Latest news / 14 April, 2021
As lockdown starts to ease, Newcastle Theatre Royal is preparing to welcome audiences back, including for the North East’s biggest pantomime. In a change to advertised plans, the theatre will now stage the fairest pantomime in the land this Christmas, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, starring Danny Adams, Clive Webb, Chris Hayward and introducing Joe McElderry.
Having initially confirmed that Humpty Dumpty would be performed for the first time in half a century during the 2020/21 festive season, restrictions made it impossible for the annual extravaganza to go ahead resulting in performances being rescheduled to this year. However, as additional lockdowns have caused further delays to preparing for the production, the decision has now been made to bring back one of the theatre’s most popular pantomime titles, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, for the 2021/2022 season.
Michael Harrison, producer and director of the Newcastle Theatre Royal pantomime said: “Whilst myself and the creative team have been working on Humpty Dumpty – which is a brand new title - for over a year, and are hugely excited about the script and designs, the pandemic has seriously delayed our ability to access workshops and start building an entirely new show from scratch. To make sure it’s as magical on the stage as it is on paper, we’ve therefore taken the decision to keep this title for a future season. Now for 2021, we are thrilled to be bringing you Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.”
Featuring a brand-new script the panto will be full of all the fun, laughter and surprises that audiences have come to love and expect from a Newcastle Theatre Royal pantomime and will star Danny Adams as Muddles, Clive Webb as The Henchman, Chris Hayward as The Wicked Queen and Joe McElderry as The Man in the Mirror.
Existing ticket holders have been contacted by the theatre. No action is needed as all previous bookings for Humpty Dumpty remain valid and will be automatically transferred to the new show for the same date and seats as the original booking.
Philip Bernays, chief executive of Newcastle Theatre Royal added: “This has not been an easy decision to make as we have all been extremely excited about the prospect of bringing this rarely-performed title to our stage. However, without the benefit of our own magic mirror to see into the future, we have had to make this very necessary change now to ensure that we are in the best possible position to entertain our audiences with the most incredible pantomime this festive season.
“Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was last performed on our stage during the 2014/2015 season and is one of our most popular pantomimes ever. We know that once again the team will light up the stage and give our audiences the spectacular show that they so richly deserve.”
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs will play Tue 23 Nov 2021 – Sun 9 Jan 2022. Tickets are on sale now with prices starting from £14.50 and can be purchased at theatreroyal.co.uk