What's On - Theatre
Sting’s musical, The Last Ship, takes the shipbuilding industry in Wallsend as its subject, following the life of Gideon Fletcher, a sailor who returns home after spending half his life at sea. The personal and political show is coming home to the North East in March, featuring original music by The Police frontman, and local icon Jimmy Nail in the role of foreman Jackie White.
This family-friendly Northern Canterbury Tales, put on by the Northumberland Theatre Company, takes in many stops during its tour of the region (including Otterburn, Bamburgh and Corsenside), so keep your eyes peeled for it stopping at a town or village near you.
Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons redefined music for a generation, and the stage sensation Jersey Boys tells the story of Frankie as he crafted hit after hit – but became less enamoured with his backing band.
This oddball production by Little Mighty is a domestic comedy of errors: Jenny’s a vicar trying (but failing) to split from her husband, the church hall roof is falling down, and Jenny’s friend Danny runs into the vestry with a gun. Sound complicated? We agree.
A staggering 55 years after Galton and Simpson’s sitcom was first broadcast on television, this production of Albert and Harold, father and son rag and bone men, comes tottering over the hill. The humour is still as fresh as it was the day it was first told – even if the stuff they’re selling isn’t.
Featuring the music of Take That, The Band tells the tale of five 16 year-old girls who grew up surrounded by the culture of loving a boyband in the nineties, and embark on the mission of meeting their heroes 25 years on. Five to Five, the winning band from BBC talent show, Let It Shine, have starring roles.
Terry Deary’s terrible tales take to the stage with more scenes from Barmy Britain. Expect the same interesting combination of blood, gore, jokes and facts that you didn’t previously know about some of history’s best-trodden times.
Peppa, George and her school friends are about to go on a big adventure. Their lunch boxes are packed, and Daddy Pig is driving the bus, ready to go camping outside in tents and with plenty of muddy puddles all about.
Rowan McCabe, the world’s first door-to-door poet, is taking his itinerant touring poetry to a strange, new venue: the stage. This one man theatrical performance will combine spoken word and theatre, detailing the people he’s met along the way in his attempts to inject poetry into people’s lives.
This performance for all the family tells the story of Alba, who has been training to become an astronaut and take part in the space race. The problem? Alba’s methods are a bit unconventional: she wants to power her rocket with crisps.
Graham Greene’s gritty, gripping noir thriller tells the story of Pinkie and Rose, lovelorn teenagers who get caught up in a vicious gang war in Brighton that takes in murders and dangerous incidents. This new production by Pilot Theatre and York Theatre Royal is a new adaptation from Bryony Lavery, an acclaimed playwright.
Phil Daniels (Quadrophenia’s Jimmy Cooper) takes the lead role in this twisted tale by Robert Louis Stevenson of the well-heeled society man who turns into a hideous monster at night.
Newcastle’s famed home for the best new theatre writing doesn’t disappoint with this production of Natasha Marshall’s semi-autobiographical comedy about growing up as a mixed race child in the local village.