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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


Opening Thursday night!

Posted by: Karen - Tue 24th Feb 2015 11:14am
We are very excited with how the shows are coming together and will be able to offer you a wonderful evening of theatre.

Four short, very different, fabulous new plays showcasing some of the best and up-and-coming theatre writing talent will take to the road during February and March playing to mainly rural audiences in the North East and the Borders.

These four new plays have been specially commissioned by NTC for this project, which is funded by Arts Council England, Grants for the Arts as NTC director, Gill Hambleton explained:

“All 4 writers - Alison Dobie, Patrick Hughes, Alan Bell and Beccy Smith - went through an open competitive process which was advertised locally and nationally and from this we received 105 applications. These were then shortlisted from an example of the writer’s previous work and their idea for a script for this project and then finally four were selected on the strength of their application and appropriateness of their plays for a rural tour which would make an exciting and varied evening of theatre.”

Billed as an evening of ‘myth, music, mayhem and mirth’ the four half hour plays, one of which is a new musical, will explore life in all its guises and promises to be a roller-coaster ride of emotions and laughter.

“We’ve got six great actors, a fantastic set and four brilliant plays - a rural idyll, a Faustian pact, a haunting melody and an exaggerated lie - which all adds up to a fast paced, thought-provoking and most importantly, entertaining evening of theatre. And as ever we’re taking our show to the audiences in more out of the way places,” said Gill.

4Thoughts kicks off its tour at Alnwick Playhouse on February 26 and is on the road until March 21.

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!

Rumpelstiltskin3 Rumpelstiltskin3


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

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Forthcoming Shows:
10 Oct 15 - A Wife or the Gallows
Berwick Guild (Town) Hall, Berwick-upon-Tweed
11 Oct 15 - A Wife or the Gallows
Paxton House, Berwick-upon-Tweed
13 Oct 15 - A Wife or the Gallows
Lillesleaf Village Hall, Melrose
14 Oct 15 - A Wife or the Gallows
Craster Memorial Hall, Craster, Northumberland
17 Oct 15 - A Wife or the Gallows
Longhorsley Village Hall, Longhorsley
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