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What’s On

December 2019 – October 2020

Box Office 01782 717962 newvictheatre.org.uk

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The 39 Steps is back! Thu 5 - Sat 28 March

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Around The World In 80 Days, 2017

An International New Vic Backstage Tour Tuesday 4 February 11.30am -12.30pm Join New Vic Managing Director Fiona Wallace on this special backstage tour, with a sneak preview of plans for our auditorium refurbishment. Tea and cake served afterwards in the lounge. All proceeds will go towards the Full Circle Appeal. Play a part in the New Vic’s future. Tickets £25.00 Book via Box Office on 01782 717962 For more details about our auditorium refurbishment project see pages 4 & 5.

Shows that began life here at the New Vic have been making an impact all over the world this year. We took our much-loved production of Around The World in 80 Days off to the US in May – to the New Victory Theatre in New York, and then on to Florida. And LEXICON, the spectacular show that we commissioned to kick off our Circus Past, Present and Future season in 2018 has toured to the likes of Melbourne, Australia; Marseille and Lyon, France; Narberth, Wales; Antwerp, Belgium and it’s back in the UK at Roundhouse, London in January 2020. We’re so proud work we’ve made here in Staffordshire is making waves all across the globe!


Over 180,000 people through our doors each year Photography in this brochure by Andrew Billington, Stephen Dobbie, David Hughes, Phil Radcliffe and Mark Robson. Cover image shows The 39 Steps. See page 20 for details.

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From initial discussions to first production, a New Vic season is usually two years in the making. People are often surprised that it takes so long. The 2020 season has taken even longer, because these are some very special plays, and we’ve been absolutely longing to bring them to you. We welcome director Ruth Carney, who was born and brought up in Kidsgrove and has recently returned to live in the area. With Two she will direct her first production on the New Vic stage. You probably know her work already, from TV programmes like Casualty and Emmerdale. It’s great to see people like Ruth returning to their theatre roots. In rehearsal for last year’s The 39 Steps, I regularly laughed till I cried. It was a delight to see audiences responding the same way, and then returning for a second visit, wanting to share the hilarity with friends and family. We knew we had to bring the show back. I’m bracing myself for another draught of this laughter tonic, and looking forward to sharing the heady brew with friends old and new. Our production of Dracula in 2015, described as “contributing to a revolution in theatre sound design”, was named one of The Observer’s best shows of that year. A rare stage version of Angela Carter’s spine-tingling story The Company of Wolves is the perfect follow-up. Horror is a genre rarely visited on stage.

Werewolves perhaps even more so. But staging the impossible is our speciality... We’ve been working for some time with the local legend that is Neil “Nello” Baldwin on how to tell the story of his life. He’s such a fascinating and wonderful man - and such an inspiration. We’re delighted that he’s become an unofficial mascot for the New Vic, just as he did for Keele University and Stoke City FC. His recipe for happiness has rubbed off on us, and the play we are making about him will be full of his mischievous brand of humour, charm, joy and inspiration. I’ve had some amazing theatre adventures this year - in New York, Florida and the West End - and what they’ve taught me is how lucky I am to work alongside the incredible artists, craftspeople and theatre experts at the New Vic, making plays for the extraordinary people who live here. I can’t wait to share this new theatre adventure of these amazing plays with you. Theresa Heskins Artistic Director @TheresaHeskins

Keep up-to-date with all our news at newvictheatre.org.uk or follow us at: @NewVicTheatre NewVicTheatre Staffordshire new_vic_theatre

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The New Vic’s Next Stage… In the summer of 2020, we’re planning our biggest capital redevelopment project since the theatre opened as we refurbish the New Vic auditorium! New seats, improved aisle lighting, a new stage, a redeveloped balcony and much more… Our key aim is to make sure the New Vic we all know and love is the best it can be for theatregoers now and for future generations of theatregoers in years to come. With the support of local people, who raised over £1 million to build a new theatre, the New Vic opened its doors in August 1986. But, after 33 years of successful productions, projects and events, and after welcoming over three million audience members through our doors, our auditorium is in urgent need of refurbishment.

Why are we doing the work? In a typical week, our auditorium plays host to spectacular productions, ground-breaking community projects through our Borderlines department and young people’s work through our Education Team, plus much more. It’s a busy place almost every day of the year. Up until recently, the whole space has stood up well to wear and tear. But now the time has come to make a significant investment in the auditorium for the future. Initial plans for the works have been reviewed by our major funder Arts Council England and they have given the green light to supporting the project with £353,225 of funding if we are able to raise the rest of the funds needed for it to go ahead. What are we going to do? In June 2020, following the last performance of The Company of Wolves (see page 26), we will close our auditorium for an extended period across the summer to complete works in the theatre. We plan to: • Replace all seats in the auditorium • Update and improve aisle lighting • Redevelop the balcony area • Replace the stage floor

Around The World In 80 Days, 2017

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And if we can raise the funds we would also like to use this opportunity to refurbish the New Vic toilets to bring them up-to-date and be the best they can be for all our visitors.

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Our building will remain open throughout the redevelopment period as we deliver our summer programme, including young people’s holiday activities and summer schools, and continue to serve home-cooked food from the theatre Café . We’ll also begin rehearsing for the production that will reopen the newly refurbished auditorium in September – see page 28 for more details about Marvellous! How can you help? Our creativity knows no bounds but our resources do. The Arts Council have invested in our capital project but we need to raise the remaining funds ourselves.

Astley’s Astounding Adventures, 2018

We need your help. With your support we’ll be able to complete all the work we urgently need to ensure our auditorium remains the special place we know it is, for generations to come! You can play a part in the New Vic’s future by donating to our Full Circle Appeal.

Help us transform our auditorium for generations to come! Donate to our Full Circle Appeal today to directly support us to replace our seating, update aisle lighting, make improvements to the balcony and more. Donate today by: • Visiting newvictheatre.org.uk/fullcircle • Calling Box Office on 01782 717962 • Or complete a donation form at the theatre

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Two, The 39 Steps, The Ballad of Maria Marten, Quality Street, The Company of Wolves, Marvellous Fri & Sat Eves Mon – Thu Eves Matinees First Night Fever

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See this season’s shows at last season’s prices! Prices held on this season until 30 June

The Prince and The Pauper Purple Performances £26.50 £25.00 £20.00 Blue Performances £25.00 £23.50 £18.50 Schools’ Performances £21.00 (See below for details of Schools’ concessions) See pages 43 - 45 for full schedule

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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: £12.00 per pupil Groups 10+: £2.00 off top two prices (11th ticket free for the group organiser) * A transaction fee of £1.00 per ticket applies when booking online

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Join us to celebrate our next stage Say farewell to our old auditorium Fri 12 June 2020 7.30pm -11.00pm Celebrate the end of an era at the New Vic. After 33 years and almost three million visitors, we are closing during the summer of 2020 for a major auditorium refurbishment. Watch The Company of Wolves and then join the cast and our Artistic Director in the auditorium afterwards to learn about the making of the show and the plans for our redevelopment. Toast the history of our auditorium with drinks and canapés and help us look forward to the future at our farewell party! Tickets: £40.00 per person (includes a ticket to the performance. All proceeds to the Full Circle Appeal).

Be one of the first to enjoy our Marvellous new look... Join us for this exclusive gala celebration Sat 19 September 2020 from 6.00pm Gala Performance Enjoy a glass of fizz, canapés and a performance of Marvellous AND be one of the first to see our new look with this exclusive event to mark the reopening of the New Vic auditorium! Astley’s Astounding Adventures, 2018

Tickets £55.00 each (includes a ticket to the performance. All proceeds to the Full Circle Appeal).

Play a part in the New Vic’s future. Book for both of these special events today. Call Box Office on 01782 717962 or visit newvictheatre.org.uk

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Plays New Vic Productions and Touring Productions


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New Vic Production

“alive with music, wit and spectacle” The Guardian

By Mark Twain Adapted and directed by Theresa Heskins

Until Sat 25 January 2020 Tickets from £18.50 See pages 6 & 7 for details Audio Described Wed 8 Jan 10.30am Sat 11 Jan 2.15pm Captioned Tue 14 Jan 2.15pm Sat 18 Jan 2.15pm Relaxed Performance Mon 13 Jan 6.00pm Schools’ Performances available

Classic stories, spectacular adventures and lots of fun are the hallmarks of a New Vic Christmas show, and this year is no exception! Prepare for a tale full of heart, filled with imaginative storytelling, live music, humour, swashbuckling derring-do and festive magic as we stage a brand new adaptation of The Prince and The Pauper. Join us and be enchanted by this story of a chance meeting between two people, which might just change their lives… and the lives of everyone around them.

“offers a feast for the senses” The Stage

See Diary for detailed performance schedule

“another example of this theatre’s tight creative team at their best” The Reviews Hub

“up there as one of the best” The Sentinel Illustration by Angelo Rinaldi, represented by Artist Partners www.artistpartners.com

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New Vic Education Production

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Until Sat 4 January 2020 Tickets £9.00 See page 7 for details Schools’ Performances available See Diary for detailed performance schedule

This Christmas, join us for a brand new Tale Trail… Follow our storytelling actors as we take you on a 45 minute adventure into a magical and mysterious world in Tale Trail to The Prince and The Pauper. Specially written and directed for 3 - 5 year olds and their families, this is the perfect introduction to the magic of theatre. This enchanting story will take you on a journey filled with excitement and intrigue… Who are the two boys who look so similar? And why don’t they know each other? Can you help to solve this mystery…?

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Image from previous production, Tale Trail to Robin & Marian, 2015

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New Vic Production

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By Jim Cartwright Directed by Ruth Carney

Fri 31 January – Sat 22 February Tickets from £15.50 See pages 6 & 7 for details Captioned Tue 18 Feb 7.30pm Audio Described Sat 22 Feb 2.15pm Talkback Tue 18 Feb Please note: Contains strong language

Behind the bar of their northern pub, the Landlord and Landlady welcome their regulars with open arms. Lending an ear for stories of celebration, of loss, of love and of despair, the bickering couple work together to keep the locals in high spirits – with drinks, conversation and laughter. But what is their story? As a lost boy turns up on their doorstep looking for his Dad, the couple must confront their own demons and perhaps, for the first time in years, talk to each other… Performed by two actors playing all 14 characters, Jim Cartwright’s poignant play takes audiences into the world of a working-class pub over the course of one night. Weaving together rich stories full of human emotion, this dark-comedy gives an intimate insight into a variety of characters and will make you laugh, and cry, in equal measure.

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New Vic Youth Theatre Production Part of National Theatre Connections

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By Chris Bush Directed by Katherine Hughes

Tue 25 February 7.30pm Tickets £9.50 See page 7 for details

A lyrical piece about existing on the cusp of growing up. Are we teenagers? Are we children? What are we? It’s about bodies in flux and perspectives shifting; knowing change is coming, but not what that change will look like. Set in and around a swimming pool, The Changing Room follows a group of teens full of excitement, impatience and uncertainty, each with their own secret worries and desires for what comes next. With a full young band and a large cast, the New Vic Youth Theatre tackle big questions such as “When are we ready to take the plunge into adulthood?” For those who are, or who have ever been teenagers, this big joyful musical is performed by the New Vic Youth Theatre as part of National Theatre Connections. Each year the National Theatre commissions ten new plays for young people to perform, bringing together some of the UK’s most exciting writers with the theatre-makers of tomorrow. 300 youth theatre companies and over 6,000 young people from every corner of the UK are producing a Connections play this year.

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Previous production shots from New Vic Youth Theatre’s The Sad Club, 2019.

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Eastern Angles and Matthew Linley Creative Projects in association with the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough



By Beth Flintoff Directed by Hal Chambers

Wed 26 – Sat 29 February Tickets from £15.50 See pages 6 & 7 for details Please note: Age guidance 12+

A thrilling retelling of a real-life murder mystery… Summer, 1827. In a red barn Maria Marten awaits her lover. A year later her gruesomely murdered body is found in a grain sack, barely identifiable. Maria’s story sent shockwaves throughout the country. The Red Barn Murder (as it became known) was national news, inspiring writers and film makers down the ages. The sort of gruesome tale that had all the hallmarks of a classic crime drama - a missing body, a country location, a disreputable squire and a village stuck in its age-old traditions. But in all this hysteria Maria’s own story gets lost. Until now. Hal Chambers and Beth Flintoff’s spine-tingling retelling rediscovers her story, bringing it back to vivid, urgent life. “Rich and transporting” The Stage “Well worth catching on its tour” Libby Purves, Theatre Cat “Superbly staged” British Theatre Guide

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New Vic Production

By Arrangement with Edward Snape for Fiery Angel Limited John Buchan and Alfred Hitchcock’s THE 39 STEPS Adapted by Patrick Barlow from an original concept by Simon Corble and Nobby Dimon Directed by Theresa Heskins

Thu 5 – Sat 28 March Tickets from £15.50 See pages 6 & 7 for details Captioned Tue 24 Mar 7.30pm Audio Described Sat 28 Mar 2.15pm Talkback Tue 24 Mar

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! After a hugely successful run last year, The 39 Steps returns to entertain you with madness and mayhem once again! Richard Hannay, upstanding gent and all-round good guy, finds himself in a bit of a pickle when he wakes up to find a mysterious woman in his apartment. Dead. Now on the run, pursued by all manner of suspicious characters, can Hannay evade capture and clear his name of murder before it’s too late? Will he fall in love along the way? And what exactly are The 39 Steps? A thrilling, inventive, fast-paced caper, four actors will play over 120 characters in this side-splitting comedy based on John Buchan’s famous spy novel. Reuniting the cast from last year’s hit production, join Rebecca Brewer, Gareth Cassidy, Michael Hugo and Isaac Stanmore as they delight you once again in this thrilling spy drama!

“Delightfully zany revival of the spy caper filled with energy and pizzazz” The Stage

“The 39 Steps” is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH LTD, a Concord Theatricals Company

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David Graham Productions present



Fri 3 – Sat 18 April Tickets from £17.00 See page 7 for details

Unbelievably, Eric is settling down. He’s moved in with Bev and everything is going as well as can be expected in the land of domestic bliss. Everything except money that is. Eric’s starting to worry, but Bev’s got a plan - a plan to get rich quick. Their own version of The Chippendales. Eric dismisses it as nonsense and wants nothing to do with it but when Bev surrounds herself with four hunky young men and he’s left out he changes his mind and wants in. When the night comes though, will Eric and the boys be brave enough to do... the ‘full monty’? Or will they leave their hats on? Whatever happens this is a show you won’t want to miss, full of sensational ’60s music, loads of laughter and some Hot Stuff that’ll make you smile!

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Northern Broadsides Production



By J.M. Barrie Directed by Laurie Sansom

Tue 28 April – Sat 9 May Tickets from £15.50 See pages 6 & 7 for details Talkback Tue 5 May

Phoebe Throssel lives on Quality Street, the bustling hub of a quaint northern town where she runs a school for unruly children. Ten years since a tearful goodbye, an old flame returns from fighting Napoleon. But the look of disappointment on Captain Valentine’s face when he greets a more mature, less glamorous Phoebe, spurs our determined heroine to action. She becomes the wild and sparkling Miss Livvy, a younger alter-ego who soon entraps the clueless Captain. As their romance is rekindled, can she juggle both personas? Or will her deception scandalise the town and wreck any future with the man she loves? J.M. Barrie’s delicious farce, written years before his now much-loved Peter Pan, was so well known in its day that it gave its name to the UK’s most popular chocolates, made in Halifax since 1936. In Laurie Sansom’s directorial debut for Northern Broadsides, this rare revival also features a commentary from the Quality Street™ factory workers, whose own stories of hapless romance and growing old disgracefully give the show a playful Yorkshire twist.

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New Vic Production

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An extraordinary retelling of Angela Carter’s iconic fantasy Adapted and directed by Theresa Heskins

Thu 21 May – Sat 13 June Tickets from £15.50 See pages 6 & 7 for details Captioned Tue 9 June 7.30pm Audio Described Sat 13 June 2.15pm Talkback Tue 9 June Please note: Suitable for ages 14+

Imaginative staging, evocative soundscapes and spectacular aerial movement combine as Theresa Heskins uses her trademark theatrical invention to bring Angela Carter’s gripping horror story to life. In this rare stage version, The Company of Wolves is filled with danger, desire and suspense - a story of terror and transformation unlike anything you have experienced before. “Fear and flee the wolf…” A dark night, in the grip of midwinter. A sense of foreboding fills the air. A girl sets off for grandmother’s house. A wolf howl echoes around the forest… Her fellow townsfolk tell tales of beasts who hunger for blood and darkness, prowling the edges of the forest path, waiting for victims. But Red Riding Hood doesn’t believe in fear. Strong-minded, armed with a carving knife and a cunning mind, she feels invincible. A chance meeting with a huntsman turns an innocent journey into a seductive and terrifying race. Locked in a battle of wills, who will win the race and claim their victim? The Company of Wolves is adapted from Angela Carter’s renowned radio play and novella - an enticing drama of epic proportions.

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New Vic and Octagon Theatre, Bolton Co-Production

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

Fri 11 September – Sat 3 October Tickets from £15.50 See pages 6 & 7 for details Captioned Tue 29 Sept 7.30pm Audio Described Sat 3 Oct 2.15pm Talkback Tue 29 Sept

An epic story of an extraordinary life. 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. Created in conjunction with the man himself, in her brandnew 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.

Presented with the permission of John Blake Publishing Ltd

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Philip Hardaker City of Shards and Dreams Mon 27 January – Sat 22 February Under our feet is buried our history, heritage and past, and probably the key to our future. Philip’s working practice has tried to rediscover and put the pieces back together and make sense of this fragmented and chaotic earth. Each artwork is unique and tells a story or comment about our world. Philip is currently working on an artwork to help raise funds to refurbish the New Vic Theatre, this great cultural icon.

David Hunt My View Mon 24 February – Sat 21 March An exhibition of David’s interpretation of the landscape of North Staffordshire .

Future Perfect? Future Imperfect? Mon 23 March – Sat 18 April An exhibition of works that have been created as part of an AHRC funded Research Project entitled D4D. Over four years, artists and researchers have worked together to explore ideas of community, marginalisation and agency for deaf and disabled people. Images often directly reflect participant voices, responding to lived experience of disability, alongside concerns about what a future world may look like. Saltwater All the World’s A Stage Mon 20 April – Sat 16 May An exhibition of paintings inspired by a variety of theatre productions. Stone Watercolour group is made up of amateur artists and was set up by Sue Chatterton for the villagers of Salt seven years ago. The group now has members from across Staffordshire. Exhibiting at the New Vic has given this talented group an opportunity to work towards a professional exhibition. Lauren Van Helmond ‘Everyday illustrated’ Mon 18 May – Sat 13 June Handmade sculptural illustrations are created using wire, biscuit tins, wooden pegs and other found materials. The 3D quality of the pieces offer the viewer the chance to explore miniature worlds of the everyday. Master_Spring_20_in_progress_Map_Change2_inProgress.indd 30

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Visiting Events One-night Events


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Visiting Events


Tickets £22.50 / £20.50 / £18.50 Cons available

The Albion Band Tue 17 December 7.30pm The Albion Christmas Show is a mixture of carols, spoken word, humorous readings and dance. It’s the perfect way to start your festivities. with material from their brand new album, alongside plenty of old favourites from their back catalogue. 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 is a wonderful celebration of Christmas both traditional and contemporary.

The Froncysyllte Male Voice Choir With soloist Katie Marshall Sat 21 December 7.30pm Tickets £25.00 / £23.00 / £20.00 Cons available

They’ve appeared at the New Vic every Christmas for more than 30 years – a remarkable tradition that means as much to the Choir as it does to us. For this evening’s concert, the choir will feature Katie Marshall. Join us to celebrate the festive season amongst friends with this spine-tingling, moving and unforgettable evening.

The Pasadena Roof Orchestra Thu 9 January 7.30pm 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.

Tickets £25.00 / £23.00 / £20.00 Cons available

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.

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Wildlife Road Trip


TV Wildlife presenters from Springwatch, Autumnwatch and Winterwatch Natural history broadcasters Martin Hughes-Games and Iolo Williams team up to perform this informative and amusing wildlife show packed with fascinating facts and fun. Their exciting journey is filled with real life stories and takes the audience behind the scenes of the wonderful world of wildlife and TV presenting.

Tickets £23.00 Cons available

Visiting Events

Wed 15 January 7.30pm

In conjunction with Keele Concerts

The Telling: Into the Melting Pot Wed 22 January 7.30pm Spain. July 1492: the deadline for the expulsion of the Jews is days away. At twilight a Jewish woman lights the lamps and starts up her spinning wheel. It is her last night in Seville. She tunes into voices of a community of Jewish, Christian and Muslim women from across the Spanish peninsula. A combination of music and theatre which fuses a plethora of extraordinary instruments including the Arabic oud and sounds from the rich cultural heritage of the Iberian Peninsula in the Middle Ages, featuring plaintive Sephardic songs and lively medieval Cantigas and instrumentals. Play by Clare Norburn; Clare Norburn & Ariane Prüssner: Voices; Joy Smith: Harp, Percussion; Giles Lewin: Oud; Fatima Lahham: Recorders; Suzanne Ahmet as The Jewish woman; Blanca: Nicholas Renton: Director; Natalie Rowland: Lighting Designer.

Tickets £23.50 / £22.00 Cons available U16s go free U26s go free

Fairport Convention Wed 5 February 7.30pm Fairport Convention has been entertaining music lovers for over half a century. During that time the band that launched British folkrock has seen many changes, but one thing has remained the same - Fairport’s passion for performance. This concert will present a mix of long-established Fairport favourites and some surprises from albums old and new including Full House which was released 50 years ago this year. The band features founding member Simon Nicol on guitar and vocals, Dave Pegg on bass guitar (celebrating his fiftieth year in Fairport), Ric Sanders on violin, Chris Leslie on fiddle, mandolin and vocals, and Gerry Conway on drums and percussion.

Tickets £25.00 / £23.00 / £20.00 Cons available

This very special evening will start with a set by special guests Ben Smith and Jimmy Brewer who are famed for their close harmony singing and guitar virtuosity.

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Music in the Round presents


Ensemble 360: Beethoven 250 Mon 10 February 7.30pm Visiting Events

Join the worldwide celebrations marking the 250th birthday of Beethoven, one of classical music’s greatest composers.

Tickets £23.50 / £22.00 £18.50 Cons available U16s go free U26s go free

The music this evening takes us to the extremes of Beethoven’s character. The Grosse Fuge is celebrated for its dramatic nature, while the early Quartet in G is rich in wit and humour and Shostakovich’s popular Quintet is the perfect complement. BEETHOVEN Grosse Fuge in B flat Op.133 SHOSTAKOVICH Piano Quintet in G minor Op.57 BEETHOVEN String Quartet in G Op.18 No.2

Round the Horne

Original scripts by Barry Took and Marty Feldman Compiled and Directed by Tim Astley Tickets £23.00 / £21.00 Cons available

Mon 17 February 7.30pm

“Oh, Mr Horne! How bona to vada your dolly old eek!” From the producers of the UK tours of The Goon Show and Hancock’s Half Hour comes another radio comedy classic live on stage. From 1965 to 1968 there wasn’t a bigger radio programme in Britain than the ground-breaking Round the Horne. With its infamous movie spoofs and hilarious regular characters such as Rambling Sid Rumpo, Charles and Fiona, J. Peasemold Gruntfuttock and Julian and Sandy, Round the Horne was one of the biggest and best radio comedy shows of all time, and still endures today, 50 years on. So come and take a step back in time to the BBC’s Paris Studios and experience this comedy classic live!

Chris Difford Mon 9 March 7.30pm Tickets £23.00 / £21.50 Cons available

Chris Difford is a Grammy-nominated and double Ivor Novello Award-winning lyricist who has brought us characters and sketches from everyday life, and 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. He is one of the country’s most respected songwriters and has co-written with a host of musicians and performers that reads like a veritable who’s who of the industry.

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LipService: Strangers on a Trainset Mon 16 March 7.30pm


But this is no ordinary train - each passenger is reading a book and each book is a portal into a parallel universe of train-related crime fiction. With clever use of projection and multiple train sets, LipService give you a whistle-stop tour that will leave you breathless and racing for the refreshment coach.

Visiting Events

Challenging a youth to turn down his music, Irene Sparrow, inventor of the left-handed crochet hook (patent pending, as seen on Dragon’s Den) finds herself under suspicion of murder after the train emerges from a tunnel with the young man dead. Tickets £20.00 U26s £8.00 Cons available

“LipService - The Laurel and Hardy of literary deconstruction” The Independent

My Name is Why: In Conversation with Lemn Sissay Mon 23 March 7.30pm This is Lemn’s life story: a story of neglect and determination, misfortune and hope, cruelty and triumph. Lemn Sissay is a 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. He is a regular contributor to radio and TV and a prolific speaker, inspiring audiences on a daily basis across the globe.

Tickets £22.00 / £20.00 Cons available

Lee Martin for Gag Reflex presents

Ben Hart: Wonder Mon 30 March 7.30pm Britain’s Got Talent 2019 finalist, West End star and multi award-winning magician Ben Hart is embarking on his debut solo tour. 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 appeared on dozens of UK and international TV shows (including his own series on BBC Three, The One Show and BBC One’s Now You See It).

Tickets £18.00

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Music in the Round presents

Visiting Events

The Marmen Quartet Tue 31 March 7.30pm

Tickets £23.50 / £22.00 £18.50 Cons available U16s go free U26s go free

Tickets £20.00

The Marmen Quartet enjoyed great success in 2019, carrying away first prize at the prestigious international string quartet competitions in Bordeaux and in Banff, Canada. For this concert they present wonderful quartets by Mozart and Beethoven together with Salvatore Sciarrino’s brief but hauntingly beautiful seventh Quartet written in 1999. MOZART Quartet in G K.387 Spring SCIARRINO Quartet No.7 BEETHOVEN Quartet in C sharp minor Op.131 Johannes Marmen: Violin; Ricky Gore: Violin; Bryony Gibson-Cornish: Viola; Steffan Morris: Cello

Jay Rayner My Last Supper: One Meal a Lifetime in the Making Thu 2 April 7.30pm It’s your last meal on earth. What are you going to have? It’s the question award-winning restaurant critic and MasterChef judge Jay Rayner has been asked most often by audiences across the UK. Finally, he’s set out to answer it. In this barnstorming new show, Rayner examines our fascination with last meals and tells the stories behind the ingredients that would be on his menu: how he was introduced to oysters by his late mother, for example, or how he almost torched a hotel through his love for snails. He’ll also get the audience to design their own last meal. It’s a show to die for! Clive Conway Productions presents

An Audience with Lesley Garrett: A Diva and A Piano Wed 22 April 7.30pm Tickets £27.00 Cons available

Join Britain’s most popular soprano for a delightful evening of song, reminiscences and chat. Accompanied by Anna Tilbrook, Lesley’s behind the scenes stories and anecdotes will give audiences a unique insight into her life on the stage. “A natural effervescent and powerhouse voice” Financial Times “Through her records and her unstuffy attitude to singing, she has clearly reached out to music lovers far beyond the rarified confines of the opera house” The Sunday Times

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On the road with

Growing up in the artistic milieu of his famous father Dave, Darius has enjoyed a lifetime of varied international experience as a band leader, composer, teacher and broadcaster. Darius’ lyrical, yet emotive delivery is very reminiscent of his father’s devotion to exploring different time signatures and grooves spurred on with that classic 1959 LP, Time Out, which featured Blue Rondo a la Turk and, of course, the chart-topping classic, Take Five. This evening will feature a mixture of standards, some of father Dave’s hits, South African jazz and originals, including new compositions from their recently released Live In Poland CD, recorded at Poland’s Poznan Blue Note.

Visiting Events

The Darius Brubeck Quartet Thu 23 April 7.30pm

Tickets £22.00 / £20.00 Cons available

Ralph McTell Fri 24 April 7.30pm Virtuoso guitarist and gifted songwriter, Ralph McTell brings his unique brand of pointed, empathetic songs to the New Vic for the very first time. Celebrating more than 50 years on the road and fresh from the success of his recent album Hill of Beans, the fabled singersongwriter and music legend continues on his journey with a style that has served him so well. He is an Ivor Novello Award-winner, best known for his 1974 smash-hit The Streets of London (which has been covered over 200 times by other artists) and his tale of Irish emigration, From Clare To Here.

Tickets £25.00 / £23.50 Cons available

In 2002 he was presented with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

John Shuttleworth:

John Shuttleworth’s Back!

Sat 25 April 7.30pm ‘John Shuttleworth’s Back’... is giving him trouble. Years of strenuous DIY, not to mention playing his organ whilst perched upon a multi-pack of Diet Sprite with no lumber support, has taken its toll. But - ever the trouper - John returns to regale audiences with an evening of his classic songs (plus new ones and hilarious ‘back’ stories), pausing only to reapply his deep heat rub!

Tickets £20.00 Cons available

“A ludicrously compelling night out” Evening Standard

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Alistair McGowan: The Piano Show

Visiting Events

A unique mix of classical music and classic comedy

Tickets £25.00

Mon 1 June 7.30pm

In the wake of his No.1 album in the UK Classical Album charts comes Alistair McGowan’s new show, combining his talents as master impressionist and comedian with his new-found talent as a classical pianist! Join Alistair as he talks and plays his way through snatches of classical gems from Philip Glass to Chopin, from Grieg to Debussy to Bill Evans - expect a lot of beautiful music (with the odd mistake!) and more than a sprinkling of his trademark impressions. “Alistair McGowan’s impressions are faultless” The Sunday Times

Tickets £22.50 / £20.50 / £18.00 Cons available U16s go free

Ballet Cymru presents Giselle Mon 8 June 7.30pm

Critics’ Circle Award-winning company, Ballet Cymru, present an extraordinary new ballet based on the eternal story of Giselle, the young girl who falls in love with the wrong person and pays a terrible price. Ballet Cymru have put their own unique stamp on this tale of love and loss, bringing relevance, poignancy and grittiness to this most romantic of ballets. Featuring a new score by acclaimed composer and harpist Catrin Finch, whose spell-binding music is interwoven with mesmerizing movement by Ballet Cymru Artistic Director, Darius James OBE and Assistant Artistic Director, Amy Doughty.

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New Vic Borderlines Our award-winning Borderlines programme places the local community at the heart of its work. Engaging with individuals, groups and communities facing challenges – social and economic disadvantages, young people at risk of offending, adults with learning difficulties and others marginalised – through Borderlines we use theatre to help people find new and positive ways to understand themselves, their communities and their responsibilities.

performing this brand new work. The project is open to children and young people aged from 10 - 25 and is funded by the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation and the Noël Coward Foundation. Free to participants, sessions begin on 15 January 2020.

Now You See Us Do you have experience of living with disability? Join us and contribute to Borderlines’ work with Promoting social inclusion and diversity, we the national D4D project (D4D.org.uk). Funded undertake projects in partnership with a wide by the AHRC’s Connected Communities range of partners. With an aim to stimulate stream, the project will see New Vic Borderlines social change, Borderlines has been recognised work with people who identify as having a as a leading national model for how theatre disability to explore their experiences of society can be used to positively impact on our society. and work, times when they are overlooked or ‘invisible’ and the ways they would like to be seen Find out more about New Vic and heard. This project will ultimately form a Borderlines at newvictheatre.org. new Now You See Us community company, who uk/education-and-community/ will perform at the national conference.


Denise Coates Foundation support Borderlines’ work with disadvantaged young people.

This season look out for: Andrew Lloyd Webber Project Following the success of High Flyers in the Summer, New Vic Borderlines are giving young people across Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire the opportunity to work with a Director and a Musical Director to create and perform a new musical. The young people will be involved in writing, designing and

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Future Perfect; Future Imperfect Conference on 24 March BELONGING 27 March 2020 New Vic Borderlines will be working with Belong Village, St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, St John Fisher Catholic College, Stoke Inter Theatre Choir and Newcastle Male Voice Choir to explore and foster inter-generational connections in the community through music and singing. Belonging is the theme that will run through the project, which will culminate in a performance on 27 March 2020. For more information about any of our projects contact rreddihough@newvictheatre.org.uk or amahmood@newvictheatre.org.uk alternatively call 01782 381368

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New Vic Education The New Vic Education Team provides a platform for life-long learning. Our Story Treasures programme works with younger nursery school children, we hold our regular Saturday Drama Club sessions (ages 4 - 9), Youth Theatre for 10 - 18s, 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. We are also part of the NT Connections programme for 2020 (see pages 16 & 17). 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: Punchdrunk Punchdrunk Enrichment present A Small Tale: A Teacher-led Adventure in partnership with the New Vic Theatre. Punchdrunk is an award-winning international theatre company with a reputation for groundbreaking productions that blend classic texts, physical performance and design installation in unexpected sites. A Small Tale: A Teacher-led Adventure The project aims to inspire and develop imaginative teaching practices for literacy; placing the teacher at the centre of the creativity. How to get involved https://www.youtube. If you’re a school and you’re com/watch?v=Ej5yqM interested in delivering DV_U4&t=2s Master_Spring_20_in_progress_Map_Change2_inProgress.indd 40

the project, please register your interest at punchdrunk.org.uk/ateacher-led-adventure/ Closing date for applications: 16 December 2019 There’s still time to sign up for our Silver Arts Award scheme! Apply for a theatre production course at the New Vic Youth Theatre and gain an Arts Award qualification. Learn how the theatre works and have the opportunity to work on a large scale Youth Theatre performance. Pick a theatre production role and be mentored by industry professionals: Theatre Design, Sound Design, Prop Making, Lighting Design and Operating, Musical Directing, Producing, Assistant Directing. Closing date: Wed 18 December 2019 For more info contact khughes@ newvictheatre.org.uk RSC Associate Schools Are you a Primary School interested in developing creativity and an active approach to literacy? We will be recruiting schools for our Royal Shakespeare Company Associate Schools Programme for the 2020 - 2022 projects in spring. For more information and to apply please contact us before 20 March 2020. For more details about what else is coming up for New Vic Education this season, visit newvictheatre.org.uk/education-andcommunity/education/ Alternatively, email Lynn Parry on lparry@ newvictheatre.org.uk or call 01782 381366

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A feast of arts to be served in Newcastle-under-Lyme! We are thrilled to have been awarded funding to expand our groundbreaking arts programme Appetite into the borough of Newcastle-under-Lyme. Together with new consortium partners Newcastle-under-Lyme Business Improvement District (BID), Go Kidsgrove and Keele University and new strategic partners Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council, Staffordshire County Council and Aspire Housing, the New Vic Theatre has been awarded a grant of £1,750,000 as part of Arts Council England’s Creative People and Places programme to expand the project’s approach to partnership and community decision-making, developed in Stoke-on-Trent, into the Borough over a four year period. Since 2013, Appetite has been getting more people in Stoke-on-Trent to experience and be inspired by the arts. Coproduced with local residents through the Appetite Supper Club, Appetite has engaged over 460,000 people in a programme of unforgettable, family-friendly arts events including performances like The Enchanted Chandelier, a floating concert in the sky over Central Forest Park and Museum of the Moon, an epic lunar installation in the Kings Hall, Stoke. In the summer of 2019, Appetite delivered its sixth Big Feast festival in Stoke-on-Trent City Centre. With its biggest programme yet, August

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Bank Holiday saw the streets of Hanley filled with performances by artists from across the UK and Europe including jaw-dropping, plate-smashing juggling from Gandini Juggling, moving, improvised street theatre show Kamchátka from Spain, a hands-on Big Feast Graff Jam and a pop-up nail salon, Colours of Stoke, where visitors could get the colours of the city imprinted on their fingernails. Audiences of nearly 16,000 experienced the free festival over the two days. “Made me feel like royalty being entertained by a variety of enthusiastic, skilful artists. I would like this atmosphere every week” Big Feast ’19 Audience Member Planning for Newcastle-under-Lyme activity is now under way with activities due to start in 2020. Appetite will also continue to work engaging residents in Stoke-on-Trent. Appetite will be looking for Newcastle-based community groups and individuals to get involved in the programme. Find out more and discover what else is coming up by visiting appetitestoke.co.uk appetitestoke appetite.stoke appetite_stoke Appetite is led by New Vic Theatre in partnership with Partners in Creative Learning, Staffordshire University and 6 Towns Radio. It also works closely with Stoke-on-Trent City Council. New partners joining the consortium will be: Newcastle-under-Lyme Business Improvement District (BID), Go Kidsgrove and Keele University. New strategic partners will be: Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council, Staffordshire County Council and Aspire Housing. The Big Feast ’19 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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How to book Call our Box Office Team 01782 717962 Our phone lines are open from 10.00am until 7.00pm on performance nights (6.00pm on non-performance nights). We can accept payment by cash, cheques, credit and debit cards (excl. Electron, Amex and Diner’s cards). Tickets booked over the phone can be posted to you for 60p or collected from the Box Office at any time.

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

Book online

newvictheatre.org.uk (A £1 transaction fee per ticket applies online).

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

Exchanges, Refunds & Reprints We are happy to exchange tickets for another performance of the same production for 50p per ticket if they are returned to our Box Office Team up to 24 hours before the original performance. This service is free for package

buyers. All tickets are non-refundable, except in the event of cancellation. If you lose your tickets, don’t worry – simply let our Box Office know and we’ll reprint them for you free of charge.

Data Protection 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 the General Data Protection Regulations 2018 (EU). At the time of booking, our Box Office Team will ask you if you wish to be kept informed of future events, news, offers and fundraising activities at the theatre, and your preferred method of contact. We will also ask if you would like to receive information from touring organisations whose work you are seeing. Your data is held securely and you can change your preferences at any time by contacting us on 01782 717962 or emailing data@newvictheatre.org.uk . To read more about our privacy policy, please visit http://www.newvictheatre.org.uk/privacypolicy/

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 comments about your visit, or have any recommendations as to how we can improve your future visits, please email comments@newvictheatre.org.uk

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

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The New Vic welcomes all customers and is committed to providing access to the arts for all.

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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 43 - 45 or visit newvictheatre.org.uk for full details.

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The Prince & The Pauper 2.15* The Prince & The Pauper 10.30* Tale Trail 11.15* / 1.00* The Albion Band 7.30 The Prince & The Pauper 10.30* / 2.15* Tale Trail 11.15* The Prince & The Pauper 10.30* / 2.15* The Prince & The Pauper 6.30 The Prince & The Pauper 10.15 / 2.30 Tale Trail 11.15 / 1.00 Froncysyllte Male Voice Choir 7.30 The Prince & The Pauper 2.15 / 7.30 Tale Trail 11.15 / 1.00 The Prince & The Pauper 10.30 / 3.00 Tale Trail 11.15 / 1.00 Theatre Closed Theatre Closed The Prince & The Pauper 2.15 / 7.30 Tale Trail 11.15 / 1.00 / 3.00 The Prince & The Pauper 2.15 / 7.30 Tale Trail 11.15 / 1.00 / 3.00 The Prince & The Pauper 2.15 / 7.30 Tale Trail 11.15 / 1.00 Tale Trail 11.15 The Prince & The Pauper 2.15 Tale Trail 11.15 / 1.00 The Prince & The Pauper 1.30 / 6.30 Tale Trail 11.15 / 1.00 The Prince & The Pauper 1.30 / 6.30 Tale Trail 11.15 / 1.00 / 3.00 The Prince & The Pauper 2.15 / 7.30 The Prince & The Pauper 10.30* The Prince & The Pauper 10.30* AD / 2.15* The Prince & The Pauper 10.30* Pasadena Roof Orchestra 7.30 The Prince & The Pauper 10.30* / 7.30 The Prince & The Pauper 2.15 AD / 7.30 The Prince & The Pauper 6.00 RP The Prince & The Pauper 10.30* / 2.15* CAP The Prince & The Pauper 10.30* Wildlife Road Trip 7.30 The Prince & The Pauper 10.30* The Prince & The Pauper 10.30* / 7.30

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Diary (continued)

Sat 18 The Prince & The Pauper Tue 21 The Prince & The Pauper Wed 22 The Prince & The Pauper The Telling Thu 23 The Prince & The Pauper Fri 24 The Prince & The Pauper Sat 25 The Prince & The Pauper Two Fri 31 Feb Two Sat 1 Mon 3 Two Tue 4 Two Wed 5 Fairport Convention Two Thu 6 Fri 7 Two Two Sat 8 Mon 10 Ensemble 360 Tue 11 Two Wed 12 Two Thu 13 Two Two Fri 14 Sat 15 Two Mon 17 Round The Horne Tue 18 Two Wed 19 Two Thu 20 Two Fri 21 Two Sat 22 Two Tue 25 NT Connections - The Changing Room Wed 26 The Ballad of Maria Marten Thu 27 The Ballad of Maria Marten Fri 28 The Ballad of Maria Marten Sat 29 The Ballad of Maria Marten Mar Thu 5 The 39 Steps Fri 6 The 39 Steps The 39 Steps Sat 7 Mon 9 Chris Difford Tue 10 The 39 Steps Wed 11 The 39 Steps Thu 12 The 39 Steps Fri 13 The 39 Steps Sat 14 The 39 Steps

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

7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 2.15 / 7.30

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Mon 16 Tue 17 Wed 18 Thu 19 Fri 20 Sat 21 Mon 23 Tue 24 Wed 25 Thu 26 Fri 27 Sat 28 Mon 30 Tue 31 Apr 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 Wed 22 Thu 23 Fri 24 Sat 25 Tue 28 Wed 29 Thu 30 May Fri 1 Sat 2 Mon 4 Tue 5 Wed 6 Thu 7 Fri 8 Sat 9 Thu 21

Strangers on a Trainset The 39 Steps The 39 Steps The 39 Steps The 39 Steps The 39 Steps Lemn Sissay The 39 Steps The 39 Steps The 39 Steps The 39 Steps The 39 Steps Ben Hart The Marmen Quartet

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

Jay Rayner Eric’s Full Monty Eric’s Full Monty Eric’s Full Monty Eric’s Full Monty Eric’s Full Monty Eric’s Full Monty Theatre Closed Eric’s Full Monty Theatre Closed Eric’s Full Monty Eric’s Full Monty Eric’s Full Monty Eric’s Full Monty Eric’s Full Monty Lesley Garrett Darius Brubeck Quartet Ralph McTell John Shuttleworth Quality Street Quality Street Quality Street

7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30

Quality Street Quality Street Quality Street Quality Street Quality Street Quality Street

7.30 2.15 / 7.30 7.30 7.30 TB 7.30 2.15 / 7.30

7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30

Bank Holiday Quality Street 2.15 / 7.30 The Company of Wolves 7.30

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The Company of Wolves 7.30 The Company of Wolves 7.30 Bank Holiday The Company of Wolves 7.30* The Company of Wolves 7.30 The Company of Wolves 7.30 The Company of Wolves 7.30 The Company of Wolves 2.15 / 7.30 Alistair McGowan The Company of Wolves The Company of Wolves The Company of Wolves The Company of Wolves The Company of Wolves Ballet Cymru - Giselle The Company of Wolves The Company of Wolves The Company of Wolves The Company of Wolves Last Night Party The Company of Wolves

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

Marvellous Marvellous Marvellous Marvellous Marvellous Marvellous Gala Opening Marvellous Marvellous Marvellous Marvellous Marvellous Marvellous Marvellous Marvellous

7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30 7.30

Marvellous Marvellous Marvellous

2.15 / 7.30 7.30 2.15 AD / 7.30

2.15 AD / 7 .30

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

Play a part in the New Vic’s future Help us transform our auditorium for generations to come! Donate to our Full Circle Appeal today and directly support our auditorium redevelopment plans. Support us today by: • Visiting newvictheatre.org.uk/ fullcircle

• Calling Box Office on 01782 717962 • Or complete a donation form at the theatre

Thank you!


First Night Fever Talkback Captioned Performance Audio Described Performance Relaxed Performance Schools Performance

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

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


By Public Transport

Onsite parking is available at the theatre (a charge of £1.50 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 KIDSGROVE J16



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









Vue Cinemas

Staffordshire University



Royal Stoke University Hospital

Keele University



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

Business Friends

We welcome over 180,000 people through our doors each year to see world-class theatre, and participate in life-changing projects with the community. Find out more about how you can work with one of the region’s outstanding success stories and add your business support to the culture of the local area. Contact Fiona Wallace, New Vic Managing Director, on 01782 717954 or email: fwallace@newvictheatre.org.uk

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

Avoid the queues… Pre-order your interval drinks at our bar using the slips provided and avoid the drinks rush!

What’s more, as our auditorium is licenced, you can take your drinks into the show with you.

Vegetarian choices are always available, but if you have special dietary needs then please just get in touch with us.

Open from 10.00am – 3.30pm, and pre-show from 5.30pm. Reserve your evening table on 01782 717954 ext 325 or email catering@newvictheatre.org.uk Tableware generously supplied by: newvictheatre.org.uk

Box Office 01782 717962 newvictheatre.org.uk 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

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

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