Theatre Review: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time, Newcastle Theatre Royal

The Advertiser Series: Simon Stephens and Mark Haddon, Curious Incident play creators

5:21pm Thursday 29th January 2015

MATHS and the minutiae of the Bakerloo Line aren’t usually associated with limelight, but then this is a classic 21st Century text and, once the stamp of the National Theatre is all over it you can rest assured that this will be a top production, but not like we have ever seen before.

Strictly Come Dancing Tour at Newcastle Metro Radio Arena

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4:59pm Thursday 29th January 2015

THE glamour and sparkle of TV’s Strictly Come Dancing had thousands of die-hard fans baying for more when the live tour arrived in Newcastle this week.

Restaurant Review: Newcastle Airport

The Advertiser Series: Restaurant Review: Newcastle Airport

11:20am Thursday 29th January 2015

Off on a weekend trip, Peter Barron weighs up the eating out options at Newcastle International Airport.

Prepare to see this and weep

The Advertiser Series: Phoenix Dance of Leeds

11:06am Thursday 29th January 2015

Those tempted to cry me a river over dance now have the chance with Phoenix Dance's new work, TearFall.

Total Calamity

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

11:04am Thursday 29th January 2015

Jodie Prenger talks to Steve Pratt about following Doris Day onto the Deadwood Stage.

Live side of Top Gear

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10:38am Thursday 29th January 2015

Viv Hardwick looks at the legacy of Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May as they hit the road to Newcastle.

Film Review: Kingsman: The Secret Service

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10:24am Thursday 29th January 2015

DIRECTED at full pelt by Matthew Vaughn, Kingsman: The Secret Service is an outrageous James Bond-esque caper with an unpleasant and sadistic streak.

Highlights that are boxing clever

The Advertiser Series: ON SONG: Bowjangles are among the professional performances that will visit community venues this spring

10:10am Thursday 29th January 2015

Village halls and small spaces are about to resound to another season of touring work.

Film Review: Big Hero 6 (PG)

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10:07am Thursday 29th January 2015

Big Hero 6

Restaurant Review: The Scullery, Sunderland

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11:10am Thursday 22nd January 2015

Having opened just over a year ago, The Scullery aims to distinguish itself from the usual cafes and restaurants - and it succeeds, as Sarah Foster discovers.

Week of new performances

The Advertiser Series: Director Melanie Rashbrooke

11:06am Thursday 22nd January 2015

In with the new, Live Theatre on Newcastle's Quayside is about to open its doors to new work which audiences can see in the making.

Time for us to enjoy the Shrek effect

The Advertiser Series: Shrek the Musical (9050535)

10:24am Thursday 22nd January 2015

Viv Hardwick goes under the green skin of Shrek the Musical to discover how an animated Hollywood movies was always destined to play UK venues like Drury Lane and Newcastle.

Spring into a new season

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10:22am Thursday 22nd January 2015

Newcastle's Northern Stage enlivens the new year with a collaboration version of Cyrano de Bergerac.

Film Review: The Gambler

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10:11am Thursday 22nd January 2015

The Gambler

Film Review: Ex Machina

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10:09am Thursday 22nd January 2015

Ex Machina

Put your Betts on a dramatic election night

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9:56am Thursday 22nd January 2015

Viv Hardwick chats to Torben Betts about adding his weight to Newcastle's political landscape

Event with extra bounce

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9:54am Thursday 22nd January 2015

Net profit means a lot to a weekend show at Newcastle's Cluny

Film Review: A Most Violent Year

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9:52am Thursday 22nd January 2015

A Most Violent Year

Theatre Review: The Woman in Black, Darlington Civic Theatre

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5:44pm Tuesday 20th January 2015

It's 1950. Arthur Kipps (Malcolm James), a weathered and worn-out ex-solicitor, is set to perform a self-written ghost story - the truth about what happened at Eel Marsh House all those years ago.

Fame and fortune

The Advertiser Series: Tom Roberts and Kilke John in Satin 'n’ Steel

10:41am Thursday 15th January 2015

The Georgian Theatre Royal, in Richmond, has plenty of diverse events ahead for theatre-goers in its spring season.

New season will be a real thriller

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10:38am Thursday 15th January 2015

Newcastle Theatre Royal has booked the best in terms of drama and musicals

It's a dream not a tragedy

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10:36am Thursday 15th January 2015

Viv Hardwick talks to Erica Whyman and Philip Bernays about the future of the RSC Newcastle season.

Restaurant Review: The Ellerby Country Inn

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10:34am Thursday 15th January 2015

Jenny Needham makes a last-minute booking at Ellerby for her New Year's Eve supper.

Film Review: Wild

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10:23am Thursday 15th January 2015


Classic thriller hits the stage

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10:07am Thursday 15th January 2015

The 39 Steps Re-Climbed is adapted by Barnard Castle's Simon Pell for The Castle Players' New Year tour of Teesdale village halls.

Film Review: Whiplash

The Advertiser Series: Melissa Benoist and Miles Teller in WHIPLASH. (15994092)

9:59am Thursday 15th January 2015


Restaurant Review: Vesuvio, Darlington

The Advertiser Series: RESTAURANT REVIEW: Vesuvio, Darlington. Picture: STUART BOULTON. (15518154)

10:53am Thursday 8th January 2015

Peter Barron ends the year with a curious experience at a 'hidden gem' in Darlington.

Well Wicked

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10:48am Thursday 8th January 2015

Ashleigh Gray talks to Viv Hardwick about turning green to play Elphaba.

Dream roles at the double

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10:46am Thursday 8th January 2015

Steve Pratt catches up with the so-called good guys of Emily Tierney(Glinda) and Samuel Edwards (Flyero).

Shildon aids Railway Children

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10:44am Thursday 8th January 2015

Helen Brown sets the scene for a historic piece of steam transport history to perform in a classic book adaptation next to Kings Cross station.

Tis not the season to be too jolly

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10:41am Thursday 8th January 2015

Viv Hardwick comments on the worrying plans that the Royal Shakespeare Company has for the NE.

Film Review: Foxcatcher

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10:33am Thursday 8th January 2015


Film Review: Into the Woods

The Advertiser Series: Emily Blunt and James Corden star as a baker and his wife who wish to start a family in INTO THE WOODS, a modern twist on beloved fairy tales. Based on the Tony® -winning musical, the film hits theaters nationwide Dec. 25, 2014. Photo by: Peter Mountai

10:19am Thursday 8th January 2015

Into the Woods

Still going Swayze over Dirty Dancing

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12:17pm Friday 2nd January 2015

Viv Hardwick talks to Karl Sydrow, the mastermind behind the stage version of Dirty Dancing which still holds the West End record for advance ticket sales.

Restaurant review: Cafe Lilli, Norton

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1:00pm Friday 2nd January 2015

Lucy Richardson opts to take a rare night out at Cafe Lilli, one of the region’s top eateries.

The Russians are coming

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12:21pm Friday 2nd January 2015

Helen Brown sets the scene as Darlington welcomes the Russian State Ballet of Siberia lead by artistic director Sergei Babrov.

Diamond days at Stephen Joseph

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12:19pm Friday 2nd January 2015

Sir Alan Ayckbourn plays a key role in 60th celebrations with play number 79 and a revival of Confusions.

Funny start to New Year

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11:55am Friday 2nd January 2015

Barnard Castle comedy club launches season with Edinburgh Fringe winner Alex Edelman.

Early season highlights

The Advertiser Series: Dan Nightingale

11:51am Friday 2nd January 2015

Bishop Auckland Town Hall enters the new year with plenty of laughs, folk music and plenty of art on offer.

Panto Review: Aladdin, Scarborough Stephen Joseph Theatre

The Advertiser Series: Paul Ryan as Mrs Darzi

12:24pm Friday 19th December 2014

This is Aladdin but not as you know it. Andrew Pollard’s family Christmas fantasy puts a modern twist on the traditional tale of the lad with the lamp.

Film Review: Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb

10:40am Thursday 18th December 2014

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

Blooming Jason

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10:15am Thursday 18th December 2014

Jason Manford talks to Viv Hardwick about switching stand-up for musical comedy after he agrees to headline a tour of popular show The Producers.

Film Review: Annie

The Advertiser Series: Annie (Quvenzhane Wallis) and Sandy in Columbia Pictures’ Annie

10:12am Thursday 18th December 2014


International Magic Festival

The Advertiser Series: John Archer (14514451)

10:11am Thursday 18th December 2014

Tickets for the South Tyneside International Magic Festival, which returns for its twelfth year in March next year have just been released.

Panto Review: Old Mother Goose, York Theatre Royal

The Advertiser Series: Berwick Kaler in Mother Goose

1:49pm Thursday 18th December 2014

BERWICK Kaler is on brilliant form as the UK’s long-serving pantomime dame, David Leonard is back as the baddie (I should really boo him but his return merits a big hurray) and the rest of the regulars – Suzy Cooper, Martin Barrass and AJ Powell – and a few newcomers are on hand to ensure that this Old Mother Goose is well worth a gander.

Panto Review: Cinderella, York Grand Opera House

1:47pm Thursday 18th December 2014

This is the season of goodwill and all that and younger audience members appeared to have a good time so perhaps I should abandon a baa-humbug approach and look for the good things in the Grand Opera House’s annual pantomime.

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.


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