What's On - Theatre
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 Sunderland 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.
Ticker follows Geordie millennial Spencer, who is deeply in love with the inestimable Gabi. But his life is torn apart by Gabi’s untimely – and unexplained – death. How can he even begin to cope with finding himself suddenly both a prime suspect and a chief mourner? Themes of outsider grief and loneliness meet black humour and frank dialogue, exploring male identity, toxic aggression, and how not talking about things can eventually lead to self-destruction.
The Theatre Royal’s latest family pantomime offering comes in the form of this spectacularly enchanting production Beauty and the Beast. Join North East panto royalty Danny Adams, Clive Webb and Chris Hayward on a magical adventure to help the beautiful Belle on her quest to unleash the beauty within the Beast – with everything you’ve come to expect from the Theatre Royal’s panto: spectacular special effects, hilarious comedy and more than a few surprises along the way.
On Christmas Eve, the most magical night of the year, the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge is whisked away on a terrifying journey through the past and into the future, accompanied by three fearsome ghosts determined to make him realise the true meaning of Christmas. Charles Dickens’ classic tale is brought to life by critically-acclaimed theatre company Chapterhouse in this most traditional of productions, complete with beautiful period costume, song, dance and a magnificent musical score.
Roll up, roll up – the Circus is in town! Dame Gertie Dollop runs the show with her son Silly Billy, but they’ve fallen on hard times. Particularly with the dastardly Ringmaster Heinkel, owner of the rival circus, up to his old tricks. Gertie needs a miracle, but could three porridge-hungry, talking bears be their new star attraction? Seaton Delaval Pantomime Society present this big top pantomime that’s just right for all ages.
Roo is very excited. So excited she might actually pop. She cannot sit still because it’s Christmas Eve and her dad says it might snow. Roo has never seen snow before and it’s all she wants for Christmas (except for a shiny red bike with her name on it). But her dad says you should be careful what you wish for… This magical Christmas show invites under 5s (and their grown-ups) to join Roo and Mr Pickle as they go on an unexpected snowy adventure.
A giant of a panto is coming to Darlington this Christmas… Follow Jack (Britain’s Got Talent winner, George Sampson) as he climbs a huge beanstalk to outwit the evil giant and win the hand of the girl he loves. Helped along the way by Mother Nature (Strictly Come Dancing’s Shirley Ballas) and his hapless brother Simon (comedian Phil Walker), will Jack make it back down to earth? Fee-Fi-Fo-Fabulous.
The Polar Bears are moving up in the world – they’ve lost their balloon and they need to get it back. It’s time to get up, step up, climb up, jump up – climbing trees, floating on clouds and reaching for the stars. And, of course, stopping for sandwiches along the way. This magical, non-verbal production for young adventurers aged from 2–5 promises to be a perfect Christmas treat.
It’s time to roll the dice and fall in love under the bright lights of New York city. To settle a bet, high-roller Sky Masterson pursues straight-laced Sergeant Sarah Brown, only to fall head over heels for his unlikely love. This spectacular musical comedy is a high energy riot of breathtaking dance and features all-time favourite musical numbers Luck be a Lady, Guys and Dolls, and the irresistible Sit Down, You’re Rocking the Boat.
Is it even Christmas if you haven’t seen a pantomime? The People’s panto has become something of a local legend in recent years, and we’re sure their production of Dick Whittington will bring laughs, songs and festive fun aplenty.
Do you want to know a Christmas secret? Maybe you’d like to know where the fairy on top of the Christmas tree comes from, or why you never see a Christmas elf, or what exactly happened to Frosty the Snowman? Or maybe you’d like to know the greatest secret of them all – the one about Santa Claus and the thing he secretly loves best. If you want to find out, better join Santa and his friends in this fun-filled family musical.
Santa is determined to deliver the most fantastic Christmas present to Sarah, but he doesn't get it right straight away. With the help of his cheeky Elf, he finally settles on something perfect, just in time for Christmas Eve. Rod Campbell's Dear Santa proves an ideal introduction to theatre for those aged 2–7 years – who will even get to meet the big man himself after the show, and even receive a present.
Based upon several ghost stories by Charles Dickens, The Haunting is sure to chill spines old and young this winter. 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.
Drawn from the York Mystery Plays and consolidated into a new, 60-minute production presented in the atmospheric Spurriergate Centre, A Nativity For York tells the story of the ordinary people who are at the heart of a truly extraordinary event
The Victoria Theatre's spectacular family pantomime has all the ingredients for a magical trip to the theatre – hilarious slapstick humour, plenty of audience interaction, and a host of hilarious and hairy characters, not to mention some fabulous song and dance routines that will delight audiences of all ages. This one promises to be a beast of a panto... and a beauty of a show.
It’s 1835 and Lottie and Maud are travelling home to East Yorkshire for Christmas. But things aren’t quite as they remember and, as the presents are placed under the tree, carols are sung, and the turkey arrives, their uneasiness grows. Is it them, or is it the festive spirits? From the company that brought you The Remarkable Tale of Dorothy Mackaill, celebrate the season in rather more chilling style with this dramatic production.
Based on the novel by Daphne du Maurier, this menacing psychological thriller stars Helen George (best known for playing Trixie Franklin in Call the Midwife) as the alluring, exotic, unconventional and deliciously enigmatic Countess Rachel Sangalletti. Having travelled from Florence to the Ashley Estate in Cornwall, home of her recently-deceased husband, Rachel’s presence arouses dark suspicions and uncontrollable desires, not least in young Philip – cousin and heir to the Ashley home.