Dino Jaws, New Dock Hall, Leeds

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9:34am Friday 25th July 2014

IT'S official - the new Dino Jaws exhibition is a pile of poo. Dinosaur poo. The main attractions are ten animatronic dinosaurs, fresh from being seen by 750,000 visitors in just five months in the Hong Kong Science Museum.

‘My dad still sees me as 17’

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12:44pm Thursday 24th July 2014

JASPER Britton jokes that Henry IV is one of the great thankless roles of Shakespeare. “it’s like Antonio in the Merchant Of Venice. He gets the title role but he’s not exactly the star of the show,” says Britton who reveals that he’s a “king” who has to share a dressing room “do up my own shoes and wipe my own bum... it’s really not what I was expecting”.

Falstaff was never on Antony Sher’s wishlist

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12:41pm Thursday 24th July 2014

Viv Hardwick talks to leading Royal Shakespeare Company actors Sir Antony Sher and Jasper Britton on the eve of the latest tour to Newcastle with Henry IV Parts I & II

Italian with a taste of Jamie

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12:31pm Thursday 24th July 2014

Sarah Foster seeks signs of Jamie Oliver’s food passion at Jamie’s Italian in Newcastle

Young touch of Madness

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12:28pm Thursday 24th July 2014

Steve Pratt chats to young performer Reece McHamon about the good and bad sides of the Madness musical Our House

Noel is ready to rock the region

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12:26pm Thursday 24th July 2014

After 11 years on the road, Noel Sullivan admits to Steve Pratt that his ‘home’ consists of a shed in Croydon

Simon set to be the son of man

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12:26pm Thursday 24th July 2014

FROM Simon Callow to Agatha Christie and Ken Dodd; chuck in a few great shows before we get to the Chuckle Brothers annual panto and Darlington Civic’s autumn programme of events has it all covered.

Alan Ayckbourn's The Boy Who Fell Into A Book Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

The Advertiser Series: Evelyn Hoskins as Kevin Carter in The Boy Who Fell Into A Book

10:12am Thursday 24th July 2014

THE name Alan Ayckbourn is above the title and he also directs, putting the seal of approval on this musical version of his 1998 play about a boy who finds himself inside the pages of his favourite (and some not-so-favourite) books.

Booker T Jones and Bettye Lavette: Sage, Gateshead

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10:12am Thursday 24th July 2014

AS the three day Summertyne Festival at The Sage reached its finale it was fitting that a mouth-watering double bill featuring Bettye LaVette and Booker T Jones brought the event to a close.

Good Timin' at Newcastle Live Theatre

The Advertiser Series: Ian Mclaughlin

9:57am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

THIS time it's personal. Improv performer and star of 100-plus commercials Ian Mclaughlin wants to tell you a story. One that's close to his heart - the search for the father he never knew.

Three sets of siblings to take to the stage

The Advertiser Series: IN THE MIDDLE OF OUR STREET: Christian and Caitlin Calgie, from Great Ayton, preparing for their roles in Our House in York.

3:46pm Monday 21st July 2014

THREE sets of siblings from the Hambleton area will be taking to the stage this summer for a large theatre production.

Goodbye guv

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

9:50am Monday 21st July 2014

ONE man, no guvnors is the best description for award-winning National Theatre boss Sir Nicholas Hytner, who is taking his hugely successful comedy One Man, Two Govnors back out on tour to Newcastle, Sunderland and York before stepping down as artistic director.

The Importance Of Being Earnest, York

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10:32am Friday 18th July 2014

WHAT a difference a year makes. Twelve months ago Yorkbased Theatre Mill made its debut with a production of Oscar Wilde’s, comedy The Importance Of Being Earnest at the Lord Mayor’s residence.

Zafflong Indian Restaurant and Bar, Broomside Lane, Belmont

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10:27am Thursday 17th July 2014

ZAFFLONG is a constant temptation. The Indian restaurant, bar and takeaway is on my regular running route in sunny Belmont, on the edge of Durham City.

Matryoshka by Alison Carr

The Advertiser Series: Eleanor Crawford, Alison Carr and Ree Collins

10:13am Thursday 17th July 2014

A NEW play from one of the North-East’s most inspiring playwrights is set for two exclusive performances at Stockton and Bishop Auckland later this month. Alison Carr survived a hit & run car accident when she was just nine years old. After being in a coma for several weeks her life was changed forever.

A Murder is Announced: Darlington Civic Theatre

The Advertiser Series: A MURDER IS ANNOUNCED: The cast of A Murder Is Announced at Darlington Civic Theatre. Picture: TOM BANKS (8263598)

10:13am Thursday 17th July 2014

ADAPTED by Leslie Darbon from Agatha Christie’s 50th book, this play is set in the 1950s with a cast led by Louise Jameson as Miss Marple.

Host of world dancers head for festival

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10:20am Thursday 17th July 2014

THE countdown has begun until a host of Internationally-renowned world dance performers descend upon Billingham, in Tees Valley, to take part in one of the region’s longest-running cultural festivals.

Avenue Q, Sunderland Empire

The Advertiser Series: MUSICAL COMEDY: Cast members Stephen Arden with Trekkie Monster (left), Tom Sterdon with Princeton, Will Hawksworth with Rod and Greg Airey with Nicky (right)  from Avenue Q arrive at the Empire Theatre in Sunderland.  Picture: DAVID WOOD (8208108)

9:51am Wednesday 16th July 2014

I don’t think that one stumbles into Avenue Q by mistake. What begins as a familiar pastiche of Sesame Street that one could take a kid to degenerates rapidly into well, puppet sex. But there’s a lot more to it than that. Avenue Q is populated by an itinerant group of strugglers.

Black Coffee, Newcastle Theatre Royal

The Advertiser Series: Liza Goddard

9:49am Wednesday 16th July 2014

THE eccentric mustachioed detective Poirot, portrayed by Jason Durr, took to the stage to solve this murder mystery in the comedic and tense show at the Newcastle Theatre Royal on Monday. As the famous physicist Sir Claud Amory is murdered in his country home, the detective is summoned to find out who stole the scientist’s secret formula.

Comedian of the year contest

The Advertiser Series: North-East comedian Mark Kennedy second left

9:54am Tuesday 15th July 2014

TONIGHT North-East stand-up Mark Kennedy , 46, will compete in one of two Newcastle semi-finals aiming to win one of six places in a grand final in Edinburgh with the chance to gain the coveted title of Nando's New Comedian of the Year 2014.

Wuthering Heights, Gala Theatre, Durham

9:52am Tuesday 15th July 2014

WRITER Laura Turner had a major job on her hands in adapting Wuthering Heights for the open-air stage, especially when the production is also visiting theatres.

Cox & Box, Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

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11:55am Friday 11th July 2014

THERE’S a moment in this production when a man, played by a woman, sings a lullaby to a rasher of bacon in a lodging house run by a woman played by a man in drag. It makes Monty Python look normal.

Importance of being different

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12:15pm Thursday 10th July 2014

Steve Pratt discovers some Earnest adventures are ahead for York’s newest theatre company

No appetite for complaining

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12:13pm Thursday 10th July 2014

Chris Webber finds little to criticise when it comes to The Smiths Arms chef/owner Gary Patchett

A man of steam and industry

The Advertiser Series: Chris Connel who has also starred in The Pitmen Painters

12:02pm Thursday 10th July 2014

MARKING 200 years since George Stephenson’s Blucher locomotive took to the rails, a new play by Janet Plater celebrates Tyneside’s world-famous ‘father of the railways’. North-East actor, Chris Connel, talks about the Stephenson 200 production, George Stephenson’s legacy and his role as one of the most famous Geordie’s of all time.

DVD/Blu-ray releases

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12:04pm Thursday 10th July 2014

Starred Up, Escape From Planet Earth, Vampire Academy and Under The Skin

Dawn of a tour

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12:00pm Thursday 10th July 2014

WHEN Dawn French takes to the stage for the first time on her one-woman tour this summer she will be stepping into the unknown. One of this country's most famous comedians, she has toured with her friend and comedy partner Jennifer Saunders and starred in a one-woman play, but this is different. And she's apprehensive.

Time to shout 'waggons roll'

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12:00pm Thursday 10th July 2014

IF this was the wild west Ben Pugh would be yelling "waggons roll" on Sunday as hundreds of members of the community get under starters orders to present York Mystery Plays.

Five minutes with Catrina McHugh

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11:56am Thursday 10th July 2014

I’m originally from Liverpool, and moved with my son to Newcastle in 1993 after falling in love with a Geordie, and the North East - although I still love Liverpool.

Film Releases

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12:02pm Thursday 10th July 2014

How To Train Your Dragon 2 (PG, 102mins), Transformers: Age Of Extinction (12A, 165mins), Begin Again (15, 104 mins) and Boyhood (15, 166 mins)

The Castle Players, Romeo & Juliet, The Bowes Museum

The Advertiser Series: Ella Blackburn and Rob Capon as Romeo and Juliet

10:32am Thursday 10th July 2014

SETTING Romeo and Juliet in the shadow of Brighton Pier among the subculture of 1964 proved to be a masterstroke from this year’s director, Jill Cole. The young Capulets and Montagues become mods and rockers; new money versus old and motor bikes versus scooters.

A Taste Of Honey, York Theatre Royal

10:30am Thursday 10th July 2014

IT would be nice to think that things have changed for the better since 1958 when this first play by Shelagh Delaney, a 19-year-old from Salford, was premiered.

Sweat, blood and vampire tears

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4:00pm Monday 7th July 2014

With the final season of the fang-tastic series about to begin, the residents of Bon Temps face new threats and shocking realities. Susan Griffin harnesses her inner ‘Truebie’ and sucks up some insider info

Cats, Theatre Royal, Newcastle

The Advertiser Series: Cats out of the bag: A publicity picture from the famous award-winning musical (7871121)

9:48am Monday 7th July 2014

Meeeeouw! This is a superb evening at the theatre.

Iolanthe: Darlington Civic Theatre

The Advertiser Series: ON SONG: A photo opportunity with the stars of The Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company, who are performing at Darlington Civic Theatre. Pictured are, Sylvia Clarke, Simon Butteriss, Claire Lees, Simon Pontin, Oliver White. Picture: TOM BANKS (7767255)

9:48am Monday 7th July 2014

IT'S one of my innocent pleasures to check on the audience as the overture plays at a Gilbert and Sullivan performance; they always bounce, nod their head or tap their feet.

Flying tonight?

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12:55pm Thursday 3rd July 2014

Jenny Needham checks in for a succulent supper at Newcastle’s airport hotel

Rock and roar

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12:47pm Thursday 3rd July 2014

A season of rock, pop, ballet and toe-tapping spectacle is in prospect at Sunderland Empire Theatre, as Helen Brown reports

Striking a blow for social change

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12:44pm Thursday 3rd July 2014

Steve Pratt talks to director Rod Dixon about a new play which draws on the the fun from the grim time of the miners’ strike

The Grand Budapest Hotel

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12:40pm Thursday 3rd July 2014

Cert 15, 100 mins, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

The Book Thief

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12:38pm Thursday 3rd July 2014

Cert 12, 131 mins, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

Nashville Season 2

12:37pm Thursday 3rd July 2014

Cert 12, 902 mins, Lionsgate Home Entertainment

Midsomer Murders - The Complete Series 16

12:36pm Thursday 3rd July 2014

Cert 12, 405 mins, ITV Studios

Niagara road trip

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12:36pm Thursday 3rd July 2014

Tammy (15, 97 mins) 3/5 stars 

Fiveminutes with... Jill Cole

12:14pm Thursday 3rd July 2014

Jill Cole is artistic director of The Castle Players, a well-known community am-dram group who have earned themselves a strong reputation for producing first-class outdoor theatre in Barnard Castle. Next week, under the careful direction of Jill Cole, the players are offering a very different interpretation of Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet in the grounds of The Bowes Museum

Wicked cast for Sunderland Empire

The Advertiser Series: Ashleigh Gray

10:03am Wednesday 2nd July 2014

WICKED, the global musical phenomenon that tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz, has announced the casting for next year's visit to Sunderland Empire.

Heaven and Earth Live: O2 Academy, Newcastle

The Advertiser Series: Lynn Sorensen Joe Retta and Stuart Smith

10:01am Wednesday 2nd July 2014

Guitarist Stuart Smith may a new name to many but he has been in the business long enough to possess an address book to envy with the ability to call on the likes of Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple), Howard Leese (Heart), Richie Sambora (Bon Jovi), Joe Lyn Turner (Rainbow) and David Paich (Toto) to work on his albums.

Götterdämmerung, Opera North, Sage Gateshead

The Advertiser Series: Sarah Castle as Flosshilde, Madeleine Shaw as Wellgunde and Katherine Broderick as Woglinde. Picture: CLIVE BARDA 

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12:02pm Tuesday 1st July 2014

THE LAST instalment of Opera North’s four-year journey through Wagner’s Ring Cycle reached a cataclysmic conclusion at Sage Gateshead.

The Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company at Darlington Civic Theatre

The Advertiser Series: Gilbert & Sullivan at Darlington Civic Theatre

10:10am Tuesday 1st July 2014

The Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company at Darlington Civic Theatre

Gavin Webster on tour

The Advertiser Series: BUSY TIME: Gavin Webster plays Edinburgh and Newcastle

10:16am Friday 27th June 2014

GEORDIE comic Gavin Webster has prepared yet another provocative show, for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. A Controversial Title in Order to Sell Tickets, follows hot on the heels of last year’s critically acclaimed hit, Don’t Give Any Money to Comic Relief, and Other Opinions and 2012’s Bill Hicks Wasn’t Very Good.

Fox and Hounds, Newfield, Bishop Auckland

The Advertiser Series: SIMPLY STYLISH: One of the dining rooms at the Fox and Hounds in Newfield which offers delicious well-priced food

11:14am Thursday 26th June 2014

Duncan Leatherdale is delighted to discover one of County Durham’s best-kept secrets




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