What's On - Theatre
Set over 4,000 years ago – as the stones of Duddo are being painstakingly assembled – this local production tells the story of the ancient people of Milfield Plain, who struggle with strikingly modern dilemmas in a clash with a rival clan. But who cast the first stone?
Direct from the West End, this show-stopping spectacular celebrates 250 years since the ‘invention’ of the circus – combining contemporary cirque-style artistry with adrenaline-fuelled stunt action, guaranteed to have audiences on the edge of their seats.
Inspired by the Oscar-winning MGM film, this is the story of love in the City of Light – with a score that includes some of George and Ira Gershwin’s finest compositions (including I Got Rhythm). Setting records for the number of five-star reviews it received, this West End production will be screened live at the The Witham for one night only.
This amateur production draws on a world of female impersonators, popular song and double entendre in a time of change and opportunity after the First World War. Poppy and George fall in love – but who will wear the trousers in the relationship?
It’s got groove, it’s got meaning and now it’s got a slot in your summer programme. Dust off your T-Bird leathers or pick out your Pink Lady best for the Phoenix Theatre Company’s adaptation of the hit musical – packed with explosive energy, high-octane rock and roll, and all of the singalong classics.
Hitting Sunderland’s stage for it’s world premiere, Awful Auntie promises terribly thrilling fun for everyone over the age of five. Following the story of Stella – who wakes up from a three-month coma with only her Aunt Alberta to tell her what has happened – David Walliams’ rip-roaring tale of fights, frights and friendship features a very large owl, a very small ghost and one awful auntie. We’re intrigued.
Louisa May Alcott's classic novel is brought to life within the majestic grounds of Gibside’s walled garden in this unique adaptation. The timeless story of sisters Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy during the American Civil War is a guaranteed delight – so spread your picnic blankets, open out your deckchairs and enjoy.
When human remains were found in Durham in 2013, archaeologists discovered that they belonged to long-lost prisoners of war from the Battle of Dunbar in 1650. Developed in partnership with Durham University’s exhibition, this play brings to life the untold stories of these soldiers and tours the route they marched: culminating in these shows in Durham.
From a conventional Surrey upbringing to global notoriety via his book The Naked Civil Servant, Quentin Crisp was an extraordinary raconteur and wit – and one of the most memorable figures of the 20th century. His life is recounted for modern audiences in this critically-acclaimed production, which celebrates the strength it takes to be your true self.
Shakespeare’s classic tragedy of the Scottish thane and his inevitable downfall is eerily recreated in the grounds of the Bowes Museum for the Castle Players’ summer production. Expect jealousy, rage, prophesy, conspiracy, betrayal and murder.
Ladies and gentlemen, behold Trolley Boy! Riding these broken streets in his zooming Asda trolley, the brave and fearless Trolley Boy (aka 14 year-old self-made superhero Colin) brings hope to the hopeless, help to the helpless and safety to the… not very safe.
This play tells the story of Neville Vaughan, who was once a respected physic, but a fall from grace has reduced him to backstreet gigs. He owes the taxman thousands, his ex-wife is taking him to the cleaners and then there’s that whole saga with the Puerto Rican bell boy… Expect laughs.
Back in Shakespeare’s day, a small group of actors (juggling a variety of roles from their extensive repertoires) would occasionally leave London and tour the country. Keeping this tradition alive for the first time, eight actors depart from Shakespeare’s Globe in London for Alnwick in August with a choice of three plays: The Merchant of Venice, The Taming of the Shrew and Twelfth Night.
The iconic TV drama (the first of its kind to be set in the North East) comes home for its stage debut to celebrate the centenary of the ending of the First World War – with a gritty exploration of the struggles of life during the inter-war years in the mythical Tyneside town of Gallowshield.
It’s one of the hottest musicals of the last decade, the winner of more than 100 awards – and it’s coming to the North East. Wicked tells the story of the two witches in The Wizard of Oz and their unlikely friendship in the most powerful way, with songs that’ll needle their way into your memory.
The first play of the autumn season here is set to be a corker. Richard Everett’s very English comedy centres around Grace – a former clergy wife who has spent a lifetime on her best behaviour. Now, after the death of her beloved husband, and as a new vicar steps into his shoes, she questions whether it has all been worth it.