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Exeter Northcott Theatre Announces New Events for 2022

A new season of events for 2022 will go on sale today at Exeter Northcott Theatre. A packed programme of plays, comedy, music and family events at Exeter’s flagship theatre this spring includes: 

An Exeter Northcott Production in collaboration with the University of Exeter and the Intercom Trust

The Beat of Our Hearts is a new play by Exeter-based playwright Natalie McGrath and a
theatrical celebration of previously untold stories of LBTQIA+ people, premiering from 3 – 5 February.
Big Musical Hits FANTASTICALLY GREAT WOMEN WHO CHANGED THE WORLD and THE RISE & FALL OF LITTLE VOICE

The Rise and Fall of Little Voice starring Shobna Gulati, Christina Bianco and Ian Kelsey hits the Northcott stage from 4 – 9 April, followed by Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World, produced by the same team as hit musical SIX, which comes to Exeter 10 – 15 May.

Family Favourites, OI FROG & FRIENDS! and GANGSTA GRANNY

Oi Frog & Friends!, the action-packed stage adaptation of Kes Gray and Jim Field’s best-selling booksis on 5 – 6 Marchand the West End production of David Walliams’ Gangsta Granny offers a half-term treat  on 21 – 24 April.

Exciting new productions, THE BALLAD OF MULAN, SHEILA’S ISLAND, BLACK IS THE COLOR OF MY VOICE, THE BALLAD OF MARIA MARTEN, ELIZABETH I (VIRGIN ON THE RIDICULOUS) and THE STRANGE CASE OF DR JEKYLL & MR HYDE

The Ballad of Mulan tells the story of the real Chinese heroine that inspired the Disney film on 12 February; Sheila’s Island, a new comedy starring Sara Crowe and Judy Flyn by the celebrated writer of Calendar Girls, Tim Firth, plays from 22 – 26 February; Black is the Color of My Voice, a sensational play inspired by the life of Nina Simone promises to enthral audiences on 1 March; The Ballad of Maria Marten, a thrilling murder mystery based on real events is on 8 – 12 March; Elizabeth I (Virgin on the Ridiculous) offers a night of hysterically, historical horseplay from 29 – 30 March;  and The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde, offers audiences an atmospheric adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s dark psychological fantasy from 29 – 30 April.

World-class dance from PHOENIX DANCE THEATRE & BALLETBOYZ

Phoenix Dance Theatre celebrate their 40th birthday with a range of work from across the company’s illustrious history on 15 – 16 March, whilst the BalletBoyz return to Exeter with their distinctive, witty and mesmeric contemporary style on 27 – 28 April.

One of the most popular operas of all time, LA BOHEME, as well as lesser known THE GOLDEN COCKEREL, plus nights of MOTOWN, THE RONNIE SCOTT’S and STEVE KNIGHTLEY’s folk.

English Touring Opera return with a poetic and lively production of Puccini’s La Boheme on 25, 26 and 28 May and with Rimsky-Korsakov’s daring satire, The Golden Cockerel on 27 May. The Ronnie Scott’s All Stars come direct from London’s world-famous jazz club on 20 February, the biggest Magic of Motown party of the year will take place on 19 March and multi-award-winning folk musician Steve Knightley of Show of Hands returns to the Northcott on 2 April.

Extraordinary insights into the natural world with live events from GORDON BUCHANAN, RAY MEARS, STEVE BACKSHALL and VIRTUAL ASTRO.

Prominent wildlife filmmaker Gordon Buchanan comes to the Northcott on 13 February, followed by nature expert Ray Mears on 6 March and ocean explorer Steve Backshall at the Great Hall on 9 April. VirtualAstro’s The Night Sky show will take audiences on an epic journey across the cosmos on 3 April.

Award-winning comedy from PAUL FOOT, ED GAMBLE, RACHEL PARRIS, AL MURRAY, COUNT ARTHUR STRONG, JIMMY CARR, FOIL ARMS & HOG and an all-star line-up for I’M SORRY I HAVEN’T A CLUE

Paul Foot on 10 February, Rachel Parris on 18 March and Count Arthur Strong on 20 March offer a chance to see top notch comedy on the Northcott stage. Ed Gamble on 13 February, the stars of I’m Sorry I Haven’t Got a Clue – Jack Dee, Miles Jupp, Tony Hawks, Pippa Evans and Rory Bremner –on 8 March, Al Murray on 19 March, Jimmy Carr on 31 March and Foil Arms & Hog on 3 April play next door at The Great Hall.

The season kicks off hot-on-the-heels from the announcement that the Northcott will be taking over the management of Exeter city centre’s Barnfield Theatre in the new year and, from autumn 2022, will be programming live events across two venues as well as community spaces across the region. For more information – visit www.exeternorthcott.co.uk.

NOTES TO EDITORS 

We bring people together to create and share extraordinary experiences.

We believe that stories help us understand each other and the world around us, and that live performance has a unique power to reach out and communicate.

We work with artists and communities so that people can tell their stories no matter who they are or where they’ve come from.

We make events that entertain, provoke and inspire so that people can connect and share moments they’ll never forget.

We are here for the people of Exeter, Devon and beyond. To create, to connect, to bring joy and change lives. 

Exeter Northcott is supported by Arts Council England, Exeter City Council and the University of Exeter. Registration No. 8393145 Charity Registration No. 1151620 

www.exeternorthcott.co.uk