27 JULY–1 AUGUST – AND THEN THERE WERE NONE
Ten strangers are stranded on a desert island with a killer on the loose. It’s a race against time to solve the mystery as the body count quick mounts up. This gripping thriller comes from the Queen of Crime herself, Agatha Christie, and stars Colin Buchanan (Dalziel and Pascoe) and Verity Rushworth (Emmerdale).
Theatre Royal, Newcastle 0844 811 2121
28 JULY–1 AUGUST – THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
First performed in 1986, The Phantom of the Opera has become a musical institution with everybody from Michael Crawford to Gerard Butler taking up the title role. This summer Andrew Lloyd Webber’s tale of life below the Paris Opera House will be brought to life by Gala Theatre Stage School, showcasing some of the best young performers from our region.
Gala, Durham 0300 026 6600
29–30 JULY – THE CAT IN THE HAT
What do two children and a giant cat get up to when Mum isn’t around? Find out for yourself when Dr Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat comes to Darlington. Grab your hat and bow tie and prepare for an afternoon of laughter and mischief.
Darlington Civic Theatre 01325 486555
30 JULY–1 AUGUST – WYRD SISTERS
Terry Pratchett’s best-loved Discworld novel is brought to life by Washington Theatre Group.
Arts Centre, Washington 0191 219 3455
29 JULY – ALAN CARR
Yap, Yap, Yap! Alan Carr has interviewed the biggest celebrities, performed alongside the best comedians and had some unforgettable experiences. This is your chance to hear the nation’s favourite chatterbox live and loud.
Middlesbrough Town Hall, 8pm 01642 729729
2 AUGUST – TOM STADE
The Canadian comedian presents a hilarious new show ruminating on life’s oddities and revealing his own shortcomings. This is one of a limited number of preview shows ahead of this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
The Stand, Newcastle, 8.30pm 0191 300 9700
2 AUGUST – THE COMEDY STORE
It’s the first Sunday of the month so it’s time for the Gala’s regular stand up evening. Catch the best up-and-coming comedians, local talents and some side-splitting capers this weekend.
Gala, Durham, 7.30pm 0300 026 6600
Music & Dance
27 JULY – NICHOLAS MCDONALD
Nicholas McDonald is one of the most successful recent X Factor talents. After reaching the finals in 2013, he is now embarked on his second UK tour.
O2 Academy, Newcastle 0844 477 2000
29 JULY – PEATBOG FAERIES
This is Celtic music as you’ve never heard it before – jazz, hip hop, folk and reggae will collide for an exciting evening of music. The Peatbog Faeries hail from the Isle of Skye and their music has been reverberating across Britain.
Alnwick Playhouse, 8pm 01665 510785
31 JULY – ALVIN YOUNGBLOOD HART
Alvin Youngblood Hart is the Grammy Award-winning blues guitarist who’s been featured in films by Wim Wenders and Martin Scorsese and now he comes to perform in Newcastle. This is bound to be a sell-out event.
The Cluny, Newcastle, 8pm 0191 230 4474
Events & Sport
1 AUGUST – INTERNATIONAL DARTS – ENGLAND V SCOTLAND
It’s a battle of the Borders as England take on Scotland in this international dart tournament, featuring all of your favourite players and including a head to head between Terry ‘The Bull’ Jenkins and Steve ‘The Bronzed Adonis’ Beaton – sounds exciting.
O2 Academy, Newcastle 0844 477 2000
2 AUGUST– FENELLA FIELDING
Head down to the Tyneside Cinema this August to hear Carry On star Fenella Fielding talk about her illustrious career alongside a special screening of Carry On Screaming!
Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle 0845 217 9909
Art & Exhibitions
UNTIL 8 AUGUST – ANTONY GORMLEY: SPACE STATIONS
Sir Antony Gormley is probably best known as the creator of our beloved Angel of the North. For this exhibition he has been exploring the human form, capturing both habitat and anatomy in works on paper. Hatton Gallery, Newcastle 0191 208 6059
UNTIL 30 AUGUST – PRINTS FROM INDIGENOUS AUSTRALIA
I come from a land down under... This exhibition will showcase four prints by prominent Australian artists that are on loan from the British Museum. They are all designed to capture what the Aussies call ‘Country’ – the land, sea, people, languages and stories of a particular place.
Bede’s World, Jarrow 0191 489 2106
UNTIL 31 AUGUST – IDA EKBLAD In 2012
Norwegian artist Ida Ekblad designed the stage set for Nick Payne’s award-winning play, Constellation, which showed at the Royal Court Theatre. Constellations, which explores the idea of parallel universes, has just opened on Broadway with Jake Gyllenhaal and you can see Ida’s creative and inventive sets in Gateshead.
BALTIC, Gateshead 0191 478 1810
UNTIL 4 SEPTEMBER – SUMMER EXHIBITION
This year The Biscuit Factory’s summer exhibition is better than ever before – not only are they showcasing works by awe-inspiring artists (John Brenton’s seascapes are simply stunning and everybody is going to want to own one of Emma Lawrenson’s elegant screenprints), but they’ve launched an app to give you more information about the works as you peruse the gallery.
The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle 0191 261 1103
UNTIL 5 SEPTEMBER – BLOOMING MARVELLOUS
A life-sized knitted garden created by over 2,500 knitters across the country. Sounds blooming mad? Amazingly the garden comes complete with everything from wooly flowers, creatures and tools to garden gnomes, picnic baskets and dog poo.
Shipley Art Galley, Gateshead 0191 477 1495
UNTIL 13 SEPTEMBER – GENERATION AIR
This family-focused show by Space Cadets explores human biology – blood, guts and all. With giant inflatable installations and interactive exhibits, this is a truly ‘hands-on’ work of art.
The Gymnasium Gallery, Berwick
UNTIL 27 SEPTEMBER – PICTURE THIS: CHILDREN’S ILLUSTRATED CLASSICS
Fly away with Peter Pan, get lost with Paddington Bear and ride with The Railway Children at this fantastic exhibition which (in collaboration with the British Library) focuses on 10 of the most iconic children’s books of all time.
The Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle 0191 232 7734
UNTIL 28 SEPTEMBER – THE BIRTH OF THE BLUES
Bishop Auckland Football Club won the FA Amateur Cup an astonishing 10 times (and lost in the final eight times). The Birth of the Blues tells their story with rare objects, memorabilia, archival film footage and fun events.
Auckland Castle, County Durham 01388 743750
UNTIL 25 OCTOBER – YSL: STYLE IS ETERNAL
Style is Eternal, a major retrospective of the life and career of Yves Saint Laurent, has been one of the most hotly anticipated shows of the year. The first major UK exhibition of the designers work is in Durham and you shouldn’t miss it.
The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle 01833 690606