What's on in the North East

Peter Lathan

Opera North brings its Little Greats season to Newcastle Theatre Royal this week. On Wednesday and Saturday, it’s the almost traditional pairing of Cav and Pag—Mascagni’s Cavalleria rusticana and Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci. On Thursday, Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges is paired with Janácek’s Osud and Friday’s operas are Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti and Gilbert and Sullivan’s first operetta, Trial by Jury, in which all the parts are played by members of the Opera North chorus. There is a family matinée of L’enfant et les sortilèges on Saturday at 2:15. All other performances are at 7:15.

The performance of The Vaudevillians at Northern Stage on Tuesday is sold out. In Stage 3 on Wednesday (1:30) and Thursday (10:30) Esther McAuley Mac's Arcadian and Lighthouse Poole present Great Odds.

At Live Theatre from Wednesday to Saturday, there is a new in-house production, the true story of a young mother’s search for refuge and belonging, From the Sky to Your Hands, told by Joana Geronimo and written by Juliana Mensah.

Honky Bonk Theatre in partnership with CaroleW Productions present The Establishment: Eton Mess at Alphabetti Theatre in Newcastle from Tuesday to Friday. On Wednesday from 1:30 to 3:30, the company is presenting an Introduction to Clowning workshop.

The Russian State Ballet’s production of Swan Lake at the Tyne Theatre and Opera House on Wednesday is sold out.

On Saturday, Joan Clevillé Dance presents The North at Dance City.

Mamma Mia! continues at Sunderland Empire until Saturday.

On Thursday, Dryad Productions brings Jane Eyre: an Autobiography to Arts Centre Washington.

fanSHEN’s Disaster Party, a very interactive show—no actors!—is at The Peacock in Sunderland at 5:00 and 8:00 on Wednesday as part of Sunderland Stages.

At the Customs House in South Shields this week, the Russian National Ballet presents The Nutcracker on Tuesday. Then on Wednesday in the Green Room at 7:00 Script Club presents Drip, a new one-man musical comedy: Liam is 15; he can’t swim but he’s an optimist, so he’s just signed up for Bev Road Baths’ first ever synchronised swimming team.

On Monday and Tuesday (various times) at Playhouse Whitley Bay, Nick Brooke Ltd and Rose Theatre Kingston present The Night Pirates for ages 3+.

On Monday, The Vaudevillians is at Durham’s Gala Theatre.

On Tuesday 12 November, the Russian State Ballet and Opera House brings Romeo and Juliet to Billingham Forum.

Friday sees another ARCADE Platform, ARC Stockton’s performance artist network’s work in progress evening featuring work by Holly Gallagher, Lizzie J Klotz, Timberlina, Alan Clay, Rinkoo Barpaga, Sophie Wooley and Andrea Scrimshaw. Then on Saturday at 11:30 and 2:20 Filskit Theatre presents Bright Sparks, aimed at ages 3 to 7.

All or Nothing: The Mod Musical, based on the music of The Small Faces, comes to Harrogate Theatre from Monday to Saturday.