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Bobby Robson Saved My Life


A hat-trick of partners are helping to bring the story of football legend and former Newcastle United and England manager Sir Bobby Robson to life on stage.

Recently-formed Quayside Productions has joined The Customs House and Ion Productions to bring Bobby Robson Saved My Life to The Customs House in South Shields and Tyne Theatre in Newcastle, ahead of a national tour.

The play, written by Jarrow-born poet and playwright Tom Kelly, focuses on the late Sir Bobby’s legacy and explores the ability of one person to have a dramatic effect on the life of another, without ever knowing it.

Focusing on three very different individuals and the ups and downs life throws at them, it promises to be a heart-warming, inspirational and uplifting piece that celebrates not only Sir Bobby’s life, but the impact he had on so many.

Charlie Richmond, Director of Newcastle-based Quayside Productions, said: “Quayside Productions are delighted to be co-producing Bobby Robson Saved My Life alongside Ion Productions and The Customs House.

“Our mission is to develop ideas and produce opportunities in the North East. Just like Sir Bobby, we want to create a lasting legacy that will inspire generations for years to come.”

Gareth Hunter, of Ion Productions in South Shields, said: “We are delighted to have teamed up with both The Customs House and Quayside Productions to bring what we all believe to be a fantastic piece of theatre that celebrates not only Sir Bobby, but the human spirit and the legacy we can all leave behind.

“This link between the three companies will allow us to bring not only a great piece of theatre to The Customs House and Tyne Theatre, but also act as a springboard for the national tour next year.”

Ray Spencer, Executive Director of The Customs House, said: “‘We have long partnered with Ion Productions to produce new writing and are pleased to forge a new relationship between Quayside Productions and The Customs House.

“We hope this triumvirate will allow this production of Bobby Robson Saved My Life to be seen by a larger number of people as we look to develop a regional and national tour.”

Bobby Robson Saved My Life will be directed by Jamie Brown, who has previously worked with Tom on Geordie The Musical at The Customs House and Tyne Theatre and appeared alongside Charlie in When the Boat Comes In at The Customs House.

Gareth also worked alongside Charlie in My Uncle Freddie at The Customs House last summer.

As part of the play’s development, people are being asked to upload a video to social media, of themselves describing Sir Bobby in three words, using the hashtag #3wordsforBobby. A number of famous faces have already done so.

Sir Bobby, who was born in Sacriston, County Durham, and played for Fulham, West Bromwich Albion and England, going on to also manage the national team, died in July 2009, aged 76, after a long battle with cancer.

Bobby Robson Saved My Life runs at The Customs House from Tuesday, July 16, to Saturday, July 20, and each performance will raise funds for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, to help find more effective ways to detect and treat cancer.

Bobby Robson Saved My Life runs at Customs House from July 16, to Saturday, July 20

Tickets are on sale now, priced from £20. Contact the box office on (0191) 454 1234 or visit

Bobby Robson Saved My Life runs at Tyne Theatre from Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th August 2019. 

Tickets are priced at £20 and are on general sale Thursday 2nd May from 10am.   •   0191 243 1172

For more information about #3wordsforBobby, contact Gareth via e-mail at

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