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November 2017 – April 2018

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What we do The New Vic was the first purpose-built theatre-in-the-round in Europe and we have been producing theatre at our home in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, since we opened our doors in 1986. All ‘New Vic Productions’ are made here, in the theatre. We have in-house Workshop and Costume departments who cut, stitch, create and build the designs that our Set and Costume designers have imagined. Our Lighting and Sound departments create the atmosphere of the world of the play visualised by our in-house Lighting and Sound Designers. Our Directors rehearse with companies of actors in our spaces to bring stories you see on stage to life. We are proud of our craft, but our passion for our work extends to everything we do – our Education and Borderlines teams create work to engage with people in all our surrounding communities throughout the year; our Appetite team work to engage more people from our local area in the arts. Our Box Office and Frontof-House teams make sure that our welcome is the warmest you will receive and our Catering department ensure they provide homemade, wholesome food for you to enjoy every time you visit.

Winner UK Theatre Awards 2017 Best Show for Children and Young People: The Snow Queen Nominee: Around The World In 80 Days

We pride ourselves on creating excellent theatre-in-the-round and being a force for positive change in our region. Find out more about what we do, and what’s coming up across the next few months, throughout this brochure.


people through our doors each year Photography in this brochure by Andrew Billington, Mark Douet, Mark Dudley and David Hughes.


Last year, colleagues at Staffordshire University invited me to speak at an event to mark International Women’s Day. “Why is the day important?”, a group of us were asked. I fumbled about for an answer - to be honest, I hadn’t really thought about it. But the leader of the Students’ Union had, and she was impressive. It was an opportunity, she said, to remember that others around the world don’t enjoy the same rights and opportunities as we do. That same week, inspired by Brexit and the upcoming General Election, the New Vic’s Senior Youth Theatre embarked upon a discussion about their own rights. Subsequently, the Youth Theatre decided to make a play about democracy and the right to vote. A mature dialectic, exploring difficult questions and finding no easy answers, created in collaboration with another youth theatre who were wrestling with similar ideas. We were very proud of them. Those conversations reminded me: 2018 would be the centenary of a landmark year. In 1918 women in the U.K. first gained the right to express their opinion in the choice of legislature through the extension of the suffrage. To mark this anniversary, we’re doing a play by Elizabeth Robins. As an actor she’d brought A Doll’s House’s Nora and also Hedda Gabler to the British stage for the very first time, becoming known as ‘Ibsen’s High Priestess’. She counted Oscar Wilde among her friends. When she turned to playwriting, her script editor was none other than George Bernard Shaw. Her rarely performed play, the suffragist Votes for Women, is a deft exploration of how the political intersects with the personal. It’s a big, ambitious play with a big cast and a big subject at its heart. Alongside it we’re producing a vivacious drama about the first women on the Restoration stage (Playhouse Creatures) and, in Educating Rita, a comedy about empowerment through learning. It sounds very grand, perhaps even presumptuous, that a theatre sees itself connected with a subject so lofty as human rights. But that’s one of the reasons we’re here… Theresa Heskins Artistic Director @TheresaHeskins

The Kiln

Work With Us Every year, we work with a local artist, collective or company as an Associate Artist through The Kiln – our artist development programme. Helping support development by sharing knowledge and expertise from within the theatre, the aim is to build on the success of the arts sector of North Staffordshire. Our current Associate Artist is FRONTLINEdance and, previously, we worked with Restoke. Are you a local artist looking for further development in the arts industry? Would your company benefit from developing a closer relationship with the theatre? If so, applications are now open to become our Associate Artist for 2018. For more details, and to apply, visit: newvictheatre. or email admin@

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See more and save! Get the best value on your tickets this season with our package deals. Available for our Play and Event programmes, see more and save money on selected shows in the season.

£48 Join us to see three one-night events in our spring season and pay just £48. Simply pick the events you want to see and get tickets at the best value prices. Excluding The Bluejays, Ruby Turner, Fairport Convention, Mark Steel and Jon Boden

Four Friends for


See Playhouse Creatures, Votes for Women and Educating Rita for just £48. Plus, receive a discount on tickets for Scary Bikers and Hard Times when booking all five shows at the same time.

£48 Valid on selected plays in our season, you and three friends can enjoy the very best of live theatre here at the New Vic for just £66. *Valid on Mon-Fri performances only. Max 8 tickets. Excl. Treasure Island and Lexicon

For detailed ticket prices, see page 41.


Dont forget, our production of Around The World In 80 Days is touring the country. Find out where you can see it at

Plays New Vic Productions Touring Productions

New Vic Production

New Vic Production


By Robert Louis Stevenson Adapted and directed by Theresa Heskins

Sat 18 November – Sat 27 January Tickets from £15.00 See page 41 for details Sign Language Interpreted Performance Tue 28 Nov 2.15pm Audio Described Wed 10 Jan 10.30am Sat 13 Jan 2.15pm Captioned Thu 18 Jan 2.15pm Sat 20 Jan 2.15pm Relaxed Performance Tue 23 Jan 2.15pm Schools’ performances available See Diary for detailed performance schedule

Following on from last year’s award-winning adaptation of The Snow Queen, this Christmas we set sail on the high seas to bring to life a classic tale of buccaneers and buried gold in our stunning trademark style. Filled with swashbuckling sword fights, live-on-stage music, humour, puppetry and lots of excitement, this is the perfect festive treat for the whole family! 1750, Sleepy Cove. Tired of the quiet life, Gem dreams of adventure and excitement. When a mysterious stranger comes to stay at The Admiral Benbow Inn, she believes her luck is about to change. And so begins an epic journey. A journey filled with pirates and possibilities; buried treasure and blue horizons; seafarers and scallywags. And in the middle of it all, a good-hearted cook called Long John Silver – but is he friend or foe? As Gem helps search for treasure on faraway shores, meeting larger than life characters along the way, she discovers there’s far more to a life of adventure than she ever imagined.

Supported by


Illustration by Steve Rawlings. Photo by David Hughes at Moonbrushed Media.

David Graham Productions present



The ultimate 60s Christmas Party! Mon 27 November – Sat 9 December Tickets from £18.50 See page 41 for details

Eric has been invited to a Christmas fancy dress party where the only person he knows is the host. Just before he arrives the host is murdered; one of the guests telephones the police and, as the doorbell rings, there is Eric dressed as PC Dixon of Dock Green. Misunderstandings multiply as a real Inspector arrives and, guess what, everyone at the party has a reason to want the host out of the way! A murder, a Christmas party, a comedy, Eric and some of the best ’60s hits – what more could you want? Evenin’ all! feelgood entertainment at its best” The Sentinel

Review from a previous production



New Vic Education Production

New Vic Production


An interactive storytime adventure for young children and their families Sat 9 – Sat 30 December Gem lives a quiet life, every day the same, until the discovery of an old sea captain’s map changes everything. Adventure awaits as she embarks on a journey across the sea to Treasure Island. But is everyone she meets on this journey really who they appear to be? Gem will need friends she can trust if she’s to make it to Treasure Island. Friends like you. Are you ready for an adventure...?

Tickets £8.00 See page 41 for details Schools’ performances now sold out See Diary for detailed performance schedule

Tale Trail to Treasure Island is a 45-minute, immersive theatre experience where storytelling actors lead the audience on a journey through the world of a classic children’s story. Devised especially for 3-5 year olds and their grown-ups, it’s a perfect introduction to the magical world of theatre for our very youngest audience members.

Photos from 2016’s Tale Trail to The Snow Queen. Photography by Andrew Billington.


New Vic Production

New Vic Production


By April De Angelis Directed by Zoë Waterman

Fri 2 - Sat 24 February 1663. Charles II reopens the Playhouses and for the first time, allows women to take to the stage. For four women, this signals the beginning of a new chapter in their lives. On stage, the women become household names; behind-thescenes, they develop strong friendships and fierce rivalries. As the camaraderie and chaos of the dressing room ignites their ambitions to play a bigger part in the theatre, can the women stick together to negotiate greater roles? And will their new-found fame bring with it better fortunes? This vivacious comedy takes us backstage in a Restoration playhouse to celebrate a bold moment in the history of modern theatre. Telling the story with bawdy comedy, theatrical flair and emotional poignancy, April De Angelis’ Playhouse Creatures will make you laugh and cry in equal measure.

Tickets from £14.50 See page 41 for details Captioned Thu 22 Feb 7.30pm Audio Described Sat 24 Feb 2.15pm Talkback Thu 22 Feb Please note: Contains some strong language

Photo by James Stewart


New Vic Youth Theatre Production Part of National Theatre Connections

New Vic Production


By Phoebe Éclair Powell Directed by Katherine Hughes

Tue 27 February When the Thames bursts its banks and submerges London, the north and the south of the city become separated. Myths abound about ‘the other side’. Is it really better? Four sets of teenagers ignore the risks of the treacherous crossing to find out whether the other side is all it’s cracked up to be. These Bridges looks at a fearful future and seeks to show that if we stick together, we may just survive it all.

Tickets £9.00 See page 41 for details Please note: Contains mild swearing

New Vic Youth Theatre return to our main stage following their production of The End of The World In Slow Motion last April. Part of National Theatre Connections, our Youth Theatre will transfer their production to Derby Theatre, to take part in the regional festival alongside young people from all across the Midlands.

Photos from a previous Youth Theatre Production.


New Vic Production

New Vic Production


By Elizabeth Robins Adapted and directed by Theresa Heskins

Tue 6 – Sat 24 March After years of campaigning, the suffrage movement is further than ever from achieving their goal: the vote. As Parliament continue to delay taking any progressive action, the women decide to take their campaign into their homes and as word spreads through friends and acquaintances, support for votes for women gains momentum. Before long, people from all walks of life are imagining a different future, and the change in society that could be possible. Persuading the people in power to change their minds however, is another matter… Charged with emotion, this gripping production explores a definitive moment in our history and takes audiences into the world of a campaign that shows that anything is possible.

Join our Community Theatre! We’re recruiting for new members of the New Vic Theatre Community Theatre to join the cast of Votes for Women. We’re looking for women and men aged 18+ who are interested in performance to help us create the world of the play on our stage. No previous experience is necessary; all we ask is that applicants are available for rehearsals and performances from Mon 5 February until Sat 24 March. If you are interested in applying to be part of the Company, email: admin@ or call 01782 717954 for more information.

Tickets from £14.50 See page 41 for details Captioned Tue 20 Mar 7.30pm Audio Described Sat 24 Mar 2.15pm Talkback Tue 20 Mar Presented with kind permission of Independent Age


1768: equestrian, entrepreneur and showman Philip Astley draws out a ring and fills it with astonishing acts – tumblers, horses, acrobats, jugglers, clowns. He created the first circus. Every circus, anywhere in the world, began at that moment.

there is no place which recalls so strongly our recollections of childhood as Astley’s” Charles Dickens, Sketches by Boz

2018 marks 250 years since that moment and during the year, Circus250 will celebrate this remarkable art form in a year-long nationwide programme of performances. The New Vic will join the global celebrations with Circus Past, Present and Future – a programme of events that will showcase the wonder of circus for all ages. And what makes our programme even more significant is that it will happen in the very place where Philip Astley was born. Our relationship with circus started in 2009 on The Wicked Lady when we worked with aerial dance company Upswing. Since then, we’ve collaborated with NoFit State Circus to present Barricade in Lyme Valley Park; our Appetite team has delivered The Homecoming: a contemporary celebration of circus on the streets of the town centre in conjunction with Newcastle-under-Lyme BID and the Borough Council; and we used spectacular aerial dance to create the seductive world of our production of Dracula. For Circus Past, Present and Future, we bring internationally renowned NoFit State Circus back to town to create their brand new show LEXICON. We’re working with the Victoria & Albert Museum on an outdoor exhibition all about circus history. We’ll host a visit from Circolombia – an inspirational Colombian circus company – and create a wonderful familyfocused Party-in-the-Park with the Brampton Museum. And in Roll Up, Roll Up, we’ll work with The Philip Astley Project on a professionally-led community performance. At the New Vic, we’re creating two brand new productions. Theresa Heskins will direct Astley’s Astounding Adventures, a new play written by Stone-born Frazer Flintham about Astley’s extraordinary life, and Cabinet of Curiosities will take audiences on an immersive journey into the fantastical world of circus. All this is made possible thanks to the fantastic support of Arts Council England and you can find out more details about the first part of the programme over the page. In the New Year, we’ll share more information about our celebrations; for now let’s run away to the circus together… Circus Past, Present and Future is presented by New Vic Theatre and NoFit State Circus in partnership with Arts Council England, Newcastle-underLyme Business Improvement District, Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council, The Victoria & Albert Museum, The Brampton Museum and Art Gallery, The Philip Astley Project, Circus Works, Circus Futures and The University of Sheffield.



Themes and Stories Mon 26 March – Sat 21 April Giving an insight into the creation of a circus show, this exhibition will capture memories from NoFit State Circus’ development process as they create their brand new production in Newcastle-under-Lyme. The outdoor exhibition, displayed around NoFit State Circus’ tent, will showcase the imprint of circus on the local area and the stories that have fed into the creative development process.

No Fit State Circus Exhibition Mon 26 March – Sat 14 April To coincide with the world première of LEXICON in Newcastle-under-Lyme town centre, the New Vic will take a look back at 30 years of NoFit State Circus with a special exhibition. Exploring the photographic archive of the contemporary circus company, images will range from their formation in 1986, through to their more recent productions such as Bianco and Block.

CIRCUS! In partnership with the V&A and Appetite Mon 2 April – Mon 30 July In association with the Victoria & Albert Museum, this exhibition held in the centre of Newcastle-under-Lyme will use images of original prints and drawings and stunning photographs, old and new, to follow the progress of circus as it travelled across the world, illustrating some of its remarkable acts, characters and developments along the way, and showcasing this phenomenal artform on a grand scale.



World Première Production

Internationally-renowned NoFit State Circus are coming to town! Wed 28 March – Sat 21 April Tickets £18.00 (Cons £14.00) Previews £10.00 (Cons £6.00) Family Ticket £60.00 (min. 1 child & 1 adult) MARCH Wed 28 Thu 29 Fri 30 Sat 31

7.30 Preview 7.30 Preview 7.30 Preview 2.00 / 7.30

APRIL Mon 2 Thu 5 Fri 6 Sat 7 Tue 10 Wed 11 Thu 12 Fri 13 Sat 14 Tue 17 Wed 18 Thu 19 Fri 20 Sat 21

2.00 / 7.30 7.30 7.30 2.00 / 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 2.00 / 7.30

Following on from their spectacular productions of Barricade in Lyme Valley Park, Newcastle-under-Lyme, and Bianco in Stoke-on-Trent, the UK’s leading contemporary circus company return to Newcastle-underLyme to present the world première of their brand-new show, LEXICON. Come and join NoFit State under the Big Top in the heart of the town centre. Drawing inspiration from circus history, heritage and traditions, the awardwinning Firenza Guidi directs a world-class cast in this stunning new show. As the action swirls around you, the extraordinary new seating takes you into the heart of the performance. Featuring vivid storytelling, evocative live music and spectacular physical performance, LEXICON is a breath-taking celebration of circus theatre. take the kids, they’ll thank you for years” British Theatre Guide

the total theatre experience that British circus has been striving for so long” The Guardian

The vanguard of the circus renaissance” Radio Times

Commissioned by New Vic Theatre

Funded by Arts Council England, and the Arts Council of Wales


The John Godber Company & Theatre Royal Wakefield present



Written and directed by John Godber

Tue 27 – Sat 31 March Tickets from £14.50 See page 41 for details Talkback Thu 29 Mar

A new comedy about life, love and staying on your bike! When retired miner Don and former private school teacher Carol met at a bereavement group, they thought they’d found a new beginning. But a bike ride through Europe will test their budding romance, and the road to love is rocky when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object. Join them on their hilarious and heartfelt journey, as they reconcile the past, debate the present and worry about the future. Whether they’re saddle sore in Southampton, blistered in Bordeaux or frazzled in Florence, one thing is for sure – it takes two to tandem! Starring the double BAFTA and Olivier Award-winning partnership of John Godber and Jane Thornton, whose feature film Last Laugh was released in October 2017.


Northern Broadsides present



A new adaptation of Charles Dickens’ novel By Deborah McAndrew Directed by Conrad Nelson

Wed 4 – Sat 14 April Tickets from £14.50 See page 41 for details Talkback Thu 5 Apr

The Northern Powerhouse, 1854. Imagine a world where imagination is forbidden. Coketown is such a place. Thomas Gradgrind will not permit fanciful thoughts in his school or his home. But what effect will this policy have on his own children, Tom and Louisa? How can he protect them from corrupting influences – especially when the circus comes to town? Dark satanic mills, interrupted by the colour and vibrancy of Sleary’s Circus, set the stage for a sweeping tale of supressed love, seduction and social mores, peopled with the sharply observed exaggerated characters that Dickens is celebrated for. Conrad Nelson directs Deborah McAndrew’s witty adaptation of Charles Dickens’ great Northern novel to bring you a joyful juggling and tumbling through this touching and often hilarious tale of repression and longing.


New Vic and Dukes Theatre, Lancaster Co-Production

New Vic



By Willy Russell Directed by Sarah Punshon

Wed 18 April – Sat 5 May Tickets from £14.50 See page 41 for details Captioned Tue 1 May 7.30pm Audio Described Sat 5 May 2.15pm Talkback Tue 1 May

Hairdresser Rita has a thirst for knowledge her husband can’t understand. Eager to escape the trivial conversations at work, she enrols on an Open University course. And that’s when she meets Frank. Frustrated poet, tutor and borderline alcoholic Frank has never met anyone like brash Liverpudlian Rita. Taking her under his wing, he attempts to guide her on a journey of self-discovery and learning. Driven to succeed, witty Rita challenges the stereotypes of the class and education system, confounding everyone’s expectations – including her own. This classic comedy is funny, feisty and ultimately moving. What does it take to change your life – and what might be the cost?



New Vic Good Gifts Why not give a gift to the New Vic on behalf of a friend or loved one? New Vic Good Gifts make great presents for those hard to buy for individuals all year round, while at the same time, sharing your support of the theatre. Each gift is a direct investment into the creative and community focus of our work, helping us to continue to make excellent theatre-in-the-round and be a force for positive change in our region. There are a number of gifts you can choose from:

Help us bring a child to the theatre £8.00

Light up the New Vic £15.00

Dress an actor £20.00

Help us bring a local child, who would not otherwise have the chance to attend the theatre, to experience our Christmas Tale Trail – an interactive storytelling adventure for ages 3+.

We’re reducing our carbon footprint by updating and replacing outdated lighting in the auditorium. We are hoping to eventually replace all auditorium lighting and save a massive 81,894 Watts of energy every year!

An enormous amount of time and effort goes into the production of every costume at the New Vic. Your gift could help towards the research, planning and production of a costume for a homegrown show.

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Choose the gift amount you’d like to give on behalf of your friend or loved one

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We will send a card to you explaining what your gift will enable the theatre to do, which you can personalise and send on to your loved ones goodgifts or call 01782 717962

The New Vic will then put your gift to work straight away. Charity Registration Number: 253242


Visiting Events One-night Events Exhibitions

Visiting Events


Tickets £21.50 / £19.50 / £17.50 Cons available

The Albion Band Thu 14 December 7.30pm The Albion Band’s Christmas Show is a seasonal mixture of carols, spoken word, humorous readings and dance. The combined talents of Simon Nicol (Fairport Convention), Kellie While (Albion Band), Simon Care (Edward II) and the Guvnor Ashley Hutchings, will take you on a guided tour through the traditional English Christmas music and customs of Britain in a concert that is “The perfect antidote to the corporate Christmas” (The Guardian).

The Froncysyllte Male Voice Choir Sat 16 December 7.30pm Tickets £24.00 / £22.00 £19.00 Cons available

They’ve appeared at the New Vic every Christmas for more than 30 years – a remarkable tradition that means as much to the Choir as it does to us. Formed to compete at the 1947 Llangollen Eisteddfod, 2017 sees them celebrating their 70th anniversary. For this evening’s concert, the choir will feature Aled Wyn Davies – a favourite soloist of The Fron making his fourth visit to the New Vic. Celebrate the festive season amongst friends with this unforgettable evening.

The Pasadena Roof Orchestra Wed 3 January 7.30pm Tickets £24.00 / £22.00 / £19.00 Cons available

The Pasadena Roof Orchestra brilliantly evoke the sounds of a golden era of music with their beautifully arranged songs from Irving Berlin, Ray Noble, Cole Porter and their contemporaries and electrifying hot jazz from Fletcher Henderson and Duke Ellington. Pack up your troubles, come on get happy, and experience an evening of superlative live music at the New Vic, led by singer and band leader Duncan Galloway, with a dash of humour, wit and sparkle.

“ An evening of rare musical entertainment” The Financial Times

The Bluejays Wed 10 January 7.30pm The Bluejays (Winners of the National Vintage Award for ‘Best Band’) present an electrifying tribute to the era when music changed the world forever. From Rock Around The Clock, That’s All Right, That’ll Be The Day, Tutti Frutti and Summertime Blues, to Johnny B. Goode, Wake Up Little Susie, La Bamba, A Teenager In Love and many more, this sensational concert will reveal how the Rock ‘n’ Roll movement brought about a dream of equality and freedom that we still chase to this day.

Tickets £20.00 / £18.50 Cons available U16s go free

Visiting Events


Ruby Turner Wed 17 January 7.30pm Ruby Turner is renowned for hits such as If You’re Ready (Come Go With Me), I’d Rather Go Blind and the No. 1 hit single in the US R’n’B chart, It’s Gonna Be Alright.

Tickets £23.50 / £22.00 / £19.00

She has released eight albums, guested on releases for the likes of Brian Ferry, UB40 and Mick Jagger, has performed with The Four Tops and The Temptations and is one of the main singers in Jools Holland’s R’n’B Orchestra. This amazing singer/songwriter is blessed with a voice to die for and whether performing jazz, soul or R’n’B , her performance will take your breath away. In conjunction with Keele Concerts

K’antu Ensemble

Songs & Dances of Renaissance Europe

Wed 24 January 7.30pm K’antu Ensemble transports audiences back in time with a musical tour of Renaissance Europe. Visiting some well-known, as well as some of the more obscure musical landmarks, and playing a variety of beautiful replica instruments in exciting, imaginative arrangements, this concert will make you want to dance. Striving to breathe new life into early music, taking this wonderful genre into the modern world while keeping the historical approach that makes it so special, the Ensemble’s concerts are always original, lively and fun.

Tickets £23.00 / £21.50 / £18.00 Students £8.00 Cons available U16s go free

Visiting Events


Royal Shakespeare Company

First Encounters with Shakespeare Julius Caesar Wed 14 February 2.15pm & 7.30pm Tickets £14.00 Cons £10.00 Ask Box Office for details of schools’ performances.

A company of actors has travelled up and down the land performing their stories. Now they’re coming to Newcastle-under-Lyme to tell a tale of friendship and betrayal. Caesar, Rome’s leader, has returned from war stronger than ever, but some of his followers are questioning his powers. The plotting continues... Part of our First Encounters with Shakespeare series for 7-13 year olds, this engaging adaptation is 90 minutes long, uses Shakespeare’s original language and asks audiences to participate in the story. A fantastic first step into Shakespeare for children, families and schools. Supported by Keele University, following performances at the New Vic further performances of the RSC First Encounters Julius Caesar will take place across the area at: Springhead Primary School Thursday 15 February 7.00pm Keele University Chapel Saturday 17 February 11.00am & 2.15pm Book for all performances at the New Vic Box Office on 01782 717962 and online at The New Vic presentation of RSC First Encounters: Julius Caesar is supported by


Fairport Convention With support Winter Wilson

The critically acclaimed Fairport Convention have been making great music for over fifty years. Credited with originating British folk-rock music – with their album Liege and Lief voted the Most Influential Folk Album Of All Time by Radio 2 listeners - they retain a passion for live performance. Whether you are a long-time fan or a newcomer to their music, an evening with Fairport Convention is sure to surprise and delight you.

Visiting Events

Wed 7 February 7.30pm

Tickets £24.00 / £22.00 / £19.00 Cons available

Mark Steel Every Little Thing’s Gonna Be Alright

Mon 19 February 7.30pm A short time ago, it seemed unlikely the UK would Brexit; Donald Trump surely wasn’t going to beat Hilary Clinton and Mark Steel was living the married suburban ideal. A bit later and it’s all gone wrong! But don’t worry, as Mark thinks Every Little Thing’s Gonna Be Alright.

Tickets £17.50

Best known for his BBC Radio 4 series Mark Steel’s In Town, the BAFTAnominated Mark Steel Lectures for BBC 2, and appearances on Have I Got News For You, QI and Room 101, the Newspaper Columnist of the Year is back on the road with a brand new show, filled with humour guaranteed to make the world seem even crazier than it is!

Judie Tzuke With support

Tue 20 February 7.30pm Judie Tzuke is back on the road performing more of her special acoustic concerts. This intimate evening of old favourites and songs from her new album, combined with stories from across her life and career is exquisite. One of the UK’s finest Singer/Songwriters, Judie is known all over the world for her timeless song, Stay With Me Till Dawn, and with many top 10 albums, including the revered classic Welcome to the Cruise, this concert will show once again what an extraordinary artist she is!

Tickets £22.00 / £20.00 Cons available


Visiting Events

Vamos Theatre presents a co-production with Mercury Theatre Colchester and a co-commission with London International Mime Festival

A Brave Face Mon 12 March 7.30pm Tickets £17.00 / £15.00

Cons available £10 for U26s & Students Suitable for audiences aged 12+

Award-winning Vamos Theatre brings its trademark, wordless, full mask style to a story that needs to be told. Set in Afghanistan in 2009, A Brave Face explores Post-Traumatic Stress, an unseen injury of war, and the impact it can have on even the closest of families. With engaging storytelling, physical dexterity and emotional insight, A Brave Face engages audiences across borders and boundaries. Join us for informal post-show activity in the foyer, where Vamos get your feedback and you can meet characters from the show. This wordless performance is accessible to hearing and d/Deaf audiences alike.

Jon Boden The Afterglow Tour Tickets £22.00 / £20.00 Please note: this concert is due to be performed inthe-round, subject to availability. Ask Box Office for further details.

Mon 23 April 7.30pm Former lead-singer of Bellowhead, Jon Boden heads out on the second leg of his Afterglow album tour. Audiences can enjoy a close-up, intimate performance with Jon showcasing his infectious new material in a stripped-down, high-octane, very personal show. Using fiddle, guitar, concertina and his trademark stomp box Boden also draws on material from throughout his fifteenyear career including hits from Bellowhead, selections from his www. project and music from the Afterglow album.

Ensemble 360 Mon 30 April 7.30pm REICHA Wind Quintet in E flat Op.88 no.2 SCHULHOFF Bass Nightingale for Solo Contrabassoon KABELÁČ Wind sextet Op.8 MARTINU Sextet for Winds and Piano JANÁČEK Mládí for Wind sextet Tickets £23.00 / £21.50 / £18.00 Cons available U16s go free

Vibrant music for wind instruments takes centre stage in Ensemble 360’s programme. Anton Reicha’s Quintet is launched with a flourish featuring military motifs, syncopation and opportunities for all the players to demonstrate their virtuosity and Martinu’s Sextet successfully combines Bohemian influences and jazz elements. In a lively conclusion to the concert, the irrepressible spirit of Janáček’s music written in his later years is vividly encapsulated in the title and style of Mládí (‘Youth’!).


Treasure Island Schools’ Exhibition Mon 13 November - Sat 27 January Our annual exhibition of artwork from local children, themed around our Christmas show.

David Cockayne: Recent paintings Mon 29 January – Sat 24 February Starting with violet marks, yellow ones followed, then a grid to work within, and further marks to bring some order to a chaotic start. Finished when a balance of dynamics is achieved.

Centenary of Suffrage Mon 26 February – Sat 24 March To coincide with the New Vic’s production of Elizabeth Robins’ Votes for Women, this exhibition will explore this key moment in our history, and celebrate 100 years since women were first given the vote.

Erica Brook: Beyond the Mirror, alternative perspectives Mon 16 April – Sat 5 May Erica’s journey through many years as a painter is informed by the four themes of Light, Colour, Shape and Line, with subject matter of landscape, urban and rural, and life, botanic, animal and human. The development through each work is underpinned by a belief in the interdependence and connectedness of all.




New Vic Borderlines Our award-winning Borderlines programme places the local community at the heart of its work. Engaging with individuals, groups and communities facing challenges – social and economic disadvantage, young people at risk of offending, adults with learning difficulties and others at risk of being marginalised – through Borderlines we use theatre to help people find new and positive ways to understand themselves, their communities and their responsibilities. Promoting social inclusion and diversity, we undertake projects in partnership with a wide range of partners and focus on challenging destructive and anti-social behaviour, building individuals’ self-awareness and self-worth and helping to develop positive attitudes. With an aim to positively stimulate social change, Borderlines has been recognised as a leading national model for how theatre can be used to impact on our society, and recent documentary theatre projects we have worked on have focused on exploring challenging issues such as racism, discrimination and domestic violence.

This season look out for: Message Not Delivered back on tour We’re taking our production of Message Not Delivered back out on the road. An interactive docu-drama, the play is based on the stories of young people whose lives have been changed forever by road traffic accidents, and the experiences of professionals from rescue and emergency services and is aimed at young people, exploring key areas of risk for this group. Beginning at Newcastle-under-Lyme College and then touring to schools and colleges in Staffordshire and the West Midlands from Mon 13 – Fri 24 November, this is our third tour of the innovative production, made possible thanks to support from West Midlands Fire Service. Find out more about New Vic Borderlines and what else is happening this season at education-and-community/borderlines Supported by the Denise Coates Foundation


New Vic Education Our Education Team provides creative learning for everyone - pre-school and upwards - through theatre-based opportunities and activities. With a wide range of Drama Clubs, Youth Theatre and Holiday Projects available, young people can enjoy opportunities to work with professionals to develop their personal skills, build confidence and have fun. School groups can take part in an extensive year-long programme of cross-curricular workshops using drama as a means of learning for Key Stages 1, 2 and 3. As a Regional Theatre Partner for the RSC’s Associate Schools Programme, we introduce younger audiences to accessible versions of Shakespeare’s well-known works through First Encounter productions and offer chances for children to perform the plays themselves in the annual Schools Festival supported by Keele University. For older adults our Ages and Stages programme encourages people of all ages to participate in, and enjoy drama and creative work.

This season look out for... The Royal Shakespeare Company return to Newcastle-under-Lyme with their First Encounters with Shakespeare series, this time tackling one of Shakespeare’s greatest plays – Julius Caesar. Using Shakespeare’s original language, these engaging adaptations are a fantastic first experience for anyone who is apprehensive about the Bard’s work, and particularly suited for children, families and schools. Taking audiences into the heart of the story, First Encounters make the plays easy to follow, understand and enjoy. At the New Vic on Wed 14 February for two performances, we’re offering workshops alongside the production for interested school parties. For more details about our workshops, call our Education Team on 01782 381366. To book tickets for Julius Caesar, call Box Office on 01782 717962 or visit For more details about what else is coming up for New Vic Education this season, visit education-and-community/education




The New Vic

Chief Electrician and Resident Lighting Designer, Daniella Beattie, shines a spotlight on her role.

When you start working at the New Vic you soon learn that being part of technical tests and trials in the auditorium with Resident Lighting Designer and Chief Electrician Daniella Beattie is par for the course. Be it setting up a time-lapse video from the lighting grid, filming slow motion effects or experimenting with new projectors, there’s always something to get involved in. On the day we speak she has just emerged from the ‘trap’ below the stage where she and her Deputy, Peter Morgan, have been building a flying frame which will shortly be tested by Technical Assistant Stage Manager, Liam Shepherd. In May, Daniella marked 20 years working at the theatre-in-the-round. Quite a feat. “It’s that family aspect of the building that makes it so completely unique being here, it makes people want to stay,” she says. Describing herself as a ‘Blue Peter girl at heart’, Daniella tells us she’s always loved making things and theatre but from a backstage point of view. After becoming acquainted with the New Vic while at college in Telford, she studied Theatre Design and Technology at Bretton Hall, formerly part of University of Leeds. During her course, she completed a spell of work experience at the New Vic which led to her joining the theatre’s casual technical team, assisting with lighting fit ups and programming lighting control desks. After becoming the New Vic’s Assistant Technician in 1997, she worked her way up to the Deputy Chief Electrician role in 1998


before being becoming Resident Lighting Designer and Chief Electrician in 2000. “Anything that lights up, whizzes, goes bang or flies in the sky above you comes under my remit,” she explains: “The Chief Electrician’s job concerns the physical side - ensuring things are electrically safe, putting electrics into props, managing staff and getting all the technical aspects ready for any production or concert on our stage. “The Lighting Designer role is much more creative in that you take the script and ideas of Directors and Designers and make them look beautiful under light on stage. I like being creative but I equally enjoy working within the bounds of physics.” For Daniella, stories play a big part in her life. During tech week (when productions move from the rehearsal room to the stage) you’ll often find her in a quiet corner Skyping storytime to her two young children at home. “I love stories so what’s really great about working here is pretty much every four weeks you’ve got a new story to work on,” she says: “My lighting designs start from reading the script when you develop your first ideas about what it might be, what the subject is. Then you speak with the Director and Designer.” Lighting in theatre has three main functions, Daniella explains: “Firstly, and simply, actors need to be seen. Secondly, it tells your audience where to look, and thirdly, it adds emotional content and subtly lets people know how you want them to feel. “Working in-the-round makes the job more interesting as we can’t use large scenery so our Lighting and Sound teams work closely together to tell people where they are.” Photos from L-R: Dracula (2015); The Wicked Lady (2009); The Snow Queen (2016)

And ever-changing technology plays a big part in Daniella’s day-to-day responsibilities too which she clearly relishes. “Technology is developing all the time so it’s very important we keep up,” she says: “It can be a great labour saver. It allows us to do much more and use our existing kit more effectively. “We try something new in each show, whether it’s a new colour, a new design programmed into our control desk, new positions for our lanterns or projection – like in Anna Of The Five Towns and The Pitmen Painters. We are always looking to increase our knowledge.” Having had a catch up meeting with Treasure Island’s production team this morning, the Christmas show is in the forefront of Daniella’s mind but she’s not giving anything away other than there will be plenty of excitement and treasure galore, of course. Set to design numerous productions in 2018, other ideas are buzzing away in her head, with the self-admitted list maker having a notepad for each to keep all her designs in check. “I like the variety of working here, no two days are the same” Daniella concludes: “Although we’re working with the same instruments, each production is different as you’re telling a new story every time. “I work with a good bunch of people who all have the same goal at heart - staging great productions for people to come and see and enjoy.” Treasure Island will be the first production to benefit from new lighting, bought specifically for our auditorium following our recent fundraising appeal, which helped raise £25,000 for new equipment.


Feasts for the senses… This summer our Appetite programme offered up a sizzling summer programme of world-class events in Stoke-on-Trent. In July, 3,000 people joined us to enjoy Water Fools by French company ilotopie, where Central Forest Park lake was transformed into a giant stage. This spectacular performance took place entirely on water, and featured cars, bikes and beds, astonishing original music and a fantastic array of fireworks - all combining to create a dreamlike and visually stunning performance.

Absolutely fantastic, exceeded my expectations. It was the first time I had attended one of your shows and it won’t be the last!” Audience member at Water Fools

Across the August Bank Holiday weekend, Appetite then served a feast for the senses as one of the highlights of Stokeon-Trent’s cultural calendar, The Big Feast Festival, returned to the city’s streets. From a hip-hop dance performance about football fans to the Royal Opera House performing Swan Lake outside Hanley Bus Station, the festival was jam-packed with plenty of special moments for people to relish. 16,655 people visited the city centre during the Big Feast weekend, of which 76% were there specifically for the festival

49.3% of the audience who saw Water Fools would consider themselves non-regular arts attenders

Appetite is led by the New Vic in partnership with Partners in Creative Learning, 6Towns Radio and Staffordshire University and is part of the Creative People and Places programme. Initiated and funded by Arts Council England, the programme aims to get more people in Stoke-on-Trent to experience and be inspired by the arts. We work with a range of local and national artists and communities to deliver a menu of events, from small, intimate gigs, to large outdoor spectacles. Keep an eye on what’s coming up at or

Ticket prices Playhouse Creatures, Votes for Women, Scary Bikers, Hard Times, Educating Rita Mon – Thu Eves

£22.50 £21.00 £15.00

Fri & Sat Eves

£24.00 £22.50 £17.00



Treasure Island

Don’t forget First Night Fever: Join us for the first night of nominated Productions for just £16.50 (£15.00 on Treasure Island). Call Box Office for details.


Eric of Dock Green in Midwinter Murders Mon & Tue Eves


Wed – Sat Eves

£23.50 £22.00 £19.50

*No concessions

Tale Trail to Treasure Island All performances



£150 (class group of 30)

Sat 18 November


Family performances

£24.00 £22.50 £17.50

Family of Four Ticket


All performances


Schools’ performances


Groups 10+


These Bridges

Please note: a £1.00 transaction fee per ticket applies online

Concessions Under 16s, Over 60s, Students and those in receipt of Employment and Support Allowance can claim a £2.00 discount on New Vic Productions and other selected events. Concessions are available on performances Mon - Fri (Mon - Sat on Treasure Island). Please let us know if you are eligible for a concession at the time of booking. U16s go free with a paying adult on selected New Vic Productions and one-night events. Disabled Patrons in receipt of Disability Living Allowance or Attendance Allowance can claim a free Carer’s ticket. Companion tickets are available at the lowest advertised price. 16-25? Our Under 26 Go Free Scheme makes 50 free tickets available to anyone in this age group on most New Vic Productions. And once they’re gone, we offer tickets at just £8.00 on selected plays. Find out more at or at Box Office.

Schools Tickets for school groups are available for £11.00 on selected productions in our season. Groups Groups 10+ receive £2.00 off the top two prices, plus an 11th ticket free for the organiser on selected plays in our season. Ask Box Office for details. Eric of Dock Green in Midwinter Murders – Groups 4+ £16.00 per ticket – Groups 10+ £16.00 per ticket, an 11th ticket free for the organiser, plus receive a free bottle of Prosecco for your party Season Package Deal See more & save with our Season Ticket Package. See Playhouse Creatures, Votes for Women and Educating Rita for just £48. Keen to see all five plays in the season? Book for Scary Bikers and Hard Times at the same time as buying a package and receive tickets for those productions at the same discounted rate. *Please note: this is a schools performance


How to book Call our Box Office Team 01782 717962 Our phone lines are open from 10.00am until 30 minutes before the start of the show on performance nights. We can accept payment by cash, cheques, credit and debit cards (excl. Electron, Amex and Diner’s cards). Tickets booked over the phone can be posted to you for 60p or collected from the Box Office at any time.

Come in person and say hello Our Box Office Team are available to help Mon – Sat, between 10.00am and the start of the performance (we close at 6.00pm if there is no evening show).

Book online (A £1 transaction fee per ticket applies online).

Reservations We can reserve tickets for three working days or until an hour before the performance (whichever is earliest).

Exchanges, Refunds & Reprints We are happy to exchange tickets for another performance of the same production for 50p per ticket if they are returned to our Box Office Team up to 24 hours before the original performance. This service is free for package buyers. All tickets are non-refundable, except in the event of cancellation. If you lose your tickets, don’t worry – simply let our Box Office know and we’ll reprint them for you free of charge.

Data Protection The New Vic is committed to adhering to the principles of information collection and handling data in accordance with data protection regulations. At the time of booking, our Box Office Team will ask if you wish to be kept informed of future events, news, offers and fundraising activity at the theatre. We will also ask if you would like to receive information from touring organisations whose work you are seeing. Your data is held securely and you can change your preferences at any time by contacting us on 01782 717962 or by email at

Terms & Conditions Concessions are subject to availability. Only one concession applies per ticket. Proof of status may be asked for. Concessions are not available for Saturday performances unless otherwise stated. All information is correct at time of going to print. We reserve the right to make alterations to the programme, performers, times, ticket prices and opening hours. Should any changes occur, we will make every effort to advertise these online via our website, social media and where possible, in the local press. Late Admissions Please note that latecomers will be admitted once there is a suitable break in the performance. We reserve the right to use alternative seats if it is not possible to allow audience members to reach their booked seats. Customers may take their original seats at the interval.



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Access The New Vic welcomes all customers and is committed to providing access to the arts for all. If you require any assistance or support during your visit, please let us know when booking, or speak to one of our staff members on arrival. Facilities include: Free parking available close to the theatre entrance for Blue Badge holders (reserve a space with our Box Office) Automatic doors and level access into the foyer, ramped access to the auditorium on the ground floor and lift access to the first floor Wheelchair spaces available on both the ground and first floor Disabled toilets available on both levels of the theatre An induction loop (not available for amplified performances, including Treasure Island) and an infra-red assisted hearing system Baby-changing facilities available. You are welcome to breastfeed in any of our Front-of-House areas. If you would like a private space, please speak to our Box Office Team Assistance Dogs are welcome, and water will be provided. If you wish to take your dog into the auditorium, please let Box Office know when booking Please note: our balcony seating is accessible by stairs only, is approximately 30ft above the main stage and is not recommended for very young children and those with mobility concerns For details of our Accessible Performances, please see individual show pages and the diary on pages 44/45 or visit for full details.

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Diary NOVEMBER Sat 18 Treasure Island Mon 20 Treasure Island Tue 21 Treasure Island Wed 22 Treasure Island Rick Wakeman Thu 23 Treasure Island Fri 24 Treasure Island Sat 25 Treasure Island Mon 27 Eric of Dock Green Tue 28 Treasure Island Eric of Dock Green Wed 29 Treasure Island Eric of Dock Green Thu 30 Treasure Island Eric of Dock Green DECEMBER Fri 1 Treasure Island Eric of Dock Green Sat 2 Treasure Island Eric of Dock Green Mon 4 Treasure Island Eric of Dock Green Tue 5 Treasure Island Eric of Dock Green Wed 6 Treasure Island Eric of Dock Green Treasure Island Thu 7 Eric of Dock Green Fri 8 Treasure Island Eric of Dock Green Sat 9 Tale Trail Treasure Island Eric of Dock Green Mon 11 Tale Trail Treasure Island Tue 12 Treasure Island Tale Trail Wed 13 Tale Trail Treasure Island Thu 14 Treasure Island The Albion Band Fri 15 Treasure Island Tale Trail Sat 16 Tale Trail Treasure Island

The Froncysyllte Choir Mon 18 Tale Trail Tue 19 Tale Trail Treasure Island Wed 20 Tale Trail Treasure Island Thu 21 Tale Trail Treasure Island Fri 22 Tale Trail Treasure Island Sat 23 Tale Trail Treasure Island Mon 25 Theatre Closed Tue 26 Theatre Closed Wed 27 Tale Trail Treasure Island Thu 28 Tale Trail 10.30* Treasure Island 7.30 Fri 29 Tale Trail 2.15 Treasure Island 7.30 Sat 30 Tale Trail 2.15* Treasure Island 7.30 JANUARY 10.30* / 2.15* Mon 1 Theatre Closed 7.30 Tue 2 Treasure Island 10.30* / 2.15* Wed 3 Treasure Island 7.30 The Pasadena Roof Orchestra 10.30* Thu 4 Treasure Island 7.30 Treasure Island Fri 5 10.30* Sat 6 Treasure Island 7.30 Tue 9 Treasure Island 11.15 / 1.00 / 3.00 Wed 10 Treasure Island 2.15 The Bluejays 7.30 Island Thu 11 Treasure 11.15* / 1.00* Island Fri 12 Treasure 2.15* Sat 13 Treasure Island 10.30* / 2.15* Tue 16 Treasure Island 11.15* / 1.00* Wed 17 Treasure Island 9.30* / 11.15* / 1.00* Ruby Turner 10.30* / 2.15* Thu 18 Treasure Island 10.30* Fri 19 Treasure Island 7.30 Sat 20 Treasure Island 10.30* / 7.30 Tue 23 Treasure Island 11.15* / 1.00* Wed 24 Treasure Island 11.15 / 1.00 K’antu Ensemble 2.15 7.30 2.15* 10.30* / 2.15* 10.30* 7.30 10.30* 10.30* 2.15 / 7.30 7.30 10.30* / 2.15* SP 7.30 10.30* / 2.15* 7.30 10.30* / 2.15* 7.30

7.30 11.15* / 1.00* 11.15* / 1.00* 2.15* 11.15 / 1.00 2.15 / 7.30 11.15 / 1.00 2.15 / 7.30 11.15 / 1.00 2.15 / 7.30 11.15 / 1.00 2.15 / 7.30

11.15 / 1.00 2.15 / 7.30 11.15 / 1.00 2.15 / 7.30 11.15 / 1.00 / 3.00 2.15 / 7.30 11.15 / 1.00 / 3.00 2.15 / 7.30

2.15 / 7.30 10.30* 7.30 10.30* 10.30* / 7.30 2.15 / 7.30 10.30* / 2.15* 10.30* AD 7.30 10.30* / 2.15* 10.30* / 7.30 2.15 AD / 7.30 10.30* 10.30* 7.30 10.30* / 2.15* CAP 10.30* / 7.30 2.15 CAP / 7.30 10.30* / 2.15* RP 10.30* 7.30


Thu 25 Treasure Island Fri 26 Treasure Island Sat 27 Treasure Island FEBRUARY Fri 2 Playhouse Creatures Sat 3 Playhouse Creatures Mon 5 Playhouse Creatures Tue 6 Playhouse Creatures Wed 7 Fairport Convention Thu 8 Backstage Tour Playhouse Creatures Fri 9 Playhouse Creatures Sat 10 Playhouse Creatures Mon 12 Playhouse Creatures Tue 13 Playhouse Creatures Wed 14 Julius Caesar Thu 15 Playhouse Creatures Fri 16 Playhouse Creatures Sat 17 Playhouse Creatures Mon 19 Mark Steel Tue 20 Judie Tzuke Wed 21 Playhouse Creatures Thu 22 Playhouse Creatures Fri 23 Playhouse Creatures Sat 24 Playhouse Creatures Tue 27 These Bridges MARCH Votes for Women Tue 6 Wed 7 Votes for Women Thu 8 Votes for Women Fri 9 Votes for Women Sat 10 Votes for Women Mon 12 A Brave Face Tue 13 Votes for Women Wed 14 Votes for Women Thu 15 Votes for Women Fri 16 Votes for Women Sat 17 Votes for Women Tue 20 Votes for Women Wed 21 Votes for Women Thu 22 Backstage Tour Votes for Women Fri 23 Votes for Women Sat 24 Votes for Women Tue 27 Scary Bikers Wed 28 Scary Bikers

10.30* / 2.15* 10.30* / 7.30 2.15 / 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 12.00 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 2.15 / 7.30 2.15 / 7.30 7.30 2.15 / 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 CAP & TB 7.30 2.15 AD / 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 CAP & TB 7.30 12.00 2.15 / 7.30 7.30 2.15 AD / 7.30 7.30 7.30

Thu 29 Fri 30 Sat 31 APRIL Wed 4 Thu 5 Fri 6 Sat 7 Mon 9 Tue 10 Wed 11 Thu 12 Fri 13 Sat 14 Wed 18 Thu 19 Fri 20 Sat 21 Mon 23 Tue 24 Wed 25 Thu 26 Fri 27 Sat 28 Mon 30 May Tue 1 Wed 2 Thu 3 Fri 4 Sat 5

Scary Bikers Theatre Closed Scary Bikers

7.30 TB

Hard Times Hard Times Hard Times Hard Times Hard Times Hard Times Hard Times Hard Times Hard Times Hard Times Educating Rita Educating Rita Educating Rita Educating Rita Jon Boden Educating Rita Educating Rita Educating Rita Educating Rita Educating Rita Ensemble 360

7.30 7.30 TB 7.30 2.15 / 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 2.15 / 7.30 7.30 2.15 / 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 2.15 / 7.30 7.30

Educating Rita Educating Rita Educating Rita Educating Rita Educating Rita

7.30 CAP & TB 7.30 2.15 / 7.30 7.30 2.15 AD / 7.30

2.15 / 7.30

For details of Lexicon performances see page 20 KEY * Schools’ Performance First Night Fever TB – Talkback CAP – Captioned Performance AD – Audio Described Performance SP – Sign Language Interpreted Performance RP – Relaxed Performance New Vic Productions Touring Productions Visiting Events


How to get here New Vic Theatre, Etruria Road, Newcastle-under-Lyme, ST5 0JG. By Car We are located just two minutes from the A500 – the main route through the area connecting to routes into the city from all directions, including the M6, A53, A52, A50 and A34. Using SatNav? Use ST5 0JG to locate the theatre on your device – check it’s directing you to Etruria Road in Basford.

streets to minimise inconvenience to our neighbours. Blue Badge holders can arrange to reserve a space in our car park, free of charge. Spaces are limited and pre-booking is essential. Please call our Box Office Team on 01782 717962 to reserve your space. Reserved free parking for coaches can also be arranged – call Box Office for details.


By Public Transport

Onsite parking is available at the theatre (a charge of £1.00 applies from 6.00pm).

Stoke-on-Trent train station is a 10-minute drive from the theatre, and has services connecting to Birmingham, Manchester, Derby, Stafford, Crewe and London. There is a taxi rank directly outside the train station entrance.

On busy performances where our car park is full, alternative parking is available on King Street Car Park, approx. a 5 minute walk from the theatre; charges apply. As we are located in a residential area, we kindly ask customers to park in the recommended car parks and not on adjacent KIDSGROVE J16



First Potteries bus routes 4 and 4a, serving Newcastle and Hanley, stop directly outside the theatre, a short walk to our main entrance.









Vue Cinemas

Staffordshire University



Royal Stoke University Hospital

Keele University



A34 A53

M6 A50


Our Business Supporters We’ve been creating excellent theatre-in-the-round for over 30 years at our home in Newcastle-under-Lyme and as a registered charity, our Supporters, Sponsors and Business Friends are crucial to our continued success. Charitable Donation The New Vic Theatre would like to gratefully acknowledge the generous donation given by: Sponsors The New Vic Theatre gratefully acknowledges the following for their generous support:

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We welcome over 150,000 people through our doors each year to see world-class theatre, and participate in life-changing projects with the community. Find out more about how you can work with one of the region’s outstanding success stories and add your business support to the culture of our region. Contact Fiona Wallace, New Vic Managing Director, on 01782 717954 or email:

Theatre Café Homemade food. Relaxing setting. Warm welcome. Open throughout the day serving wholesome food from hearty breakfasts to light snacks and pre-show meals, tempt your taste buds with a trip to our theatre café. Whether you’re looking for somewhere for a relaxing lunch, a pre-show meal with friends or a quick cuppa and a piece of cake, our varied menu features a range of options that all your party will enjoy. And if you’re bringing a little one, we have a range of children’s choices available too – simply ask one of the team for the menu. Avoid the queues... Open from 10.00am – 3.30pm, and pre-show from 5.30pm. Reserve your evening table on 01782 717954 ext 325 or email

Pre-order your interval drinks at our bar using the slips provided and avoid the drinks rush! What’s more, as our auditorium is licensed, you can take your drinks back into the show with you.

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