A glittering production of gamblers, gangsters and night-club singers rolls into Newcastle later this month – and you could be there for free.
Richard Fleeshman, from Coronation Street, and Emmerdale’s Maxwell Caulfield lead the cast in Guys and Dolls as Sky Masterson and Nathan Detroit.
They’ll be joined by Louise Dearman, who previously starred in Wicked, as Adelaide, and Anna O’Byrne, from Love Never Dies, as Sarah Brown, when the show plays at Theatre Royal Newcastle from March 22 to April 2, fresh from the West End.
Audiences will be transported to the sizzling sidewalks of New York where they’ll meet Nathan Detroit, who is desperate: he needs money for an illegal dice game, and he needs it fast. Not to mention a 14-year engagement with nightclub singer Miss Adelaide, whose patience is finally running out.
Enter notorious gambler Sky Masterson, a guy who can never turn down a bet, and straight-laced missionary Sarah Brown, a doll with a heart of ice. Nathan’s wager is that Sky has to romance Sarah by taking her to Havana for dinner and in return he’ll provide a dozen ‘sinners’ for Sarah’s mission.
Surely this is one bet Nathan absolutely can’t lose?
A vibrant celebration of Prohibition-era New York, Guys and Dolls first premiered on Broadway in 1950 and captured the optimism and energy of post-World War Two America.
This popular and multi award-winning musical, based on the colourful stories by American journalist Damon Runyon, renowned for his vivid fictional depictions of the gamblers, hustlers and nightclub singers of New York, features some of Broadway’s best-known musical numbers including My Time of Day, Luck be a Lady and the show-stopping Sit Down You’re Rockin’ the Boat.
•Guys and Dolls plays at Newcastle Theatre Royal from Tuesday, March 22 to Saturday, April 2. Tickets are from £17.50 (pay less online) and can be purchased at www.theatreroyal.co.uk or from the Theatre Royal Box Office on 08448 11 21 21 (calls cost 7ppm plus your phone company’s access charge).
•To be in with a chance of winning a pair of tickets to opening night, answer this question: where is Guys and Dolls set?
A) New York
Email your answer and details to Katy.Wheeler@jpress.co.uk. Closing date: March 17.