What's On This Week
Set over 4,000 years ago – as the stones of Duddo are being painstakingly assembled – this local production tells the story of the ancient people of Milfield Plain, who struggle with strikingly modern dilemmas in a clash with a rival clan. But who cast the first stone?
Nine-time Grammy Award winner Sheryl Crow is an icon. Her albums have sold over 35 million copies worldwide and she has had more number one singles than any other female artist. She’s guaranteed to have you out of your seat and singing along to all the classics in this special performance at the Sage – all she wants to do is have some fun.
Direct from the West End, this show-stopping spectacular celebrates 250 years since the ‘invention’ of the circus – combining contemporary cirque-style artistry with adrenaline-fuelled stunt action, guaranteed to have audiences on the edge of their seats.
Tom Allen has honed his unique style of acerbic wit and storytelling by performing to audiences all over the world. A regular on shows like 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown and Live at the Apollo, his is a stand up show that’s sure to make you smile.
This group play all the reeds, flutes, trombone, violin, melodica, percussion and even the musical saw. But it’s not just about the variety of instruments here – they are just the means to a musical end which, far from creating vaudevillian excess, is among the most entertaining found anywhere on the UK jazz scene.
Also part of the Great Exhibition of the North, this exibition is intent on showing visitors the heart and soul of our revolutionary region – featuring over 200 fascinating items on loan from the UK's leading collections, including: astronaut Helen Sharman's space suit, a rare miniature book by Charlotte Brontë, and the last piano ever played by John Lennon.
Inspired by the Oscar-winning MGM film, this is the story of love in the City of Light – with a score that includes some of George and Ira Gershwin’s finest compositions (including I Got Rhythm). Setting records for the number of five-star reviews it received, this West End production will be screened live at the The Witham for one night only.
A picture may paint a thousand words, but that’s not enough for Geordie artist and writer Michael Dean – he wants to sculpt them, too. Here Michael transforms his own writing into sculptural installations that explore language, intimacy and the politics of being in the world.
Take to the Dales for this 30-mile challenge walk from Wolsingham Masonic Hall to Middleton, Teesdale, through the beautifully verdant Hamsterley Forest (or, if you fancy a slightly shorter trek, opt for the 14-mile option). There’s a slap-up meal at the finish line for every intrepid explorer who makes it.
The Anarchist Cook returns – although this time he’s banned from the kitchen and, instead, has to cook up a storm from the garden shed. Using the most unconventional of methods, George creates an evening of inspiring and bizarre stand-up, live cooking and comedy lecture.
This award-winning celebration of the best in contemporary craft and design is a unique opportunity to buy and commission covetable work by over 50 artists and designer makers working in ceramics, glass, textiles, jewellery, furniture, lighting and print.
A real tour de force of feral garage-punk, Avalanche Party have already been hotly tipped for success by many in the industry. Don’t miss this cracking opportunity to catch these rockers at the Georgian Theatre, before they truly hit the big time.
Lions of Zululand are a group of incredibly talented singers and dancers from some of the poorest regions in South Africa, who travel the world to entertain and promote Zulu culture. They’ll be dropping into the Customs House as part of their 15th UK tour.
Geordie comic Lee Kyle was in an all-male Spice Girls tribute act, then spent a decade as a professional wrestler, before trying his hand at stand up. He insists throughout this show that he isn’t famous – but judging by the quality of his comedy, it’s only a matter of time before he is.
Award-winning comedian and writer Jenny Eclair has welcomed the return of original cast member (and Olivier Award nominee) Dillie Keane. The pair have also recruited comedian Lizzie Roper for a reinvention of the ‘full fat’ comedy show.