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Dare to Enquire: I see, I notice, I wonder Teacher CPD

Dare to Enquire begins by looking at techniques to make your pupils feel more comfortable and confident when working away from their usual environment. The process continues by focusing on empowering
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Reflections of Newcastle 1914-18

Reflections of Newcastle 1914-18 is a Heritage Lottery funded World War One project and collaboration between the Lit & Phil, Northumbria University, Newcastle College and the November Club. The p
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North East Dance

North East Dance Community Interest Company successfully deliver dance and fitness in schools, nurseries, sure starts, community venues and all educational establishments across the North East of Engl
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Archaeology Summer School at Arbeia Roman Fort, Wed, 17th August 10-3PM

Have you ever wanted to learn more about the past and be a real life Indiana Jones? Now is your chance with our hands-on Archaeology schools for 8-12 year olds. Find out about the role of archaeologis

Sheryl Jenkins – Animation and Filmmaking

I’m an animator and filmmaker working mainly in the North East, North West, Cumbria and Yorkshire.  My time is split between collaborative projects with artists, schools, community groups, and educ
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Segedunum Roman Fort Saturday 6 August

Join in a different kind of fun this summer with our hands on Gladiator training school. Ever wanted to be Spartacus for the day, fighting off fierce lions or sword-wielding warriors? Now is your chan

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Surface Deep @ The Shipley Art Gallery
Jan 23 – Dec 18 all-day
Surface Deep @ The Shipley Art Gallery | Gateshead | United Kingdom

This exhibition explores the riches of the Shipley’s three-dimensional craft and design collection to showcase a wealth of pattern and decoration. Many techniques are included, both on the surface and creating a ‘surface’ in glass, ceramic, textile, metal and wood.

On the Surface @ Shipley Art Gallery
Mar 5 – Dec 18 all-day
On the Surface @ Shipley Art Gallery | Gateshead | United Kingdom

This exhibition has been created to complement ‘Surface Deep’, but with the focus on two-dimensional works on art. Paintings, drawings, prints, tapestries and embroideries will be shown in a rich, multi-layered display of pattern, surfaces, colour and narrative.

Animal Inside Out @ Life Science Centre
May 28 2016 – Jan 3 2017 all-day
Animal Inside Out @  Life Science Centre | Newcastle upon Tyne | United Kingdom

Explore the intricate biology, zoology and physiology of the world’s most spectacular creatures, large and small in this fascinating new exhibition by BODY WORLDS creator, anatomist Dr. Gunther von Hagens.

ANIMAL INSIDE OUT takes visitors on an anatomical safari of more than 100 specimens. Each animal is painstakingly preserved by the remarkable process of Plastination, invented by Dr. von Hagens.

From goats to giraffes, elephants to eels and octopuses to ostriches visitors will discover the form and function of animals both exotic and familiar. Animal biology textbooks spring to life in this unforgettable museum learning experience.

Mary Poppins @ The Theatre Royal
Sep 8 – Oct 29 all-day
Mary Poppins @ The Theatre Royal  | Newcastle upon Tyne | United Kingdom


Watch the trailer here!

Disney and Cameron Mackintosh are delighted to announce that their multi award-winning musical Mary Poppins will embark on a tour of the UK and Ireland. The magical story of the world’s favourite Nanny arriving on Cherry Tree Lane has been triumphantly and spectacularly brought to the stage with dazzling choreography, incredible effects and unforgettable songs.

The stage version of Mary Poppins is brilliantly adapted from the wonderful stories by PL Travers and the beloved Walt Disney film.

The stage production of Mary Poppins has a book by Oscar-winning screenwriter and Downton Abbey creator, Julian Fellowes. It has a timeless score by Richard M Sherman and Robert B Sherman including the songs Jolly Holiday, Step in Time, Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious and Feed the Birds with new songs and additional music and lyrics by the Olivier award-winning British team of George Stiles and Anthony Drewe.

Based on the stories of the P.L. TRAVERS and the WALT DISNEY FILM. Book by JULIAN FELLOWES. New songs and additional music and lyrics by GEORGE STILES and ANTHONY DREWE. Original music and lyrics by RICHARD M. SHERMAN and ROBERT B. SHERMAN

Co-created by Cameron Mackintosh. Produced for Disney Theatrical Productions by Thomas Schumacher, orchestrations by William David Brohn, directed by Richard Eyre, co-direction and choreography by Matthew Bourne, co-choreography by Stephen Mear,  set and costume design by Bob Crowley, lighting design by Natasha Katz, sound design by Paul Groothuis. This national tour is directed by Anthony Lyn and choreographed by Geoffrey Garratt with musical supervision by Stephen Brooker.

Recommended age 5+

Limited Time Offer Exclusively for Ticket Buyers!
Free Canvas Bag with Official Souvenir Brochure purchase. Receive a Free Canvas Tote Bag worth £5 with purchase of the Official Mary Poppins Souvenir Brochure. Exclusive Offer only available when purchased with tickets to any performance of Mary Poppins at Newcastle Theatre Royal, either online or via our Box Office. Souvenir Brochure price £8. This special offer is only available at the time of ticket purchase, so don’t miss out! Items redeemable from the merchandise kiosk using the voucher provided with purchase.

Tickets from £22 (online price – did you know you save 50p per ticket by booking online?). Book early and we guarantee you will pay the lowest price for your tickets! We reserve the right to change prices.

Become a Friend of the Theatre Royal and your prices will never change.

Please note: Due to the height of the stage, rows C and D in the stalls are not suitable for children, these seats can only be purchased over the phone or at the Box Office.

Warning – strobe lighting will be used at certain points in the performance.

Digital Makings Animation Workshop @ gateshead central library
Oct 15 all-day

Do you have a budding aged 8+ digital creative at home? Well why not get them to join us and We engAGE to learn how to and have a go at making their own drawing based Stop Animation?

During this unique, exciting workshop on 15th October at Gateshead Central Library 10am, they can choose their own theme and we have an artist on hand to help you get started.



Goldilocks and the Three Bears @ Theatre Royal, Newcastle
Nov 11 all-day
Goldilocks and the Three Bears @ Theatre Royal, Newcastle | Newcastle upon Tyne | United Kingdom

Following the sell-out successes of Ugly Duckling, Three Little Pigs, Elves & the Shoemaker and Tortoise & the Hare and the TV adaptations for CBeebies, Northern Ballet bring their magic to another classic children’s tale.Goldilocks & the Three Bears is the perfect opportunity to introduce your little ones to the magic of live ballet, music and theatre.

These child friendly performances last approximately 40 minutes.

Tickets: £8 adults, £6 children (no Friends’ discount)

Book early and we guarantee you will pay the lowest price for your tickets! We reserve the right to change prices. Become a Friend of the Theatre Royal and your prices will never change.

Beth Hart @ Sage Gateshead
Nov 13 @ 7:00 pm
Beth Hart @ Sage Gateshead | Gateshead | United Kingdom

Grammy Award-nominated singer-songwriter Beth Hart has been recognised across the world as one of the great live vocalists of our time. She has performed with Jeff Beck, Joe Bonamassa, Slash and Buddy Guy and has been nominated for two Blues Music Awards.

For 20 years, she has been levelling audiences and rocking the house with her incredible power, range and soul.

“I was just blown away by Beth’s voice!” Planetmosh
“Beth’s tough, throaty voice…she uses that powerful instrument to best effect on dramatic, arena filling ballads.” American Songwriter

Cinderella @ Theatre Royal, Newcastle
Nov 22 2016 – Jan 15 2017 all-day
Cinderella @ Theatre Royal, Newcastle | Newcastle upon Tyne | United Kingdom

You are invited to the most spectacular ball of them all!

This Christmas, Theatre Royal panto audiences are invited to join the comedy trio of Danny Adams, Clive Webb and Chris Hayward at the most magical pantomime of them all, Cinderella.

Cinderella will be brought spectacularly to life in a sumptuous production packed with special effects, family-friendly comedy, stunning sets, outrageous costumes, and that most magical pantomime moment when Cinderella is transported to the Prince’s Ball with the help of a pumpkin, some mice and lots of Fairy Godmother magic!

Please note: Cinderella is a family show with bangs and flashes, a couple of scary moments, a bit of panto innuendo (never intended to offend) – and some very old jokes…

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