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Why we do what we do We are unique. The New Vic was the first purpose-built theatre-in-the-round in the whole of Europe. We believe in the power of theatre to change lives. Everyone should have access to great theatre. We combine the work we do on stage with a community and education programme that is ground-breaking. As a thriving charity, we want our theatre to have an impact on the lives our audiences lead – however they engage with us. Each year, we welcome over 150,000 people through our doors to see shows on our stage, or take part in one of the many workshops and projects we run all year-round. We want the widest possible audience, from our local area and beyond, at all ages and at all stages in their lives to experience the arts and feel welcome at the New Vic and we work hard to create high quality, inspiring theatre that tells stories our audiences can connect with.

“expertly blends the political and the personal” The Observer “A triumph…” The Stage

Critical acclaim for Playhouse Creatures and Votes for Women, part of our spring season of empowerment.

We’re passionate about the work we do. Find our more about what you can see, get involved with, and how to support our work in this brochure or visit


people through our doors each year Photography in this brochure by Andrew Billington, Mark Douet, Mark Dudley, David Hughes and Phill Adams Cover image shows Astley’s Astounding Adventures. See page 22 for details.

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Newcastle-under-Lyme in the 1740s. A young man grows up, dovetailing and sanding and planing; learning from his father the craft of cabinet making. But Philip Astley is on the lookout for adventure. He runs away from town. Not just to join the circus - but to invent it. Astley’s competitors have to be recognised as playing their share in creating this great art form which continues to capture the world’s imagination a quarter of a millennium later. But our local hero is considered to be the father of modern circus - partly because he diversified the playbill, adding music, clowns, jugglers and other artists to the core attraction of trick riding; and partly because of the day he marked out the very first circus ring.

Look out for the Circus Past, Present and Future logo throughout this brochure to see which events are part of this special season of work.

We think of the ring now as the key symbol of the circus, thanks to Astley. Did you know that it’s a very precise size? A diameter of 42 feet is apparently the exact dimension for centrifugal force to assist a rider in staying standing on a horse’s back! Astley went on to become an international phenomenon. An impresario whose amphitheatres sprung up all over Britain and Europe; feted by kings and queens; immortalised by novelists such as Austen and Dickens. Like the Hoover, like the Mac, he became a household name: when someone said they were ‘going to Astley’s’ everyone knew they were off to watch the circus. This year, we’re taking part in the huge national celebrations of Circus 250 to commemorate Astley and his legacy. As befits Astley’s hometown, Newcastle-under-Lyme will be buzzing. Take a look through the brochure from page 6 and keep an eye out for events part of our Circus Past, Present and Future programme to find out how you can join us to celebrate Philip Astley’s extraordinary legacy and to shine a spotlight on Newcastle-underLyme’s heritage. Theresa Heskins Artistic Director @TheresaHeskins

Keep up-to-date with all our news at or follow us at: @NewVicTheatre New Vic Theatre new_vic_theatre

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Flying high for circus

Aerialist extraordinaire Vicki Amedume tells us all about her involvement in our Circus Past, Present and Future season, as codirector of Astley’s Astounding Adventures From an early age, Vicki Amedume was aiming high - her childhood ambition was to become a Nobel Prize-winning scientist. But her life took a slightly different path taking her to even greater heights (literally), when, in her twenties, she ran away with the circus. She’s tamed and cared for tigers, rode elephants and flown through the air on trapezes across the world. After mastering extraordinary aerial skills, she founded Upswing with the aim of expanding her career as an aerialist and choreographer while honing her directing skills. Working with the likes of the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre of Scotland, she was also invited to create work for Melbourne’s Commonwealth Games. Vicki first helped the New Vic take flight in Bryony Lavery’s The Wicked Lady in 2009 and New Vic Artistic Director Theresa Heskins’ Peter Pan in 2010. Since then, she hasn’t looked back. Vicki returns to the theatre-in-the-round this summer to co-direct Frazer Flintham’s Astley’s

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Astounding Adventures alongside Theresa as part of the New Vic’s Circus Past, Present and Future programme marking 250 years since the father of modern circus and homegrown hero Philip Astley drew out the first circus ring. Describing the production as one of the New Vic’s most ambitious shows to date, she says: “In the last 40 years circus has gone through a massive reinvention and has a fast growing community of artists, however, it’s still missing a public understanding of what a broad range of amazing styles, energies, skills and stories are being presented as circus. The New Vic has done a fantastic job of gathering some of the best circus talent and bringing it to Newcastle-underLyme for this celebration year.

that is hugely important for our society right now. Circus is also an artform which uses the body in dynamic action so to speak, so it is able to be understood across cultures.” Vicki concludes: “Finally, I just love circus because of its inherent playfulness, the powerful physical aspect of it which brings people together in a truly unique and all-encompassing way.” To find out more about Astley’s Astounding Adventures and Circus Past Present and Future turn to pages 8 and 22.

“I will be co-directing a new piece of theatre with Theresa which will be the most ambitious circus theatre production the New Vic has done to date. It is exciting and daunting but it will be a brilliant celebration of Philip Astley and circus showing how world-changing arts have been borne out of Newcastle.” For Vicki, circus’ recent explosion in the arts world is partly due to the accessibility of the artform in that it transcends language through physicality. “I think circus has permeated across our society, it’s present in visual arts, literature, music and in our common imagination but it has never really had a moment where we have celebrated it as an artform and recognised its contribution to society,” she says: “I don’t think anyone will ever get bored of seeing other human beings do incredible things but circus to me is not just spectacle. “When we watch other people be extraordinary or take part in circus and discover our own hidden talents, it reminds us that we all have potential beyond what is on the surface. I think

Photos by Phill Adams

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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.

See Whisky Galore, Table and Astley’s Astounding Adventures for just £48.

£48 Join us to see 3 onenight events in our summer season and pay just £48. Simply pick the shows you want to see and get tickets at the best value prices. Excluding John Boden, Eddie Hall, Tom Allen and Martin Hayes & Denis Cahill

Four Friends for


Alternatively, see Whisky Galore and one other play for just £40 in our 2-play package deal. See page 45 for more details.

£48 Valid on selected productions in our season, you and 3 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.

For detailed ticket prices, see page 45.

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Plays New Vic Productions and Touring Productions

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

250 years ago, showman, entrepreneur and equestrian rider Philip Astley drew out a circle in the ground and filled it with astounding physical acts. It was 1768; a time of revolutions. But the real revolution Astley created was a whole new art form. His 42 foot ring and the dazzling combination of jugglers, acrobats, clowns, strong men, bareback riders… Every circus, anywhere in the world, began at this moment in 1768. 250 years later, we celebrate Philip Astley, creator of the circus, in Newcastle-underLyme, the place of his birth, with Circus Past, Present and Future - a programme of events that will showcase the wonder of circus for all ages. As part of our season, we welcome the internationally-renowned NoFit State Circus to town to create and première their show LEXICON and we’ll produce Astley’s Astounding Adventures – a brand new play about Astley’s extraordinary life, written by Stone-born Frazer Flintham and directed by our Artistic Director Theresa Heskins. Alongside these, we’ll also be leading on a host of exciting events in conjunction with The Victoria & Albert Museum, Circolombia, The Philip Astley Project, The Brampton Museum and Art Gallery, Roundhouse, London and many more. Circus Past, Present and Future will take audiences on a fantastical journey into the world of circus. Find out more about all of the events in our season across the next few pages – and join us as we run away to the circus! Circus Past, Present and Future is made possible thanks to the fantastic support of Arts Council England, and is presented by New Vic Theatre and NoFit State Circus in partnership with Arts Council England, Newcastle-under-Lyme 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, The University of Sheffield, Roundhouse, London and Upswing.

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Exhibitions Themes and Stories Mon 26 March – Sat 21 April Ryecroft, Corporation Street, Newcastle-under-Lyme Giving us 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 pitched on Ryecroft, will showcase the imprint of circus on the local area and the stories that have fed into the creative development process.

NoFit State Circus Exhibition Mon 26 March – Sat 14 April New Vic Theatre 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 – Sat 4 August Red Lion Square, Newcastle-under-Lyme 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. All exhibitions are free to visit.

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World Première Production

Internationally-renowned NoFit State Circus are coming to town! Until 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 award-winning Firenza Guidi directs a world-class cast in this stunning new show. As the action swirls around you, be taken into the heart of an extraordinary performance in the country’s newest in-the-round theatre, built to tour the world. 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

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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 45 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.

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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 45 for details Captioned Tue 1 May 7.30pm Audio Described Sat 5 May 2.15pm Talkback Tue 1 May

Please note: Contains strong language

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? Educating Today’s Ritas - Tue 1 May 6.30pm Join us for a pre-show panel discussion to explore education in today’s society. Is it ever too late to access further education? Is there still a class divide? What are the barriers to people following their ambitions? Chaired by New Vic Associate Director Zoë Waterman, the discussion will include Nic Gratton, Lead for Cultural and Connected Community Engagement at Staffordshire University, David Amigoni, Pro Vice-Chancellor of Keele University and Professor David Vincent, eminent social historian and former Pro Vice-Chancellor of the Open University. Tickets Free, but booking required.

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Thu 10 – Sun 13 May Tickets from £8.95 Under 16s £4.50 Circolombia will perform at Clough Hall Park in Kidsgrove, Newcastle-underLyme. Parking available at: The King’s CE (A) School, First Avenue. ST7 1DP. (For Sat Navs, use: ST7 1DR)

Circolombia’s Acéléré is a circus and a live concert rolled into one. Creating an experience like no other, a phenomenal cast of performers take it in turns to flip through the air at dizzying heights and perform insane feats of strength, whilst simultaneously singing and dancing their way through the night. Performing in Kidsgrove as part of Circus Past, Present and Future, Circolombia come to our town as part of their World tour, fresh from dates in Amsterdam and Helsinki. Celebrating 250 years of circus in the town where its inventor – Philip Astley – was born, this is your chance to see unique circus stunts performed by this inspirational South American circus company in a rare UK appearance. Be prepared to be on your feet and dancing along to the upbeat live music as you experience breathtaking circus skills in this thrilling, once-in-alifetime experience!

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Oldham Coliseum Theatre, Hull Truck Theatre and New Vic Theatre present a Pallas Players production

New Vic



By Compton Mackenzie Adapted by Philip Goulding Directed by Kevin Shaw

Wed 16 May – Sat 2 June Tickets from £14.50 See page 45 for details Captioned Tue 29 May 7.30pm Audio Described Sat 2 June 2.15pm Talkback Tue 29 May

The islanders of Great and Little Todday are dismayed to find their whisky supply dwindling as the government diverts the precious stuff to the Americans. Relief seems to be at hand when a 50,000 bottle cargo shipwrecks close by, until stuffy Paul Waggot takes it upon himself to prevent them taking advantage of their good fortune. This new adaptation is a tribute to the feisty, fearless all-female touring companies of the post-war years. Witness the Pallas Players as they play all the hilarious characters from Mackenzie’s tale in an innovative and beguiling play that breathes fresh life into a well-loved masterpiece.

Illustration based on a book cover design by Birlinn Ltd, which features an illustration by Paul Bommer. Whisky Galore by Compton Mackenzie is available in a gift book edition from Birlinn Ltd.

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New Vic Production


New Vic Production

Regional Première By Tanya Ronder Directed by Zoë Waterman

Fri 8 - Sat 23 June Tickets from £14.50 See page 45 for details Captioned Tue 19 June 7.30pm Audio Described Sat 23 June 2.15pm Talkback Tue 19 June Contains strong adult content, including nudity, scenes of a sexual nature, and strong language.

The things that they remember, the things they forget and the things they pass on, define a family’s history. For the Best family, their sturdy, handcrafted dining table holds the stories of six generations; each scratch, crack and stain telling a story about their lives, and the lives of their ancestors. Stories of love and death, of arguments and of travel across continents. Beginning life at the family’s home in Lichfield, Staffordshire, the table is a symbol of lives lived, and tells many stories. But when it comes to their family history, how much can they trust their memories? First produced at the National Theatre, this is the regional première of Tanya Ronder’s Table: a moving drama about belonging that explores how different people remain connected through centuries by the stories, and possessions, passed down by their ancestors.

Pre-Show Talk - Thu 14 June 6.30pm Join us for a pre-show talk with Table playwright, Tanya Ronder and Director Zoë Waterman, to find out more about the story behind the play and how we approached this regional première

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New Vic Production

New Vic Production


By Frazer Flintham Directed by Theresa Heskins Co-directed by Vicki Amedume

Sat 7 - Sat 28 July Tickets from £14.50 See page 45 for details Captioned Tue 24 July 7.30pm Audio Described Sat 28 July 2.15pm Relaxed Performance Thu 26 July 2.15pm Talkback Tue 24 July

Illustration: The Red Dress Art direction: Sam Charrington

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When Philip and Patty meet, both know their lives are about to change. As the couple begin their adventure together, they are unaware that they will become the legends of one of the greatest stories ever told… This is an extraordinary tale that starts from humble beginnings in Newcastle-under-Lyme, then spans the world as a spectacular phenomenon captures the hearts of millions of people. This is the story of Philip Astley. This is the story of Circus. Astley’s Astounding Adventures will be the New Vic’s most ambitious show ever. Filled with fast-paced action, humour, gripping drama and breathtaking circus spectacle, a large cast featuring faces familiar and new will bring to life this bold, colourful play - a celebration of circus. Join us as we tell the story of our town’s hero who became the international impresario that invented circus…and conquered the world!

Commissioned by New Vic Theatre

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

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New Vic and Hikapee Theatre Circus Co-Production

New Vic



Written and directed by Ellie Taylor

Wed 18 - Fri 27 July Tickets £7.50 Schools’ prices available See page 45 for details

A playful circus adventure for young children and their families The circus show is about to begin, but one of the performers has lost her head for heights. Filled with courage and determination, she’s setting off to find it. Asking everyone she meets along the way if they’ve seen what she’s looking for, can they help her find what she’s lost? Can you help her? Step into the magical world of circus as three storytelling actors lead young audience members and their not-so-grown-ups on an exciting 45-minute adventure into a beautiful world filled with fantastical characters. Full of wonder and excitement, this interactive theatre experience follows on from our much-loved annual Tale Trail performances, created especially for audiences aged 3-5, and offers a brilliant introduction to the joy of theatre – and circus!

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New Vic Education Production

New Vic



Written by Katharine Boon Directed by Ruth Carney

Sat 4 August Tickets free, but booking required Performed as part of The Philip Astley Project’s Astleyfest. Lyme Valley Park, Newcastle-underLyme

Mesmerised by a man she saw riding through her hometown on horseback, a young girl spends her days dreaming of escaping her humdrum life and running away to join the circus. Philip Astley is not an easy man to find however, and the more her family tell her that his story is a myth, the more she starts to believe it. Until one day she learns her hero is about to open something called an Amphitheatre, and inspired, she sets off to find him… Can the girl make it to the grand opening of Astley’s Amphitheatre? And if she gets there, will she find her hero and make her dreams come true? Roll Up Roll Up is a heartwarming story about following your dreams and believing in yourself. Performed by a community company and choir, this fun, vibrant play will take families of all ages on a journey to celebrate the wonder of circus with laughter, song and characters that you’ll fall in love with!

Come and join the circus! - Sat 12 May We are looking for new members of the New Vic Community Theatre of ages 16+ to perform in Roll Up, Roll Up. This is an exciting opportunity to become involved in the life and legacy of Philip Astley. On the afternoon of Saturday 12 May, we will be holding workshops at the New Vic to recruit company members for this play. During the afternoon, you will get a chance to work with the professional artists who will be making this show, including Director Ruth Carney, Choir Leader Mary Keith and Circus lead, Andrew Van Buren. For more information and to register your interest in coming along to these workshops, please contact Lynn Parry on

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David Graham Productions present



The ultimate ‘60s party

Mon 20 August - Sat 1 September Tickets from £16.50 See page 45 for details

Eric is taking his new lady on holiday. She insists on going abroad so Eric finds the cheapest deal – a week in Russia! Meanwhile, at Moscow airport British agents are awaiting the arrival of James Bond whilst the agents of Evil are awaiting their new leader, neither of whom have been seen in Russia before. Work out the misunderstandings for yourself as The Man With The Golden Pun returns with a ’60s musical to leave you shaken not stirred. And don’t forget, “The name’s Eric... Uncle Eric!”

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New Vic Production


By Kenneth Grahame Adapted by Theresa Heskins Directed by Peter Leslie Wild

Tickets from £15.50 See page 45 for details

This year, join Rat, Mole, Badger and Mr Toad for an adventure on the River Bank, as they navigate boat trips, intriguing new places and a succession of motor cars that will take them hurtling down winding country lanes. Performed by a large cast, featuring live music and filled with cunning, courage and friendship, The Wind In The Willows is an enchanting story that will capture the imaginations – and the hearts – of the whole family this Christmas!

New Vic


Audio Described Wed 9 Jan 10.30am Sat 12 Jan 2.15pm Captioned Thu 17 Jan 2.15pm Sat 19 Jan 2.15pm Relaxed Performance Mon 14 Jan 6.00pm Mon 21 Jan 2.15pm Schools’ performances available

Sat 17 November 2018 Sat 26 January 2019

When Mole emerges from his spring clean, he is thoroughly bored. Setting off in search of something to cheer him up, he gets more than he bargained for when he meets some new friends. As they each get to know each other, their mis-adventures take them to unexpected places and when Mr Toad’s obsession for fast motor cars lead him astray, they find themselves far from home. But the group will stop at nothing to save their eccentric friend. Even if that means taking on the mysterious characters of the dark, Wild Wood.

NOVEMBER Sat 17 7.30 Mon19 2.15* Tue20 10.30* / 2.15* Wed 21 10.30* Thu 22 10.30* Fri 23 10.30* Sat 24 2.15 / 7.30 Tue 27 10.30* Wed 28 10.30* / 2.15* Thu 29 10.30* / 2.15* Fri 30 10.30* DECEMBER Sat 1 2.15 / 7.30 Tue 4 10.30* / 2.15* Wed 5 10.30* / 2.15*

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Thu 6 10.30* / 2.15* Wed 26 No performance Sat 12 Fri 7 10.30* Thu 27 2.15 / 7.30 Mon 14 Sat 8 2.15 Fri 28 2.15 / 7.30 Tue 15 Mon 10 2.15* Sat 29 2.15 / 7.30 Wed 16 Tue 11 10.30* / 2.15* Mon 31 2.15 Thu 17 Wed 12 10.30* / 2.15* Fri 18 JANUARY Thu 13 10.30* Sat 19 Tue 1 No performance Mon 21 Fri 14 10.30* Wed 2 2.15* / 7.30 Sat 15 2.15 Tue 22 Thu 3 2.15* / 7.30 Mon 17 2.15* Wed 23 Fri 4 2.15* / 7.30 Tue 18 10.30* Thu 24 Sat 5 2.15 / 7.30 Wed 19 10.30* / 2.15* Fri 25 Mon 7 2.15* Thu 20 10.30* / 2.15* Sat 26 Tue 8 10.30* / 2.15* Fri 21 7.30 Wed 9 10.30 AD Sat 22 10.00 / 2.15 Thu 10 10.30* Mon 24 10.00 / 2.15 / 7.30 Commissioned New Vic Theatre FundedFri by 11 Arts Council10.30 England, and the Arts Council of Wales Tue 25 by No performance

2.15 AD / 7.30 6.00 RP 10.30* 10.30* 10.30* / 2.15* CAP 10.30* / 7.30 2.15 CAP / 7.30 2.15 RP* 10.30* 10.30* 10.30* 10.30* / 7.30 2.15 / 7.30

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Special Event Saturday 21 July Tickets £35.00 (to support the creative work of the New Vic) Price includes a matinee performance of Astley’s Astounding Adventures; then join Artistic Director Theresa Heskins and Assistant Director Ellie Taylor as they take you behind-the-scenes on a special backstage tour to talk about the making of this magnificent show – a celebration of the life of Philip Astley, the ‘father of modern circus’, and other aspects of our Circus Past, Present and Future programme. Drinks and snacks served in the lounge afterwards.

Backstage at the New Vic... Take a look behind-the-scenes at the theatre this season and find out more about how we create the shows you see on stage on one of our backstage tours. Our tours are an opportunity to see where we build our sets, make our costumes, rehearse our productions and bring our unique theatre-inthe-round to life. More dates this season: Tuesday 22 May 11.00am Tuesday 25 September 12.00pm Tickets £10.00 (to support the creative work of the New Vic)

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Visiting Events One-night Events and Exhibitions

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Jon Boden Visiting Events

The Afterglow Tour

Tickets £22.00 / £20.00

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. Please note: this concert is due to be performed in-the-round, subject to availability. Ask Box Office for further details.

Pride & Passion: An Evening of Czech Music Ensemble 360

Mon 30 April 7.30pm Tickets £23.00 / £21.50 / £18.00 Cons available U16s go free

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

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’!).

Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill Tue 8 May 7.30pm Tickets £22.00 / £21.00 / £20.00 Cons available

This musical duo met in the ’80s in Chicago and since then, have had success as both individuals and as a band. This incredible musical relationship of Martin Hayes’ unique sound, mastery of the fiddle and his insightful interpretation of traditional Irish music, teamed with Dennis Cahill’s expert guitar playing (acknowledged as forming a major breakthrough for guitar in the Irish tradition) have created an astonishing and spine-tingling sound. In this concert, audiences can enjoy an evening of exquisite Irish music that combines a traditional and contemporary sound.

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An Evening with Eddie Hall Thu 10 May 7.30pm In conversation with sports presenter John Lebbon, hear Eddie talk about his rise from a rebellious teenager in Market Drayton to becoming the first Brit to win the World’s Strongest Man title for 24 years. Hear how he maintains his 30 stone plus body with his rigorous training regime that includes 12,000 calories per day and four hour gym sessions! £45 VIP Package: includes meeting Eddie for a professional photo before the event and a chance to have an item of your choice signed!

Visiting Events

Join us for an evening with local hero and the World’s Strongest Man, Eddie Hall.

Tickets £25.00 /VIP £45.00 Family Ticket £75.00 Parental Guidance: Likely to be swearing and adult content

King Pleasure and the Biscuit Boys 30th Anniversary Concert

Sat 12 May 7.30pm King Pleasure & The Biscuit Boys are celebrating a remarkable 30 years on the road. More than the greatest jump, jive and swing band on the planet, they’ve become an institution. Rough, tough and always rocking, the band have played nearly 6500 performances in 21 countries, in that time performing alongside B.B. King, Cab Calloway and His Orchestra, Ray Charles, and the actual Blues Brothers Band. “Behind the fun and rollicking good times lies an outfit skilled enough for the horns to come on with the bite and precision of the Basie Band” The Guardian

Tickets £22.00 / £20.00 Cons available Please note: this concert is due to be performed in-theround, subject to availability. Ask Box Office for further details

Courtney Pine presents Black Notes from The Deep featuring special guest vocalist Omar

Mon 21 May 7.30pm Multi-instrumentalist Courtney Pine CBE is a British-born Jazz legend, with numerous BBC Jazz Awards, MOBO’s and a Mercury Music Prize nomination to his name. With a style that integrates contemporary jazz alongside soul, hiphop and modern British sounds like drum ‘n’ bass and UK garage, this latest tour sees Courtney return to the tenor saxophone for the first time in a decade. With special guest Omar, whose hit single There’s Nothing Like This established his truly unique, instantly recognisable signature sound, providing smooth vocals, this concert will be an extra special night of music.

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Visiting Events


Ballet Cymru presents

Cinderella Wed 13 June 7.30pm Tickets £22.00 / £20.00 / £17.50 Cons available U16s go free

Ballet Cymru, nominated by the Critics’ Circle UK National Dance Awards in 2017 as Best Independent Company, presents a sparkling and refreshing ballet based on the eternal fairytale. Ballet Cymru prides itself on being different and Cinderella will be no exception, with a specially commissioned music score and circus elements combined with the finest classical dance. Ballet Cymru will be working with award-winning composer Jack White and Circus Company Citrus Arts to conjure a surprising world of wonder and magic. Featuring choreography by Creative Wales Award-winner Darius James, Ballet Cymru brings to life this timeless story using the company’s unique blend of classical technique and storytelling.

Ensemble 360 Mon 18 June 7.30pm Tickets £23.00 / £21.50 / £18.00

SCHUBERT Piano Trio in E flat K.897 Notturno MENDELSSOHN String Quartet in E flat Op.12 FAURE Piano Quintet in E minor

Cons available U16s go free

Featuring Tim Horton (piano), Benjamin Nabarro (violin), Claudia AjmoneMarsan (violin), Ruth Gibson (viola), Gemma Rosefield (cello). This evening’s concert of world-class musicians from Ensemble 360 opens with beauty and youthful energy in the form of Schubert’s haunting Nocturne and Mendelssohn’s vivacious string quartet. Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem is one of the most popular choral works of all time and he brings the same lyricism and warmth to this supremely elegant Piano Quintet.

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Swinging at The Cotton Club Featuring The Lindy Hop Dance Company & The Harry Strutters Hot Rhythm Orchestra

Mon 16 July 7.30pm Take a step back into 1920s & ’30s New York City and through the doors of Harlem’s hottest nightclub. Swinging at The Cotton Club is the action-packed show celebrating the music and dance of the Cotton Club – New York’s most celebrated nightclub of the time.

Tickets £22.00 / 20.00 / £18.00 Cons available

Performances by Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Cab Calloway, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, and Fats Waller would have had the club swinging - whilst dancers such as Bojangles Robinson and the Nicholas Brothers lit-up the stage with their breathtaking routines. In this show, the exhilarating dance and music of the Cotton Club is recreated by the fabulous Lindy Hop Dance Company, alongside The Harry Strutters Hot Rhythm Orchestra, featuring American vocalist Marlene Hill and compère/vocalist Megs Etherington.

Tom Allen: Absolutely Mon 23 July 7.30pm The sharply dressed, well-spoken, disparagingly camp son of working class Bromley, Tom Allen comes to the New Vic this summer, as part of his debut solo tour. As seen on Mock The Week, 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, Live at the Apollo, The Great British Bake Off’s Extra Slice, The John Bishop Show, Channel 4’s Comedy Gala at the O2 and heard on Radio 4’s Just a Minute and News Quiz.

Tickets £17.50 14+ (Parental Guidance) Likely to be swearing and adult content

In the last year Tom has supported Sarah Millican around the world, sold out his Edinburgh and London shows and even passed his driving test!

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Exhibitions 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.

James Rogerson: Wildlife Photography Tue 8 May – Sat 2 June Unique images from a naturalist’s travels in Central India, Staffordshire and beyond.

Gill Stokes: British Landscapes Mon 4 – Sat 30 June Art in oils and resin that reflect experience of painting the landscape, moving between figurative and abstraction to explore the light, structure and form that are the mysteries of nature.

Peter Lavery: Circus Work Mon 2 July – Sat 28 July To coincide with our production of Astley’s Astounding Adventures we are delighted to present an exhibition by acclaimed photographer Peter Lavery. Peter has spent the last 50 years following and photographing circuses the length and breadth of Britain and Ireland. Taken in both black and white and colour these intimately detailed, large-scale photographs show circus performers relaxing while off duty, practicing, getting ready to perform, part made-up and costumed, and revealingly off-guard.

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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. If you have special dietary needs let us know in advance – we’ll try to provide something appropriate.

Avoid the queues... 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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Open from 10.00am – 3.30pm, and pre-show from 5.30pm. Reserve your evening table on 01782 717954 ext 325 or email

Tableware generously supplied by:

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7 - 9 June 2018 at the Emma Bridgewater Factory The Festival in a Factory returns!


For details of the full programme of events, visit


From award-winning authors to worldrenowned experts, artists and entertainers, The Festival in a Factory is an eclectic celebration of culture and creativity in the inspiring surroundings of the Emma Bridgewater Factory, a Victorian potbank where Emma has manufactured her iconic handmade and hand decorated pottery for more than twenty years. Join us for three exciting days of author talks, panel discussions, hands-on workshops and live performances all around the canal-side factory in surprising spaces, from the old pottery warehouse to the cobbled courtyard. Tickets for all events are £8.00 each Book now at, at the New Vic Box Office in person or by phone on 01782 381381 or via the Festival website Follow us on Facebook or Twitter @SOTLitFestival for news and updates. Emma Bridgewater Factory, Hanley, Stoke-onTrent. ST1 3EJ.

*Marketing and Box Office supported by the New Vic Theatre

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Thu 7 June One of Britain’s best-loved writers for children, the nation’s favourite storyteller and author of War Horse, Michael Morpurgo will open the Festival on Thursday 7 June to share his latest book In the Mouth of the Wolf, a dream collaboration of Michael’s wonderful storytelling and illustrations by award-winning and critically acclaimed artist Barroux. In the Mouth of the Wolf is the true story of Michael’s uncle Francis Cammaerts as he experiences the devastating impact of WWII and the knife-edge danger of life in the Resistance and his family is changed for ever. 2pm PRUE LEITH Relish is a memoir of a woman whose refreshing charm, humour, energy and zest show her remarkable appetite for life. We are delighted to welcome the novelist, presenter/ broadcaster, businesswoman, journalist and cookery writer to the Festival to share stories from all aspects of her fascinating life, revealed in her hugely successful and recently updated autobiography.

Prue Leith

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Dan Jones

Peter Frankopan

3.30pm DAN JONES


Bestselling historian, award-winning journalist and TV presenter Dan Jones shares his fascinating study of the wealthiest, most powerful – and most secretive – of the military orders that flourished in the crusading era. The Knights Templars’ story is a blistering journey through bitter conflict in the Middle East, a study of unrestrained financial power and a shocking lesson in the dangers of propaganda and political envy.

From the rise and fall of empires in China, Persia and Rome, to the spread of the great religions and the wars of the twentieth century, Peter Frankopan illuminates how The Silk Roads shaped global history and the axis of East and West. Join the historian, author and Director of the Centre for Byzantine Research at Oxford University for a fascinating discussion about his magnificent, best-selling book The Silk Roads - a New History of the World with festival trustee Tristram Hunt.

Fri 8 June 11am ANNA KEAY Monmouth - The Last Royal Rebel The tumultuous life of James, Duke of Monmouth, the illegitimate son of Charles II, is the subject of this fascinating talk from historian, broadcaster and director of The Landmark Trust, Anna Keay. Born in exile and abducted from his mother on his father’s orders, Monmouth emerged from a childhood in the backstreets of Rotterdam to command the ballrooms of Paris, the brothels of Covent Garden and the battlefields of Flanders. Anna explores his glamorous life and tragic death and will reveal the important part Cheshire and Staffordshire played in his remarkable story.

Sat 9 June 12.00pm RACHEL JOYCE International bestselling author of The Sunday Times and international bestsellers The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, Perfect and The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessey visits the Festival to share her new novel The Music Shop.

Rachel Joyce


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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 disadvantages, young people at risk of offending, adults with learning difficulties and others 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 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: WW1 Heritage Lottery Award January 2018 saw the centennial of the Minnie Pit Disaster in Halmer End in which 155 boys and men were killed. War poet Wilfred Owen when recovering from shell-shock wrote his poem Miners about the explosion. It was his first published poem. New Vic Borderlines and Minnie Pit Centenary Group have been successful in achieving funding from the WW1 Heritage Lottery Fund. The project will include; • Researching the Public Inquiry into the Minnie Pit Disaster and links between Wilfred Owen and Staffordshire • Community workshops to promote the project and share knowledge • Developing skills with local people to record oral history recordings of miners’ descendants • Writing and performing a community play Message Not Delivered Our hugely successful interactive docu-drama, based on the stories of young people whose lives have been changed forever by road traffic accidents, is off on tour for the fourth time. The innovative production is aimed at young people, exploring key areas of risk for this group. 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

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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.

Get Involved… For Schools – summer term Mon 25 - Fri 29 June 10.00am-12.30pm Spend a morning at the New Vic learning about the theatre and how we make our shows, then have a go at some acting yourself with our activity mornings. The morning comprises of a backstage tour and drama workshop. For details of cost, availability and to book, contact Lynn Parry on

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 Families

For older adults our Ages and Stages programme encourages people of all ages to participate in, and enjoy drama and creative work.

Moorlands Children’s Centre, Biddulph – Tue 11.30am-12.30pm (call 01782 297970 or email to book)

Story Treasures – Free activities for young children and their families. Come and join in our fun, active and friendly storytellling sessions and learn how you can help your child with essential skills. Newcastle Children’s Centre, Knutton – Tue 9.00-10.30am (call 01782 296100 or email admin. to book)

Suitable for children aged 2 – 4 with a parent/ carer. Join now for sessions up until July. Summer Holiday Projects We are offering a range of projects between Tue 31 July and Sat 18 August. Including our popular Play in a Week and a short film project (details to be confirmed soon). Also look out for details of our Summer School (Tue 28 Aug - Sat 1 Sep) - five days of exciting drama, singing and dancing all themed around our Christmas production.

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Keep an eye on education-and-community/education for details of everything coming up this season and how to get involved.

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A tasty year ahead! In 2017 more than 27,000 people devoured some seriously sweet shows, workshops and events delivered by our Appetite programme. Aiming to get more people in and around Stoke-on-Trent to engage with and be inspired by the arts, this year our Appetite programme is back with another feast of spectacular arts for us all to enjoy. Here’s a bite-sized sample of the events we’re looking forward to in 2018 from this New Vic Theatre led, Arts Council Funded, Creative People and Places Programme. Sat 30 June The Homecoming – A yearly event celebrating Philip Astley through contemporary circus shows and workshops Newcastle-under-Lyme town centre In partnership with Newcastle Business Improvement District this yearly event has something for everyone. Past events have featured magicians, high-wire walkers, comedians, jugglers and even a man in a boat with a mobile storm cloud! Expect more exciting things to delight your tastebuds. Sat 4 August Astley Fest – A community event celebrating the father of modern circus Lyme Valley Park

entertainment celebrating Philip Astley’s life. Learn about the original Ringmaster’s life with plenty of entertaining elements to please the whole family. Fri 24 & Sat 25 August The Big Feast Festival - The full on weekend Outdoor Arts Festival Stoke-on-Trent City Centre Help yourselves to another serving of scrumptious performances and workshops at Big Feast ’18. Expect the unexpected and a dash of the unusual each year The Big Feast gets tastier! And it’s all free! Thu 11 - Sun 14 October Roundabout – The world’s first pop-up theatre-in-the-round Roundabout by Paines Plough is the world’s first pop-up, plug-and-play theatre. Popping up all over the country, Roundabout is back in our city later this year with more outstanding plays by some of the country’s finest writers. The year ahead looks set to be an absolute cracker. Keep your eyes on for more details or sign up on the website to get tasty news straight to your inbox.

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Appetite is led by the New Vic in partnership with Partners in Creative Learning, 6Towns Radio and Staffordshire University and is part of Arts Council England’s Creative People and Places programme.

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Ticket prices Hard Times, Educating Rita, Whisky Galore, Table, Astley’s Astounding Adventures

Don’t forget First Night Fever: Join us for the first night of New Vic Productions for just £16.50. Call Box Office for details.

Cabinet Of Curiosities

Mon – Thu Eves

£22.50 £21.00 £15.00

All performances


Fri & Sat Eves

£24.00 £22.50 £17.00


£150 (class group of 30)



Family of four ticket Astley’s Astounding Adventures


The Wind In The Willows £64.00

Diamonds are for Eric Mon – Thu

£22.50 £21.00 £18.00

Fri & Sat Eve

£24.00 £22.50 £19.50

Groups 10+

£2.00 off on top two prices

Sat 17 November


Family performances

£24.50 £23.00 £18.00

Schools’ performances


Family of Four Ticket


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. 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. (excludes Table, Astley’s Astounding Adventures and The Wind In The Willows) Disabled Patrons in receipt of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Attendance Allowance (AA) can claim a free companion ticket (For Disabled Patrons not in receipt of DLA or AA, 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.

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Schools Tickets for school groups are available for £11.00 (£11.50 for The Wind In The Willows) 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. Four Friends for £66 Valid on selected productions in our season, take advantage of our Four Friends for £66 ticket offer and pay just £16.50 per ticket. Valid on Mon-Fri performances for selected performances, this is a great value way to enjoy a night out with friends. Season Package Deal See more & save with our Season Package Deal. See Whisky Galore, Table and Astley’s Astounding Adventures for just £48. Alternatively, see Whisky Galore and choose either Table or Astley’s Astounding Adventures for just £40 in our 2-play package deal. Plus: if you book either package you can buy tickets to see Educating Rita for just £16.00 each, with our add-on deal.

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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) 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 48/49 or visit for full details.

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APRIL Wed 4 Thu 5 Fri 6 Sat 7 Mon 9 Tue 10 Wed 11 Thu 12 Fri 13 Sat 14 Tue 17 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 Mon 7 Tue 8

Diary Hard Times 7.30 Hard Times 7.30 TB Lexicon 7.30 Hard Times 7.30 Lexicon 7.30 Hard Times 2.15 / 7.30 Lexicon 2.00 / 7.30 Hard Times 7.30 Hard Times 7.30 Lexicon 7.30 Hard Times 7.30 Lexicon 7.30 Hard Times 2.15 / 7.30 Lexicon 7.30 Hard Times 7.30 Lexicon 7.30 Hard Times 2.15 / 7.30 Lexicon 7.30 Lexicon 7.30 Educating Rita 7.30 Lexicon 7.30 Educating Rita 7.30 Lexicon 7.30 Educating Rita 7.30 Lexicon 7.30 Educating Rita 7.30 Lexicon 2.00 / 7.30 Jon Boden 7.30 Educating Rita 7.30 Educating Rita 7.30 Educating Rita 7.30 Educating Rita 7.30 Educating Rita 2.15 / 7.30 Ensemble 360 7.30 Educating Rita Educating Rita Educating Rita Educating Rita Educating Rita Theatre Closed Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill

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


Thu 10 Eddie Hall 7.30 Circolombia 7.30 Circolombia 7.30 Fri 11 Sat 12 King Pleasure and the Biscuit Boys 7.30 Circolombia 7.30 2.00 Sun 13 Circolombia Wed 16 Whisky Galore 7.30 Thu 17 Whisky Galore 7.30 Fri 18 Whisky Galore 7.30 7.30 Sat 19 Whisky Galore Mon 21 Courtney Pine 7.30 11.00 Tue 22 Backstage Tour Whisky Galore 7.30 7.30 Wed 23 Whisky Galore Thu 24 Whisky Galore 7.30 Whisky Galore 7.30 Fri 25 Sat 26 Whisky Galore 2.15 / 7.30 Mon 28 Theatre Closed 7.30 CAP & TB Tue 29 Whisky Galore Wed 30 Whisky Galore 7.30 Thu 31 Whisky Galore 2.15 / 7.30 JUNE Fri 1 Whisky Galore 7.30 Sat 2 Whisky Galore 2.15 AD / 7.30 Fri 8 Table 7.30 Table 7.30 Sat 9 7.30 Mon 11 Table Tue 12 Table 7.30 7.30 Wed 13 Ballet Wales Thu 14 Table 7.30 Table 7.30 Fri 15 7.30 Sat 16 Table 7.30 Mon 18 Ensemble 360 Tue 19 Table 7.30 CAP & TB 7.30 Wed 20 Table 7.30 Thu 21 Table Fri 22 Table 7.30 Sat 23 Table 2.15 AD / 7.30 JULY Sat 7 Astley’s Astounding Adventures 7.30 Mon 9 Astley’s Astounding Adventures 7.30

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Tue 10 Astley’s Astounding Adventures Thu 12 Astley’s Astounding Adventures Fri 13 Astley’s Astounding Adventures Sat 14 Astley’s Astounding Adventures Mon 16 Swinging at the Cotton Club Tue 17 Astley’s Astounding Adventures Wed 18 Astley’s Astounding Adventures Cabinet of Curiosities Thu 19 Astley’s Astounding Adventures Cabinet of Curiosities Fri 20 Astley’s Astounding Adventures Cabinet of Curiosities Sat 21 Astley’s Astounding Adventures Cabinet of Curiosities Mon 23 Tom Allen Tue 24 Astley’s Astounding Adventures Cabinet of Curiosities Wed 25 Astley’s Astounding Adventures Cabinet of Curiosities Thu 26 Astley’s Astounding Adventures Cabinet of Curiosities Astley’s Astounding Fri 27 Adventures Cabinet of Curiosities Sat 28 Astley’s Astounding Adventures AUGUST Sat 4 Roll Up Roll Up Mon 20 Diamonds are for Eric Tue 21 Diamonds are for Eric Wed 22 Diamonds are for Eric

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Thu 23 Diamonds are for Eric Diamonds are for Eric Fri 24 Sat 25 Diamonds are for Eric Mon 27 Theatre Closed Tue 28 Diamonds are for Eric Wed 29 Diamonds are for Eric Thu 30 Diamonds are for Eric Fri 31 Diamonds are for Eric SEPTEMBER Sat 1 Diamonds are for Eric Tue 25 Backstage Tour

7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 12.00

7.30 7.30 1.00 / 4.30 2.15 / 7.30 10.30 / 1.00 / 4.30 7.30 10.30 2.15 / 7.30 11.00 / 1.00 / 3.00 7.30 7.30 CAP & TB 10.30 / 1.00 / 3.00 7.30 10.30 / 1.00 / 3.00 2.15 RP / 7.30 10.30 / 1.00 / 3.00 7.30 10.30 / 1.00 / 3.00 2.15 AD / 7.30

The following events, part of Circus Past, Present and Future, will take place on location in the following places: LEXICON The Big Top, Ryecroft, Corporation Street, Newcastle-under-Lyme Town Centre, ST5 2AT Circolombia Acéléré Clough Hall Park, Kidsgrove, Newcastle-underLyme. Parking at: The King’s CE (A) School, First Avenue. ST7 1DP (For Sat Navs, use: ST7 1DR). Roll Up Roll Up Lyme Valley Park, Newcastle-under-Lyme.

For full details of Lexicon performances see page 10

KEY First Night Fever TB – Talkback CAP – Captioned Performance AD – Audio Described Performance RP – Relaxed Performance

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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.









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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:

Business Friends

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:

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By Kenneth Grahame Adapted by Theresa Heskins Directed by Peter Leslie Wild

Find out more details about our enchanting family adventure for Christmas 2018 on page 30. Tickets from ÂŁ15.50, on sale now! Box Office 01782 717962 The New Vic Theatre operates thanks to a unique partnership between Arts Council England, Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council, Staffordshire County Council and Stoke-on-Trent City Council. Charity Registration Number: 253242

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