Northern Broadsides

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Formed in 1992 by Artistic Director Barrie Rutter, Northern Broadsides is a multi-award winning touring company based in the historic Dean Clough Mill in Halifax, West Yorkshire.

The company has built up a formidable reputation performing Shakespeare and classical texts with an innovative, popular and regional style, often in unconventional locations (The Tower of London, cattle markets, churches, indoor riding stables, Victorian mills).

As well as touring extensively in the UK, the company has delighted audiences across the world, touring to India, Brazil, the USA, Greece, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Poland, Germany, Austria and Denmark.

The company repertoire consists mainly of Shakespeare and classical texts. These plays possess a timeless resonance and their universal exploration of the human condition has currency in any day and age, appealing directly to the soul, the emotions and the imagination.

Northern Broadsides are dedicated to interpreting the classics in a manner which makes what is often regarded as 'difficult' work extremely accessible. Their lively 'no frills' approach, with simple storytelling and minimal sets, has not only won the company many plaudits and awards, but enabled both established and new audiences to enjoy Shakespeare regardless of language or theatrical convention.

Northern Broadsides' work is characterised by its vitality and humour; the passion of the performers, whose acting style is far less 'mannered' than conventional theatrical productions; a refreshing ensemble style which adds wonderful coherence to the performances (the result of working with a group of actors over a period of time, in some cases many years) and precise direction which results in work of remarkable clarity.

Over the years, the company has gone from strength to strength, becoming one of the most inventive and consistently popular touring companies in the UK.

"…here is the true, beating heart of British theatre."
Michael Coveney, The Daily Mail


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Alternative Company Names

New Vic/Northern Broadsides, Northern Broadsides New Vic Partnership, Northern Broadsides Theatre, Northern Broadsides Theatre Co, Northern Broadsides Theatre Company