 'How to Make a Killing in Bollywood' are now on the website so hurry and book your tickets. We hope there is a venue near you, we are travelling far and wide this autumn.

Trainee Opportunity - How to Make Killing in Bollywood

Posted by: Karen - Mon 4th Jul 2016 1:14pm
NTC seeks a Trainee

Touring Stage Manager

to work in rehearsals and on tour for

'How to Make a Killing in Bollywood'

by Umar Ahmed and Manjot Sumal. This is a musical comedy about two best friends who decide to quit their jobs in a fast food restaurant and head to Bollywood in search of fame and fortune. A play about friendship and ambition and the lengths people will go to realise their dreams, punctuated throughout with a fantastic sound track and infectious injections of Bollywood dance moves.

How to Make  killing in Bollywood

- Candidates will have stage management training or worked as stage management in amateur/semi-professional theatre.

- This traineeship will be fully mentored by producer Gillian Hambleton and the touring stage manager. Candidates will acquire skills and experience in all aspects of small scale-touring theatre including get-ins and get-outs, LX: rigging and focusing, FX and propping.

- You must be available from

30 August to 5 November 2016

. 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.

- This exceptional opportunity offers

a bursary of £290 p.w.

, accommodation in Alnwick during rehearsals and accommodation on tour.

- Please apply by email by 18 July with full CV and letter explaining why you would be suitable for this training opportunity, which is partially funded by The Barbour Foundation.

- Interviews are on 21 July 2016 in

Alnwick, Northumberland

. NTC actively seeks applications from BAME candidates and trainees resident in the North East.

Please submit your application to Email:

[email protected]

Shakespeare Workshops

Posted by: Karen - Wed 29th Jun 2016 2:08pm
With the support of the Ernest Cook Trust, we are pleased to be able to offer Shakespeare Workshops. Providing a fascinating insight into how Shakespeare wrote for actors by placing his staging instructions within the text: exploring the hidden meanings of his punctuation, cue lines and repetitions which enabled his contemporary actors to perform having only seen their ‘parts’ and their cues.


‘In a world where students are often confined to desks during their study of drama in the English classroom, this approach offers a really valuable way for students to develop understanding of challenging texts through kinaesthetic approaches. Working together to select scenes to ensure that students’ active work will support their exam work when they return to the classroom. This approach can also support content revision in other key texts studied in English and Drama.’

For full details please see the attached document Workshops.

Dracula flying through Northumberland and beyond

Posted by: Karen - Wed 27th Apr 2016 9:25am

Pop-up production available from May 2016 onwards:

‘Dracula – an Entertainment’:

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

Visually and physically exciting this will be Gothic storytelling at its best: imaginative, scary and atmospheric this new show will appeal to family audiences: featuring all the anticipated elements of the story: wolves, bats and the Brides of Dracula, and with plenty of audience participation, humour and music this production will feature 3 professional actors taking on a range of roles within the story and is designed to work in any space inside or out.

With a running time of approx 55 minutes this show can be performed with or without an interval.

Book now phone Hilary.

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Forthcoming Shows:
15 Sep 16 - How to Make a Killing in Bollywood
Alnwick Playhouse, Alnwick
16 Sep 16 - How to Make a Killing in Bollywood
Alnwick Playhouse, Alnwick
17 Sep 16 - How to Make a Killing in Bollywood
Bowhill Little Theatre, The Borders
18 Sep 16 - How to Make a Killing in Bollywood
Longhorsley Village Hall, Longhorsley
20 Sep 16 - How to Make a Killing in Bollywood
Etal Village Hall, Northumberland
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