Anticipation grows ahead of Newcastle season for blockbuster The Rocky Horror Show

06 Nov 2023

Seats are being snapped up by audiences keen to do the time warp again when the 50th anniversary tour of The Rocky Horror Show heads to Newcastle's Civic Theatre.

The classic rock'n'roll musical is proving to be one of the hottest tickets in town, with thousands of bookings being made within days of the Newcastle season going on sale.

The ticket blitz was welcome news for leading British theatre producer Sir Howard Panter of Trafalgar Entertainment, who has returned to Newcastle today with key cast member Stellar Perry, who plays the mischievous Magenta, to give locals a sneak peek of what to expect in January.

Sir Howard Panter said he was delighted to debut The Rocky Horror Show in Newcastle as the first stop on its national tour in 2024.

"We are thrilled to be able to bring the first of what will be many new international smash hit theatre productions to the city, and what better way to start the party than with the ultimate rock'n'roll celebration, The Rocky Horror Show," Sir Panter said.

"Ticket sales have gone gangbusters since we first announced we are bringing The Rocky Horror Show to Newcastle and audiences are in for the time of their lives."

Newcastle Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said the early ticket sales showed just how much Newcastle audiences appreciated being able to see shows of this calibre at their own iconic Civic Theatre.

"There's already so much anticipation building across the community for this show, and it's only just over a week since we first announced it was coming to Newcastle," Cr Nelmes said.

"The record-breaking Come From Away season earlier this year showed just how much demand there is for world-class entertainment in Newcastle, and the impact it has on our visitor economy by attracting a large contingent of its audiences from outside of the city.

"As one of the world's most popular musicals, we expect The Rocky Horror Show will also be a major drawcard show for the city, with Jason Donovan and Myf Warhurst expected to wow fans with their performances as Frank N Furter and the Narrator."

Sold out in London, Sydney and Melbourne, this 50th Anniversary world tour of The Rocky Horror Show will continue its global celebrations with a new Australian production set to open at Newcastle Civic Theatre from 12 January until 4 February 2024.

The production runs for 120 minutes, including intermission and is recommended for ages 12 and older.

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