Shows worth going NUTS for

The NUTS directors tell us all about their 6 upcoming shows set to hit venues across Newcastle.

multiple writers
4th November 2019
Newcastle University Theatre Society (NUTS) are back with our exciting semester 1 programme! With six full-length shows in venues across the city, including a Shakespeare, musical, panto and three other exciting shows, there’s sure to be something for everyone! Whether you’re interested in the all-singing, all-dancing energy of Legally Blonde, the public school drama of Another Country, or the ridiculousness of our student-written panto, Tweeney Sodd, check out NUTS for all things student theatre. Or if you want to know more, why not hear about the shows in the words of their own directors?

1) Another Country by Julian Mitchell

Directed by Daniel Collins

12-14th November, Newcastle Arts Centre

The early 1930s. In an English public school, future leaders are being prepared to take up their positions in the ruling class; but amongst these soon-to-be heavy hitters are two outsiders. Tommy Judd, a committed Marxist, and Guy Bennett, a boy coming to terms with homosexuality. One wants to abolish the whole system of British life, one just wants a successful, happy life within it, but both are stuck in a school and system that bear traditional ways of dealing with rebels and outsiders.

2) Witness for the Prosecution by Agatha Christie

Directed by Gracie Catchpole

19th and 20th November (with a matinee on the 20th), The Venue

The Agatha Christie classic, Witness for the Prosecution, tells of young New Yorker Leonard Vole as he is put on trial for the murder of a wealthy English woman named Emily French. Protesting his innocence, Leonard enlists the help of lawyers Mayhew and Sir Wilfred who go head to head with prosecutor Myers in a fierce court battle to get him acquitted.  The story of this awful crime slowly unravels thanks to witnesses close to victim and prisoner and it is revealed that everything is not as it seems…

3) Legally Blonde

Directed by Katie Lynn

21st-23rd November, Newcastle College

Legally Blonde tells the story of Elle Woods, a sorority girl who enrols at Harvard Law School to win back her ex-boyfriend Warner. There, she defies the stereotypically blonde impression that she makes by excelling in her academic journey at law school. We also uncover a new budding romance between herself and ‘friend,’ Emmett – this show is full of emotion, humour and of course some killer musical numbers!

Come on down to Newcastle College from 21st-23rd November to see our stellar cast shine. This show promises to make you laugh (maybe even cry), you will be guaranteed a fun-filled evening that will have you dancing in your seats!

4) Beautiful Thing by Jonathan Harvey

Directed by Martha Johnson and Beth Rennie

25th-27th November, The Cluny

Beautiful Thing, by Jonathan Harvey, is the story of two teenage boys who fall in love on the Thamesmead council estate in South London during the early 90’s. The play deals with themes of class, youth, love and family. Beautiful Thing is poignant, meaningful and thought provoking play but above all else it’s funny, witty and fast-paced. Throughout the play the soundtrack of Cass Elliot flows amongst the action, creating a vibrant and uplifting atmosphere from start to finish. Please come along and watch this production, we promise you that it really will be a beautiful thing!

5) Romeo and Juliet 

Directed by Hannah Shepherd and Pearl Andrews-Horrigan

28th-30th November, St. Luke’s Church

From 1961 to 1989, Berlin was divided physically and ideologically into East and West.

Romeo and Juliet, born on opposite sides of The Berlin Wall, fall in love upon first sight.

30 years ago, The Berlin Wall collapsed. Two feuding families - the Montages from the West, the Capulets from the East - were reconciled.

But what were the events leading up to its collapse?

6) Tweeney Sodd: The Demon Butcher of Toon Spoons by Joe Hodgson

Directed by Joe Hodgson and Yeva Creegan

9tth-11th December, The Venue

It's Christmas time,

And all through the Toon,

People go missing,

At their local Spoons...

Tweeney Sodd is the chef at a local pub, but when he starts cooking and serving his customers back to them, things get a little out of hand.

This December, come down to this fresh new pantomime for jokes, gore and so much more!

Tickets for all NUTS performances will be available on the NUTS page on the NUSU website. The release dates for tickets will be advertised on the NUTS Facebook page so keep your eyes peeled if you want to secure yourself a ticket.

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