Theatre, dance, music and comedy are set to return to Newcastle with a bang in 2021.
It comes as the Civic Theatre has released its vibrant new schedule of shows.
COVID-19 has proven to be a trying time for the theatre but manager Leonie Wallace is hopeful the new schedule will give people a glimpse of the highlights from this year alongside some new gems for 2021.
“The season is designed to appeal to a wide range of tastes, including musicals, dramas, children’s shows,” she said.
“[Plus] this year features presentations from Opera Australia with Bizet’s Carmen and Sydney Dance Company’s Impermanence.
“It will also include standout favourites like The Wharf Revue, The Gospel According to Paul and both the Melbourne and Sydney comedy festivals, while local productions, Awkward by Catapult Dance and Do Your Parents Know You’re Straight? from Bearfoot Theatre will feature in February as part of New Annual, presented by City of Newcastle.”
Newcastle Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes added the launch of the 2021 subscription season came just days after the easing of more COVID-19 restrictions.
During the season, the Civic Theatre will be allowed to increase its number of seated patrons to 75% of the theatre’s capacity.
“It’s an opportune time for Novocastrians to get out of the house and back into the theatre to experience the exhilaration of hearing live music or the emotional journey of live theatre in person, and to share those experiences with friends or family in a COVID Safe way,” Cr Nelmes said.
“Few industries were hit harder by the economic impact of COVID-19 than the performing arts, with live performances among the first to shut down and the last to have audience restrictions eased.
“The Civic Theatre subscription season will provide another crucial boost to the embattled sector, while also delighting theatregoers with what is a perennial highlight on the arts calendar.
The 2021 Civic Theatre Subscription Season goes on sale to the general public this Friday 18 December, following a special presale for current subscribers, which launched today.
The Civic Theatre 2021 Subscription Season brochure can be viewed at the Civic Theatre website.