Theatre Royal Announces Outstanding New Season

Theatre Royal Announces Outstanding New Season

The brightest West End musicals, moving dramas, suspense-filled whodunits and stunning opera are all part of the jam-packed new season announced by Newcastle Theatre Royal.

One of the biggest stage sensations of all time, Dirty Dancing returns (Tue 1 – Sat 5 Aug 2023). The iconic story features the hit songs Hungry Eyes, Hey! Baby, Do You Love Me? and the heart stopping (I’ve Had) The Time of My Life and an incredible cast of dancers.

Musical fans will be spoilt for choice; dive into an hilarious deep-sea pearl of show that’s set to make a splash – The SpongeBob Musical makes its Newcastle Theatre Royal debut (Tue 5 – Sat 9 Sep 2023) with Divina de Campo as Plankton. Hot on its heels is the iconic global phenomenon Jesus Christ Superstar (Tue 26 – Sat 30 Sep 2023) which features music and lyrics by multi award-winners Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice.

The hit musicals don’t stop there! The original showbiz musical 42nd Street (Tue 10 – Sat 14 Oct 2023) combines breath-taking tap dance routines, backstage intrigue, classic romance and delightful comedy to dazzling effect. And the fun continues into 2024, when, direct from the London Palladium, the sensational new production of one of the most beloved musicals – The Wizard of Oz – comes to Newcastle (Tue 16 – Sun 21 Apr 2024).

Having taken the West End by storm, Autumn sees the supernatural thriller 2:22 A Ghost Story (Tue 19 – Sat 23 Sep 2023) take to the stage as it embarks on its first ever UK tour. Mystery and suspense continue when Agatha Christie’s best-selling crime novel, And Then There Were None (Tue 17 – Sat 21 Oct 2023) returns for a week-long run.

Rory Bremner will asking the questions when the entertaining and provocative drama Quiz (Tue 3 – Sat 7 Oct 2023) takes a thrilling insight into the Coughing Major scandal that engulfed one of the world’s most popular TV quiz shows, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.

Life of Pi, winner of every major play award including the Olivier for Best Play, brings jaw-dropping visuals, magic and world-class puppetry when it comes to Newcastle for an epic two week run (Tue 23 Jan – Sat 3 Feb 2024).

One of the greatest British comedies ever written – Noises Off – visits Newcastle Theatre Royal for one week (Tue 12 – Sat 16 Sep 2023). Michael Frayn’s celebrated play serves up a riotous double bill, a play within in play, which hurtles along at breakneck speed.

Audience favourites Northern Ballet and Scottish Ballet both return with new twists on classic tales. 

Northern Ballet bring their signature sparkle to the timeless love story, Beauty & the Beast (Tue 7 – Sat 11 Nov 2023), whilst Scottish Ballet offer up a charming twist to the tale with their presentation of Cinders! (Wed 7 – Sat 10 Feb 2024) featuring glittering new designs and a stunning art-nouveau inspired set. 

Completing the trio of new dance productions, the renowned Ailey 2 brings an exciting repertory featuring Francesca Harper’s futuristic Freedom Series (excerpt), Robert Battle’s thrilling The Hunt, the incredible energy of William Forsythe’s Enemy in the Figure (excerpt) and Alvin Ailey’s beloved masterpiece Revelations to Newcastle Theatre Royal (Tue 24 – Wed 25 Oct 2023).

Opera North will make a welcome return with a stunning programme featuring Falstaff, La rondine and Masque of Might (Tue 31 Oct – Sat 4 Nov 2023) and an Aleko / Cavlalleria rusticana double bill and Cosi Fan Tutte (Wed 13 – Sat 16 Mar 2024).

Shows previously announced for 2023/24 include Dada Masilo’s The Sacrifice (Tue 11 & Wed 12 Apr), Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty (Tue 18 – Sat 29 Apr), Strictly Ballroom (Mon 1 – Sat 6 May), RSC Julius Caesar (Tue 9 – Sat 13 May), Hey Duggee (Thu 18 – Sun 21 May), The King and I (Tue 23 – Sat 27 May), Greatest Days (Mon 29 May – Sat 3 Jun), The Beekeeper of Aleppo (Tue 6 – Sat 10 Jun), Rock of Ages (Tue 13 – Sat 17 Jun), Sister Act (Mon 19 – Sat 24 Jun), The Commitments (Mon 26 Jun – Sat 1 Jul), The Ocean at the End of the Lane (Tue 11 – Sat 22 Jul), The Bodyguard (Tue 15 – Sat 19 Aug), Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story (Mon 28 Aug – Sat 2 Sep), The Drifters Girl (Tue 14 – Sat 18 Nov), Pinocchio (Tue 28 Nov – Sun 14 Jan) and Everybody’s Talking About Jamie (Tue 16 – Sat 20 Jan).

Tickets can be purchased at or from the Theatre Royal Box Office on 0191 232 7010.

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