Thursday, 17 August 2017

News: Sunderland’s Royalty Theatre Announce 2017/18 Season

Sunderland’s Royalty Theatre Announce 2017/18 Season

The Royalty Theatre have announced the programme for their 2017/18 season, and will kick off a packed season with Agatha Christie’s classic And Then There Were None.

The much-loved mystery by the world’s best-selling author is one of a number of gripping dramas that audiences can look forward to in the theatre’s 93rd season, along with Dennis Potter’s Blue Remembered Hills in November and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Rabbit Hole by David Lindsey-Abair in February.

Comedy fans can look forward to the wit and wonder of PG Wodehouse in the shape of Jeeves and Wooster in ‘Perfect Nonsense’ in March, as well as some side-splitting farce in Move Over Mrs. Markham by Ray Cooney and John Chapman in May.

As ever, there are the family favourites – After a wonderfully well-received panto last year, writer Helen Bowie returns with the hilarious Dick Whittington.  Our season closes with Mike Kenney’s adaptation of kid’s classic The Wind in the Willows in June.

In addition, the theatre’s studio will once more be open to audiences for Shelagh Stephenson’s Five Kinds of Silence in January and Temple by Steve Waters in April.

Theatregoers can also look forward to a one-off concert on October 3rd by classical crossover singer Joanna Forest, who hit the top of the classical charts earlier this year, on October 3rd.  And in July, there’s an out-of-season treat brought to you by the Royalty’s own Lee Stewart, with his new play There’s Someone Coming Through.  October also sees another Sunderland Stages production at the theatre, this time Open Clasp Theatre Company’s Rattle Snake.

Artistic Director Andrew Barella says, “After another enjoyable season at The Royalty Theatre, we are busily preparing for our next.  We have a wide variety of plays this season which will hopefully appeal to all.  We take pride in the hard work and professional standards we set out at the theatre, from our actors and directors, backstage and technical crews and even to how our visitors are greeted.  We are grateful to all of our fantastic audience members who support us, year in, year out, and urge new audience members to join in and support your local theatre.  We welcome all new members who wish to get involved with acting or backstage and no previous experience is needed.  We hope to see you all very soon and look forward to another fantastic year.”

Tickets will go on sale from August 18th and will be available from or on 0333 666 3366..  Tickets for Rattle Snake are available from the Sunderland Stages website:

Plays this season are:
And Then There Were None (18-23 Sept),
Blue Remembered Hills (30 Oct – 4 Nov),
Dick Whittington (7-17 Dec),
Five Kinds of Silence (24-27 Jan),
Rabbit Hole (19-24 Feb),
Jeeves and Wooster in ‘Perfect Nonsense’ (19-24 Mar),
Temple (25-28 April),
Move Over Mrs Markham (21-26 May)
The Wind in the Willows (25-30 June).

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