What's On This Week
Since the dawn of time, people have had secrets to hide… and share. Delve into the mysterious world of covert communications in The Word’s latest free exhibition – Cracked! Secret Codes and Communication – which starts with the earliest examples of ciphers before journeying through time to discover how methods of secret communication were used during times of war, right through to how modern technology uses coding to allow us to communicate safely today. Bring your budding cryptologists along and try your hand at cracking a secret code using their Caesar Wheel, communicate a message using Flag Semaphore, and discover the ancient ciphers that remain unsolved to this day.
The youngest daughters of curmudgeonly boot maker Hobson are anxious to marry and have eligible suitors who must wait until eldest daughter, the practical-minded Maggie, is engaged. Maggie, however, has other ideas – ideas which include freedom from her father’s tyranny, a business and a husband of her own choosing: her father’s shy apprentice, Will Mossop.
Based on the Oscar-winning film, which famously starred Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman, Rain Man is the inaugural production from the Classic Screen to Stage Theatre Company – starring former Hollyoaks and Corrie star Chris Fountain and Paul Nicholls (of Eastenders fame) as his long-lost older brother, Raymond, as they embark on an unforgettable trip across America.
Celebrating the life and career of a man who has interviewed over 2,000 of the most important cultural figures of the 20th and 21st centuries, this special evening with Sir Michael Parkinson (in conversation with his son, Mike) will also show highlights from the family archive in a unique and intimate evening of entertainment.
Celebrating 30 years of everyone’s favourite patchwork elephant, this playful exhibition at Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children’s Books is the first major retrospective of David McKee’s striking artwork – which, as well as being full of vibrance and colour, are perfect for opening up conversations around diversity and being yourself.
Henning ‘took office’ back in 2003 after watching an open mic night that left him convinced that he wouldn’t be all that much worse, and has been performing as the self-styled ‘German Comedy Ambassador’ ever since. Listen to his hilarious manifesto for yourself while he’s in Whitley Bay.
Geordie comic Lee Kyle was in an all-male Spice Girls tribute act, then spent a decade as a professional wrestler, before trying his hand at stand up. He insists throughout his shows that he isn’t famous – but judging by the quality of his comedy, it’s only a matter of time before he is.
Adapted from Benji Davies’s award-winning book, which sensitively covers themes of love and loss, this heartwarming production, filled with songs, laughter and magic, is sure to have even the biggest of kids glued to their seats. Syd’s favourite person in the whole wide world is Grandad, and Grandad’s favourite person is Syd. Together, the intrepid duo embark on all sorts of adventures – and they’re inviting you along for the ride.
Legendary rock icon (and original Cockney Rebel) Steve Harley has written and recorded 12 albums in a career that spans four decades, and continues to perform to sell-out audiences worldwide. Don’t miss this chance to see him perform one of the most-played singles in British radio history – it’s guaranteed to make you smile.