Durham Oriental Museum, Until 14th February: A series of activities to celebrate the Chinese New Year, culminating in a magical late opening event on the 14th, when the museum will be lit by Chinese lanterns and play host to crafts, storytelling and a gallery hunt.
0191 334 5694 www.dur.ac.uk
Theatre Royal, Newcastle, from 3rd February: Direct from the West End and Broadway, the international hit musical based on the film features Olivier and Tony award-winning costumes, disco anthems and Jason Donovan in the role of Tick.
0844 811 2121 www.theatreroyal.co.uk
Middlesbrough Theatre, 13th February 7.30pm: The Victorians were responsible for some of fiction's most enduring gothic and ghostly tales, but it is often the work of Poe, James and Dickens we remember today. Starring Rebecca Vaughan and directed by Olivier Award winner Guy Masterson, Female Gothic re-examines the work of the era's great female writers.
01642 815181 www.middlesbroughtheatre.co.uk
Chesters Roman Fort, Northumberland 15th - 23rd February: Entertain the kids at half-term with a trip to Chester's Roman Fort on Hadrian's Wall. Youngsters can train for the Imperial Army and participate in a range of fun and educational activities.
01434 681379 www.english-heritage.org.uk
ARC, Stockton, 18th February, 8pm: Dr Helen Parker from York University will discuss metals and the environment. Few of us could live without our mobile phone, but how can we be greener when sourcing the metals to make them? And can metals really grow on trees? All will be explained in this informative talk.
01642 525199 www.arconline.co.uk
Blackfriars, Newcastle, 23rd February 2pm: Considering celebrating the big day in a historic location? Blackfriars gives you the chance to view their romantic medieval banquet hall, and to meet florists, cake designers, photographers and more. Admission is free and refreshments are provided.
0191 261 5945 www.blackfriarsrestaurant.co.uk
27th February: Returning for its 15th year, the Keswick Film Festival is a celebration of all things film in beautiful surroundings, supported by the British Film Institute and Creative England. Guests this year will include Dame Janet Suzman with new film Felix, and Charlie Cattrall with his British Independent Film Award nominated first film Titus.
7th February – 28th March, University Gallery and Baring Wing, Newcastle. The moody, haunting landscape paintings and prints of Norweigen painter, sailor and mountaineer Ørnulf Opdahl are not to be missed at Northumbria University this February. Original prints are available to buy. www.northumbria.ac.uk