Review & Top Tips | Theatre Royal Newcastle Panto 2019

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Review & Top Tips | Theatre Royal Newcastle Panto 2019

Theatre Royal Newcastle Panto | Overview & tickets

Beauty and the Beast will start it's run at Newcastle Theatre Royal on 26 November and continues until 19 January 2020.

Newcastle favourites Danny and Clive are always super popular with many people snapping up tickets as soon as they're released year after year. In fact this year is a record-breaking year and Beauty and the Beast is the fastest-selling panto in the North East.

Tickets are available from £14 and although it can be one of the more expensive pantomimes in the North East, I think is reflected in the production quality.

Beauty and the Beast will mark Danny and Clives 15th consecutive panto at the Theatre Royal and audiences can expect an action-packed show bursting with magic, music and of course plenty of mayhem.

The cast for Beauty and the Beast includes sensational musical performers Laura Evans and Wayne Smith who have shone in the past three pantos, Mick Potts who revives his role as the idiot and Steve Arnott who last year celebrated 10 years as the panto villain.

Theatre Royal Newcastle Panto | Where to park & public transport

I always find parking in Newcastle City Centre at this time of year to be pretty tricky as traffic can be bad and it's always super busy.

Our go-to place is Eldon Square Car Park which like a lot of car parks in Newcastle is free after 5pm. It does close at 10pm (earlier on a Sunday) though which sometimes means that getting there after panto can be a bit of a rush.

There are sometimes spaces available on Grey Street right outside of the theatre and other car parks in Newcastle too. I much prefer to use public transport and on this occasion and catching the bus/metro/train into town works out a lot easier.

You can travel on the Metro to Monument FOR FREE if you have tickets to the show. See below for details:

Theatre Royal Newcastle Panto | Where to eat

I've written a full post with suggestions of where to dine before a trip to the Theatre Royal - check out my suggestions here.

The Fat Hippo Underground is our go-to place. The service is always so quick here, the food hits the spot and the kids love it. Burger and fries plus 2 shakes and 2 soft drinks for the four of us is usually just short of £35.

Theatre Royal Newcastle Panto | Our 2019 Review

Beauty and the Beast runs at the Theatre Royal Newcastle from 26 November 2019 - 19 January 2020. Starring Theatre Royal legends Danny Adams, Clive Webb and Chris Hayward, the Theatre Royal Panto is as close to the North East can get to a West End production. 
  • Running Time: 2 hours 15 minutes 
  • Captioned and Audio Performances: 10 December, 7pm
  • Relaxed Performances: 14 January, 12noon   
The Theatre Royal panto is always the one that Harry, Heidi and Jack look forward to the most and coincidentally, always the one that we all laugh at the most. It always delivers on quality too and it will be a very sad day for the North East when Danny Adams and Co. decide to retire.

Tickets can work out to be a little more expensive than other pantos in our region, but the price really does reflect the quality in this instance and as the saying goes, you get what you pay for!

Tickets are priced from £14-£44.50 with discounts available on certain dates (see above for details). It pays to book early for the best seats and prices. Tickets to next year's panto (which is randomly Humpty Dumpty) are available to purchase now.

There are still tickets available to see Beauty and the Beast - click here for availability and prices.

Well this years panto did not disappoint. The balance of spectacular costumes, audience participation, special effects, slapstick and silliness is just spot on.

Chris Hayward as Mrs Rita Potty wowed us with her many, many outfit changes and I swear during some numbers, you could be sitting in Vegas. There is no expense spared when it comes to putting on a show.

Laura Evans's vocals were once again pitch-perfect and Steve Arnott played a bit of a different role this year as the Candlestick and brought a fabulous sprinkling of Geordie to the show.

It really is Danny, Clive and Mick who are the stars though. Every time they are on stage the audience ends up roaring with laughter - expect messy scenes, perfectly timed set pieces and a handful of rude jokes which only Danny Adams can (only just) get away with. 

My three were dancing in their seats and laughed non-stop during the whole show. They do laugh at gags in other pantos but they literally laughed from start to finish during Beauty and the Beast.

Everything from the way Danny walks around the stage to the Castle Idiot's facial expressions and the way they all make each other laugh on stage is just infectious and you can't help but laugh along too.

There are a fair few surprises in this year's panto which I really don't want to ruin for you but it certainly keeps the audience on their toes. There was genuine shock and 'did that really just happen?' moments. Considering Danny & Clive have been resident at the Theatre Royal for over 15 years now, I think it's brilliant that they can keep things fresh like this. 

If I had to give one criticism, it would be that I couldn't really get behind hating this year's bad guy Flash Harry. I like to really hate a panto villain but Wayne Smith was just far too charming. Don't expect any huge boos this year.

They have really upped the Geordie aspect in 2019 which as a local lass, I really loved. There are not one but two original Geordie songs and there was even a name check for my home town of Cramlington. Woohoo!

I like to think of myself as a bit of a panto veteran - we have watched many, many pantos over the years . Up until now, I have never named any particular panto as 'the best' but I have to say, the Theatre Royal really does deliver year after year and for us, they simply are the best. It is the one panto press night I know we will never skip or turn down. The kids also visit again with school as an end of term treat and are always just as excited second time around.

There really is something for everyone - live music, comedy sketches, risque humour, jokes around current affairs (hello Brexit), fantastic singing, stunning costumes and set design, a few tricks, audience participation, messy scenes, original songs, surprises and more. Even the lighting stands out as being on top form. Tonight was absolutely flawless.

I also want to say that this is the first panto in the last few years that doesn't feature a song from The Greatest Showman. Thank goodness for that! I'm not sure how many more renditions of Rewrite the Stars I can take.

A special mention must go to producer/director/writer Michael Harrison from Wallsend. The script is sharp and brought to life perfectly by Danny & Co. We really are lucky to have such talent here in the North East.

If you want to watch the best panto in the North East, Beauty and the Beast at the Theatre Royal is almost certainly it. I already cannot wait to see what the team has in store for next year......



  1. This sounds and looks incredible! I was in two minds whether to go this year but you’ve got me straight onto the site to book tickets. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Oh wow it sounds fantastic! I have to say I've tried three different pantos in the North East now and Theatre Royal is easily my favourite, gutted I couldn't make it this year!

  3. I've gone to Clive and Danny's pantos for as long as I can remember, it's the highlight of my festive season and this post has me even more excited (if that's even possible!) I've never had anything but good things to say about their pantos, I'm so please for Danny as well for getting his TV show. So pleased it's another fab one!

    Abbey | Diary of a Fibro Girl

    1. This year's is so good Abbey! I don't know how they're going to top it next year x

  4. Definitely not as good as previous years, nothing about goldilocks and the 3 bears, more a circus, think it was more for adults, go back to entertaining children, have to say cast were excellent though.


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