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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


New programme out

Posted by: Karen - Mon 1st Feb 2016 2:37pm
We are taking bookings for our new autumn show 'How to Make a Killing in Bollywood', written and devised 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.

'From the minute the actors come bounding onto stage their exuberance reverberates through the auditorium catching everyone up in this tale of ambition, hope, friendship and Bollywood. Brilliantly choreographed and superbly acted against a simple backdrop, this show proves you don’t need a big budget to produce a big hit.' Fringe Review

'This musical successfully combines comedy and drama, as the main characters manoeuvre their way through the challenges thrown at them as second generation Asian Scottish citizens. Tired of their mundane soul destroying menial jobs and deflated by typecasting and stereotypes, two friends set off in an ambitious adventure into unknown territory, in order to fulfil unrealised potential. However, not all is as it seems and they soon encounter challenges to their friendship, and their naivety in relation to Bollywood is soon shattered. This lively play engages the audience in emotionally charged themes, upbeat Bollywood songs, and spectacular and beautifully choreographed dance routines. The energy of the dance routines can only be fully appreciated with live performances such as this. This play is a must for Bollywood fans and those who appreciate fine theatre. The poetic descriptions of India gave the audience an insight into the incongruence of the chaos and magical allure of the land, which held hope of success for the two friends. It was a lovely experience and highly recommended.' Studio Bradford

'A clever and ambitious play. Yet it’s almost-inevitable climax remains a surprise, quite a shocking one at that, which the play manages because of its expert juxtaposition and blending of dark and light, both visually and metaphorically. It’s a play of light and dark; a play of life and death; a play of laughter and sorrow.'
Online review

How to Make a Killing in Bollywood

So give Hilary a call on 01665 602586 or email on [email protected]

We are still having a think about Christmas. we have a workshop in March and will be throwing around (considering) ideas at that point.

Still time to see the Ugly Duckling!

Posted by: Karen - Mon 11th Jan 2016 10:03am
Only fourteen more dates to go! Come and join the gang. The Rooster with the Booster, Desdemona the Duck and all of their farmyard friends. A great way to start the New Year, with a smile to banish all the grey clouds.

The Rooster with the Booster Mr Fox

Learning to swim

Free Audition Workshop

Posted by: Karen - Wed 6th Jan 2016 9:30am


Thursday 28 January 2016 at NTC Studio Theatre Alnwick
10am – 6pm

NTC is offering a free day long audition master class to emergent theatre actors as part of its commitment to developing talent in the region.

This workshop will be on first come first served basis so please indicate a.s.a.p. if you would like to attend as places are limited email: [email protected]

You will need to prepare two short contrasting audition pieces one of which should be a Shakespeare and one contemporary – these should demonstrate comedy and physical theatre techniques.

Prepare as if you were auditioning for NTC’s ensemble company 2016/17 touring ‘The Comedy of Errors’, ‘Grimm Tales’ and 4 short pieces of new writing in an evening of contemporary theatre, to village hall and community venues.

You will also be required to sing a short unaccompanied song and if you play a musical instrument to a high standard, demonstrate that skill.

Once upon a Time in the North - again!

Posted by: Karen - Wed 16th Dec 2015 10:26am
Karen our finance manager has had a busy couple of years, not only has she written a couple of plays for us she has also turned one of them into a book.

Once Upon a Time in the North is a collection of folk and fairy tales, with magical creatures, from the North East of England for children. The book includes The Laidley Worm of Spindlestone Heugh, Sir Guy the Seeker and the Men of Lorbottle.

Once Upon a Time in the North

Karen has kindly said that if anyone buys a copy of the book through this email contact she will donate £1.50 to NTC. Contact. You can also buy them in the office on Mondays, cost £8.95.

Many thanks for your support and good luck Karen!

The Ugly Duckling is Alive and Coming to a Venue Near You

Posted by: Karen - Mon 7th Dec 2015 2:03pm
The Ugly Duckling opened last Tuesday to lots of smiling and laughing children.

The Ugly Duckling

Read the reviews:
The Northumberland Gazette
The Stage

'Northumberland Theatre Company’s heartfelt production is a refreshingly different family show with deft characterisations and a lot of heart' The Stage

The Rooster with the Booster The Ugly Duckling out in the Wild

Madam Prima Donna Mr Fox

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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
Louis Roberts and Jennifer Gabriele in Beauty and the BeastStar Quality by Barry StoneThe Snow QueenKim Evans as the Winter Witch in The Last Snow Rider Christmas 2009Sandra Hunt and William Reay in A Village LifeNicola Welburn and Nigel Collins in A Village Life4Play 2011