New season announced by Newcastle Theatre Royal


Newcastle Theatre Royal has announced a jam-packed programme of new shows as it launches its Spring/Summer 2020 season.

Bursting with spectacular musicals, powerful drama and laugh-out-loud comedy, the new season will continue to bring the finest touring productions in the country to the North East.

Carrying David (Thu 9 – Fri 10 Apr 2020) – from the local writer and director Ed Waugh who recently toured North East classic, Hadaway Harry – tells the inspiring story of how local hero Glenn McCrory, inspired by his terminally ill brother, became the first world champion boxer from the region.

Stephen Tompkinson stars in the popular British comedy, Educating Rita (Mon 18 – Sat 23 May 2020) which tells the story of married hairdresser Rita and her tutor Frank who come to realise how much they have to teach each other.

David Walliams’ best-selling story Billionaire Boy (Wed 15 – Sat 18 Jul 2020) is brought to life on stage by the award-winning producers of Gangsta Granny and Horrible Histories.

The summer sees new neighbours move in when the kooky The Addams Family (Thu 30 Jul – Sat 8 Aug 2020) make themselves at home in the spectacular musical comedy. And younger audiences will be delighted by the return of everyone’s favourite pig in Peppa Pig’s Best Day Ever (Wed 12 – Thu 13 Aug 2020).

Making a much anticipated return following its sell-out run in 2017, Beautiful – The Carole King Musical (Tue 18 – Sat 22 Aug 2020) chronicles the remarkable rise to stardom of one the most successful solo acts in popular music history.

Pop superstar Beverley Knight will take to the stage in The Drifters Girl (Sat 5 – Sat 19 Sep 2020), a new show from Newcastle born producer Michael Harrison. Making its world premiere at Newcastle Theatre Royal, it tells the story of one of the world’s greatest vocal groups and Faye Treadwell, the legendary manager who made them.

It was the television quiz show scandal that gripped the nation. In April 2003, Army Major Charles Ingram, his wife and coughing accomplice were convicted for cheating on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? The audience gets the chance to decide if he was really guilty in Quiz (Mon 21 – Sat 26 Sep 2020).

Tickets for all new shows in the Spring/Summer 2020 season go on sale to the general public at 9am on Fri 8 Nov 2019 but Friends of the Theatre Royal can book from Mon 4 Nov – visit for more information.

Tickets can be purchased online at or from the Theatre Royal Box Office on 08448 11 21 21 (Calls cost 7p per minute plus your phone company’s access charge).