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East is East
Tuesday 18 April to Saturday 13 May 2017
East is East

It’s picked up Olivier awards, BAFTA awards and helped to launch the careers of Chris Bisson and Jimi Mistry, now see the iconic East Is East performed in Newcastle. It’s 1970s Salford and chip shop owner George is struggling to keep house and keep control of his seven unruly teenagers.

Northern Stage
Image of professional dancers performing on the street
Thursday 20 April to Friday 30 June 2017
Moving Cities

Literal dancing in the street is captured in this new exhibition of photographs by Jevan Chowdhury, a world-renowned photographer. Jevan took a series of photographs of 12 professional dancers in locations across the North East that will be on display at Dance City before moving to Alnwick and Sunderland.

Dance City
Painting of Garrick in Theatre
Thursday 20 April to Sunday 9 July 2017
Painting the Theatre: Garrick in Action

David Garrick was England’s best-known actor in the 18th century. To mark the 300th anniversary of his birth, The Bowes Museums are staging this exhibition that celebrates his career, featuring two newly-acquired paintings showing Garrick in action by Johann Zoffany.

The Bowes Museum
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Thursday 20 April to Sunday 1 October 2017
Jewellery: Wearable Glass

This new exhibition at National Glass Centre celebrates four glass artists and eight of the country’s best jewellers, showing how the artform has evolved in recent decades. Cutting-edge designs will be on display in this ‘wearable glass’ demonstration.

National Glass Centre
Image of an illustration by Quentin Blake
Friday 21 April to Saturday 8 July 2017
Quentin Blake: Inside Stories

Quentin Blake is a national treasure, famous for his chickenscratch illustrations of Roald Dahl books. But how does this most creative of minds produce his artwork? The Laing Art Gallery gives a peek behind the pen, using rough drafts, storyboards and finished works to show the creative process.


Laing Art Gallery
Image of the Mixtape cast
Friday 28 April 2017


The sell-out music comedy quiz sketch show (try saying all that five times quickly) comes to Sunderland. The premise of the game is simple: sketch comedians act out their scene, and you have to guess the song that inspires it. If you do, you’re in with the chance of winning a golden mixtape trophy.

The Dun Cow, Sunderland
Friday 28 April to Sunday 30 April 2017
Living North LIVE

A vast interiors and spring shopping event with the region’s biggest food hall. Pick up something for your home, garden or yourself as the top names in design, art, photography and food descend upon Newcastle Racecourse for three fantastic days of retail therapy.

Newcastle Racecourse
Image of promotional poster of cast members
Wednesday 3 May 2017
Letters to Windsor house

A generation of youngsters in Britain are facing up to the realisation that they may never own a home. What are the experiences – and feelings – of Generation Rent? This blend of comedy, theatre and music explores them in a highly-acclaimed production.


Northern Stage, Newcastle
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Friday 12 May 2017
Innovators of Newcastle

Join Alex Iles of Iles Tours as he explains the history of Newcastle’s entrepreneurs and innovators – part of Newcastle Startup Week. The city’s residents are an inventive lot, and have been up to plenty over the years, as you’ll find out at this lighthearted, but informative lecture.


Newcastle Castle
Image of Russell Kane
Friday 12 May 2017
Russell Kane

Multi-award-winning comedian Russell Kane returns to the region for the final leg of his Right Man, Wrong Age tour. The energetic comedian is a firm favourite for his fast-paced witticisms, and he’ll be appearing at the Tyne Theatre and Opera House in May.


Tyne Theatre and Opera House
Image of Professor Brian Fox
Saturday 13 May 2017
Professor Brian Cox

It’s only Professor Brian Ruddy Cox off the telly! Everyone’s favourite keyboard player turned physicist is on tour and calling in at Newcastle. For Radio 4 fans, this show is a must-not-miss: Brian will be interviewed by his Infinite Monkey Cage colleague Robin Ince in what promises to be an irreverent take on particle physics.


Metro Radio Arena
Image of Sheridan Smith promotional poster
Tuesday 16 May to Saturday 20 May 2017
Funny Girl

Sheridan Smith stars as Fanny Brice in this new production of the classical musical. Sheridan takes the role that Barbra Streisand made her own. Here’s hoping that the weight of expectation won’t rain on her parade.

Newcastle Theatre Royal
Image of the Interior in The Biscuit Factory
Thursday 18 May to Sunday 20 August 2017
Open Contemporary Young Artist Award

Sir Anthony van Dyck’s last self-portrait is quite something: over his shoulder, he fixes the viewer directly with his slightly haughty, slightly uncertain gaze. Here it’s presented alongside other artists staring down the barrel of their own brushes – headliners Lowry, Picasso and Bomberg are here, as well as contemporary artists like Chris Ofili and Sarah Lucas, to poke about with notions of genius and artists’ role in society. Plus, there’s a new live commission by Marcus Coates too.

The Biscuit Factory
Image of old style bicycle with flower baskets
Saturday 20 May to Sunday 21 May 2017
The Very Best of British Fayre

It’s May and things are heating up outdoors, which makes it a perfect excuse to head out to Wynyard Hall, where the Very Best of British Spring Fayre will be held. There’ll be plant and garden sales, homeware and interiors, arts and crafts and plenty more.


Wynyard Hall
Image of a Rugby Ball
Saturday 20 May to Sunday 21 May 2017
Dacia Magic Weekend

Six matches of the finest rugby league action are promised at the third Magic Weekend held at St James’ Park. You can watch Catalans Dragons take on Huddersfield Giants, the Wigan Warriors versus the Warrington Wolves, and St Helens battle Hull FC.

St James’ Park
Image of created artwork for Alnmouth Arts Festival
Saturday 17 June to Sunday 18 June 2017
Alnmouth Arts Festival

Artists living between the Tyne and the Tweed will descend on the village of Alnmouth for this riotous festival of all things creative. Last year more than 70 artists spread across 20 different venues and this year promises to be even bigger and better than before.

Venues across Alnmouth
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Friday 21 July to Sunday 23 July 2017
Sunderland International Airshow

The region’s biggest and best-regarded seafront airshow is popular whatever the weather, packing out Roker and Seaburn seafront with daily flying displays from the world’s finest pilots. The RAF Falcons are already confirmed for this year’s edition – it’ll be a soaring success.


Roker and Seaburn Beaches

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