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Meet Daniel Healy and Emma Lucia, the stars of multi award-winning musical Once, as it heads to Newcastle Theatre Royal for the first time. When Once first appeared in cinemas 13 years ago, a low budget Irish independent film shot with just $160,000, it was one of the more modest premieres of the season. But the story, of a Dublin street busker and a Czech musician whose passion for music sparks a unique love story, quickly took hold of audiences and hasn’t let go since. Five years later, Once was adapted for the stage and opened on Broadway to a slew of Tony, Drama Desk and Grammy Awards. The spellbinding story, which follows two musicians simply known as ‘Guy’ and ‘Girl’ across five short days, took on a new life on stage, and productions opened all over the world including in London’s West End. By 2020, as Once now embarks on its first UK Tour, it has quietly become one of the most celebrated new musicals of the century. The iconic roles of ‘Guy’ and ‘Girl’, immortalised on screen by Hansard and Irglová, are taken on in this new tour by actor-musicians Daniel Healy and Emma Lucia. Why do you think Once resonates with audiences? D: Glen Hansard’s music is timeless, Enda Walsh’s script is perfect and the story is conveyed by a stellar cast. We have all had that once-in-a-lifetime moment when we’ve met someone who turned on the light in our eyes and reminded us of our true selves. Did we fall in love and sail into the sunset? Did we let it fall away due to outside circumstances or timing? Was it only for that moment? You’ll have some questions for yourself after you see the show. I think that’s why people love it. What do you think, Emma? It’s a story of love and friendship that isn’t romanticised. Often in theatre, decisions are tailored to ensure that the piece ends ‘happily ever after’ which isn’t always how life is. Once is truthful and bare, with the most heart-wrenching music you’ll ever hear. Tell us a bit about Girl. What’s she like? ‘Girl’ is a beautiful example of someone who’s experienced a

huge amount of pain, but refuses to let it taint her outlook on life. She quite literally laughs in the face of cynicism and is constantly trying to uplift and inspire others. Daniel, you’ve co-written songs with Ronan Keating, who you met through Once. How was that? Ronan is someone I consider a great friend. We met on Once and I’ve played in his touring band for the last 4 years. I wrote 6 songs on his last album ‘Time of My Life’. It was an amazing experience that’s opened up a lot of doors for me. I signed a publishing deal with Concord Publishing and have since worked with artists and production houses all over the world. Emma, you play the piano on stage – is that an added challenge? One of the unique aspects of Once is that the music is played live by the actors. I’ve been playing the piano since I was seven years old and it’s always been a kind of outlet for me – so to combine the two is really special. There are so many different instruments in the show, especially for the swings who cover several parts, so the challenge comes with playing everything live. Emma, what’s your favourite part of the show to perform? I love ‘Falling Slowly’ because it’s the moment Guy and Girl connect with each other. I also love when the whole company perform ‘When Your Mind’s Made Up’ for the first time. Both scenes give me goosebumps every time! Why should people come and see it? E: Once really is the most relatable musical I have ever come across. When I did the show last year, so many of my friends and family came to watch – from my 80-year-old granny who loves crosswords and classical music to my 17-year-old brother who generally dislikes theatre and only listens to heavy metal... Everyone loved it. Once isn’t just a big emotional love story. It’s also hilarious. For a night out at the theatre it has everything you could ever ask for. Great music, laughter and a beautiful story that everyone can relate to.

— and get the best seats first! MATTHEW BOURNE’S THE RED SHOES Tue 21 Apr – Sat 2 May 2020

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A sell-out before its world premiere tour opened in 2016, Matthew Bourne’s triumphant adaptation of the legendary film returns, having won two Olivier Awards and dazzled audiences and critics across the UK and the USA.

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The Red Shoes is a tale of obsession, possession and one girl’s dream to be the greatest dancer in the world. Victoria Page lives to dance but her ambitions become a battleground between the two men who inspire her passion. Matthew Bourne says… ‘In today’s culture everyone is very interested in what it takes to become a great performer or artist with the likes of TV and movies such as the X Factor, Black Swan and Strictly Come Dancing highlighting this and the question of what sacrifices need to be made. Audiences also love a backstage story, particularly one that gives insight into the art form. However, The Red Shoes is also a love story, a highly dramatic, even melodramatic tale, populated by a cast of colourful characters, glorious dancing and music. Not only do we represent the backstage life of a dance company, we also see them in performance in a range of theatrical productions (including the full length ballet, The Red Shoes). However, the heart of the story is a tragic real life triangular love story, overseen by the towering Svengali-like figure of Lermontov, representing art and the sacrifices it asks us to make.’ Tickets from £19.50. Call the Group Sales team on 08448 11 21 22* to book now


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In The Wings...

Welcome to the summer / autumn 2020 edition of the Groups newsletter that includes information on the fantastic discounts and benefits to make your group visit to the Theatre Royal an occasion to remember. Visiting Newcastle Theatre Royal is even more fun if you are part of a group!

Get to know our very own Groups organiser to lift the lid on what happens in the department.

We look forward to welcoming you in the very near future. Best wishes Evelyn, Nikita, Pauline & Sam, Group Sales Team

District Publicity Assistants Pauline and Sam provide a personal and convenient link to the Theatre Royal and love to hear from new groups. You can benefit from their expertise when making a group booking and receive exclusive offers on tickets. Simply contact them on the details below: Samantha McDine, 07785 612 759 Pauline Wallis, 07756 095 036 ‘I have worked within the Group Sales team for over 8 years now and I love every aspect of my job. I get to be part of an amazing team bringing groups and schools to the theatre. I get a thrill from introducing a new group to the theatre and building a relationship with them; watching their love of theatre grow and being a part of that journey.’ Sam McDine

Theatre Royal Groups Experience The Theatre Royal is both a neo-classical monument and a cultural engine, with an annual audience of 400,000 and over 400 performances each year; the finest drama, the brightest West End musicals, the cream of the comedy circuit, award winning ballet and dance, family friendly shows, sensational opera – and (we think) the best Pantomime in the country! If you would like to learn more about our incredible Theatre we are delighted to offer groups a chance to experience something a little bit different with the following exclusive Groups Tour, Tea and Talk package.

Can you introduce yourself and tell us what you do at the theatre? Hello, I am Evelyn, some of you may recognise my name from the bottom of all the letters we send out, and I am the Groups Organiser at Newcastle Theatre Royal. Can you describe your typical working day? So, the first thing I do when I come in to the office is sort through our emails, answer any outstanding queries and the rest of the day can vary. My job here changes daily! Sometimes I will go through the sales statistics and see how our shows are performing and look for groups opportunities. I will then develop marketing strategies for different shows coming up; which shows may be of particular interest to certain types of groups. I will also chat to Sam and Pauline our District Publicity Assistants and pop any bookings they have taken through on our system and carry out the general administrative tasks within the department. How did you come to work in this role? I started working at Newcastle Theatre Royal as the Groups Sales Assistant, over two years ago with Robert, the Group Organiser at the time, who some of you may remember. When Robert left I moved up to the Groups Organiser role. I actually studied theatre at university so this is something in which I have always been interested. Are there any moments that really stand out for you? The day for me that stands out every year is the day our panto goes on sale to our groups! It is our busiest day of the year and we really have to prepare, as it is non-stop. It’s quite an intense time but exciting too, definitely the day I look forward to the most! What are your top 3 shows you’ve seen here since you started? The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time was amazing! I enjoyed Jersey Boys as well because I love The Four Seasons music so that was great. I saw Young Frankenstein, which premiered here before going in to London, and I have always been a big Mel Brookes fan ever since I was young so it was really exciting to be one of the first people to see it on stage!

Your visit would include:  guided tour – join us front of house, backstage and on-stage A as we give you a tour around the theatre • A talk on the history of Newcastle Theatre Royal & a season briefing with highlights for groups • A copy of The Theatre Royal, Newcastle – A New Short History book for each person (RRP £6.99) • Light refreshments Why not make a day of it and combine it with a performance too? Call Group Sales on 08448 11 21 22 for more information. Calls cost 7ppm plus your phone company’s access charge

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SOME MOTHERS DO ‘AVE ‘EM Tue 12 – Sat 16 May 2020 We caught up with Joe Pasquale, who will be starring as the lovable, but accident prone, Frank Spencer in the ultimate feel-good show, Some Mother’s Do ‘Ave ‘Em. The Daily Mail has called Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em ‘an evening of uncomplicated, very British jollity’. Why do you think shows like this are enjoying such a popularity surge today? I think it’s because, when the country is experiencing times of austerity, the British people still like to have a good laugh. How would you describe Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em to some of our younger audience members who may not be familiar with the original TV show? It’s about a very immature man who’s obsessed with trying to be an adult and failing miserably, as he’s completely accident prone. It’s also a love story between the two lead characters, Frank and Betty; she loves him no matter how many mistakes he makes. Can we expect some of those fantastic stunts that the show was famous for? Yes you certainly can, but no spoilers here! Michael Crawford is inexorably linked with the character of Frank Spencer. Will you be imitating his performance? No. That would be an insult to Michael. I will be projecting my own personality on to the role. When we did the final workshop we had an invited audience. All the younger people didn’t know the show or have a frame of reference with

Michael, but they laughed their socks off. Even the older people who remember the original forgot Michael doing it in within five minutes – the script is so good. You have starred in many stage shows now (The Producers, Spamalot) and, of course, Michael Crawford originated the role of Frank Spencer in the TV show. Do you have any plans to follow in Michael’s footsteps and take on the role of Phantom in Phantom of the Opera? Erm, no, I’m no opera singer! Some Mothers revolves around Frank Spencer’s various doomed attempts to hold down a job. If you had to do any other job in the world, which would you pick? A pilot. Do you find touring life tiring? Touring in Some Mothers will be a lot easier than my stand-up show, when a tour is usually forty one-nighters. A week in one place will be like a holiday. Got any nicknames? Sarah Earnshaw who plays Frank’s wife Betty calls me The Unstoppable Moron. What’s your most unappealing habit? I am terrible for farting onstage. What’s your philosophy for life? Feel the fear and do it anyway. You’re a long time dead; you might as well live while you can.

SISTER ACT Mon 25 – Sat 30 May 2020 Brace yourselves Sisters! The Broadway and UK smash-hit musical Sister Act is coming to Newcastle immediately prior to its record-breaking London run! Now set in 2020, this brand new production is reimagined for the 21st century and stars Brenda Edwards (Hairspray, Chicago, Loose Women) in the specially rewritten role of Deloris Van Cartier. On set for the Sister Act photoshoot in New York alongside the legendary Whoopi Goldberg, Brenda s aid:

The masters of mayhem Danny Adams and Clive Webb and the Grande Dame of Grey Street Chris Hayward are back in a brand new family panto, Humpty Dumpty, joined by X Factor winner Joe McElderry. When the Wicked Witch of Wallsend places a curse on Nursery Rhyme Land and makes a magical Egg fall off the palace wall, a pantomime the likes of which you have never seen before begins as everyone tries to put Humpty back together again, but, one piece is missing, and where will they find it?

“I’m very excited to play this role because her whole personality and Deloris’ character is exactly what I want to embody as a woman.”

Find out at this year’s unmissable Theatre Royal panto, or the yolks on you!

This is something Whoopi Goldberg knows first-hand, originating the role of Deloris in the iconic 1997 film of the same name, alongside Maggie Smith as Mother Superior. There’s been many questions about Deloris’ age in the new stage production, but Whoopi herself made it clear that:

• Nowhere in the Humpty Dumpty nursery rhyme does it say that Humpty Dumpty was an egg

‘Reinventing the role of Deloris for an older actor is something that I have always wanted to do. To have the amazingly talented Brenda Edwards play her is going to be a real thrill. It’s Sister Act the way Sister Act should be!’ Don’t miss this hilarious, nostalgia-filled musical at Newcastle Theatre Royal – it’s gonna be Fabulous, Baby!

Tickets from £16.00. Call the Group Sales team on 08448 11 21 22* to book now!

Tickets from £22.50. Call the Group Sales team on 08448 11 21 22* to book now!

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HUMPTY DUMPTY Tue 24 Nov 2020 – Sun 17 Jan 2021

Did you know…?

• Actor George L. Fox tried to popularise pantomime in America in the 19th Century and earned the nickname ‘Humpty Dumpty’ • Fox produced Humpty Dumpty from 1868 – 1873, where it played at least 943 times, making it the longest running pantomime in history! Will all the kings men put Humpty Dumpty together again…join us to find out! Call Group Sales on 08448 11 21 22* to take advantage of our fantastic group offers and flexible payment terms. *Calls cost 7ppm plus your phone company’s access charge

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Newcastle Theatre Royal Groups Newsletter 2020  

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