Sydney Comedy Festival Showcase Tour

The Festival’s funniest in one hilarious night.

The Sydney Comedy Festival Showcase Tour will be tearing up the freeways of Australia for the seventh year in a row to bring the crème de la crème of the 2018 Festival to Newcastle!

Expertly curated and lovingly presented, the Showcase will feature some of the Festival’s hottest acts live on stage for an incredible two hours of hard-hitting laughter. Boasting a line-up of veteran favourites, international stars, and some of the freshest emerging talents, this jam-packed night of pure entertainment will leave you sore from belly laughs!

LINE UP Ron Josol (Can), Daniel Townes, Rebecca De Unamuno, The Stevenson Experience, Amanda Gray, Tom Cashman, Oliver Twist

Running time: 2hrs (inc interval)
Recommended for mature audiences 15+.

Mamma Mia!

The World’s favourite feel-good musical comes to Newcastle!

Featuring 22 of ABBA’s Greatest Hits.

A Greek Island…a girl searching for her father… flares, frills, fluro, wedge heeled boots…featuring hit after hit from the incredible songs of ABBA including Dancing Queen, Voulez Vous, S.O.S, Take a Chance On Me and The Winner Takes It All, MAMMA MIA tells the hilarious story of a young woman’s search, on the eve of her wedding, to discover the identity of her father. With this brings three men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago.

A mother. A daughter. Three possible dads. And a trip down the aisle you’ll never forget! MAMMA MIA is the perfect musical for the whole family.

Music and lyrics by Benny Andersson & Björn Ulvaeus and some songs with Stig Anderson
Running time 2hrs 20min

Newcastle Civic Theatre 25 Oct – 9 Nov

Dame Edna My Gorgeous Life

The grand dame of world theatre, Dame Edna Everage, has been forced out of retirement by the demands of her adoring “Precious Possums”, announcing a surprise tour of Australia in September and October.

In a letter to her fans, Dame Edna apologised for upsetting them when she announced her retirement from public life, blaming her manager, “failed actor and attention seeker” Barry Humphries.

“One of the reasons I am adored pretty much worldwide is that I’ve always told you the truth; mostly the truth about yourselves, and even sometimes about me,” Dame Edna said.

“However this is an apology. It’s an apology for once telling you a wicked fib: a porkie, a cruel deceitful lie. I told you I had retired”

While every star had to make allowances for minor acts of embezzlement, she said, Humphries had his hand in the till up to his armpit.

“My new team of advisors said I should close down all my companies, even my charitable foundation Friends of the Prostate, and re-start my career on a clean page,” Dame Edna said.

“That’s what I’m doing. That explains my so-called ‘retirement’ and withdrawal from public life. Now I’m reborn, fit as a fiddle, and rid of the leech who tormented me for so long. So, Possums, please do come and say hello to me. It would be lovely to see your faces again.”

Newcastle Civic Theatre Thursday – Saturday 17-19 October, 7.30pm

Melinda Schneider: A Farewell To Doris Day

Following the recent passing of the legendary Doris Day, acclaimed Australian singer Melinda Schneider pays tribute to her childhood idol in A Farewell To Doris, performing all of Doris’ timeless hits, including Que Sera, Sera, Sentimental Journey, Everybody Loves a Lover and Secret Love, backed by the wonderful Young At Heart Orchestra. A nostalgic concert celebration of a remarkable life.

Soldiers Point Bowling Club, Sunday 3 November 2019 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Swan Lake – Imperial Russian Ballet Company

The Imperial Russian Ballet Company return to Australia with Swan Lake…the most loved classical ballet of them all. This masterpiece ballet is presented in two acts and follows the original storyline. Subtle revisions and variations have been introduced by Gediminas Taranda, Artistic Director of the Imperial Russian Ballet Company.

Swan Lake crosses the world of magic and mystical creatures with that of the real world. It is a story where the virtues of love and forgiveness in the end conquer evil and betrayal. The Imperial Russian Ballet Company was formed in 1994, headed by the Bolshoi Theatre soloist Gediminas Taranda. The Imperial Russian Ballet Company comprises 40 dancers from the major ballet schools of Russia.

Civic Theatre Newcastle, Tuesday 15 October 2019 7:30pm – 10:00pm

Jimmy Barnes – Shutting Down Your Town Tour

Jimmy Barnes will embark on his biggest headlining tour of this century—Shutting Down Your Town. He will be playing all his classic hits plus highlights from his acclaimed new album ‘My Criminal Record’ which was released Friday, 31 May 2019.

‘Barnesy’ is the heart and soul of Australian rock & roll. Over recent years, his bestselling memoirs ‘Working Class Boy’ and ‘Working Class Man’, and their accompanying sold-out theatre tours, have struck a deep chord across his homeland. Now he returns to what he loves most—electrifying audiences with one of the greatest catalogues in the history of Oz rock with the ‘Shutting Down Your Town Tour’ featuring Cold Chisel anthems, solo classics like ‘Working Class Man’ and ‘Ain’t No Second Prize’ plus his current radio hit, ‘Shutting Down Our Town’.

Newcastle Entertainment Centre, Friday 25 October 2019 7:00pm