What's On - Theatre
Ladies and gentlemen, behold Trolley Boy! Riding these broken streets in his zooming Asda trolley, the brave and fearless Trolley Boy (aka 14 year-old self-made superhero Colin) brings hope to the hopeless, help to the helpless and safety to the… not very safe.
The greatest musical era of the 20th century comes alive in this nostalgic journey back to the sights and sounds of the swinging 60s – when hemlines were getting shorter and hair was getting longer. Sing and dance along to hits from the likes of The Beatles, Gerry & The Pacemakers, The Rolling Stones and Dusty Springfield in this musical powerhouse of a show.
This play tells the story of Neville Vaughan, who was once a respected physic, but a fall from grace has reduced him to backstreet gigs. He owes the taxman thousands, his ex-wife is taking him to the cleaners and then there’s that whole saga with the Puerto Rican bell boy… Expect laughs.
If you never thought you’d hear the words ‘Shakespeare’ and ‘cycling’ in the same sentence, think again – this troupe of actors travel around on bikes, carrying the set, props and costumes with them, to perform ‘sustainable Shakespeare’ plays across the globe. Catch the all-male half of the troupe taking on the classic love triangle at Raby Castle this summer.
Back in Shakespeare’s day, a small group of actors (juggling a variety of roles from their extensive repertoires) would occasionally leave London and tour the country. Keeping this tradition alive for the first time, eight actors depart from Shakespeare’s Globe in London for Alnwick in August with a choice of three plays: The Merchant of Venice, The Taming of the Shrew and Twelfth Night.
The musical that had the whole town talking when it had its world premiere back in 2014 makes a welcome return to The Maltings to commemorate the centenary of the ending of The First World War this year. Don’t miss this moving and uplifting love story about the heroes who protect us all over the world, and the heroes we meet every day.
The iconic TV drama (the first of its kind to be set in the North East) comes home for its stage debut to celebrate the centenary of the ending of the First World War – with a gritty exploration of the struggles of life during the inter-war years in the mythical Tyneside town of Gallowshield.
The all-female half of the Handlebards troupe will also be cycling round the region this summer – stepping out of the pedals and into the shoes of the Montagues and Capulets to tackle Romeo and Juliet. Catch them at the iconic Bamburgh Castle for an unforgettable performance.
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.
Using a kaleidoscopic time structure, Charlotte Keatley’s story focuses on four generations of one family as they confront the most significant moments of each of their lives, while living through the immense social changes of the 20th century. Poignant and bittersweet, this is a story about love, jealousy and the price of freedom.
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.