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January

The Elves and the Shoemaker
Until Sunday, January 27, 2019

Washington Theatre Group present their annual pantomime, which is sure to keep the January blues at bay. Leo, a very naughty Elf prince who has been using magic for fun, has been sent to the land of men to learn to be kind. But when he gets there, he finds a pushy prince bullying a poor shoemaker and his beautiful daughter Kate. Now it’s up to Leo and his elfish friends to save the day – and magic up some fabulous shoes in the process.

The Snow Queen
Until Sunday, January 20, 2019

Berwick’s resident, Noda Award-winning dramatic society, Spittal Variety Group, look set to out-do themselves early in the new year. Sweeping through the snowy streets, the evil Snow Queen is a figure of myth and legend – until she spirits away young Gerda’s best friend to her palace of ice. Gerda has but one choice: as soon as the spring thaw arrives, she embarks upon her quest to save her friend, journeying through every season and encountering a host of colourful characters along the way.

Singin' In The Rain
Until Saturday, January 19, 2019

Adapted from the beloved film (hailed the ‘Greatest Movie Musical of All Time’) Singin in the Rain has everything you could want from a musical: singing, dancing, romance, comedy, and even onstage rain. Featuring iconic songs like Make ‘Em Laugh, Good Mornin’ and, of course, Singin’ in the Rain itself, this spellbinding show is sure to put a smile on your face and a rhythm in your heart.

Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Until Sunday, January 20, 2019

Packed full of hilarious comedy routines, dazzling special effects, and the most exciting circus acts in town, join Danny Adams, Clive Webb and Chris Hayward as they try to save their Big Top from disaster. With magic, music, mayhem and plenty of porridge, it might just take three amazing bears to join the circus and save the day…

The Rocky Horror Show
Monday, January 28, 2019 - Saturday, February 2, 2019

Richard O’Brien’s legendary rock ‘n’ roll musical returns to the UK as part of a sell-out worldwide tour, having now been seen by over 30 million theatregoers. Featuring timeless classics – including Damn it Janet and (of course) the pelvic-thrusting Time Warp – The Rocky Horror Show is sure to take audiences on a thrilling adventure you’ll never forget.

The Shy Manifesto
Tuesday, January 29, 2019 - Wednesday, January 30, 2019

The Shy Manifesto is bittersweet comedy drama about a boy who is fed up of being told to come out of his shell. 17-year-old Callum is proud to be shy and he thinks you should be too – because, quite frankly, what this noisy, crazy world needs is a bit more self-restraint. Features Theo Ancient, who starred as Albus Potter in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, this affable drama is sure to get you seeing things in a whole new light.

February

The Chicago Blues Brothers
Friday, February 8, 2019

This award-winning spectacular is Europe’s biggest and best-loved production of the Blues Brothers – a high-octane, adrenaline-pumping musical mash-up, which has jump-started the legacy of Jake and Elwood for a new generation with its modern twist on the cult classic and an energy and spirit impossible to resist.

Dr Dolittle
Tuesday, February 12, 2019 - Saturday, February 23, 2019

Join the eccentric Doctor Dolittle – played by acting wizard Mark Williams (of Harry Potter fame) – his human companions and his exotic menagerie of animal friends on an extraordinary adventure to find the Giant Pink Sea Snail: an animal that holds the secret of life and generally makes the world a happier place. An vivacious musical adventure featuring stunning visual puppetry, all your favourite songs and fun for all the family.

The Tin Foil Astronaut
Saturday, February 16, 2019

On your marks, get set… Blast off! Make sure you catch this (inter)stellar family production this February, telling the thrilling tale of the highly anticipated Space Race – the race to put the first human on the moon. But resident astronaut Alba isn’t quite like the others in the running: she’s hoping to fuel her handmade rocket with crisps, for a start.

Seaton Delaval Arts Centre
Hobson's Choice
Monday, February 18, 2019 - Saturday, February 23, 2019

The youngest daughters of curmudgeonly boot maker Hobson are anxious to marry and have eligible suitors who must wait until eldest daughter, the practical-minded Maggie, is engaged. Maggie, however, has other ideas – ideas which include freedom from her father’s tyranny, a business and a husband of her own choosing: her father’s shy apprentice, Will Mossop.

The Royalty Theatre, Sunderland
Rain Man
Monday, February 18, 2019 - Saturday, February 23, 2019

Based on the Oscar-winning film, which famously starred Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman, Rain Man is the inaugural production from the Classic Screen to Stage Theatre Company – starring former Hollyoaks and Corrie star Chris Fountain and Paul Nicholls (of Eastenders fame) as his long-lost older brother, Raymond, as they embark on an unforgettable trip across America.

Darlington Hippodrome
Grandad's Island
Thursday, February 21, 2019 - Saturday, February 23, 2019

Adapted from Benji Davies’s award-winning book, which sensitively covers themes of love and loss, this heartwarming production, filled with songs, laughter and magic, is sure to have even the biggest of kids glued to their seats. Syd’s favourite person in the whole wide world is Grandad, and Grandad’s favourite person is Syd. Together, the intrepid duo embark on all sorts of adventures – and they’re inviting you along for the ride.

Theatre Hullabaloo, Darlington
Run For Your Wife
Monday, February 25, 2019 - Saturday, March 2, 2019

Seemingly-ordinary taxi driver John Smith has a secret – a secret which he has managed to keep under wraps within an extremely organised life. But all that changes when he is suddenly injured after trying to prevent a mugging, and all too soon his life becomes hilariously complicated as he desperately tries to keep the truth from his family (and the police) in this comedically chaotic production.

Tynemouth Priory Theatre
Crimes On The Nile
Tuesday, February 26, 2019 - Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Following 2018’s sell-out smash hit Crimes Under the Sun, multi-award winning theatre company, New Old Friends, return to the Gala Theatre with another hilariously inventive comedy thriller. Belgian detective Artemis Arinae is enjoying a cruise along the Nile when tragedy strikes. With everyone a suspect – and a cast of just four performing multiple roles – is there anyone he (or we) can really trust?

Wonderland
Wednesday, February 27, 2019 - Saturday, March 9, 2019

After rave reviews from critics and audiences alike, the UK Theatre Award-nominated stage sensation Wonderland is set for a foray up north. Telling the gripping story of the events leading up to the miner’s strike, you’re sure to be moved to both tears and laughter at this masterwork of gritty dialogue, spellbinding songs and larger-than-life characters.

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