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July

Where Do All The Dead Pigeons Go?
Until Friday, July 19, 2019

Technician Darren Smith is the sole employee aboard Moon Base One. At first glance, he seems to be doing a pretty fine job – but as the show unravels, so does Darren’s grip on reality. Where Do All The Dead Pigeons Go? is a story of friendship and loneliness; there’s a robot from Middlesbrough, live drawings, existential musings, and a lot of inspiration from Kurt Vonnegut. Funny and heartbreaking at the same time, writer and actor Scott Turnbull uses felt-tip pens and his ex-girlfriend's overhead projector from 1984 to take us on a poignant journey through space and time.

Alphabetti Theatre, Newcastle
The Bodyguard
Tuesday, July 23, 2019 - Saturday, August 3, 2019

The international award-winning, smash-hit musical based on Whitney Houston’s blockbuster film returns for another tour of the UK – and it’s stopping off in Newcastle along the way. Following her triumphant West End run and sell-out UK tour, three-time Brit nominee and X-Factor winner Alexandra Burke reprises her role as Rachel Marron in this breathtakingly romantic thriller – you won’t want to miss it.

Pandora
Friday, July 26, 2019

This play, specifically created for children between the ages of 5–11 years, begins with the meeting of two weary travellers who, because they are both suspicious of one another, share stories to try and establish trust. A play for little people about big ideas, Pandora serves as a wonderful introduction to a classic Greek myth while also engaging children with the wider questions of who we are and how we live our lives.

August

Merrily We Roll Along
Wednesday, August 7, 2019 - Saturday, August 10, 2019

Turning the traditional showbiz musical on its head in this thrilling and compelling Broadway fable about friendship, compromise and the high price of success, Stephen Sondheim and George Furth expertly blend the excitement and energy of a backstage musical with a poignant and emotional contemporary story about the importance of staying true to one's ideals.

Little Theatre, Gateshead
Educating Rita
Monday, August 12, 2019 - Saturday, August 17, 2019

When married hairdresser Rita enrols on a university course to expand her horizons, little does she realise where the journey will take her; her tutor Frank is a frustrated poet, brilliant academic and dedicated drinker who's less than enthusiastic about taking Rita on, but the two soon realise how much they have to teach each other. Written by one of our greatest ever playwrights, Willy Russell, and starring Stephen Tompkinson as Frank and introducing Jessica Johnson as Rita, this production of the heart-warming, Olivier Award-winning comedy is a must for theatre fans of all ages.

Darlington Hippodrome
The Book of Mormon
Wednesday, August 28, 2019 - Saturday, September 7, 2019

This outrageous musical comedy from the creators of South Park, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, alongside Bobby Lopez (co-writer of Avenue Q and Frozen), follows the misadventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries, sent on a mission to a place that’s about as far from Salt Lake City as you can get. Nine-time Tony Award winner and four-time recipient of the Olivier Awards’ Best Musical, The Book of Mormon has become a worldwide sensation – and now it’s in Sunderland.

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