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

Beth finds her voice

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11:35am Monday 1st September 2014

Still busking and training for the future, Beth McCarthy talks to Steve Pratt about a future without The Voice and her one-night appearance in Rock Of Ages at York

Romeo and Juliet, Lord Chamberlain's Men, Durham Castle

The Advertiser Series: Juliet (Jonathan Bullock) and Romeo (Will Haddington)

10:10am Friday 29th August 2014

CATHEDRAL bells, twittering birds and the occasional popping of champagne bottles punctuated the lines of the most famous love tragedy in the English language.

King Lear, The Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond

The Advertiser Series: JOSPEH MARCELL: 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.

10:09am Friday 29th August 2014

THE Globe's touring production filled the stage of the little Georgian Theatre, stretching the playing area into the normally unseen wings. Designer Jonathan Fensom’s set is a simple wooden structure, his costumes an eclectic mix of forties dress mixed with a flummery of flamboyant Elizabethan.

Duke curries favour

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12:56pm Thursday 28th August 2014

Barry Nelson delves back into history to discover new delights being delivered in Darlington

Hats off to the stand-in star

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12:48pm Thursday 28th August 2014

Steve Pratt discovers how Alan Burkitt fell on his feet in Top Hat when the show’s original principal dancer Gavin Lee was taken ill just before opening night

One-man wonders

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12:46pm Thursday 28th August 2014

Viv Hardwick talks to Andy Daniel about being shot at dawn nearly every day

Drinking in the atmosphere

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12:43pm Thursday 28th August 2014

Paddy Campbell talks to Steve Pratt about his success with Wet House... and what is likely to follow

Film releases

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12:41pm Thursday 28th August 2014

Million Dollar Arm, Sin City 2: A Dame To Kill For and If I Stay

DVD/Blu-ray releases

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12:38pm Thursday 28th August 2014

The Amazing Spider-Man 2, A Perfect Plan and Sons Of Anarchy – Season Six

Sherlock Holmes: A Working Hypothesis

The Advertiser Series: Theatre Royal's Sherlock Holmes with Dominic Allen and George Williams. Moriarty in the background.pic: Anthony Chappel-Ross (8790758)

10:17am Thursday 28th August 2014

THE game's afoot and this particular one is a game of two halves as the Flanagan Collective offers a fresh take on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's much portrayed character.

The Ladyboys of Bangkok

The Advertiser Series: The Ladyboys Of Bangkok

10:07am Wednesday 27th August 2014

THE Lady Boys of Bangkok are returning to Tyneside with a month-long series of shows, called Red Hot Kisses, from Friday, September 5 to Saturday, October 4, in the Sabai Pavilion, Times Square, Newcastle, NE1 4EP.

Outback a welcome change for RPatz

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4:51pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

A stint in the Australian wilderness provided the perfect escape from the limelight for Twilight’s Robert Pattinson – and the chance to prove he’s more than just a heart-throb. Jeananne Craig meets the reluctant superstar

Endless possibilities

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3:34pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

Steve Pratt talks to Alan Ayckbourn about his new production – and a disagreement with his audiences about how to watch his plays

Could you be a panto star? Oh yes, you could!

The Advertiser Series:

10:02am Tuesday 26th August 2014

TALENTED young performers are being sought to star alongside one of pantomimes’ longest running dames – Berwick Kaler.

Doctor Who super fan gives his opinion on Peter Capaldi's first outing in the iconic role

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8:40pm Sunday 24th August 2014

DOCTOR Who super fan Rob Baines, from Darlington, who has made headlines for having his own TARDIS in his back garden, gives his verdict on Peter Capaldi's first outing as the Doctor.

Going to Hal and back

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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

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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

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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

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1:46pm Thursday 14th August 2014

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

Tuk Tuk Asian Bar and Kitchen, Darlington

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1:43pm Thursday 14th August 2014

WHEN there’s a new place in town, you’ve got to give it a try – so my wife and I tucked in at Tuk Tuk Asian Bar and Kitchen.

Extendable Expendables

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1:33pm Thursday 14th August 2014

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




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