What's on in the North East

Peter Lathan

From Monday to Saturday Derek Griffiths and Siân Phillips star in Driving Miss Daisy at the Theatre Royal, Newcastle.

From Monday to Saturday Trademark Touring and Watermill Theatre bring Ian Hislop and Nick Newman’s The Wipers Times to Northern Stage.

At Alphabetti on Tuesday Coracle Productions, Alphabetti Theatre and The Worriers present Overwritten—staged readings of ten new short plays inspired by Overdue. Then, from Wednesday to Friday, Bonnie and The Bonnettes present Drag Me to Love and on Saturday it’s the October Alphabetti Soup which includes another new short play, Vanishing Point by Tony Hickson.

At the Tyne Theatre and Opera House The Stick Man, aimed at age 3+, is on Monday and Tuesday (various times), and then on Thursday the Russian State Opera presents Tosca.

On Thursday at 1:30 and 6:00 at Dance City, Anjali Dance Company, which celebrates the creative abilities and artistic potential of people with learning disabilities, presents a double bill of Gary Clarke’s Beethoven and Lea Anderson’s Bloodsucker. Then on Saturday at 7:30, Ballet Wales presents A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

On Tuesday, Tap Factory, which showcases urban tap dance and percussion, comedy and acrobatics, comes to Sunderland Empire for one night only.

Open Clasp’s Rattle Snake comes to Sunderland’s Royalty Theatre as part of Sunderland Stages.

Story-telling chiller The Book of Darkness and Light is at The Customs House in South Shields on Friday.

The Tiger Who Came to Tea comes to The Maltings in Berwick on Tuesday at 1:30 and 4:30.

Ballet Wales’ A Midsummer Night’s Dream is at the Queen’s Hall in Hexham on Friday.

On Saturday the Baroque Theatre company presents The Three Musketeers at Seaton Delaval Arts Centre.

The October Next Up… scratch night is at Durham’s Gala Theatre on Tuesday with work in development from Camisado Club (Bluebeard), Andrea Scrimshaw (The 12th Man), Jade Byrne (Pricks) and Philip Richardson (Clarinet in Blue).

New Writing North’s Do Not Enter the Monster Zoo for the under-7s is at Bishop Auckland Town Hall at 10:00 on Wednesday.

Uchenna Dance’s The Head Wrap Diaries, an immersive-interactive dance theatre production that uses comedy and a soundtrack of Ghanaian pop to explore, women, beauty, hair and culture, comes to The Whitham in Barnard Castle on Friday.

The Russian State Opera is at Billingham Forum on Tuesday with Madama Butterfly. Then on Friday and Saturday (various times during the day), The Night Pirates tells the tale of a group of little girl pirates who descend on a young boy called Tom at bedtime (suitable for ages 3+).

Dirty Dusting is at Middlesbrough Theatre on Saturday, followed on Sunday and Monday (9th) by Stick Man Live.

At ARC Stockton on Wednesday (7:00) Scott Turnbull asks Where Do All the Dead Pigeons go? and then on Saturday Travelled Companions present 5 More Minutes, a play about bedtime for children and their grown-ups.

Jabberwocky Market and Paines Plough’s Roundabout come to Darlington this week.

This week sees the Harrogate Comedy Festival which mainly features one-night stands by a range of famous comedians but also includes a play, Trolley Girls, in the Harrogate Theatre Studio on Saturday.