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What’s On Aug 2018 – Jan 2019

Box Office 01782 717962

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The Wind In The Willows our festive family show! Sat 17 Nov 2018 - Sat 26 Jan 2019

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

“The New Vic’s Circus Past, Present and Future Season of work in Spring/Summer 2018, was the most ambitious project we’ve undertaken to date. How fantastic to see such a wealth of phenomenal productions, events and activity on display, shining a spotlight on Newcastle-underLyme and its connection to the iconic artform of circus. From the celebration of local hero Philip Astley in Theresa Heskins’ spectacular production, Astley’s Astounding Adventures, to visits from internationally-renowned companies NoFit State Circus and South America’s Circolombia, we’re so proud to have been able to share this work with audiences across our region and beyond.” Bryan Carnes MBE, Chair of Trustees

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


people through our doors each year Photography in this brochure by Andrew Billington, David Hughes, Mark Robson, John Beswick, Keith Pattison, Dan Tucker and Carolyn Eaton. Cover image shows The Wind In The Willows. See page 22 for details.

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As a director, it’s a very special moment when you first introduce an audience to the production you’ve been working on. Whilst it is a mix of jangling nerves and excitement, all bound up together, the first time you see an audience react to the story you’ve been creating in rehearsals is thrilling. Here, at the New Vic, what makes that moment even more vivid is that the audience are sitting right opposite you, reacting to the action, just as you are. This very special way of making theatre is pretty rare the world over. We were the first purpose-built theatre-in-the-round in Europe. How exciting it is to know that here, from Newcastle-under-Lyme, we helped influence the face of our industry. What’s been great most recently is discovering more and more colleagues across Europe and further afield who champion work in-the-round. Earlier this year I visited Chalons-en-Champagne to meet with the international network of theatres in-the-round. There are about forty of us making theatre in this format - in Sweden, Montreal, France, the UK, Portugal, Denmark, Croatia, Italy, the Netherlands and other countries. There is a UK network of theatres in-the-round, too, and we’ve been meeting and talking together over the past few years, discussing topics relevant to us and planning collaborations. I can’t tell you how happy I am to see three of those collaborations come to fruition this season: Manchester’s Royal Exchange, Bristol’s Tobacco Factory Theatres, and Scarborough’s Stephen Joseph Theatre are all theatres dedicated to theatre-in-the-round.

Backstage Tours Join us this season and go behind-the-scenes to find out more about how we create the shows you see on our stage. Tour dates this season: Tue 25 September 12.00pm Thu 25 October 12.00pm Tickets £10.00 (to support the educational work of the New Vic) To book call Box Office on 01782 717962

What a special thing it is, to be able to share work made in-the-round across the country in this way, and to have a dialogue between artists, craftspeople and audiences through the work that we all share. I hope you’ll enjoy this special season which celebrates this unique artform, and that there will be many more collaborations, at home and abroad. Theresa Heskins Artistic Director @TheresaHeskins

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

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Mining a rich heritage Coal mining in North Staffordshire dates back a staggering 700 years, with the historic coalfield encompassing an area of nearly 100 square miles, almost exclusively located within the boundaries of Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire.

Peter Cheeseman with the Hem Heath Miners

In 1874, 20,758 of the region’s population worked in the industry, with 33,000 employed at the end of the next decade. By the 20th Century, most manual workers in North Staffordshire, if not employed in pottery or iron and steel, were employed in mining. The industry has long been represented in New Vic Productions, with miners, mining communities and life at the coalfields taking centre-stage both at the old and New Vic Theatre. The theatre first worked alongside coal miners in the 1970s, with Jowl Jowl and Listen Lads!, made with miners from Trentham’s Hem Heath Colliery and thus began a longstanding relationship with the pit and coal mining community. In 1981, Miner Dig The Coal was a celebration of the working lives of the area’s miners. Hem Heath miners were so proud to see their stories on stage they were the very first to donate to the Vic Appeal, coming straight from their shift underground to personally hand over a cheque to support the fundraising effort to build Europe’s first purpose-built theatre-in-the-round. Despite the decline of the industry locally, the New Vic continued to tell the stories of miners, their families and their work –

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Artistic Director Theresa Heskins’ very first production was The Glee Club by Richard Cameron and productions of DH Lawrence’s powerful family dramas, The Daughter-In-Law and The Widowing of Mrs Holroyd followed. More recently, Lee Hall’s The Pitmen Painters recounted how miners-turned-artists, The Ashington Group, took the art world by storm, while New Vic Borderlines’ community outreach work commemorated the centenary of Newcastle-under-Lyme’s Minnie Pit disaster which killed 155 men and boys. In 1993, Nice Girls told the story of three miners’ wives who occupied Trentham Colliery, and it’s the story of four ordinary women protesting the impending closure of a pit that comes to the fore once more in Maxine Peake’s new play, Queens of the Coal Age, on stage this September. A co-production with Royal Exchange, Manchester, this powerful play is based on real-life events at the Parkside Colliery in 1993. Maxine Peake, whose first play Beryl was staged by the New Vic last year, said: “I wrote Queens of the Coal Age because I wanted to shine a light on Anne, Lesley, Elaine and Dot’s determination and bravery, their ingenuity and passion. These four extraordinary women did something... they took direct action. I didn’t want their protest to be forgotten, I wanted to celebrate their efforts.

The production will be directed by Royal Exchange Associate Director Bryony Shanahan, who last worked with the New Vic on Around The World In Eighty Days in 2014. Born and bred in Stoke-on-Trent, Bryony said: “I’m completely thrilled to be coming back to the New Vic, and home, and I couldn’t be prouder that it’s with this piece. Based on real-life events, these women represent the importance of protest, the importance of having a voice and using it, especially in the face of what looks like immovable authority. “The effects of the mining strike and the subsequent pit closures are still being felt in our communities, and it is therefore vital that we don’t forget this brutal chapter, but that we continue the conversation, and celebrate the action of those who took a stand. And to be telling the story of the Parkside Occupation, from the women’s perspective, feels both exciting and necessary.” Queens of the Coal Age continues our tradition of telling these stories and shining a light on an industry that occupies an irreplaceable position in the industrial and social history of North Staffordshire and beyond. To find out more about Queens of the Coal Age, turn to page 10.

“Protest is more potent now than ever. To me it isn’t about clicking a mouse or ‘liking’ something, it’s about getting out there and facing your oppressors, being visible. It’s not always about winning the struggle, but it’s about stemming the flow. We need to show we are still here. We still have a fight in us and we won’t roll over, and The Queens are, for me, champions of that – fearless women who stood up to be counted.”

Queens of the Coal Age in rehearsals

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


Choose to see Queens of the Coal Age and two plays from My Mother Said I Never Should, Joking Apart, Better Off Dead, Beautiful Thing or They Don’t Pay? We Won’t Pay! for just £48.00 See page 37 for details of our 2-play and 6-play packages.

Join us to see The Albion Band, The Froncysyllte Male Voice Choir and The Pasadena Roof Orchestra for just £48.00 Alternatively, select two of these concerts for just £40.00

Bring the family for just


£48 Family fun… Visit the river bank this Christmas, and bring the family along for just £68.00* with our Family of Four ticket. *Must include one adult and one child. Valid on all

performances except Sat 17 November.

For detailed ticket prices, see page 37.

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Plays New Vic Productions and Touring Productions

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David Graham Productions present



The ultimate 60s party

Mon 20 August - Sat 1 September Tickets from £16.50 See page 37 for details

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

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New Vic and Royal Exchange Theatre Co-Production


Queens of the Coal Age

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By Maxine Peake Directed by Bryony Shanahan

Fri 7 – Sat 29 September Tickets from £14.50 See page 37 for details


Captioned Tue 25 Sep 7.30pm

Anne, Elaine, Dot and Lesley. Four ordinary women, facing the closure of their community. It’s 1993 and the Parkside Colliery pit may be winding down, but they’re not giving up.

Audio Described Sat 29 Sep 2.15pm Talkback Tue 25 Sep Please note: Contains some swearing

Their bras stuffed with contraband, they take a tour of the pit and refuse to come up. Settling into the depths of the mine, making tissue roses and walking imaginary dogs, they face bribery and threats. But as they dig in, those up top start to realise these ladies are not for turning. This powerful play full of Northern wit by Maxine Peake follows on from the critically-acclaimed Beryl, and tells the true story of four women taking a stand in the face of a changing world.

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London Classic Theatre presents



By Charlotte Keatley Directed by Michael Cabot

Tue 2 – Sat 6 October Tickets from £14.50 See page 37 for details

Set in Manchester, Oldham and London, My Mother Said I Never Should is a poignant, bittersweet story about love, jealousy and the price of freedom. The play details the lives of four women through the immense social changes of the 20th century. Using a kaleidoscopic time structure, Charlotte Keatley’s story focuses on four generations of one family as they confront the most significant moments of their lives. In 1940, Doris, a former teacher, encourages her nine-year-old daughter, Margaret, to mind her manners and practice the piano. In 1969, Margaret’s relationship with her own daughter is strained, as art student Jackie experiments with her new found sexual freedom. When Jackie becomes pregnant at 18 and has baby Rosie, a decision is made that will affect all their lives irrevocably. Written in 1985 and first staged at the Contact Theatre, Manchester, Charlotte Keatley’s award-winning play is the most commonly performed work by a female playwright worldwide. In its revelation of mother-daughter emotions over the years, the play is without rivals” The Times

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Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough presents




Written and directed by Alan Ayckbourn

Tue 9 – Sat 27 October Tickets from £14.50 See page 37 for details Captioned Tue 23 Oct 7.30pm Audio Described Thu 25 Oct 2.15pm Talkback Tue 23 Oct 7.30pm See both Ayckbourn plays for just £37.00

“May I say just one thing? As friends, be careful of them. I’ll say nothing more. Beware. That’s all.” For Richard and Anthea everything in life just falls into place. With their warmth, careless charm, generosity and success they are a truly happy, golden couple. They invite their friends, neighbours and business partners to celebrate with them over the years: on Bonfire Night, at midsummer, on Boxing Day and eventually, their daughter’s 18th birthday party. Perhaps it’s inevitable that the others suffer by comparison. Quiet misery, unrequited love and jealousy play their part in this painfully funny comedy. Laugh until it hurts with this 40th anniversary production – the world première in 1978 was an immediate hit. Joking Apart is packed taut with maliciously funny observation of human foibles and it’s a masterpiece of dramatic construction” The Guardian

A superb and chilling piece of work” The Times

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Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough presents




Written and directed by Alan Ayckbourn

Thu 11 – Sat 27 October Tickets from £14.50 See page 37 for details See both Ayckbourn plays for just £37.00

Larger than life and highly irascible author Algy Waterbridge is hard at work on his 33rd crime novel featuring blunt Yorkshire cop DCI Tommy Middlebrass. But it’s been a while since Tommy was on the TV, Algy’s wife is getting frighteningly forgetful and his adoring PA sometimes oversteps the mark. With constant interruptions, it’s almost the last straw when old acquaintance Gus Crewe turns up to interview him for the press, with alarming consequences. But as Algy’s fictional characters take over and real people introduce themselves into the dramatic climax of his novel, the lines become blurred and it might just be that fiction, misunderstandings and mistaken identity are closer to the truth than they seem. A comedy of confusion about a grumpy old man who might not be so grumpy after all. He is writing and directing with as much wit, insight, originality and mischief as ever, still surprising, still setting himself theatrical puzzles, still so spot-on about the arts, education, marriage, romance, loss and life’s vicissitudes for men and women, but now with added reflection and humane sagacity” The Press (York)

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Tobacco Factory Theatres in association with The Dukes Lancaster present



By Jonathan Harvey Directed by Mike Tweddle

Tue 30 October – Sat 3 November Tickets from £14.50 See page 37 for details Recommended Age: 14+ Please note: Contains some swearing

Beautiful Thing is a play that has charmed and delighted audiences across the world and inspired a cult film of the same name. This production, in the play’s 25th anniversary year, features pop songs from the ’60s and ’90s performed live each night by local community choir, the Clay Chorus. Teenagers Ste and Jamie are next door neighbours on the Thamesmead estate in South London. Jamie’s being bullied at school and Ste’s being bullied at home. One evening when it all gets too much, Ste seeks refuge at Jamie’s and something frightening and beautiful begins. Beautiful Thing offers a razor-sharp depiction of life and love on a post-war council estate, and a gloriously nostalgic trip back to the early nineties. Coronation Street writer Jonathan Harvey is at his insightful and hilarious best in this iconic story, which shows how community can lift you out of isolation and suffering.

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Northern Broadsides and York Theatre Royal present

By Dario Fo A new adaptation by Deborah McAndrew Based on a translation by Jon Laskin and Michael Aquilante Directed by Conrad Nelson

Tue 6 – Sat 10 November Tickets from £14.50 See page 37 for details Talkback Tue 6 Nov

Anthea is a woman on the edge; out of work and in arrears. When she gets mixed up in a riot at the local supermarket, she seizes the opportunity to stock her empty cupboards and those of her friend, Maggie. But how will they hide the loot from their law-abiding husbands? What will they tell the police? When the going gets tough Anthea’s anarchic imagination takes over, with a fantastical, farcical answer for everything. Conrad Nelson directs Dario Fo’s classic comedy; a fast and furious political satire on the plight of the working poor, transposed to Brexit Britain. …rarely can Dario Fo’s classic have stirred so much uninhibited audience laughter. This adaptation is an absolute riot. A farce for the soul”

The Observer (on Northern Broadsides’ Accidental Death of an Anarchist)

… politically sharp and hilarious” The Observer (on Northern Broadsides’ Accidental Death of an Anarchist)

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New Vic Production

New Vic



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

Sat 17 November 2018 Sat 26 January 2019 Tickets from £15.50 See page 37 for details Sign Language Interpreted Performance Wed 28 Nov 2.15pm Audio Described Wed 9 Jan 10.30am Sat 12 Jan 2.15pm Captioned Thu 17 Jan 2.15pm Sat 19 Jan 2.15pm Relaxed Performance Mon 14 Jan 6.00pm Mon 21 Jan 2.15pm Schools’ performances available

This year, join Rat, Mole, Badger and Mr Toad for an adventure on the river bank, as they navigate boat trips, intriguing new places and a succession of motor cars that will take them hurtling down winding country lanes. Performed by a large cast, featuring live music and filled with cunning, courage and friendship, The Wind In The Willows is an enchanting story that will capture the imaginations – and the hearts – of the whole family this Christmas! When Mole emerges from her spring clean, she is thoroughly bored. Setting off in search of something to cheer her up, she gets more than she bargained for when she meets some new friends. As they each get to know each other, their mis-adventures take them to unexpected places and when Mr Toad’s obsession for fast motor cars lead him astray, they find themselves far from home. But the group will stop at nothing to save their eccentric friend. Even if that means taking on the mysterious characters of the dark, Wild Wood.

See Diary for detailed performance schedule

Commissioned by New Vic Theatre

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

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David Graham Productions present



The ultimate 60s Christmas party

Mon 3 – Sat 15 December Tickets from £19.00 See page 37 for details

For Christmas, Eric has emigrated to Australia on the Ten Pound Pom scheme (don’t worry, he doesn’t intend to stay. It’s just a wheeze for a cheap holiday). While he’s there an Australian television channel is filming a new programme about some minor UK celebrities stranded on a desert island and, guess what, Eric is mistaken for one of the celebrities. However, when Eric, the celebrities and the Aussie producer really get stranded things start to go wrong very quickly. Think I’m A Celebrity crossed with Lord Of The Flies (does your head in, doesn’t it?). Will he get out in time for Christmas dinner? Or will he be stuck eating witchetty grubs? Whatever happens, there’ll be plenty of 60s music and loads of comedy to make this a fantastic festive night out!

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New Vic Education Production

New Vic



An interactive storytime adventure for young children and their families

Sat 8 - Sat 29 December Tickets £8.50 See page 37 for details Schools’ performances available See Diary for detailed performance schedule

From a deep and cosy burrow to a thrilling journey through the Wild Wood, join Ratty and Mole for plenty of picnics, as they try to keep up with an adventurous Toad and prove their friendship. But they can’t do it without you! They need brave adventurers to help them follow Toad on this journey and save their friend from getting into any trouble. Can you help them? A 45-minute, immersive theatre-experience, Tale Trail… invites children aged 3-5 and their families to journey into the world of a classic children’s story. With storytelling actors leading the way, this magical experience is a perfect introduction to theatre for our youngest audience members.

Image from previous production, Tale Trail to 101 Dalmatians

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

Send a child to the theatre this Christmas £11.00

Light up the New Vic £15.00

Dress an actor £20.00

Help us bring a local child who is attending an education project on an assisted place, to the theatre to see The Wind In The Willows this Christmas.

We are hoping to replace and update all outdated lighting in our auditorium. Help us reduce our carbon footprint and save energy with this gift.

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

How does it work? 1



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

Purchase online at:

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

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

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Visiting Events One-night Events and Exhibitions

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Andy Fairweather Low & The Low Riders

Visiting Events

Featuring The Hi Riders Soul Revue

Tickets £25.00 / £23.50

Wed 12 September 7.30pm Andy Fairweather Low came to prominence as the lead singer in Amen Corner. The ’60s saw them clock up hit after pop hit, including the songs Bend Me Shape Me, Hello Suzy and (If Paradise is) Half As Nice. Since those early days, he’s worked with the likes of Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Elton John, The Who, Van Morrison and hundreds more, and quite simply has been – and continues to be – the guitarist of choice for a phenomenal cast list of musical luminaries. Now Andy is on tour with The Low Riders, bringing his exceptional blend of music back to our stage.

Graham Coxon Mon 17 September 7.30pm Tickets £25.50 / £23.50

In his first UK solo concert in 4 years, Blur’s Graham Coxon presents his unique blend of ’60s pop psychedelia, and folk to the New Vic. Blur continue to draw massive crowds headlining Glastonbury in 2009 and Hyde Park in 2015. Coxon has recorded 9 solo albums – most recently being this year’s soundtrack to the BAFTA nominated cult TV hit - The End of the F***ing World. This concert promises to a unique and intimate opportunity to see Graham perform solo. Off the Kerb Productions Present

Rich Hall’s Hoedown Mon 24 September 7.30pm Tickets £19.50 / £17.50

There has never been a better time to be an American comedian in the UK. Hall’s precision dismantling of the tenuous relationship between two countries is as freewheeling and deadly accurate as ever. His BBC Four documentaries, most recently Rich Hall’s Countrier Than You, Rich Hall’s Presidential Grudge Match and BBC Radio 4 series Rich Hall’s (US Election) Breakdown have built him a new legion of followers, as have appearances on Have I Got News For You and QI. If you’ve only ever seen Rich Hall on TV, you’ve short-changed yourself don’t miss his critically-acclaimed new show!

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Pam Ayres has been making the nation laugh for more than 40 years. Funny and warm, her charming understated manner belies a rare comic precision. Her hair-trigger timing, eye for the absurd details of everyday life and unforgettable turn of phrase combine to make her a true national treasure. Recent TV appearances for the BBC include Springwatch, Celebrity Mastermind, Celebrity Antique Road Trip and Women at War: 100 Years of Service. Recent Radio broadcasts include Just A Minute and Series 6 of Ayres On The Air for Radio 4.

Visiting Events

Pam Ayres Wed 21 November 7.30pm

Tickets £26.00

“Pam Ayres’ session was one of my highlights of the Hay Festival this year because I laughed so hard that my stomach ached for hours afterwards, and it is wonderful to witness a true craftswoman practice her art.” Review from Hay Festival 2015

An Evening Shared with Jasper Carrott & Alistair McGowan Mon 26 – Tue 27 November 7.30pm Comedy legends Jasper Carrott and Alistair McGowan are joining forces to split the bill - and your sides - with a night of comedy stand-up and impressions. When the pair first teamed up last year for a one-off festival appearance it proved a match made in comedy heaven and the chance to work together again was simply too good to miss. Splitting the evening between them, the mix of Jasper’s inimitable stand up and Alistair’s peerless impressions is a terrific experience for the audience and the artists alike.

Tickets £30.00

Don’t miss this chance to see the godfather of British comedy and Britain’s leading comedy impressionist at the top of their game, having a blast and delighting audiences in their unique ways.

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Visiting Events


Tickets £22.00 / £20.00 / £18.00 Cons available

The Albion Band Tue 18 December 7.30pm An Albion Christmas is widely regarded as the premier seasonal show. 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 seasonal mixture of carols, spoken word, humorous readings and dance. The perfect way to start your festivities, this year’s concert will see a collection of new material from their new album, alongside favourites from their back catalogue. “The perfect antidote to the corporate Christmas” The Guardian

Tickets £24.50 / £22.50 / £19.50 Cons available

On sale from Mon 23 July

The Froncysyllte Male Voice Choir Sat 22 December 7.30pm They’ve appeared at the New Vic every Christmas for more than 30 years – a remarkable tradition that means as much to the Choir as it does to us. Join us to celebrate the festive season amongst friends with this unforgettable evening of spine tingling, moving and uplifting music.

The Pasadena Roof Orchestra Wed 9 January 7.30pm Tickets £24.50 / £22.50 / £19.50 Cons available

A vintage dance band in every sense of the word, for 50 years The Pasadena Roof Orchestra have been re-creating the sounds of a golden era of music from the 1920’s and 1930’s. 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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People, Places, Portraits Mon 30 July - Sat 18 August People, Places, Portraits is a series of portraits by photographer Stephen King that, together with texts by Sarah Butler, tell the stories of people involved with Creative People and Places arts projects across England.



Lucy Bennett: A Vision of Nature Mon 20 August - Sat 1 September Paintings born out of fascination for and reflection on the magic of the natural world - set against the backdrop of a planet in a state of flux.

Chris Chapman: Middleport Pottery – colour across the years Mon 3 - Sat 29 September Out of respect to the heritage of Middleport, Chris’ photographs are an honest likeness of the architecture. Each image is a captured moment of the place. The pictures are recognisably contemporary: colourful, bright and crisply printed.

Newcastle in Bloom 2018 Mon 1 - Sat 20 October It’s an important year as Newcastle competes in the ‘Champion of Champions’ section of Britain in Bloom. Communities are using the themes ‘Wildlife’ and the ‘Circus’ in their projects, thus making the borough a better place to live, work and invest.

REVIVE – An Exhibition by #7 Mon 22 October - Sat 10 November Working in diverse media, #7, a group of art practitioners and friends will respond to the evocative theme ‘REVIVE’, providing an exciting opportunity to see an exhibition of the work of seven contrasting artists.

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New Vic Borderlines Our award-winning Borderlines programme places the local community at the heart of its work. Engaging with individuals, groups and communities facing challenges – social and economic disadvantages, young people at risk of offending, adults with learning difficulties and others marginalised – through Borderlines we use theatre to help people find new and positive ways to understand themselves, their communities and their responsibilities. Promoting social inclusion and diversity, we undertake projects in partnership with a wide range of partners. With an aim to stimulate social change, Borderlines has been recognised as a leading national model for how theatre can be used to positively impact on our society. Find out more about New Vic Borderlines at education-and-community/borderlines Supported by the Denise Coates Foundation

This season look out for: MINERS: The Minnie Pit Disaster supported by Heritage Lottery Fund At 9.45am on 12 January 1918, the Minnie Pit in Halmer End exploded, bringing the usual Saturday morning rhythm of life in that community to a devastating halt. The tragedy prompted war poet Wilfred Owen, who was recovering from shell-shock, to write MINERS, a poem drawing a direct link between the men and boys fighting in the trenches and the ones working underground, bringing out coal for the war effort to literally ‘Keep the Home Fires Burning’. Out of the 248 colliers who left home for work on that morning, only 93 returned to their families. 155 boys and men were killed. The Minnie Pit Disaster Centenary is the focus of our WW1 Heritage Lottery project, recognising the duel devastation of WW1 and the pit disaster on the local community, and bringing Wilfred Owen’s poem home to the communities it was written for. The project has started with some fantastic community events including a memorial walk, community fishing match and a memorial football match. Future events will create a range of opportunities for community members to deepen their knowledge of this heritage, participate in documentary writing workshops and perform in a community play about the disaster. The project will draw on local expertise including from Audley and District Family History Society and Apedale Heritage Centre. This project is open to all community members free of charge. For more information, email Susan Moffat at

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New Vic Education Our Education Team provide creative learning for everyone - pre-school aged and upwards - through theatre-based opportunities and activities. With a wide range of Drama Clubs, Youth Theatre and Holiday Projects available, young people can enjoy opportunities to work with professionals to develop their personal skills, build confidence and have fun. School groups can take part in an extensive programme of cross-curricular workshops throughout the year, using drama as a means of learning for Key Stages 1, 2 and 3. As a Regional Theatre Partner for the RSC’s Associate Schools Programme, we introduce younger audiences to accessible versions of Shakespeare’s well-known works through First Encounters productions and offer workshops and performance opportunities to Primary schools. For older adults our Ages and Stages programme encourages people of all ages to participate in, and enjoy drama and creative work. Get Involved… The Wind in the Willows Summer School Tue 28 Aug - Sat 1 Sept We are looking for young people aged 9 - 14 who can act, sing and dance, and would like the opportunity to work with theatre industry professionals during our The Wind In The Willows Summer School.

Saturday Drama Club (Ages 4 - 9) Our drama sessions are a chance for children aged 4-9 to be creative and have fun. Make new friends, play drama games, improvise scenes and explore characters to create stories. Cost: £60 for 10 sessions Autumn term begins Sat 29 Sept Youth Theatre (Ages 10 - 18) Create, watch and explore theatre in weekly after-school sessions. Bring scripts to life, develop performance skills, build confidence and work creatively with other young people supported by theatre professionals. Cost: £75 for 10 sessions Autumn term begins w/c 24 Sept Session times and days vary for Drama Club and Youth Theatre. Call Box Office on 01782 717962 for more details and to book a place. Live Age Festival - New Vic Theatre and Potteries Museum & Art Gallery Fri 29 Sept - Sun 1 Oct This annual event celebrates creativity in later life. An opportunity to take part in a range of creative workshops to discover new or develop existing creative talents, plus a whole host of exhibitions, music and talks. Visit or for more details Keep an eye on what else is coming up at

Cost: £85.00 (concessions £65.00) Email for availability & application pack

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Stoke-on-Trent’s tastiest outdoor arts Festival is back! Fri 24 - Sat 25 August The Big Feast Festival returns to Stokeon-Trent City Centre this summer as our Appetite programme serves up two fun-packed days of FREE world-class entertainment! Serving up a range of tasty treats for you to enjoy, highlights of this year’s Festival include: The Royal Opera House Reimagined, who return for ‘seconds’ after their sensational visit last year. Bringing opera back to the streets of Hanley, see this world-renowned company in unusual sites around the city.

Serving up top notch entertainment for all the family, handpicked and carefully delivered for local people by our Appetite team, come along and enjoy a free weekend of fun this August!

The Thrill Laboratory will virtually transport you to another world in their fabulous Virtual Reality (VR) Playground.

Hungry to know more? For further information about The Big Feast Festival visit

One of Appetite audiences’ favourites, NoFit State Circus return, joined by Motionhouse in BLOCK. See circus performers and dancers scale up, break down and play on a structure most easily described as a giant Jenga set! Plus, there’ll be a live outdoor radio broadcast by Hunt & Darton, oversized bingo in Bingo Lingo by Wild N Beets, and new performances created especially for this year’s Festival!

Appetite is led by the New Vic Theatre in partnership with Partners in Creative Learning, Staffordshire University and 6Towns Radio. The Big Feast Festival is supported by Arts Council England, Without Walls and Stoke-on-Trent City Council.

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Ticket prices Queens of the Coal Age, My Mother Said I Never Should, Joking Apart, Better Off Dead, Beautiful Thing, They Don’t Pay? We Won’t Pay! Mon – Thu Eves

£22.50 £21.00 £15.00

Fri & Sat Eves

£24.00 £22.50 £17.00



Diamonds are for Eric

Don’t forget First Night Fever: Join us for the first night of New Vic Productions for just £16.50 (£15.50 for The Wind In The Willows). Call Box Office for details.


The Wind In The Willows Sat 17 November


Family performances

£24.50 £23.00 £18.00

Schools’ performances


Family of Four Ticket


Tale Trail To The Wind In The Willows All performances


Schools’ performances

£165 (class of 30)

Mon – Thu

£22.50 £21.00 £18.00

Fri & Sat Eve

£24.00 £22.50 £19.50

Mon & Tues Eves


Groups 10+

£2.00 off on top two prices

Wed – Sat Eves

£24.00 £22.50 £19.50

I’m Eric, Get Me Out Of Here!

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

Concessions Under 16s, Over 60s, Students and those in receipt of Employment and Support allowance can claim a £2.00 discount on New Vic Productions and other selected events. Concessions are available on performances Mon – Fri (Mon – Sat for The Wind In The Willows). Please let us know if you are eligible for a concession at the time of booking. U16s go free with a paying adult on selected New Vic Productions and one-night events. (excl. Diamonds are For Eric, The Wind In The Willows, I’m Eric, Get Me Out Of Here!) Disabled Patrons in receipt of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) Personal Independence Payment (PIP), or Attendance Allowance (AA) can claim a free companion ticket. Four Friends for £66 Valid on selected productions in our season, take advantage of our Four Friends for £66 ticket offer. Valid on Mon-Fri performances for selected plays, this is a great value way to enjoy a night out with friends. Valid on Mon - Fri performances only; max 8 tickets. Excl. The Wind In The Willows.

16-25? Our Under 26 Go Free Scheme makes 50 free tickets available to anyone in this age group on most New Vic Productions. And once they’re gone, we offer tickets at just £8.00 on selected plays. Find out more at or at Box Office.

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For Disabled Patrons not in receipt of DLA, PIP or AA, companion tickets are available at the lowest advertised price. Schools Tickets for school groups are available for £11.00 on selected productions in our season. (£11.50 for The Wind In The Willows). Groups Groups 10+ receive £2.00 off top two prices, plus an 11th ticket free for the organiser on selected productions in our season. Ask Box Office for details. I’m Eric, Get Me Out Of Here! Groups 4+ £16.50 per ticket Groups 10+ £16.50 per ticket, an 11th ticket free for the organiser, plus receive a free bottle of Prosecco for your party. Season Package Deal See Queens of the Coal Age and any two plays chosen from My Mother Said I Never Should, Joking Apart, Better Off Dead, Beautiful Thing or They Don’t Pay? We Won’t Pay! for just £48. Alternatively, see Queens of the Coal Age and one other play for just £40. Keen to see all six plays in the season? Book all plays at the same time and save up to £54 with our 6 Plays for £90 deal. Ayckbourn Double-Bill See both Joking Apart and Better Off Dead for just £37.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Data Protection 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 . 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 comments about your visit, or have any recommendations as to how we can improve your future visits, please email

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;

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Auditorium Maps

Access The New Vic welcomes all customers and is committed to providing access to the arts for all. If you require any assistance or support during your visit, please let us know when booking, or speak to one of our staff members on arrival. Facilities include: Free parking available close to the theatre entrance for Blue Badge holders (reserve a space with our Box Office) Automatic doors and level access into the foyer, ramped access to the auditorium on the ground floor and lift access to the first floor Wheelchair spaces available on both the ground and first floor Disabled toilets available on both levels of the theatre An induction loop (not available for amplified performances) and an infra-red assisted hearing system Baby-changing facilities available. You are welcome to breastfeed in any of our Front-of-House areas. If you would like a private space, please speak to our Box Office Team Assistance Dogs are welcome, and water will be provided. If you wish to take your dog into the auditorium, please let Box Office know when booking Please note: our balcony seating is accessible by stairs only, is approximately 30ft above the main stage and is not recommended for very young children and those with mobility concerns For details of our Accessible Performances, please see individual show pages and the diary on pages 40/41 or visit for full details.

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AUGUST 7.30 Mon 20 Diamonds are for Eric 7.30 Tue 21 Diamonds are for Eric 7.30 Wed 22 Diamonds are for Eric 7.30 Thu 23 Diamonds are for Eric Fri 24 Diamonds are for Eric 7.30 Sat 25 Diamonds are for Eric 7.30 Mon 27 Theatre Closed Tue 28 Diamonds are for Eric 7.30 Wed 29 Diamonds are for Eric 7.30 7.30 Thu 30 Diamonds are for Eric Fri 31 Diamonds are for Eric 7.30 SEPTEMBER Diamonds are for Eric 7.30 Sat 1 Queens of the Coal Age 7.30 Fri 7 Sat 8 Queens of the Coal Age 7.30 Mon 10 Queens of the Coal Age 7.30 Tue 11 Queens of the Coal Age 7.30 Wed 12 Andy Fairweather Low 7.30 Thu 13 Queens of the Coal Age 7.30 Fri 14 Queens of the Coal Age 7.30 Sat 15 Queens of the Coal Age 7.30 Mon 17 Graham Coxon 7.30 Tue 18 Queens of the Coal Age 7.30 Wed 19 Queens of the Coal Age 7.30 Thu 20 Queens of the Coal Age 7.30 Fri 21 Queens of the Coal Age 7.30 Sat 22 Queens of the Coal Age 2.15 / 7.30 Mon 24 Rich Hall’s Hoedown 7.30 Tue 25 Queens of the Coal Age 7.30 CAP / TB Wed 26 Queens of the Coal Age 7.30 Thu 27 Queens of the Coal Age 2.15 / 7.30 Fri 28 Queens of the Coal Age 7.30 Sat 29 Queens of the Coal Age 2.15 AD / 7.30 OCTOBER My Mother Said... 7.30 Tue 2 7.30 Wed 3 My Mother Said... My Mother Said... 7.30 Thu 4 Fri 5 My Mother Said... 7.30 Sat 6 My Mother Said... 2.15 / 7.30 Tue 9 Joking Apart 7.30 Wed 10 Joking Apart 7.30 Thu 11 Better Off Dead 7.30 Better Off Dead 7.30 Fri 12 Sat 13 Joking Apart 7.30

Mon 15 Joking Apart 7.30 Tue 16 Better Off Dead 7.30 7.30 Wed 17 Better Off Dead 7.30 Thu 18 Joking Apart Joking Apart 7.30 Fri 19 2.15 Sat 20 Joking Apart Better Off Dead 7.30 7.30 Mon 22 Better Off Dead Tue 23 Joking Apart 7.30 CAP / TB Wed 24 Joking Apart 7.30 Thu 25 Joking Apart 2.15 AD Better Off Dead 7.30 Fri 26 Better Off Dead 7.30 2.15 Sat 27 Better Off Dead Joking Apart 7.30 7.30 Tue 30 Beautiful Thing Wed 31 Beautiful Thing 7.30 NOVEMBER Beautiful Thing 7.30 Thu 1 Fri 2 Beautiful Thing 7.30 Beautiful Thing 2.15 / 7 30 Sat 3 Tue 6 They Don’t Pay?... 7.30 TB Wed 7 They Don’t Pay?... 7.30 Thu 8 They Don’t Pay?... 2.15 / 7.30 Fri 9 They Don’t Pay?... 7.30 Sat 10 They Don’t Pay?... 2.15 / 7.30 Sat 17 The Wind In The Willows 7.30 Mon 19 The Wind In The Willows 2.15* Tue 20 The Wind In The Willows 10.30* / 2.15* Wed 21 The Wind In The Willows 10.30* Pam Ayres 7.30 Thu 22 The Wind In The Willows 10.30* The Wind In The Willows 10.30* Fri 23 Sat 24 The Wind In The Willows 2.15 / 7.30 Mon 26 Jasper Carrott & Alistair McGowan 7.30 Tue 27 The Wind In The Willows 10.30* Jasper Carrott & Alistair McGowan 7.30 Wed 28 The Wind In The Willows 10.30* / 2.15* SP Thu 29 The Wind In The Willows 10.30* / 2.15* The Wind In The Willows 10.30* Fri 30 DECEMBER Sat 1 The Wind In The Willows 2.15 / 7.30 Mon 3 I’m Eric, Get Me Out Of Here! 7.30

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Tue 4 The Wind In The Willows 10.30* / 2.15* Wed 26 Theatre Closed I’m Eric, Get Me Out Of Here! 7.30 Thu 27 Tale Trail... 11.15 / 1.00 Wed 5 The Wind In The Willows 10.30* / 2.15* The Wind In The Willows 2.15 / 7.30 I’m Eric, Get Me Out Of Here! 7.30 Fri 28 Tale Trail... 11.15 / 1.00 / 3.00 Thu 6 The Wind In The Willows 10.30* / 2.15* The Wind In The Willows 2.15 / 7.30 I’m Eric, Get Me Out Of Here! 7.30 Sat 29 Tale Trail... 11.15 / 1.00 / 3.00 Fri 7 The Wind In The Willows 10.30* The Wind In The Willows 2.15 / 7.30 I’m Eric, Get Me Out Of Here! 7.30 Mon 31 The Wind In The Willows 2.15 Sat 8 Tale Trail... 11.15 / 1.00 / 3.00 JANUARY The Wind In The Willows 2.15 Tue 1 Theatre Closed I’m Eric, Get Me Out Of Here! 7.30 Wed 2 The Wind In The Willows 2.15 / 7.30 Mon 10 Tale Trail... 11.15* / 1.00* Thu 3 The Wind In The Willows 2.15 / 7.30 The Wind In The Willows 2.15* Fri 4 The Wind In The Willows 2.15 / 7.30 I’m Eric, Get Me Out Of Here! 7.30 Sat 5 The Wind In The Willows 2.15 / 7.30 Tue 11 Tale Trail... 9.30* / 11.15* / 1.00* Mon 7 The Wind In The Willows 2.15* The Wind In The Willows 10.30* / 2.15* Tue 8 The Wind In The Willows 10.30* / 2.15* I’m Eric, Get Me Out Of Here! 7.30 Wed 9 The Wind In The Willows 10.30* AD Wed 12 The Wind In The Willows 10.30* / 2.15* The Pasadena Orchestra 7.30 Tale Trail... 11.15* / 1.00* Thu 10 The Wind In The Willows 10.30* I’m Eric, Get Me Out Of Here! 7.30 Fri 11 The Wind In The Willows 10.30* / 7.30 Thu 13 The Wind In The Willows 10.30* Sat 12 The Wind In The Willows 2.15 AD / 7.30 I’m Eric, Get Me Out Of Here! 7.30 Mon 14 The Wind In The Willows 6.00 RP Fri 14 The Wind In The Willows 10.30* Tue 15 The Wind In The Willows 10.30* Tale Trail... 11.15* / 1.00* Wed 16 The Wind In The Willows 10.30* I’m Eric, Get Me Out Of Here! 7.30 Thu 17 The Wind In The Willows 10.30* / 2.15* CAP 11.15 / 1.00 Sat 15 Tale Trail... Fri 18 The Wind In The Willows 10.30* / 7.30 The Wind In The Willows 2.15 Sat 19 The Wind In The Willows 2.15 CAP / 7.30 I’m Eric, Get Me Out Of Here! 7.30 Mon 21 The Wind In The Willows 2.15* RP Mon 17 Tale Trail... 11.15* / 1.00* Tue 22 The Wind In The Willows 10.30* The Wind In The Willows 2.15* Wed 23 The Wind In The Willows 10.30* Tue 18 The Wind In The Willows 10.30* Thu 24 The Wind In The Willows 10.30* Tale Trail... 11.15* / 1.00* Fri 25 The Wind In The Willows 10.30* / 7.30 The Albion Band 7.30 Sat 26 The Wind In The Willows 2.15 / 7.30 Wed 19 The Wind In The Willows 10.30* / 2.15* Tale Trail... 11.15* / 1.00* KEY Thu 20 The Wind In The Willows 10.30* / 2.15* First Night Fever Tale Trail... 11.15* / 1.00* TB – Talkback Fri 21 Tale Trail... 11.15 / 1.00 CAP – Captioned Performance The Wind In The Willows 7.30 AD – Audio Described Performance Sat 22 The Wind In The Willows 10.00 / 2.15 RP – Relaxed Performance Tale Trail... 11.15 / 1.00 SP – Sign Language Interpreted Performance The Froncysyllte Choir 7.30 *Schools’ Performance Mon 24 The Wind In The Willows 10.00 / 2.15 Tale Trail... 11.15 / 1.00 Tue 25 Theatre Closed

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

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


By Public Transport

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

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

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



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









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

Business Friends

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

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Theatre Café Homemade food. Relaxing setting. Warm welcome. Open throughout the day serving wholesome food from hearty breakfasts to light snacks and pre-show meals, tempt your taste buds with a trip to our theatre café. Whether you’re looking for somewhere for a relaxing lunch, a pre-show meal with friends or a quick cuppa and a piece of cake, our varied menu features a range of options that all your party will enjoy. And if you’re bringing a little one, we have a range of children’s choices available too – see our new menu for more details. Vegetarian choices are always available, but if you have special dietary needs let us know in advance – we’ll try to provide something appropriate.

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

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

Tableware generously supplied by:

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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