Theatre Review: Peter James' The Perfect Murder, York Grand Opera House

The Advertiser Series: Thomas Howes as Detective Constable Roy Grace in The Perfect Murder

2:35pm Thursday 2nd October 2014

Is there such a thing as the perfect murder? Who knows because if there is we wouldn't know because the killer would have got away with it and remained undetected.

Theatre Review: Double Death, Darlington Civic Theatre

3:50pm Wednesday 1st October 2014

An isolated house perched on a Cornish cliff, a stormy night, a power failure and an evil twin – what’s not to like about Simon Williams’ spooky thriller?

Revealing Wilde days in court

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11:27am Thursday 25th September 2014

Merlin Holland is Oscar Wilde’s grandson and author of Irish Peacock and Scarlet Marquis, the first unabridged publication of the famous libel trial. He spoke to Helen Brown about his current work The Trials of Oscar Wilde, which will play at Richmond’s Georgian Theatre Royal before transferring to The West End. This performance has been moved from October 18 to October 11

Crathorne Arms, Crathorne, near Yarm, North Yorkshire

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11:24am Thursday 25th September 2014

Chris Lloyd finds the real McCoy for food as he visits the Crathorne Arms, near Yarm

In the market for fun

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11:14am Thursday 25th September 2014

JABBERWOCKY Market returns to venues in and around Darlington from next Thursday until Sunday, October 5 for four days of live events performed by local and national artists, as well as workshops, talks and fun activities for audiences of all ages.

Still one of the Goodies

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11:12am Thursday 25th September 2014

Viv Hardwick discovers that Tim Brooke-Taylor is looking forward to a return to Darlington

Growing old... dramatically

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11:08am Thursday 25th September 2014

Steve Pratt talks to professionals and amateurs about a project aiming to give the elderly more say

Film releases

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11:05am Thursday 25th September 2014

What We Did On Our Holiday, 4/5 stars (12A, 95 mins)

DVD/Blu-ray releases

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11:03am Thursday 25th September 2014

Blended, 300: Rise Of An Empire, Postman Pat: The Movie and The Walking Dead – Fourth Season

The Lion King, Sunderland Empire

10:13am Thursday 25th September 2014

WHEN the full-size elephant in the room earns a round of applause for carefully negotiating its way from stalls to stage you've got a show you'll never forget.

Regeneration, York Theatre Royal

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10:13am Thursday 25th September 2014

NOT having read Pat Barker’s trilogy of First World War-set books in which poets Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owens go to war, I’m in no position to make comparisons between stage and page versions.

Agatha Christie’s Black Coffee: Darlington Civic Theatre

10:13am Wednesday 24th September 2014

AGATHA Christie wrote Black Coffee as a stage play which was less than enthusiastically received when first performed in 1930. It was later turned into two films, one in French, and eventually resurrected as a novel.

Five minutes with Sir Roger Moore

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12:13pm Tuesday 23rd September 2014

Sir Roger Moore has spent his acting career playing suave and sophisticated characters – he’s pretty smooth in real life, too. Now 86, he’s still going strong, recently started touring a oneman show and has published a new book of memoirs, entitled Last Man Standing. Here he talks about both, as well as his plans for the future, why he became an actor and what it was like taking over the role of James Bond from Sean Connery

Billy Elliot back in Easington

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10:34am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

ON Sunday, September 28 September, Billy Elliot the Musical Live is set to bring cinema-goers to their feet when the global stage phenomenon is broadcast live from London’s West End to cinemas across the UK and around the world.

Theatre Review: Black Coffee, Darlington Civic Theatre

10:19am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

It's 1929. Famous detective Hercule Poirot, played by Jason Durr, and his loyal companion Captain Hastings, played by Robin McCallum, have been called to the residence of a wealthy businessman to investigate the disappearance of an important letter.

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Northern Stage, Newcastle

The Advertiser Series: Cast of Cat on a Hot Tim Roof, Kim Criswell, Victoria Elliott, Kieron Jecchinis, Matthew Douglas and Mariah Gale

10:17am Monday 22nd September 2014

THE Press night audience for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof got a little more drama than expected on Thursday last, as Daragh O’Malley (Big Daddy) was taken ill late in the afternoon and was replaced by director, James Dacre, who heroically read the part.

I Told You This Would Happen, The Arc, Stockton

10:15am Monday 22nd September 2014

ON the surface of it, Kathryn Beaumont’s sensitive and challenging solo performance about a woman wronged by an unfaithful boyfriend tells the story of a young woman who discovers that her partner has been leading a double life.

Kids play at Arc with Presto and Monty

10:31am Friday 19th September 2014

PEACEFUL Lion Productions presents the children’s live show Hey, Presto! on stage at Stockton's Arc this Saturday.

Month to remember

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3:15pm Thursday 18th September 2014

Nobby Dimon tells Helen Brown about the Richmond churchyard inspiration for his play

Topping memories

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3:11pm Thursday 18th September 2014

Peter Barron goes back to his childhood roots and finds a pub which is reaching new heights

Elizabeth is ready to float her Dreamboat again

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3:00pm Thursday 18th September 2014

Viv Hardwick talks to Washington actress Elizabeth Carter about her trio of 1950s to 1960s musicals which links the words of Marks and Gran to the songs which dominated the start of the Swinging Sixties

Fringe benefits

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2:58pm Thursday 18th September 2014

Middlesbrough’s man of magical mirth Pete Firman talks to Viv Hardwick

FILMreleases

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2:56pm Thursday 18th September 2014

Reviews: The Riot Club, Magic In The Moonlight, A Walk Among The Tombstones and The Giver

DVD/Blu-ray releases

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2:51pm Thursday 18th September 2014

Reviews: In Secret, Legends Of Oz: Dorothy’s Return, Before The Winter Chill and Arrow – Second Season

Five minutes with Tom Walton

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2:25pm Thursday 18th September 2014

Tom Walton is a performer, collaborator, puppeteer and theatre-maker. He has been an associate artist at Northern Stage since 2011 and an Arc associate artist since last year and is now artistic director of FallenFromGrace, making visual, honest and engaging contemporary performance which are about to tour to Newcastle and Stockton

Sting's The Last Ship set to sail

The Advertiser Series: NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 25:  Sting performs The Last Ship to benefit The Public Theater on September 25, 2013 in New York City.  (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage) (10452583)

11:06am Thursday 18th September 2014

THE Last Ship, the great labour of love musical about the Wallsend shipyard by Newcastle singer, songwriter, and musician Sting – with book by Tony winner John Logan and Pulitzer Prize winner Brian Yorkey – is previewing on Broadway from September 29 and officially opens at New York's Neil Simon Theatre from October 26.

The Tempest, Harehope Quarry, Weardale

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10:00am Wednesday 17th September 2014

THE last time I went to see a Drama In The Dale promenade performance, The Bonny Moorhen, it was called off halfway through as the rain hammered down on Killhope mining museum.

The magic of Simonstone Hall

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2:30pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

Simonstone Hall is a unique 15th century magnificent Country House with 18 period bedrooms. Set in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales, Simonstone Hall stands in its own splendid grounds, inclusive of spectacular views over the dale and surrounding fells.

Darlington actor's spirited play

The Advertiser Series: A scene from Gary Kitching's play Dead To Me

9:51am Monday 15th September 2014

Dead To Me is a disturbingly funny comedy by Darlington actor-turned-writer Gary Kitching about a man’s troubled relationship with a psychic and her spirit guide which is touring across the region from tonight and is part of the town's Jabberwocky Market.

Wooster sauce worth watching

The Advertiser Series: First time treat: James Lance

6:36pm Friday 12th September 2014

JUST how dense does James Lance like to play Bertie Wooster as PG Wodehouse’s ultimate idler digs another well-meaning hole to fall into? “I do thinK that he’s very straightforward. He’s very simple, and by that I mean he’s quite an innocent. There’s not a lot of sub-text particularly, and he’s like a child,” he says.

Striking views of women

The Advertiser Series: Red Ladder Theatre Company's new musical comedy WE’RE NOT GOING BACK looks at the 1984/85 miners' strike through the eyes of three sisters in a South Yorkshire pit village.  Written by Boff Whalley and directed by Rod Dixon, WE&rsq

6:35pm Friday 12th September 2014

RED Ladder Theatre Company has a new musical comedy, a world premiere – no less, which looks at the miner’s strike of 1984/85, except there are no miners in this production, just three head-strong sisters, Olive, Mary and Isabel.

Sinclair's perfect nonsense

The Advertiser Series: John Gordon Sinclair (Jeeves) and James Lance (Bertie Wooster) in Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense.

6:34pm Friday 12th September 2014

IN all posh-oo murder mysteries we love to joke that the butler did it, in the case of PG Wodehouse’s Jeeves, not only does the butler do it, but the show couldn’t function without him. The latest recruit to the butlering genius of the 1930s era is John Gordon Sinclair, who will be flaunting his best silver service comedy in front of North-East audiences next month.

From Cheryl to the deep south

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6:24pm Friday 12th September 2014

VICTORIA Elliott grew up in the Wester Hope area of Newcastle and has recently returned to the place she’s proud to call home to play Mae in Northern Stage’s upcoming production of Tennessee Williams’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

Shakespeare feels the Byrne

The Advertiser Series: Shakespeare feels the Byrne

6:24pm Friday 12th September 2014

THE most explosive Shakespearean entry of all time must go to North-East actor Antony Byrne who will surprise and delight Newcastle audiences when Pistol bursts onto the stage in Henry IV Part II with smoke pouring from a massive head of hair.

Theatre Review: Private Peaceful, Darlington Civic Theatre

11:03am Friday 12th September 2014

THE challenges facing any performer doing a one-man show must be immense. But when the story involves injustices meted out to soldiers during the First World War, and you’re doing it in the war’s centenary year, you wonder how any actor would be up to the job.

Theatre Review: Top Hat, Newcastle Theatre Royal

The Advertiser Series: Alan Burkitt and Charlotte Gooch in Top Hat

12:17pm Thursday 11th September 2014

HEAVEN. Top Hat swishes into the North East on a waft of marabou and brilliantine. For such an immaculately crafted show, it was ironic that its opening night was plagued by a technical issue which brought the curtain down for a few minutes mid-act, but love is very forgiving and oh my, how we loved it.

I Promise you Sex and Violence

9:58am Tuesday 9th September 2014

IF THERE was ever a title to put bums on seats, this is the one.

Ant and Dec’s Takeaway on Tour, Metro Radio Arena

1:17pm Monday 8th September 2014

I MAY be years behind football fans in saying this, but wow, Alan Shearer really shouldn’t be allowed to present anything.

Five minutes with Ian McElhinney

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12:25pm Thursday 4th September 2014

Ian McElhinney is an award- winner and an actor whose film and TV credits include Game of Thrones, Michael Collins, Moonfleet, and Ripper Street. What’s On talked to him about this touring production

Small is beautiful

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12:20pm Thursday 4th September 2014

Joe Willis discovers a Dales Italian restaurant is the place to go for a midweek treat

Super stoopers

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12:10pm Thursday 4th September 2014

Although Northern Broadsides put the accent on (well, accent), Steve Pratt finds director Conrad Nelson is keen to expand its output to comedy classics

Sir Roger and out

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12:07pm Thursday 4th September 2014

Steve Pratt discovers that Sir Roger Moore is still raising an eyebrow at life at the age of 86

Film releases

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12:04pm Thursday 4th September 2014

Before I Go To Sleep, Sex Tape, The Hundred-Foot Journey and The Guest

DVD/Blu-ray releases

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12:00pm Thursday 4th September 2014

Blue Ruin, Bad Neighbours, Brick Mansions and Plastic

Death at Dawn, Linskill Centre, North Shields

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9:48am Thursday 4th September 2014

THE strapline of Peter Mortimer’s new play, commissioned by the excellent Tynemouth WW1 Commemoration Project, is:

Rock Of Ages, York Grand Opera House

The Advertiser Series: Noel Sullivan who plays Drew Boley in the Rock Of Ages production playing at York's Grand Opera House this week, with Cordelia Farnworth who plays Sherrie Christian. Picture David Harrison. (9940268)

9:48am Thursday 4th September 2014

We're promised a night of sex, drugs and rock'n'roll in this "award-winning smash hit musical" (their description, not mine) but get a traditional boy meets girl story with a back catalogue of 1980s rock numbers performed at top volume.

North-East wrestling debut

The Advertiser Series: Dave Carbon from Newcastle

9:56am Tuesday 2nd September 2014

TARGET Wrestling, the new revolution in British Wrestling is coming to the O2 Academy, in Newcastle, on Saturday, September 13, with competitors from England, Scotland and Ireland including Saraya Knight, who featured in Channel 4 documentary The Wrestlers: Fighting with my Family, alongside her daughter, current World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Diva's Champion, Paige

New owners of Dales Italian on path to success

The Advertiser Series: DINING OUT: Giovanni's restaurant in Leyburn. Picture: STUART BOULTON.

6:27pm Monday 1st September 2014

BY a quirk of fate that I still don't quite understand, we found ourselves without childcare duties on a Wednesday night recently.

Hamm chances his arm

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12:23pm Monday 1st September 2014

Steve Pratt finds TV’s Mad Men star Jon Hamm has a George Clooney-style approach to interviews as the man who many still see as Don Draper talks about the Taj Mahal and finding a baseball player in Asia

‘I’d get banged up in Iran’

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12:10pm Monday 1st September 2014

As comedian Omid Djalili publishes his first autobiography, he tells Kate Whiting why he’s always believed in himself




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