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Preview: Unfortunate: The Untold Story of Ursula the Sea Witch at Newcastle Theatre Royal

Ursula to give her take on what really happened under the sea...

Unfortunate: The Untold Story of Ursula the Sea Witch

Newcastle Theatre Royal 

Tuesday 2 – Thursday 4 July 2024

Fresh from a complete sell-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe and an audience favourite when it played at Northern Stage in 2022, Unfortunate: The Untold Story of Ursula the Sea Witch, is set to visit Newcastle Theatre Royal this week.

Join everyone’s favourite Disney Diva, Ursula, as she gives her take on what really happened all those years ago under the sea. With an original hot pop soundtrack and trademark filthy humour, it’s time to take the plunge and dive into this year’s hottest night out. 

Shawna Hamic (Orange is the New Black; 1776 on Broadway) will lead the cast of the critically acclaimed musical parody as Ursula, opposite Ru Paul’s Drag Race UK star River Medway as Ariel. They are joined by Thomas Lowe (Triton), Allie Dart (Sebastian), Jamie Mawson (Eric), Julian Capolei (Grimsby) and Corrina Buchan, Jack Gray, Jamie McKillop and Milly Willows in the ensemble.

Cruella told her side of the story, and Maleficent’s had her moment. Now the legendary queer queen Ursula is ready to spill, in this tell-all tale of sex, sorcery and suckers. With a new script and production, the latest version of this hit show is bigger, bolder and sexier than ever before.

Presented by Laura Elmes for Wildpark Entertainment with The Vaults and Dianne Roberts, the smash-hit show is written by Robyn Grant (who also directs) and Daniel Foxx, with music, arrangements and orchestrations by Tim Gilvin. The musical features set, costume and puppet design by Abby Clarke, choreography by Melody Sinclair, additional orchestrations by Nikki Davison and Joe Davison for Auburn Jam, musical supervision and direction by Arlene McNaught, lighting design by Adam King, sound design by Lucy Baker, Oscar Thompson and Will Thompson, flying and effects by John Maddox for Suspended Illusions.

Make-up design by Maya Lewis, intimacy and fight direction by Claire Llewellyn for RC-Annie, production management by Titch Gosling, assistant direction by Stephenson Ardern-Sodje, costume supervision by Sian Clare and puppets built by Aled Williams. The band is completed by Dejeanté Hinks on guitar and Becky Slater on drums.

Photo: Pamela Raith


Unfortunate: The Untold Story of Ursula the Sea Witch plays Newcastle Theatre Royal Tuesday 2 – Thursday 4 July 2024. Tickets can be purchased at or from the Theatre Royal Box Office on 0191 232 7010.

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