New Vic Theatre Autumn 2021

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What’s On

November 2021 – April 2022

Box Office 01782 717962

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Celebrating 60 years of theatre making in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire This year sees an important anniversary for the New Vic, as we celebrate 60 years of theatre making in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Stoke-onTrent and Staffordshire. The legendary Stephen Joseph, who was passionate about a new form of theatre performed in-the-round, was determined to bring this new form to Staffordshire, and worked closely with the civic authorities and the Arts Council to establish it here – first in Newcastle-under-Lyme’s Municipal Hall, then in a converted cinema in Stoke-on-Trent’s Hartshill and later, now under the artistic directorship of Peter Cheeseman, in the purpose-built New Vic Theatre.

local lives and industries becoming a cherished form. We’ve continued to value those stories and that tradition, and in the spring of our 60th year we’ll be staging Marvellous, about local hero Neil ‘Nello’ Baldwin; and later in the year, we’ll tell more true stories that will inspire audiences.

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Under Peter, the theatre gained a reputation for not only serving, but also celebrating its community, with the social documentary based on Open House by NoFit State Circus 2014

When Gwenda Hughes took over from Peter as Artistic Director, the New Vic began to reach out to the community in other ways with the development of an Education Department who nowadays partner up with local schools, Staffordshire and Keele Universities, the RSC and the National Theatre to deliver cultural education programmes, run several busy youth theatres, and work with elders to celebrate creativity in later life. New Vic Borderlines was founded with the ambition of improving social cohesion and the life chances of those on the margins of our

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communities. Working to engage with the arts with partners such as are three times more the Constabulary, Fire likely to get a degree and Rescue Service, than those who don’t; the government’s that young people who Department for engage with the arts are Levelling Up, Housing twice as likely to volunteer and Local Communities, in the community as those Strathcross Christmas and the Andrew Lloyd who don’t; that engagement 2018 Webber Foundation, Borderlines with cultural activities is the most continue to be inspired by the social important indicator of happiness in documentary form, valuing real stories and real later life; that engaging with cultural and sporting voices. activities has a direct impact on health and wellbeing. More recently, with additional investment from Arts Council England, the New Vic and partners have developed a third outreach programme called Appetite, which works with local partners including both Universities and the Business Improvement Districts to engage and inspire more local people with the arts. Appetite works with communities to curate, commission and present artworks by local, national and even international artists, animating our streets, parks and shopping districts to make our area a more inspiring place to live and work.

Arts organisations like the New Vic deliver these many benefits to our local communities. And we also tell a story to the world: that this is a place where excellence and creativity thrive. We are proud to have served and celebrated our communities for 60 years – and look forward to the next 60. Theresa Heskins Artistic Director @TheresaHeskins

Back in the 1940s, when the idea of a theatre for our area began to evolve, there was a clear sense that it was in the public interest for a theatre to exist here. Art and culture illuminate our inner lives and enrich our emotional world. They are also a strategic national resource: pre-pandemic, the cultural industries were one of our fastest-growing industries and a major global export. We also now understand that art and culture have a wider, more measurable impact on our economy, health and wellbeing, society and education. For example, that young people from low income families who are able

Over 180,000 Photography in this brochure by Andrew Billington, Mark Douet, Chris Patrick, Natalie Willatt

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60 YEARS OF THEATRE MAKING In 60 years, many things have changed but the inimitable brand of theatre created by the New Vic – and the principles it was founded on – continue to hold true.

Originally the Victoria Theatre Company, the idea for the theatre company began after Peter Cheeseman joined Stephen Joseph’s Studio Theatre Company in 1961, which visited Newcastle-under-Lyme regularly. After collaborating together, these pioneers of in-theround theatre established the Victoria Theatre Company in Hartshill in October 1962, its first home a converted cinema. Peter became the Artistic Director with a clear vision – he wanted to create work rooted in the community, that reflected the real lives and struggles of people in the area. He wanted to create an experience that was intimate, familiar and relevant to the people who lived and worked here and present those stories in-the-round, with actors and audience feeling part of the same space. Earning an international reputation for producing distinctive documentary dramas,

memorable productions such as Jolly Potters (1964), Fight for Shelton Bar! (1974) and Nice Girls (1993) were meticulously researched and celebratory of the community while also maintaining a grittiness that was true-to-life. The camaraderie of the theatre company mirrored that of those who worked in the pits, and the actors weren’t afraid to get dirty. Miner Dig the Coal (1981), a celebration of the working life of the Hem Heath miners, saw them spend a full shift 1,062 yards underground. The miners didn’t forget the impact of the play, presenting the very first donation to the Vic Appeal raising funds for a new theatre immediately following a shift underground. Years later, the New Vic’s current Artistic Director Theresa Heskins would return to this theme with her first Dracula 2015 play at the theatre The Glee Club, which followed a group of hard-working, hard-drinking miners in 1960s Yorkshire and in 2022, we will continue this tradition of honouring local stories with the New Vic’s production of Marvellous, about the life of Stoke City FC kitman and all-round Potteries hero, Neil ‘Nello’ Baldwin. More than 280 productions were created and shared with audiences at the theatre company’s

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home in Hartshill from 1962 to 1985 – with all the props and costumes made right here in North Staffordshire. The craft ale and gin bar The Artisan Tap in Hartshill used to be a prop-making workshop for the Vic. Creating the set of a production for an in-the-round theatre requires craft and production skills of the highest standard, and a lot of time and care goes into what is made here – there’s a huge amount of detail in our scenic floors, props and costumes as they will be scrutinised from up-close in this ‘shared space’, with no clear line between actor and audience. An innovative, imaginative approach to design is also required by our fantastic creative teams to visualise using the space in non-traditional ways. And that’s the thing that really does make the New Vic so special – for 60 years, everything in a New Vic production has been designed and made at the theatre itself in our craft departments. To pick out some examples from recent years: remember the giant objects in The Borrowers (2014); Mr Toad’s car in The Wind in the Willows (2018); the real working bar created from scratch for Two (2020); how about the atmospheric lighting from Dracula (2015) which won the UK Theatre award for Best Lighting Design; or the immaculately timed soundscape and effects from The 39 Steps (2019), or the glorious restoration costumes seen in Playhouse Creatures (2018). All of those items, and many more, have been built, stitched, painted, fabricated and created right here, on site, in Newcastle-under-Lyme. Fitting for a theatre company based in Stoke-on-Trent – a place that has always been famous for making things.

Gala performance of Marvellous on Friday 18 March – see page 21 for more details. We’d also love to hear your memories about the theatre and the shows you’ve seen – what have been the favourite things you’ve seen on our stage; what sets have you loved and what costumes have you coveted? Let us know on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages or email us at @NewVicTheatre NewVicTheatreStaffordshire new_vic_theatre

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We’re so proud to be celebrating 60 Years of Theatre Making in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire this year, and will be hosting a programme of events across 2022 to mark our anniversary, including a special

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See more & save with our se Our season ticket deals allow you to see more on our stage, at the best possible prices – giving you more great theatre, for great value!

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Book for As You Like It and Marvellous for just £45.00 Beauty and the Beast

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U16s Go Free

Did you know Under16s go free with a paying adult on selected New Vic Productions? We also run a scheme for Under 26s that offers free tickets on selected productions. Ask Box Office for more details.


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What’s new Since we last saw you, we’ve changed a few things and we want to let you know that you can now book our season ticket deals online! We’ve made it easier for you to navigate our online booking system, and that has enabled us to be able to make ticket deals that haven’t previously been available online, bookable via the website. You can now buy your Season Ticket deal, Four Friends offers and Family Tickets online. Simply visit, select the tickets you want and enter your email address when prompted at checkout. All offers will be activated as you login to your account. More details for how to book online are available on our website. And don’t worry, our friendly Box Office team are still available to take your booking if you’d prefer to chat to us in person. Simply call 01782 717962 to speak to a member of the team.

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Tickets As You Like It; Marvellous; Same Time, Next Year Fri & Sat Eves Mon – Thu Eves Matinees First Night Fever

£27.50 £26.00 £20.50 £26.00 £24.50 £18.50 £20.50 All Tickets £19.50

Beauty and the Beast Purple Performances Blue Performances Schools’ Performances First Night Fever

£28.50 £27.00 £22.00 £27.00 £25.50 £20.50 £23.00 (See below for details of Schools’ concessions) All tickets £19.00

Eric’s Christmas Carol Fri & Sat Eves Mon - Thu Eves Groups 10+ Four Friends for

£27.00 £25.50 £22.50 £25.50 £24.00 £21.00 £2.00 off top two prices £80.00

Tale Trail To Coppelia All tickets £9.00 Schools’ Performances £185 (class of 30)

New Vic Theatre Discounts We offer a discount of £2.00 off Mon – Fri performances for Under 16s, 65+, Students and those in receipt of Employment and Support Allowance. Disabled Patrons in receipt of Disability Living Allowance (DLA), Personal Independence Payment (PIP) or Attendance Allowance (AA) can claim a free companion ticket. For Disabled Patrons not in receipt of DLA, PIP or AA, companion tickets are available at the lowest advertised price. Schools: £13.50 per pupil Groups 10+: £2.00 off top two prices (11th ticket free for the group organiser)

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Planning Your Visit We want you to have the best experience possible when you visit the New Vic. To help you enjoy your visit, we’ve put some measures in place to help all visitors feels as comfortable as possible. E-Tickets To help minimise contact points, we will send your tickets to your email address at the point of purchase. For the performance, you can choose to print your ticket out at home and bring along with you, or show us your ticket on your phone on entry to the auditorium. If you’d still prefer to collect your ticket from us on arrival at the theatre, our Box Office team will be available to help. Cleaning and Ventilation We are maintaining our high levels of cleanliness throughout the building before, during and after your visit, ensuring that all our spaces and contact surfaces are regularly sanitised. Our air handling units ensure that we can circulate fresh air throughout the building and auditorium, and we are regularly monitoring the ventilation in all our spaces to protect our visitors and staff members. We have hand sanitiser stations situated throughout the building, free to use by all. You’ll see these available at our entrance, in our restaurant and outside our toilets. Feeling Unwell? If you, or a member of your party, are exhibiting symptoms of Covid19 prior to your visit, we politely ask that you do not attend the theatre. We are operating a flexible ticketing policy – if you feel unwell and are unable to attend for your booked performance, call our Box Office team on 01782 717962 or email to let us know. We can arrange for your tickets to be exchanged for another performance of the same production; transfer your tickets to a credit note to be used against another production, or give you a full refund – just let us know what you’d prefer. Socially-Distanced Performances We know that you may want to return to seeing live theatre, but would prefer to see our shows with more space. That’s why we’re continuing to offer some socially-distanced performances during our spring season. Performances which are socially-distanced are highlighted in the calendar on page 36 - 37 and our Box Office team can also advise on which performances these are. We hope that this information gives you the confidence to book tickets and return to the New Vic this season. If you have any questions, please contact tickets@newvictheatre. and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have. We can’t wait to welcome you back through our doors.

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Plays New Vic Productions and Touring Productions

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New Vic Production

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Adapted and directed by Theresa Heskins from the original novel by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve

Fri 26 November 2021 – Sat 29 January 2022 Tickets from £19.00 See page 7 for details Sign-Language Interpreted Performance Thu 2 Dec 10.30am Audio Described Thu 6 Jan 2.15pm Sat 15 Jan 7.30pm Captioned Thu 13 Jan 2.15pm Sat 22 Jan 7.30pm Relaxed Performance Mon 10 Jan 6.00pm Socially-distanced Performances See calendar on pages 36 - 37

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This Christmas, discover the original Beauty and The Beast, and fall in love with a true classic! Our exceptional creative team are back together once again to create a show full of festive joy. Expect enchanting storytelling, music, humour and plenty of magical moments as we bring this well-known tale to life in our spectacular trademark style. When she is given a beautiful flower from the garden of a stranger, her family unwittingly doom Bella to imprisonment in a castle with a Beast. Bella believes she is there to clean, her sisters believe she’s about to be eaten. When she meets the Beast, what will happen...? A beloved fable that has been inspiring young and old for generations, join us at the New Vic this year and let us charm all ages of your family with a story where first impressions are not all they seem, and love and kindness have the power to change the world.

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A spectacular retelling of the original much-loved fairytale

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David Graham Productions present

The ultimate 60s night out filled with your favourite music and plenty of festive frivolity

Wed 1 – Sat 11 December Tickets from £21.00 See page 7 for details Socially-distanced Performances See calendar on pages 36 - 37

Eric is running the meanest music shop in town – assisted by his unpaid assistant and his housekeeper. One Christmas Eve, after a visit to the trendy Bar Humbug, Eric spends the night alone. Suddenly, he’s awoken by the sound of ghostly moans and… …well, you know the rest! Giving one of the most famous tales an Eric-shaped makeover, Eric’s Christmas Carol is filled with lots of laughs and all your favourite ’60s tunes that will be the perfect start to your festive season!

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New Vic Education Production


An interactive storytime adventure for young children and their families

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Directed by Caroline Wilkes

Sat 18 December 2021 – Sat 15 January 2022 Tickets £9.00 See page 7 for details Schools’ Performances available See calendar for detailed performance schedule Socially-distanced Performances See calendar on pages 36 - 37

This Christmas, our much-loved Tale Trail adventure is back… Tale Trail to Coppelia will take our youngest audience members on a magical journey to a toyshop like no other, owned by the mysterious Doctor Coppelius. Filled with love, mischief and lots of curious secrets, follow our storytelling actors to discover what surprises lie in store behind the shop window… Written and directed especially for 3 – 5 year olds and their families, our Tale Trail adventures are a perfect introduction to the magic of theatre. Designed as a fully-inclusive experience for children of all abilities, this year’s performance will also include Makaton sign language as part of the storytelling. Can you help solve the mystery of Doctor Coppelius and his beloved store…?

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New Vic Borderlines Production

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Yizkor Fri 21 & Mon 24 January Developed with the support of the Imperial War Museum Fellowship in Holocaust Education Tickets £10.00 Concessions £6.00 Fri performance will take place in the Studio at 7.30pm Mon performances will take place at 2.00pm and 7.30pm on the main stage

As part of United Nations Holocaust Memorial Day 2021 New Vic Borderlines are presenting YIZKOR ‘The best play about the Holocaust that I have ever seen…. accurate, moving, engaging and relevant’ Ruth-Anne Lenga, Institute of Education Head of Holocaust Education Development Programme YIZKOR follows the experiences of two teenagers Ariella and Moshe between May 1939 and May 1944. The play has been created using words written in letters and diaries, witness and survivor testimonies of teenagers during the Holocaust. The words spoken are authentic and accurate. Throughout the play the voices of Ibi and Waldemar Ginsburg, two Holocaust survivors who worked with us to develop the play are heard. The play is set in a Shtetl in Eastern Europe and allows audiences to gain an important insight into a way of life, a culture, a community that was all but wiped out as a result of the Holocaust. Each performance will be introduced by Aida Haughton MB, UN Translator and survivor of the Bosnian Genocide. Audeinces are invited to paritcipate in an interaxtive discussion following each performance and make their own ‘This Day’ pledge to stand up against prejudice, discrimination and hate. Every audience member will receive an empty Yizkor Passport typical of the era. They can use the information on the back to discover about individuals and communities affected by the Holocaust and add details to the passport. In this way they can acknowledge respect and remember.

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New Vic and Northern Broadsides Co-Production

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By William Shakespeare Directed by Laurie Sansom

Fri 4 - Sat 26 February Tickets from £18.50 See page 7 for details Audio Described Sat 26 Feb 2.15pm Captioned Performance Tue 22 Feb 7.30pm Socially-distanced Performances See calendar on pages 36 - 37

This New Vic and Northern Broadsides co-production brings a bold, refreshing style to Shakespeare’s most musical and muchloved comedy. In a stylish but stifling court, where the Duke is all powerful and brute strength is championed over basic human decency, the high-spirited Rosalind and devoted cousin Celia are no longer welcome. When they escape into the forest in disguise, they bump into the recent object of Rosalind’s affection, Orlando, leading to an elaborate game of fluid identity where all the world’s a stage and all the men and women merely players. As the seasons change in this magical place, normal roles dissolve and assumptions are turned on their head in a celebration of the transformative power of love and the natural world, featuring some of Shakespeare’s most vivid characters and memorable poetry. With a cast of 12 fabulous Northern actors and directed by Laurie Sansom this wonderful play captures the sheer joy of live performance and the crazy power of love to change the world.

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New Vic Production

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By Neil Baldwin and Malcolm Clarke Adapted for the stage by Neil Baldwin and Theresa Heskins Directed by Theresa Heskins

Fri 11 March - Sat 9 April Tickets from £18.50 See page 7 for details Audio Described Sat 26 Mar 7.30pm Sat 2 Apr 2.15pm Captioned Wed 6 Apr 7.30pm Sat 9 Apr 2.15pm Relaxed Performance Sat 2 Apr 2.15pm Socially-distanced Performances See calendar on pages 36 - 37

This might sound like a tall tale; one you won’t believe. It’s a tale filled with football stars, comedians and bishops; circus acts, budgies and politicians; mayors and Her Majesty and a B.E.M. This is a story of a fantastical life. From the moment he was born, Neil knew he was destined to do wonderful things. And so that’s what he did. He joined a church choir then appeared on Songs of Praise; he hitchhiked across the country then became a famous clown; he went to see his local football team then became their kit man; he left school at 14 with no qualifications then received an honorary degree from Keele University. And he became a hero.

Presented with the permission of John Blake Publishing Ltd

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Created in conjunction with the man himself, in her brand new production, Artistic Director Theresa Heskins brings together six actors, a playful script, lots of physical comedy and her inimitable style to tell the story of Neil ‘Nello’ Baldwin: a life-affirming, uplifting account about how to realise your dreams – even when society tries to limit you with a label.

Join us to celebrate 60 years of theatre making at a gala performance Friday 18 March 2022 from 6.00pm Gala Performance Enjoy a glass of fizz, canapés and a performance of Marvellous and join us to begin the celebrations for our 60th anniversary year. Tickets £60.00 each

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London Classic Theatre presents

New Vic

Touring Production


Written by Bernard Slade Directed by Michael Cabot

Tue 12 - Sat 16 April Tickets from £18.50 See page 7 for details Socially-distanced Performances See calendar on pages 36 - 37

Doris and George meet in 1951, a chance encounter in a Californian hotel that leads to a passionate one-night stand. Both are married to other people but, soon aware that this might be the start of something, they promise to meet 12 months later. So begins a romantic love affair that lasts 25 years. The play charts their lives through the ups and downs of parenthood, career highs and lows as well as the shifting fashions and morals of the passing decades. Bernard Slade paints a bittersweet, nostalgic and very funny portrait of two likeable protagonists who find themselves in the most unusual of long-term relationships. One of the world’s most widely staged plays, Same Time, Next Year was originally produced on Broadway in 1975. It ran for four years, winning a Tony Award for lead actress Ellen Burstyn, who later recreated her role in the successful film of the same title opposite Alan Alda. “Genuinely funny and genuinely romantic.” New York Post

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Support your New Vic Theatre this Christmas buy a loved one a Good Gift 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 at a time when we need it most. 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:

Send a child to the theatre this Christmas £11.00

Light up the New Vic £15.00

Dress an actor £20.00

Help us to bring a local child, who is attending our Youth Theatre on an assisted place, to the theatre to see Beauty and The Beast this Christmas.

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

Purchase online at:

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 for Christmas goodgifts or call 01782 717962

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

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Visiting Events One-night Events

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Visiting Events


Tickets £23.00 / £21.00 £19.00 Cons available

The Albion Band Tue 14 December 7.30pm The Albion Band return to the New Vic for a seasonal favourite! Featuring a mixture of carols, spoken word and humorous readings, this concert is the perfect way to start your festivities. Featuring the combined talents of Simon Nicol (Fairport Convention), Kellie While (Albion Band), Simon Care (Edward II) and the Guvnor himself, Ashley Hutchings MBE, this show takes you on a guided tour through the Christmas customs of Britain.

The Froncysyllte Male Voice Choir Sat 18 December 7.30pm Tickets £25.50 / £23.00 £20.50 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. Join us to celebrate the festive season amongst friends with this spinetingling, moving and unforgettable evening of music.

The Bluejays Wed 5 January 7.30pm The Bluejays are the UK’s leading 1950s Rock ‘n’ Roll band playing the biggest hits of Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, The Everly Brothers, Eddie Cochran and many more.

Tickets £22.00 / £20.00 Cons available

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Widely regarded as the most authentic vintage Rock ‘n’ Roll band in the UK, with Maria Elena Holly (Buddy Holly’s widow) calling them the “most exciting group she’d seen since The Crickets themselves”, The Bluejays will take you right back to the rockin’ 50s. So come on down, there’s a whole lotta shakin’ goin’ on!

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Lee Martin for Gag Reflex presents

Ben Hart: Wonder Wed 12 January 7.30pm

Described by David Walliams as ‘the living embodiment of magic’, Ben has recently played to royalty, heads of state and celebrities, in West End theatres, international arenas and on dozens of UK and international TV appearances (including his own series on BBC Three, The One Show and BBC One’s Now You See It).

Visiting Events

Britain’s Got Talent 2019 finalist, West End star and multi award-winning magician Ben Hart is embarking on his debut solo tour. Tickets £18.00

Expect his most mind-blowing and exciting magic in a show that shines a light on magic, life, the universe and the darkest corners of your imaginations. With the simplest of props, using the objects and minds of the audience, Ben Hart conjures an altogether new kind of magic.

Martin Simpson Wed 19 January 7.30pm Listed in Gibson Guitars’ Top 30 Acoustic Guitarists of all time and universally acclaimed as one of the finest ever acoustic and slide guitar players, and a fine banjo-picker to boot, a Martin Simpson show bears witness to an artist at the very top of his game. Whether interpreting material from tradition or singing his own potent self-penned songs, Simpson is a remarkable storyteller: captivating and profoundly moving. His own songwriting produced the poignant Never Any Good, from Prodigal Son, 2007’s Folk Album of the Year.

Tickets £23.00 / £21.00 Cons available

A true master of his art.

The Pasadena Roof Orchestra Wednesday 26 January 7.30pm With an unparalleled reputation across the UK, Europe and beyond, for over 50 years the Pasadena Roof Orchestra have been re-creating the sounds of a golden era of music from the 1920s and 1930s to widespread acclaim. Enjoy beautifully arranged songs from Irving Berlin, Ray Noble, Cole Porter and their contemporaries and re-live the electrifying hot jazz from Fletcher Henderson and Duke Ellington.

Tickets £25.50 / £23.50 £20.50 Cons available

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Visiting Events


Tickets £24.00 / £22.00 Cons available

Ronnie Scott’s All Stars Wed 9 February 7.30pm Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club return to the Vic with a brand new collection of music and narration celebrating Ronnie Scott’s ‘Soho Songbook’. Featuring classic music from the jazz greats who have performed at Ronnie Scott’s, alongside narration from the club, ‘The Ronnie Scott’s Songbook’ is a glimpse into this unique world and its incredible history. Hosted and performed by the award-winning Ronnie Scott’s All Stars, led by the Club’s Musical Director, this is a unique evening celebrating the music and history of Ronnie Scott’s and is a must for any music fan. ‘Outstanding players. For poise, balance and swing they’re a joy to listen to’ The Observer

In conjunction with Keele Concerts Tickets £16.00 Students and U16s go free

Granny’s Attic Wed 16 February 7.30pm Granny’s Attic – Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne (Melodeon, Concertina, Vocals), George Sansome (Guitar, Vocals) and Lewis Wood (Fiddle, Vocals) – are a folk trio who play the tradition with verve, energy and their own inimitable style. They are all exceptional musicians and fine singers and play English traditional and original music. Since 2009 they have toured across the UK and Europe and been heralded for their lively performances, and delivery and selection of traditional songs.

Tickets £32.50 / £30.00

The Blues Band The Farewell Tour Thu 24 February 7.30pm Four decades, over 4,000 gigs, 30 albums and a string of singles later, The Blues Band are taking to the road one last time to remind us just how durable and eternally thrilling live Blues remains. Erudite in their craft, experienced and tutored by their close early working relationships as side-men with the likes of John Lee Hooker, Buddy Guy, Howlin’ Wolf and many others. The Blues Band have filled halls and stadiums around the world. If you’re an aficionado of authentic Blues played by richly experienced and seasoned journeymen, this will be a memorable opportunity to catch them one final time.

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Apollo Theatre Company presents

Cult Figure: Kenneth Williams Written and performed by Colin Elmer Directed by Tim Astley

Kenneth Williams was one of the most unique and beloved figures in British comedy history. With show stealing performances on the radio in Hancock’s Half Hour and Round the Horne and over 20 years of starring in the Carry On films, Williams was a rare talent who could combine broad slapstick and erudite wit in a split second.

Visiting Events

Wed 16 March 7.30pm

Tickets £18.00

Celebrated actor and impressionist Colin Elmer, who played Kenneth Williams in the UK tours of Round the Horne and Hancock’s Half Hour, reprises his role in this hilarious and engaging production, telling the great man’s story in his own words, using anecdotes, writings and some of the material for which the comedy legend was so well-known.

My Name is Why: In Conversation with Lemn Sissay Mon 21 March 7.30pm This is Lemn’s life story: a story of neglect and determination, misfortune and hope, cruelty and triumph. Lemn Sissay MBE is an inspiring poet, playwright and broadcaster. He has read poetry all over the world and was awarded an MBE for services to literature. He is the Chancellor of The University of Manchester and was the first poet commissioned to write for the London Olympics.

Tickets £22.00 / £20.00 Cons available

In this moving, frank and timely event, Lemn will reflect on the result of a life spent asking questions, celebrating the redemptive power of creativity. Reading from his Sunday Times bestselling memoir, he’ll cover a childhood in care, self-expression and Britishness, and in doing so explore the institutional care system, race, family and the meaning of home.

Chris Difford Mon 4 April 7.30pm Chris Difford is a Grammy nominated and double Ivor Novello Award-winning lyricist who has brought us characters and sketches from everyday life, and has successfully turned the mundane into the beautiful, the urbane into the exquisite for over 40 years. With his collaborator, Squeeze co-founder Glenn Tilbrook, Chris has written some of the most enduring and best-loved songs of our time such as ‘Up The Junction’, ‘Cool For Cats’, ‘Labelled With Love’, ‘Tempted’ plus many others.

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Tickets £23.00 / £21.00 Cons available

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Veterans Theatre Company


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. With an aim to positively stimulate social change, Borderlines has been recognised as a leading national model for how theatre can be used to positively impact on our society.

Find out more about New Vic Borderlines at uk/education-and-community/ borderlines Denise Coates Foundation support Borderlines’ work with disadvantaged young people.

Borderlines Current Projects Zero Carbon Rugeley In partnership with ENGIE, Keele University and the community of Rugeley. A series of community based workshops will take place to co-design a green and pleasant future for Rugeley. Themes include, Green Transport/ Mobility; Retro-fitting/Low Carbon Housing solutions; A Smart Low Energy System for the whole community. Safe Yeah?/Ditch the Blade Workshops Workshops which give young people and communities an opportunity to voice concerns issues around feeling/being safe in the community and work together with partners to identify creative and sustainable solutions.

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Veterans Theatre Company Every Wednesday from 11-1.00pm starting on 12th January. Creative workshops that explore the stories of local veterans and share experiences and ensure that veterans of today and the future receive the support and respect they deserve. Holocaust Memorial Day workshops on the theme of One Day The workshops will explore the theme “One Day” through the lives of three different people, victims of the Holocaust and genocides in Bosnia and Rwanda. Through creative interactive workshops held in schools and at the theatre, the impact of prejudice, violence and loss that changed lives forever will be explored and a ‘This Day’ pledges will be created by participants. The pledges will take the form of poems, and art work which will be exhibited and performed at the New Vic Theatre Young People’s Theatre Company Every Wednesday from 6.30pm – 8.00pm. This special theatre company is made up of young people from diverse backgrounds who often face a range of challenges and find their voice through creativity and drama and a place they belong at the New Vic. For more information about any of our projects contact or alternatively call 01782 381368


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New Vic Education

Our Education Team provide creative learning for everyone – pre-school aged and upwards – through theatre-based opportunities and activities. With a range of drama clubs, youth theatre and projects available young people can enjoy working with professionals to develop skills, build confidence and have fun. We hold our regular Saturday Drama Club sessions, Youth Theatre, and work with older adults on our Ages & Stages programme. We also provide more specific programmes of work for young people who are educated at home and workshops for adults who are living with dementia. We work with partners such as the RSC as a regional theatre partner for their Associate Schools programme providing a year-long extensive cross-curricular programme for Key Stages 1 and 2. Our Arts Award work provides behind the scenes experience for young people keen to explore how a theatre works and develop new skills. This season look out for: Drama Club Do you like to play and make up your own stories and characters? Our regular Saturday Morning Drama Club is a fun and exciting way to make new friends and explore stories through Drama. This lively and active group aims to build confidence, communication skills and feed the imagination. Start your weekend getting inspired at the New Vic and join in with the creativity.

Youth Theatre New Vic Youth Theatre is a place to make friends, build your confidence and express your creativity. We have weekly workshops in drama and theatre skills led by professional Theatre Practitioners where you can work with others in a friendly atmosphere. There are chances to perform at both the New Vic and within our community and learn more about how your local Producing Theatre works. As well as workshops and performing, there are chances to get involved in other creative projects, including gaining an Arts Award, working with guest artists and trips. If you enjoy getting creative, meeting new people and developing your skills, come and join us. Wednesdays – 4.30-6.00 pm – Ages 10-12 Thursdays – 4.30-6.00 pm – Ages 13-15 Thursdays – 6.15-8.00 pm – Ages 16-19 Ages & Stages For older adults our Ages & Stages programme encourages people to participate in and enjoy drama and creative work. For schools we offer bespoke projects such as our Story Treasures and RSC primary partnership. For details about any of the above please contact our Education department at or visit for more information.

Saturdays – 9.15-10.00 am – Ages 4-6 Saturdays – 10.15-11.00 am– Ages 7-9

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Serving up a feast of arts in Stoke-on-Trent and the Borough of Newcastle-under-Lyme! We were thrilled to be awarded funding to expand our ground-breaking arts programme Appetite into the borough of Newcastleunder-Lyme at the end of 2019. The New Vic Theatre, as lead organisation of a consortium, was awarded a grant of £1,750,000 as part of Arts Council England’s Creative People and Places programme to expand the project, developed in Stoke-on-Trent, into the borough over four years. Our first year working in Newcastle-underLyme presented a few challenges as it coincided with the COVID pandemic. So, we changed and adapted, created touring exhibition Three Counties Cubes, working with ArtsKeele, and Appetite at Home, which saw artist-designed packs delivered to people’s homes. We took Projector Bikes by Dan Fox to communities in the borough mesmerising them with sounds and projections of tea cups and spacemen. We’re continuing to expand work in the Borough and have a number of emerging projects in Kidsgrove, working with a number of partners including Go Kidsgrove and Canal & River Trust. Newcastle Common is our project in the town centre that’s testing transforming empty shops into places of art, culture and community. Our 23 High Street shop has already hosted a number of artists-inresidence and will continue to be a making space, where you can watch artists’ at work and even have a go yourself.

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Our Astley Walk shop will be used for a whole host of things including library, performances, workshops and meeting space. We’ve been busy in Stoke-on-Trent too. In the summer Appetite delivered its seventh Big Feast two-day event in Stoke-on-Trent City Centre. A stunning array of performers, exhibitions, installations and musicians filled the streets. We also got our The Big Feast sun hats out as we created the 2021 City Centre Beach for Stoke-onTrent City Council, as part of the Government and EU’s Welcome Back funds, working in partnership with Stoke-onTrent BID, Genr8 and Smithfield. This created a hub of sand themed fun with loads of entertainment taking place in and around the beach. Sonia Sabri Find out how to support us, get involved and discover what else is coming up by visiting or contact us as askus@ appetitestoke appetite.stoke appetite_stoke

The Appetite programme is funded through National Lottery by Arts Council England and is led by the New Vic Theatre in partnership with Partners in Creative Learning, 6Towns Radio, Staffordshire University, Newcastle Business Improvement District (BID), Go Kidsgrove and Keele University. Appetite also works closely with Stoke-on-Trent City Council, Newcastle Borough Council, Staffordshire County Council and Aspire Housing. The Big Feast ’21 was supported by Arts Council England, Stoke-on-Trent City Council, Stoke-on-Trent BID and the Without Walls Touring Network Partnership.

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Auditorium Maps

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 Accessible 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 36 - 37 or visit for full details.

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How to book Call us on: 01782 717962 Book online at: Or visit us in person – we’re open Monday – Saturday 10.00am until the beginning of the show on performance nights (6.00pm if there is no evening show).

Your tickets

Your tickets will be sent to you on email, ready for you to show on your phone on entry to the auditorium, or for you to print-at-home and bring along with you. If you’d prefer, we can keep your tickets at Box Office for you to collect on the evening of the performance, or for a small charge of 60p, we can post your tickets out to you. Simply let us know what you’d prefer when booking. If you lose your tickets, don’t worry, just let us know on arrival at the theatre and we’ll reprint them for you, free of charge.

We are operating a flexible ticket refund policy. In the event that you are unwell and unable to attend the theatre, please let our Box Office Team know. We are happy to exchange your tickets to another performance, add a credit to your account to let you use the cost of the tickets against another production, or give you a full refund.

Data Protection

We are committed to protecting your personal information and being transparent about what information we hold about you and how we use it, in accordance with General Data Protection Regulations 2018 (EU). 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 our 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 data@

Exchanges, refunds & reprints

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We can reserve tickets for three working days or until an hour before the performance (whichever is earliest). We are happy to exchange tickets for another performance of the same production for 50p per ticket if you contact our Box Office Team up to 24 hours before the original performance. This service is free for package buyers.

Get in touch

We’d love to hear from you about what you think of our shows and the work we do. If you have any feedback about your visit, email us 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, performances, 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 during the interval.

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Diary Nov Fri 26 Sat 27 Mon 29 Tue 30 Dec Wed 1 Thu 2 Fri 3 Sat 4 Mon 6 Tue 7 Wed 8 Thu 9 Fri 10 Sat 11 Mon 13 Tue 14 Wed 15 Thu 16 Fri 17 Sat 18 Mon 20 Tue 21 Wed 22 Thu 23 Fri 24

Beauty and The Beast Beauty and The Beast Beauty and The Beast Beauty and The Beast

7.30 2.15 / 7.30 7.30 2.15* / 7.30

Eric’s Christmas Carol 7.30 Beauty and The Beast 10.30* / 2.15* Eric’s Christmas Carol 7.30 Beauty and The Beast 10.30* Eric’s Christmas Carol 7.30 Beauty and The Beast 2.15 Eric’s Christmas Carol 7.30 Beauty and The Beast 2.15* Eric’s Christmas Carol 7.30 SD Beauty and The Beast 10.30* / 2.15* Eric’s Christmas Carol 7.30 Beauty and The Beast 10.30* / 2.15* Eric’s Christmas Carol 7.30 Beauty and The Beast 10.30* / 2.15* Eric’s Christmas Carol 7.30 Beauty and The Beast 10.30* Eric’s Christmas Carol 7.30 Beauty and The Beast 2.15 Eric’s Christmas Carol 7.30 Beauty and The Beast 2.15* Beauty and The Beast 10.30* The Albion Band 7.30 Beauty and The Beast 10.30* / 2.15* Beauty and The Beast 10.30* / 2.15* Beauty and The Beast 6.30 SD Tale Trail to Coppelia 11.15 / 1.00 Beauty and The Beast 2.15 Froncysyllte Male Voice Choir 7.30 Tale Trail to Coppelia 11.15 / 1.00 Beauty and The Beast 2.15 Tale Trail to Coppelia 11.15 / 1.00 / 3.00 SD Beauty and The Beast 2.15 / 7.30 SD Tale Trail to Coppelia 11.15 / 1.00 / 3.00 Beauty and The Beast 2.15 / 7.30 Tale Trail to Coppelia 11.15 / 1.00 Beauty and The Beast 2.15 / 7.30 Beauty and The Beast 10.30 / 3.00 Tale Trail to Coppelia 11.15 / 1.00

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Sat 25 Theatre Closed Mon 27 Theatre Closed Tue 28 Theatre Closed Wed 29 Tale Trail to Coppelia 11.15 / 1.00 SD Beauty and The Beast 2.15 / 7.30 Thu 30 Tale Trail to Coppelia 11.15 SD / 1.00 Beauty and The Beast 2.15 / 7.30 Fri 31 Beauty and The Beast 10.30 SD / 3.00 Tale Trail to Coppelia 11.15 / 1.00 Jan Sat 1 Theatre Closed Mon 3 Theatre Closed Tue 4 Beauty and The Beast 2.15* Wed 5 Beauty and The Beast 10.30* Tale Trail to Coppelia 11.15* / 1.00* The Bluejays 7.30 Thu 6 Tale Trail to Coppelia 9.30* / 11.15* / 1.00* Beauty and The Beast 10.30* / 2.15* AD SD Fri 7 Tale Trail to Coppelia 9.30* / 11.15* / 1.00* Beauty and The Beast 10.30* / 7.30 Sat 8 Tale Trail to Coppelia 11.15 SD / 1.00 Beauty and The Beast 2.15 / 7.30 Mon 10 Tale Trail to Coppelia 11.15* / 1.00* Beauty and The Beast 6.00pm RP SD Tue 11 Beauty and The Beast 10.30* Tale Trail to Coppelia 11.15* / 1.00* Wed 12 Beauty and The Beast 10.30* Tale Trail to Coppelia 11.15* / 1.00* Ben Hart 7.30 Thu 13 Beauty and The Beast 10.30* / 2.15* CAP SD Tale Trail to Coppelia 11.15* / 1.00* Fri 14 Beauty and The Beast 10.30* / 7.30 Tale Trail to Coppelia 11.15* Sat 15 Tale Trail to Coppelia 11.15 / 1.00 Beauty and The Beast 2.15 / 7.30 AD SD Tue 18 Beauty and The Beast 10.30* Wed 19 Beauty and The Beast 10.30* Martin Simpson 7.30 Thu 20 Beauty and The Beast 10.30* / 2.15* Fri 21 Beauty and The Beast 10.30* / 7.30 Yizkor 7.30 Sat 22 Beauty and The Beast 2.15 / 7.30 CAP SD Mon 24 Yizkor 2.00 / 7.30 Tue 25 Beauty and The Beast 10.30* Wed 26 Beauty and The Beast 10.30* The Pasadena Roof Orchestra 7.30

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Thu 27 Beauty and The Beast 10.30* / 2.15* Fri 28 Beauty and The Beast 10.30* / 7.30 Sat 29 Beauty and The Beast 2.15 / 7.30 Feb Fri 4 As You Like It 7.30 Sat 5 As You Like It 7.30 Mon 7 As You Like It 7.30 Tue 8 As You Like It 7.30 Wed 9 Ronnie Scott’s All Stars 7.30 Thu 10 As You Like It 7.30 Fri 11 As You Like It 7.30 Sat 12 As You Like It 2.15 / 7.30 Mon 14 As You Like It 7.30 Tue 15 As You Like It 7.30 SD Wed 16 Granny’s Attic Keele Concert Society 7.30 Thu 17 As You Like It 2.15 SD / 7.30 Fri 18 As You Like It 7.30 Sat 19 As You Like It 2.15 / 7.30 Mon 21 As You Like It 7.30 Tue 22 As You Like It 7.30 CAP Wed 23 As You Like It 7.30 Thu 24 The Blues Band 7.30 Fri 25 As You Like It 7.30 Sat 26 As You Like It 2.15 AD / 7.30 Mar Fri 11 Marvellous 7.30 Sat 12 Marvellous 7.30 Mon 14 Marvellous 7.30 Tue 15 Marvellous 7.30 Wed 16 Cult Figure: Kenneth Williams 7.30 Thu 17 Marvellous 7.30 Fri 18 Marvellous Gala 7.30 Sat 19 Marvellous 7.30 Mon 21 Lemn Sissay 7.30 Tue 22 Children’s Shakespeare Festival Marvellous 7.30 SD Wed 23 Children’s Shakespeare Festival Marvellous 7.30 Thu 24 Marvellous 7.30 Fri 25 Marvellous 7.30 Sat 26 Marvellous 2.15 / 7.30 AD

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Tue 29 Children’s Shakespeare Festival Marvellous 7.30 Wed 30 Marvellous 7.30 Thu 31 Marvellous 2.15 SD / 7.30 Apr Fri 1 Marvellous 7.30 Sat 2 Marvellous 2.15 AD & RP / 7.30 Mon 4 Chris Difford 7.30 Wed 6 Marvellous 7.30 CAP Thu 7 Marvellous 2.15 / 7.30 Fri 8 Marvellous 7.30 Sat 9 Marvellous 2.15 CAP / 7.30 Tue 12 Same Time, Next Year 7.30 Wed 13 Same Time, Next Year 7.30 SD Thu 14 Same Time, Next Year 2.15 SD / 7.30 Fri 15 Theatre Closed Sat 16 Same Time, Next Year 2.15 / 7.30 KEY CAP AD RP * SD

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How to get here


New Vic Theatre, Etruria Road, Newcastle-under-Lyme, ST5 0JG.

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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 £1.50 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

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 Put Your Business Centre Stage… As a registered charity, the New Vic relies on support from businesses to make work that engages with, and makes a real difference to, our communities. Join the New Vic as a Business Friend today to demonstrate your commitment to the local community and enjoy a host of benefits to suit your needs, including brand recognition, opportunities to host hospitality events and invites to networking events at productions throughout the year. 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 the local area. Contact Paula McArdle, New Vic Fundraising and Events Assistant at 01782 717954 or email

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Food and Drink Homemade food. Relaxing setting. Warm welcome. Our café opens from 10am serving a variety of classics from traditional breakfasts to winter warmers and everything in between. Whether you’re looking at somewhere for a relaxing lunch or a quick cuppa and a piece of cake, our varied menu features a range of options that all your party will enjoy; we also have a range of children’s choices available too – simply ask one of the team for the menu.

Book your table To avoid disappointment pre-book your table at

Make a night of it? Our pre-show dining experience makes your visit to the New Vic a complete one; our in-house chefs prepare and deliver a range of quality gastro dishes to be enjoyed from 5:30pm until it’s time to enjoy the performance. You can even keep your table and enjoy a dessert at the interval. Vegetarian choices are always available, but if you have special dietary needs then please just get in touch with us. Our Theatre bar offers an excellent range from draft lagers and beers to craft gins and quality whiskies, and our fully-licenced auditorium means you can take your drink in with you to be enjoyed whilst the performance is on. Our bar is also open after the performance too.

Café opening hours – 10am – 3pm Pre-show dining – From 5:30pm Bar – From 5:30pm – late. To get in touch with our Catering Team call 01782 717954 Ext 325 or email Tableware generously supplied by:

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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Registered Office: Etruria Road, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, ST5 0JG

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