About Us

New Old Friends create theatre with a desire to entertain the largest audience possible.

The company is run by Feargus Woods Dunlop & Heather Westwell. Feargus founded New Old Friends in 2008 after graduating from Bretton Hall, and Heather joined after meeting Feargus following the company's debut show, Mate. Together they have built New Old Friends into a national touring presence producing reliable, engaging, accessible shows that make people laugh. Heather & Feargus love to work with new people from all areas of theatre, and have made many new old friends of their own through the company. They got married in 2012.

Crimes Against Christmas

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Christmas is a time of year for family and kids, but sometimes as an adult you just need to get away. So this year the Lichfield Garrick & Theatre Royal Bath Ustinov are teaming up with critically acclaimed comedy company New Old Friends to present something a little different for adults only, an Anti-Panto if you will. Crimes Against Christmas is a new comedy thriller that sees a host of characters invited to a party in a mysterious house on a remote island. No sooner has the party started than the guests start dying in suspiciously Christmassy ways: the Lords they are a-leaping to their deaths, lead pipes are piping people’s heads in and Pete Artridge does not like the look of the rope in the pear tree one bit. Think Agatha Christie meets 12 Days of Christmas meets 39 Steps. Crimes Against Christmas will be opening at the Garrick Theatre in Lichfield this December, before moving on to Bath's Ustinov studio for the first week of January.

Crimes Against Christmas is a co-production between New Old Friends, Lichfield Garrick, Theatre Royal Bath & Natural Theatre Company.

We gratefully acknowledge the support of Arts Council England in funding this.

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Previous Shows

The Falcon's Malteser by Anthony Horowitz

Falcons man&woman 500x500px New Old Friends in partnership with Theatre Royal Bath’s Egg, Newbury Corn Exchange, the Natural T heatre Company and Walker Books present: The Falcon’s Malteser by Anthony Horowitz, adapted for the stage by New Old Friends A hilarious family film noir pastiche following the adventures of the hopelessly inept private detective Tim Diamond and his sharp witted brother Nick. The plot sees the Diamond Brothers Detective agency on a thrilling case to discover just what is so important about those titular Maltesers. It features slapstick, comedy songs and a cast of four playing 20 brilliant characters like: The Fat Man (who has lost a lot of weight), Gott & Himmell, Lauren Barcardi, Beatrice von Falkenberg and Betty Cleaner. The production enjoyed a sell-out national tour in 2014 and was one of the hits of the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe, playing to over 4,500 people with multiple sell-out houses in the prestigious Pleasance Forth venue and achieving great critical acclaim. This website is still developing, more information about past shows will follow soon.