Coming to the Royal

Published: 17 April 2021
Reporter: Peter Lathan

Looking Good Dead
Magic Goes Wrong
Talking About Jamie
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Newcastle’s Theatre Royal has announced is post-lockdown re-opening season.


12–17 July and, due to popular demand, 11–22 January 2022
From Tudor Queens to Pop Princesses, the six wives of Henry VIII take to the mic to tell their tales, remixing five hundred years of historical heartbreak into an 80-minute celebration of 21st-century girl power.

Looking Good Dead

19–24 July
Adapted by award-winning writer Shaun McKenna, this is the world première tour of Peter James’s new play about Detective Superintendent Roy Grace. Casting to be announced.

Bedknobs and Broomsticks

14–21 August
The new musical based on Disney’s classic movie Bedknobs & Broomsticks makes its world première at Newcastle Theatre Royal, featuring the original songs by the Sherman Brothers (Mary Poppins, The Jungle Book, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang), including "Portobello Road", "The Age Of Not Believing" and "The Beautiful Briny", and new music and lyrics by Neil Bartram and book by Brian Hill.

Magic Goes Wrong

23–28 August
Direct from the West End, Mischief, the company which created The Play That Goes Wrong and BBC One’s The Goes Wrong Show, return to the stage with a new show created with magicians Penn and Teller.

The Drifters Girl

9–23 October
Making its world première at the Theatre Royal prior to its transfer to the West End, this new musical tells the story of The Drifters and the truth about the woman who made them, Faye Treadwell, played by Beverley Knight. It features some of the best-known songs in pop music history including "Save the Last Dance for Me", "Under the Boardwalk", "Kissin’ in the Back Row of the Movies", "Stand by Me", "Come on Over to My Place" and "Saturday Night at the Movies".

Everybody's Talking About Jamie

25–30 October
West End star Layton Williams reprises his role as Jamie from the West End production. Jamie New is sixteen and lives on a council estate in Sheffield where, terrified about the future, he doesn’t quite fit in. Jamie, though, is going to be a sensation, overcoming prejudice, beating the bullies and stepping out of the darkness into the spotlight.

And Then There Were None

9–13 November
Ten strangers are lured to a solitary mansion off the coast of Devon. When a storm cuts them off from the mainland, the true reason for their presence on the island becomes horribly clear. A new production of one of the bestselling crime novels of all time, written by the Queen of Crime, Agatha Christie.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

23 November–9 January
Madcap comedy from Newcastle panto favourites Danny Adams (Muddles), Clive Webb (The Henchman) and Chris Hayward (who we discover for the first time has a villainous side, playing The Wicked Queen), this year's panto also sees X Factor star and South Shields lad Joe McElderry join the cast as The Man in The Mirror.