Tonight’s the Night, the smash hit West End musical comedy inspired by the songs of Rod is the all-singing, all-dancing feel good show which went on to play sold-out theatres across the UK. Tonight’s The Night is back and now is your chance to rediscover the magic of timeless classic songs, from Maggie May to Baby Jane and Hot Legs to Sailing plus many more!... Read more >>
Running time: 2h 25m
Phil McIntyre Entertainments, Arnold Stiefel and Ambassador Theatre Group present;
Tonight’s the Night - the Rod Stewart Musical
Written by Ben Elton
Rod Stewart is quite simply one of the best selling recording artists of all time. In a career spanning five decades he’s as popular now as ever with his acclaimed new album Time topping the UK charts, a sell-out Arena Tour in 2013 and last year’s No.1 Bestseller Rod - An Autobiography.
Tonight’s the Night, the smash hit West End musical comedy inspired by the songs of Rod is the all-singing, all-dancing feel good show which went on to play sold-out theatres across the UK. Tonight’s The Night is back and now is your chance to rediscover the magic of timeless classic songs, from Maggie May to Baby Jane and Hot Legs to Sailing plus many more!
Set on the mean streets of Detroit and in the glamorous clubs of uptown LA, Tonight’s the Night tells the story of a shy young man, so tongue tied that he cannot find the courage to declare his love to the girl of his dreams. How different he is to his hero, that legendary rock n’ roll vagabond Rod Stewart - now there’s a guy who never had any trouble hitting on a girl! One night our hero strikes a deal with the Devil, trading his soul for Rod’s. It seems like a good idea at the time but this guy is about to find out the hard way that you can’t find true love using another man’s moves and that devil or no devil, there’s only one Rod Stewart!
Written by multi award-winning writer and comedian Ben Elton (We Will Rock You) this sensational musical comedy features spectacular staging, a world class band and dazzling choreography.
Directed by Cjay Ranger. Choreographed by Denise Ranger.
‘Let us praise the Rod Almighty, as Tonight’s The Night is THE night out!’
‘Miss it at your peril’
Mail on Sunday
‘The biggest smash hit in years. It picks you up from the opening number and never lets you go until you leave the theatre beaming. It rocks!’
‘Did I think it was sexy? You bet!’
'Top show. Top songs. Top bloke. Rod still rocks!
There are no booking fees for this production.
However, all bookings made through ATG Tickets for this venue are subject to a £2.85 Transaction fee.
All Super Seats include choice of nibble box, welcome drink and programme or theatre gift.
Upcoming BSL performances
Presented by TheatreSign and Northern Sign
Disney Presents the Lion King
Tue 14 Oct, 7.30pm
Thurs 18 Dec, 7.30pm
Tues 10 Feb, 7.30pm
Thurs 23 April, 7.30pm
Upcoming Captioned performances
Presented by Stage Text
Disney Presents The Lion King
Thu 2 Oct, 7.30pm
One Man Two Guvnors
Thu 22 Jan 2015, 7.30pm
Upcoming Audio Described performances
Presented by Vocaleyes
Disney Presents The Lion King
Thu 23 Oct, 7.30pm
Presented by Mind’s Eye
Mon 20 April, 7.30pm
Touch tour prior to the performance. Please call the access line for further information.
Upcoming Relaxed performance
Fri 2 Jan, 2.00pm
A relaxed performance is catered specifically for families and people with autism or learning disabilities. To book for this performance or find out more information, please call the Box Office Priority Line on: 0191 5661045
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There are eight spaces in the stalls where wheelchair users can remain in their wheelchairs. Access is on the flat via a lift. Alternatively patrons may wish to transfer to a fixed seat, with vacated wheelchairs stored in the nearest bar area. Please note that patrons must be able to vacate the building quickly in case of evacuation. If you are unsure of the best option for you, please discuss this with our box office staff when booking.
Please note that the Upper Circle and Gallery are not accessible by lift and are therefore unsuitable for those with limited mobility.
Open captioned and audio described performances are sometimes scheduled. To be kept up to date, please email email@example.com. For all performances, there is a Sennheiser infrared system available in all areas of the auditorium. This can be used with or without a hearing aid. When you arrive at the theatre, please speak to a member of our Front of House team who will give you the equipment and show you how to use it. Please note there is a fully refundable £10 deposit for the loan of the equipment.
Guide, hearing and other working dogs are welcome in all parts of the theatre
Accessible toilets are located at the Stalls and Dress Circle levels and in the stalls bar as you enter the theatre.
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Book online: Use the links below
Telephone Booking: 0844 871 3022
Customer Service: 0844 871 7627
Groups Bookings: 0844 871 3042
Access Bookings: 0191 5661045
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Come and see behind the scenes of the north-east’s biggest theatre! Tours are now available on a monthly basis, details of those on sale now are below. Each tour will include full auditorium, backstage and onstage access – a real chance to see the sets and staging of big productions up close! Following the tour we will retire to our beautiful dress circle bar for complimentary tea/coffee (mulled wine in December). We look forward to showing you around this stunning Edwardian theatre.
(Tours last approximately 1 hour 15 minutes)
£6 per person
Groups 10+ £5 per person (If you would like to book a private tour for your group, please contact our Creative Learning Manager on 0191 5661056)
To book a place please pop into our box office or call us on our priority booking line, 0191 5661045.
We regret that due to the large number of stairs, tours are not suitable for wheelchair users or those with walking difficulties.
Mouse Trap - Fri 18 Oct, 5pm
Carnaby Street - Fri 15 Nov, 5pm
Ghost - Friday 29 Nov, 5pm
Book online: Using the links below
Telephone Booking: 0844 871 3022
Groups Bookings (10+): 0844 871 3042
Access Bookings: 0191 566 1045
In person at the Box Office: Monday – Saturday 10pm – 6pm, or 15 minutes after curtain up on performance days (normally 7.45pm). Sunday and bank holidays the Box Office is open 1 hour prior to performance time.