What's On - Theatre
Celebrating 10 years of causing Christmas chaos and calamity, Santa’s Naughty Elf (aka Wayne Miller, who writes, directs and stars in this show for under-sevens and their families) will have all sorts of mayhem in mind for this year’s fun-filled festivities.
Packed full of hilarious comedy routines, dazzling special effects, and the most exciting circus acts in town, join Danny Adams, Clive Webb and Chris Hayward as they try to save their Big Top from disaster. With magic, music, mayhem and plenty of porridge, it might just take three amazing bears to join the circus and save the day…
Packed with all of the traditional pantomime ingredients that audiences expect, this year’s annual offering from the Darlington Hippodrome is sure not to disappoint this festive season, as the classic tale of the Arabian street rat (turned prince) is given a fresh coat of theatrical paint.
Charles Dickens' classic story of ghosts, greed and goodwill is given a boisterous new lease of life in this thrilling family production at Northern Stage – who offer up the story we all know and love (complete with all the trimmings) while putting their own innovative (and musical) stamp on the festive favourite.
Who better to add an extra helping of festive fun to the traditional folk tale of Robin Hood than Hexham favourites, Oddsocks Productions, as they bring their trademark humour, fast-paced action and live music to the legend.
This charming production, specially created for 2–5 year olds, offers a magical first time theatre experience centred around friendship and bravery. Little Luna is bored and lonely being the only moon in the sky. One night, she spots a young boy hiding from the dark and the two strike up an unlikely friendship – whisking your little ones away to a world of adventures in the process.
Keen to boost his flagging career, fading Hollywood action hero Jefferson Steele arrives in England to play King Lear in Stratford – only to find that it isn’t the birthplace of the Bard, but a sleepy Suffolk village. And instead of Kenneth Branagh and Dame Judi Dench, the cast are a bunch of amateurs trying to save their theatre from developers.
Get into the festive spirit with some panto pandemonium this December. King Rat rules Olde London Town and everywhere is overrun with vermin. Enter Dick Whittington to save the day. With the help of his trusty cat, he’s got the rats on the run – but unfortunately for Dick, doing so has made a mortal enemy of their menacing monarch.
Washington Theatre Group present their annual pantomime, which is sure to keep the January blues at bay. Leo, a very naughty Elf prince who has been using magic for fun, has been sent to the land of men to learn to be kind. But when he gets there, he finds a pushy prince bullying a poor shoemaker and his beautiful daughter Kate. Now it’s up to Leo and his elfish friends to save the day – and magic up some fabulous shoes in the process.
Berwick’s resident, Noda Award-winning dramatic society, Spittal Variety Group, look set to out-do themselves early in the new year. Sweeping through the snowy streets, the evil Snow Queen is a figure of myth and legend – until she spirits away young Gerda’s best friend to her palace of ice. Gerda has but one choice: as soon as the spring thaw arrives, she embarks upon her quest to save her friend, journeying through every season and encountering a host of colourful characters along the way.
Adapted from the beloved film (hailed the ‘Greatest Movie Musical of All Time’) Singin in the Rain has everything you could want from a musical: singing, dancing, romance, comedy, and even onstage rain. Featuring iconic songs like Make ‘Em Laugh, Good Mornin’ and, of course, Singin’ in the Rain itself, this spellbinding show is sure to put a smile on your face and a rhythm in your heart.
This award-winning spectacular is Europe’s biggest and best-loved production of the Blues Brothers – a high-octane, adrenaline-pumping musical mash-up, which has jump-started the legacy of Jake and Elwood for a new generation with its modern twist on the cult classic and an energy and spirit impossible to resist.