Into the Woods
Tyne Theatre Productions to stage Into the Woods in March 2018, acclaimed local director appointed
Though their grand Tyne Theatre 150th Anniversary production of West Side Story is still to come this September, Tyne Theatre Productions have already announced that they will return in March 2018 with Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods, with local actor and director Phil Dixon now appointed to direct the production.
Phil’s involvement with amateur theatre dates back to 1987 having taken lead and supporting roles, and he has directed many shows such as Jekyll and Hyde, Oklahoma, West Side Story, Jesus Christ Superstar and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. Having turned professional in 1994, his theatre work saw him working in pantomimes in Hereford, Kirkcaldy, Berwick upon Tweed, and an appearance as a featured singer in a gala concert at the London Palladium alongside MGM movie stars Russ Tamblyn, Marge Champion, Van Johnson and Cyd Charisse.
Now a qualified teacher specialising in performing arts, Phil’s relationship with the Tyne Theatre & Opera House goes back some 25 years. “I was a student on the very first HND Musical Theatre course that Newcastle College ran back in 1992,” he said, “and we were based in Waterloo House at the back of the theatre. We used the theatre studios, workshops and stage as our practice areas, and we presented most of our performances in the theatre. Having access to such an historical venue was amazing, and taught me so much about the history and technicalities of producing theatre.”
Into the Woods will launch Tyne Theatre Productions’ third year of fundraising productions for the benefit of the Tyne Theatre & Opera House Preservation Trust. They have had over 200 new and old friends volunteer for their previous shows, which include Pirates of Penzance (2015), Sweeney Todd (2016), Oklahoma! (2016), Little Shop of Horrors (2017).
A modern classic and Tony Award winner, Into the Woods takes everyone’s favourite storybook characters and brings them together, with a score both enchanting and touching. Open auditions are due to be announced very soon followed by rehearsals, with the production taking place from Thursday 8th to Saturday 3rd March 2018.
Tickets are still available for Tyne Theatre Productions’ West Side Story, which runs from Wednesday 20th to Saturday 23rd September. This production of West Side Story comes at a very special time for Tyne Theatre & Opera House, with September 2017 being the month of the theatre’s 150th Anniversary. Two performances of West Side Story will take place on the Victorian Opera House’s birthday (Saturday 23rd September).
Tickets for West Side Story are priced £16 full price, £14 concessions and £10 limited view. Groups 10+ get 1 free. Tickets available now from: www.tynetheatreandoperahouse.uk
Tickets for Into the Woods are priced £16 full price, £14 concessions and £10 limited view. Groups 10+ get 1 free.
Tickets available now from: www.tynetheatreandoperahouse.uk
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