Bugsy Malone is coming to Newcastle: What it’s about, when it is, and how to get tickets

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 Bugsy Malone is coming to Newcastle as part of its UK tour - here’s how you can get tickets

Bugsy Malone, a popular musical theatre show, is coming to Newcastle later this month.

Local theatregoers can enjoy the musical based on Alan Parker’s 1976 movie for a week in August, but with kids playing gangsters from the 1920s

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This is the first professional touring production of Bugsy Malone starring a cast of 39 young actors.

Bugsy Malone musical theatre is coming to Newcastle in August as part of its UK tour. Bugsy Malone musical theatre is coming to Newcastle in August as part of its UK tour.
Bugsy Malone musical theatre is coming to Newcastle in August as part of its UK tour. | Tristram Kenton

The musical comedy is sure to leave you in stitches as they use whipped cream shooting guns and custard pies as deadly weapons in place of firearms.

Here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming production Bugsy Malone at the Newcastle Theatre Royal.

When is Bugsy Malone coming to Newcastle?

Bugsy Malone is scheduled to perform at Newcastle Theatre Royal from Tuesday, August 16 to Sunday, August 21.

The event is scheduled to start at 2pm and 7pm.

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Can I still get tickets?

Tickets are still available and can be purchased via Newcastle Theatre Royal for £15 each.

Where else in the UK is Bugsy Malone tour performing?

  • 27 July - 14 August - Rep, Birmingham
  • 16 August - 21 August - Theatre Royal, Newcastle
  • 23 August - 28 August - Mayflower Theatre, Southampton
  • 30 August - 4 September - Grand Theatre, Leeds
  • 6 September - 11 September - Theatre Royal, Glasgow
  • 13 September - 18 September - Belgrade Theatre, Coventry
  • 20 September - 24 September - Playhouse, Oxford
  • 27 September - 1 October - Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield
  • 4 October - 9 October - Curve, Leicester
  • 11 October - 15 October - Theatre, Milton Keynes
  • 18 October - 22 October - Theatre Royal, Plymouth
  • 25 October - 29 October - New Theatre, Hull
  • 1 November - 6 November - Theatre Royal, Nottingham
  • 8 November - 12 November - Opera House, Manchester
  • 15 November - 20 November - Playhouse, Edinburgh
  • 17 January - 21 January - Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff
  • 24 January - 29 January - Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury
  • 6 February - 11 February - Empire, Liverpool

What is the Bugsy Malone movie about?

The 1976 gangster musical comedy movie Bugsy Malone was written and directed by Alan Parker.

It was a joint US-UK production with major roles played by Jodie Foster, Scott Baio, and John Cassisi and the ensemble cast is made up entirely of children playing adult roles.

The movie chronicles the ascent of "Bugsy Malone" and the struggle for dominance between "Fat Sam" and "Dandy Dan."

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It is a parody of a gangster film set in New York City that uses machine guns that shoot whipped cream instead of bullets.

The plot of the movie is loosely based on what happened in New York and Chicago during the Prohibition era, particularly the crimes committed by real-life gangsters like Al Capone and Bugs Moran.

This revival of the production, which premiered at Theatre Royal Bath previously, will include many popular songs from the original film, including My Name is Tallulah, You Give a Little Love, and everyone’s favourite, Fat Sam’s Grand Slam.

Bugsy Malone UK tour cast

Three young actors will play the leading roles in rotation. Shaun Sharma, Gabriel Payne, and Amar Blackman will portray Bugsy Malone, Blousey Brown will be portrayed by Mia Lakha, Delilah, Bennett-Cardy, and Avive Williams, and Fat Sam will be portrayed by Albie Snelson, Isham Sankoh, and Charlie Burns.

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As Tallulah, additional cast members include Taziva-Faye Katsande, Jasmine Sakyiama, and Fayth Ifil, and as Fizzy, Aidan Oti, Jamie Northey-Dennis, and an unnamed performer. Cherry Mitra, Kayla-Mai Alvarez, and Ava Hope Smith will portray Lena/Babyface, while Rayhaan Kufuor-Gray, Kit Cranston, and Desmond Cole will portray Dandy Dan.

The production is directed by Sean Holmes, choreographed by Drew McOnie and designed by Jon Bausor, along with Phil Bateman as its musical supervisor and arranger.

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