Imagination to underpin 90th birthday season

28 Nov 2018

Newcastle's iconic Civic Theatre will celebrate its 90th birthday year with a season of live performances designed to spark imagination and with even more benefits for subscribers, including free parking at Civic West car park and discounts.
Season 2019 offers a thrilling mixture 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 exciting new works from local and major Australian performing arts companies.

ELIXIR-070-2-Edit_web.jpgAbove, Elixir: Katie Noonan & Leunig in Gratitude and Grief​

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."

Season 2019 not only has a diverse range of quality live performances, but also offers some fantastic benefits for subscribers.
"This year we are offering subscribers free parking in the Civic West Parking Station thanks to the generous support of Hunter Parking and Storage," said the City's Civic Services Manager Delia O'Hara.
"This means subscribers can easily plan their trip with the parking station only a short walk from the theatre.
"Subscribers also receive discounted tickets when they buy four or more shows, plus discounted drinks, flexible payment options and bonus Subscriber events. With 14 outstanding productions, there are lots of great reasons to subscribe in 2019."
Interested in enjoying great savings and benefits as a Season 2019 Subscriber? Visit or phone Civic Ticketek on 02 4929 1977.

At left, Jonathan Biggins as Paul Keating in The Gospel According to Paul

Civic Theatre Season 2019
Productions and Dates 
Thur 7 Mar, 8pm           The Gospel According to Paul            Soft Tread Enterprises
Fri 15 Mar, 8pm             Elixir: Katie Noonan & Leunig             The Harbour Agency
Fri 22 Mar, 8pm             I Want to Know What Love Is             Critical Stages/Good Room
10-13 April                    Howie the Rookie                                Redline Productions
Thur 23 May, 7.30pm    Sydney Symphony Orchestra             Sydney Symphony Orchestra
29 May-1 Jun               Goori Dooki                                          Ngarrama
7-9 June                       Melbourne Int Comedy Fest R/s          MICFR
25-26 June                   Revolting Rhymes & Dirty Beasts        shake & stir theatre co
31 Jul -2 Aug                The Twits                                              Spare Parts Puppet Theatre   
27-28 Aug                     Possum Magic                                     Monkey Baa Theatre Company
Fri 13 Sept                    Peepshow                                            CIRCA
Thur 3 Oct                    Much Ado About Nothing                     Bell Shakespeare       
Sat 5 Oct                      Sydney Comedy Festival Showcase    Sydney Comedy Festival
15-23 Nov                    Salvador Dali                                         Stray Dogs Theatre Co
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