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Make it a Night Out at the Majestic Civic Theatre


A lively mix of theatre, dance, music and comedy will see the Civic Theatre shrug off its disrupted 2020 season with a vibrant new schedule of shows for the year ahead.

The Civic Theatre’s annual Subscription Season is like a tasting plate for live performance. Fourteen shows have been carefully curated for the annual program, each bringing unique experiences through sharing stories, people and places. If you’ve been missing those special evenings out seeing live performances, the theatre offers a discount for any three (or more) Season shows that are booked as a package.


The Season’s opening production, Awkward, depicts the story of perfect strangers meeting through dance. Filled with witty dialogue and electric choreography this dance theatre production by local Newcastle company Catapult Dance has been described as “delightfully entertaining”. Catapult will showcase their diverse talent with a second show Acquist, a dance on water set under the stars at Civic Park fountain. Both dance works appear on the bill for New Annual, City of Newcastle’s festival which opens this month. Tickets for both productions are available through Civic Theatre’s website.


Presented by Sydney Theatre Company, Wharf Revue: Good Night and Goodluck is back for one last hurrah. After 20 years, the comedy institution bids farewell. The popular show has been rescheduled to 13-14 February and, with limited tickets remaining, it seems we are all ready for some political satire with the indefatigable trio of Jonathan Biggins, Drew Forsythe and Phillip Scott with their dazzling accomplice Mandy Bishop. The Wharf Revue has fake news, fake hair and real laughs in abundance. No one is safe and no topic too taboo in this night of side-splitting satire.


The funny-bone tickling continues. In the pit that was 2020, awash with hand sanitiser and social distancing, the Civic Comedy Club was born and became a welcomed relief serving up brilliant comedians, food, and drinks in equal measures. As part of New Annual, Civic Theatre has launched, Civic Comedy Club 2.0. With restrictions lifting, the comedians are back on the stage under the spotlight and the audience back in their auditorium seats. The line-up is yet to be announced, but it is guaranteed to be a great night out if prior shows are any sign.


The theatre hits keep rolling with an encore season of Bearfoot Theatre’s Do Your Parents Know You’re Straight? A deep insight into the prejudice faced by the LGBTQI+ community and the internal turmoil of queer youth.


If you’re looking to cool off from the Summer heat, consider taking in a film at Civic Cinema. Following the installation of a new digital projection widescreen, you can settle into the regal seats of the theatre’s main auditorium to enjoy regular screenings of classic films, art films and blockbuster hits. Browse the movie listing which is out now.


Whatever show you choose, make sure you plan your visit to coincide with a tasty meal or pre-show drink from Civic Digest. Or arrive early to take in the free live music with Civic Bar Beats. Enjoy the Summer nights while sitting back with a refreshing drink and hear the best local musicians and DJs dish out the vibes. You can catch Civic Bar Beats on Friday’s and most nights in February as a special addition to celebrate New Annual festival.


Civic Theatre is a COVID Safe venue with flexible ticketing options. There is so much to love about live entertainment and lots of performances to entice you back into the theatre this February. To see what’s on head to www.civictheatrenewcastle.com.au


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