New Vic Theatre
Our mission is to make excellent theatre with a social impact.
The New Vic is one of the country’s most successful producing theatres and a key part of the region’s cultural life, engaging with over 150,000 people each year. We deliver a programme of international-class work made with local audiences in mind, complemented by award-winning community programmes and education work reaching around 25,000 people of all ages each year. Built in 1986 as Europe’s first purpose-built theatre-in-the-round, the theatre has a special role to play in the architectural heritage of theatre development. We seek through all our work to help make our local community a better, safer and more inspiring place to live and work.
We explore new and exciting theatre through a continued programme of investment in artistic development. Our busy programme includes both award-winning, in-house work and touring productions. We produce around 8 in-house or co-produced shows a year. We have in-house set, props and costume workshops with permanent staff teams. Our in-house programming includes our acclaimed Christmas show, drama and new writing, and our co-producing partners include amongst others Royal Exchange Manchester, Kenny Wax Family Entertainment, Oldham Coliseum, Bolton Octagon and Dukes Theatre Lancaster.
See our website at www.newvictheatre.org.uk to learn more about our work.
Theatre-in-the-round is a democratic ideology. It radiates through all our work ensuring that the local communities of Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent have a sense of ownership and engage with the theatre at every level. As one of only a few local arts organisations, our award-winning New Vic Borderlines,and New Vic Education departments ensure we are key to the cultural life of the region. Alongside this, the theatre leads Appetite, an Arts Council England Creative People & Places programme, to engage more people in North Stafordshire in the arts.
Other recent achievements include a successful UK tour of Around the World in 80 Days (in partnership with Kenny Wax Family Entertainment) and a transfer to New York in 2019, winning the 2017 UK Theatre Award for Best Show for Children & Young People for our production of The Snow Queen, becoming the first building based theatre company outside London to become a National Theatre Studio Affiliate and were awarded West Midlands’ Most Welcoming Theatre at the 2018 UK Theatre Awards.