Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Anniversary Year's a Real Showstopper; Tickets Went on Sale Today for the Theatre Royal Spring Summer Season. Entertainment Editor GORDON BARR Has the Details

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Anniversary Year's a Real Showstopper; Tickets Went on Sale Today for the Theatre Royal Spring Summer Season. Entertainment Editor GORDON BARR Has the Details

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Byline: GORDON BARR

THE Theatre Royal has announced its new line-up of shows that will take it into one of the most important years in its history - its 175th birthday.

Not only does the new spring-summer 2012 line-up feature a combination of dance, drama, musicals, comedy and opera, it is augmented by a spectacular birthday party and everyone's invited.

Philip Bernays, chief executive of the Theatre Royal, said: "This coming year is very special for us, a major landmark in our history and a chance to both reflect on the past and look forward to the future of our magnificent newly-restored theatre, which is the cultural heart of the North East.

"As well as fantastic free birthday celebrations in February, we also bring an incredible new season jam-packed with the best selection of shows of any theatre in the country. "Highlights include the world premiere of The King's Speech, the play that inspired the Oscar-winning film, and the breath-taking Danza Contemporanea de Cuba (May 3-5), returning to the theatre with three new pieces and a new commission to mark our birthday.

"Talking of our birthday - the festivities in February have been a long time in the planning and will be truly incredible. I would urge everyone to save the date, as you will not want to miss it!" You've seen the film and heard the rumours, now it's time to see the incredible stage play that inspired the Oscarwinning film. PREMIERE Jonathan and above, dance Cuba in The King's Speech comes to the Theatre Royal this spring (March 12-17) on its world premiere tour. Starring Charles Edwards and Jonathan Hyde, this moving play brings to vivid life the true story of King George VI's reluctant rise to the Crown and the turbulent personal battle he faces addressing and rallying the nation with a debilitating stammer.

Travelling Light (April 3-7) from the National Theatre on tour offers another dramatic feast.

A new play by Nicholas Wright set in 1900, it tells the fascinating story of young Motl Mendl, who from his home in a remote village in Eastern Europe becomes fascinated by his father's cinematograph and stumbles on a revolutionary way of telling stories which ultimately leads him to become a famed American film director. …

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