Going to Hal and back

The Advertiser Series:

1:28pm Thursday 21st August 2014

Viv Hardwick talks to Alex Hassell about the old and young debate forged by Henry IV Parts I and II

Black Bull bounces back

The Advertiser Series:

1:25pm Thursday 21st August 2014

Chris Lloyd revisits a North Yorkshire country pub to see if it is still special after a two-year closure

Fun takes to the streets

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1:15pm Thursday 21st August 2014

The Durham Summer Streets Festival returns to Durham City this weekend. Three days of free performances take place and other venues include Bishop Auckland (Saturday) and Barnard Castle (Monday), reports Helen Brown.

A roaring success

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1:00pm Thursday 21st August 2014

The stage adaptation of The Lion King is a magical spectacle which continues to enthrall millions worldwide. Steve Pratt talks to one of the Disney guardians of the show and finds out what it means to him

Turning the Paige

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12:57pm Thursday 21st August 2014

The golden girl of entertainment, Elaine Paige, talks to David Leck about retiring from touring... so why doesn’t anyone believe her?

Thinking about who is in control

The Advertiser Series:

12:55pm Thursday 21st August 2014

BBC Radio 3’s festival is back for its ninth year at Sage Gateshead, and some lively debate is expected

Film releases

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12:53pm Thursday 21st August 2014

Lucy, What If and Deliver Us From Evil

DVD/Blu-ray releases

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12:48pm Thursday 21st August 2014

Locke, Transcendence and Tarzan

RSC at the Gala Theatre, Durham City

10:07am Thursday 21st August 2014

THE Royal Shakespeare Company is normally associated with the home of the Bard, Stratfordupon- Avon, where under this name they have brought to the stage both classical theatrical performances and modern works from new playwrights since 1961, but thanks to the graces of modern technology audiences across the country can enjoy the RSC experience.

One For the Road, Esk Valley Theatre, The Robinson Institute, Glaisdale (near Whitby)

The Advertiser Series: pic by Tony Bartholomew - David Smith, Andy Cryer, Joanne Heywood and Laura Bonnah in One for the Road at Esk Valley Theatre

9:56am Monday 18th August 2014

ESK Valley Theatre has done it again – chosen a good play and great actors, giving local people a chance to see excellent theatre on their doorstep. Celebrating its tenth anniversary, Esk Valley opts for a Willy Russell comedy which explores the themes of age, taste, dreams and restlessness on a 1980s Northern housing estate.

Quickly and not so quietly

The Advertiser Series:

1:46pm Thursday 14th August 2014

Paola Dionisotti talks to Viv Hardwick about grabbing your chances on a bonkbuster of a TV series

Tuk into something different

The Advertiser Series:

1:43pm Thursday 14th August 2014

Peter Barron samples some Asian fare at a new restaurant in Darlington

Extendable Expendables

The Advertiser Series:

1:33pm Thursday 14th August 2014

Steve Pratt moves into injury time with Sylvester Stallone and Antonio Banderas as they discuss The Expendables 3

Bulls-eye for wacky Su

The Advertiser Series:

1:29pm Thursday 14th August 2014

Viv Hardwick discovers that Su Pollard is ready for a shot of Maid Marian and then pantomime at Sunderland before seeking the call for a one-woman show... if only she could find her phone

Film releases

The Advertiser Series:

1:24pm Thursday 14th August 2014

Reviews: The Expendables 3, The Unbeatables 3D, The Rover and Hector And The Search For Happiness

DVD/Blu-ray releases

The Advertiser Series:

1:19pm Thursday 14th August 2014

Reviews: Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Love Punch, The Quiet Ones and Boardwalk Empire – Fourth Season

Miranda Wright Singers, Witham Hall, Barnard Castle

10:15am Tuesday 12th August 2014

TELL me the truth about love, performed by The Miranda Wright Singers at The Witham, Barnard Castle, mixed singing with poetry and acting, and told a story of love from the excitement of the first meeting, to the subsequent pain of the separation that follows.

Screenplay, Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

10:15am Tuesday 12th August 2014

THIS is a genius idea as reel life meets real life in four short plays set in Scarborough’s Odeon cinema, now the home of the Stephen Joseph Theatre company.

The Four Alls, Ovington, near Winston, Darlington

The Advertiser Series:

12:09pm Thursday 7th August 2014

THERE are five alls at the Four Alls. The monarch who rules all, the bishop who prays for all, the lawyer who pleads for all, the soldier who fights for all, and the fifth all is the worker who pays for all of the other four.

Up-staging four movie moments

The Advertiser Series:

11:24am Thursday 7th August 2014

Steve Pratt catches up with Scarborough director Henry Bell’s clever project called Screenplay

Film releases

The Advertiser Series:

11:21am Thursday 7th August 2014

Planes 2: Fire & Rescue 3D and The Inbetweeners 2

DVD/Blu-ray releases

The Advertiser Series:

11:18am Thursday 7th August 2014

Calvary, Divergent, Muppets Most Wanted and The Raid 2

Five minutes with Nadia Iftkhar of Red Road

The Advertiser Series:

11:03am Thursday 7th August 2014

This month, Tees Valley is the place to visit for the very best in global dance as performers flock to the 50th Billingham International Folklore Festival of World Dance (BIFF) from 9-14 August.

Mervyn Stutter on tour

10:21am Wednesday 6th August 2014

FOUNDER member of The Flying Pickets, Mervyn Stutter, is fast becoming an institution in village halls across the UK. He’s worked on radio, TV, in theatre and cabaret and knows a thing or two about performing on stage.

The Wind In The Willows, York Theatre Royal

The Advertiser Series:

11:07am Tuesday 5th August 2014

THE fun begins even before the non-existent curtain rises in a production that aims to make the audience part of the show.

Our House, York Grand Opera House

The Advertiser Series: Reece McMahon

9:52am Monday 4th August 2014

This Madness musical proves an inspired choice for the annual Stage Experience summer stage school where young performers put on a show under professional guidance in just two weeks. The bonus this year is that Our House, first seen in London's West End in 2002, is receiving its York premiere.

The Magic Flute, Young Opera Venture

9:52am Monday 4th August 2014

YOUNG Opera Venture, which was established in 2012, has won Arts Council funding for a tour of Mozart’s great masterpiece, The Magic Flute, to nine towns including Consett and Middlesbrough.

Youth Theatre in Colburn

The Advertiser Series: Georgian Theatre Royal's youth section

9:56am Friday 1st August 2014

Youth theatre in Colburn

Home Fires, Enter CIC, Auckland Castle

The Advertiser Series: Enter CIC members Cameron Gough and Ashton Flynn

9:56am Friday 1st August 2014

Home Fires, Enter CIC, Auckland Castle

Lear with some Bel-Air flair

The Advertiser Series:

3:57pm Thursday 31st July 2014

Helen Brown finds that Shakespeare’s King Lear might just be the perfect play for Richmond

Beyond the fringe

The Advertiser Series:

3:55pm Thursday 31st July 2014

Sarah Scott looks at Northern Stage’s 12th annual pilgrimage to the Edinburgh Festival

Blooming tasty

The Advertiser Series:

3:52pm Thursday 31st July 2014

Eat, shop, garden... what’s not to like? Jenny Needham finds the cafe at Eggleston Hall growing on her

Showtime for Stockton

The Advertiser Series:

3:38pm Thursday 31st July 2014

Helen Brown sets the scene for Stockton International Riverside Festival which starts today

Time to Marvel at the Guardians

The Advertiser Series:

3:32pm Thursday 31st July 2014

Steve Pratt takes another flight of fancy with the latest superheroes to hit the silver screen

Classic bad guy is animal magic

The Advertiser Series:

3:29pm Thursday 31st July 2014

Steve Pratt catches up with Wind In The Willows villain Chief Weasel played by Michael Lambourne

Film releases

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3:26pm Thursday 31st July 2014

Guardians Of The Galaxy, The Nut Job, Step Up 5: All In and The Inbetweeners 2

Rock of Ages, Sunderland Empire

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9:58am Thursday 31st July 2014

WE are in the LA in the Bourbon Room, the "Temple of Rock n Roll Kick-Assery". The Dress Code appears to be: Dudes – Denim and Hair, Chicks – Very Little. The story is the standard boy, Drew, meets girl, Sherrie. Girl goes to the John with Rock God Stacee Jaxx, Boy retracts offer of blanket and wine box.

The 39 Steps Re-climbed

9:58am Thursday 31st July 2014

BARNARD Castle’s favourite am-dram group, The Castle Players, is recruiting for its forthcoming winter tour of villages in Teesdale.

Royal Northern Sinfonia, Sage Gateshead

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10:46am Monday 28th July 2014

MOZART’S Flute Concerto in D, composed in a week, was a perfect choice to open the Royal Northern Sinfonia’s second Summer Chamber Series concert.

Grease, Newcastle Theatre Royal

10:45am Monday 28th July 2014

IGREW up on Grease. The film is hard-wired into the memory of generations, and with a hit-tastic score it has a lot to offer audiences and ambitious companies.

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

The Advertiser Series:

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

The Advertiser Series:

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

The Advertiser Series:

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

The Advertiser Series:

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

The Advertiser Series:

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.

Booker T Jones and Bettye Lavette: Sage, Gateshead

The Advertiser Series: (8499055)

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.

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.

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.




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