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February

Priscilla Queen of the Desert
Until Saturday, February 22, 2020

The iconic musical Priscilla Queen of the Desert is coming to Newcastle!

Starring Strictly Come Dancing winner Joe McFadden, Priscilla is the hilarious adventure of three friends who hop aboard a battered old bus bound for the Outback to put on the show of a lifetime. Their epic journey is a heart-warming story of self-discovery, sassiness and acceptance.

Shadowlands
Until Saturday, February 22, 2020

This West End and Broadway production (beautifully adapted for The Royalty’s stage) tells the love story of legendary writer CS Lewis – Oxford don and author of The Chronicles of Narnia – and American poet Joy Davidman. CS ‘Jack’ Lewis is sure about his convictions about God and His plan for the world – that is, until Joy and her young son enter his life. Then the bewildered theoretician of love in the abstract is forced to confront love in the present.

The Royalty Theatre, Sunderland
Fascinating Aïda
Sunday, February 23, 2020

They're back at last!

Dillie Keane, Adele Anderson and Liza Pulman are heading out on tour.

With a selection of old favourites, songs you haven't heard before and some you wish you had never heard in the first place. The songs are mostly topical - the glamour unstoppable. With three Olivier Award nominations and over 25 million YouTube and Facebook hits for Cheap Flights and their incredibly rude Christmas song how can you possibly miss them?

Holes
Wednesday, February 26, 2020 - Saturday, February 29, 2020

Stanley Yelnats can't catch a break. Born into a family cursed with bad luck, it comes as no surprise when he finds himself accused of a crime he didn't commit.

Sent to a labour camp as punishment, he is tasked with digging one hole, five foot wide by five foot deep, every day. He's told it is to build 'character'. But the tyrannical Warden is definitely hiding something. How will Stanley and his fellow inmates deal with her demands, her two cronies, plus the fearsome rattlesnakes and yellow-spotted lizards? And will Stanley and his new friends unearth what is really going on?

The Cinder Path
Friday, February 28, 2020

This poignant adaptation of Catherine Cookson’s classic tale is set in rural Northumberland, in the lead up to the First World War – following the story of Charlie MacFell and his relationship with a cruel and domineering father, his stormy marriage, and his struggle to keep a dark secret.

Middlesbrough Theatre

March

And A Nightingale Sang
Monday, March 2, 2020 - Saturday, March 7, 2020

The second play of Tynemouth Priory Theatre’s new season follows the course of the Second World War, as it was experienced by a family living in Walker. Exploring one family’s personal relationships, preoccupations, troubles and joys during a time of inexplicable change, all brought to life by the soaring songs of the era, And A Nightingale Sang promises to delight young and old this March.

Tynemouth Priory Theatre
Opera North's Street Scene
Tuesday, March 3, 2020 - Friday, March 6, 2020

In a city that never sleeps, it doesn’t pay to have a dream…
 
On a stiflingly hot summer’s day in New York, a family is pushed to breaking point. Frank is angry at a world that’s changing too fast, his daughter Rose longs for a better life away from the squalor of the city, and his unhappy wife Anna struggles with a terrible secret that could tear them all apart… As the heat builds, the tension erupts into violence and their lives are changed forever.
 
Weill’s richly-varied score blends the European operatic tradition with the music of golden-age Broadway. Soaring arias and duets rub shoulders with jazz and the jitterbug, and Puccini shakes hands with Gershwin. With numbers such as ‘Lonely House’ and ‘Moon-faced, Starry-eyed’, it’s little wonder that Street Scene was awarded Best Original Score at the very first Tony Awards in 1947.

Melva
Wednesday, March 4, 2020 - Thursday, March 5, 2020

Do you ever have worrits? You know – that uncontrollable churning in the pit of your tummy, that feels as though you have 341 worms squirming about inside? Well Melva Mapletree has them too, and right now they’re so big and squirmy that they’re even stopping her from leaving the house. But then, one night, something happens which changes her world forever… Made especially for children aged from 7–11, Melva is a boisterous, mischievous and funny story of one girl’s battle against anxiety and her adventure to find out just what she’s really capable of.

Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle
Opera North's The Turn of the Screw
Thursday, March 5, 2020

A terrifying, edge-of-your-seat thriller
 
In a remote country house, a newly-appointed governess fights to protect two children from menacing spirits. But are these apparitions real, or the product of her troubled imagination? And what terrible evil occurred before the governess’s arrival?
 
Based on the ghost story by Henry James, Britten’s psychological thriller of a chamber opera reaches new levels of terror in Alessandro Talevi’s spine-chilling production. The theme of The Turn of the Screw – of innocence abused and corrupted – had a particular fascination for Britten, and he clothes this dark material in music of disturbing beauty that winds up the tension to breaking point.

My Night With Reg
Thursday, March 5, 2020

In 1985, in a London flat, old friends and lovers gather to celebrate new beginnings, not yet knowing that their whole world is about to change… Funny, sad and sweet, Kevin Elyot’s award-winning dark comedy play about the relationships of a group of gay men and their connections to the unseen yet magnetic Reg is a moving exploration of friendship, happiness and love, and their fragility in the shadow of the 1980’s AIDS crisis.

Gala Theatre, Durham
Jesus Christ Superstar
Tuesday, March 10, 2020 - Saturday, March 14, 2020

Blyth Music & Theatre Company present this timeless rock opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, telling the universally-known biblical story of Jesus in the final days leading up to his crucifixion, but seen, unusually, through the eyes of Judas Iscariot.

Phoenix Theatre, Blyth
The Tiger Who Came To Tea
Tuesday, March 10, 2020 - Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Direct from the West End, this Olivier Award-nominated, smash-hit musical returns on roar – sorry, tour – celebrating over 10 years on stage. The doorbell rings just as Sophie and her mummy are sitting down to tea. Who could it possibly be? What they certainly don’t expect to see is a big, stripy tiger! Join the tea-guzzling tiger in this delightful family show, packed with oodles of magic, sing-a-long songs and clumsy chaos.

The Maltings, Berwick
RSC's Measure for Measure
Wednesday, March 11, 2020 - Saturday, March 21, 2020

'TO WHOM SHOULD I COMPLAIN?'

When a young novice nun is compromised by a corrupt official, who offers to save her brother from execution in return for sex, she has no idea where to turn for help. When she threatens to expose him, he tells her that no one would believe her.
 
Shakespeare wrote this play in the early 1600s, yet it remains astonishingly resonant today. Artistic Director Gregory Doran directs this new production.

RSC's The Taming of the Shrew
Tuesday, March 17, 2020 - Saturday, March 21, 2020

Justin Audibert turns Shakespeare's fierce, energetic comedy of gender and materialism on its head in this production to offer a fresh perspective on its portrayal of hierarchy and power. In a reimagined 1590, England is a matriarchy. Baptista Minola is seeking to sell off her son, Katherine, to the highest bidder. Cue an explosive battle of the sexes in this electrically-charged love story with a difference.

The Cat And The Canary
Tuesday, March 17, 2020 - Saturday, March 21, 2020

This murderous mystery inspired three classic movies, starring actors such as Bob Hope, Honor Blackman and Olivia Hussey, and is now giving a fresh lick of theatrical paint by The Classic Thriller Company. Now 20 after the death of Mr West, his descendants gather at a remote mansion to learn who will inherit his vast wealth and the hidden family jewels. But when the heir is revealed, the heritage hunters turn into prey and a chain of macabre events is set in motion: walls crack open, shadows loom and dark secrets are revealed. Will the heirs dare to face the haunting presence toying with them?

Darlington Hippodrome
Here
Thursday, March 19, 2020 - Saturday, March 28, 2020

Four seasons, four people from four corners of the world, and a teenage girl’s message in the sky… A powerful new play, Here is about finding sanctuary in the unlikeliest of places. About dancing on rooftops, blossom in winter, and re-writing the story of the city as your own. A story of two best friends with a library card, and the power they summon through friendship and books to make something magical.

An Evening of Noel Coward
Sunday, March 22, 2020

Pianist and entertainer Peter Gill presents a tribute to the wit and songwriting skill of the most English of Englishmen, Noel Coward, who said of himself: ‘I am an enormously talented man and there is no point in denying it.’ Born in 1899, Coward was an actor, writer, composer, director, producer and, in later life, painter – and he excelled at them all. Peter will remind audiences of his dazzling wit and perform such gems as Mad About The Boy, A Bar On The Piccola Marina, Don’t Lets Be Beastly To The Germans, and Mrs Worthington.

The Forum, Northallerton
Rambert
Tuesday, March 24, 2020 - Thursday, March 26, 2020

All great artists start somewhere...

Rambert's new show brings together moments of breakthrough from three great, distinctive choreographers. PreSentient, an early work from Wayne McGregor, showcasing the extended lines and musical sensibility that would become trademarks.

JM Barrie’s Quality Street
Tuesday, March 24, 2020 - Saturday, March 28, 2020

Phoebe Throssel lives on Quality Street, the bustling hub of a quaint northern town, where she runs a school for unruly children. But when an old flame returns from fighting Napoleon after 10 years to find Phoebe decidedly more mature and decidedly less glamorous, she is spurred into action and becomes the wild and sparkling Miss Lily – a younger alter-ego who soon entraps the clueless Captain Valentine. But as their romance is rekindled, can she juggle both personas? Or will her deception scandalise the town and wreck any future with the man she loves?

Lady Chatterley's Lover
Tuesday, March 24, 2020 - Saturday, March 28, 2020

When Clifford Chatterley returns from war a wounded hero, his young bride Connie does her best to care for him. But neglected and alone, she begins a love affair with the gamekeeper – a relationship that risks the greatest of scandals. DH Lawrence's most sensual of novels was first published in 1928, but only in 1960 did an unexpurgated version become available, leading to one of the most famous trials of the century. Tender, thoughtful and impassioned, Lady Chatterley's Lover is the book that changed Britain, and this production more than does it justice.

Darlington Hippodrome
Angels of the North
Wednesday, March 25, 2020

In a Britain dominated by London-based media the North’s achievements are often overlooked… But this inspiring production, collecting the stories and achievements of some of the North East’s most notable women, seeks to change all of that. Adapted from the works of Joyce Quin and Moira Kilkenny, Angels of the North celebrates the region’s most remarkable women with humour, warmth and poignancy – some of these women are household names, others are in danger of being forgotten altogether, but all of them are women to be proud of.

Phoenix Theatre, Blyth
Malory Towers
Friday, March 27, 2020 - Saturday, April 18, 2020

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.

Theatre By The Lake, Keswick
Everybody's Talking About Jamie
Monday, March 30, 2020 - Saturday, April 4, 2020

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.

Cat On A Hot Tin Roof
Tuesday, March 31, 2020 - Saturday, April 4, 2020

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.

People’s Theatre, Newcastle

April

Done To Death, By Jove!
Thursday, April 2, 2020

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.

Middlesbrough Theatre
Microbodyssey
Tuesday, April 7, 2020 - Saturday, April 11, 2020

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.

Alphabetti Theatre, Newcastle
Harpy
Wednesday, April 15, 2020

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.

Gala Theatre, Durham
Golidlocks and the Three Bears
Thursday, April 16, 2020 - Saturday, April 18, 2020

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?

The Forum, Northallerton
Jane Eyre
Monday, April 20, 2020 - Saturday, April 25, 2020

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.

Tynemouth Priory Theatre
A Girl In School Uniform (Walks Into A Bar)
Tuesday, April 21, 2020 - Saturday, April 25, 2020

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…

Alphabetti Theatre, Newcastle
An Inspector Calls
Tuesday, April 21, 2020 - Saturday, April 25, 2020

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.

Sister Act
Wednesday, April 22, 2020 - Saturday, April 25, 2020

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.

The Maltings, Berwick

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