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Stage Editorial

tynetheatre17.jpg Got 150 candles going spare?

September marks the 150th anniversary of a real local institution, the Tyne Theatre & Opera House, and they’re celebrating in grand style with a superb programme over the coming months.

Twenty Seven Productions wowed theatre-goers last year with their incredible Wytch, which played to sell-out audiences in Newcastle Castle, and they’ve created a new site-specific piece especially for the Tyne Theatre that’s set to play in September. These interactive tours will provide a multi-sensory experience for each limited audience, featuring the sights, sounds and smells of the building. Cheer for Tosca! Escape the 1985 fire! Search for lost treasure! Mingle with theatre ghosts! Crikey! (11-17 September). Other highlights on the horizon include Frankenstein 1899 (9 September); West Side Story from Tyne Theatre Productions, and hot on the heels of their barnstorming Little Shop of Horrors (20-23 September); and the highly acclaimed National Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company performing stunning new versions of The Pirates of Penzance, The Mikado and HMS Pinafore (28-30 September). Then, further down the line, look out for the family variety show The Greatest Show on the Tyne, with incredible local magician Chris Cross (6 October), and Geordie the Musical (the heart-warming story of North East life circa 1890 – 11-14 October). I wonder what they’ve got lined up for their 300th anniversary in 2167.

Tyne Theatre & Opera House, Westgate Road, Newcastle. Information on all of the above from: tynetheatreandoperahouse.uk