What's on in the North East

Peter Lathan

From Tuesday to Saturday, the National Theatre production of Hedda Gabler comes to Newcastle’s Theatre Royal.

The UK première of My First Time by Ken Davenport will run at the Theatre Royal Studio in Newcastle from Thursday to Saturday.

From Tuesday to Saturday (10:30 and 1:30), Kitchen Zoo presents The Owl and the Pussycat in Stage 3 at Northern Stage. Most performances, however, are now sold out. Latest news: extra performance added ay 3:30 on Saturday. From Thursday to Saturday (8:00 Thurs & Sat; 6:00 Fri), Eclipse Theatre Company and Royal Exchange Theatre present Black Men Walking in Stage 2. Finally on Saturday, Showstoppers presents The Showstoppers’ Kids Show at 2:15 and Showstopper! The Improvised Musical at 7:30, both in Stage 1.

At Alphabetti on Thursday and Friday at 7:30, Write on Tap presents Bankers, a new play that examines the increasing use of foodbanks, and from Wednesday to Friday at 9:30, Fuel and Camden People’s Theatre present So Many Reasons by Racheal Ofori about the unique influence our mothers have on how we understand the world, from the perspective of a first generation British Ghanaian woman. Both shows are Pay What You Feel.

On Saturday at 1:00 and 4:00, Hawk Dance Theatre brings The Chit Chat Chalk Show to Dance City. In the show, Kiko and her friends go on a quest to discover what makes her unique in the world, exploring emotions, shapes and colours. (For ages 3 to 8.)

On Tuesday, Northern Stage’s The War of the Worlds visits Dynamix Skate Park in Gateshead (7:00) for one night only.

On Monday and Tuesday, Faulty Towers: The Dining Experience will be performed in the Bistro at Sunderland Empire, then, from Thursday to Saturday, Thriller Live revisits the theatre.

At Arts Centre Washington at 2:00 on Saturday is The Nose that Nobody Picked, a play for age 5+ with music and mountains of mucus!

From Wednesday to Friday at 11:00 to 2:00, the Customs House in South Shields presents children’s show Puddles’ Adventure, a super-hero spin-off from the panto The Lambton Worm. Will Puddles and his friends defeat arch-villain Freshcreep?

On Wednesday, Kelly-Abbott Dance Theatre launches its national tour of Launch Day at the Queen’s Hall in Hexham.

Why has Crafty the Crow gone to live in a haunted castle? Can Sally the Scarecrow help with its ghostly goings-on? And why is Pirate Harry making things go bump in the night? The answer will be found in Crafty’s Creepy Castle, a show for 2- to 7-year-olds, at Playhouse Whitley Bay on Monday at 1:30.

It’s panto time at Billingham Forum this week as Tom Rolfe Productions presents Jack and the Beanstalk on Tuesday at 1:30 and 6:00 and Wednesday at 11:00 and 3:00, and then, on Thursday at 7:30, it’s the turn of Randy Robin and his Adventures in Knobbingham, a purely (impurely?) adult panto.

On Tuesday at 2:00 and 7:00, Oddsocks brings its version of The Wizard of Oz to Middlesbrough Theatre.

At 2:00 on Saturday, Blunderbuss presents Dogs Don’t Do Ballet (for age 3+) at Hartlepool Town Hall Theatre.

The Russian State Ballet of Siberia comes to Darlington Hippodrome this week with (Thursday) Romeo and Juliet, (Friday) Swan Lake and (Saturday) The Nutcracker.

Wrongsemble presents The Selfish Giant at ARC Stockton at 11:30 and 2:30 on Friday and Saturday for ages 3 to 7.

In Harrogate this week, Milkshake Live! is at the Royal Hall on Wednesday at 12:00 and 3:30, and on Thursday, Immersion Theatre brings its new musical version of The Jungle Book to Harrogate Theatre at 2:30 and 5:30.