Latest news / 28 January, 2019

NEXT YEAR’S NEWCASTLE PANTO IS A REAL BEAUTY – AND A THEATRE ROYAL FIRST

Newcastle Theatre Royal have announced this year’s pantomime will be a spellbinding panto debut, never previously having been performed on its stage – Beauty and the Beast.

One of the most romantic pantos of all time Beauty and the Beast will be a spectacular and enchanting production for all the family, featuring the legendary trio of Theatre Royal panto stars Danny Adams, Clive Webb and Chris Hayward.

A lavish adventure is once again in store for all as the beautiful Belle embarks on her quest to unleash the Beauty within the Beast. Audiences can expect an action-packed show once again bursting with magic, music and plenty of comedy mayhem!

Produced by Qdos Entertainment, the world’s biggest pantomime producer, Beauty and the Beast promises everything that Theatre Royal audiences have come to expect, and more. Spectacular choreography, glittering sets, breath-taking special effects and a wonderful musical score form the backdrop to a tale full of adventure and hilarious slap-stick. Will Danny win the hand of the beautiful Belle before she is enchanted by the Beast? Who will be foiled by the fearful enchantress and will Dame Rita get the man?

Theatre Royal pantomimes are widely thought to be among the best in the UK, due to the exceptional combination of father and son team Clive and Danny - for whom Beauty and the Beast will mark their fifteenth consecutive Theatre Royal panto appearance. This combination is brought together by Newcastle’s own Michael Harrison (The Bodyguard, Annie), who co-writes, produces and directs the show.

This Spring, Danny and brother Mick (‘The Idiot’) will become household names, as their new children’s TV show Danny & Mick will air on the BBC in early 2019.

Theatre Royal Chief Executive Philip Bernays said: “We are so very proud of our pantomimes and always strive to make sure that we are at the top of our game every single year. We are confident that Beauty and the Beast, with its heady dose of comedy, magic and romance, and a few new surprises thrown into the mix, will be a new record-breaker.

“It’s thanks to a superb cast, incredible staging, expert behind-the-scenes team and the talent of top West End producer Michael Harrison that we can keep delivering what is considered not only the biggest panto in the region but one of the best festive spectaculars anywhere in the country.”

Beauty and the Beast plays Tue 26 Nov 2019 until Sun 19 Jan 2020