New Vic Autumn 2022

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What’s On

June 2022 - January 2023

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10.00am - 4.00pm Join us for an extra-special Open Day as we celebrate 60 years of theatre making. Offering an access-all-areas look behind-thescenes, this is a great opportunity to see how we take our home-grown productions from page-to-stage. Explore our Costume, Design and Workshop departments, discover the technical magic used by Lighting and Sound teams to bring productions to life on stage and find out secret tricks-of-the-trade from the Stage Management team. Activities will be on offer throughout the day that all ages of the family can get involved with too! It’s a fabulous chance to see the theatre in action and to discover the history of Europe’s first purpose built theatre-in-the-round. And it’s all completely FREE! Keep an eye on the New Vic website for more news about the activities planned for the day and a full schedule of events. Master_Summer_2022.indd 2

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In 15 years of joyfully making theatre for New Vic audiences, I don’t know if any production has given me as much joy as making Marvellous. Watching people leave the theatre happy and uplifted; reading the many messages and emails we received; seeing it featured on BBC news; Copy listening to children gurgling with laughter; meeting people who’d travelled from Essex and Edinburgh and Eastbourne to experience this extraordinary story and shake the hand of the man himself. And so it makes me very happy that we’ll be bringing this beautiful piece back to the New Vic stage this autumn. My favourite kind of theatre is the kind that welcomes a wide range of people all at the same time, all finding something wonderful in sharing an experience with each other. This was the case with Marvellous, and it’s always been the case with our Christmas shows. I’m so happy this year to be revisiting one of my favourites, Alice in Wonderland.

sound and stage management departments to discover more about what we do and how we do it. Please come and join us for these beautiful shows and other special experiences to celebrate our 60th. We feel so privileged to be able to make work for Staffordshire and for you. Theresa Heskins Artistic Director


I have a very clear memory of a New Vic Open Day where children gazed with fascination at the Cheshire Cat puppet that had been made by our brilliant workshop team. 2022 is our 60th anniversary year. We’ll be celebrating the craft of theatre making at the New Vic, and we’d love it if you would join us at our Open Day in September. We’ll be opening our doors and inviting you in to see how we make theatre happen: to look around our backstage areas, our workshops, our costume, props, lighting,

Over 180,000 Photography in this brochure by Andrew Billington, Victor Frankowski, Jenny Harper, Frank Hermann David Hughes, Phil Radcliffe, Mark Robson and Almin Zrno.

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Stitching together 60 years of theatre making history The New Vic costume department is one of the many in-house teams at the New Vic who, over the past 60 years of our theatre making, help make the experience you have as an in-theround audience member so immersive. Every item of clothing that graces our stage has been meticulously thought through, with the most intricate eye for detail, just a few paces away from the auditorium. Having a costume department based in the same building as the theatre itself has its benefits – not only does it make the process more creative, collaborative and enjoyable but on a practical level, it makes costume fittings easier and speeds up decision making. Between them, the team have clocked up decades of costume making for the New Vic. Costume Technician Debbie Hall, who has gone from being a costume cutter to a maker, has worked at the theatre for 31 years.

The Snow Queen 2016

“I think it is quite unique, I don’t know many other places where people have worked for the length of time we have,” she said.

exclusively so, I also do marking up, dying of fabrics, and ‘breaking down’ costumes [making them look old]. “It helps the process because we know what each other is thinking. Even though you’ve perhaps made something 100 times before, there’s always a different way. I’m fashion trained so I would come at things from a slightly different angle, maybe look at it and think ‘there’s a quicker way of doing that and it will still look exactly the same’. So we all learn from each other all the time, which is very useful. “I like to do things that are intricate and tailored and I would like to think that I strive for perfection which helps when you’re making something like an overcoat, which I’ve been making for Tom, Dick & Harry.” After the first meetings with a show’s production team, Head of Costume David Thorne will take the initial costume designs and undertake research to decide what is

“We do lots of different tasks within the room. I am a sewer, but not

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best made, purchased or hired. From this, multiple budgets will be produced to cover any eventuality, and he’ll decide which members of the team will make the different elements required. Fittings for the actors are typically done during the first week of rehearsals, but for Christmas shows, work can begin as far as six weeks ahead. Many items are required for rehearsals to check they are functioning correctly when the actors are wearing them. Costume Cutter Karen Norcross-Downs said: “If you were doing a big 18th century frock it could be something like 100 to 120 hours work, but we don’t all do one costume ourselves. I would do the pattern stage of it, then somebody else would make it, then it would be fitted, then it would come back to me to be marked if there were any alterations to do. The Snow Queen dress that [actor] Polly Lister wore took about two and a half weeks to make. “On a traditional stage, you don’t always see the back of garments as much as the front – it still matters but in-the-round there’s a lot more detail paid to the back view of a costume because it’s seen by half of the audience as well.” Costume Cutter Alison Sunnuck, whose favourite costume to work on was a stunning dress in The Snow Queen covered completely in flowers, thinks it is ‘fantastic’ having an in-house designer to work with on many New Vic shows, as well as being able to liaise with the prop makers.

isn’t a quick way of doing a pattern.” It’s lucky then that not every item is made from scratch – the New Vic benefits from having a comprehensive ‘store’ of clothes on-site to dip into, so anything that’s been made or bought that the team think is worth keeping can be recycled, altered and reused. David said: “We try to reuse the less specific items as much as we can, but of course, everything has a shelf life – what works for one designer may not for another. However, as part of the design process, where sampling and reference is crucial, the store creates a brilliant ‘library’ of clothing that can be referred to and adapted.” Here’s to many more decades of our fabulous costume team working together to create amazing costumes, right here in Staffordshire! Keep up-to-date with all our news at or follow us at: @NewVicTheatre NewVicTheatreStaffordshire new_vic_theatre

“Working with Lis Evans [Head of Design], she knows us all so well and we know what sort of things she wants,” she said. “Our job is to recreate what the designer wants, but she’d be quite happy for us to come up with ideas for trims and things like that. Technology hasn’t had an impact on us in the same way it would with other departments. We’re still using sewing machines and doing hand sewing, there

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See more & save with our se Our season ticket deal allows 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 Marvellous and Family Album for just £45.00 Opening Night Offer


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To help celebrate our 60th anniversary of theatre making, we have 60 tickets available for the opening nights of Brief Encounter, Marvellous, Family Album and Shakers for just £6.00!


What’s more, for the opening night of Alice in Wonderland, all tickets are just £6.00! Other ticket offers this season Family of Four Ticket Save up to £34 on your visit to see Alice in Wonderland with our Family of Four Ticket offer (must include 1 adult and 1 child) Free Theatre Tickets Your 16s New Vicwith tickets Under go free a paying adult on selected New Vic productions. We also run a scheme for 17 - 25 year olds that offers free tickets on selected productions. Ask the Box Office Team for more details Four Friends Ticket Offer Valid on selected productions, you and 3 friends can enjoy live theatre for just £76.00 (Valid on Mon-Fri performances only. Max 8 tickets per booking) (Eric’s Monster Mash £80.00; Eric’s Christmas Turkey £84.00) Master_Summer_2022.indd 6

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Tickets Tom, Dick & Harry; Brief Encounter; Marvellous; Family Album; Shakers Fri & Sat Eves £27.50 £26.00 £20.50 Mon – Thu Eves £26.00 £24.50 £18.50 Matinees £20.50 Opening Night All Tickets £19.50 Four Friends £76.00 (valid Mon-Fri performances only) Alice in Wonderland

Early Bird Offer Get £10.00 off ticket prices forAlice in Wonderland if you book and pay by Thursday 30 June

Purple Performances £30.00 £28.50 £23.50 £28.50 £27.00 £22.00 Blue Performances All tickets £6.00 Opening Night

(offer not available on schools’ tickets)

Tale Trail to Wonderland All tickets £9.50 Schools’ performances £185 (class of 30) Eric’s Monster Mash

Eric’s Christmas Turkey

Fri & Sat Eves £27.00 £25.50 £22.50 Mon - Thu Eves £25.50 £24.00 £21.00 Four Friends £80.00 (valid Mon-Fri performances only)

Fri & Sat Eves £28.00 £26.50 £23.50 Mon - Thu Eves £26.50 £25.00 £22.00 Four Friends £84.00 (valid Mon-Fri performances only)

New Vic Theatre Discounts We offer a discount of £2.00 off Mon – Fri performances for Under 16s, 65+ and Students. Individuals in receipt of Employment and Support Allowance, Income Support, or Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance are eligible for £2.00 tickets for Monday and Tuesday performances of New Vic productions (max two tickets per person, per production). 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 (£14.00 for Alice in Wonderland) plus free teacher’s ticket for every 10 pupil tickets bought. 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 feel as comfortable as possible. E-TICKETS To minimise contact points, we will send your tickets to your email address at the point of purchase. You can choose to print your ticket out at home to bring along with you, or you can show us your ticket on your phone on entry to the auditorium. If you would prefer to collect your tickets from us on arrival, our Box Office will be happy to help. CLEANING AND VENTILATION 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 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. 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 Covid-19 prior to your visit, we politely ask that you do not attend the theatre. We are operating flexible ticketing – 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; provide you with a credit note for the value of your tickets to be used against a future booking; or give you a full refund – just let us know what you’d prefer. We’re continuing to offer some socially-distanced performances this season, to give you the option to see great theatre; just with a little more space. See the calendar on pages 44 - 45 or speak to our Box Office Team to find out more details. 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 and we’ll be happy to answer any queries you may have. We look forward to seeing you soon.

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Marvellous 2022

New Vic Productions and Touring Productions

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New Vic and Kenny Wax Productions Co-Production

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By Andrew Pollard, Michael Hugo and Theresa Heskins Directed by Theresa Heskins

Fri 10 June – Sat 9 July Tickets from £18.50 See page 7 for details Audio Described Sat 9 July 2.15pm Captioned Tue 5 July 7.30pm Relaxed Performance Sat 2 July 2.15pm Socially-distanced Performances See calendar on pages 44 - 45

Join us to celebrate 60 years of theatre making at our gala performance Friday 17 June Tickets £60.00

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This legendary escape story gets the New Vic treatment in an energetic adventure filled with dynamic drama, lots of laughter and some breath-taking theatricality. An exhilarating game of cat and mouse is afoot between the extraordinary prisoners of Stalag Luft III and their captors. Hiding covert activity in plain sight with gymnastic exercise, choir practice and cabbage growing (!), the men are tunnelling deep into the ground beneath their fortress of a camp. The most intricate, most audacious, greatest escape of them all is underway. But as suspicions start to rise with the camp’s guards, can the men complete their mission and escape using one of their tunnels – Tom, Dick or Harry? An incredible story of solidarity across nations, and of an unbreakable spirit to achieve the impossible! Be among the first to see Tom, Dick & Harry ahead of its transfer to London’s Alexandra Palace this summer. From the team that brought you Around The World In 80 Days, directed by Theresa Heskins (Olivier Awardwinning The Worst Witch) and co-produced by the New Vic Theatre and Kenny Wax Productions (The Play That Goes Wrong, Six The Musical), this brand new play debunks the myths, honours the people involved and tells the true story of the most daring escape attempt in World War History.

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New Vic Borderlines production

My Thousand Year Old Land (A Song for BiH) Written by Aida Haughton MBE and Sue Moffat based on survivor testimonies from the genocide and war crimes that took place in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and traditional folk songs and poetry

Mon 11 & Tue 12 July 7.30pm Tickets £10.00 Concessions £6.00

A story of the search for truth, justice and hope through three generations of women. What does it mean to have roots, to feel the connection of the land, mountains, rivers, trees; where deep song, music and poetry beats as your heart and the blood in your veins flows like a timeless river through a land for centuries? And then, hate spills into the soil, the trees, the rivers. What new songs can be sung and verses made? Before reconciliation comes acknowledgment, before hope, truth. ‘And the questioned gave then a prompt reply; Bosnia - forgive me - there is a land, Both barren And barefoot - forgive me – Both cold and hungry – but more than that - Forgive me – Defiant - through A dream’ Mak Dizdar

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New Vic

Touring Production


David Graham Productions present

Strap It’s the ultimate spooky ’60s night Directed out this by summer!

Eric’s Monster Mash Mon 22 August – Sat 3 September Tickets from £21.00 See page 7 for details

After months of being nagged, Eric has finally given in and is taking Bev on holiday. She’s looking forward to a week’s all-inclusive somewhere sunny but Eric has found a cheaper option - a week in Transylvania! Looking forward to their week away in a grand mansion, Eric and Bev soon find out that things are not as they seem in their holiday retreat. Especially when on arrival they discover another family - under the name Addams - are booked into the house at the same time. And they don’t have any intention of leaving! Sharing the stage with some spooky characters, Eric’s Monster Mash is filled with your favourite characters, lots of laughs and all the sensational ’60s tunes that make an Eric show the best party night out for summer!

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A Stephen Joseph Theatre, Octagon Theatre Bolton and Theatre by the Lake Keswick Co-Production

Strap Directed by Original screenplay by Noël Coward Adapted for the stage by Emma Rice Directed by Paul Robinson

Wed 7 - Sat 10 September Tickets from £18.50 See page 7 for details Socially-distanced Performances See calendar on pages 44 - 45

Age guidance: 12+

“Please tell me honestly if what I believe is true… that it’s the same with you – that you’ve fallen in love too.” Laura and Alec are married – but not to each other. A chance meeting at a railway station hurls them headlong into a whirlwind romance that threatens to blow their worlds apart. Will they give in to love’s first rush and risk everything? Has this relationship changed the tracks of their lives forever? This playful production turns Noël Coward’s film Brief Encounter inside out, adding joyous musical numbers and physical comedy, while still maintaining the truly classic romance of the original.

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New Vic Production

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

Sat 17 September - Sat 8 October Tickets from £18.50 See page 7 for details Audio Described Sat 8 Oct 2.15pm Captioned Tue 4 Oct 7.30pm Relaxed Performance Sat 8 Oct 2.15pm Socially-distanced Performances See calendar on pages 44 - 45

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! ‘Funny, heart-warming and uplifting… it’s a triumph. Don’t miss it’ The Sentinel Marvellous, our joyful, entertaining, funny play about the life of local hero Neil ‘Nello’ Baldwin, is an uplifting show that will leave you with a big smile on your face! Our smash-hit production tells the story of an inspirational man who knew from the moment he was born that he was destined to do wonderful things. From joining a church choir to appearing on Songs of Praise; hitchhiking across the country to becoming a famous clown; watching his local football team to becoming their kit man; and receiving an honorary degree from Keele University after leaving school with no qualifications, this is a fantastical tale filled with football stars, circus acts, mayors and a medal from Her Majesty! Join us this September as we reunite the original cast for a show which will leave you feeling positive, happy and with a little skip in your step! ‘One of the most joyous and inventive shows I have seen in decades’ What’s On Staffordshire

Presented with the permission of Bonnier Books UK Limited

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‘irresistible’ The Times

‘life-affirming’ The Sunday Times

‘its tone of playfulness is infectious’ The Guardian

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A Stephen Joseph Theatre Production

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Touring Production

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Written and directed by Alan Ayckbourn

Tue 11 - Sat 22 October Tickets from £18.50 See page 7 for details

“Now we’re leaving… all the skeletons are suddenly jumping out of their cupboards.”

Socially-distanced Performances See calendar on pages 44 - 45

A moving-in day, 1952.

Age guidance: 12+

Join RAF veteran John and housewife Peggy as they proudly move into the first home they can really call their own; daughter Sandra, frantically negotiating the challenges of a 10-year-old’s birthday party without her AWOL husband; and grandaughter Alison, finally escaping the house she has somewhat unwillingly inherited.

A birthday party, 1992. A moving-out day, 2022.

Alan Ayckbourn’s new play tenderly chronicles the trials, tribulations and temptations of three generations of one family across 70 years in the same home.

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Theatre Royal Wakefield & The John Godber Company present

By John Godber and Jane Thornton Directed by John Godber

Tue 25 - Sat 29 October Tickets from £18.50 See page 7 for details

The double BAFTA winning partnership bring their writing skills to the classic play Shakers Shakers,, sister play to Bouncers Bouncers..

Socially-distanced Performances See calendar on pages 44 - 45

The high street might be struggling to get back to normal but the Shakers bar is under new management and they are determined to make it the place to be seen. Pubs are closing, Gin bars are so yesterday, and cocktails and decadence are back for the roaring 2020s, as the hospitality industry looks to a new future. Misogyny is rife, in the home, in the workplace, and on the streets. The walk home after closing feels longer than ever, the customers are getting more leering, the hours longer, but the pay hasn’t changed. For waitresses Adele, Nicky and Mel, their lives juggle home, work, school and everything in between, but how long can it be maintained? Funny, physical and fizzing with wit, Shakers might just be the bar that we all want to be seen in! Join us in this revamped version of the iconic play which puts women’s lives front and centre, as everyone returns to going out out!

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New Vic Production

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By Lewis Carroll Adapted and directed by Theresa Heskins

Fri 18 November 2022 Sat 28 January 2023 Tickets from £6.00 See page 7 for details Sign-Language Interpreted Performance Sat 14 Jan 2.15pm Audio Described Thu 5 Jan 2.15pm Sat 14 Jan 7.30pm Captioned Tue 17 Jan 2.15pm Sat 21 Jan 7.30pm Relaxed Performance Sat 7 Jan 2.15pm Socially-distanced performances See calendar on pages 44 - 45

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One of the New Vic’s best loved Christmas shows is back this festive season. Come and join us as we take a trip to Wonderland! Journey with Alice as she follows the White Rabbit into a curiously enchanting new world, filled with even curioser characters. As she searches for a way home, Alice encounters strange and whimsical people: a disappearing cat with a grin wider than she’s ever seen, a Mad Hatter whose tea party never quite serves tea, and a bad tempered Queen who is looking for her jam tarts… An adventure like no other, Alice In Wonderland is filled with fun, laughter, live music and lots of magical moments. Brought to life in the New Vic’s sensational trademark style from the same team who brought you our much-loved productions of The Snow Queen, Treasure Island and last year’s Beauty and The Beast, this is a story that will give the young – and young at heart – a joyful festive treat this year!

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Touring Production

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A fun-packed festive celebration filled with sensational ’60s music!

Mon 28 November - Sat 10 December Tickets from £22.00 See page 7 for details

When Eric sees his local Amateur Dramatic Society are looking for men to take part in their Christmas production, he realises they must have an excess of women. As ‘an excess of women’ is Eric’s idea of heaven he signs up. However, double-bookings of the rehearsal space, an overenthusiastic Producer who is also the Director, Writer and Star of the Show (who would do a thing like that??) and the arrival of Bev to spoil his fun are all just the start of a disastrous production. Add to this 85-year old Miss Baskeyfield playing the juvenile female lead, four members of a pop group who don’t even want to be there and a sound man who appears to be doing his own show and things quickly go from bad to worse. But will Eric save the day and get a festive 5 star review or will he be the reason the local papers rate the play a ‘turkey’? Whatever happens, the show must go on…! A fun-packed festive treat, Eric’s Christmas Turkey is filled with sensational ’60s songs, lots of laughs, dancing, and Christmas sparkle – it’s a perfect way to start your Christmas celebrations!

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New Vic Education Production

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Created by the New Vic Education Team and You! Directed by Becky Salt

Mon 12 - Sat 31 December Tickets £9.50 See page 7 for details December Sat 10 1.00 / 3.00 Mon 12 11.15* / 1.00* Tue 13 1.00* Wed 14 9.30* / 11.15* / 1.00* Sat 17 11.15 / 1.00 / 3.00 Mon 19 11.15 / 1.00 Tue 20 11.15 / 1.00 Wed 21 11.15 / 1.00 Thu 22 11.15 / 1.00 Fri 23 11.15 / 1.00 Sat 24 11.15 / 1.00 Wed 28 11.15 / 1.00 SD Thu 29 11.15 / 1.00 Fri 30 11.15 / 1.00 / 3.00 Sat 31 11.15 / 1.00 / 3.00

Our interactive storytime adventure for young children and their families is back for more festive fun! Alice has fallen down a rabbit hole and is lost in a curious new world full of sights, sounds and places to explore. Alice would love you to share her adventure in a wonderland of fantastic characters who all want to play and have the most surprising stories to delight us! Come and join us for Christmas capers in a fun filled land and help to get Alice safely home again. Our Tale Trail adventures invite 3 – 5 year olds and their families to step inside the world of a classic children’s tale. A chance to meet characters and experience the story for themselves, and designed to be fully inclusive and accessible. A visit to one of our Tale Trail productions is a perfect introduction to the magic of live theatre and will provide memories that will last long in a child’s mind. Join us as we step into Wonderland this Christmas!


Socially-Distanced Performance Schools’ Performance

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Coppelia - A Mystery 2021


We are celebrating 60 years of theatre making. Help us to look to the future and continue the tradition of excellent creative work in our area by becoming a New Vic Patron. The New Vic is here thanks to the vision and commitment of the local community, making theatre and changing lives. We also now understand that art and culture have a wider, measurable impact on our economy, health and wellbeing, society and education. The New Vic has seen and grown the value of this impact, and pre-pandemic we reached over 25,000 people a year through community and education work; we will do that again, with your support. We want to go on reaching out to our community for the next 60 years. But we cannot do this without the ongoing support we receive from audience members, through the New Vic Patrons. Regular monthly donations from New Vic Patrons have made a huge difference for us during the past 2 years. We are still here today thanks, in no small terms, to the important part our Patrons play in the ecology of the New Vic. Now, in order to ensure a healthy future for the New Vic, we need to grow the number of Patrons who regularly support the theatre. Become a New Vic Patron and help us by giving monthly or annual donations that fund our creative work, as well as community and education projects. There has never been a better or more important time to join us.

Become a New Vic Patron and help support our work for the next 60 years! Sign up now online at or by calling us on 01782 717954 or email New Vic Fundraising and Events Assistant Paula McArdle on

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Visiting Events One-night Events

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Visiting Events


Tickets £23.00 / £21.00 Cons available

Kiki Dee and Carmelo Luggeri: The Long Road Home Tour Wed 15 June 7.30pm For almost two decades, Kiki and Carmelo have been touring their spellbinding acoustic live show across the UK and Europe. Performing in this stripped back fashion allows each of their exceptional talents to shine through and create a wonderful and warm sense of intimacy for the audience. Join them for an acoustic journey of stories and song which include unique covers of songs by artists such as Kate Bush and Frank Sinatra and of course Kiki’s own hits Don’t Go Breaking My Heart, I Got The Music In Me, Loving & Free and the stunning Amoureuse.

Ballet Cymru presents: DREAM Mon 20 June 7.30pm Tickets £23.50 / £21.50 £20.00 Cons available Under 16s Go Free

Ballet Cymru present a fresh, original and extraordinary new ballet based on William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Playing with ideas of inclusion and gender the company will be working with one of the leading composers for dance in the UK, awardwinning instrumentalist and composer Frank Moon.

Image by Sian Trenberth

DREAM is a sparkling re-interpretation in ballet for the 21st Century and features Ballet Cymru’s ground-breaking dancers, stunning video projection and breath-taking choreography from Artistic Directors Darius James OBE and Amy Doughty.

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Visiting Events

Rich Hall’s Hoedown Deluxe Mon 27 June 7.30pm Rich Hall’s comedy/music locomotive keeps on rollin’. Everevolving, ever-changing, Rich’s combination of keen acerbic stand-up combined with spit and sawdust alt-country lyricism is a ‘win-win’ (The Guardian), as sold out crowds across the UK have attested. Rich’s acclaimed BBC4 documentaries (most recently Rich Hall’s Red Menace) and his Radio 4 series Election Breakdown have established a whole new legion of followers. He’s also a stalwart of QI and Have I Got News For You. But seeing the Hoedown is a whole different experience. Gut-busting, rib-tickling, toe-tapping, and shit-kicking, Rich Hall’s Hoedown Deluxe covers the full anatomical spectrum.

Tickets £20.00 / £18.00 Cons available

“Vital and incredulously angry. Hilarious” The Scotsman Age guidance: 14+

Go Gentle Into The Light: An Evening with Guy Chambers Mon 4 July 7.30pm Perhaps best known for his work with Robbie Williams, Guy Chambers is one of the UK’s most successful living songwriters co-writing Robbie’s iconic hits including Angels, Millennium, Feel, Let Me Entertain You and Rock DJ. Guy has also worked with artists and writers including Tina Turner, Kylie Minogue, Diana Ross, Tom Jones, James Blunt, Rufus Wainwright, Scissor Sisters and Mark Ronson. He’s also composed for film and theatre including The Boy in the Dress for the RSC and the 2021 Sky Original film A Christmas No.1.

Tickets £25.00 Cons avaliable

Guy released his first piano album in May 2019, entitled, Go Gentle Into The Light, which features a selection of solo interpretations of these many hits. An Evening with Guy Chambers is a night of solo piano including many of Guy’s hits, with lots of insider stories and anecdotes to accompany them. A perfect evening for all music lovers.

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Visiting Events


Tickets £20.00 / 18.00 Cons avaliable

Kerry Godliman: BOSH Wed 21 Sept 7.30pm Kerry’s back on tour after what she thought would be a little “she” time. No chance. Her bosh-like nature Photo by will never let her rest. Well, that and a needy cat, a Ray Burminston constantly disappointing camper van, ever-raging feelings of mum guilt and bewilderment at the phasing out of thimbles. All will be explained. As seen on After Life, Mock The Week, Live At The Apollo, Taskmaster, , Cats Does Countdown, Save Me and Call The Midwife and heard on The News Quiz, The Now Show and I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue. “vigour, charm and plenty of good gags” The Guardian Age guidance: 14+

Black Umfolosi Mon 26 Sept 7.30pm

Tickets £20.00 Cons available

Black Umfolosi return to the New Vic for the first time in over a decade with their trademark performances inspired by the traditional song and dance of their native southern Africa. With a beauty and enthusiasm that is unrivalled, their performances are energy driven and completely engaging, mixing a great gentleness of spirit and song with an exuberance in dance. Their trademark harmonies mixed with intricate rhythms, clicking and clapping are highlighted during their brilliantly choreographed shows with a full range of movements from subtle to vibrant stomping and leaping! The group have become firm favourites around the world with people of all ages and cultures, due to their natural ability to communicate passion and feeling in their shows.

The Daisy Chains Mon 3 Oct 7.30pm

Tickets £22.00 / £20.00 Cons avaliable

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The Daisy Chains comprise some of the finest female musicians in the country. This awardwinning all girl rock ’n’ roll band will take you on a journey through music’s golden era. Featuring live vocals from six petticoated girls who play drums, guitar, bass, trumpet, tenor and baritone saxophones, each perform solos and beautiful harmonies throughout the show. Not to mention their screamin’ instrumental solos! Enjoy hits from the likes of Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis, Buddy Holly and The Chiffons as well as a few modern songs with a quirky Daisy Chains twist. Be sure to book your tickets for an evening of rockin’ music that will have you dancing in the aisles!

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Mon 31 Oct 7.30pm In My Dear Old Things, Blowers recalls his days as a young England hopeful, how an Eton bus knocked him off his stride - and his bike - recoiling from a career in the City to work as a cricket journalist before finding his way into the Test Match Special box. There are hilarious tales of Johnners, Arlott and other larger-than-life characters in the box and on tour with England. Henry also has plenty of hysterical stories from his post-retirement appearances on Would I Lie to You? and The Real Marigold Hotel.

Visiting Events

Photo by rminston

Henry Blofeld: ‘My Dear Old Things’

Tickets £22.00

Backed by film and rare personal pictures on our big screen, My Dear Old Things is an absolute treat for the cricket connoisseur and a wonderfully engaging evening for all.

The Clare Teal Four Wed 2 Nov 7.30pm Expect exhilarating swing from award-winning jazz vocalist and longtime Radio 2 & Jazz FM broadcaster Clare Teal and her marvellous band. This fabulous new show celebrates the hits and hidden gems of the Great American and British Songbooks, plus contemporary covers and originals. The concert will also include favourites from her acclaimed DVD The Fireside Sessions. Clare’s live shows are constantly evolving, always richly infused with critically-renowned jazz, interspersed with Clare’s warm and witty storytelling. As one of the UK’s greatest interpreters of popular song and muchloved performers, Clare and her band guarantee an evening of inspirational, uplifting music and unbridled entertainment performed by the very best.

Tickets £23.00 / £21.00 Cons available

Juan Martín Fri 4 Nov 7.30pm Juan Martín returns to the New Vic with his inimitable compositions of the great tradition of flamenco. His exquisite style is enhanced through minimal amplification to capture his very pure flamenco sound. Voted as one of the top 3 flamenco guitarists in the world by Guitar Player USA, Juan Martín has toured the world playing concerts from Shanghai and Melbourne to New York as well as in the Montreux Jazz Festival.

Tickets £23.00 / £21.00 Cons available

“A giant of the flamenco guitar tradition” The Times

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Barbara Dickson Visiting Events

With Nick Holland and support

Tickets £24.00

Sat 5 Nov 7.30pm In this special acoustic performance Barbara Dickson and her pianist Nick Holland will perform a wonderful range of material drawing on Barbara’s folk roots, contemporary greats and some of her classic hits. Barbara has enjoyed mainstream chart success with hits including Answer me, Another Suitcase in Another Hall, Caravan and the million-selling number one single, I Know Him So Well. As Scotland’s best-selling female album artist she has earned 6 platinum, 11 gold and 7 silver albums and cemented her status as one of the UK’s best-loved performers. An Evening and A Little Bit of a Morning With

Mark Steel Wed 23 Nov 7.30pm Tickets £20.00 / £18.00 Cons avaliable

Best known for his BBC Radio 4 series, Mark Steel’s in Town and regular appearances on BBC’s Have I Got News For You and QI, this BAFTA-nominated comedian returns with his latest show. “I’ve come to terms with the fact I’m a heap of contradictions, trying to stay young while being unable to log into any website. Trying to be respectable and mainstream (in this show there will even be a piano and a bit of singing), until I can’t help breaking into a steaming rant that would get me locked away somewhere secure if it wasn’t on a stage.” “And this is stand-up, so whatever has happened in the room, in the town or in the world that day will almost certainly be in the show.” Age guidance: 14+

The Albion Band Tue 13 Dec 7.30pm Tickets £23.00 / £21.00 £19.00 Cons avaliable

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Featuring the combined talents of Simon Nicol (Fairport Convention), Kellie While (Albion Band) Simon Care (Edward II) and the Guvnor himself, Ashley Hutchings, this show takes you on a guided tour through the Christmas customs of Britain. The Albion Christmas Show is a seasonal mixture of carols, spoken word, humorous readings and dance and really is the perfect way to start your festivities. This year will see a collection of new material alongside favourites from their back catalogue of Xmas albums. This is a show you must not miss!

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The Fron Choir has been performing at the New Vic at Christmas for well over 30 years. It is their “favourite concert of the year” and a culmination of a full 12 months of rehearsal and performance in the UK and often abroad. For this evening’s concert, the choir will feature Sioned Terry. The choir has won the prestigious Male Voice Section in Llangollen 4 times, most recently in 2018. They have also sold close to 2 million of their Voices of the Valley albums around the world and released the fifth in the series, Voices of the Valley – Echoes, last year. 2022 is their 75th Anniversary, and they are very happy and proud to be able to bring their “Brotherhood of Song” to us once again, to enjoy the fun and joy of Christmas.

Visiting Events

The Froncysyllte Male Voice Choir with soloist Sioned Terry Sat 17 Dec 7.30pm

Tickets £25.50 / £23.00 £20.50 Cons available

The Pasadena Roof Orchestra Wed 4 Jan 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. Presenting the show, and putting on the top hat and tails, is the suave singer and band leader Duncan Galloway. So pack up your troubles, come on get happy, and experience an evening of superlative live music, with more than a dash of wit and humour.

Tickets £25.50 / £23.50 £20.50 Cons available

Paul Jones and Dave Kelly Wed 11 Jan 7.30pm The Blues Band’s Paul Jones and Dave Kelly return to the New Vic with a brand new evening of world-class music. A combination of arguably the greatest British harp player and slide guitarist, both with excellent vocals, will entertain you with an amazing evening of acoustic blues and anecdotes. This is a night not to be missed!

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Tickets £25.00

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Exhibitions It’s Back at the Vic Wed 17 August - Sat 10 September Join us for a celebration of 60 years of Theatre Making with our exhibition showcasing the work of artists, crafts people and treasures from behind the scenes. Working with the Victoria Theatre Archive, the New Vic and our community, we will be exploring and sharing with you some of the fascinating props, photographs and unseen objects from the last 60 years. There will be a few surprises, plenty of fascinating finds and countless precious memories.

Newcastle in Bloom 2022 Mon 12 September - Sat 8 October This year’s theme is ‘Plant a Bloomin’ Tree’ and links with the Queen’s Green Canopy for the Platinum Jubilee. The aim is to encourage schoolchildren and the wider community to plant trees in Newcastle, thus making the borough a better place to live, work, study and invest.

Tony Wild Recent Landscape Collages Mon 10 October - Sat 12 November “I have been working with collage for over fifty years. I found it a stimulating device for unlocking one’s ideas, initially as preparatory studies for paintings, but later found that they became statements and works in their own right.”

Alice in Wonderland Schools’ exhibition Mon 14 November - 28 January Our annual exhibition of artwork from local school children, themed around our Christmas show.

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New Vic Borderlines Creativity, Community, Change. ‘Sowing Seeds of Peace’ We bring the power of creativity to innovative and challenging projects which deal with the issues our community face, to help make a positive difference to our local communities.


Tue 12 July 10.00am - 3.00pm

PEACE is something all people across the globe say they wish for and value, but it seems to remain as difficult to achieve today as at any other point in history. Our peace conference Our work takes place directly with community invites you, community groups, schools, colleges and universities to come and help us explore members and young people, many of whom concepts of peace, how to create peace, and face significant barriers in their lives and the role that ‘hope’ plays in building peaceful communities. Through working together, futures. As a delegate you will see a new drama, they are empowered and uplifted, given the My Thousand Year Old Land written using the opportunity to be seen and heard and to testimonies of survivors from the genocide inspire and make a positive change in their and war crimes in Bosnia and Herzegovina; own lives and the lives of their communities. participate in creative workshops; and help Find out more about New Vic identify what we all must do in order to Borderlines at be creators of peace, locally, nationally and uk/education-and-community/ internationally. See and hear presentations about inspiring work being done locally and borderlines internationally. Each delegate will make their own Denise Coates Foundation individual pledge as a creator of peace and leave supports Borderlines’ work with the conference with the seeds of peace in their disadvantaged young people. hands to sow in their own communities. To find out more about how to get involved in this event contact Aida Current Borderlines’ Projects: Haughton MBE on ahaughton@ To celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee we are delighted to deliver our ‘Happy and Glorious’ Project. We are working with several For more information about any of our projects community groups and artists across Stokecontact or on-Trent and Staffordshire creating Parades, Jubilee Walks, Community Edible Gardens and or alternatively call Performances. Projects include Newcastle’s 01782 381368. Britain in Bloom town centre parade; Walk Talk Action ‘FenPark Community Wildlife Project; Salt Box & Middleport Matters Jam Jar Wakes Green Futures well-being project; ZCR Rugeley - Lichfield Fringe Walking to a Green and Pleasant Future; New Vic Borderlines YPTC ‘Happy and Glorious’ timetravelling performance, and our ‘Sowing Seeds of Peace Conference’

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New Vic Education New Vic Education is here to make learning through theatre a life-long adventure. We have events for families and young children, literacy and active learning programmes for schools, partnerships with Universities, regular activities for older adults, youth theatre groups and holiday projects. We also develop work with members of our community to support people living with dementia and for families and carers. Everyone is welcome to join us at our regular Tuesday morning Open House Café, to enjoy making new connections and enjoy our creative atmosphere. Our partners include the Royal Shakespeare Company in our Associate Schools Programme, giving a long term commitment to local Primary Schools and our Arts Award Programme, where we give young people the chance to develop their backstage skills through meeting New Vic professionals and theatre makers. This season look out for: Drama Club Do your children like to play and make up their 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. Saturdays: 9.15-10.00 am (Ages 4-6) 10.15-11.00 am ( Ages 7-9) Youth Theatre New Vic Youth Theatre is a place to make friends, build confidence and express 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

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workshops and performing, there are chances to get involved in other creative projects, including gaining an Arts Award, working with guest artists and theatre trips. Wednesdays: 4.30-6.00 pm (Ages 10-12) Thursdays: 4.30-6.00 pm (Ages 13-15) 6.15-8.00 pm (Ages 16-19) 37 Plays We are working in partnership with The Royal Shakespeare Company on their biggest public writing project 37 Plays which will celebrate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s First Folio in the summer of 2023. This year, we invited young people to come along to our free play reading sessions hosted throughout the summer. The sessions explored new play writing and provided an opportunity for group discussions to inspire and ignite our own writing and during Autumn we will be developing the young people’s own work, both at the New Vic and in our partner schools. Watch this space to find out more about the exciting new work we produce. Dementia and Creativity We work with a variety of partners, including The Alzheimer’s Society and the Brampton Museum to provide an exciting programme of activities for people with a diagnosis of dementia, carers and family members. Each week, we have activities at the New Vic, plus a weekend session at the Brampton Museum. If you or someone you know would be interested in joining us, please email Gail Washington for more details at For details about any of the above please contact our Education department at or visit for more information.

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Get stuck into arts and culture in Stoke-onTrent and Newcastleunder-Lyme! Appetite, Arts Council England’s Creative People and Places Programme led by New Vic Theatre, is entering its tenth year of bringing awe-inspiring arts experiences to the area. And what a year we have for you! We’ll be creating some truly special and unique moments to mark our 10th year and everyone’s invited. Bianco by NoFit State was the first ever show that Appetite bought to Stoke-on-Trent, wowing and amazing audiences and so we had to bring them back. Running from 23 June to 10 July Sabotage, the brand new show from the award-winning NoFit State will land in Central Forest Park. Bianco by NoFit State Circus 2013

With Sabotage you can expect an exceptional new large scale circus spectacular, but with a darker, grittier edge. Sabotage has an astounding international cast with performers from Albania to Ireland and Brazil to Wales. With awe-inspiring circus skills including aerial silks, breakdancing, duo trapeze, acrobatics, hula hooping, slack line, straps, and much more. Requardt & Rosenberg’s Future Cargo will be parking up in the heart of Newcastle-under-Lyme town centre on Friday 1 and Saturday 2 July. Presented by Appetite and The Place, this sci-fi dance spectacle gives audiences an immersive experience into the world of Future Cargo. Visually striking, it’s performed within a 40ft truck with the audience using headphones to experience the world inside the shipping container. The story? A mystery shipment arrives from an unknown location. There are reports of fireballs, power surges and electromagnetic waves in the area. As the side rolls up on a 40ft haulage truck, an enigmatic machine is revealed, and a strange and unstoppable process begins. We can’t wait to find out what happens next.

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Future Cargo

The Big Feast returns to Stoke-on-Trent city centre on Friday 26 and Saturday 27 August and will have a jam-packed programme taking over the streets with some special moments to mark Appetite’s 10th year. Grab the chance to come along, laugh and enjoy this free 2-day event with your friends and family. ‘Always find The Big Feast events entertaining, enjoyable, and the artists to a high standard. Something the family always look forward to. Long may it continue.’ (The Big Feast Audience member) Make this a year to remember. Book now for Sabotage and Future Cargo, through the New Vic Box Office, and put The Big Feast in your diaries. Sabotage tickets £24.00 (concessions £17.00) Family of Four £65.00 Future Cargo tickets £12.00


Why not join and support us? Appetite are always looking for community groups and individuals to get involved, and for organisations and individuals to support us through donations. Find out how and discover what else is coming up by visiting or contact us at 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.

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Accessible performances The New Vic welcomes all customers and is committed to providing access to the arts for all. These services currently include: Captioning Captioning is like subtitles for films: as the actors speak, their words are shown on a screen so that you can follow what is said, when it is said and by whom. Audio Described Audio description is a verbal commentary that explains what is happening on the stage during the parts of the performance where there is no dialogue. Socially-distanced performances These performances have reduced capacity, giving you extra empty seats around your booking, for a little extra space. 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. Our gender neutral toilet is situated on the ground level of the theatre. Infra-red assisted hearing system and Induction Loop (not available for amplified performances). 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.

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Relaxed performances Relaxed performances are designed to welcome audience members who might be anxious about attending the theatre, including those with autistic spectrum conditions as well as those with a sensory and communication disorder or learning disability. Sign-Language Interpreted performances Sign language performances convey the script of the show using hand gestures and movements, body language and facial expressions, instead of spoken words.

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. Wearing the Sunflower lanyard discreetly indicates to people around the wearer that they may need additional support, help or a little more time. Please feel free to borrow one from our Box Office Team. Our balcony seating is approximately 30ft above the main stage and only accessible by stairs. As such, this area is not recommended for very young children, or those with mobility concerns. Speak to a member of our Box Office Team for advice on the best seats for you. Accessible performances are highlighted on individual show pages and on the diary on pages 44 - 45. For more information on any of the above facilities contact our Theatre Manager, David Sunnuck at

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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 from 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 the 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.


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

Exchanges, refunds & reprints

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.

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.

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 To read more about our privacy policy, please visit

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. 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 June 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 Sat 25 Mon 27 Tue 28 Wed 29 Thu 30 July Fri 1 Sat 2 Mon 4 Tue 5 Wed 6 Thu 7 Fri 8 Sat 9 Mon 11 Tue 12

August Mon 22 Tue 23 Wed 24 Thu 25 Fri 26 Sat 27 Mon 29 Tue 30 Wed 31

Tom, Dick & Harry Tom, Dick & Harry Tom, Dick & Harry Tom, Dick & Harry Kiki Dee and Carmelo Luggeri Tom, Dick & Harry Tom, Dick & Harry Gala Tom, Dick & Harry Ballet Cymru: Dream Tom, Dick & Harry Tom, Dick & Harry Tom, Dick & Harry Tom, Dick & Harry Tom, Dick & Harry Rich Hall Tom, Dick & Harry Tom, Dick & Harry Tom, Dick & Harry

Tom, Dick & Harry Tom, Dick & Harry Guy Chambers Tom, Dick & Harry Tom, Dick & Harry Tom, Dick & Harry Tom, Dick & Harry Tom, Dick & Harry My Thousand Year Old Land My Thousand Year Old Land

Eric’s Monster Mash Eric’s Monster Mash Eric’s Monster Mash Eric’s Monster Mash Eric’s Monster Mash Eric’s Monster Mash Theatre Closed Eric’s Monster Mash Eric’s Monster Mash

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7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 SD 7.30 7.30 7.30 2.15 / 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30

7.30 2.15 RP & SD / 7.30 7.30 7.30 CAP 7.30 2.15 / 7.30 7.30 2.15 AD / 7.30 7.30pm 7.30pm

7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30

September Thu 1 Eric’s Monster Mash Fri 2 Eric’s Monster Mash Sat 3 Open Day Eric’s Monster Mash Wed 7 Brief Encounter Thu 8 Brief Encounter Fri 9 Brief Encounter Sat 10 Brief Encounter Sat 17 Marvellous Mon 19 Marvellous Tue 20 Marvellous Wed 21 Kerry Godliman Thu 22 Marvellous Fri 23 Marvellous Sat 24 Marvellous Mon 26 Black Umfolosi Tue 27 Marvellous Wed 28 Marvellous Thu 29 Marvellous Fri 30 Marvellous October Sat 1 Marvellous Mon 3 The Daisy Chains Tue 4 Marvellous Wed 5 Marvellous Thu 6 Marvellous Fri 7 Marvellous Sat 8 Marvellous Tue 11 Family Album Wed 12 Family Album Thu 13 Family Album Fri 14 Family Album Sat 15 Family Album Mon 17 Family Album Tue 18 Family Album Wed 19 Family Album Thu 20 Family Album Fri 21 Family Album Sat 22 Family Album Tue 25 Shakers Wed 26 Shakers Thu 27 Shakers Fri 28 Shakers Sat 29 Shakers Mon 31 Henry Blofeld

7.30 7.30 10.00 - 4.00 7.30 7.30 2.15 SD / 7.30 SD 7.30 2.15 / 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 SD 7.30 2.15 SD / 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30

Novem Wed 2 Fri 4 Sat 5 Fri 18 Sat 19 Tue 22 Wed 23

Thu 24 Fri 25 Sat 26 Mon 28 Tue 29

Wed 3

Decem Thu 1 Fri 2

7.30 7.30 7.30 CAP 7.30 2.15 / 7.30 7.30 2.15 AD & RP / 7.30 7.30 7.30 SD 2.15 SD / 7.30 7.30 2.15 / 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 2.15 / 7.30 7.30 2.15 / 7.30 7.30 7.30 SD 2.15 SD / 7.30 7.30 2.15 / 7.30 7.30

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Mon 12 Tue 13

Wed 14 Thu 15 Fri 16 Sat 17

Mon 19 Tue 20

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November Wed 2 The Clare Teal Four Fri 4 Juan Martín Sat 5 Barbara Dickson Fri 18 Alice in Wonderland Sat 19 Alice in Wonderland Tue 22 Alice in Wonderland Wed 23 Alice in Wonderland Mark Steel Thu 24 Alice in Wonderland Fri 25 Alice in Wonderland Sat 26 Alice in Wonderland Mon 28 Eric’s Christmas Turkey Tue 29 Alice in Wonderland Eric’s Christmas Turkey Wed 30 Alice in Wonderland Eric’s Christmas Turkey December Thu 1 Alice in Wonderland Eric’s Christmas Turkey Fri 2 Alice in Wonderland Eric’s Christmas Turkey Sat 3 Alice in Wonderland Eric’s Christmas Turkey Mon 5 Alice in Wonderland Eric’s Christmas Turkey Tue 6 Alice in Wonderland Eric’s Christmas Turkey Wed 7 Alice in Wonderland Eric’s Christmas Turkey Thu 8 Alice in Wonderland Eric’s Christmas Turkey Fri 9 Alice in Wonderland Eric’s Christmas Turkey Sat 10 Alice in Wonderland Eric’s Christmas Turkey Mon 12 Alice in Wonderland Tue 13 Alice in Wonderland The Albion Band Wed 14 Alice in Wonderland Thu 15 Alice in Wonderland Fri 16 Alice in Wonderland Sat 17 Alice in Wonderland The Froncysyllte Male Voice Choir Mon 19 Alice in Wonderland Tue 20 Alice in Wonderland

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7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 10.30* / 2.15* 10.30* 7.30 10.30* / 2.15* 10.30* 2.15 / 7.30 7.30 10.30* / 2.15* 7.30 10.30* / 2.15* 7.30

10.30* / 2.15* 7.30 10.30* 7.30 2.15 7.30 2.15* 7.30 10.30* / 2.15* 7.30 10.30* 7.30 10.30* / 2.15* 7.30 10.30* 7.30 2.15 7.30 2.15* 10.30* 7.30 10.30* / 2.15* 10.30* / 2.15* 2.15* / 7.30 2.15 7.30 7.30 7.30

Wed 21 Thu 22 Fri 23 Sat 24 Mon 26 Tue 27 Wed 28 Thu 29 Fri 30 Sat 31

Alice in Wonderland Alice in Wonderland Alice in Wonderland Alice in Wonderland Theatre Closed Theatre Closed Alice in Wonderland Alice in Wonderland Alice in Wonderland Alice in Wonderland

January Mon 2 Theatre Closed Tue 3 Alice in Wonderland Wed 4 Alice in Wonderland The Pasadena Roof Orchestra Thu 5 Alice in Wonderland Fri 6 Alice in Wonderland Sat 7 Alice in Wonderland Tue 10 Alice in Wonderland Wed 11 Alice in Wonderland Paul Jones and Dave Kelly Thu 12 Alice in Wonderland Fri 13 Alice in Wonderland Sat 14 Alice in Wonderland Tue 17 Alice in Wonderland Wed 18 Alice in Wonderland Thu 19 Alice in Wonderland Fri 20 Alice in Wonderland Sat 21 Alice in Wonderland Tue 24 Alice in Wonderland Wed 25 Alice in Wonderland Thu 26 Alice in Wonderland Fri 27 Alice in Wonderland Sat 28 Alice in Wonderland

7.30 2.15 / 7.30 2.15 / 7.30 10.30 / 3.00

2.15 / 7.30 2.15 / 7.30 2.15 / 7.30 10.30 / 3.00

10.30* 10.30* 7.30 10.30* / 2.15* AD 10.30* / 7.30 SD 2.15 RP / 7.30 10.30* / 2.15* 10.30* 7.30 10.30* 10.30* / 7.30 2.15 SP & SD / 7.30 AD 10.30* / 2.15* CAP 10.30* 10.30* 10.30* / 7.30 2.15 / 7.30 CAP 10.30* / 2.15* 10.30* 10.30* 10.30* / 7.30 2.15 / 7.30

Tale Trail to Wonderland See the full schedule on page 28 KEY CAP AD RP SD SP *

Opening Night Captioned Performance Audio Described Performance Relaxed Performance Socially-Distanced Performance Signed Performance Schools’ Performance

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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.

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 the Box Office for details. By Public Transport

Parking Onsite parking is available at the theatre (a charge of £1.50 applies from 6.00pm). 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

streets to minimise inconvenience to our neighbours.



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. 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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Café and Bar The New Vic café serves delicious homemade food in a relaxing setting. Whether you’re joining us for a casual lunch, a pre-show meal, or a slice of our scrumptious homemade cake – you’re always sure to have a warm welcome. We operate with table service and our friendly staff are here to help so please don’t hesitate to ask if you need anything, or need to tell us about any dietary requirements. We pride ourselves on having plenty of options for vegetarians, vegans and children. Offering an excellent choice of drinks, including draft lagers, beers, craft gins and non-alcoholic options, our Theatre Bar is open before and after the show. You can also order your interval drinks so they are ready and waiting for you. What’s more, our auditorium is fully-licensed so you can even take your drinks in to enjoy as you watch the performance.

Why not treat yourself to a pre-show meal? With a seasonally-themed menu for each new production, our Café is open for pre-show meals where you will always find a wide variety of choice to complement your evening with us. We recommend that you book in advance to guarantee a table which we will keep for you to use during the interval too! Book your table online via the Café page on our website, give our Catering Team a call on 01782 717954 Ext 325 or email Opening hours Café 10.00am – 3.00pm Pre-show meals From 5.30pm Theatre Bar 5.30pm – late

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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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