Theatre Review: Durham Johnston students “Gatecrash” party

3:57pm Friday 31st October 2014

Surrounded by Durham Johnston students, as part of Durham’s Festival of Culture, the audience stepped through the red door into the bustling house of number 5, putting on their wireless headphones to Gatecrash Sam’s 17th ‘small’ birthday gathering.

Theatre Review: Blind, Live Theatre, Newcastle

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4:06pm Friday 31st October 2014

BEATBOXING theatre shows are pretty thin on the ground. For the uninitiated (that’s you) Human Beatboxing is ‘urban vocal percussion’, often in breathtaking combinations and at breakneck speed. In the last few decades, it has evolved with Hip Hop, but many cultures around the world have been ululating in bizarre and wonderful ways for thousands of years.

The Woodman Inn, Burneston, Bedale

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2:55pm Thursday 30th October 2014

WITH winter fast approaching, the nights drawing in and the weather surely about to take a turn for the worse, it's not always easy to find the energy and inclination to head out for something to eat.

Theatre Review: The Full Monty, Newcastle Theatre Royal

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5:24pm Thursday 30th October 2014

The Full Monty is a theatre adaptation of the 1997 film of the same name; the show stars Gary Lucy, Louis Emerick, Andrew Dunn, Rupert Hill, Martin Miller and Bobby Schofield and also comes from the pen of Oscar-winning film-writer Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours).

War poets' lives on stage

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6:10pm Tuesday 28th October 2014

THE wartime experiences of famed poets Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen are explored in a drama coming to the North-East stage next week (Monday, November 3).

Theatre Review: Cinderella, Newcastle Theatre Royal

11:54am Friday 24th October 2014

IT IS easy to understand why Northern Ballet has just been named Best Company at the inaugural Taglioni European Ballet Awards in Berlin. The quality of their dancing, their creativity in launching new ballets each year and the sheer wow-factor of their productions, will have overwhelmed the opposition from such august companies as The Paris Opera and The Hamburg Ballet. They should be extremely proud of themselves.

Hope and clarity

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5:21pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

THE first time Danielle Hope played the Narrator in the musical Joseph And the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat she was 13 and appearing in a school production.

Panto anything but Pointless

The Advertiser Series: PANTOMIME LAUNCH: Cast member Andrew Agnew (Muddles) attends the launch of the Sunderland Empire's pantomime Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Picture: DAVID WOOD (11708420)

5:18pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

Viv Hardwick discovers that Andrew Agnew, alias PC Plum, and actress Victoria Serra are all prepared for Snow White at Sunderland.

Theatre Review: Darlington Operatic Society's Sister Act, Darlington Civic Theatre

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4:01pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

REJOICE! DOS is here again, this time featuring the ladies in an entertaining story about a well-meaning would-be diva, Deloris van Cartier, who sees her gangster boyfriend commit a murder and, until she can testify against him, is hidden in a local convent.

Watching Brief: Collector of Tears

The Advertiser Series: Madeleine MacMahon

12:10pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

COLLECTOR of Tears is a new love story told by Madeleine MacMahon, who makes her North-East debut as Tanya Sealt. The play is written by Sean Burn, the founder member of Tyneside theatre company, Gobscure.

Watching Brief: Theatre Sans Frontières in Heaven Eyes

The Advertiser Series: Maria Lindh playing the role of Heaven Eyes and Paddy Burton as Grampa

12:06pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

THE award-winning touring theatre company, Théâtre Sans Frontières (TSF), is touring its latest production, Heaven Eyes, to venues in the North this autumn.

The Wyvill Arms, Constable Burton

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6:11pm Thursday 16th October 2014

AS a lover of racing, I'm the sort who likes to rely on a favourite with previous form, rather than take a punt on an unknown outsider.

Summer's hot for tango time

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5:39pm Thursday 16th October 2014

Viv Hardwick discovers that the world premiere of Flying Into Daylight in Newcastle is providing challenges for West End stars Summer Strallen and Jos Vantyler.

Film Review: The Judge

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5:42pm Thursday 16th October 2014

THE law is an ass and the people who administer it bigger asses in David Dobkin’s courtroom drama about an estranged family reunited under the testing conditions of a murder trial. The Judge takes its sweet time going through the legal motions, grafting on a superfluous romantic subplot to the revelations in the dock.

'I said The Woman In Black wouldn't work'

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4:59pm Thursday 16th October 2014

Steve Pratt talks to Susan Hill about her latest ghost story, The Small Hand, to be adapted for the stage.

From Benidorm to old Peking

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4:59pm Thursday 16th October 2014

JAKE CANUSO is the man who turned down Kylie Minogue. The dancer-turned-actor, who plays barman Matteo in ITV's comedy hit Benidorm, toured the world performing with the likes of Take That, the Spice Girls and Prince.

Jim Davidson - a controversial road back to the top of entertainment

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4:56pm Thursday 16th October 2014

THE larger-than-life antics of Jim Davidson have split opinion about his appeal as a performer over the years, but his latest comedy tour, based on his book No Further Action, is about to take audiences through the worst 12 months of his life before victory in last year's Celebrity Big Brother turned his fortunes around.

Film Review: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3D (12A)

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5:47pm Thursday 16th October 2014

THE adventures of turtle brothers Donatello, Leonardo, Michelangelo and Raphael began life in the mid-1980s as an irreverent comic book and rapidly spawned an animated TV series, a trilogy of films and a dizzying array of merchandise.

Theatre Review: Jeeves & Wooster, Newcastle Theatre Royal

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

4:48pm Thursday 16th October 2014

JEEVES & Wooster in Perfect Nonsense is based on the short stories (in particular The Code of the Woosters) written by PG Wodehouse; it stars John Gordon Sinclair as Jeeves, James Lance as Wooster and is written by the Goodale Brothers.

Theatre Review: April in Paris, Darlington Civic Theatre

10:46am Wednesday 15th October 2014

APRIL in Paris is centred on a tumultuous relationship between Al (Joe McGann) and Bet (Shobna Gulati).

Theatre Review: Antigone, Northern Stage, Newcastle

The Advertiser Series: Antigone - a Pilot Theatre, Derby Theatre and Theatre Royal Stratford East Production

2:35pm Monday 13th October 2014

TURNING Greek Mythology into a British street gang drama, writer Roy Williams has produced a play for our time that eavesdrops on Sophocles’ original story – his characters, ghosts from another era.

Theatre Review: The Crucible, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

The Advertiser Series: Kate Phillips and Martin Marquez in The Crucible

2:35pm Monday 13th October 2014

DIRECTOR James Brining’s revival is epic in its staging. Not just the length (a gripping three hours plus but every minute counts) or the look (designer Colin Richmond uses the wide open spaces of the Quarry Theatre to great effect) but in its no-holds-barred emotional content.

Fireman Sam - Ocean Rescue

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8:41pm Friday 10th October 2014

EVERYONE loves a fireman and they don’t come much more popular than Fireman Sam.

Theatre Review: Disney On Ice, Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle

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8:58am Friday 10th October 2014

WHERE are the princesses? That was the constant chirp of my almost-four-year-old daughter from the moment she and new-school-starter best friend were surprised with tickets for Disney on Ice.

Film Review: Annabelle

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5:06pm Thursday 9th October 2014

ACCORDING to the opening credits of Annabelle, dolls have frequently been used as conduits of evil. Modern filmmakers have had great fun transforming inanimate figures into demonic vessels.

Film Review: Effie Gray

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5:03pm Thursday 9th October 2014

OSCAR-WINNING actor and screenwriter Emma Thompson returns to the stifled emotions and rigorous social etiquettes of 19th Century English society for her script based on the real-life marital woes of Victorian art critic John Ruskin and his teenage bride, Euphemia Gray.

Film Review: The Maze Runner

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4:59pm Thursday 9th October 2014

BASED on the bestselling novel by James Dashner, The Maze Runner is a testosterone-fuelled survival thriller cast from the same robust mould as The Hunger Games and Divergent.

Serious Chuckles

The Advertiser Series: CHUCKLES OF OZ:The launch of Darlington's Panto The Chuckles of Oz today at Houndgate Townhouse, pictured Phil Corbitt as The Cowardly Lion, Danny Potts as The Tin Man, The Chuckle Brothers, Adam Booth as The Scarecrow and Beth Stobbart as Glinda the

3:59pm Thursday 9th October 2014

Viv Hardwick has a chat about Rotherham and celebrity witch hunts with The Chuckle Brothers, who are on much happier ground when it comes to The Chuckles of Oz.

Craig's always got Tyne for Riverdance

The Advertiser Series: NO REPRO FEE. 26/06/2012. RIVERDANCE 9th Consecutive Summer Season. Pictured is Craig Mason from High Heaton, Newcastle, England danced in the Riverdance World Tour before becoming part of PRODIJIG, the winner of Sky 1 talent show GOT TO DANCE. Craig is n

3:57pm Thursday 9th October 2014

Viv Hardwick talks to North-East dancer Craig Mason about how his granny got him into international dance.

Darlington Operatic Society's Sister Act

The Advertiser Series: DOUBLE TAKE: Rhiannon Walker, left and Claire Wilmer who have both landed the lead in Sister Act at Darlington.         Picture: ANDY LAMB (7036843)

3:09pm Thursday 9th October 2014

Steve Pratt chats to sisters Rhiannon Walker and Claire Wilmer about sharing the starring role of Deloris Van Cartier in Sister Act.

Craig Revel Horwood takes on tyrannical Miss Hannigan role in Annie

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3:08pm Thursday 9th October 2014

NEWCASTLE Theatre Royal has just announced two more new shows for next year. The first and most unusual is the musical, Annie, starring Craig Revel Horwood, the Strictly Come Dancing judge, as the tyrannical Miss Hannigan, which will run from July 11 to 18.

Art of dancing

The Advertiser Series: Dancer and painter Olivia Holland

3:05pm Thursday 9th October 2014

HAVING studied art all through her academic career, Northern Ballet dancer Olivia Holland has quickly found a way of turning her keen eye into an alternative career.

Joe McGann's ready for April

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3:37pm Thursday 9th October 2014

Joe McGann takes the lead role of Al in John Godber's comedy April in Paris. McGann became a household name as Charlie Burrows, in the TV comedy series The Upper Hand

Theatre Review: The Two Gentlemen Of Verona, Royal Shakespeare Company, Newcastle Theatre Royal

The Advertiser Series: Roger Morlidge as Launce and Mossop the lurcher as Crab in The Two Gentlemen Of Verona

12:11pm Thursday 9th October 2014

"NOT seen for years", "New" and "One man and his dog" are phrases which resonate around a play that could be one of the Bard's first quill to parchment efforts.

Theatre Review: Betrayal, York Theatre Royal

12:08pm Thursday 9th October 2014

DIRECTOR Juliet Forster took the decision not to investigate the facts behind Harold Pinter's 1978 play about an affair that was seen by many in a different light when it was revealed in 1996 as being inspired by the writer's own secret five-year affair with broadcaster Joan Bakewell.

Theatre Review: Slipping, Scarborough Stephen Joseph Theatre

The Advertiser Series: Charlotte Harwood in Slipping by Claudine Toutoungi at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough. Photo by Karl Andre Photography. (11183383)

3:34pm Wednesday 8th October 2014

THE eyes have it in this new play by Claudine Toutoungi, whose Bit Part was one of four short plays that made up the theatre’s recent Screenplay production.

Theatre Review: Gavin Webster, Tyne Theatre, Newcastle

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3:30pm Wednesday 8th October 2014

YOU can see why this annual gig is a big homecoming celebration for the Geordie comedian who has been plying his wonderful observations throughout the UK and internationally for around 25 years.

Theatre Review: The Big Read: Palace Green Library, Durham City, The Wind in the Willows

The Advertiser Series: Mark Benton as Mr Toad

6:21pm Tuesday 7th October 2014

TAKE a virtual stroll along the riverbank this month, as Durham Book Festival and Durham University give away more than 1,200 copies of Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows.

Theatre Review: A Month in the Country, The Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond

The Advertiser Series: Ashley Tucker as Alice Keach

2:53pm Monday 6th October 2014

FROM the old suitcases of his past, Tom Birkin, a World War 1 veteran, reveals his old trench coat, a leather apron and a journal with a rose preserved among its pages. The delicate paper rose brings the people from his memory into sharp focus and they begin to arrive.

Theatre Review: She Stoops To Conquer, Harrogate Theatre

2:48pm Monday 6th October 2014

THE show looks absolutely fabulous, darling. Loved the big wigs and the big costumes. Some amusing ditties too. But Oliver Goldsmith’s 18th Century comedy only fitfully sparks in this admittedly good-looking Northern Broadsides production.

Death becomes her

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3:42pm Friday 3rd October 2014

Steve Pratt discovers the appeal of turning Greek tragedy Antigone into a gangland story and chats to actors Savannah Gordon-Liburd and Mark Monero.

Two Gentlemen of the road

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3:37pm Friday 3rd October 2014

Viv Hardwick talks to Royal Shakespeare Company actor Mark Arends about becoming a Bard villain that very few have seen in the flesh.

Children's Angel of the North

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3:36pm Friday 3rd October 2014

DARLINGTON seems to be on the side of the Angel. The Theatre Hullabaloo play for children aged ten years and above opens its autumn tour at the Dolphin Centre’s Central Hall next week just as a heaven-sent opportunity has been announced to give the company a purpose-built venue in the town from 2016.

Comedy Review: Lee Kyle, The Witham, Barnard Castle

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3:28pm Friday 3rd October 2014

A LITTLE bit of comedy on a Saturday afternoon does you the world of good, especially when it’s free. Funny Way To Be comedy organiser, Peter Dixon, was at The Witham’s open day on Saturday to provide a free taste of what he’s got in store for his autumn comedy shows.

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

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