The Rocky Horror Show’s three-week season at the Civic Theatre has been hailed an outstanding success.
Newcastle fans rose to their feet at the weekend to perform one final Time Warp, as well as a standing ovation, as the curtains went down on the iconic musical starring Jason Donovan as Frank N Furter and Myf Warhurst as the Narrator.
All up, more than 30,000 theatregoers, hailing from every state in Australia, travelled to the former steel city to experience the lavish production, which celebrated its 50th anniversary.
And, in excess of 60% of those tickets were purchased by visitors, delivering an economic boon to accommodation providers and local businesses.
In fact, The Rocky Horror Show eclipsed the record set by Broadway smash Come From Away last year.
Leading British theatre producer Sir Howard Panter, of Trafalgar Entertainment, praised the audiences in Newcastle.
“What a way to start 2024 with The Rocky Horror Show financially being the best-selling show of all time at the Civic Theatre,” he said.
“We’d sold more than 23,000 tickets before we even opened, which was fantastic.
“Many of them were visiting the venue for the first time, too.
“At Trafalgar Entertainment Group, we are committed to bringing the best of the international theatre scene to Newcastle’s doorstep.
“Starting with this star-studded legendary production, the city firmly brought in the new year with a party.”
Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said the Civic Theatre was a jewel in Newcastle’s cultural crown.
“I’m thrilled to have kicked off 2024 with a record-breaking season of the fabulous The Rocky Horror Show,” she stated.
“It’ll be the first in a new line-up of world-class productions brought to Newcastle by Sir Howard.
“The response to The Rocky Horror Show and Come From Away demonstrates the huge demand there is in the market for top quality Broadway and West End productions.
“Major events are a clear economic driver for our city.
“By attracting such high-calibre shows, the Civic Theatre provides a significant drawcard that delivers considerable benefits for Newcastle’s visitor economy.”
Manager Leonie Wallace agreed.
“The Civic Theatre is recognised as a valuable destination to include on the national touring circuit for theatre and musical productions,” she said.
“On the back of the success of Come From Away, we’ve developed associations with a number of national promoters to ensure the city attracts more major touring productions for extended seasons.
“We have also locked in a one-week program in March of Broadway smash hit RENT as part of a national tour by award-winning producer LPD Productions, while the world’s longest-running play, Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap, will kick off its national tour in May with two weeks in Newcastle, presented by John Frost for Crossroads Live and Shake & Stir Theatre Co.
“It is incredible to be able to bring the best national touring productions here to Newcastle.
“That in itself ensures people no longer have to travel to Sydney to see an award-winning international theatre performance or musical.”
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