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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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The Savage World Premiere by David Almond at Live Theatre

A spectacular family friendly play with music, dance and stunning visuals effects Thursday 30 June – Saturday 23 July The Savage – World Premiere Carnegie Medal-winning author David Almond adapts

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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.

From Temple to Home: Celebrating Ganesha @ The Bowes Museum
May 21 – Sep 18 all-day
From Temple to Home: Celebrating Ganesha @ The Bowes Museum | Barnard Castle | United Kingdom

This vibrant, colourful exhibition from the British Museum centres on a large stone sculpture of the elephant-headed god Ganesha, depicted standing on a lotus petal. The arch supporting the figure is decorated with the mask of a lion, flanked by aquatic monsters.

Key objects include a painting showing Ganesha riding his mount, the rat ‘Vahana’, rare photographs, woodcuts and porcelain figures revealing different aspects of the iconography around this elephant-headed god.

GemArts will be working with our friends at the Bowes Museum to spread the word while From Temple to Home: Celebrating Ganesha is on display.

Presented with The Bowes Museum, as part of the British Museum tour

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.

Heritage Open Days in Tyne and Wear @ Various locations.
Sep 8 – Sep 11 all-day
Heritage Open Days in Tyne and Wear @ Various locations. | England | United Kingdom

Heritage Open Days is England’s biggest heritage festival involving 40,000 volunteers. It celebrates our fantastic history, architecture and culture; offering people the chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences – all of which are FREE to explore.

Every year on four days in September, the bunting is unfurled and buildings of every age, style and function throw open their doors. It is a once-a-year chance to discover the often hidden or forgotten gems on our doorsteps and enjoy a wide range of tours, events and activities that bring local history and culture to life.

The Tyne & Wear programme is one of the country’s best with something for everyone of all ages and interests. This is a great opportunity to be inspired to get to know more about the heritage of Tyne and Wear and enjoy some great experiences with all the

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.

English Youth Ballet present: Giselle @ Tyne Theatre and Opera House
Sep 9 – Sep 10 all-day
English Youth Ballet present: Giselle @ Tyne Theatre and Opera House | Newcastle upon Tyne | United Kingdom

English Youth Ballet presents an appealing and dramatic production of Giselle, set on an English country estate with an ‘upstairs downstairs flavour’, about a young girl who is betrayed by the Prince Albert who is also engaged to Lady Bathilde. This leads to a macabre, ghoulish scene dominated by Wilis who are young women jilted in love and who rise from their graves at night and  take revenge on any man who crosses their path. With enchantingly sumptuous costumes, pretty scenery and spectacular dancing the production brings Giselle into this century with warmth, colour and drama.

Amy Drew, Monica Tapiador, Oliver Speers and Brenden Bratulic dance the leading roles of Giselle and Prince Albert.

A magical experience not to be missed.

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.

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