Royal Northern Sinfonia at Sage Gateshead

9:48am Wednesday 16th April 2014

CHEERFUL, delightful, lighthearted – and yes fun, is how the concert programme notes described Shostakovich’s Second Piano Concerto.

Happy Days Sunderland Empire

The Advertiser Series: STAGES ROLES: Cheryl Baker, left, and Heidi Range

9:47am Wednesday 16th April 2014

I LOVED those happy days watching The Fonz, and a trip down memory lane seemed the perfect antidote to the trials of the day. What more could you want? The answer, unfortunately, is less.

Suzy Bogguss at Gateshead Old Town Hall

9:40am Tuesday 15th April 2014

NASHVILLE’S Suzy Bogguss made a brilliant return to the area when Charlie Chadwick (upright bass), Verlon Thompson (acoustic guitar, slide, and harmonica) partnered her vocals, acoustic guitar and, on one song, Jew’s harp.

John Casken Presents: Late Mix, Royal Northern Sinfonia at The Sage Gateshead

9:39am Tuesday 15th April 2014

COMPOSER John Casken took the audience on an enthralling personal musical journey, linked by aspects of dreams, landscapes and hidden dramas.

Bringing Billie back to life

The Advertiser Series: God bless: Nina Kristofferson on stage

2:54pm Monday 14th April 2014

AS a child, Nina Kristofferson used to hear Billie Holiday singing on the radio. The song that stuck in her head was God Bless The Child and she used to sing-along with the track.

Ed gets teeth into Dracula

The Advertiser Series: There may be blood... and plenty of silliness: the cast rehearse for Dracula: Die Laughing

3:30pm Thursday 10th April 2014

Horrible laughter is about to make history for a North-East comedy heading to Whitby’s Goth Festival

Sporting chance in The Stables

The Advertiser Series: The Stables at Coatham Mundeville

3:26pm Thursday 10th April 2014

WE have nice memories of The Stables. In the distant years before children, my wife and I would often go to the pleasant country pub – just off the A1 at Coatham Mundeville, on the outskirts of Darlington – to relax and have something to eat.

Homeward bound

The Advertiser Series: Singing tributes Jonny Smart and Dean Elliott

3:08pm Thursday 10th April 2014

Buddy star Dean Elliott tells Steve Pratt about creating The Simon And Garfunkel story

Small wonders

The Advertiser Series: Warwick Davis

3:03pm Thursday 10th April 2014

Steve Pratt finds out that the next stage of Warwick Davis’ career is farce

Fantastic Foreigner

The Advertiser Series: John Levin and Joey Tempest of Europe

2:50pm Thursday 10th April 2014

Foreigner/Europe/FM at Newcastle City Hall

Show and tell time

2:47pm Thursday 10th April 2014

A North-East children’s theatre company is seeking those special first performance memories, reports Viv Hardwick

Calvary Certificate 15. 101 minutes, 5/5 stars

The Advertiser Series: Calvery

2:27pm Thursday 10th April 2014

BRENDAN Gleeson gives a great performance as Father Lavelle, a priest in a small Irish town who is starkly told in the confession box by one of his parishioners that he will kill him in a week’s time.

The Raid 2 (18, 150 mins) 3/5 stars

2:26pm Thursday 10th April 2014

IN 2011, Welsh-born writer-director Gareth Evans gave Hollywood action movies a swift kick between the legs with his dazzling assault on the senses, The Raid.

The Quiet Ones (15, 98 mins) 3/5 stars

The Advertiser Series: The Quiet Ones

2:24pm Thursday 10th April 2014

INSPIRED by a real-life incident – valuable currency for a horror film – The Quiet Ones relives a troubling case of demonic possession that claimed the lives of a team of scientists.

Walking With Dinosaurs: The Movie

2:06pm Thursday 10th April 2014

U, 87 mins, Twentieth Century Fox, DVD £19.99/Blu-ray £27.99/3D Blu- Ray £33.99

Nebraska (15, 115 mins, Paramount, DVD £19.99/Blu-ray £26.99)

The Advertiser Series: Nebraska

2:08pm Thursday 10th April 2014

ELDERLY curmudgeon Woody Grant (Bruce Dern) receives a bogus prize notification and embarks on a cross-country odyssey to collect the million dollars he believes is waiting for him. The old man’s despairing son David (Will Forte) and long-suffering wife Kate (June Squibb) try make Woody see sense, to no avail.

The Harry Hill Movie (PG, 88 mins, Entertainment In Video, DVD £19.99/Blu-ray £24.99)

2:06pm Thursday 10th April 2014

SEPARATED at birth from his nefarious twin brother Otto (Matt Lucas), who has been raised by Alsatians in Kettering, Harry (Harry Hill) and his petrol-guzzling Nan (Julie Walters) decide to take a trip to Blackpool with beloved pet hamster Abu (voiced by Johnny Vegas).

Moshi Monsters: The Movie (U, 81 mins, Universal, DVD £14.99)

2:04pm Thursday 10th April 2014

MOSHLING collector Buster Bumblechops (voiced by Keith Wickham) leads an expedition to uncover the Great Moshling Egg.

The Play That Goes Wrong at York Theatre Royal

The Advertiser Series: The Play That Goes Wrong at York Theatre Royal

10:53am Thursday 10th April 2014

A GOOD job the title warns you what’s going to happen or you might think the company is just having the most disastrous of first nights.

Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake Newcastle Theatre Royal

10:52am Thursday 10th April 2014

IF you could only see one ballet in a lifetime, this is the one. Actually, it’s not really ballet as you would expect, with an all-female cast wearing pointe shoes, tutus and feathered head dresses, except for the beautiful butterfly spoof ballet in act one.

Witness For The Prosecution at York Guildhall Council Chambers

12:38pm Tuesday 8th April 2014

AS my press seat was in the jury box, I have no hesitation in delivering my verdict on this latest site-specific production from York-based company Theatre Mill – one of the best pieces of theatre you’ll see this year.

Tom’s Midnight Garden at Darlington Civic Theatre

12:38pm Tuesday 8th April 2014

THIRTEEN is considered to be an unlucky number. But Philippa Pearce’s classic novel about a boy who goes time-travelling when a grandfather clock strikes 13 has been firing the imagination of young theatre-goers – and quite a few adults – since David Wood’s sensitive adaptation first tick-tocked onto the boards 13 years ago.

Theatre Review: Grease, Darlington Civic Theatre

11:46am Tuesday 8th April 2014

Darlington Operatic Society put on a crowd-pleasing performance of West End favourite Grease at Darlington Civic Theatre last night (Monday, 7 April).

A Garland for Tracie

The Advertiser Series: Tracie Bennett as Judy Garland

1:12pm Monday 7th April 2014

Former Coronation Street actress Tracie Bennett is back out on the road, performing the songs of Judy Garland. She attacks the snobby attitude towards the ‘songs from the shows’ format

Aspects of Love at Joseph Rowntree Theatre, York

10:06am Monday 7th April 2014

WHEN actress Rose says she feels 17, she means it – the object of her affection is 17-year-old Alex and she is teaching him about the birds and the bees.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Newcastle Theatre Royal

10:05am Monday 7th April 2014

PROPELLER, the allmale Bard stars, do a magical job of roughing up Shakespeare’s Dream.

An August Bank Holiday Lark at York Theatre Royal

10:52am Friday 4th April 2014

I WANT a play for the First World War centenary in 2014 called An August Bank Holiday Lark and I want it to be about folk dancing, said Northern Broadsides artistic director Barrie Rutter.

Grease at Darlington Civic Theatre

The Advertiser Series: HOPELESSLY DEVOTED: Michael Hirst and Selena Blain (Danny and Sandy) join fellow cast members during Darlington Operatic Society's rehearsal of Grease

10:51am Friday 4th April 2014

GREASE is the word in Darlington as our very own Operatic Society brings Britain’s most popular musical to the civic theatre.

Jason joins the jesters

The Advertiser Series: High profile, Jason Manford has agreed to open the Jesterval festival

11:44am Thursday 3rd April 2014

Tyneside’s Jesterval comedy festival in June is on-song thanks to top stand-up Jason Manford

It’ll be so popular

The Advertiser Series: Something Wicked, Emily Tierney as Glinda and Nikki Davis- Jones as Elphaba

11:43am Thursday 3rd April 2014

Viv Hardwick reports on a jolly green giant of a musical coming to Sunderland

Ship-shaped parmos

The Advertiser Series: Jim Hoyle, who owns The Ship Inn at Low Worsall, near Yarm

11:40am Thursday 3rd April 2014

Chris Lloyd found a meal which lasted for days, thanks to the massive portions served by The Ship Inn

Heeey... it’s Ben

The Advertiser Series: Happy Days of touring: Ben Freeman as The Fonz

11:32am Thursday 3rd April 2014

Ben Freeman talks to Steve Pratt about becoming the musical Fonz in Happy Days

Enjoying being in the wrong

The Advertiser Series: Wronging rights: the cast of The Play That Goes Wrong

11:29am Thursday 3rd April 2014

Steve Pratt chats to Mischief Theatre artistic director Henry Lewis about the award-winning comedy heading to the region

Still Tops when it comes to soul

The Advertiser Series: All-time classic: Freda Payne

11:27am Thursday 3rd April 2014

The Four Tops, The Temptations, The Platters and Freda Payne Live at MetroArena, Newcastle

Dancing into history

The Advertiser Series: Torvill and Dean

11:24am Thursday 3rd April 2014

Steve Pratt catches up with the stars of TV’s Dancing On Ice as its arena tour approaches Newcastle


The Advertiser Series: Noah

11:22am Thursday 3rd April 2014

12A, 138 mins, 3/5 stars


11:20am Thursday 3rd April 2014

12A, 139 mins, 3/5 stars

Rio 2

11:20am Thursday 3rd April 2014

U, 101 mins, 3/5 stars

The Double

11:19am Thursday 3rd April 2014

15, 93 mins, 4/5 stars


The Advertiser Series: Oldboy

11:18am Thursday 3rd April 2014

18, 104 mins, DVD £19.99/Blu-ray £24.99

The Summit

11:17am Thursday 3rd April 2014

Cert E, 95 mins, Metrodome Distribution, £17.99

New To Buy: Silk – Series 3

11:17am Thursday 3rd April 2014

12, 348 mins, BBC DVD, DVD £19.99

The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug

The Advertiser Series: The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug

11:16am Thursday 3rd April 2014

12, 161 mins, DVD £19.99/Blu-ray £24.99/3D Blu-Ray £29.99

Five minutes with... Anthony Sargent

The Advertiser Series: Anthony Sargent

11:01am Thursday 3rd April 2014

Anthony Sargent is the general director of The Sage Gateshead. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, an Honorary Fellow of the Birmingham Conservatoire of Music and Sunderland University and in 2008 (jointly with the late, great Sir Bobby Robson) he was the recipient of the Hotspur Award, given annually to the person who "with bold endeavour" has contributed most to the development of the North-East. Last year he was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List

Juliette Bausor at The Sage Gateshead

10:02am Thursday 3rd April 2014

SELECTED by the European Concert Hall Organisation (Echo) as one of its rising stars for this classical season, Royal Northern Sinfonia principal flautist Juliette Bausor has been performing with pianist Alasdair Beatson at some of Europe’s leading concert venues.

The Comedy of Errors at Newcastle Theatre Royal

10:02am Thursday 3rd April 2014

PROPELLER Theatre Company brings a zany, surreal twist to Shakespeare’s farce, with lots of slapstick, sombreros and a speedy career through The Girl From Ipanema to Spandau Ballet’s Gold from its extremely talented cast of actor-musicians on various brass, guitar, cymbal and cowbell ensembles.

Agatha Christie’s Black Coffee at York Grand Opera House

9:53am Wednesday 2nd April 2014

NO, I didn’t guess whodunit. I knew it wasn’t the butler who did it, but my method of finding the killer by picking the most unlikely suspect failed on this occasion.

Tonight’s The Night at Sunderland Empire

9:51am Wednesday 2nd April 2014

CAST your erudite cynicism to the wind, it’s time for some Rod action, featuring Hot Legs, a Ben Elton script and, natch, a mahoosive singalong with Sailor Hats and synchronised armswaying.

Theatre previews

9:50am Friday 28th March 2014

THE actor who played Geoffrey the English butler in TV’s Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air is heading for the Georgian Theatre Royal, in Richmond.

A suitable place for drama

The Advertiser Series: Christie drama: defence team Sir Wilfrid Robarts (David Bowen) and Leonard Vole (Andrew Dowbiggin) with Mr Mayhew (the accused, Adam Elms), centre

4:24pm Thursday 27th March 2014

AFTER presenting Oscar Wilde in the Mansion House and Sherlock Holmes in the Treasurers House, York-based Theatre Mill is going to court.

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