Panto Review: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Sunderland Empire

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4:47pm Wednesday 17th December 2014

AS the first snow of winter lay on the hills, so Sunderland Empire opened its doors on this year’s pantomime, and what a colourful, warm-hearted entertainment it is.

Panto Review: Aladdin, Consett Empire

6:26pm Tuesday 16th December 2014

LEAH Bell is the mighty atom who for the past three years has written, directed and starred in the Consett panto but this year she and her wonderfully talented troupe have taken a qualitative step with a show that could, pound for pound, match the best in the region.

Aladdin magics up a festive treat in Billingham

4:08pm Monday 15th December 2014

THERE is no better way to get into the Christmas spirit than going along to a pantomime, and this year’s performance at the Billingham Forum is a real festive treat.

Theatre Review: Cinderella, Harrogate Theatre

The Advertiser Series: Prince Charming (Colin Kiyani) and the glass slipper

4:13pm Monday 15th December 2014

TIME is of the essence in Harrogate Theatre’s small but perfectly formed pantomime. Clock faces frame the stage as a giant pendulum clock swings back and forth, ticking and tocking.

Film Review: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (12A)

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10:08am Thursday 11th December 2014

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Restaurant Review: The Derwent Walk Inn, Consett

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11:28am Thursday 11th December 2014

Gavin Havery discovers the busy Derwent Walk Inn has glorious views and a roaring fire.

Curiouser and curiouser

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10:55am Thursday 11th December 2014

Steve Pratt talks to playwright Simon Stephens and the creative team preparing Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident Of The Dog In the Night-Time for tour.

'We're ready to walk up walls'

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10:55am Thursday 11th December 2014

Actors Joshua Jenkins, Chris Ashby, Clare Perkins and Roberta Carr talk to Steve Pratt about the demands of touring a West End hit play.

Mr Scrooge is up to Scratch

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10:52am Thursday 11th December 2014

Viv Hardwick discovers why Newcastle's Northern Stage seems to have cornered the market in festive entertainment for tots.

Film Review: Tinker Bell and the Legend of the Neverbeast

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10:25am Thursday 11th December 2014

Tinker Bell and the Legend of the Neverbeast

Stand-up for panto traditions

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10:20am Thursday 11th December 2014

Award-winning talent show comedian Brennan Reece talks to Viv Hardwick about making his pantomime debut as Aladdin at Billingham Forum Theatre.

Panto Review: The Chuckles of Oz, Darlington Civic Theatre

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10:17am Thursday 11th December 2014

The Chuckles of Oz, Darlington Civic Theatre

Comic tour is set to visit town

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10:17am Thursday 11th December 2014

Comedian Romesh Ranganathan will bring his 2014 Edinburgh Best Show Comedy Award-nominated show, Rom Wasn’t Built In A Day, to The Witham in Barnard Castle on Saturday.

Panto Review: Jack and The Beanstalk, Middlesbrough Theatre

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2:13pm Tuesday 9th December 2014

Middlesbrough Theatre, Jack and The Beanstalk

Panto Review: Get Santa, Northern Stage, Newcastle

2:58pm Monday 8th December 2014

IT'S Christmas Eve in the Finnigan household and a petulant ten-year-old Holly drags her giant teddy on stage and announces that Christmas is rubbish, she never gets what she wants from Santa.

Panto Review: Little Red Riding Hood, The Customs House

2:53pm Monday 8th December 2014

Little Red Riding Hood, The Customs House, South Shields

Restaurant Review: The Black Horse, Ingleton

The Advertiser Series: Manager James Watson, barmaid Christine Hobson and chef Chris Sowerby at The Black Horse at Ingleton. Pictures: STUART BOULTON

12:55pm Friday 5th December 2014

Chris Lloyd finds Ingleton's honest The Black Horse pub restaurant is well worth an unannounced visit.

'Coal can be sexy'

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11:01am Thursday 4th December 2014

Composer Stuart Brayson talks to Viv Hardwick about his ambitious NE musical King Pit.

Film review: Get Santa

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10:43am Thursday 4th December 2014

AFTER the nightmare before Christmas of Nativity 3: Dude, Where's My Donkey?!, it seemed like we were in for tidings of discomfort and joylessness.

Film Review: Penguins of Madagascar

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10:38am Thursday 4th December 2014

BIRDS of a feather somersault, karate kick and bicker together in Eric Darnell and Simon J Smith's misfiring computer-animated spin-off from the Madagascar films.

Mother Goose links father and daughter

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10:21am Thursday 4th December 2014

Steve Pratt finds that Matilda star David Leonard and his daughter Hermione Lynch are an ideal pair for playing pantomime.

‘It’s written in stone, we’ll keep touring to Sunderland’

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10:21am Thursday 4th December 2014

Viv Hardwick talks to Birmingham Royal Ballet boss David Bintley about future touring.

Film Review: St Vincent

The Advertiser Series: Bill Murray and Jaeden Lieberher star in St Vincent

10:15am Thursday 4th December 2014

A MODERN-DAY Scrooge is moved by the plight of a young boy in Theodore Melfi's touching and frequently uproarious comedy.

Theatre Review: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Newcastle Theatre Royal

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2:48pm Monday 1st December 2014

WITH a reputation as the biggest and the best to uphold, the Royal’s panto certainly has its work cut out, not to mention seven pairs of tiny shoes.

Review: New Board Inn, Esh Winning

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11:05am Friday 28th November 2014

Mark Tallentire takes baby steps towards joining family dining at The New Board Inn, Esh Winning.

'I'm ready to enjoy being the panto baddie'

The Advertiser Series: Actress Anita Harris arrives at the Grand Opera House, York.
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11:22am Thursday 27th November 2014

Anita Harris talks to Steve Pratt about her long stage and screen careers which all began when she was offered the chance to dance in Las Vegas.

Film Review: Paddington

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4:57pm Thursday 27th November 2014

MORE than 50 years after he first appeared in print, author Michael Bond's beloved bear Paddington has finally arrived on the big screen in his first star-packed family adventure.

Film Review: Horrible Bosses 2

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5:07pm Thursday 27th November 2014

RELEASED in 2011, Horrible Bosses centred on three friends, who plotted to kill their sadistic employers and found self-respect in the process.

Decade of delight

11:15am Thursday 27th November 2014

Viv Hardwick talks to Clive Webb and Danny Adams about achieving panto perfection

The Lemon brick road to Oz

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10:53am Thursday 27th November 2014

Viv Hardwick talks to Darlington pantomime cast members Adam C Booth and Beth Stobbart.

Woman In Black giveaway

The Advertiser Series: Phoebe Fox and Jeremy Irvine star in The Woman In Black: Angel of Death

10:47am Thursday 27th November 2014

TO celebrate the release of film The Woman In Black: Angel Of Death on January 1, starring Phoebe Fox, Jeremy Irvine and Helen McCrory, What's On is offering a lucky reader the chance to win a pair of tickets to the stage show of The Woman In Black when it plays Darlington Civic Theatre in January.

Guide to this year's pantos around the North-East and North Yorkshire

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11:18am Thursday 20th November 2014

Steve Pratt takes readers around the main North-East and North Yorkshire 18 choices for their money when it comes to Christmas entertainment for the family this year.

Phil has lion's share of new role

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4:06pm Thursday 20th November 2014

Viv Hardwick chats to North-East-born Phil Corbitt about joining The Chuckles Of Oz at Darlington.

'My 15-year musical stretch'

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Blood Brothers play at The Alhambra Theatre, Bradord, West Yorkshire.
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4:02pm Thursday 20th November 2014

Sean Jones talks to Steve Pratt about his long association with Willy Russell’s Blood Brothers.

Mice on the menu

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3:59pm Thursday 20th November 2014

IT’S great to see village halls offering a little Christmas magic on the doorstep for local children and their families to enjoy.

Hoboken Grill, Darlington

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11:21am Thursday 20th November 2014

Chris Webber can’t claim to be cool, but he can tackle a smoke-on-site burger at Darlington’s Hoboken Grill.

Theatre Review: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Darlington Civic Theatre

2:29pm Wednesday 19th November 2014

THE rainbow-coloured cast of Bill Kenwright's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat received a standing ovation after their opening performance at the Darlington Civic Theatre.

Gig Review: Bigelf, O2 Academy, Newcastle

The Advertiser Series: Damon Fox of Bigelf

12:20pm Wednesday 19th November 2014

In most bands the keyboard player is more often than not banished to the side of the stage out of harm’s way, but not so in American Prog Rock band Bigelf where Damon Fox takes centre stage imprisoned on both sides by an impressive array of vintage keyboards from Mini Moogs, Hammond Organs and the king of Prog instruments, the Mellotron.

Theatre Review: Testing Times, People's Theatre, Newcastle

12:15pm Wednesday 19th November 2014

WITH around 20,000 people in the North East affected by the HIV virus and ten per cent of those developing the full-blown AIDS virus, this is a topic as relevant today as it was back in the 1980s. Straight or gay, male or female, this horrendous disease does not recognise sexual preferences as it wrecks the lives of carriers and of those close to them.

Theatre Review: Heaven Eyes, Théâtre Sans Frontières, Phoenix Theatre, Blyth

11:43am Tuesday 18th November 2014

THIS stage adaptation of Newcastle-born David Almond’s book is a corker. From the amazing morphing set designed by Alison Ashton, to the outstanding performances, music by Ken Patterson, lighting, image projection, sound effects arranged by Kevin James, it works.

Theatre Review: Regeneration, Darlington Civic Theatre

The Advertiser Series: Stephen Boxer as Captain Rivers

3:00pm Friday 14th November 2014

NICHOLAS Wright’s stage adaptation of Pat Barker’s First World War trilogy is timed exactly right in this centenary year, with an awareness demonstrated by the number of younger people in the audience.

Theatre Review: Riverdance, Sunderland Empire

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3:00pm Friday 14th November 2014

THE standing ovation received on the opening night, really says it all. Twenty years on from that momentous seven-minute interlude during 1994’s Eurovision Song Contest, life has changed for so many young Irish dancers and performers, and changed the world’s relationship with Irish dance for ever.

Eating out: Cinnamon Club, Trimdon Village

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11:04am Thursday 13th November 2014

Lizzie Anderson is spoilt for choice at the Cinnamon Club Indian Restaurant, Trimdon Village.

Matt Corner's happy Valli

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10:24am Thursday 13th November 2014

Conquering the falsetto voice required for the Jersey Boys has put Darlington's Matt Corner into prime position to launch the show at Sunderland, reports Steve Pratt.

Mr musicals

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10:18am Thursday 13th November 2014

Steve Pratt talks to North Yorkshire director Nikolai Foster about the serious future of shows.

Theatre Review: Beauty And The Beast, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Sunderland Empire

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12:16pm Wednesday 12th November 2014

AS the programme notes say, the nights are drawing in and what better time to curl up with a good ballet. Birmingham Royal Ballet have once again brought their talent to the North-East to enchant audiences with this gothic fairy tale.

Theatre Review: Lord of the Flies, Newcastle Theatre Royal

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4:53pm Monday 10th November 2014

BASED on the novel by William Golding, Lord of the Flies is about a group of young boys who get trapped in an abandoned theatre (originally an island in the book), it’s a tale which starts off as innocent, but soon spirals into savagery.

The Chequers Inn, Dalton-on-Tees

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10:34am Friday 7th November 2014

Chris Lloyd is shocked to discover how little he's been charged at The Chequers Inn, Dalton-on-Tees.

Theatre future and wartime past

10:27am Friday 7th November 2014

York's young hopefuls produce a week of shows while Frosterley reveals tragedy from the First World War

Keeping tragedy in mind

The Advertiser Series: Paul Hunter and Edward Petherbridge in My Perfect Mind

4:45pm Thursday 6th November 2014

Steve Pratt talks to Edward Petherbridge about turning his darkest hour into a successful play.









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