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News: Theatre Royal Announces New Season

Theatre Royal Announces New Season

Showstopping West-End musicals, awe-inspiring dance performances, breathtaking page-tostage adaptations, classic tales, brand-new delights, and an adult-only take on a Disney classic; there certainly are treats for all in the fun-packed, new season announced at Newcastle Theatre Royal!

Audiences will be transported back to 1960’s Baltimore, where Tracy Turnblad dreams of dancing her way onto national TV, when Hairspray visits Newcastle (Mon 11 – Sat 16 Nov 2024), but can she win equality, and Link Larkin’s heart, without denting her ‘do?

More hairspray will be needed as NOW That’s What I Call A Musical, arrives (Tue 8 – Sat 12 Oct 2024) on its first ever UK tour directed and choreographed by Craig Revel Horwood. Get ready for a fun-filled evening bursting with hits from Whitney Houston, Blondie, Tears For Fears, Spandau Ballet, Wham! and so many more.

It’s an adult night-out when Unfortunate (Tue 2 – Thu 4 Jul 2024) gives Ursula a chance to give her take on what really happened all those years ago under the sea. The legendary queer queen is ready to spill, in this tell-all tale of sex, sorcery and suckers.

Starring Adam Garcia, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is set to excite the next generation of fans as it flies into the region (Tue 4 – Sat 8 Jun 2024) featuring unforgettable songs including Toot Sweets and Truly Scrumptious, and QDance Company visit Newcastle to perform Re:Incarnation (Tue 15 & Wed 16 Oct 2024), an ode to the richness of Nigerian culture, in which dance, musical and visual art creations are bursting with pure and uncompromising joy.

CaroleW Productions take over the Studio stage with their production Limelight (Tue 9 – Sat 13 Apr 2024) based on the career of Julia St George, a real-life star of the Victorian stage born on Broad Chare in Newcastle.

Andrew Alexander Ian Hughes - The 39 Steps
Photo: Tristram Kenton

Alfred Hitchcock’s classic spy thriller The 39 Steps (Tue 9 – Sat 13 Apr 2024) is brilliantly and hilariously recreated for the stage as four fearless actors play 139 roles in a performance full of fast-paced fun and thrilling action and unforgettable theatrical tour de force, The Kite Runner (Tue 25 – Sat 29 Jun 2024), opens direct from Broadway.

Catherine Bailey, Andrew Alexander - The 39 Steps
Photo: Tristram Kenton

In another best-selling novel to stage adaptation, The Boy at the Back of the Class (Tue 30 Apr – Sat 4 May 2024) balances heart and humour in an unexpected and often hilarious adventure, highlighting the power of friendship and kindness.

Peppa Pig (Photo: Barry Rivett)

In the Summer holidays, 101 Dalmatians: The Musical bounds into Newcastle for one week only (Tue 27 Aug – Sun 1 Sep 2024), when fashonista Cruella de Vil’s evil plan to swipe the town’s puppies for a new fur coat means there is trouble ahead for Pongo, Perdi and their tail-wagging young pups. Younger audiences will enjoy Peppa Pig’s Fun Day Out (Wed 21 – Thu 22 Aug 2024), packed full of songs, dances and muddy puddles, this perfect introduction to theatre guarantees giggles and snorts for all.

Peppa Pig (Photo: Barry Rivett)

The 2024/25 pantomime The Little Mermaid will see Newcastle Theatre Royal favourites Danny Adams and Clive Webb return for their 19th year, along with celebrated singer songwriter Joe McElderry and legendary panto dame Chris Hayward.

And finally, following sold out runs in London’s West End at the Shaftesbury Theatre and the Theatre Royal Haymarket respectively, & Juliet (Mon 2 – Sat 7 Jun), as well as Only Fools and Horses The Musical (Mon 10 – Sat 22 Feb), are set to visit Newcastle Theatre Royal in 2025!

Lorna Courtney, Betsy Wolfe, Justin David Sullivan and Melanie La Barrie in & JULIET - Original Broadway Cast - Photo  Matthew Murphy

Get whisked away on a fabulous journey as Juliet ditches her famous ending for a fresh beginning and a second chance at life and love—her way. Or join us as we take a trip back in time, where it’s all kicking off in Peckham with classic characters; Del Boy, Rodney, Grandad, Cassandra, Raquel, Boycie, Marlene, Trigger, Denzil and Mickey Pearce.


Tickets for all performances can be purchased at or from the Theatre Royal Box Office on 0191 232 7010. Can’t decide? Opt for Newcastle Theatre Royal gift vouchers and your friends and family can decide for themselves.

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