14–18 JULY – THE FIFTEEN STREETS
Based on the novel by Tyneside’s most prominent writer, Catherine Cookson, this play captures life for a poverty-stricken dockworker in early 20th century Jarrow and explores an unlikely love match between different social classes.
The People’s Theatre, Jesmond 0191 265 5020 www.peoples-theatre.co.uk
UNTIL 18 JULY – ANNIE
It’s A Hard Knock Life for little orphan Annie, who’s holed up in a miserable orphanage and at the mercy of the drunk and depraved Miss Hannigan – fortunately this musical is much more cheery than its subject matter. With a great cast (led by everyone’s favourite villain, Craig Revel Horwood), a score of memorable songs and a loveable pooch, this musical is not to be missed.
Theatre Royal, Newcastle 0844 811 2121 www.theatreroyal.co.uk
14–15 JULY – THE ADDAMS FAMILY
Tyne Theatre Stage School present their version of the hilarious and eccentric show, The Addams Family. Gomez, Morticia, Uncle Fester, Lurch, Wednesday and Pugsley – they’re all here.
PLAYHOUSE Whitley Bay 0844 248 1588 www.playhousewhitleybay.co.uk
14 JULY – GLENN WOOL
Glenn Wool comes to Newcastle to preview his new show – Creator, I Am But A Pawn – ahead of his appearance at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
The Stand, Newcastle 0191 300 9700 www.thestand.co.uk
16 JULY – KEVIN BRIDGES
Jesus at a nightclub? This hilarious Scottish comedian is known for his cheeky jokes and his latest show comes off the back of his political stand-up. Expect controversy.
Middlesbrough Town Hall, 8pm 01642 729729 www.middlesbroughtownhallonline.co.uk
18 JULY – MARK WATSON
He’s only 35, but Mark Watson is a comedy veteran – Mock The Week, Never Mind The Buzzcocks, Have I Got News For You... you name it, he’s appeared on it. Already this year he’s completed a Comedy Marathon (27 non-stop hours of comedy) for Comic Relief and now he will be appearing at The Witham as part of Barnard Castle Comedy Festival.
The Witham, Barnard Castle, 8pm 01833 631107 www.thewitham.org.uk
Art & Exhibitions
UNTIL 8 AUGUST – ANTONY GORMLEY
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 www.twmuseums.org.uk
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 www.bedesworld.co.uk
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 www.balticmill.com
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 www.thebiscuitfactory.com
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 www.twmuseums.org.uk
Music & Dance
15 JULY – RAVI COLTRANE QUARTET
Son of the legendary John Coltrane, the Grammy-nominated saxophonist Ravi Coltrane is quickly becoming a tour de force in his own right. This summer he brings his own band for a special concert in Gateshead.
Sage Gateshead 0191 443 4661 www.sagegateshead.com
17 JULY – FUN LOVIN’ CRIMINALS
Fun Lovin’ Criminals are the hip-hop and funk trio from New York City who once had a hit with a song about Scooby Doo and The Mystery Machine. This new tour marks 20 years since the band’s first tour in the States.
Gala, Durham, 7.30pm 0300 026 6600 www.galadurham.co.uk
19 JULY – SOUTH TYNESIDE FESTIVAL
The South Tyneside Festival will transform some of our favourite local haunts into world-class music venues this summer – catch Grammy Award-winning singer songwriter Billy Ocean at Bents Park on Sunday 19th July, hear live music at Sandhaven Amphitheatre every Sunday and go along to the Proms in the Park at South Marine Park on Sunday 5th July.
For a full line-up go to www.visitsouthtyneside.co.uk
Events & Sport
12–15 JULY – DURHAM V WARWICKSHIRE
What’s the best thing about summer? Cricket of course. Make the most of this nice weather and watch our local team take on Warwickshire in the LV County Championship.
Emirates Durham International Cricket Ground 0191 387 1717 www.durhamccc.co.uk
15 JULY – JOHN COOPER CLARKE
Once a leading figure in the punk scene of the Seventies, John Cooper Clarke is now an extremely popular poet. His verse is powerful, satirical and fiercely funny. Catch him in Durham this July.
Gala, Durham, 7.30pm 0300 026 6600 www.galadurham.co.uk