Hi Ho, Hi Ho It’s Off to The Theatre Royal I go!
After a crazy couple of years with the covid pandemic meaning we didnt get to attend last year, pantomime returned to this great theatre that is the Theatre Royal Newcastle. Snow White and the seven dwarfs was this years show and returning to star are the hilarious Danny Adams, Theatre Royal panto legend Clive Webb, Chris Hayward and the North East’s favourite singer Joe McElederry.
We were here on press night amongst a hive of anticipation and excitement. A mixture of adults and children alike came to see the show. That’s the great beauty of pantomime you don’t need to have kids to go and enjoy the show. Pantomime for me means Christmas time, and again after a year and a bit of lockdowns we finally had something to look forward to and laugh along with. We collected our programmes, found our seats and looked out across the stalls up onto the stage awaiting the start of this show. The Theatre Royal Newcastle is known for setting a great production and I know people who have been coming here for this show for over 20 years. Being an adopted Geordie back in the city permanently since 2019, it was the first time I’d been here for panto and I certainly wasn’t disappointed.
I was impressed with the casting and performances of everyone in this show, and they all played their part in delivering fantastic night of entertainment and laughs.
Carol Stennett guided us through the show playing the role of the spirit of pantomime and done so beautifully throughout. Wayne Smith returned to the Newcastle stage here for a fifth time the latest as Prince William of Wallsend. Kirsty Ingram was the wonderful and innocent Snow White. This year Chris Hayward play queen Dragonella and Steve Arnott as Mrs Nellie Nightnurse in what was a reversal of roles to previous years. Sadly no ”Hiya Hinny” Shout outs this year, but a devilishly evil performance delivered as good as it could have been. by Hayward.
Stand out though for me and key to the show were the performances from Danny Adams and Clive Webb as the court jester and oddjob respectively. As real life father and son they share a chemistry that cannot be imitated especially after 16 consectuitve years of performing together. Danny has many moments that entertain. Not only with his father, but across other scenes with the Prince and our man in the mirror, Joe McElderry. Mick Potts also makes appearances as ‘The Idiot’ and like a super sub in a football match, provides brief but strong scenes of humour when he does appear. Joe McElderry belts his voice out with some great numbers and immerses himself too in some hilarious scenes with Danny.
I haven’t told you of these scenes or want to go into any detail as I don’t want to ruin it, if and when you do see the show. One thing I can tell you is that no matter what age you are young or old there is no doubt you’ll come out of this having had a great night plenty of laughs and memories that will last a lifetime. It has everything to entertain the kids and for the adults it has plenty of close to the bone comedy. The staging is brilliant, from the set décor, the props which brings together some incredible scenes that bring this stage almost to your seat.
Snow White and the seven dwarfs it’s not only the fairest panto in the land, on what I’ve seen tonight has to easily be the best. Showing now until Sunday the 9th of January 2022 grab a ticket for yourself your partner and family while you can. The magic is back in town!
Tickets from: £12.50 (prices subject to change: book early, save more!)
Running time: 2hrs 20mins approx (including interval)
Contains strobe lighting.
This is a family show with bangs and flashes, a couple of scary moments, a bit of panto innuendo (never intended to offend) – and some very old jokes!
Audio & Captioned perf: Tue 7 Dec, 7pm
BSL perf: Thu 9 Dec, 7pm
Concessions: Friends of the Theatre Royal: 20% off any performance, any price band. Children (16 years and under): £2 off any performance (not applicable on Stalls Superseats, Grand Circle Premium and Gallery)
If you had purchased a Babes in Arms ticket before Humpty Dumpty was rescheduled to 2021, the ticket will still be valid even if your child is over 2 years old at the time of attending. Babes in Arms are not permitted in the Amphitheatre and Gallery.
Newcastle Theatre Royal Information
Many local buses stop on Blackett Street and Market Street, just minutes away from the theatre. Haymarket bus station is only 10 minutes walk away.
Most parking meters around the theatre are free after 6.30pm. Please note: after 6.30pm the south side of Shakespeare Street (the side opposite the theatre) becomes a taxi rank and parking here is prohibited. The north side of Shakespeare Street (the theatre side) continues to have free parking after 6.30pm. There are also limited parking bays on Grey Street.
There is free parking after 5pm in selected Newcastle City Council-owned car parks as part of NE1’s Alive After Five scheme.
Newcastle City Council operate a number of car parks in and around the city centre.
Please be aware that Dean Street car park often has long wait times on exit. Some Newcastle City Council car parks may close earlier than your show finishing time so please take time to consider this.
NCP operate a number of car parks close to the theatre, some of which offer pre-booked parking.
Other operators have car parks at Central Station, The Gate and Chinatown – all of which are within walking distance of the Theatre Royal.
There are currently three disabled parking bays on Hood Street for use by Blue Badge Holders. Most Newcastle City Council Parking Meters are free to Blue Badge Holders. Please note there are no Disabled Parking Bays on Shakespeare Street and that the metered parking on the south side of the road (opposite the theatre) becomes a Taxi Rank after 6.30pm.
There is a Loading Bay located at the bottom of Shakespeare Street near the junction onto Grey Street that may be used as a drop off point by any customers who may find it challenging to walk longer distances. Please note we have been advised that the loading bay is for drop off only, and vehicles are not permitted to park or wait in this bay.
As parking near the theatre is managed by Newcastle City Council and is subject to change, we advise you to check accessible parking information.
As parking near the theatre is managed by Newcastle City Council and is subject to change, we advise you to check accessible parking informationFind out more
If travelling by Metro, alight at Monument Metro Station and follow the signs for the Theatre Royal; exiting onto Grey Street. We are less than one minute’s walk away!
You can travel for free via Metro, to and from the theatre, with your theatre ticket (up to two hours before and after the performance) – simply retain your theatre ticket for inspection by Metro Staff. For anyone with a mobile theatre ticket, the lead booker will need to send both the confirmation order email and the mobile ticket email to each party member for them to use the free Metro travel.
At stations with ticket gates in operation, show your ticket or mobile ticket and confirmation order email to the member of Metro staff on duty at the gates. Please note, you can only alight at Monument Metro Station when taking advantage of this offer. To plan your route, or for more information, visit Nexus.