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Ticket prices

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD*

Friends qualify for 20% off ticket prices (excluding one nighters and shows marked with no concessions). Superseats – Stalls rows F & G have lots of extra legroom... think business class! A small premium will usually apply. Prices are fixed on new shows* for the period from Mon 5 Nov – Thu 8 November 2018, after this time, prices may change.

GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS TUE 27 NOV 2018 - SUN 20 JAN 2019 FRONT STALLS & FRONT GRAND CIRCLE £38.50 £35.50 £32.50 CENTRE STALLS & GRAND CIRCLE £35.50 £32.50 £29.50 REAR STALLS £33.50 £30.50 £27.50 UPPER CIRCLE £30.50 £27.50 £24.50 AMPHITHEATRE £27.50 £23.50 £20.50 GALLERY £20.00 £16.00 £13.00 Running time: 2hrs 25mins approx. Contains strobe lighting

THE COMEDY ABOUT A BANK ROBBERY TUE 22 - SAT 26 JAN 2019 TUE-THU 7.30PM £38.00 £35.00 £31.50 £29.50 £26.00 £17.50 WED & THU 2PM £33.00 £30.00 £26.50 £24.50 £21.50 £14.50 FRI & SAT 7.30PM & SAT 2.30PM £40.00 £37.00 £33.50 £32.00 £28.00 £19.50 Running time: 2hrs 20mins, PG 11+, contains flashing lights and strobes

SCOTTISH BALLET’S CINDERELLA WED 30 JAN - SAT 2 FEB 2019 WED & THU 7.30PM £46.00 £43.00 £40.50 £34.50 £28.00 £16.50 THU 2PM £40.00 £37.00 £34.50 £29.50 £22.00 £14.50 FRI & SAT 7.30PM & SAT 2.30PM £48.00 £45.00 £42.50 £37.00 £32.50 £21.50 Running time: 2hrs 20mins

RSC’S ROMEO AND JULIET TUE 5 - SAT 9 FEB 2019 TUE-THU 7.30PM £38.00 £35.00 £31.50 £29.50 £26.00 £17.50 THU 1.30PM £33.00 £30.00 £26.50 £24.50 £21.50 £14.50 FRI & SAT 7.30PM & SAT 1.30PM £40.00 £37.00 £33.50 £32.00 £28.00 £19.50 Running time: 2hrs 45mins, strong language, contains strobe lighting

DOCTOR DOLITTLE TUE 12 - SAT 23 FEB 2019 TUE-FRI 7.30PM & THU 2PM £52.00 £49.00 £45.50 £42.50 £37.00 £23.00 SAT & SUN 7.30PM, SAT 2.30PM & SUN 1PM (SUN 17 ONLY) £54.50 £51.50 £49.00 £45.00 £41.50 £37.50 Running time: tbc

REBUS: LONG SHADOWS* MON 25 FEB - SAT 2 MAR 2019 MON - THU 7.30PM £38.50 £35.50 £32.50 £30.50 £27.50 £19.00 THU 2PM £33.50 £30.50 £27.50 £25.50 £23.00 £16.00 SAT & SUN 7.30PM, SAT 2.30PM £40.50 £37.50 £34.50 £33.00 £29.50 £21.00 Running time: 2hrs 10mins, contains strong language PG

SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER TUE 5 - SAT 9 MAR 2019 TUE-THU 7:30PM £45.50 £42.50 £39.00 £36.00 £27.50 £17.50 THU 2PM & FRI 5PM £42.50 £39.50 £36.00 £33.00 £24.50 £15.50 FRI 8:30PM & SAT 2:30PM, 7:30PM £49.00 £46.00 £42.50 £38.00 £29.50 £19.50 Running time: tbc, PG

SPRING SEASON 2019 OPERA NORTH

MON 25 - SAT 30 MAR 2019 MON-THU 7.30PM & SAT 2.30PM £38.50 £35.50 £32.50 £30.50 £27.50 £19.00 THU 2PM £33.50 £30.50 £27.50 £25.50 £23.00 £16.00 FRI & SAT 7.30PM £40.50 £37.50 £34.50 £33.00 £29.50 £21.00 Running time: 2hrs 30mins, PG +7

JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR© DREAMCOAT TUE 2 - SAT 6 APR 2019 TUE-THU 7:30PM & FRI 8PM WED & THU 2:30PM & FRI 5PM SAT 2PM, 5PM & 8PM Running time: 2hrs 20mins

£35.00 £32.50 £30.50 £29.00 £31.00 £28.50 £25.50 £24.00 £38.00 £35.50 £32.50 £31.00

£25.50 £22.50 £28.50

£18.00 £16.00 £19.00

MON 8 - SAT 13 APR 2019 MON-THU 7.30PM & THU 2PM £50.00 £44.50 £41.50 £38.50 £35.00 £31.00 £21.00 FRI & SAT 7.30PM & SAT 2.30PM £54.50 £49.00 £46.00 £43.00 £39.00 £35.00 £24.00 Running time: 2hrs 20mins

JULIAN CLARY SUN 14 APR 2019 SUN 7.30PM £28.50 £28.50 £28.50 £28.50 £28.50 £28.50 Running time: 1hr 50mins, strong language, 15+

THE FULL MONTY

MON 15 - SAT 20 APR 2019 MON-THU 7.30PM & SAT 2.30PM £38.50 £35.50 £32.50 £30.50 £27.50 £19.00 THU 2PM £33.50 £30.50 £27.50 £25.50 £23.00 £16.00 FRI & SAT 7.30PM £40.50 £37.50 £34.50 £33.00 £29.50 £21.00 Running time: 2hrs 30mins, contains strong language, PG 16+

ROOM ON THE BROOM

TUE 23 & WED 24 APR 2019 TUE 1.30PM, 4.30PM & WED 10.30AM, 1.30PM £12.00 £12.00 £12.00 £12.00 £12.00 Running time: 55mins (no interval)

TUE 23 JUL - SAT 3 AUG 2019 MON - THU 7.30PM £52.00 £49.00 £46.50 £43.50 £40.50 £35.50 £22.50 WED 2PM (24 JUL ONLY), THU 2PM £52.00 £49.00 £46.50 £43.50 £40.50 £35.50 £22.50 FRI & SAT 7.30PM & SAT 2.30PM £54.50 £51.50 £49.00 £46.50 £43.50 £39.50 £27.00 Running time: 2hrs 20mins, contains strong language, violence and sexual themes, PG. Contains strobes, flashing lights and loud bangs

PEPPERLAND

£26.00

MON 5 - SAT 10 AUG 2019 MON - THU 7.30PM £55.00 £50.00 £47.00 £44.00 £40.00 £36.00 £25.00 FRI 5.30PM £36.00 £36.00 £29.00 £29.00 £24.00 £24.00 £19.00 FRI & SAT 7.30PM & SAT 2.30PM £50.50 £45.00 £42.00 £39.00 £35.50 £32.00 £22.00 Running time: 2hrs, contains scenes of a sexual nature, PG 12+.

£19.00

SOLD

FABULOUS PROPERTY

THROUGHOUT THE REGION

THU 15 AUG - SAT 5 OCT 2019 EVENING PERFORMANCES MON - SAT 7:30PM TICKETS FROM £23.50 MATINEE PERFORMANCES TUE 2PM (17 & 24 SEP ONLY), THU 2PM (NOT 15 AUG) & SAT 2:30PM Running time: 2hrs 50mins, PG, ages 7+, contains gunfire, smoke and flashing light effects. Friends’ discount does not apply to Fri & Sat performance and is subject to availablity.

MATTHEW BOURNE’S ROMEO AND JULIET* WED 9 – SAT 12 OCT 2019 WED & THU 7.30PM £45.00 £42.50 £39.50 £33.50 £31.00 £25.50 £22.50 THU 2PM £39.00 £36.00 £34.00 £27.00 £24.50 £23.50 £17.50 FRI & SAT 7.30PM & SAT 2.30PM £48.00 £45.00 £43.00 £36.00 £33.50 £28.50 £24.50 Running time: tbc, PG 12+ MON 14 - SAT 19 OCT 2019 MON-THU 7.30PM & THU 2PM £54.50 £49.50 £46.50 £43.50 £40.50 £34.50 £22.50 FRI & SAT 7.30PM & SAT 2.30PM £57.50 £52.50 £49.50 £46.50 £43.50 £37.50 £25.50 Running time: 2hrs 20mins

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THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN

MON 29 APR - SAT 4 MAY 2019 MON-THU 7.30PM £38.00 £35.00 £31.50 £29.50 £26.00 £17.50 THU 2PM £33.00 £30.00 £26.50 £24.50 £21.50 £14.50 FRI & SAT 7.30PM & SAT 2.30PM £40.00 £37.00 £33.50 £32.00 £28.00 £19.50 Running time: 2hrs 15mins, contains strong language, 12+

Rebus: Long Shadows

MATTHEW BOURNE’S SWAN LAKE

Detective Inspector John Rebus is retired but the shadows of his former life still follow him through the streets of Edinburgh. Whisky helped but now he's denying himself that pleasure. But when the daughter of a murder victim appears outside his flat, he's back on the case and off the wagon.

CAPTAIN CORELLI'S MANDOLIN*

Rebus will need help from his ex-colleagues but one of them is already looking for him. DI Siobhan Clarke was Rebus' greatest ally on the force but is worried that his past actions may stop them finally convicting a dangerous killer. Soon Rebus is caught between two cases and can only turn to one person to help him – the man he spent his career trying to arrest.

TUE 7 - SAT 18 MAY 2019 MON-THU 7.30PM £49.50 £46.50 £43.00 £39.00 £37.00 £24.50 THU 2PM £43.50 £40.50 £37.50 £33.50 £30.50 £19.50 FRI & SAT 7.30PM & SAT 2.30PM £52.50 £49.50 £46.50 £42.50 £39.50 £26.50 Running time: 2hrs 20mins, ages 5+, recorded music TUE 21 - SAT 25 MAY 2019 TUE - THU 7.30PM £38.50 £35.50 £32.50 £30.50 £27.50 £19.00 THU 2PM £33.50 £30.50 £27.50 £25.50 £23.00 £16.00 FRI & SAT 7.30PM & SAT 2.30PM £40.50 £37.50 £34.50 £33.00 £29.50 £21.00 Running time: tbc

NMTC: MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT*

THE HOUSE ON COLD HILL

MOTOWN THE MUSICAL

TUE 28 MAY - SAT 1 JUNE 2019 TUE - THU 7PM £28.00 £25.00 £24.00 £19.00 £16.00 £13.00 THU 2PM, FRI 2PM, SAT 2PM £28.00 £25.00 £24.00 £19.00 £16.00 £13.00 FRI & SAT 7PM £30.00 £27.00 £26.00 £20.00 £16.00 £14.00 Running time: tbc, contains some strong language and adult themes, PG. No friends discount available. £1 discount for pensioners and unwaged Tue - Thu Eve and all matinnees. £2 discount for children on all matinees. Superseats excluded from discount. TUE 4 - SAT 22 JUNE 2019 MON-THU 7.30PM £60.00 £51.50 £48.50 £44.50 £40.50 £36.50 £22.50 WED 2PM (5 JUNE ONLY) & THU 2PM £50.00 £45.00 £42.00 £40.00 £36.00 £29.00 £20.00 FRI & SAT 7.30PM & SAT 2.30PM £65.00 £54.50 £51.50 £47.50 £43.50 £39.50 £25.50 Running time: 2hrs 40mins, ages 8+, contains flashing lights

For all Friends enquiries contact Ashley Earnshaw on 0191 244 2511 / ashley.earnshaw@theatreroyal.co.uk

ISSUE 28, SPRING ’19

LES MISÉRABLES

WE WILL ROCK YOU

TUE 12 - SAT 16 MAR 2019 TUE 12 & FRI 15 MAR - THE MAGIC FLUTE 7PM £66.00 £63.00 £57.50 £47.50 £43.50 £32.00 £18.50 THU 14 MAR - KATYA KABANOVA 7.30PM £66.00 £63.00 £57.50 £47.50 £43.50 £32.00 £18.50 SAT 16 MAR - THE RITE OF SPRING/GIANNIA SCHICCI 7.30PM £66.00 £63.00 £57.50 £47.50 £43.50 £32.00 £18.50 Running times: The Magic Flute 2hrs 45mins, Katya Kabanova 1hr 45mins (no interval), The Rite of Spring/Giannia Schicci 2hr 15mins MON 18 - SAT 23 MAR 2019 MON-THU 7.30PM & SAT 2.30PM £38.00 £35.00 £31.50 £29.50 £26.00 £17.50 THU 2PM £33.00 £30.00 £26.50 £24.50 £21.50 £14.50 FRI & SAT 7.30PM £40.00 £37.00 £33.50 £32.00 £28.00 £19.50 Running time: tbc, 12+

THE BODYGUARD

THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW*

ANNIE

FRI 26 & SAT 27 APR 2019 FRI & SAT 7.30PM £38.00 £35.00 £32.00 £30.00 Running time: 1 hr (no interval)

Ticket prices continued

Ian Rankin’s Rebus novels have dominated the detective fiction market with the ensuing television series ensuring the detective’s legendary status. Now, alongside award-winning playwright Rona Munro, Ian Rankin is bringing his beloved creation to the stage for the very first time.

Rebus: Long Shadows plays from Mon 25 Feb – Sat 2 Mar 2019. Box Office 08448 11 21 21. Calls are charged at 7p a minute plus your phone company’s access charge, calls from mobiles may vary, please contact your operator for details.

For all Friends enquiries contact Ashley Earnshaw on 0191 244 2511 / ashley.earnshaw@theatreroyal.co.uk

Charlotte Josephine as Mercutio. Photo Topher McGrillis © RSC

Romeo and Juliet The Royal Shakespeare Company makes a welcome return in spring 2019 with the most famous story of love at first sight Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, directed by Deputy Artistic Director Erica Whyman. Here she discusses new ways of seeing women, men and complexity in the play. When I began preparations to direct this beautiful play, I knew I wanted to transpose it to a world as close to our own as possible – illuminate its freshness so that young audiences could recognise themselves in the play. This meant ensuring the cast was diverse, and representative of the UK’s complex differences. It meant listening to the play's references to sex and sexuality, and matching them to our more (but not entirely) liberated world. I also set myself a challenge: that women as well as men could truly see themselves throughout the play. To do that, I needed a wider range of women on stage (all of the roles having been conceived originally to be played by men). I wanted the play to be as complex and multifarious for its women as for its men, whilst being sensitive to what it might do to Juliet, her Nurse and Lady Capulet to have other women in their world who don't live by the same constraints. I began by casting Beth Cordingly as Escalus. She’s playing her as a woman, called a ‘Prince’, so we assume she is the inheritor of a title designed by men with men in mind. Within seconds of intervening in the violence, she says: What, ho! You men, you beasts, That quench the fire of your pernicious rage With purple fountains issuing from your veins…

Erica Whyman. Photo Topher McGrillis © RSC

and it has fresh resonance in her mouth. Why do men find it so hard to bring violence to an end? How does that interact with ego, status, the challenges of change? I am aware that women are capable of violence, but the majority of unlawful violence in our world is committed by men. Next, I cast Charlotte Josephine – the best idea I could have for Mercutio. Together we began to explore what it is to be a woman in the role. I didn't want to pretend she wasn't a woman: Mercutio is a consummate truth-teller, and s(he) wouldn't want to be in disguise. We looked for ways that our own reactions to her gender (embodied in Tybalt, Romeo, Benvolio) could match what we know of the character in the text. She is underestimated – Tybalt refuses to give her desire to fight him credibility; she is damning of male desire and its close relationship to violence; she is of the house of Escalus, so rather a definitive Other who can, like all who are excluded or misunderstood, make us hold a mirror up to ourselves. I have also cast Donna Banya as Gregory – a participant in violence who challenges her colleague Samson when he treats rape and violence lightly. I’ve redistributed the lines between Lady Montague and Montague so that he can resist further violence and she relish it. This requires us to imagine a woman whose ‘motherhood’ does not come first, and a father whose ‘fatherhood’ is all he lives for. Sister John and an Apothecary (both Katy Brittain) complete the new women in the cast. Some of you may miss the straightforward identification of these characters. For some of you, they will seem less like yourselves. I would only ask that, in suspending your disbelief, you are able to imagine what it is to see through an Other's eyes. Romeo and Juliet plays from Tue 5 – Sat 9 February 2019, Box Office 08448 11 21 21. Calls are charged at 7p a minute plus your phone company’s access charge, calls from mobiles may vary, please contact your operator for details.

For all Friends enquiries contact Ashley Earnshaw on 0191 244 2511 ashley.earnshaw@theatreroyal.co.uk


Inside View Coffee Mornings

Teatime Talk

A Doctor Dolittle Inside View

Our ever popular Inside View Coffee Mornings will continue into 2019 with more stars of the stage providing more fascinating insights into what really happens behind the scenes!

Guest Speaker Prof. John Derry.

Fri 15 February 2019, 3.00pm at Newcastle Theatre Royal

Wed 20 March 2019, 6.00pm, Northern Counties Club, 11 Hood Street, Newcastle

The stars of Doctor Dolittle The Musical are kindly taking time out of their busy schedule whilst here in Newcastle to join us for an afternoon not to be missed. If there is only one event you can attend this year then we advise you to make sure this is the one.

During 2018 we were fortunate to share our coffee mornings with some fabulous guests including Fern Britton, Anna-Jane Casey, Denise Welch, Robert Powell, Sam Bailey, Nigel Havers, Stephen Tompkinson, Denis Lawson and our lovely patron of the Friends Jill Halfpenny. Our Inside View events usually take place in the Olivier Suite, where the doors will open at 10.30am for you to come in and enjoy a tea or coffee and the opportunity to talk to other theatre goers in a relaxing environment. Our guest arrives at 11am ready to tell you about their interesting stories before finishing with a Q&A session.

WE WON! Thank you to everyone who voted for us as the North East’s Most Welcoming Theatre of 2018. We have now won the award for 4 years in a row and it couldn’t be done without our lovely audiences (especially our biggest support group which is our Friends of the Theatre Royal), so thank you so much for your continued support!

At each Inside View the Friends Committee hold a raffle with an array of fantastic prizes. You have the opportunity to buy your tickets prior to the talk starting and all contributions help towards the running costs of the Theatre. The Theatre is a registered charity so your contribution really does help.

We are now in with a chance of winning the overall prize for the UK’s Most Welcoming Theatre. We were crowned overall winners in 2015 so fingers crossed we achieve that feat again. The awards ceremony takes place at London’s Guildhall whilst this issue goes to print, so we hope to bring you more good news in our next issue!

Due to popularity it is advised to book your ticket in advance at the Box Office but tickets can also be purchased on the morning (subject to availability). The Inside View events are not just restricted to Friends of the Theatre; you are more than welcome to bring along a guest (or two) as all funds raised help towards the running of Friends’ events and to help raise funds for the Theatre Royal. We hope to see you at some of our upcoming events:

Thank You

Sat 3 Nov 2018 – Kinky Boots Sat 5 Jan 2019 – Goldilocks and the Three Bears Sat 9 Feb 2019– RSC’s Romeo & Juliet Sat 9 March 2019 – Saturday Night Fever Sat 6 April 2019 – Joseph Sat 4 May 2019 – Girl on the Train Sat 8 June 2019 – Motown the Musical

We would like to say a big thank you to our Ex-Chairman of the Friends of the Theatre Royal, Jim Ainslie (pictured below with our Patron Jill Halfpenny). Jim recently stepped down from his role at the AGM in July on completion of his very successful 3 year tenure. We are glad to say that Jim will remain on the committee as Assistant Secretary and is a valued member of the team. He and the rest of the committee will provide a great level of support for our new Chairperson, Pam Clarke, who will continue the excellent fundraising efforts that have been carried out so far.

Tickets: Friends £3.00, Guests £3.50 Box Office: 08448 11 21 21

Take Your Seat With The Stars

Calls are charged at 7p a minute plus your phone company’s access charge, calls from mobiles may vary, please contact your operator for details.

You can name a seat in the auditorium and leave a lasting legacy of your support for this great venue from as little as £125!

Please note: Seats are named for 10 years. Prices vary by area and may be subject to availability. To guarantee your seat for Christmas gifts, orders must be placed no later than Fri 23 November. For further information, please call Ashley Earnshaw on 0191 244 2511 or email ashley.earnshaw@theatreroyal.co.uk

For all Friends enquiries contact Ashley Earnshaw on 0191 244 2511 / ashley.earnshaw@theatreroyal.co.uk

Calls are charged at 7p a minute plus your phone company’s access charge, calls from mobiles may vary, please contact your operator for details.

Christmas Inside View Lunch Sat 8 December 2018 12.00pm for 12.30pm lunch Northern Counties Club, 11 Hood Street, Newcastle. Please join us for a special three-course lunch (Christmas crackers included!) followed by tea/coffee and mince pies.

Mark Williams is well known for his leading roles on stage with the RSC, the Royal National Theatre and Birmingham Rep. He has also enjoyed a diverse TV career, from presenting documentaries and hosting quiz shows to writing and performing in The Fast Show. Most recently you will have seen him in the BBC TV series, GK Chesterton’s Father Brown where he plays the leading role. Finally Mark is recognised for his unforgettable film roles in 101 Dalmatians, The Borrowers, Shakespeare in Love and as Arthur Weasley in the Harry Potter franchise. Brian Capron is probably best known for his role as Richard Hillman in Coronation Street, for which he won a clutch of awards, winning a record-breaking five at The Soap Awards including Best

Tickets are expected to sell quickly so please book early to avoid disappointment. There is a limit of 1 guest per member. Tea/coffee and a piece of cake on arrival from 3.00pm and the talk will begin at 3.30pm prompt. *PLEASE NOTE – The guest list is correct at the time of going to print. Unfortunately we cannot guarantee the attendance of any of our guests due to illness or holidays. Tickets: Friends £6.00, Guests £7.00 Box Office: 08448 11 21 21 Calls are charged at 7p a minute plus your phone company’s access charge, calls from mobiles may vary, please contact your operator for details.

Please choose your menu options at the time of booking from the following: Starter – Winter Vegetable Soup or – Chicken Liver Parfait, celeriac remoulade Main Course – Meat Carvery: Roast Turkey with stuffing and chipolatas and Honey Roast Ham or – Vegetarian Alternative (Main courses are served with roast potatoes and seasonal vegetables) Dessert – Christmas Pudding with Brandy Sauce or – Cheese Platter

The closing date for bookings is Sat 1 Dec 2018. Places are limited so early booking is advisable. PLEASE NOTE: You will be asked for your menu choices when booking, please ensure these are provided at the time of booking and alert us to any allergen information applicable to you or your guests.

Denise Welch (pictured) recently came to visit her seat in the Grand Circle. She picked seat F22, as the 22nd is an important date for her. It’s the date of her birthday and the date her mother passed away.

Naming a seat couldn’t be simpler; you can pay in one lump sum or in ten equal monthly instalments. Prices: Stalls £195, Grand Circle £250, Upper Circle £145, Amphitheatre and Gallery £125

Tickets: Friends £8.50, Guests £9.50 Box Office: 08448 11 21 21

Mark Williams (Doctor Dolittle), Brian Capron (Albert Blossom/ Straight Arrow) and Vicky Entwistle (Polynesia the Parrott) will all be in attendance* and will share with you their stories and experiences of the tour so far and their fascinating acting careers to date.

Vicky Entwistle is best known for her role as Janice Battersby in Coronation Street. Vicky’s other television credits Ackely Bridge, Father Brown (Series 5) and The Bill. Theatre credits include East is East (Northern Stage), The Rise and Fall of Little Voice (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Les Miserables, The Vagina Monologues, Funny Peculiar, Snow White, Aladdin, Like a Virgin (Hull Truck Theatre) and Night Must Fall (Colchester Mercury Theatre).

Tea/Coffee is included and there will be a cash bar available for other drinks.

You can dedicate a seat in your name, that of a friend or loved one, maybe a favourite quote or perhaps in the name of your society. You’ll be in good company; seats named so far include Kate Adie, Kenneth Branagh, Richard Briers, Greg Doran, Susan Hampshire, Tim Healy, Guy Henry, Sir Ian McKellen, Ross Noble, Kirsten O’Brien, Sir Anthony Sher, Sir Ridley Scott, Gwen Taylor and Denise Welch.

A seat would make an ideal present for Christmas, a special birthday or as a memorial for a loved one who spent happy times at the Theatre. In recognition of your donation, an engraved brass plaque will be placed on the back of your seat(s) and you or the person you have named the seat for will receive a commemorative certificate.

Join us for an afternoon tea (sandwiches and scones) in the company of our guest speaker, Prof John Derry. On this occasion John will discuss Opera and Music at the Theatre Royal. John Derry is Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Newcastle, where he taught for 30 years. He is a much sought-after after-dinner speaker, famous for his mastery of delivering entertaining presentations. John is a very popular speaker and his previous talks have sold out. We would therefore suggest booking early to avoid any disappointment!

Actor and Best Villain. Some may remember him as Mr Hopwood in Grange Hill (four series) and as Ozias Harding in Where The Heart Is (three series). Brian trained at LAMDA and has an extensive list of Theatre work on his résumé which includes Guys and Dolls, The Rocky Horror Show and Stepping Out. Brian has ventured into the film industry and starred in 101 Dalmatians.

Tickets: £23.00 Friends, £23.00 Guests (this includes a tip) Box Office: 08448 11 21 21 Calls are charged at 7p a minute plus your phone company’s access charge, calls from mobiles may vary, please contact your operator for details.

Matcham’s Numbers Matcham’s Numbers is a prize draw that raises funds for the Theatre Royal and gives those taking part the chance to win a monthly cash prize. Over a twelve month period half of the total income from the draw is given in prizes and the remainder is spent by the Friends of the Theatre Royal on purchasing or replacing items for the benefit of patrons and visiting companies. All winners will be notified by post, with a list published in the Friends’ newsletters.

Congratulations to our recent winners: June – Mrs M Preston (No. 145) July – Mrs E Kirkland (No. 398) August – Mrs DM Lennon (No. 367) September – Mr AQ Harvey (No. 305) Good luck to everyone taking part in future draws! To take part in supporting the Theatre Royal and to give yourself the chance of winning a cash prize, simply pay £12 per year (the equivalent of just £1 a month)! Payments of £12 per year can be made by either phone, in person or online. Further information can be found by visiting the ‘Support’ section of the website.

For all Friends enquiries contact Ashley Earnshaw on 0191 244 2511 / ashley.earnshaw@theatreroyal.co.uk

For all Friends enquiries contact Ashley Earnshaw on 0191 244 2511 / ashley.earnshaw@theatreroyal.co.uk

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