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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


Trustees Wanted

Posted by: Karen - Mon 2nd Jul 2018 1:07pm
Northumberland Theatre Co. is looking for Volunteers and Trustees to join us. Do you have a passion for theatre and community venues? Help shape our visions of rural theatre and to create a community arts venue in Amble. For further details please contact us on 01665 713655.

We are having a meeting on 16 July 2018 at 5.30pm, come along and meet the team.

Heartspur - Job Opportunity

Posted by: Karen - Tue 19th Jun 2018 10:16am
NTC are producing a new play in August,


a new play with music by Bob Shannon. The story of Harry Hotspur set in gangland Newcastle in 1963, ‘Henry IV Part 1’ meets ‘Get Carter’ meets ‘Six-Five Special’: a jukebox tragedy! Using the very best of Shakespeare’s words alongside modern dialogue and truly memorable songs from the girl bands of the sixties.

NTC seeks an actor (F) with excellent singing voice and comedic skills for an interesting doubling:

The Hippy Hippy Shake-speare

BABS A naïve, young and glamorous secretary - ideally North-East and PHILLIPA late middle-aged, married into a Welsh criminal family, hard-headed and pragmatic.

Rehearsing and touring small-scale venues throughout the North-East and the UK 13 August – 21 October 2018. Minimum £350 pw + accommodation and allowances.

Auditions in Amble, Northumberland Tuesday 3 July 2018.

Please send full CV and letter of application by 5pm Tuesday 26 June 2018 to [email protected]

New Programme 2018/19 and new premises

Posted by: Karen - Wed 25th Apr 2018 1:17pm
We are pleased to announce that we will be touring two full shows this year.

For the autumn we will be touring


a new play with music by Bob Shannon: The story of Harry Hotspur and the battle of Shrewsbury, set in gangland Newcastle in 1963, ‘Henry IV Part 1’ meets ‘Get Carter’ meets ‘Six-Five Special’: a jukebox tragedy! Using the very best of Shakespeare’s words alongside modern dialogue and truly memorable songs from the girl bands of the sixties, this new play from North East writer Bob Shannon has a terrific plot, fiery characters, marvellous music and plenty of humour and drama. Suitable for everyone over 13 this show will tour September and October 2018

The name is Hotspur, Harry Hotspur I just feel like dancing

This Winter 2018 we will be touring:

‘The Little Girl Who Danced To Every Mood’

- adapted from Helena Nyblom's Scandinavian children's adventure by new writer Laura Jayne Ayres who has toured as an actor in several shows with NTC. Through dance, song and exciting physical theatre, we follow our heroine on her journey to find her true place in the world. Meeting grouchy farmers, a flock of flamenco dancing pigeons and finally a handsome prince - but is the life of a princess something our little maid truly wants? And will she still be allowed to dance? Suitable for family audiences of all ages, this show will tour December 2018 and January 2019.

The Maid

We are very excited about both shows. If you are interested in booking either show please ring our new team member Natalie Barnes on 01665 713655, she can also be reached via email on [email protected].

We will also be appearing in varying other guises so watch this space. We hope to see you soon, out on tour or at our new premises.

The Dovecote Centre

The Dovecote Centre, Dovecote Street, Amble NE65 0DX 01665 713655.

The Disasters of Johnny Armstrong and Other Daft Tales by Louis Roberts, Stewart Howson and Karen Hirst

Posted by: Karen - Tue 20th Mar 2018 12:55pm
Get there whilst you can, NTC are doing a whistle-stop tour of the North East and Borders this week and next. We are touring further exploits from Wilson's Tales, in 'The Disasters of Johnny Armstrong and Other Daft Tales'. Come and join Stewart Howson, Louis Roberts and David McCarthy for an entertaining evening of hysterical and historical stories.

Where is Johnny now? Eye spy with my little castle

Where is Johnny now?

Calling all Coop members

Posted by: Karen - Mon 5th Mar 2018 11:19am
Supported by Coop Members

We are proud to announce that we have been accepted by the Coop Members for support. Sign up to become a member, select NTC Touring Theatre T/A Northumberland Theatre as your cause and get spending, every bit makes a difference.

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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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