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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



Posted by: Karen - Tue 9th Sep 2014 10:41am


We have a full tour for the Christmas show, we will be appearing at a venue near you between 26 November 2014 and 24 January 2015. We are very excited about the invitation from the Stratford ArtsHouse to appear for the week before Christmas.

A family show for Xmas/winter – performed in NTC’s inimitable style – December 2014/January 2015. The story of a boast that becomes a lie! The royal vaults, once full of gold, are now stuffed with straw ... the rain won’t stop, the harvest is flattened and people are getting really cheesed off. Forced to do something about his miserable position, the King hears a rumour of a beautiful miller’s daughter with magical powers. Will she be able to achieve his impossible tasks? If she is to be helped, what will she have to give in return.

Keep an eye open for more details, coming soon.


Grants for the Arts success for Spring Show

Posted by: Karen - Tue 9th Sep 2014 10:30am
We have just had some excellent news, the Arts Council have agreed to help fund the Spring show: 4 Thoughts: Myth, Music, Mayhem and Mirth.

4 Thoughts, 4 separate plays, including 1 musical!

Watch this space for further news.

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!

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Forthcoming Shows:
20 Dec 14 - Rumpelstiltskin
Stratford ArtsHouse, Stratford-upon-Avon
20 Dec 14 - Rumpelstiltskin
Stratford ArtsHouse, Stratford-upon-Avon
21 Dec 14 - Rumpelstiltskin
Stratford ArtsHouse, Stratford-upon-Avon
21 Dec 14 - Rumpelstiltskin
Stratford ArtsHouse, Stratford-upon-Avon
22 Dec 14 - Rumpelstiltskin
Newton & Bywell Community Hall, Northumberland
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