A couple of weeks ago James and I were invited along to the press night of Rain Man at Northern Stage and once again I was reminded why I love this Newcastle theatre so much!
The show itself was outstanding, with an incredible cast of talented actors. Chris Fountain in particular was flawless as Charlie Babbit, he could definitely give Tom Cruise (who played the part in the original film) a run for his money! We were both massively impressed and I was even moved to tears at the end of the show.
On the way home James and I enthused about the performance, agreeing it was one of the best we’d seen in a long time. We also talked about what a fantastic venue Northern Stage is, how it’s always such a good value night out and seems to offer a programme of shows and events that are bit different and more edgy than what’s on offer at the traditional theatres.
So, rather than write a detailed review of Rain Man which has now moved on to other venues around the country anyway, I thought I would delve in to the list of forthcoming events at Northern Stage and encourage you to go and check it out for yourself. It really is well worth a visit with a location that’s right in the heart of Newcastle city centre and ticket prices that are often cheaper than a night at the cinema!
Noughts and Crosses: 7 – 11 May 2019
This modern day Romeo and Juliet tells the love story of Sephy and Callum and the racial and social divides that threaten their relationship. It explores what it means to grow up in a divided world. Check out the trailer, it looks pretty awesome!
Kaleidoscope: 18 May 2019
They say start them young, well this brand new piece of theatre is designed specifically for babies aged 6 – 18 months and is inspired by research into how a baby’s sense of sight develops.
North Festival: 4 – 8 June 2019
Another thing I love about Northern Stage is that’s a huge champion of new and emerging talent, so it’s the perfect place for ambitious theatre-makers to thrive and develop.
North Festival is a jam-packed week of industry focused talks and workshops led by the likes of The Royal Shakespeare Company, The National Theatre, The BFI and Arts Council England. Nearly all the sessions are ‘pay what you feel’ but places must be booked online as numbers are limited.
A Thousand Splendid Suns: 30 May – 15 June 2019
This powerful story of three generations of women was a bestselling book by the same author as The Kite Runner and the stage adaptation promises to be just as moving. Northern Stage will be its UK Premiere and it will be here for a fortnight so no excuses for missing out!
The Hound of the Baskervilles: 11 – 24 September 2019
OK, so technically this is an Autumn show but I had to sneak it in to the list as it promises to be spectacular. It’s an in-house production and based on previous shows I’ve seen crated by Northern Stage that means it will be a unique and exciting spin on a classic tale that will have the audience on the edge of their seats!
To find out more about these shows and others head to www.northernstage.co.uk
Have you ever seen a show at Northern Stage? I’d love to hear your thoughts!
*I have marked this post as an ‘AD’ as we have occasionally been invited to press nights at Northern Stage but the content for this post was not requested, I just genuinely love the place.