With summer booming, many of us will be on the lookout for what’s happening locally to make the most of it – and we may seek shelter indoors with the scorching heat Heat wave on my way.
Fortunately, Newcastle theater The scene has you covered – with several theaters in the city center, each with its own unique lineup of shows. And with theaters celebrating a long-awaited return to performances in front of live audiences after two tough years due to Covid, there’s no better time to show your appreciation for your local theatre.
Whether you’re looking for a family show to entertain the kids, a comedy sketch or a heartwarming musical, one of Newcastle’s theaters is sure to have something to do. Here’s what’s happening at downtown cinemas throughout the months of July and August.
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The Gray Street Theater has a jam-packed lineup of shows over the summer, with acclaimed musicals Grease and Bat Out Of Hell playing for July and We Will Rock You, Jersey Boys and Bugsy Malone The Musical arriving on stage in August. Throughout July there are also three performances by graduates of the Theater Royal’s Project A acting training program – ‘Every Brilliant Thing’ which tells the story of a seven-year-old boy making a list of best things in the world to lift your spirits. their mom; ‘Five’, a series of short monologues; and a double program – “Blank” and “Revolt”. She says. Revolt Again.’, which “capture the modern fury of femininity”.
The Royal Theater also has a treat for Strictly fans in store on July 24, with Here Come The Boys – a “dance show” featuring BBC competition pros Graziano di Prima Kovalev, Pasha and Nadiya Bychkova, as well as finalist Karim Zeroual. And there’s even something for the theatre’s youngest viewers, who are sure to be thrilled by the live performance Peppa Pig’s Best Day Ever, August 10-11.
It’s all about the Edinburgh Fringe at live theater this month, with the theater showing previews of routines from local talent before they head to the coveted festival in August. There are five Edinburgh premieres to see live this year, starting with John Hegley’s Biscuit of Destiny on July 20, followed by Rachel Jackson’s Almost Famous on July 21.
On July 22, a production by North East band Your Aunt Fanny celebrates “all things fabulous, ridiculous and totally inappropriate”, then it’s Rachel Stockdale’s turn to tell her true life story in Fat Chance before the previews don’t end with The Silent Treatment, the story of a singer who loses her voice by Sarah-Louise Young. July at the Live Theater culminates with Fables At The Kitchen Table, a show suitable for children aged three to eight that features song and puppetry as Aesop’s best love stories come to life.
Alphabetti’s summer vacation season kicks off July 28 with This Show Is Rubbish, a family-friendly musical adventure that follows the story of 10-year-old Wave as she tries to save the world from climate change. This Show Is Rubbish runs until August 13 alongside Make Rubbish workshops for children – and for adults there’s also an empowering show from Newcastle duo SQUARMS on whether self-reliance can survive in a digital world.
On August 13, a unique, family-friendly musical experience comes to Alphabetti, with spontaneous compositions by Sirishkumar Maji and Vibhaas. And from August 23, audiences can catch Brotherhood, a show that highlights the struggles of young black men living in the UK through hip-hop dance theatre.
The little ones can join Igglepiggle and his friends when In The Night Garden Live arrives Tyne Theater July 19 and 20. Music lovers can discover Priscilla Queen of the Desert which promises “a hit parade of dancefloor classics” at the Tyne Theater from July 27 to 30.
August sees the highly acclaimed Ireland: The Show bring a cast of Irish dancers, singers and performers to Newcastle, accompanied by the Keltic Storm Band. And finally in August, there will be an adaptation by Northeastern theater group MTS of the much-loved story The Addams Family, promising “a comedic holiday that embraces the craziness of each family.”
staff at North Stage are busy planning a jam-packed fall season of shows – but they’re also putting together a program for families throughout August, which should include a whole host of different activities alongside shows for kids. Keep your eyes peeled for the Northern Stage website and social media pages for summer events to be confirmed very soon.