What's On - Theatre
HG Wells’ apocalyptic sci-fi classic is relocated to the North East in this new adaptation by Laura Lindow – and is also put into the present day, making it all the more alarming for audience members.
Take a trip up the beanstalk with the slightly incompetent Jack in this classic pantomime. You’ll be cheering and booing and rooting for the hapless Jack as he tries to win Jill’s hand in marriage.
This new musical is back on tour after a sell-out run in 2017. It tells the tale of a family destroyed by poverty and crime, rebuilding a new life in Australia. With music from Paul Sartin of Bellowhead and Faustus, this is as much a feast for the ears as the eyes.
Pairing up with Nick Lloyd Webber, BAFTA award-winning writer Kay Mellor has adapted her hit TV series Fat Friends into a musical, 17 years after it was first on our screens. This universal story about weight was loved by many back in 2000, and we're sure that the stage show, featuring Jodie Prenger, Sam Bailey and Freddie Flintoff will be just as popular.
Travel to a kingdom far far away in this hilarious all-singing all-dancing musical of the much-loved Oscar-winning film. Green ogre Shrek is a role model for all unlikely heroes everywhere.
The Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Hamlet doesn’t arrive in the North East until February 2018, but you’ll need to book your tickets now. Rising star Paapa Essiedu plays the title role in the classic Shakespearean tragedy.
Sting’s musical, The Last Ship, takes the shipbuilding industry in Wallsend as its subject, following the life of Gideon Fletcher, a sailor who returns home after spending half his life at sea. The personal and political show is coming home to the North East in March, featuring original music by The Police frontman, and local icon Jimmy Nail in the role of foreman Jackie White.
Featuring the music of Take That, The Band tells the tale of five 16 year-old girls who grew up surrounded by the culture of loving a boyband in the nineties, and embark on the mission of meeting their heroes 25 years on. Five to Five, the winning band from BBC talent show, Let It Shine, have starring roles.