The show must go on as the region’s oldest theatre enters a new era of live events
Newcastle’s Tyne Theatre and Opera House is about to launch a series of hybrid music events in a bid to kick start the north east theatre industry and raise much needed funds for the Grade I listed venue.
Produced by North East based AV firm Tyne Audio, the purpose of the shows is to raise money to help support the theatre during this worrying time, as well as entertain the public and also provide a stage for those who miss performing live.
Jonathan Mellor, Owner of Tyne Audio states, “Our intention is that the initial series of smaller events have a much larger end goal, with the continued aim of raising money to keep the Tyne Theatre and Opera House open. We hope that with monies raised from donations and ticket sales, we can work alongside the Tyne Theatre to host a Post-Covid comeback concert like no other showcasing the North East’s local theatre talent!! This will of course be when social distancing is no longer a thing!”
‘The Show Must Go On’ will be a series of music themed cabaret evenings and will include performances from local professional and amateur singers, a socially distanced limited audience and will be live streamed weekly through October & November direct from Tyne Theatre & Opera House Bistro Bar.
The theatre last saw a live musical production take place over 6 months ago, and the ghost light has been on ever since. Since restrictions started to ease, the venue has produced several live streamed events, as well as setting up a crowdfunding account and launched a ‘Ghost Light Stories’ series on their Facebook page, all to help raise funds. Theatre Director Joanne Johnson says:
“Our venue has had a rich history with musical theatre, having had many different productions, on varying scales, come to our stage since the theatre’s early years up until the present day. We are pleased to be able to pay homage to that history with these weekly shows that are a great way for audiences to visit and support the theatre, whilst also having access to musical theatre entertainment which has been missed massively since March.
The dramatic and ongoing loss of income caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has meant that without urgent support, the future of our historic venue is in question. We’re looking to raise £30,000 to help cover the theatre’s outgoings to see us through until 2021. With the furlough scheme coming to an end, the loss of our usual November/December season (which is usually our busiest of the year) and urgent work that needs doing to ensure our whole venue can be made COVID-secure for when we are able to reopen – these next few months will be the toughest we’ve faced financially yet.”
These live events will launch on Sunday 11th October and tickets are priced Tables of 2: £20, Tables of 4: £40 and can be booked at https://tynetheatreandoperahouse.uk/events/the-show-must-go-on-local-theatre-variety-show/.
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