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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


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.

Once upon a Time in the North - again!

Posted by: Karen - Wed 16th Dec 2015 10:26am
Karen our finance manager has had a busy couple of years, not only has she written a couple of plays for us she has also turned one of them into a book.

Once Upon a Time in the North is a collection of folk and fairy tales, with magical creatures, from the North East of England for children. The book includes The Laidley Worm of Spindlestone Heugh, Sir Guy the Seeker and the Men of Lorbottle.

Once Upon a Time in the North

Karen has kindly said that if anyone buys a copy of the book through this email contact she will donate £1.50 to NTC. Contact. You can also buy them in the office on Mondays, cost £8.95.

Many thanks for your support and good luck Karen!

The Ugly Duckling is Alive and Coming to a Venue Near You

Posted by: Karen - Mon 7th Dec 2015 2:03pm
The Ugly Duckling opened last Tuesday to lots of smiling and laughing children.

The Ugly Duckling

Read the reviews:
The Northumberland Gazette
The Stage

'Northumberland Theatre Company’s heartfelt production is a refreshingly different family show with deft characterisations and a lot of heart' The Stage

The Rooster with the Booster The Ugly Duckling out in the Wild

Madam Prima Donna Mr Fox

The Ugly Duckling Tour Dates Online Now!

Posted by: Karen - Wed 4th Nov 2015 11:37am

The Ugly Duckling by Neil Duffield

Touring to venues near you this winter. The opening performance is on 1 December 2015 at The Alnwick Playhouse Studio and the final performance is on 31 January 2016, somewhere in Northumberland (dates to be agreed with Highlights).

A funny and heart-warming story for all the family, packed with song, dance and visual treats about growing up, finding your own identity and a mother's struggle to protect her children or let them go!

'It starts with a rock and roll rooster and ends with a shimmering swan and in between is the most fun your kids will have this Christmas.' Chester Chronicle.

The Ugly Duckling

Fun for all the family.

We welcome back NTC favourites Eleanor Dennison and Louis Roberts along with Laura Jayne Ayres, Robert Pegge and newcomer Natalie Simone - come and join us this winter.

If you are a venue still looking for a production this winter please contact us as soon as possible for the one of few remaining dates.

Wifey goes live!

Posted by: Karen - Tue 22nd Sep 2015 12:09pm
A Wife and the Gallows opened to much laughter and great reviews.

The Cartwright

The reviews:
The Journal
The Northumberland Gazette
NUBI review

A Snowball in June

Touring all the way down to Worcester and all the way up to Aberdeenshire.

False Alarm Launcelot Errington and his nevvy

Don't miss the chance!

The Wife

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