Mastering a mad world

The Advertiser Series: Scene from A Mad World My Masters

2:03pm Friday 27th March 2015

Viv Hardwick discovers that bawdy comedy from the Royal Shakespeare Company is in rude health thanks to director/adaptor Sean Foley

Hidden restaurant worth finding

The Advertiser Series: DINING: Fairhursts Bistro is based in Middleham Key Centre.

1:15pm Thursday 26th March 2015

I HAD been to Middleham Key Centre before for the odd council meeting or planning hearing, but the discovery that it now boasted a bistro was a surprise.

Man in the Moon, Rockliffe Hall

The Advertiser Series: Ciaran Nolan in Man in the Moon

10:31am Sunday 22nd March 2015

Man in the Moon, Rockliffe Hall

Political comedy tours North-East

The Advertiser Series: Russell Floyd stars in The Accidental Activist

10:53am Friday 20th March 2015

AN anti-cuts comedy featuring sketches, songs and stand-up will tour the region in the run-up to the General Election.

Film Review: The Divergent Series: Insurgent

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10:11am Thursday 19th March 2015

The Divergent Series: Insurgent

The Old Miller's Tale

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6:19am Thursday 19th March 2015

METAL Bridge is one those prosaically named communities that County Durham seems to specialise in. A hamlet just a few miles off the A1 south of Durham, it is notable chiefly for its two pubs, one of which, The Old Mill, has a reputation which has spread far and wide.

A View From The Bridge, Darlington Civic Theatre

The Advertiser Series: Jonathan Guy Lewis and Michael Brandon in A View From The Bridge

10:59am Wednesday 18th March 2015

A View From The Bridge, Darlington Civic Theatre

Barnard Castle's outdoor theatre debut

The Advertiser Series: Chapterhouse Theatre's Pride and Prejudice

7:02pm Monday 16th March 2015

CHAPTERHOUSE Theatre Company has made a name for itself producing top-quality outdoor theatre. From touring one show to 30 venues – Romeo and Juliet in 2000 – to performing a selection of productions in more than 150 of the UK and Ireland’s idyllic garden settings, the company has cultivated a loyal fanbase, who enjoy seeing some of literature’s best-loved characters.

Beastly laughter for Bobby Davro

5:28pm Monday 16th March 2015

STAGING pantomime at Easter is far more challenging than changing the traditional rules of theatre. Bobby Davro should know, he's been tweeting recently about the difficulty of trying to write the script for Beauty and the Beast in time for a tour to York and Darlington.

Restaurant Review: The Orangery, Rockliffe Hall, Hurworth

The Advertiser Series: Orangery Restaurant

12:20pm Friday 13th March 2015

With a new executive head chef in place at Rockliffe Hall, near Darlington, heather Barron, along with husband, Peter, tries out the refreshed fine dining menu in The Orangery

Shrek, Newcastle Theatre Royal

The Advertiser Series: Dean Chisnall and Faye Brookes in Shrek the Musical

10:16am Friday 13th March 2015

Shrek, Newcastle Theatre Royal

Film Review: Suite Francaise

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11:00am Thursday 12th March 2015

Suite Francaise

Macbeth, Northern Stage Newcastle

The Advertiser Series: Macbeth, Northern Stage Newcastle

8:23am Thursday 12th March 2015

Macbeth, Northern Stage Newcastle

Birdsong: Darlington Civic Theatre

The Advertiser Series: Peter Duncan in Birdsong

11:38am Wednesday 11th March 2015

Birdsong: Darlington Civic Theatre

One Man, Two Guvnors, York Grand Opera House

The Advertiser Series: Gavin Spokes in One Man, Two Guvnors

10:24am Wednesday 11th March 2015

One Man, Two Guvnors, York Grand Opera House

The Marriage of Figaro: Opera North, Newcastle Theatre Royal

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3:05pm Friday 6th March 2015

Opera North’s production of The Marriage Figaro was rollicking fun, with a capacity audience at Newcastle’s Theatre Royal laughing out loud at times.

Brendan Cole, A Night to Remember. York

The Advertiser Series: Brendan Cole with French dancer Fauvre Hauto (20086897)

2:33pm Friday 6th March 2015

BRENDAN Cole was joined by a flawless cast of dancers and musicians as he stepped back on to the York Barbican stage for his new show A Night To Remember. It truly was an evening of thrills, frills and incredible skill, which travels later this month to Tyneside.

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Merchant Adventurers' Hall, York

The Advertiser Series: The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Merchant Adventurers' Hall, York

10:34am Friday 6th March 2015

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Merchant Adventurers' Hall, York

Dance Review: Fertile Ground, Sunderland College

The Advertiser Series: Holly Bellamy and Alys North in A New Chimera by Tom Dale

5:20pm Thursday 5th March 2015

Dance Review: Fertile Ground, Sunderland College

La Vida Breve/Gianni Schicchi, Opera North, Newcastle Theatre Royal

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10:49am Thursday 5th March 2015

OPERA North’s latest visit to Newcastle’s Theatre Royal opened with a double bill of contrasting works, sharing the common theme of death.

Film Review: Chappie

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10:32am Thursday 5th March 2015

Film: Chappie

Standing up for striking Ricky

The Advertiser Series: Neil Gore and William Fox in United We Stand

10:27am Thursday 5th March 2015

Steve Pratt talks to Neil Gaore about the play United We Stand, which features modern day injustice.

Film Review: Still Alice

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10:22am Thursday 5th March 2015

Still Alice

La Vida Breve/Gianni Schicchi, Opera North, Newcastle Theatre Royal

The Advertiser Series: FALLA: Opera North’s production of Falla’s La vida breve with 
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9:15am Thursday 5th March 2015

OPERA North’s latest visit to Newcastle’s Theatre Royal opened with a double bill of contrasting works, sharing the common theme of death.

Five minutes with... Ana Maria Labin

The Advertiser Series: Opera Singer Ana Maria Labin

6:12am Thursday 5th March 2015

Where did your love of opera come from?

Taking tea at the castle

The Advertiser Series: EATING: Eating out at Auckland Castle tearoom Picture: SARAH CALDECOTT (19397949)

6:11am Thursday 5th March 2015

SPRING was stalling. We’d been enticed out, like the daffodils, by the warm sunshine only for grey clouds to gather and nasty, cold splodges of sleet to fall from them. We sought sanctuary in the castle, and took tea in the library, surrounded by books and busts, with an unknown 16th Century astronomer looking down on us.

Calamity Jane, Sunderland Empire

The Advertiser Series: Phoebe Street and Jodie Prenger in Calamity Jane

8:58am Wednesday 4th March 2015

THE only problem with this review is that it isn’t long enough for the superlatives that this Watermill Theatre production richly deserves: in short - it’s stunning.

North-East comedy pair Reeves and Mortimer confirm tour

The Advertiser Series: ON TOUR: Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer.

11:21am Tuesday 3rd March 2015

NORTH-East comedy duo Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer have confirmed their first tour in 20 years.

‘My view from the bridge’

The Advertiser Series: A View From The Bridge, James Rastall and Philip Cairns

5:07pm Tuesday 3rd March 2015

Michael Brandon discover he has quite a few surprising points for Viv Hardwick on his Arthur Miller debut.

Oiling Darlington wheels of debate

The Advertiser Series: Professor Iain Stewart

4:35pm Friday 27th February 2015

WILL oil always be cheaper? Is fracking the answer? The man who has become the BBC’s face of geology, Professor Iain Stewart, will attempt to answer these questions when he visits Darlington next week as well as and on his new TV series on BBC2.

Restaurant Review: Glass House, Darlington College

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11:20am Friday 27th February 2015

Staffed by students and run by experienced college tutors, Darlington College’s Glass House restaurant provides many students with their first rung on the ladder towards a career in hospitality. Karl Simmonds and Ian Hamilton were invited to find out more

Forbidden pleasures

The Advertiser Series: Mark Newnham as Cookie and Greg Last as Navigation Officer in Return to the Forbidden Planet.

10:55am Thursday 26th February 2015

It's blast-off time for 25 years of a musical which changed to course of theatre history. Viv Hardwick talks to creator Bob Carlton and skating star Frido Ruth.

Restaurant Review: The Wellington Heifer, Ainderby Steeple

The Advertiser Series: WARM WELCOME: The Wellington Heifer at Ainderby Steeple. Picture: RICHARD DOUGHTY

10:27am Thursday 26th February 2015

On a snowy February night, Joe Willis finds a warm welcome waiting in Ainderby Steeple.

Film review: The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

The Advertiser Series:

10:21am Thursday 26th February 2015

Film: The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Film Review: It Follows

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9:59am Thursday 26th February 2015

It Follows

Claire’s all set for Sex In Suburbia

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9:51am Thursday 26th February 2015

Singing star got the idea for her show from her many disastrous dates, before meeting Mr Right.

Film Review: Addicted To Sheep, Gala Theatre, Durham

The Advertiser Series: Stars of new documentary following Upper Teesdale tenant hill farmers talk of unique experience

4:48pm Tuesday 24th February 2015

When I was invited to review a new independent film about a tenant sheep farming family I must admit I didn't know what to expect.

Birdsong, Northern Stage, Newcastle

The Advertiser Series: Peter Duncan in Birdsong

2:51pm Tuesday 24th February 2015

TUNNEL warfare deep underground in the rabbit warrens of the First World War beneath the battlefields of France is an unlikely place to find a love story. Rachel Wagstaff’s adaptation of Sebastian Faulk’s novel makes the fictional characters feel as if everything is written from personal experience.

The Full Monty, Sunderland Empire

The Advertiser Series: Gary Lucy, centre, in The Full Monty

9:00am Tuesday 24th February 2015

ROBERT Jones’ impressive set towers high on the Empire stage evoking the decrepit interior of an abandoned steelworks. Overseen by Margaret, the temperamental overhead crane, and detailed in all its decaying splendour, it stands as a constant reminder of the fragile economy and even more fragile lives of its now redundant employees.

Top Gear Live, Newcastle Metro Radio Arena

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9:07pm Sunday 22nd February 2015

MANY might wonder just how three middle-aged men have been able to fashion a global phenomena from saying the words cock, testicle and penis.

Wildlife wonderman

The Advertiser Series: Gordon Buchanan filming the The Bear Family And Me

4:16pm Friday 20th February 2015

Viv Hardwick talks to award-winning cameraman Gordon Buchanan about touring to Durham Gala Theatre.

New venue fits the Bill

The Advertiser Series: New venue fits the Bill

11:24am Tuesday 17th February 2015

“GIVE me another piece of that pecan pie.”

New venue fits the Bill

11:07am Tuesday 17th February 2015

“GIVE me another piece of that pecan pie.”

Theatre Review: Calamity Jane, York Grand Opera House

The Advertiser Series: Jodie Prenger in Calamity Jane

4:02pm Thursday 12th February 2015

Calamity Jane, York Grand Opera House

'Now we are more nervous'

The Advertiser Series: 'Now we are more nervous'

10:59am Thursday 12th February 2015

Viv Hardwick discovers how Flavia Cacace is still keen to Dance 'Til Dawn at Sunderland.

Restaurant Review: The County, Aycliffe Village

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10:51am Thursday 12th February 2015

PETER BARRON returns from a weekend trip to Dublin and calls in at a popular County Durham eating out venue.

Duncan still dares

The Advertiser Series: Duncan still dares

10:33am Thursday 12th February 2015

Peter Duncan talks to Viv Hardwick about finding a new part of his family in Whitby and the stress of being killed every day as Jack Firebrace in touring drama Birdsong.

Dancing with dyslexia

The Advertiser Series: Dancing with dyslexia

10:29am Thursday 12th February 2015

AWARD-WINNING solo dancer Aakash Odedra is bringing his new work Murmur, inspired by his experiences of dyslexia, to Dance City, Newcastle, on Temple Street, on Saturday, February 28, 8pm, as part of an international tour.

Oceans of interest

The Advertiser Series: Oceans of interest

10:28am Thursday 12th February 2015

Richard Lewis has become one of the country’s leading talents in the creation of high quality children’s theatre, adapting and directing shows from television.

Film Review: Fifty Shades of Grey

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10:16am Thursday 12th February 2015

Film: Fifty Shades Of Grey









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