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Tuesday, 7 January 2014

@PamRoyleITV steps out in support of the @TheatreRoyalNew

Pam Royle steps out in support of the Theatre Royal

ITV Tyne Tees anchorwoman, Pam Royle is to host a special fundraising event at Newcastle Theatre Royal next week. Pam has been a familiar face in the north for 30 years and is known for giving much of her personal time and support to a number of North East charities, and the Theatre Royal is set to join the list.

Pam Royle will host the event at the Theatre Royal on Monday 13 January alongside local artist Alexander Millar, who has produced a brand new oil painting featuring his infamous ‘gadgie’ in support of the Theatre Royal, the auction of which will begin on the evening.

Alexander Millar is one of the UK's most popular contemporary artists. His paintings, collected by art lovers and celebrities across the globe, are inspired by the working men and women of his childhood, affectionately termed ‘gadgie’. In this new piece, My Way, the ‘gadgie’ takes centre stage and has been proudly produced in support of Newcastle Theatre Royal.

Long-time friend and fan of Alexander Millar’s work, Pam Royle said of her involvement: “I’m delighted to host the evening, which is sure to be a memorable one, Alexander’s story is quite something – having never trained as an artist and now being one of the most popular in the country is quite inspirational. Plus, to be able to help raise money for the Theatre Royal in Newcastle is a great honour for me.”

The silent auction for the My Way oil painting will be launched at the free event taking place at the Theatre Royal on the Monday 13 January. Audiences will hear Millar talking about his journey from the building sites of Glasgow to his acclaimed paintings, exhibitions and celebrity collectors, and he will also be painting live on stage. An original pencil sketch and an original charcoal by Millar will also be auctioned on the night by Mike Walker, auctioneer and husband of Pam Royle, as well as one lucky member of the audience receiving a free signed limited edition print of My Way. There will also be a question and answer session with the audience, giving fans and art newbies alike a rare opportunity to engage with the world renowned artist.

Most importantly, the event will launch the silent auction of the original oil painting My Way. The auction will run for four weeks and will be managed by Castle Fine Art, situated not far from the Theatre Royal, on Grey Street. Washington Green, owners of Castle Fine Art, galleries will donate a percentage of the proceeds raised from the auction to the Newcastle Theatre Royal Trust, as well as a percentage of any sales of the limited edition prints of My Way.

The winner of the silent auction will not only receive the Alexander Miller original painting, but will be supporting a great venue, important to Newcastle, in the process.

Philip Bernays, Chief Executive of the Theatre Royal said Pam Royle’s involvement in the evening made it extra special. “Pam is such a well-loved and well-known personality and we’re thrilled that she’ll be taking us through the evening. We’ve had a fantastic response from the public, with around 70% of our allocated tickets being snapped up in the first two weeks since launch but there are still some seats left for those last minute bookings!”

The Silent Auction Launch with Alexander Millar hosted by Pam Royle takes place on Monday 13 January at 6.30pm running until 7.45pm. The event is free but will be ticketed. Tickets can be reserved via the Theatre Royal Box Office on 08448 11 21 21 or select your own seat and book online at

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