• Ingenious and effortlessly hilarious, they deliver a cracking mix of wit and slapstick tomfoolery, served with physical panache . . . Big on laughs and theatrical pizzazz, this Devon-based company has a style and slickness that wholly engages the audience in their merry mayhem.

    The Stage, 2015 (Robin Hood & His Merry Men)

  • Exciting, exceptional and extremely funny – Extravaganza offers an escape from the mundane. Full of laughter, surprises and live music, this absurd play is a must-see.

    Reviews Hub, 2014 (Extravaganza)

  • Startling visual effects and the troupe’s ability to use physical comedy to its utmost potential contrived to produce a version of Chester Gould’s original comic strip with delightful and disarming ingenuity.

    The Argus, 2016 (Dick Tracy)

  • If you want to leave the theatre laughing and feel sheer amazement at crackling patter, pace, great props and how they remembered all those words and seamless actions then don't miss Dick Tracy. They are all just doing their jobs, brilliantly.

    Wells Journal, 2015 (Dick Tracy)

  • With a shambolic finesse, sublime ridiculousness and through relentless laughter they reveal the humanity and flaws in us all.

    Theatre Bristol, 2013 (Once Upon A Time In A Western)

  • An hour’s worth of madness, beautifully crafted sleight of hand and outrageous play. A joy from start to finish.

    What's on Stage, 2013 (Napoleon: A Defence)

  • Hilarious and utterly engaging; if all theatre was this good we wouldn't need TV.

    BBC, 2012 (Extravaganza)

  • Le Navet Bete are a company on top form and leagues ahead of anyone else doing this work...completely outrageous but always on the money. Simply beautiful.

    What's On Stage, 2014 (Extravaganza)

  • The absorbing performances are high octane and it's hard to believe that you are watching just four actors...masterful physical comedy.

    The Argus, 2016 (The Wonderful Wizard of Oz)

Le Company

Hello and welcome to the world of Le Navet Bete! We are a touring physical comedy theatre company based in Exeter, Devon UK. We are Associate Artists at the Exeter Northcott Theatre and Artists in Residence at the Exeter Phoenix. Our mission is to create and tour hilarious, physical and totally accessible comedy theatre using creative and engaging storytelling to as many people as possible in the UK and internationally, whilst occasionally blowing stuff up and being slightly inappropriate. We are five friends, co-directors and co-conspirators and this relationship has become our second biggest strength (our first being our fantastic audiences) and has huge benefits like being happy to create inimitable, ridiculous comedy, share the same underwear and spend most of our waking time on tour in the back of a van with each other!

  • Nick Bunt

    • Favourite Cheese - Gouda
    • Drinks - Weiss Beer
    • Would love to Play - Hans Gruber in Die Hard
  • Dan Bianchi

    • Favourite cheese - Quiche
    • Drinks - Port
    • Would love to play - Mickey Rourke in Barfly
  • Matt Freeman

    • Favourite cheese - BabyBel
    • Drinks - BabyCham
    • Would love to play - Baby in Dirty Dancing
  • Alex Best

    • Favourite Cheese - DMX
    • Drinks - 240v
    • Would love to play - in the dark
  • Al Dunn

    • Favourite cheese - Parmesan
    • Drinks - Red Wine
    • Would love to play  - Danny DeVito in Twins
Les Gens

Upcoming Shows

23 Feb 2019
Dracula: The Bloody Truth
24 Feb 2019
Dracula: The Bloody Truth
03 Mar 2019
Dracula: The Bloody Truth
23 Mar 2019
Dracula: The Bloody Truth
01 - 05 May 2019
The Three Musketeers: A Comedy Adventure
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