Five major musicals to run at Theatre Royal

Newcastle Theatre Royal will run five major musicals as part of its spring/summer season this year.

The Grade 1 listed theatre will host Evita (May 22-26), Hairspray (June 25-30), Dusty the Musical (July 17-21), Calendar Girls (September 18-29) and Kinky Boots (October 29-November 10).

Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s show Evita returns to Newcastle in May, starring Madalena Alberto (Les Misérables) and Gian Marco Schiaretti (Tarzan).

Telling the story of Eva Peron – wife of former Argentine dictator Juan Peron – Evita follows Eva’s journey from humble beginnings through to extraordinary iconic status and features some of the most famous songs in musical theatre.

Returning for one week after a sell-out visit in spring 2016, Hairspray tells the story of Tracy Turnblad, who’s on a mission to follow her dreams and dance her way onto national TV.

New show Dusty the Musical is based on the authorised biography of Dusty Springfield, and features many of her pop hits, including I Only Want to Be with You, Son of a Preacher Man and You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me.

Calendar Girls the Musical by Gary Barlow and Tim Firth is a musical comedy based on the true story of a group of ordinary ladies who achieved something extraordinary. Straight from the West End, the production features an all-star cast.

Perhaps the most anticipated show of the season is Kinky Boots (pictured). Featuring songs by pop icon Cyndi Lauper, the show is a story of Brit grit, taking audiences from the factory floor of Northampton to the catwalks of Milan.