Newcastle audiences will have their passion for live performance reignited following the online launch of Civic Theatre’s new subscription season and a line-up of new shows on the 2022 schedule. 

Ensemble theatre production Black Cockatoo featuring cast Aaron McGrath and Chenoa Deemal. Photo: Supplied.

The 2022 subscription season has been carefully curated to suit many audiences, from stand-up comedy and contemporary circuses to theatrical pieces and musical performances.

Civic Theatre’s season theme is ‘reignite’, which focuses on supporting Newcastle’s cultural, creative and performative scene after the COVID-19 pandemic and all of the disruptions that came with it. 

“Few industries have been harder hit by the economic impact of the pandemic than the performing arts,” Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said.

“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 covered a wide range of genres and styles that would appeal to audiences of all ages.

The 2022 season will feature new offerings and local and national touring productions, including the return of the popular Sydney and Melbourne Comedy Festivals and shows by Newcastle’s 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,” Wallace said.

“Main stage theatrical productions in 2022 include Jane Eyre by shake&stir theatre co. and Black Cockatoo by Ensemble Theatre.

“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.”

Civic Theatre’s season theme is ‘reignite’, which focuses on supporting Newcastle’s cultural, creative and performative scene after the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo: City of Newcastle

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

Theatregoers can become Civic Theatre Subscribers following the purchase of tickets for three or more shows. 

The Civic Theatre Subscription includes added benefits such as free parking, discounted tickets, access to good seats and discounted pre-show drinks. 

For more information, visit Civic Theatre Newcastle’s website.

Information source: Media release, City of Newcastle

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