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Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap

Performance date and times:
Wednesday 15 May 2024, 11am
Wednesday 22 May 2024, 11am

About the show

The world’s longest-running play.

This thrilling West End production is the genre-defining murder mystery from the best-selling novelist of all time… case closed!

As news spreads of a murder in London, a group of seven strangers find themselves snowed in at a remote countryside guesthouse. When a police sergeant arrives, the guests discover – to their horror – that a killer is in their midst! One by one, the suspicious characters reveal their sordid pasts. Which one is the murderer? Who will be their next victim? Can you solve this world-famous mystery for yourself?

For over 70 years, it has kept millions of people from every corner of the globe on the edge of their seats.

Running time 2hrs 20mins including interval. Tickets $49.90 each
Suitable for ages 7+

Online school bookings for this show are now closed. To purchase tickets please contact the Ticket Office on 4929 1977.

Civic Cinema | Macbeth

Performance date and time:
Wednesday 29 May 2024, 11am

About the show

This is a screening of the production filmed live at Dock X, London.

Tony and BAFTA Award winner Ralph Fiennes and Olivier Award winner Indira Varma star in a brand-new ‘full-voltage visceral’ (★★★★ Daily Telegraph) production of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Filmed live at Dock X, a custom-built theatre space in London, this critically acclaimed staging of Macbeth ‘that quickens the pulse, then goes for the jugular’ (★★★★ Financial Times) will be unmissable on the big screen.

Directed by Simon Godwin with set and costume design by Frankie Bradshaw, this is a cinematic and ‘beautifully staged’ (★★★★WhatsOnStage) production that brings ‘Shakespeare’s tragedy pulsing into the present day’ (★★★★★ The I).

Macbeth is coming. A couple corrupted by their relentless lust for power have blood on their hands. Witness the gripping tale of greed, murder, deception, and superstition in cinemas for a limited time only. Once you cross the line, you can never turn back.

Running time 2hrs 30mins
Warning - contains strobe lighting
Tickets $20pp. 
Please phone the Ticket Office to book on 02 4929 1977.

The Woman in Black

Performance date and time:
Wednesday 24 July 2024, 1pm

About the show

Britain’s second longest running play after The Mousetrap, The Woman in Black tells the story of a lawyer obsessed with a curse that he believes has been cast over him and his family by the spectre of a Woman in Black. He engages a sceptical young actor to help him tell his terrifying story and exorcise the fear that grips his soul. It all begins innocently enough, but then, as they reach further into his darkest memories, they find themselves caught up in a world of eerie marshes and moaning winds.

Running time 120mins including interval. Tickets $49 each

Blueberry Play

Performance date and time:
Friday 16 August 2024, 11am

About the show

Being 17 is awkward. Having to take care of your sick dad when you’re 17 is another story. Especially when he keeps trying to shave his eyebrows off. 

Blueberry Play is a vivid and heart-bursting monologue that explores the high highs and the low lows of being a teenage girl in a small town. From the public pool to the locker rooms at school to back home where things are just a bit topsy-turvy, this is an Aussie coming-of-age story with a refreshing twist.

From the creative team that brought you Spewy, the sold-out smash-hit of New Annual 2023, Blueberry Play is a beautifully intimate story from award winning Novocastrian playwright Ang Collins.

Running time 70mins no interval. Tickets $30 each
Suitable for ages 15+

Romeo & Juliet: A Reimagining

Performance date and time:
Thursday 26 September 2024, 11am

About the show

In the heart of modernity, where technology and fast-paced living often overshadow the profound, there emerges a bold and explorative reimagining of Shakespeare's timeless classic, Romeo and Juliet. This contemporary adaptation seeks to bridge the gap between centuries, weaving the enduring beauty of Shakespearean prose with the visceral power of movement, dance, and physical theatre. The core question that this production dares to pose is one of profound significance: what stories can our bodies tell, and how can they, in turn, move audiences to rediscover the excitement of classic tales.

In this reimagined work, audiences are invited to witness the fusion of past and present, as the hauntingly poetic words of Shakespeare take on new life through the language of movement. It is an immersive experience that transports history into the current day, effectively breaking down the barriers of time and allowing the universal themes of love, conflict, and tragedy to resonate with contemporary sensibilities. Through this creative alchemy, the production seeks to connect with young people, drawing them into a world where the passion and intensity of "Romeo and Juliet" feel as relevant as ever. As the actors bring the story to life through their bodies, this adaptation promises to ignite a renewed sense of wonder and engagement with classic theatre, proving that the timeless can still captivate and inspire the modern soul.

Running time 120mins including interval. Tickets $30 each.

Mary Poppins 

Performance dates and times:
Wednesday 16 October 2024, 11am
Wednesday 17 October 2024, 11am

About the show

Adapted from the beloved stories by PL Travers and the original film; the magical tale of the world’s favourite Nanny returns to the Civic Theatre stage in a spectacular and unforgettable new production.

One of the most popular Disney movies of all time has been capturing hearts and dazzling millions of people all over the world in a whole new way: as a hit Broadway musical! Newcastle now has the chance to come and experience the enchanting mixture of irresistible story, unforgettable songs, breathtaking dance numbers and astonishing stagecraft that makes this the musical that soars high above the rest.

Featuring timeless favourites Jolly Holiday, Step in Time, Feed the Birds, Let’s Go Fly a Kite and Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.

Join the Banks family, as they discover the undeniable magic of childhood and a spellbinding world of infinite possibilities where anything can happen… if you let it.

Age Recommendation: 7+ Tickets $59 each

The Magic Hour

Performance date and time:
Thursday 28 November 2024, 11am

About the show

Fairy-tales reworked, funny, furious and fantastic, as tales of the marginalised.

Original fairy-tales were about bravado, fortune, destiny and courage. But always, watching from the edges, were the quiet ones. The bit characters. The weary mothers, the ugly sisters, the irrelevant queens, the grandmothers.

In The Magic Hour, they get their chance to shine.

From beach shacks and caravan parks, in Housing Commission towers and old school discos, in backyard gardens and to the familiar tune of one dirty big earthquake...

Welcome one and all to “the twilight hour, the dreaming hour, The Magic Hour”

Written and directed by Vanessa Bates, featuring Lou Chapman and Jan Hunt with music by Amy Vee, all award winning Novocastrian creatives.

Running time 80mins no interval. Tickets $30 each
Suitable for ages 13+