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Magna Carta - Joseph Turp
The 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta, the Lambton Worm and a seaside festival

THEATRE

4-6 JUNE
JUST CHECKING
ARC, Stockton, 7pm
01642 525199
www.arconline.co.uk
This new play by Vivid Theatre examines and challenges what it means to have an obsessive-compulsive disorder and is based on interviews with a wide range of people from sufferers to academics to politicians.

5-7 JUNE
THE LAMBTON WORM
Tyne Theatre & Opera House
0844 2491 000
www.tynetheatreandoperahouse.uk
This year the Tyne Theatre will stage its first ever summer pantomime. Based on the legend of the Lambton Worm, the show will follow a local lad as he battles to overcome a vengeful worm that has been terrorising North East villages.

ART & EXHIBITIONS

1 JUNE–31 AUGUST 
MAGNA CARTA AND THE CHANGING FACE OF REVOLT
Palace Green Library, Durham 
0191 334 2932 
www.dur.ac.uk 
Marking the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, this special exhibition will feature the only surviving 1216 issue of the ‘Great Charter.’
Read our interview about the event here (link to http://www.livingnorth.com/northeast/people-places/800-years-magna-carta)

UNTIL 6 JUNE
ART LENDING LIBRARY
City Library and Arts Centre, Sunderland
0191 561 1235
www.artlendinglibrary.org.uk
Based on the premise of a public lending library, the art lending library will allow members of the public to select a piece of art to be delivered and installed in a place of their choosing. The project will feature paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures, videos and performance.

UNTIL 7 JUNE
CONSCIENCE AND CONFLICT: BRITISH ARTISTS AND THE SPANISH CIVIL WAR
The Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle
0191 232 7734
www.twmuseums.org.uk 
An exhibition looking at the relationship between art and the Spanish Civil War, featuring works by Henry Moore and Edward Burra, as well as Picasso’s famous Weeping Woman. While you’re there, don’t miss Modern Masters, a small exhibition of prints for sale by modern masters including Picasso and Miro, brought to the Laing from the Balman Gallery in Corbridge and showing until 31st May.

UNTIL 30 JUNE
SHELLS TO SHIELDS
Great North Museum: Hancock, Newcastle
0191 208 6765
www.twmuseums.org.uk
Students from Newcastle University have teamed up with the Great North Museum: Hancock to create an exhibition and learning resource for children about the relationship between the defence systems of the natural world and the way we protect ourselves from harm.

COMEDY

1 JUNE
ZOE LYONS
The Stand, Newcastle, 8.30pm
0191 300 9700
www.thestand.co.uk
The Edinburgh Comedy Award’s best newcomer and Dave’s funniest joke of the Fringe winner returns with her brand new show, Mustard Cutter.

4 JUNE
LEE NELSON
Gala, Durham, 7.30pm
0300 026 6600
www.galadurham.co.uk
Lee is back with his brand new show, Suited and Booted. Come and experience the world through Lee’s eyes as he takes on big issues such as family, fatherhood and politics.

4-5 JUNE
STEWART LEE
Newcastle City Hall, 8pm
0191 277 8030
www.newcastlecityhall.org
The comedian offers a range of new material ahead of the next series of his popular BBC show.

EVENTS & SPORT

3 JUNE
SIMON YATES
Darlington Civic Theatre, 7.30pm
01325 486555
www.darlingtoncivic.co.uk
In June 1985 mountaineer Simon Yates found himself dangling from a remote mountain in Peru. His heroic efforts on that day not only saved his life but also that of his injured partner Joe Simpson. Come along to this fantastic event to hear more about Simon’s adventures from then onwards.

5 JUNE
DAVID STARKEY
Gala, Durham
0300 026 6600
www.galadurham.co.uk
The celebrated TV presenter and historian comes to Durham to talk about about monarchy and the British constitution.

4-7 JUNE
ECLECTIC IRON
Venues across Cullercoats
www.ironpress.co.uk
Eclectic IRON is, by its own admission, a seaside festival of words, music and oddities. With a host of world-class authors, some of the region’s finest musicians, a play entitled Fracking in Cullercoats and a special festival beer there is plenty to keep you busy as you while away the hours on the stunning North East coast.

6 JUNE
TORTURE TRAILS
Northumberland National Park, Hexham
www.torturetrails.co.uk
This 10k trail and obstacle run is extreme. Climb through tunnels, wrestle under netting and stomp through thick mud. Hard work? Yes, but it all takes place on a purpose-built course in the beautiful Northumberland National Park so it should be worth the effort.

MUSIC & DANCE

5 JUNE
JULIAN LLOYD WEBBER
Customs House, South Shields, 7.45pm
0191 454 1234
www.customshouse.co.uk
In this superb new show Julian Lloyd Webber will take us on a historical and musical journey through his life and career. An inspiration to millions come along to hear his legendary sound and enjoy his celebrity stories.

6–7 JUNE
BLAKE
Phoenix Theatre, Blyth, 8pm
01670 367228
www.thephoenixtheatre.org.uk
Brit Award-winning group Blake return to Blyth to perform from their latest album, In Harmony. Come along to hear their signature blend of classical, pop and West End anthems.

Published in: May 2015

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