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Thursday, 12 October 2017

REVIEW: Geordie the Musical at Newcastle Tyne Theatre


A Customs House Production in association with Tyne Theatre & Opera House
Geordie the Musical
Newcastle Tyne Theatre & Opera House
Wednesday 11th – Saturday 14th October 2017


Written by Tom Kelly from a story by Andy Bogle
Directed by Jamie Brown
Musical Direction by Mike Turnbull

After two years, The Wheatsheaf Pub returns as Geordie the Musical returns in a new venue, with a new cast member, and a new ending. But the Jukebox Musical of traditional Geordie numbers still retains the nostalgia and the warmth that made it so successful during it's first run at the Customs House.

Dale Meeks takes to the Tyne Theatre & Opera HouseStage, inheriting the role originated by Shaun Prendergast in 2015, but this is the only change to the cast who perform together as truly one unit- real chemistry and camaraderie radiate from the stage. Meeks should be familiar to North East audiences along with Viktoria Kay, Micky Cochrane, Donald McBride, James Hedley and Phil Corbitt. To the Newcastle audiences, Eleanor Chaganis, Luke Maddison and Adam Donaldson may not be as well-known but they claim as much of this show as their peers do. Together, this nine-strong ensemble are excellent.

Jamie Brown directs this show sublimely, never wavering on the world he's creating for a second. Much praise must go to the live musicians Adam Nyberg and Peter Morris, and Musical Director Mike Turnbull, who's arrangements for songs we know so well make them fresh and fun- and sometimes haunting.

Geordie the Musical runs until the 14th, with matinee performances Thursday and Saturday.
Review by David Foster
Read our review of the original production: Review LINK

Tickets: £18 full price, £16 concessions & limited view.

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