Civic Theatre’s 90th

Newcastle’s iconic Civic Theatre celebrates its 90th birthday year with a season of dance, drama, comedy, physical theatre, puppetry and storytelling.

Old favourites such as Bell Shakespeare and the Sydney and Melbourne Comedy Festivals are back, complemented by works from local and major Australian performing arts companies.

Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said Newcastle is fortunate to be home to such a magnificent historic theatre offering a diverse and compelling program of high quality productions.

Civic Theatre welcomes more than 130,000 people every year to shows from all over Australia, and world-wide.

Over its lifetime, from its early days as a cinema to the hub of live performance it is today, this beautiful theatre has entertained and inspired generations of Novocastrians and visitors.

The tradition continues in Season 2019 with some of the great names in Australian culture, including Katie Noonan and Michael Leunig in Gratitude and Grief, and Jonathan Biggins bringing Paul Keating to life in his one-man show The Gospel According to Paul.

Add children’s shows, original local productions, dance and Shakespearean drama and you have a season fitting for our 90-year-old dame."

** Subscibers get free parking in the Civic West Parking Station courtesy of Hunter Parking and Storage, according to City’s Civic Services Manager Delia O’Hara.

Season highlights

The Gospel According to Paul

Written & performed by Jonathan Biggins

A new comedy about a critical time in Australian history and the man that shaped it.

Gratitude & Grief: Elixir featuring Katie Noonan and Michael Leunig

Katie Noonan returns with her jazz trio Elixir and a string quartet to perform with Australia’s ‘poet laureate’ Michael Leunig. Showcasing a unique combination of spoken word poetry, angelic vocals, sublime improvisation and live drawing by Leunig himself this concert is truly one of a kind.

Circa’s Peepshow
One of the most entertaining unbelievable things you will ever see. Circa’s Peepshow turns cabaret on its head, literally. Join the seductive dance through the hall of mirrors that is your imagination – this show is both thrillingly acrobatic and comically playful.

Bell Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing
Bell Shakespeare returns with one a contemporary where romance is thwarted by dastardly plots, misinformation, false accusation, broken promises and bumbling cops. Or is it?

Comedy Festivals:

Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow – nightly at 8pm June Long Weekend
Sydney Comedy Festival Showcase – October Long Weekend

For the kids:

Monkey Baa’s Possum Magic, shake & stir Theatre Co’s Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes & Dirty Beasts and Spare Parts Puppet Theatre bring The Twits.

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