There is much to look forward to in the new year as Newcastle Theatre Royal announces the upcoming shows for 2024.

With showstopping West-End classics, breath-taking dance performances, brand new page-to-stage adaptations, and an adult-only take on a Disney classic; there is something for everyone.

Alfred Hitchcock’s spy thriller The 39 Steps, will be on stage Tuesday 9 April until Saturday 13 April 2024 and is brilliantly recreated for the stage as four fearless actors play 139 roles in a performance full of fast-paced fun and action.

The Northern Echo: Daniel Tuite and Tim Frances in The 39 Steps

CaroleW Productions will also take over the Studio stage with their production Limelight on Tuesday 9 April until Saturday 13 April 2024, which is based on the career of Julia St George, a star of the Victorian stage born on Broad Chare in Newcastle.

In a best-selling novel to stage adaptation The Boy at the Back of the Class will be on stage from Tuesday 30 April until Saturday 4 May 2024 and balances heart and humour in an unexpected and adventure which highlights the power of friendship.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is set to excite the next generation of fans as it flies into the region on Tuesday 4 June until Saturday 8 June 2024, featuring unforgettable songs including Toot Sweets and Truly Scrumptious.

The Kite Runner will also grace the stage from Tuesday 25 June until Saturday 29 June 2024, and opens direct from Broadway.

It’s an adult night-out when show Unfortunate gives Ursula a chance to give her side of the classic tale The Little Mermaid. The legendary queen is ready to spill, in this tell-all tale of sex and sorcery from Tuesday 2 July until Thursday 4 July 2024.

Newcastle Musical Theatre Company will also bring the smash-hit musical West Side Story to life on Tuesday 30 July until Saturday 3 August 2024.

The Northern Echo: A scene from Peppa Pig Live

In the Summer holidays, younger audiences will enjoy Peppa Pig’s Fun Day Out from Wednesday 21 August until Thursday 22 August 2024, packed full of songs, dances and muddy puddles, this perfect introduction to theatre guarantees giggles and snorts for all. 101 Dalmatians: The Musical also bounds into Newcastle for one week only on Tuesday 27 August until Sunday 1 September 2024.

NOW That’s What I Call A Musical, arrives on its first ever UK tour directed and choreographed by Craig Revel Horwood on Tuesday 8 October until Saturday 12 October 2024. For an evening bursting with hits from Whitney Houston, Blondie, Tears For Fears, Spandau Ballet, Wham! and so many more.

QDance Company will visit Newcastle to perform Re:Incarnation from Tuesday 15 October until Wednesday 16 October 2024, an ode to the richness of Nigerian culture, in which dance, musical and visual art creations are bursting with uncompromising joy.

From Monday 11 November until Saturday 11 November 2024 audiences will be transported back to 1960’s Baltimore, where Tracy Turnblad dreams of dancing her way onto national TV, when Hairspray visits Newcastle!

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The 2024 festive pantomime The Little Mermaid will see Newcastle Theatre Royal favourites Danny Adams and Clive Webb return for their 19th year, alongside singer songwriter Joe McElderry and legendary panto dame Chris Hayward.

Further ahead into 2025 Only Fools and Horses The Musical has also been revealed to be visiting Newcastle on Monday 10 February until Saturday 22 February 2025.

The Northern Echo: Lorna Courtney in & JULIET

Also set to join in 2025, & Juliet, which will see the audience whisked away on a fabulous journey as Juliet ditches her famous ending for a fresh beginning and a second chance at life and love—her way from Monday 2 June until Saturday 7 June 2025.

Tickets for all performances can be purchased at or from the Theatre Royal Box Office on 0191 232 7010.