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Restoration work goes on at Newcastle's Theatre Royal

The Theatre Royal in the centre of Newcastle. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees
The auditorium being restored. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees
The work to restore the auditorium cost £5 million. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees
The project to restore the backstage areas will cost around £500,000 and take a year to complete. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

More restoration work has begun at Newcastle's Theatre Royal.

There has recently been a focus on improving backstage areas, including dressing rooms.

The work will cost around £500,000 and take a year to complete. It comes just a few years after a £5 million project to return the auditorium to its original Victorian splendour.

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The Two Worlds of Charlie F comes to Newcastle

A play that is based on the lives of injured servicemen and women is coming to Newcastle's Theatre Royal as part of its nationwide tour.

'The Two Worlds of Charlie F' is unique as its cast is made up largely of former and current soldiers who were injured while they were serving with the armed forces.

Phil Roscoe went along to find out more.

Watch his full report below.

Jack and the Beanstalk breaks sales records

The Jack and the Beanstalk cast

Jack and the Beanstalk, the Theatre Royal’s 2013/14 pantomime, has broken all previous records and become the most successful pantomime in the theatre’s 176 year history. **

Actors on stage at the Theatre Royal

Over 36,000 tickets have already been sold for next year’s show Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs_, which will mark Clive Webb and Danny Adams’ tenth anniversary at the theatre.**

Record sales, Jack and the Beanstalk

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Tom Conti returns to Theatre Royal after 20 years

The actor Tom Conti is appearing at Newcastle's Theatre Royal for the first time in 20 years.

This time, he plays a high-profile television journalist ("think of a Paxman or a Dimbleby", he says), who finds himself on trial for murder. The play, Rough Justice, is set in a courtroom. He said it "grips audiences from the first line".

Rough Justice is at Newcastle's Theatre Royal until 5th October. It moves to the Theatre Royal in Windsor from 7th - 12th Oct, Cheltenham's Everyman Theatre 14th - 18th Oct, and the New Theatre in Cardiff 22nd - 26th Oct.

Birds of a Feather hits the stage in Newcastle

by Rachel Sweeney

Birds of a Feather was one of the most successful TV shows of the 1990's. Two sisters from Essex and the man-eating neighbour with the unforgettable outfits.

After a successful national theatre tour last year, the ladies are back! The stage version of the comedy programme is making a stop in Newcastle. The cast will be at the Theatre Royal from tonight until 1st June.

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