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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


Busy Bees

Posted by: Karen - Mon 18th Apr 2016 11:21am
We are very excited about the new shows, 'How to Make a Killing in Bollywood' and 'Little Red Riding Hood and Other Tales', here are the new images.

How to Make  killing in Bollywood Little Red Riding Hood

How to Make a Killing in Bollywood is sold out and we have 4 dates left for Christmas, so if you haven't booked you best ring Hilary soon.

You may have noticed the exciting news in the newspapers about our proposed move, we will keep you posted when we have more concrete information.

Christmas show now open for bookings.

Posted by: Karen - Mon 29th Feb 2016 12:27pm
We are pleased to announce that the Christmas show is now open for bookings. We are producing a new and exciting play called 'Red Riding Hood and Other Tales'.

NTC’s own special adaptation is a new combination of well loved, familiar and unfamiliar fairy tales: a collection of funny and scary stories including Little Red Riding Hood and The Wolf and The Fox, making ideal seasonal entertainment for family audiences. With lots of music, chilling moments and plenty of laughs - this is imaginative storytelling at its best.

Red and Other

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

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.

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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
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