Siege of Calais, English Touring Opera, Durham Gala Theatre

The Advertiser Series: Paula Sides (Eleonora), Craig Smith (Eustachio), and ETO chorus members // English Touring Opera: Donizetti, The Siege of Calais (L'assedio di Calais). Photo: Bill Knight. (26855419)

8:46am Friday 22nd May 2015

Donizetti’s neglected Siege of Calais has found a champion in the English Touring Opera, who were the first to professionally stage it in the UK. James Conway’s revived 2013 production, which rounded off ETO’s visit to Durham’s Gala Theatre, showed there was much too be commended in the work.

Mary Poppins heads for Newcastle in 2016

The Advertiser Series: Mary Poppins' song Jolly Holiday from the Disney and Cameron Mackintosh stage production

5:07am Friday 22nd May 2015

DISNEY and Cameron Mackintosh have announced that the multi award-winning musical Mary Poppins is coming to Newcastle Theatre Royal from Thursday, September 8 to Saturday, October 29, 2016, as part of a tour of the UK and Ireland.

Film review: Moomins On The Riviera

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10:15am Thursday 21st May 2015

Certificate: U Running time: 77 mins Star rating: 3/5

Eating Out: Penleys, Richmond

The Advertiser Series: BISTRO: Sophie Davison and Matthew Colley of Penleys in Richmond.

10:13am Thursday 21st May 2015

Joe Willis is lured to a new bistro at Richmond by the promise of cocktails.

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, Newcastle Theatre Royal

The Advertiser Series: Heart-wrenching tale brought to life

10:25am Wednesday 20th May 2015

AT the heart of this fictional story are two little boys, who are worlds apart but meet at a concentration camp fence and make friends. Its soul is the atrocious truth of the Holocaust, an unforgivable Nazi Final Solution that bears witness to a horror so great it would make the worst serial killer weep.

La bohème: English Touring Opera, Gala Theatre, Durham

The Advertiser Series: LA BOHEME: Sky Ingram (Musetta), Grant Doyle (Marcello) // English Touring Opera: Puccini, La bohà 	¨me. Picture: Richard Hubert Smith.. (26528336)

3:43pm Tuesday 19th May 2015

THE ENGLISH Touring Opera began its latest visit to Durham’s Gala Theatre with a staging of Puccini’s popular La bohème.

Spamalot: Empire Theatre, Sunderland

The Advertiser Series: Joe Pasquale in Spamalot

3:39pm Tuesday 19th May 2015

"WE eat ham, and jam, and Spam a lot" is the line from the original 1975 film that inspired this hilarious laugh-out-loud musical which is "lovingly ripped off from Monty Python and the Holy Grail".

Judy – The Songbook of Judy Garland, Grand Opera House, York

The Advertiser Series: Lorna Luft and The Boyfriends

3:06pm Friday 15th May 2015

CELEBRATING the life and career of the legendary singer, actress and vaudevillian, Judy – The Songbook Of Judy Garland looks to recreate the songs and dances of one of the golden age of cinema’s most beloved performers with her daughter, actress Lorna Luft, at the helm.

Mark of a scoundrel at Sunderland

The Advertiser Series: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels tour: Michael Praed (Lawrence), Carley Stenson (Christine), Noel Sullivan (Freddy) and Mark Benton (Andre)

1:50pm Friday 15th May 2015

Mark Benton tells Viv Hardwick he'd made up his mind not to tour this year... then landed Dirty Rotten Scoundrels the Musical

Frozen may set Disney On Ice record

The Advertiser Series: Disney on Ice, Cars

10:38am Thursday 14th May 2015

Tickets are already flying for Disney's annual visit to Newcastle's MetroRadio Arena thanks to Elsa and Anna.

Out of this world singing act

The Advertiser Series: Voca People group with Shai Fishman and Lior Kalfo

10:35am Thursday 14th May 2015

Shai Fishman, who is currently working on a musical project for Nasa, is co-creator, arranger and musical director of Voca People with Lior Kalfo

Review: Pitch Perfect 2

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10:30am Thursday 14th May 2015

LIGHTNING almost strikes twice in the eagerly anticipated sequel to the feel-great comedy Pitch Perfect.

Calamity Jane, Darlington Civic Theatre

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

11:09am Wednesday 13th May 2015

RESUMING its nationwide tour after a break, this company seems like a family; their familiarity with the show and each other makes for realistic dialogue, tight musical numbers and a memorable evening’s entertainment.

Rebecca, Newcastle Theatre Royal

The Advertiser Series: Imogen Sage and Tristan Sturrock star in Rebecca

12:57pm Tuesday 12th May 2015

ADAPTED from the novel by Daphne Du Maurier, Kneehigh Theatre brings to this dark depiction of envy.

The Producers: Sunderland Empire

The Advertiser Series: Jason Manford as Leo Bloom and Cory English as Max Bialystock in The Producers

10:09am Tuesday 12th May 2015

The Producers: Sunderland Empire

English Touring Opera returns to Durham's Gala Theatre with Italian season

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3:38pm Friday 8th May 2015

AN OLIVIER award-winning opera company is returning to Durham’s Gala Theatre with a new Italian season.

Terence is Sunderland's panto baddie

The Advertiser Series: Terence Maynard

3:04pm Friday 8th May 2015

Terence is Sunderland's panto baddie

'There's plenty of Horrible History to come,' says Terry Deary

The Advertiser Series: Terry Deary, Chris Clunn Photographic Collect

1:16pm Friday 8th May 2015

Viv Hardwick finds that Terry Deary is starting a new chapter in Horrible Histories, just as the latest stage tour heads for Darlington

The Noble-st Nazi of them all at Sunderland

The Advertiser Series: Ross Noble as Franz Liebkind in The Producers

1:02pm Friday 8th May 2015

Viv Hardwick discovers why Ross Noble agreed to join the cast of The Producers at Sunderland Empire Theatre.

Film Review: Spooks: The Greater Good

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10:58am Thursday 7th May 2015

Certificate: 15

Simple start to a death camp drama

The Advertiser Series: Heart-wrenching tale brought to life

10:51am Thursday 7th May 2015

Steve Pratt discovers how writer John Boyne found a children's story in the midst of the Holocaust.

The Cliffmount, Runswick Bay

The Advertiser Series: The dining room windows and front lawn at the Cliffemount

10:46am Thursday 7th May 2015

The Cliffemount at Runswick Bay enjoys spectacular views, but the food is a bit hit and miss, says Jenny Needham.

Make a date with sexy Sweeney

10:43am Thursday 7th May 2015

Claire Sweeney has turned her dating disasters into a show

The Mousetrap, Sunderland Empire

The Advertiser Series: The cast of The Mousetrap in the 60th Anniversary Tour

9:05am Wednesday 6th May 2015

The Mousetrap, Sunderland Empire

Godspell in Concert, Sunderland Empire

The Advertiser Series: Godspell in Concert

9:16am Tuesday 5th May 2015

IN light of the announcement made on Friday that the tour of Godspell in Concert is being brought to a premature close and will no longer visit Darlington Civic Theatre on May 21 to May 23, this feels more like an obituary than a review.

Cyrano de Bergerac, Northern Stage, Newcastle

The Advertiser Series: Nigel Barrett as Cyrano and Chris Jared as Christian

5:27pm Friday 1st May 2015

Cyrano de Bergerac, Northern Stage, Newcastle

Putting Steel into Teesside theatre

The Advertiser Series: The hunt for a young actress to play 12-year-old Poppy is about to be launched at Stockton's Arc

5:11pm Friday 1st May 2015

STEEL by name and Steel by nature when it comes to naming a theatre company that will launch a world premiere at Stockton's Arc in September, award-winning writer and director Gordon Steel acknowledges that the tiny amount of Arts Council funding he's received isn't going to go far.

The Muppet man who lives on Avenue Q

The Advertiser Series: Nigel Plaskitt with the Trekkie Monster

2:25pm Friday 1st May 2015

THE warning sign on the wall may have said it all: “Please do not touch the puppets... unless they touch you first!”

Better than the average theatre tour

The Advertiser Series: Deborah McAndrew

10:27am Thursday 30th April 2015

Steve Pratt finds out how playwright Deborah McAndrew put fish and chips on a plate for Mikron Theatre.

It's the last of The Last Tango

The Advertiser Series: Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace in The Last Tango

4:07pm Friday 24th April 2015

FRESH from a sell-out 13-week hit UK tour of The Last Tango, which included Sunderland Empire, Strictly superstars Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace have decided to return to this moving production as they bow out with their final theatre show which will visit Newcastle Theatre Royal this year; return to Sunderland Empire in February and also visit Darlington Civic Theatre in May next year.

Waterloo – The Best of Abba Tribute Show, Billingham Forum

The Advertiser Series: Michelle Cleave (Agnetha), Rob Miles (Bjorn), Lissi Link (Anni-Frid) and Rob Arnall (Benny) of Waterloo – The Best of Abba Tribute Show

5:09pm Thursday 23rd April 2015

Waterloo – The Best of Abba Tribute Show, Billingham Forum

Snow White on Ice, Billingham Forum Theatre

The Advertiser Series: The Russian Ice Stars stage Snow White at Billingham Forum

4:03pm Thursday 23rd April 2015

Snow White on Ice, Billingham Forum Theatre

DarlingtonOS Hairspray: Darlington Civic Theatre

The Advertiser Series: Darlington Operatic Society cast in Hairspray

12:16pm Thursday 23rd April 2015

DarlingtonOS Hairspray: Darlington Civic Theatre

Film Review: Avengers: Age of Ultron

The Advertiser Series: Undated Film Still Handout from Avengers: Age Of Ultron with Scarlett Johansson. See PA Feature FILM Reviews. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Jay Maidment/Marvel 2015. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature FILM Reviews.

10:36am Thursday 23rd April 2015

Avengers: Age of Ultron

Horsley Hall, Bishop Auckland

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10:34am Thursday 23rd April 2015

Malcolm Warne finds a country house hotel restaurant which could have saved Top Gear from disaster.

New feat on The Cinder Path

The Advertiser Series: The Cinder Path workshop cast

10:20am Thursday 23rd April 2015

Emily Craig watches the first steps towards the latest Catherine Cookson-inspired project

To Kill a Mockingbird, Newcastle Theatre Royal

The Advertiser Series: Daniel Betts as Atticus and Jemima Bennett as Scout in To Kill A Mockingbird

1:21pm Tuesday 21st April 2015

To Kill a Mockingbird, Newcastle Theatre Royal

Something Wicked this way stuns

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10:18am Thursday 16th April 2015

Wicked dares to tread where the Wizard of Oz failed. Sarah Scott goes behind the scenes.

A Mad World My Masters: Darlington Civic Theatre

The Advertiser Series: Scene from A Mad World My Masters

2:53pm Wednesday 15th April 2015

A Mad World My Masters: Darlington Civic Theatre

Twelve Angry Men, York Grand Opera House

The Advertiser Series: Tom Conti in Twelve Angry Men

12:04pm Wednesday 15th April 2015

Twelve Angry Men, York Grand Opera House

Justin Fetcher & Friends: Mr Tumble's Circus, MetroRadio Arena, Newcastle

The Advertiser Series: Justin Fletcher, star of Mr Tumble's Circus

8:48am Tuesday 14th April 2015

STRIDING across the arena floor, the colossus of CBeebies clowns Mr Tumble got the kind of reception from a packed house of fans that Messrs Cameron, Miliband and Co could only laugh about receiving. Those of us chuckling our way through our second childhood, with three-year-old granddaughter hanging on Mr T's every (ahem) tumble, can only place award-winning entertainer Justin Fletcher on the same pedestal as Richard Hearne's endearing Mr Pastry. As few onlookers were old enough to make the same connection, let's just say that if Mr T launched the circus party as General Election contenders he'd probably be running the country.

Why Derren believes in miracles

The Advertiser Series: Derren Brown

1:07pm Sunday 12th April 2015

Derren Brown is back on the road with his latest tour, Miracle, which has week-long visits to Sunderland and York

Love conkers all at Newcastle

The Advertiser Series: Nigel Barrett as Cyrano

12:28pm Sunday 12th April 2015

Viv Hardwick pokes his nose into the creation of Nigel Barrett's Cyrano de Bergerac

Jesus Christ Superstar, Durham Cathedral

The Advertiser Series: CATHEDRAL CALLING: Enter CIC rehearse their production of Jesus Christ Superstar. Picture: STUART BOULTON

9:09am Sunday 12th April 2015

Jesus Christ Superstar, Durham Cathedral

Restaurant Review: The Dun Cow, Sedgefield

The Advertiser Series: US President George W. Bush, second left, jokingly grabs a beer tap as Britain's Prime Minister Tony Blair, left, laughs during a visit to the Dun Cow pub in the Prime Minister's constituency Sedgefield, Friday, Nov. 21, 2003 (22400091)

9:58am Thursday 9th April 2015

Without the presence of world leaders, Chris Lloyd finds the Dun Cow a more relaxed place for dining.

On the road again

The Advertiser Series: EDWARD SCISSORHANDS,              , Original Story – Tim Burton, Director and Choreographer – Mathew Bourne,  Designer – Lez Brotherston, Lighting – Howard Harrison, New Adventures, Theatre Royal, Plymouth, UK, Credit: Johan Persson/ (22351494)

9:52am Thursday 9th April 2015

Dominic North has played a leading role for seven years. He talks to Steve Pratt about getting parts and taking to the road

Here for the Lear

The Advertiser Series: Here for the Lear

9:47am Thursday 9th April 2015

Nick Ahad talks to director Jonathan Miller ahead of bringing King Lear to North Yorkshire.

An alternative royal arrival

The Advertiser Series: HETTY FEATHER by Jacqueline Wilson   adapted for the stage by Emma Reeves   director: Sally CooksonPhoebe Thomas as Hetty & Nikki Warwick as Mdm AdelineRose Theatre Kingston from 5th to 19th April 2014 (21147617)

9:44am Thursday 9th April 2015

The sun is shining on Newcastle's Theatre Royal as it announces its summer programme

Catch a bus to the theatre

The Advertiser Series: Alexander Kelly who takes audiences to Cape Wrath

1:24pm Friday 3rd April 2015

Catch a bus to the theatre

Launching a tribute to champion rower

11:22am Friday 3rd April 2015

HARRY Clasper, the first North-East sporting superstar, is to be remembered in an exciting new play that will tour the region in June and July to mark the 170th anniversary of the World Rowing Champions title coming to the region for the first time.


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