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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


Dates for Spring show now available!

Posted by: Karen - Mon 19th Jan 2015 2:05pm
The Tickets for our Spring show 4 Thoughts are available now, contact your local venue. We would like to welcome 3 new venues this time, Longhorsley Village Hall, The Alan Armstrong Theatre in Stanley, Co. Durham and the MAC Arts Centre in Galashiels, please support these new venues as well as our existing ones.

4 Thoughts: Myth. Music, Mayhem and Mirth

Four fabulous new plays showcasing some of the best, up-and-coming theatre writing talent - a terrific evening of theatre, performed by six actors. Comic, heart-warming, passionate, full of music and energy, these four half-hour plays will explore life in all its guises, including a new musical! Be prepared for a roller-coaster ride of emotions and laughter! A great evening's entertainment!
4 Thoughts

Come and have a rip-roaring evening and then a right good chat about which one you preferred.

We would like to thank Arts Council, England North East, The Mercers Company and The Garrick Charitable Trust for supporting this show.

'A blisteringly good show!'

Posted by: Karen - Tue 2nd Dec 2014 10:13am
Get your tickets now for Rumpelstiltskin.


The show opened on Friday to a terrific review from David Whetstone at the Journal.
Journal review

The Stage Verdict: **** Classic children’s fairy tale with razor-sharp themes The Stage

'***** Great show tonight in Kegworth. The cast were amazing and the stage design superb to do the show so well in such a small space. Bravo !!' Nick Hurst

Come and join the fun!

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Posted by: Karen - Mon 17th Nov 2014 10:12am
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Get your tickets now!

Posted by: Karen - Mon 10th Nov 2014 3:07pm
NTC welcomes back Eleanor Dennison, Nigel Collins and Umar Ahmed as the cast of Mike Kenny's 'Rumpelstiltskin', also joining the cast are Sam Gannon and our 'golden opportunity' winner Helen Cooper.

A list of the venues on the Rumpelstiltskin tour are now available (see shows), contact your venue and book your tickets as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.


'I have always had a fascination with fairy stories. The best fairy tales contain deep truths about living. I assume they were probably told in kitchens, around fires, probably the telly of their day. They're stories that can grip you whatever your age. Rumpelstiltskin has always been one of my favourite stories. Ever since I was young. And I'm not sure why. It's built on a series of boasts and bad bargains. I just think we all know, that when the Miller declares that his daughter can spin straw into gold, that it's not going to turn out well.

Promises, promises go down deep
Don't make promises you can't keep.

And I think we also know that if you can give something it's real name then it has no power over you.

NTC are one of my favourite companies. It seems to me that they do theatre the way it is supposed to be done. I love to write plays which are for everyone, whatever their age, class or cultural background. It's rare these days that we all gather round to listen to stories that apply to us all. When I watch NTC they return me to that time when I was a child listening to stories, and even further back than that, to a time when people sat in kitchens, and around fires spinning yarns. I'm really happy to be a part of it.'

Mike Kenny

An Opportunity not to be 'Mythed'!

Posted by: Karen - Tue 4th Nov 2014 2:26pm
• NTC is delighted to announce that The Arts Council England’s Grants for the Arts programme and The Mercer’s Company have provided funding to produce ‘4THOUGHTS’: MYTH, MUSIC, MAYHEM AND MIRTH - an evening of 4 new plays/musicals which will tour the Northern Region in spring 2015.

• NTC is seeking 2 acting ‘trainees’ to fully participate in this new writing project.

• 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 two performers (1m and 1f) to join the cast of ‘4THOUGHTS’: MYTH, MUSIC, MAYHEM AND MIRTH, 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. (Applicants for previous ‘Opportunities’ may re-apply)

• You must be available from 2 February – 22 March 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, Northumberland on Monday 8 December.

• Please email a photo, CV (or Spotlight link) and letter of application outlining your skills and experience, including musical ability, demonstrating how this opportunity will make a difference to your career and development as a performer by Monday 1 December.

Email: [email protected]
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