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New Perspectives Theatre Company has been through a number of changes in its name and location during its forty-six year history, on its way to being the company that is producing exciting touring work today. Visiting community venues and theatres across the Midlands and beyond, including productions transferring to New York, Singapore and London's West End; currently under the leadership of Artistic Director Jack McNamara and Executive Director Sally Anne Tye.

Flying the flag for the East Midlands

1972: Five drama graduates set up a Theatre in Education (TIE) programme. The five founding members Dave Johnston, Colin Hicks, Richard Pinner, Christopher Vine and Carol Leader all gave up jobs in teaching to create Perspectives.

1973: Renamed as Key Perspectives in taking the name from a residency at the Key Theatre in Peterborough. Specialising in working with young people and successfully campaigning for funds to save the theatre and form a cooperative.

1979: Became Perspectives Theatre Company, taking up residency at The Cressett in Bretton, Peterborough and touring to non-theatre venues with work specifically relevant to East Midlands audiences.

1982: Moved its activities to a new base at Mansfield Community Arts Centre.  

1988: Appointmented of a management board along with the Company's first Artistic Director, changing the name to New Perspectives Theatre Company.

2006: The Company moved to its present home in Basford, Nottingham.

Today we continue to create and tour diverse ambitious theatre, encompassing new writing, adaptations and revivals, collaborating with a range of partners. We present work in community settings as well as traditional venues, with a speciality in rural touring and provide a range of focussed training opportunities for regional artists.




Welcome

New Perspectives is an East Midlands' based touring theatre company, specialising in bringing new work to rural and community audiences. Through an annual programme of original adaptations, rare revivals and new writing, we aim to bring live theatre that is diverse, affordable and accessible into the heart of wide-ranging communities, as well as to regional, national and international venues.  
Our productions are testament to the fact that rural theatre is as relevant, challenging and vital as theatre made for any other environment. Our participatory projects, career defining training and mentoring opportunities for emerging regional talent and rural touring scheme Northants Touring Arts makes tangible difference to people where they live.

As a registered charity (no. 1058309), your support can make a real difference... Find out more
 
 
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ON NEXT

During these uncertain times theatre and creativity continue to make a positive impact.
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PLACE PRINTS
A 10-part audio series by visionary writer David Rudkin
 
THE SPIRIT trilogy online
as part of BAC Going Digital
View the trilogy is online this week through to 12 July
 
LOVE FROM CLEETHORPES
A drama in six postcards

SHHH...AKESPEARE online workshop
Macbeth retold - online here now!

TOURING IN 2021
SPRING
Stage premiere based on the book by Janet Frame

SUMMER
Quirky international bestseller

NEWS

Industry-wide we are facing a devastating impact from Coronavirus. If you have enjoyed our work and value our commitment to engaging with audiences and artists with limited access to live theatre please consider a donation to support our work over this challenging period. DONATE NOW
 
Our latest venture shows a novel way of reaching isolated rural audiences through a six-part drama written on a series of specially designed postcards. Find out more
 
Announcing the release of our epic audio series. Starring Toby Jones, Josie Lawrence,  Michael Pennington Steven Rea,  Juliet Stevenson, among many others, PlacePrints, by the maverick writer David Rudkin, tells the haunted stories of ten locations across the UK Find out more

We collected minute-long stories about your favourite Notts as part of the Nottstopping Festival Find out more