ARC, Stockton, 7pm
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.
THE LAMBTON WORM
Tyne Theatre & Opera House
0844 2491 000
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
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
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
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
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.
The Stand, Newcastle, 8.30pm
0191 300 9700
The Edinburgh Comedy Award’s best newcomer and Dave’s funniest joke of the Fringe winner returns with her brand new show, Mustard Cutter.
Gala, Durham, 7.30pm
0300 026 6600
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.
Newcastle City Hall, 8pm
0191 277 8030
The comedian offers a range of new material ahead of the next series of his popular BBC show.
EVENTS & SPORT
Darlington Civic Theatre, 7.30pm
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.
0300 026 6600
The celebrated TV presenter and historian comes to Durham to talk about about monarchy and the British constitution.
Venues across Cullercoats
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.
Northumberland National Park, Hexham
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
JULIAN LLOYD WEBBER
Customs House, South Shields, 7.45pm
0191 454 1234
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.
Phoenix Theatre, Blyth, 8pm
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.