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Preview: Animal Farm at Newcastle Theatre Royal


Inspiring Theatre As Animal Farm Comes To Newcastle Theatre Royal

Animal Farm

Newcastle Theatre Royal

Tuesday 22 – Saturday 26 February 2022


A stunning re-imagining of the famous George Orwell fable – Animal Farm – is set to enthral audiences at Newcastle Theatre Royal during a one-week run.

The Cast of Animal Farm - Photo: Manuel Harlan

George Orwell’s world-famous fable tells the story of a revolution and its aftermath. Re-imagined by an award-winning creative team, Animal Farm is a dynamic, daring and contemporary take on a timeless story.

Boxer (puppeteers Elisa De Gray, Matt Tait and Rayo Patel) and Squeela (puppeteers Ailsa Dalling and Matt Churcher) -  Photo: Manuel Harlen 

The animals of Manor Farm drive out the farmer and run the farm themselves. A revolution. And then what? Then freedom. Every animal will be free. Old Major, the prize boar, calls the animals of Manor Farm together. He has had a strange dream of a better future.

Clover (puppeteers Yana Penrose and Edie Edmundson) and Squeela Squeela (puppeteers Ailsa Dalling and Matt Churcher) - Photo: Manuel Harlen

Animal Farm is directed by Robert Icke, whose version of 1984 (co-adapted and directed with Duncan Macmillan) was a smash-hit in the West End and on Broadway; features puppetry by Toby Olié (whose credits include War Horse, Running Wild and Goodnight Mister Tom) and designed by four-time Olivier award-winner Bunny Christie.

Napoleon (puppeteers Ben Thompson and Michael Jean-Marain) - Photo: Manuel Harlan

The Children’s Theatre Partnership creates bold and imaginative theatre for young people, engaging new audiences and aiming to inspire a life-long love of theatre.


Animal Farm plays at Newcastle Theatre Royal from Tue 22 – Sat 26 Feb 2022. Tickets are priced from £10.00 and can be purchased at or from the Theatre Royal Box Office on 0191 232 7010.

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