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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


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!

Rallying Round - Actor required.

Posted by: Karen - Mon 30th Jun 2014 12:28pm
“RALLYING ROUND” a new play by Stewart Howson.

A rollicking new comedy/drama about youth, age and two very different worlds colliding with compassion.
‘Old soldier Airchie cons young Mo into giving him a lift..... to Monte Carlo! although Airchie is pretty hazy about the route and even their destination!’

NTC is seeking an actor to play Mo: playing age 18 - 26 ‘in their prime, streetwise, cool, attractive, apparently on Community Service, fixated with their mobile and twitter’.

Actor must have strong physical theatre skills, excellent audience rapport, small-scale touring experience and be able to learn a script very quickly. This two-hander toured twice last year to excellent reviews. NTC will consider submissions from both M & F actors and is actively seeking applications from BME actors for this role.

Rehearses: 15 September - 19 September – 1 additional week’s rehearsal in late August (TBA).

Location: Tours village hall and community venues throughout the UK with 1 stage manager: 19 September 2014 – 25 October 2014.

All actors assist the Stage Manager in get-ins and get-outs. This is hard but ultimately rewarding work!

Please email CV, photo and covering letter by 15 July 2014 to

Auditions Alnwick and London July/August ITC/Equity contract applies: £420 p.w. plus accommodation and allowances.

Rallying Round

In Battalions Festival

Posted by: Karen - Mon 16th Jun 2014 10:43am
Friday 4th July 2014, 10am - 5.30pm
Drama Centre London, Central Saint Martins
Ticket price: £20-50
Book: In battalions website.

A celebration of risk, innovation and collaboration in British theatre.

On the 4th of July 2014 the first In Battalions Festival will take place at Drama Centre London at Central Saint Martins. This one-day summer festival is a new opportunity for professional theatre-makers, academics, politicians, journalists and other culture professionals to share innovative ideas and practical models for maintaining a vital theatre ecology in the UK and will take place as part of The Year of Experimentation, a three day new writing festival taking place at Drama Centre London as the culmination of the first year of its new MA in Dramatic Writing.

Grants for the Arts success

Posted by: Karen - Tue 27th May 2014 12:19pm
NTC has been awarded a grant of £12,500 from Arts Council England towards our production of Rumpelstiltskin. A family show for Xmas/winter 2014/15 – performed in NTC’s inimitable style. We will tour to over 40 venues throughout the country, over 3,000 people will see the show.

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.

Swim for Alnwick

Posted by: Karen - Tue 27th May 2014 12:19pm
Just to let you know that the NTC team swam over 4 miles between them at the Swim for Alnwick and we are well on our way to buying the new sound desk and multi cores. Many thanks for all your support and hopefully you will appreciate the difference when you come to see the shows!

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Forthcoming Shows:
23 Oct 14 - Rallying Round
Royal British Legion Hall, Buckie, Moray
24 Oct 14 - Notes from the Front
Alnwick Playhouse Studio, Bondgate Without
25 Oct 14 - Notes from the Front
Longformacus Village Hall, Borders
28 Oct 14 - Notes from the Front
Kirkwhelpington Memorial Hall, Northumberland
29 Oct 14 - Notes from the Front
The Museum of Lancashire Bunker, Preston
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