What's On - Theatre
Nostalgic, naughty and perfect for now, new musical Malory Towers is the original ‘Girl Power’ story. Darrell Rivers is starting school with an eager mind and fierce heart. Unfortunately, she also has a quick temper. Can she learn to tolerate the infuriating Gwendoline Lacy? Can she rescue terrified Mary Lou from the grip of a raging storm? And who is the mysterious Wilhelmina, whose bed lies empty at the start of term? Full of high drama, high spirits and high jinks, with sensational music and breathtaking animation, this is a show for girls, boys and all us grown up children who still dream of midnight feasts and Cornish clifftops.
The smash-hit musical heads up to Newcastle from its home of Sheffield (following a critically-acclaimed detour to London), and features West End star Layton Williams and EastEnders’ much-loved Shane Richie. Jamie New is 16, lives on a council estate in Sheffield, and doesn’t quite fit in. He is terrified about the future, but little does he know, Jamie is going to be a sensation. Funny, fabulous and feel-good, with an original score of catchy pop tunes by lead singer of The Feeling, Dan Gillespie Sells, this musical will have everybody talking about Jamie for years to come.
Drawing on the works of Marlowe, Goethe, and the various other adaptations of the well-known legend, this radical reimagining of the Faust myth explores just what we must sacrifice to achieve greatness, and the legacies we can leave behind. Created by award-winning playwright Chris Bush, Caroline Byrne directs this radical new play.
This amateur production of Tennessee Williams’ 20th century classic seethes with sexual tension in the sultry, oppressive heat of the American south. Big Daddy, the bullying patriarch of a Mississippi cotton plantation, is dying, but his family want him to enjoy one last birthday. Meanwhile, failed football-star Brick stifles his impotency with booze and self-hatred, shunning his beautiful wife Maggie in the process. The unsettling chaos that results threatens to tear this dysfunctional family apart in the grandiose cage that is their home.
The 39 Steps meets Agatha Christie via Midsommer Murders in this comedy cracker of a crime drama. All the comic clichés that we know and love from the detective genre – suspicious lords and ladies, shady servants, secrets, motives and cunning police-work – abound in this genre-busting comedy. That is, if the inventively silly cast of two can get through the play at all without losing the plot – literally. It’s not a new idea – it’s been Done To Death, By Jove! – but not like this.
Join your larger-than-life tour guide Brenda and the friendly and forgetful lab assistant Charles as they unearth the miniature monsters and curious creatures in hidden worlds much closer than you might think – microbes, to be exact, those invisible organisms that shape our planet. This visual theatre experience for both adults and children features puppetry, shadow theatre and an original score, taking audiences on an unforgettable journey down the microscope that promises to make science way more fun than school has led you to believe.
Birdie’s a hoarder. The neighbours call her a harridan and a harpy, although most have never even met her. They see her hoard as a hazard for house prices. But it isn’t rubbish – it’s Birdie’s life’s work and it exists because years ago something deeply cherished was stolen from her: Birdie’s not been able to give up anything since. National treasure Su Pollard gives a one-woman tour-de-force performance in this razor-sharp and bittersweet drama you won’t want to miss.
This cracking family pantomime is just right for keeping your little ones out of mischief over the Easter holidays. Follow Goldilocks as she stumbles across a cottage in the forest – watch as she tastes three bowls of porridge, sits on three different chairs and falls asleep after lying in three different beds. But is all as peaceful as it seems?
It may be 170 years on, but Charlotte Bronte's story of the trailblazing Jane Eyre is still as inspiring as ever. This compelling adaptation loses none of the emotional force of the much-loved novel, which uncovers one woman's fight for freedom and fulfilment on her own terms. Bronte's spirited heroine faces life's obstacles head-on: surviving poverty, injustice and the discovery of bitter betrayal before making the ultimate decision to follow her heart.
This bold new play is about crisis, darkness, cities and hope. It’s the future, but only just. And there are blackouts. No-one knows what’s causing them, but that doesn’t stop people going missing in them. Now Steph, a schoolgirl, and Bell, a barmaid, have to search for their missing friend – that is, until the outside world starts infecting the theatre that surrounds them…
Stephen Daldry’s multi award-winning production of JB Priestley’s classic thriller returns to the North East after a sell-out West End season. When Inspector Goole arrives unexpectedly at the prosperous Birling family home, their peaceful dinner party is shattered by his investigations into the death of a young woman. His startling revelations shake the very foundations of their lives and challenge us all to examine our own consciences.
The amazing musical comedy smash, based on the hit 1992 film, will see the Berwick Operatic Society tell the hilarious story of disco diva Deloris van Cartier, whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a murder. Under protective custody she is hidden in the one place she won’t be found – a convent. Disguised as a nun, Deloris helps her fellow sisters find their voices as she unexpectedly rediscovers her own.
Based on the bestselling novel by Khaled Hosseini and hailing directly from the West End, Matthew Spangler’s adaptation spans cultures and continents on a haunting tale of friendship and redemption. As the curtain opens, we find Afghanistan to be a country on the verge of war, and two best friends on the verge of being torn apart.
Based on the 1980s screen sensation, this production of Footloose comes to Sunderland following two critically acclaimed tours and a West End run, and sizzles with spirit, jaw-dropping choreography and classic ‘80s hits. City boy Ren thinks life is bad enough when he's forced to move to a rural backwater in America. But his world comes to a standstill when he arrives at Bomont to find dancing and rock music are banned. Taking matters into his own hands, Ren soon has all hell breaking loose – and the whole town on its feet.