Queens Hall, Hexham
This classic Noel Coward play portrays the battle of the sexes in the south of France at the turn of the 1930s. Though it was only written in three days, it has taken on a life of its own, still leaving audiences in raptures all these years on.
The Maltings, Berwick
Stand-up comic, poet and improviser Phill Jupitus may be better known nowadays for his role as a team captain on Never Mind the Buzzcocks for 19 years, but his acerbic quick wit translates brilliantly to the stage.
City Hall, Newcastle
0844 811 2121
Sharleen Spiteri and Johnny McElhone hit the big time in the 1990s with their laid back, easy listening music. You can Say What You Want about it, but it still manages to intrigue and enthrall listeners today – so see them live.
THE JAR FAMILY
Arts Centre Washington
0191 561 3455
Hartlepool-based musicians The Jar Family describe themselves as the outcome of a wrestling match between a Steampunk-inspired Bob Dylan and The Pogues, accompanied by Bez wearing a top hat. If you’re not able to picture exactly what the five musicians will sound like from that, you’ll have to hear them yourself.
NEWCASTLE UNITED V LIVERPOOL
St James Park, Newcastle
0844 372 1892
Newcastle are back in the Premier League and will be wanting to take on title contenders like Liverpool this season. This early fixture will be a major test for the toon as to whether they can be competitive in the upper half of the table.