Tell Me More! Grease The Musical cast and creatives share excitement for Newcastle show

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Grease The Musical will be performing at Newcastle Theatre Royal in June 2024.

Grease The Musical is set to perform at Newcastle’s Theatre Royal as part of its UK and Ireland Tour from Monday, June 10 to Saturday, June 15).

Written by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey, Grease The Musical first opened in Chicago in 1971, ahead of the release of the 1978 film starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John which went on to become a cultural phenomenon.

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The production which will be heading to the Theatre Royal has toured the country and has enjoyed sold-out performances in the West End.

Director Nikolai Foster said of the production: “It has all the moments you love from

the film and the original but with some extra grit, guts, gravitas and spice!”

The cast includes; Marley Fenton as Danny Zuko, Hope Dawe as Sandy Dumbrowski, as well as Rebecca Stenhouse as Rizzo, George Michaelides as Kenickie, and many more talented individuals. 

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Fenton said: “It’s such an iconic show and such an iconic love story, so for us it’s about paying homage to a classic.

Speaking on playing the iconic role of Sandy, Dawe said: “It’s all about playing someone who goes from being a girl to a woman over the course of the show and someone who can put on a different outfit at the end but who is still true to herself and her morals. She’s also a bit more fiery than she was in the film.”

The cast have agreed that the stage version of Grease is a little more grittier than fans of the movie may expect, with serious themes while still remaining an uplifting, feel-good musical. 

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Strictly Come Dancing former judge Dame Arlene Phillips is the choreographer behind the production, to the delight of the cast. 

The cast of Grease UK & Ireland Tour. Credit: Marc Brenner.The cast of Grease UK & Ireland Tour. Credit: Marc Brenner.
The cast of Grease UK & Ireland Tour. Credit: Marc Brenner. | Marc Brenner

Fenton said of Phillips: “Every time she walks into the room, there’s just this presence. She definitely puts us through our paces but the choreography is amazing.”

Dawe added: “She’s very inspiring and she knows so much. She’s wonderful to be around.”#

Phillips herself was full of praise for the cast, as she said: “They all have to be brilliant and to be triple threats. They have to sing and dance and act, and they bring so much energy to it. 

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“It feels like a giant party because everyone in the company is so excited to be doing this show.”

For more information or to book tickets for Grease The Musical in Newcastle, please visit the Newcastle Theatre Royal website.

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