What's On - Theatre
It’s one of the hottest musicals of the last decade, the winner of more than 100 awards – and it’s coming to the North East. Wicked tells the story of the two witches in The Wizard of Oz and their unlikely friendship in the most powerful way, with songs that’ll needle their way into your memory.
This hilarious and provocative play by Irish novelist, dramatist and screenwriter Roddy Doyle, is set to make its British stage debut at the Live Theatre. A sell-out success across Ireland last year, Two Pints covers everything from dads and death, Nigella to North Korea – all the typical conversations you’d expect to hear from your average pub-going blokes (cum philosophers) bonding over Two Pints and mutual dismay, basically.
In this powerful, deeply moving and poignantly funny play, Stephanie Abrahams (a brilliant concert violinist who seemingly has it all) is forced to re-evaluate her life when she is struck down by an unforeseen tragedy. Faced with a truth too difficult to comprehend, she consults psychiatrist Dr Feldmann – resulting in a duel between two razor-sharp minds.
The first play of the autumn season here is set to be a corker. Richard Everett’s very English comedy centres around Grace – a former clergy wife who has spent a lifetime on her best behaviour. Now, after the death of her beloved husband, and as a new vicar steps into his shoes, she questions whether it has all been worth it.
Based on the extraordinary true story of Yorkshire’s calendar girls, this award-winning production by Gary Barlow and Tim Firth features a star-studded cast (Fern Britton, Denise Welch and Karen Dunbar, to name a few). It’s a marvellous musical comedy – so save the date.
Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, the much-loved Andrew Lloyd Webber production is reimagined by the Beaconsfield Operatic Society for a show bursting with humour, colour and music from a truly show-stopping score.
’Tis the season from spook-tacular shows and this fiendish new play (based on the chilling story by Victorian gothic-horror author Sheridan Le Fanu) is no exception. Aspiring 17th Century painter Godfried seeks an apprenticeship with famous artist Gerard Douw, falling in love with Douw’s niece Rose in the process. But pacts with the devil promise to plant thorns in this budding romance.
Dynamic and critically-acclaimed, this production relocates HG Wells’ iconic novel to the North East in an inventive re-telling of a sci-fi classic. Charting the fortunes of a band of survivors as they battle against the destruction of their planet, this vivid drama promises to thrill Jarrow audiences after enjoyed tremendous success at the Northern Stage.
This dance-led production joyously and heartbreakingly reveals what hides beneath the showmanship of the circus – the desperate attempts and heroic failures, the bruised bodies and egos. Delve behind the flawless smiles and discover all the wobbles, the pain, and the real cost of aiming for perfection.
This monster-ously energetic show (from the creators of Aliens Love Underpants) with original music and full of thrills, spills, magic and mayhem promises to delight the whole family when it sinks its claws into the Playhouse, Whitley Bay this October.
One of TV’s most enduringly-popular comedies comes to the stage this autumn, with all the characters we know and love in tow. For all its pithy witticisms and knockabout humour, Richard Curtis and Ben Elton’s take on the First World War famously treaded a sensitive line between the gallows humour of British soldiers and the tragedy of their sacrifice in the trenches of Flanders. Don’t miss this chance to see it live.
Ventoux is the most fearsome mountain encountered on the Tour de France. It is also the story of Lance Armstrong and Marco Pantani – whose drug-fuelled race there in 2000 was one of the greatest that cycling had ever seen. Don’t miss this compelling production – it’s in Whitehaven for one night only.
Both John Buchan’s 1915 novel and Alfred Hitchcock’s legendary film are wonderfully parodied in this irreverently playful tribute to the whole genre of British thriller fiction. Will tweed-clad action hero Richard Hannay escape from a web of international espionage? Go along and see.