• 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 Artists in Residence at the Exeter Phoenix and Associate Artists at the Exeter Northcott Theatre.

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 (Hans Junge)

    • Favourite Cheese - Gouda
    • Drinks - Weiss Beer
    • Would love to Play - Hans Gruber in Die Hard
    Nick Bunt
  • Dan Bianchi (Keith Lorraine)

    • Favourite cheese - Quiche
    • Drinks - Port
    • Would love to play - Mickey Rourke in Barfly
    Dan Bianchi
  • Matt Freeman (David Blooper)

    • Favourite cheese - BabyBel
    • Drinks - BabyCham
    • Would love to play - Baby in Dirty Dancing
    Matt Freeman
  • Alex White (Wheaty Pickle)

    • Favourite Cheese - DMX
    • Drinks - 240v
    • Would love to play - in the dark
    Alex White
  • Al Dunn (Romano Al Dente)

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

Upcoming Shows

05 Nov 2016
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
13 Dec 2016 - 15 Jan 2017
The Jungle Book
30 Mar - 01 Apr 2017
Dracula: The Bloody Truth
03 May 2017
Dracula: The Bloody Truth
Tavistock Community College, Tavistock, Devon
04 May 2017
Dracula: The Bloody Truth
Tacchi Morris Arts Centre, Taunton, Somerset
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