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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


You to could be a princess!

Posted by: Karen - Wed 12th Jul 2017 10:15am
The Princess and the Goblin

Northumberland Theatre Company is looking for a trainee to play the Princess in its Christmas touring show 'The Princess and the Goblin.'

'The Princess and the Goblin', written by by George MacDonald, adapted by NTC's Karen Hirst and directed by Louis Roberts, tells the story of Princess Irene who is to be the bride of the goblin king's son—but unfortunately he hasn't actually asked her yet.

It’s an adventure about the goblin’s attempts to steal away the princess and her success in avoiding them, with a lot of help from Curdie, the miner's son, and her mysterious great-great-grandmother, whom no-one else can see...

It’s a story about growing up, making friends and the importance of family, with song, dance and some fun along the way told in NTC's fast-paced, physical style.

The Princess and the Goblin contract runs from 6 November 2017 until 21 January 2018. Accommodation supplied. Paid position. Auditions for the part of the Princess will be taking place at the company’s studio theatre at The Alnwick Playhouse on Monday 7 August, with the deadline for applications being Monday 31 July.

Successful applicants will need to prepare two contrasting speeches and an unaccompanied song.

To apply, e-mail a headshot, CV and covering letter outlining why you are interested to [email protected]

Composer needed for Barnaby Rudge

Posted by: Karen - Mon 5th Jun 2017 2:50pm
Barnaby Rudge

NTC seeks a composer to create and deliver incidental music for its new touring version of 'Barnaby Rudge' by Stewart Howson from the novel by Charles Dickens. This position would suit a musician who is seeking to move into composition and excited by working with performers and other artists in the full creative process. We are seeking to support the production atmospherically though the use of music and thinking Mark Anthony Turnage meets the theme music from 'Taboo'. If you are interested in being considered please submit a letter, CV and an example of your music via You tube, MP3 or CD and your thoughts/musical response to a theme from 'Barnaby Rudge in similar format to

[email protected]

. Fee £1,000. Deadline 19th June 2017.

Audition Workshops

Posted by: Karen - Wed 24th May 2017 9:38am
Barnaby Rudge

NTC is offering free audition workshops in Alnwick, Northumberland on Friday 16th June. Successful applicants will have the opportunity to present their audition pieces, work on content and presentation, and discuss future opportunities with NTC. These include paid on-the-job training 'traineeships' on their autumn and Xmas tours of Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens and The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald. Full casting opportunities on these shows are also available. Send a CV, photo and reason why this opportunity will be useful to your career development to [email protected] by 5th June. NTC actively encourages applications from BAME performers.

The princess

A Flying visit!

Posted by: Karen - Mon 6th Mar 2017 2:52pm

Catch us if you can on our whistle stop tour of Northern parts.

Dracula Dracula

You'd be bats to miss it!

Dracula flying in for a brief tour of the North East!

Posted by: Karen - Mon 30th Jan 2017 2:43pm


devised and created by NTC and writer Stewart Howson.


Devised and created by NTC and Stewart Howson from the novel by Bram Stoker.

Light, funny and daft but with strong storytelling and some genuinely scary moments, this is Gothic storytelling at its best: imaginative, atmospheric and physically exciting.

Appealing to family audiences it features all the anticipated elements of the story: wolves, bats and the Brides of Dracula with plenty of audience participation, humour and music.

Suitable for ages 13+.

Venue details now available see SHOWs. See you there!

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Forthcoming Shows:
29 Nov 17 - The Princess and the Goblin
Alnwick Playhouse Studio, Bondgate Without
29 Nov 17 - The Princess and the Goblin
Alnwick Playhouse Studio, Bondgate Without
30 Nov 17 - The Princess and the Goblin
Alnwick Playhouse Studio, Bondgate Without
30 Nov 17 - The Princess and the Goblin
Alnwick Playhouse Studio, Bondgate Without
2 Dec 17 - The Princess and the Goblin
Bowhill Little Theatre, The Borders
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