Civic Theatre set to reignite city with live performances in 2022

02 Dec 2021

A sizzling new schedule of shows will reignite Newcastle audiences’ passion for live performance following the online launch of Civic Theatre’s new subscription season.

Delivering everything from stand-up comedy and contemporary circus to deeply moving theatrical pieces, the new season has been carefully curated to suit a wide range of ages and tastes.

Newcastle Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said the launch of Civic Theatre’s 2022 season comes at an exciting time for Novocastrians, with restrictions set to be rolled back even further from 15 December.

“Civic Theatre’s season theme for 2022 is ‘reignite’, which is all about supporting our city's lively cultural scene after yet another COVID-disrupted year and encouraging Novocastrians to head back to the theatre to experience the wonder of live performance with family and friends,” Cr Nelmes said.

“Few industries have been harder hit by the economic impact of the pandemic than the performing arts. This new season of shows provides a highly enjoyable means for Novocastrians to show their support for this sector, especially as restrictions continue to ease.”

Civic Theatre Manager Leonie Wallace said the new schedule for 2022 covers a wide range of genres and styles that will appeal to audiences of all ages, including new offerings and both local and national touring productions.

The 2022 season will see the return of the hugely popular Sydney and Melbourne Comedy Festivals, as well as shows by Newcastle’s own Stray Dogs Theatre Company, Catapult Dance Choreographic Hub and for the first time, Knock and Run Theatre Company.

“Families will enjoy Erth's Prehistoric World or Wolfgang's Magical Musical Circus and musical fans will love The Sapphires by HIT Productions. Main stage theatrical productions in 2022 include Jane Eyre by shake&stir theatre co. and Black Cockatoo by Ensemble Theatre,” Ms Wallace said.

“Local productions in 2022 will feature Creativity, an original new work from perennial favourites Stray Dogs Theatre Co., Grappling from the Edge by Catapult Dance, and Airness from Knock & Run Theatre Company.

"Civic Theatre customers are invited to enjoy pre-show drinks and live local music on opening night, and for selected performances a new pre-theatre dining experience is just steps away in the Banquet Room at City Hall."

With the purchase of three shows or more, theatregoers become a Civic Theatre Subscriber and will enjoy added benefits such as free parking, discounted tickets, access to the best seats and discounted pre-show drinks in the foyer.

The 2022 Civic Theatre Subscription Season goes on sale to the general public on Friday 3 December, following a special presale for current subscribers.

Visit Civic Theatre Newcastle's website to view the 2022 Subscription Season Brochure.