Review: Grease the Musical at Newcastle Theatre Royal

Review: Grease the Musical at Newcastle Theatre Royal

Cause the power you’re supplying, it’s electrifying! Greased Lightnin’ rolled into town for a week in Newcastle and these summer days are definitely not drifting away!

After a whirlwind summer romance, leather-clad greaser Danny and girl-next-door Sandy are unexpectedly reunited when she transfers to Rydell High for senior year. But can they survive the trials and tribulations of teenage life and find true love once more?

The 1978 film adaptation starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John is the fourth highest-grossing live action musical of all time and the musical features beloved songs, including Summer NightsGreased Lightnin’Hopelessly Devoted To You and You’re The One That I Want and is here in Newcastle this week spreading the word.

I was super excited to see this, as a young 10 year old I actually performed the role of Sonny and so have always had an affiliation with this show. I certainly wasn’t let down by this production as I toe tapped and sang quietly while listening to all the classic songs. 

So to our leads…

Marley Fenton’s portrayal of Danny Zuko was engaging, confident and believable as this caring in private, but cold In person persona helped to maintain his reputation with the lads. Fenton portrays the essence of his characters  dual personality: the flash, tough leader of the Burger Palace Boys and the love-lorn teen who falls for Sandy. Fenton’s vocals in numbers like “Summer Nights” and “Sandy.” gave us some great moments. His chemistry with Dawe ensures that the romantic tension is authentic.

Oh Sandra Dee ! Hope Dawe’s performance as Sandy Dumbrowski was my stand out vocalist. Dawe displayed a real naivety and innocence to the role, while showing a confidence that grows throughout. Dawe’s moments shine in songs like “Hopelessly Devoted to You” and “You’re the One That I Want”. 

Rebecca Stenhouse delivers a fab showing as Rizzo, leader of the Pink Ladies. A tough and sassy character with underlying vulnerabilities that Stenhouse manages to let seep out. Her rendition of “There Are Worse Things I Could Do” is particularly powerful. 

George Michaelides’ Keneckie brings a strong physical presence and attitude to the role with a balance of tough guy and charm. This made him both intimidating and likable. Michaelides’ rendition of “Greased Lightnin’” was justbgreat to watch and a highlight moment for me as you would expect, this was filled with high energy and slick choreography that highlighted his stage presence. 

The ensemble and supporting cast are also every part of the shows enjoyment. The ensemble are high-energy, each also getting their own moments to shine.

The set design was bright and flowing. We were able to be transported between the high school gym, the streets, bedrooms and the drive-in and diner. The multi-functional props and mobile set pieces ensured that transitions were flowing with minimal pauses between scenes.

Grease continues to remain the word and I’d recommend getting any remaining tickets  as I’m sure they’ve been selling like Greased Lightnin’ ! 

Grease plays Newcastle Theatre Royal (Mon 10 – Sat 15 Jun 2024). Tickets can be purchased at or from the Theatre Royal Box Office on 0191 232 7010.

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