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5 Reasons To See ‘Bat Out Of Hell The Musical’ UK Tour

Newcastle Theatre Royal, 26/07/2022

It’s time to get ready, even on this hot summer night, dust off that Harley Davidson jacket and don those Dr Marten boots as Bat Out Of Hell The Musical has roared into Newcastle on its first UK Tour! This critically acclaimed rock and roll jukebox musical set in a dystopian world tells the story of our stuck-in-time hero Strat (Glenn Adamson) who falls for Raven (Martha Kirby), the daughter of dictatorial leader Falco (Rob Fowler). The show, a cocktail of Romeo and Juliet, The Rocky Horror Show and Peter Pan is backed with a catalogue of Jim Steinman and Meat Loaf songs to thrill the audience. Read on for our five reasons to see Bat Out Of Hell The Musical

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5 Reasons To See ‘Chicago’ UK Tour

Sunderland Empire, 01/06/2022

The show on everybody’s lips… it’s gonna be, Chicago! Stopping by at Sunderland Empire on the 2022 UK Tour of this hit musical, this tour has been hotly anticipated amidst celebrity stunt casting announcements and pull-outs (Gemma Collins who has recently had to resign from the show due to an injury after controversial response to her casting). Set in 1920’s Chicago during an age of prohibition and mob rule, this show focuses on the women of this era who have been jailed on suspicion of killing their lovers, husbands, or husband’s lovers! Our two leading ladies are Roxie Hart (played at this performance by Billie Hardy) and Velma Kelly (Djalenga Scott) both accused of murder but with the help of infamous lawyer Billy Flynn (Lee Mead) and some tricks up their sleeves to keep the papers interested, seek to prove their ‘innocence’.

Djalenga Scott and Faye Brookes as Velma and Roxie. Photo credit: Tristram Kenton

Read on to find out our five reasons to see Chicago!

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5 Reasons To See ‘Singin’ In The Rain’ UK Tour

Newcastle Theatre Royal, 04/05/2022

Do-do-do-do! Get your umbrellas and find the closest lamppost, Singin’ In The Rain is back on another UK tour! We were kindly invited to see the show at Newcastle Theatre Royal and were so excited to experience it as we adore the 1952 film it is based on.

Set in 1927 Hollywood, the story follows co-stars of the silver screen Don Lockwood (Sam Lips) and Lina Lamont (Faye Tozer) adapting to a new age of cinema, talking pictures. Only Lamont’s voice isn’t best suited to this new era and too many people people don’t have the heart to tell her.

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Read on for our five reasons to see Singin’ In The Rain

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5 Reasons To See ‘Beautiful: The Carole King Musical’ UK Tour

Newcastle Theatre Royal, 19/04/2022

Originally premiered in 2013, ‘Beautiful: The Carole King Musical’ has been re-imagined for a new production that is touring across the UK. The show tells the story of Carole King from the first big break at 16 years old right up to a career defining performance at Carnegie Hall after the release of her number 1 album ‘Tapestry’.

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Not being too familiar with Carole King as a songwriting name but recognising so many of the songs in the programme, this is one we were really interested to see how it all connected. Read on to find out our five reasons to see Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.

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5 Reasons To See ‘Waitress’ UK and Ireland Tour

Newcastle Theatre Royal, 08/03/2022

Opening up! It’s the first night of Waitress in Newcastle on it’s extensive UK and Ireland tour. Adapted from the 2007 film of the same name containing songs by Sara Bareilles, Waitress tells the story of Jenna Hunterson (Chelsea Halfpenny), waitress and pie making extraordinaire who is dealing with an unexpected pregnancy, an unsupportive husband and an unbelievably good looking new doctor. Keep reading to find out our five reasons to see Waitress.

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5 Reasons To See ‘Dreamgirls’ UK Tour

Sunderland Empire, 24/02/2022

Soon after the Disney magic dust has settled from Sunderland Empire hosting the latest production of Beauty and the Beast last week, the auditorium is now transported back to ‘reality’ and to 1960s New York with a gorgeous golden curtain and the stalls flooded in golden lights as we are treated to the first UK Tour of Dreamgirls. Originally opening on Broadway in 1981 and subsequently becoming a blockbuster phenomenon starring Jennifer Hudson and Beyoncé in 2006 before a West End run from 2016-2019, the rest of the UK have waited long enough to see this show! Read on to find out five reasons to see Dreamgirls

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5 Reasons To See ‘The Addams Family’ UK Tour

Newcastle Theatre Royal, 08/02/2022

We’ve been pulled in a new direction as The Addams Family storms into town on a leg (or hand!) of its second UK tour. Based on the classic characters and starring Joanne Clifton (Strictly Come Dancing) as Morticia Addams, this musical (created by the writers of Jersey Boys) joins the Addams Family over a single night in which formidable Wednesday Addams is working to receive her family’s blessing as she has fallen in love with a boy! With multiple actors reprising their original roles from the 2017 tour, one would expect them to have honed their craft. Read on for our five reasons to see The Addams Family on the UK Tour!

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5 Reasons To See ‘Moulin Rouge! The Musical’

Piccadilly Theatre, 15/12/2021

Spectacular, spectacular! Moulin Rouge! The Musical has finally made its way across the pond from a successful opening on Broadway to grace the West End with its presence. With climbing ticket prices following increased demand, it is quickly becoming the hottest show in London. Luckily, we managed to see the show between Covid closures in December and had an amazing time; but will it run for 50 years? Read on to find out our 5 reasons to see Moulin Rouge! at the Piccadilly Theatre in the heart of London’s West End.

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5 Reasons To See ‘Hairspray’ UK Tour 2022

Sunderland Empire, 10/01/2022

Good Evening Sunderland! It’s 1962 in Baltimore and Tracy Turnblad is waking up for another day of the same old life in a narrow minded town but still as optimistic as ever about it. An audition comes up for Tracy at a local TV dance show and she wants to take that opportunity to change the world for the better, which doesn’t sit well with some…

Read on for our five reasons why you should see Hairspray on its UK tour!

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5 reasons to see ‘The Rocky Horror Show’ UK Tour

Sunderland Empire, 20/09/2021

Let’s do the time warp again! The Rocky Horror Show, everyone’s favourite cult hit musical that always seems to be on an endless tour is back around again, this time for us visiting Sunderland Empire. The sci-fi hit follows newly engaged Brad Majors (Ore Oduba) and Janet Weiss (Haley Flaherty) as they visit a castle for help after their car breaks down. From the moment the doorbell rings on the castle they (and the audience) are thrown into the wildest night of their lives, that they’ll remember for a very long time… Wether you’re a mega fan or a “virgin” (never seen the show before) you’re always in for a treat with Rocky Horror. Read on to find out our 5 reasons to see The Rocky Horror Show on it’s UK tour!

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