With excitement building ahead of this year’s pantomime Pinocchio opening its doors, Newcastle Theatre Royal and Crossroads Pantomimes are thrilled to announce that another show is to premiere at the Theatre in 2024/25 for the festive season.
The Little Mermaid (Tue 26 Nov 2024 – Sun 12 Jan 2025) is a brand-new title from Crossroads Pantomimes – the world’s biggest pantomime producer and is set to be a spectacular adventure under the sea for audiences of all ages!
Panto superstars Danny Adams and Clive Webb will return to the iconic Grey Street venue for their 19th season and will once again be sharing the stage with celebrated local singer-songwriter Joe McElderry as well as legendary panto dame Chris Hayward.
The Little Mermaid will see Newcastle Theatre Royal pantomime favourite Danny play Danny Crabstix, best friend to Ariel, the bravest mermaid in King Triton’s kingdom, who must fight-off the evil Sea Witch after she steals her voice in return for the ability to live amongst the humans, way above the ocean.
With a brand-new script, sets and costumes, The Little Mermaid will again be a first for Newcastle Theatre Royal with Pinocchio making its pantomime debut at the end of the month. Pinocchio has smashed box office records and is one of the fastest selling pantomimes in the country.
Michael Harrison, Producer and creator of Theatre Royal pantomimes for the past 18 years said: “Here in the rehearsal room at Newcastle Theatre Royal we are incredibly excited to be in the throes of creating our new production of Pinocchio to premiere in the city later this month. This promises to be our most magical show yet!
“Newcastle Theatre Royal is a venue which is incredibly important to me personally, having grown-up watching pantos here as a child. With phenomenal advance sales already secured for Pinocchio, I’m excited that we’re announcing yet another new show for the Theatre in 2024. With Danny, Clive, Chris and Joe already signed-up for next Christmas we know the show will be in very safe hands.”
Chief Executive of Newcastle Theatre Royal, Marianne Locatori added: “It’s a joy for us to welcome back Danny, Clive, Chris and Joe to Newcastle Theatre Royal once again for The Little Mermaid, and we’re delighted to premiere another brand-new pantomime! From the moment the curtain rises until the cast take their final bows at the end of the show, I know audiences will be in for a fun-filled festive treat.
“Rehearsals for this years’ pantomime Pinocchio are now well underway; the cast are all spectacular, the costumes, set, and special effects are dazzling, and we can’t wait to open the doors and share this brand-new show with our audiences. Pantomime really is for everyone, and we’re sure that every year ours just keep getting better!”
The Little Mermaid plays Newcastle Theatre Royal Tue 26 Nov 2024 – Sun 12 Jan 2025. This year’s pantomime - Pinocchio - plays Tue 28 Nov 2023 until Sun 14 Jan 2024.
Tickets for The Little Mermaid are on sale from Wed 15 Nov 2023 to Friends of the Theatre Royal; Advantage Members, Groups and Schools can book from Wed 22 Nov 2023 and public booking opens on Tue 28 Nov 2023.
Tickets for both shows can be purchased at www.theatreroyal.co.uk or from the Theatre Royal Box Office on 0191 232 7010.