The Best Ways to Spend This Weekend
We might be snow-bound so sledging could be on the agenda, otherwise why not book to see some of the best shows running this weekend, get up on stage yourself, or even try some evening racing
Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap, the world’s longest-running play, is at Grand Opera House York until 11th March. A group of seven strangers find themselves snowed in at a remote countryside guesthouse, but there’s a killing in their midst! Which one is the murderer? This West End production invites you to work our who dunnit.
Don’t miss the unique Victorian magic lantern show at Scarborough Art Gallery tonight at 6.30pm. The show was originally scheduled for last December but icy weather put paid to that. This springtime version will feature seasonal stories and songs and will be hosted by Dr Nick Hiley, a magic lantern collector and enthusiast who will take you on journey using a special selection of slides from his collection.
The Link’s (café, bar and entertainment venue and part of Stockton Globe) next Open Mic Night is this Friday 10th March. You’ll enjoy some of the brightest emerging music and comedy talent from across the North East, but if you’re feeling brave, whether it’s your first time taking to the stage or you’re a professional, you can get involved too.
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Join Leeds-based artist Daisie Jacobs at The Hepworth Wakefield on Saturday 11th March to create unique cyanotype prints from your own photos (developed using UV light and sunlight). Daisie is currently exploring alternative photographic processes and researching waste reduction in photography using fungi, but you can choose any photo you wish for your inspiration.
Go to The Party
You’re invited to the most glamorous party in town but Jay Gatsby’s façade is starting to slip. Don’t miss one of Northern Ballet’s most treasured productions – The Great Gatsby at Leeds Grand Theatre all weekend, as they bring to life F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel with a cinematic score.
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Apparently, Thursdays are the new Fridays at Gosforth Park. All-weather action is back at Newcastle Racecourse so don’t miss some spring evening racing tonight (Thursday 9th March). Place your bets, and good luck!
Join The Crowd
After selling everything she owned and moving to California in 2015, KT Tunstall (best known for her hit track Suddenly I See) took a break before spending the next seven years on her album trilogy. The third album of this trilogy, NUT, was released last year and she’ll be performing a selection of these songs at Sage Gateshead on Saturday 11th March. It’s her first full UK headline tour since the pandemic.
Bet Your Bottom Dollar
The smash-hit West End production of Annie is in Newcastle for one week only (at Newcastle Theatre Royal until Saturday 11th March) starring Paul O’Grady as Miss Hannigan. She’s hatched a plan to spoil Annie’s search for her true family. Expect to be tapping your toes to unforgettable songs including It’s The Hard-Knock Life, Easy Street, and Tomorrow.
Don’t want to brave the cold weather? Don’t worry. If you’re staying in, we’ve got plenty of inspiration to keep you busy at home from the best TV to catch up on to the most delicious recipes to try at livingnorth.com.