BEAR AND BUTTERFLY
The Hullabaloo, Darlington
The opening show of Theatre Hullabaloo’s new venue, this charming story is a great way to get the little ones into theatre. Bear likes his peace and quiet, but when this is disturbed by a munching caterpillar, he soon discovers the joys and tribulations of friendship.
City Hall, Newcastle
Ruminating on the difficulties (and madness) of parenthood, Russell Brand brings his distinct brand of comedy to the North East on his latest tour. And the good news for fans is that he is here for two nights – tickets for all.
THE WIZARD OF OZ
Queen’s Hall, Hexham
This brand new take on the family classic will bring Oz to life like you’ve never seen it before. Join Scarecrow, Lion, Tin Man and Dorothy as they follow the yellow brick road and meet a few interesting characters on the way.
14–15, 21–22 DECEMBER
CHRISTMAS EVENINGS AT BEAMISH
0191 370 4000
The Edwardian town and pit village takes on a particularly festive spirit at this time of the year, with the chance to take a turn on the ice rink, to experience Georgian Twelfth Night celebrations at Pockerley Old Hall, and to have your fill of roasted chestnuts. Bliss.
Playhouse Whitley Bay
0844 248 1588
Complaining is the name of the game for North East comedy legend Gavin Webster, but he always manages to match his anger with charm and a big old dollop of comedy. Follow him on his surreal flights of fancy and escape the safe national comedy circuit.