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We are delighted to announce our 2018-19 season ahead of our 25th anniversary in September, with further productions and events to be announced throughout the year. This follows ETT and Mercury Theatre Colchester’s co-production of The Weir collecting the 2018 Manchester Theatre Award for Best Visiting Production on Friday.

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A Streetcar Named Desire Cast Announced

21 February 2018

English Touring Theatre,Theatr Clwyd and Nuffield Southampton Theatres have announced the full cast for their co-production of A Streetcar Named Desire. Directed by Chelsea Walker, winner of the 2017 RTST Sir Peter Hall Director Award, this bold new revival of Tennessee Williams’ timeless classic is a raging portrayal of what it means to be an outsider in a society where we’re all desperate to belong.

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English Touring Theatre announce A Streetcar Named Desire 2018 tour

We are delighted to announce that our spring 2018 co-production with Nuffield Southampton Theatres and Theatr Clwyd, supported by a grant from The Royal Theatrical Support Trust, will be Tennessee WilliamsA Streetcar Named Desire. The production will be directed by Chelsea Walker, Winner of the 2017 RTST Sir Peter Hall Director Award. 

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The Royal Theatrical Support Trust's prestigious accolade, the RTST Director Award – which provides a rare opportunity for up-and-coming directors to make their mark in British theatre and provides grant support to British regional theatres – has been re-named, with immediate effect, the RTST Sir Peter Hall Director Award. 

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We are delighted to announce the full casts  for English Touring TheatreRoyal & Derngate, Northampton and Rose Theatre Kingston’s production of Sam Holcroft’s Rules for Living and English Touring Theatre and Mercury Theatre Colchester’s production of Conor McPherson’s The Weir, twenty years after its world première at the Royal Court.

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15 May 2017

We're delighted to announce the appointment of Sophie Watson as Executive Producer, who starts the role at the end of July after she finishes in her current position as Producer at the Bush Theatre. She joins Artistic Director Richard Twyman following his appointment in 2016 and replaces Jane Claire who will continue to be involved in ETT FORGE, working with new and emerging companies, artists and producers.

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The Herbal Bed wins Best Touring Production 2016 at UK Theatre Awards

10 October 2016

We are delighted to announce that The Herbal Bed won Best Touring Production 2016 at the UK Theatre Awards, presented at London's Guildhall on Sunday 9th October.

This marks ETT’s fourth win and third in a row following 2014’s award for Translations and 2015's award for Twelfth Night. 

A massive congratulations to the cast and production team involved, as well as our co-producers Royal & Derngate and Rose Theatre Kingston!


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Robert Delamere is appointed Chair of The Board of English Touring Theatre

29 September 2016

Today English Touring Theatre announces Robert Delamere as its new Chair of the Board.  He begins the role with immediate effect and takes over from Greg Parston who steps down after five years as Chair.

On accepting the role, Robert Delamere said, "It’s a privilege to take over as chairman of English Touring Theatre at such an exciting time for the company. With the appointment of Richard Twyman the company has an Artistic Director of exceptional talent and capacity, whose work in the theatre has become a hallmark of innovation and internationalism. His vision for ETT is both an intelligent continuity and a brilliant step into the future. I look forward to working with him and building on the exemplary work of both Rachel Tackley and former chairman, Greg Parston who have left the company in such good health.'

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Lady Chatterley's Lover: On Trial, in partnership with Waterstones

7 September 2016

To celebrate the arrival of English Touring Theatre’s production of DH Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover this Autumn, Waterstones and ETT are hosting an evening of debate and discussion.

Inspired by the banning of the book, and the subsequent British Obscenity Trial, speakers selected by ETT will discuss censorship, sex, and the stage, in a panel discussion held at various Waterstones stores throughout the tour. Join us to discuss one of the most controversial books of the 20th Century, with a collection of great minds spanning academia, law and theatre alike.

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FULL TOUR DATES: French Without Tears and Lady Chatterley's Lover announcement

8 June 2016

Tour dates for autumn co-productions French Without Tears and Lady Chatterley’s Lover announced! 

Rachel Tackley said today: "It is great to be able to announce the final two shows before I leave ETT. Although I am secretly planning a few more so that I don't leave the cupboard bare for my successor, these are the last ones I am actually going to see into production. It seems fitting that we are remounting French Without Tears with Paul Miller, who originally directed it for ETT not long after I joined the company, and apposite too that Lady Chatterley is a co-production with Sheffield - Daniel and I are both huge fans of Philip Breen so how could we resist squeezing in one last co-production before we leave?"

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French Without Tears - Full cast announcement!

27 May 2016

We are thrilled to announce our full cast for our second revivial of French Without Tears by Terence Rattigan, directed by Paul Miller, a co-proudction with the Orange Tree Theatre and Exeter Northcott Theatre.

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Brideshead Revisited Cast Announced

11 March 2016

English Touring Theatre and York Theatre Royal have announced the full cast for their co-production of Brideshead Revisisted.  Evelyn Waugh's classic novel has been reimagined for the stage by Tony Award® nominee Bryony Lavery (Frozen) and will be directed by Olivier Award® winning director Damian Cruden (The Railway Children).

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Rachel Tackley appointed Executive Director of Chichester Festival Theatre

9 March 2016

ETT Director Rachel Tackley has been appointed by the Board of Chichester Festival Theatre to succeed Alan Finch as Executive Director. 

Greg Parston, English Touring Theatre Chairman, said “I have to tell you, with both deep sadness and great pride, that Rachel Tackley has been offered, and has accepted, the post of Executive Director of Chichester Festival Theatre, one of the biggest jobs of its kind in the UK. This is a highly sought after role that Rachel has certainly earned through her outstanding leadership of English Touring Theatre over the last eight years. We will be working with Rachel over the summer to arrange for her successor and look forward to collaborating with Rachel in future as we continue to further develop the National Touring Theatre.”

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English Touring Theatre and Sheffield Theatres present Lady Chatterley's Lover

4 March 2016


By D.H. Lawrence

Adapted and directed by Phillip Breen


This autumn English Touring Theatre and Sheffield Theatres will co-produce Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H Lawrence adapted and directed by Phillip Breen.

D.H. Lawrence’s controversial novel, which was banned from publication in the UK until 1960, is a story about freedom of the mind and body in a society bound by class and tradition. Inspired by the setting of his Nottinghamshire childhood, D.H. Lawrence’s tender story shows how three people, reeling from the aftermath of the Great War, struggle to survive in a world which has been blown apart.

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Brideshead Revisited - the first large-scale stage adaptation touring Spring 2016

22 February 2016

We are delighted to announce our forthcoming production of Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh’s classic novel, a co-production with York Theatre Royal.

Adapted by Bryony Lavery and directed by Damian Crudden this production will be the first large-scale stage adaptation of Waugh’s classic novel, which will go on a National tour in Spring 2016.

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English Touring Theatre & Stage One Create 18 month Apprenticeship

15 February 2016

We are thrilled to announce ETT is teaming up with Stage One, a charity dedicated to nurturing the next generation of theatre producers in the early stages of their career, to create the first 18 month Apprenticeship scheme for a budding producer. 

The successful applicant will have the opportunity to work across a range of projects, working closely with the senior management and play an instrumental role within ETT's production and touring department. 

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The Herbal Bed full cast announced!

8 January 2016

Yesterday English Touring Theatre, Royal & Derngate, Northampton and Rose Theatre Kingston announced the full cast for their co-production of Peter Whelan's The Herbal Bed.

Following a number of successful collaborations with Royal and Derngate, on Eden End by J B Priestley and Rose Theatre Kingston, on the award-winning tour of Translations by Brian Friel and Ghosts by Henik Ibsen, English Touring Theatre will be joining forces with both theatres to stage the first major revival of The Herbal Bed by Peter Whelan. The Herbal Bed was originally written for the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1996, it received a nomination for an Olivier Award, won Playwright of the Year (1997) and was a hit in the West End and on Broadway. The play will be setting off on a National Tour after opening at Royal & Derngate, Northampton in February 2016.

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ETT's 12 Weekdays of Christmas surprise prize give-away!

8 December 2015

Over the next 12 week-days commencing today (8th December -23rd December) ETT will be giving away a prize a day.

How to enter:

 ETT will tweet 12 interesting facts about Shakespeare & his family in theme with our 2016 production of #TheHerbalBed – each tweet will have the ETT’s Christmas logo on - simply retweet for the chance to win!

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French Without Tears - A co-production with the Orange Tree

1 December 2015

We are thrilled to announce English Touring Theatre will be joining forces with the Orange Tree theatre to stage Terence Rattigan’s critically-acclaimed play French Without Tears.

Following a run of 31 performances at the Orange Tree, the production will tour to Exeter, Harrogate, Barnstable, Cheltenham, Doncaster, Oldham, Warwick, Poole and Huddersfield in Autumn 2016.

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23 October 2015

We are thrilled to announce that Twelfth Night won Best Touring Production 2015 at the UK Theatre Awards.

 This marks ETT’s third win and second in a row following 2012's award for ANNE BOLEYN and 2014’s award for TRANSLATIONS. 
A huge thank you to our wonderful cast, production team and co-producers at Sheffield Theatres!

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We are recruiting a new Associate Producer!

14 October 2015

 Exciting news: We are looking for a full-time Associate Producer to join our small permanent team producing high quality touring drama throughout the UK.

 The Associate Producer will play an important role in the company’s touring operation and in the day-to-day running of the organisation.

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Stephen Mangan joins Sir Ian McKellen as Patron for English Touring Theatre

8 October 2015

We are delighted to announce that the acclaimed British actor Stephen Mangan is now a patron of English Touring Theatre.

 Stephen Mangan stated, “Touring Theatre is an essential part of our industry and I’m honoured to be joining English Touring Theatre as a Patron. For over 20 years the company has been at the forefront of top quality touring drama. I look forward to supporting their exciting future projects."

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The Odyssey: Missing, Presumed Dead Full Cast Announced

25 August 2015

English Touring Theatre and Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse today announce the full cast for the world première of their co-production of The Odyssey: Missing Presumed Dead. The production reunites Simon Armitage and Nick Bagnall after their recent collaborations on The Last Days of Troy and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. Nick Bagnall directs Lee Armstrong, Simon Dutton, Roger Evans, Polly Frame, David Hartley, Ranjit Krishnamma, Chris Reilly, Sule Rimi, Danusia Samal, Colin Tierney and Susie Trayling.

Director of English Touring Theatre, Rachel Tackley said today, “I thought The Last Days of Troy was extraordinary and compelling, bringing ancient characters to life for modern audiences, so I leapt at the opportunity to commission Simon Armitage to finish the story.  I’m delighted to be working with him and Nick Bagnall on a new version of The Odyssey for audiences all over the country.  It’s a joy to be working with our old friends in Liverpool and to be opening it at the Everyman. We can’t wait to get started.”

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ACE Award Launches Regional Touring Network

13 July 2015

Arts Council England has made a one off award of £826,786 to enable to launch of The Regional Touring Network. Facilitated by English Touring Theatre, The Regional Touring Network, a consortium of 9 regional venues and English Touring Theatre, will produce and tour high quality drama on the mid-scale to audiences throughout England, and by growing audiences through a comprehensive and effective audience development plan will deliver a legacy of sustainable touring.

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Arcadia Full Cast Announced

19 December 2014

English Touring Theatre and Theatre Royal Brighton Productions today announced casting for a new touring production of Tom Stoppard’s comedy masterpiece, Arcadia, which will be the first major national tour since 1993, and over 20 years since the play has been seen by audiences around the UK. Directed by Blanche McIntyreArcadia will open at the Theatre Royal Brighton on 30 January 2015 before touring the UK to Bath, Bromley, Woking, Aylesbury, Truro, Birmingham, Cambridge, Malvern and Oxford until April 2015.

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Translations Wins at the UK Theatre Awards

20 October 2014

We're thrilled to announce that TRANSLATIONS has been awarded Best Touring Production at the 2014 UK  Theatre Awards.

This marks our second win following 2012's award for ANNE BOLEYN.

Huge congratualtions to the wonderful cast and production team, and our co-producers at Sheffield Theatres and Rose Theatre Kingston.

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Our 21st Birthday Party!

26 September 2014

Thursday 25th September saw our long awaited 21st Birthday Party.  

ETT was full to the brim withe friends old and new. How wonderful to be remind of all the brilliant people we've worked wih. Thanks to all the many well wishers. Here's to 21 more glorious years! 

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English Touring Theatre turns 21!

28 August 2014

English Touring Theatre turns 21

21 popular plays honoured nationwide

Including full productions, rehearsed readings and opportunities to introduce new people to theatre

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