There have been many highlights over 2019/20. Here are just a few. 
 

RSC RETURN TO NEWCASTLE THEATRE ROYAL

The Royal Shakespeare Company made a triumphant return to Newcastle Theatre Royal playing three productions - As You Like It, The Taming of the Shrew and Measure for Measure – in repertoire for the first time since 2013.
 
The Stratford based company has a long history with Newcastle Theatre Royal, having first played a season at the Grey Street venue in the 1970’s and during that time many well-known faces, including Ian McKellen, Francesca Annis, Judi Dench, Donald Sinden, Kenneth Branagh, Josie Lawrence, David Tennant, Patrick Stewart and Sylvester McCoy have graced the stage in a number of the playwright’s most popular works.
 

IAN MCKELLEN TOUR SUPPORTS LOCAL INITIATIVES

Newcastle Theatre Royal played host to Ian McKellen as he embarked upon a new solo show to celebrate his 80th birthday. The tour saw Ian visit theatres with which he has personal connections and he previously praised our theatre as his favourite venue in the country. All profits from the two sell-out performances have gone on to support the Theatre Royal’s work with young people from Newcastle and the North East.

 

LES MISÉRABLES PUTS HUGE SMILES ON OUR AUDIENCES’ FACES

Cameron Mackintosh’s acclaimed Broadway production of the internationally celebrated Boublil and Schönberg musical Les Misérables delighted audiences night after night during an epic eight week run - one of the longest for a musical in the venue’s history - as part of its first UK tour in almost a decade.

 

YOUNG DANCE TALENT FROM THE NORTH EAST STAR IN WORLD PREMIERE OF MATTHEW BOURNE’S ROMEO AND JULIET
 
Matthew Bourne’s pioneering dance company New Adventures cast six young dancers from the North East in its world premiere production of Romeo and Juliet as part of its ambition to support the next generation of on-stage talent. Following a UK-wide audition tour, Sam Curruthers, Kayleigh Oborka-Letman, Lisa Robinson, Andrew Scott, Tom Sutton and Chloe Shutt joined the company for the four-night run at Newcastle Theatre Royal.
 
New Adventures is committed to finding and developing diverse young talent from across the UK. The company have delivered various initiatives, including ‘Swan School’, two week-long intensives designed to prepare graduate level dancers for the audition process.
 

AN OUTSTANDING YEAR FOR MUSICALS

This year our world-class entertainment programme featured some truly show-stopping musicals! Audiences were on their feet for the West End smash-hit Motown the Musical and, returning after a sell-out run in 2017, Greek island adventure Mamma Mia! once again brought the house down.  Long-time friend of Newcastle Theatre Royal, Michael Harrison, returned with the ever-popular Annie and Alexandra Burke delivered another outstanding performance in The Bodyguard. A year of stunning musicals was rounded off with the iconic and heart-warming Priscilla, Queen of the Desert bringing sparkle and glitter to Grey Street!