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Vampires Rock Ghost Train at Hull New Theatre
Night of mischief and mayhem at venue on Saturday, January 13 2018

The Vampires Rock Ghost Train rides into Hull New Theatre in January next year.
The creative force behind the shows, Steve Steinman, has ramped up the vamp for this spectacular sequel to the phenomenally successful Vampires Rock.

Steinman has delighted fans with a series of live shows since his success on TV’s Stars in Their Eyes more than two decades ago as Meat Loaf.
He and his crew have returned to stages across the country night after night and delivered exhilarating performances that are packed with energy, fabulous dance routines, spectacular special effects and amazing music that has everyone up on their feet.

As well as Vampires Rock and Vampires Rock Ghost Train, Steve’s hit shows include The Meat Loaf Story, Bat Symphony and Iconic: The Show.
Throwing just the right amount of fun and humour into his scripts ensures that Steinman always has the audience up on their feet and roaring with laughter.

This rock-tastic and hilarious musical concert lives up to its rocking reputation with a tongue-in-cheek story, spellbinding cast, guitar gods and sexy vampettes taking you on a ride through some of the greatest classic rock anthems ever.
Including tracks from Queen, AC/DC, Meat Loaf, Journey, Bon Jovi, Guns n Roses and many more. Prepare for a night of mischief and mayhem on the Vampires Rock Ghost Train.

Tickets for Vampires Rock Ghost Train on Saturday, January 13 2018 are from £25.50. They go on sale at 10am on Friday, May 12.

Book at the Hull City Hall box office or call 01482 300 306. Visit our new website www.hulltheatres.co.uk to book online or use this link .


The Royal Shakespeare Company bring Hamlet to Hull New Theatre
Acclaimed production starring Paapa Essiedu at venue in February 2018

The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) will bring its acclaimed production of Hamlet, originally seen in Stratford-upon-Avon in 2016, to Hull New Theatre in February next year.

Directed by Simon Godwin, the production will see RSC Associate Artist Paapa Essiedu reprise his award-winning performance in the title role as one of Shakespeare’s most famous tragic heroes.
RSC Executive Director, Catherine Mallyon, said: “I am so pleased that we will be visiting Hull New Theatre in February 2018, soon after the theatre’s exciting refurbishment. 

“We had a wonderful time working with Hull Truck and Hull UK City of Culture 2017 on The Hypocrite, which enjoyed successful runs in both Hull and Stratford-upon-Avon. 

“I can’t wait to share the experience of our fantastic production of Hamlet with audiences at the New Theatre.”
Janice Wincott, Theatres and Halls Manager, Hull Culture and Leisure, welcomed the return of the world famous company, which last performed at Hull New Theatre in 2013.

She said: “We are delighted to welcome the acclaimed Royal Shakespeare Company to Hull New Theatre with their national tour of Hamlet in February next year.

“Hull New Theatre is one of only five venues outside of London to receive this tour and it offers a fantastic opportunity for audiences to experience first class drama locally.

“Following the theatre’s major refurbishment, hosting this production continues to highlight Hull New Theatre as a world class venue and builds on the success of Hull’s UK City of Culture year and the city’s ambition to continue to expand Hull’s cultural provision.”
Paapa Essiedu won Best Performance in a Play at the UK Theatre Awards in 2016 for his role as Hamlet. 
Paapa’s other RSC credits include Edmund in King Lear, Fenton in The Merry Wives of Windsor and The Mouse and his Child.  Additional theatre credits include King Lear (National Theatre) and Romeo and Juliet (Tobacco Factory). 
He played Demetrius in Russell T Davies’s adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream for BBC1 (2016).
Further casting for Hamlet to be announced.
Simon Godwin’s work as a director includes The Two Gentlemen of Verona (RSC), Richard II (Shakespeare’s Globe), Twelfth Night, Man and Superman, The Beaux’ Strategem and Strange Interlude (National Theatre).
He is Associate Director of the Royal Court Theatre and was Associate Director at Northampton Royal & Derngate between 2001-04.
Simon said: “I’m delighted that Hamlet will be touring in 2018.  Paapa Essiedu is British with Ghanaian heritage.
“When Paapa and I talked about the production, I realised how radical it might be to see Denmark through the lens of a completely different culture, a culture that Paapa himself had experienced. 
“I began to imagine a Denmark re-conceived as a modern state influenced by the ritual, traditions and beauty of west Africa.  So our setting is full of the colour, emotional intensity and passion associated with that part of the world. 
“As Hamlet, Paapa is intelligent, youthful and charismatic, with a contemporary wit.  But Paapa’s portrayal is also mercurial with an element of danger. 
“Part ghost story, part family tragedy, part dark comedy, Hamlet is an urgent and gripping thriller.  I can’t wait to see how audiences respond to it around the country.”
Hamlet is designed by Paul Wills with lighting by Paul Anderson. Music for the production is composed by Jamiroquai percussionist Sola Akingbola. Sound is by Christopher Shutt. Movement by Mbulelo Ndabeni. Fights by Kev McCurdy.
Hamlet will be performed at Hull New Theatre from February 13 to February 17, 2018.
The performance on Wednesday, February 14 will be a captioned performance. The performance on Friday, February 16 will be a signed performance.
Tickets are from £15 with concessions available. They go on sale at 10am on Friday, May 12.
Extras members receive a £10 discount on the top three ticket prices, including premium seats, on the opening night and a £4 discount on the top three ticket prices, including premium seats,  on Wednesday to Thursday shows.
Extras members also receive 24-hour priority booking which opens at 10am on Thursday, May 11.
Book at the Hull City Hall box office or call 01482 300 306. Visit our new website www.hulltheatres.co.uk to book online.
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