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Beauty and the Beast
Until Sunday, January 19, 2020

The Theatre Royal’s latest family pantomime offering comes in the form of this spectacularly enchanting production Beauty and the Beast. Join North East panto royalty Danny Adams, Clive Webb and Chris Hayward on a magical adventure to help the beautiful Belle on her quest to unleash the beauty within the Beast – with everything you’ve come to expect from the Theatre Royal’s panto: spectacular special effects, hilarious comedy and more than a few surprises along the way.

Mamma Mia
Wednesday, January 22, 2020 - Saturday, February 8, 2020

We’re calling a state of emergency – a SOS, if you will – to get tickets to Benny Andersson & Bjorn Ulvaeus' smash-hit, Super (Trouper) musical at Theatre Royal in Newcastle this January. Knowing You (and we think you do), you absolutely won’t regret Taking A Chance on this tale of love, friendship and identity, set on a Greek island paradise and irresistibly told through the timeless hits of ABBA. Does Your Mother Know about it? Tell her. Do not, whatever you do, let these tickets go Slipping Through [Your] Fingers. You’ll regret it. Now, as you can probably guess, we definitely want to go, but voulez-vous?

Band Of Gold
Monday, January 27, 2020 - Saturday, February 1, 2020

Kay Mellor’s multi-award winning TV series Band of Gold has now been adapted for the stage and January will see it make its world premiere at the Darlington Hippodrome. Revolving around a group of women and telling the both humorous and heartbreaking tale of how a young mother is drawn into the notorious reds-light district, a star-studded cast – including Gaynor Faye, Laurie Brett, Shayne Ward and Kieron Richardson – promises to bring this thrilling tale to life in spectacularly entertaining fashion.

Darlington Hippodrome
Tuesday, January 28, 2020 - Saturday, February 1, 2020

Bill Kenwright presents the multi-award winning production of Kander and Ebb’s landmark musical, Cabaret. Starring John Partridge (EastEnders’ charismatic Christian Clarke, winner of Celebrity MasterChef 2018, and one of the West End theatre’s most prolific leading men), Kara Lily Hayworth (Cilla The Musical) and Anita Harris (of Carry On fame), this production has enjoyed two smash-hit West End runs and features show-stopping choreography, dazzling costumes and iconic songs. It’s 1931, Berlin is a haven of divine decadence and the legendary Sally Bowles is about to take the stage at the infamous Kit Kat Klub…


Guy: A New Musical
Monday, February 3, 2020

Finding love isn’t easy at the best of times, let alone when you’re (in his own words) a ‘fat, gay nerd.’ But luckily for Guy, you can be anybody online – including your best friend. Little does Guy know, however, he’s not the only one with a big reveal. With 12 heart-pounding electro-pop anthems and a witty, heartfelt story about modern dating through a diverse cross-section of gay men, you’ll laugh-cry, sad-cry, face-palm and heart-eyes at this award-winning, cat-fishing musical rom-com, which reminds us all that the only person you should be is yourself: #nofilter.

The Seven Acts of Mercy
Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - Saturday, February 15, 2020

Naples, 1606. In an unfinished church, a masterpiece is emerging from the darkness: Caravaggio’s first painting since he killed a man and fled Rome. Meanwhile, in the present-day, a retired dock worker teaches his grandson from a book of classic art, as around them a community is disintegrating under the pressure of years of economic and political degradation. Playing out across a gap of 400 years, Anders Lustgarten’s visceral drama confronts the dangerous necessity of compassion, in a world where it is in short supply. First performed by the RSC in 2016, this run of performances will mark the play’s Newcastle premiere.

People’s Theatre, Newcastle
Monday, February 17, 2020 - Saturday, February 22, 2020

This West End and Broadway production (beautifully adapted for The Royalty’s stage) tells the love story of legendary writer CS Lewis – Oxford don and author of The Chronicles of Narnia – and American poet Joy Davidman. CS ‘Jack’ Lewis is sure about his convictions about God and His plan for the world – that is, until Joy and her young son enter his life. Then the bewildered theoretician of love in the abstract is forced to confront love in the present.

The Royalty Theatre, Sunderland

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