Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Mamma Mia! Returns

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Mamma Mia! Returns

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Byline: Gordon Barr What's On Editor gordon.barr@ncjmedia.co.uk

| Dress rehearsal of Mamma Mia! at the Metro Radio Arena in 2009 BLOCKBUSTING ABBA musical Mamma Mia! is to return to Newcastle.

The Theatre Royal will host the musical in March and April next year.

Mamma Mia! first came to Newcastle in 2009/10 when it played for five weeks at the Metro Radio Arena. This time it will be at the Theatre Royal for three weeks, from March 28 to April 17, 2017.

Seen by more than 60 million people in 49 productions in 16 different languages, Mamma Mia! is Judy Craymer's ingenious vision of staging the storytelling magic of ABBA's timeless songs with an enchanting tale of family and friendship unfolding on a Greek island paradise.

The ultimate feel-good show has been thrilling audiences everywhere - and now the party returns to Newcastle!

The Theatre Royal has announced a host of new shows for its new season.

Following their hit run on Broadway, acting superstars Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart return in Sean Mathias' acclaimed production of No Man's Land (Mon Aug 15-Sat Aug 20).

Written by Nobel Prize laureate Harold Pinter, the play explores the lives of two ageing writers, Hirst and Spooner, who meet one summer's evening in a Hampstead pub and continue their drinking into the night at Hirst's stately house nearby.

As the pair become increasingly inebriated, and their stories increasingly unbelievable, the conversation soon turns into a revealing power game, further complicated by the return home of two sinister younger men.

Fans of the ballet will be delighted to see Beauty and the Beast (Tue Nov 8-Sat Nov 12) on the programme.

Northern Ballet's adaptation of this timeless classic brings one of the world's most famous fairytales to life in a kaleidoscope of colour, set to an infectious score, including music by Saint-Saens, Bizet and Debussy, played live by Northern Ballet Sinfonia. …

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