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In and Out of Chekhov's Shorts
Monday, September 16, 2019

Performed by a company of five and featuring original live music and stylish ensemble story-telling, In and Out of Chekhov’s shorts is an exhilarating, fun and accessible romp through some of the short stories of one of the greatest writers of the 20th century, including The Lady with the Little Dog, The Chemist’s Wife, At a Summer Villa, An Avenger and The Bear.

Stephen Fry's Mythos
Sunday, September 22, 2019 - Monday, September 23, 2019

One of the world’s greatest storytellers, telling the world’s greatest stories. In this trilogy of plays (if you’re quick you can see them all), Stephen Fry takes to the stage in the company of the Greek gods, heroes and men whose gripping tales still echo today. Laugh-out loud funny, mind-blowing and often personal, Mythos is a once-in-a-lifetime experience with the icon himself.

Miss Crispy 1988
Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - Friday, September 27, 2019

Inspired by interviews with women from Teesside, Miss Crispy 1988 follows the journey of five very unique ladies through the depths of love, compassion and adversity. Despite all of the glitz and glamour of working on line 2, the factory girls are looking for something new, something racy and something to sink their teeth into – because life can’t be all about cheese and onion crisps. With the announcement of a beauty pageant, the ladies are ready and raring to go: with perms, leg warmers and shoulder pads at the ready.

Middlesbrough Theatre


Cabaret of Curiosities
Tuesday, October 1, 2019 - Thursday, October 3, 2019

Join the one-eyed magician Count Ocular and friends for a gothic, vaudeville experience in the bizarre world of the Cabaret of Curiosities. In a modern reimagining of the traditional puppet booth show, otherworldly creatures appear in a variety of unique puppetry acts that will amaze, bemuse and entertain. Expect original music, comedy and feats of wonder in an intimate extravaganza for those who enjoy the stranger side of life.

Alphabetti Theatre, Newcastle
Ladies' Day
Monday, October 7, 2019 - Saturday, October 12, 2019

Hairnets give way to fascinators as four fish-packing factory workers don their glad rags and head for Ladies Day. The Champagne is flowing as our ladies mingle with the stars; secrets emerge and friendships are tested, but a lucky run on some Tony Christie-themed horses might mean their days of freezing fish are long behind them. A heartfelt comedy that keeps you guessing right until the end.

Little Theatre, Gateshead
The Hound of the Baskervilles
Saturday, October 12, 2019

Charles Baskerville is dead, and a terrifying beast is rumoured to stalk the moors around the remote Baskerville mansion. When Sherlock Holmes sends Doctor Watson to investigate, Watson finds himself surrounded by dense fog and a community steeped in folklore, legend and rumour, where the line between reality and myth is no longer clear. How can a rational man trust his own eyes when confronted with the impossible? Northern Stage presents Sherlock Holmes’ most infamous case at Hexham’s Queen’s Hall Arts Centre, adapted from Arthur Conan Doyle’s gothic classic.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019 - Friday, October 18, 2019

Isolation follows six students over the course of one day as they find themselves shut away from the rest of the school. The bell has rung, names have been carved into the desks, auditions for the school play have begun, and a Year 7 student has just been hit in the face with a shoe. But today is different – it marks the one year anniversary of an event that shook the school to its core, students and teachers alike.

Alphabetti Theatre, Newcastle
Reasons To Stay Alive
Tuesday, October 15, 2019 - Saturday, October 19, 2019

At the age of 24, author Matt Haig’s world collapsed under the weight of depression. Turning his pain into art, as so many writers do, he channeled the experience into his memoir, Reasons To Stay Alive – which went on to become a number one bestseller, staying in the British Top 10 for 46 weeks. Now, the true story of his journey out of crisis has been reimagined for the stage to offer audiences across the country a profoundly uplifting exploration of living and loving better. Don’t miss it.

The Lady Vanishes
Tuesday, October 15, 2019 - Saturday, October 19, 2019

BAFTA-nominated Gwen Taylor and 'Villain of the Year' Andrew Lancel are reunited for the first time since their two years together in Coronation Street in this devilishly fun stage adaptation of Alfred Hitchcock's classic thriller. When Socialite Iris' travelling companion disappears, she's bewildered to find fellow passengers deny ever having seen her. But with the help of musician Max, she turns detective – and together they are determined to solve this perplexing mystery – but will they get the chance?

Darlington Hippodrome
The Sound of Music
Monday, October 21, 2019 - Saturday, October 26, 2019

The hills of Northallerton will be alive with the sound of music once more, as the town’s Musical Theatre Company put their own, unique stamp on the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic. We have confidence you’re going to enjoy it.

The Forum, Northallerton
An Inspector Calls
Tuesday, October 22, 2019 - Saturday, October 26, 2019

Stephen Daldry’s multi award-winning production of JB Priestley’s classic thriller returns 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.

No Man's Land
Thursday, October 24, 2019

Hirst, a wealthy alcoholic recluse, invites Spooner, a down-at-heel poet, to his Hampstead townhouse for a nightcap. As the shadows lengthen and the whisky flows, their stories become more elaborate and improbable – until the arrival of two younger men forces events to take an unexpected turn. In what is arguably his most beguiling and atmospheric play, Harold Pinter interweaves truth, language and memory to create a world of dark comedy and subtle power games.

Phoenix Theatre, Blyth
Monday, October 28, 2019 - Saturday, November 2, 2019

The Middlesbrough Amateur Operatic Society’s production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s classic showstopper promises to thrill audiences. Charting the young and ambitious Eva Peron’s meteoric rise, this is a classic rags-to-riches tale featuring one of the most iconic songs in musical theatre history.

Middlesbrough Theatre
Dracula The Travesty
Tuesday, October 29, 2019 - Friday, November 1, 2019

Halloween is the perfect time to be reminded of (or discover) Bram Stoker’s villainous vampire, and this Customs House production, devised in association with the Northumberland Theatre Company, has plenty of family-friendly bite. Light, funny and daft, but with a strong narrative and some genuinely scary moments, Dracula The Travesty epitomises gothic storytelling at its best: imaginative, atmospheric and exciting. Only recommended for children over the age of 10, you’d have to have bats in your belfry to miss it.


The Haunting
Monday, November 4, 2019 - Saturday, November 9, 2019

Based upon several ghost stories by Charles Dickens, The Haunting is sure to chill spines old and young this autumn. Following a young book dealer as he arrives at a remote, crumbling country house in order to catalogue the private library there, before experiencing unexplained and increasingly strange events, are you sure you’re brave enough to sit through this tale’s thrilling twists and turns? Frighteningly good.

Tynemouth Priory Theatre
Jane Eyre
Tuesday, November 5, 2019 - Wednesday, November 6, 2019

A gothic masterpiece of tempestuous passions and dark secrets, Charlotte Brontë’s classic tells the thrilling story of an orphan girl and her journey from a childhood of loneliness and cruelty to a life at Thornfield Hall and an unlikely relationship with the mysterious Mr Rochester. This new stage adaptation from Blackeyed Theatre is captivating, brooding and intensely powerful.

Gala Theatre, Durham
9 To 5 The Musical
Tuesday, November 5, 2019 - Saturday, November 9, 2019

Tumble outta’ bed and stumble to Dolly Parton’s rip-roaring musical this November. Coming to you direct from London’s West End – with an Oscar, Grammy and Tony award-nominated score by the Queen of Country herself – 9 to 5 The Musical tells the story of three workmates pushed to their limits by their egotistical boss. Concocting a plan to turn the tables, will the women manage to reform their office?

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