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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


Dracula flying in for a brief tour of the North East!

Posted by: Karen - Mon 30th Jan 2017 2:43pm


devised and created by NTC and writer Stewart Howson.


Devised and created by NTC and 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.

Suitable for ages 13+.

Venue details now available see SHOWs. See you there!

2017/18 Programme out now!

Posted by: Karen - Mon 16th Jan 2017 1:45pm
We are proud to present the following productions in 2017/18:

Autumn -

Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens and adapted by our very own Stewart Howson


Barnaby Rudge

Following on from Stewart Howson’s hugely successful adaptation of Dickens’ ‘The Old Curiosity Shop’ NTC will be touring ‘Barnaby Rudge’ in autumn 2017.

“ A triumph, the finest theatre I’ve seen for years, dynamic, powerful and highly enjoyable, two hours of riveting entertainment”

Set against the backdrop of the Gordon Riots of 1780, ‘Barnaby Rudge’ is absolutely a play for today. A story of mystery and suspense which begins with an unsolved double murder, goes on to involve conspiracy, blackmail, abduction and retribution, and features Grip, a talking pet raven . Through the course of the play fathers and sons become opposed, apprentices plot against their masters and there are violent clashes on the streets. And, as London erupts into riot, Barnaby Rudge struggles to escape the curse of his own past. With its high drama, strange secrets and ghostly doublings, Barnaby Rudge is a powerful blend of historical realism and ‘grotesque’ melodrama.

Told through Stewart Howson’s unique interpretation, this will be NTC at its physical and Gothic best.

and at Christmas:

The Princess and the Goblin

by George MacDonald and adapted by Karen Hirst

Princess Irene is to be the bride of the goblin king’s son; unfortunately he hasn’t actually asked her yet.

The Princess and the Goblin is an exciting adventure about the goblins attempts to steal away the princess and her success in avoiding them with a lot of help from Curdie, the miner’s son, and her mysterious great-great-grandmother, who no-one else can see.

A story about growing up, making friends and the importance of family with song, dance and some fun along the way.

The princess

Give Hilary a ring on 01665 602586 to book a performance (in Mondays and Tuesdays) or email her at Hilary.

Only 9 more dates left!

Posted by: Karen - Thu 5th Jan 2017 9:42am
Get there whilst you can for the Princess and the Frog, Red Riding Hood and many more.

The camping trip

Come and join the fun:
Oh no, it's the big bad wolf!

Fantastic performance with great story telling! Better than any panto i have taken my kids to this year!!

Just seen Little Red Riding Hood and Other Stories at Bowhill Theatre. Great show in a lovely venue. Kids(7&10) loved it. Story telling at its best, fresh imaginative and funny. Had stories and songs all the way home.

Campfire singing at its best

Come and join us at Glaisdale tonight, Stakeford tomorrow, Blyth on Saturday and Oxnam on Sunday. Next week we are visiting Newbiggin (signed performance), Ashington, Dinnigton, Morpeth and Frosterley. See you there!

Red Reviews

Posted by: Karen - Mon 12th Dec 2016 1:27pm
The camping trip

Read the reviews:
The Northumberland Gazette

Audience members:

My children and I had a fantastic afternoon of entertainment at Shap thanks to you. Well done for giving such an energetic and engaging performance. I will be spreading the word about your work and look forward to you visiting the area again.

All 3 girls I brought to the performance of Red Riding Hood at Shap this afternoon loved the show and continued telling stories all the way home. Thank you.

Hansel and Gretel Red and her family

Red Signed Performance

Posted by: Karen - Wed 30th Nov 2016 12:04pm
Little Red Riding Hood

There will be signed performances of Red Riding Hood and Other Tales on 7 January at the Blyth Methodist Church and on 10 January 2017 at the Newbiggin Maritime Centre.

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Forthcoming Shows:
26 Sep 17 - Barnaby Rudge
Stakeford Methodist Church, Stakeford
28 Sep 17 - Barnaby Rudge
Hamsterley Village Hall, Hamsterley, County Durham
29 Sep 17 - Barnaby Rudge
Upper Weardale Town Hall, St John's Chapel
30 Sep 17 - Barnaby Rudge
Whittingham Memorial Institute, Alnwick
1 Oct 17 - Barnaby Rudge
Felton Village Hall, Felton
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