Features

The cast of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at Manchester Opera House

Christmas in the North West

A look at the pantos, musicals, family shows and other theatre productions that will be playing in the North West over the festive period.
Kneehigh’s Ubu! A Singalong Satire

Touring News – December 2019

Sandra Giorgetti looks at the tours that take to the road in December including Kneehigh’s political singalong Ubu! A Singalong Satire and two arena-sized adaptations, David Walliams's Grandpa’s Great Escape Live and Scrooge—The Funny Family Spectacular.
From The Child’s Christmas by Evelyn Sharp (1906)

North East pantos & Christmas shows 2019–2020

A listing of all the 2019–2020 professional pantos and Christmas shows in the North East, with dates, times, prices and where to buy tickets.
Gecko (rehearsal image)

Touring News – November 2019

Sandra Giorgetti looks at the tours that take to the road next month including the seasonal classic A Christmas Carol using Dickens's original script and Shook, the winning work of the Papatango New Writing Prize, which gets its début production.
Extraordinary Wall of Silence

Touring News: October 2019

Sandra Giorgetti looks at the tours that take to the road in October including Acephalous Monster from American performance artist Ron Athey, Fibres which tours Scotland and Lovecraft (Not The Sex Shop In Cardiff)/Cer I Grafu… Sori… Garu! which tours Wales.
The Home:this is not a bidet

There's No Place Like Home—with added urine

Reporter Sandra Giorgetti stayed at Christopher Green's The Home for 48 hours to experience life in a care home. Her stream-of-consciousness-journal is a personal insight into life in a place we call home, but which couldn't be further from our understanding of the word.
Neil Edwards (in the cap) leading a scripting session for The Murderess

Shooting Fish: shooting a bullseye for young people's creative needs

A visit to see Shooting Fish's latest production of The Murdereress prompted an inquiry into their creative process. The result is the revelation of an inspiring method of engaging with and drawing out the best in young people.
The Border

Touring News – September 2019

Sandra Giorgetti looks at the bumper crop of tours that take to the road in September including classics from all periods, musicals and plays on current hot topics male mental health and Brexit.
It’s True, It’s True, It’s True

Edinburgh in August

Sandra Giorgetti looks at the theatre festivals taking place in Edinburgh this month.
Still No Idea

Touring News – August 2019

Sandra Giorgetti looks at the tours that take to the road next month including the classics Two Trains Running and The Entertainer and newer works Toast and Still No Idea.
The Incident Pit by Chris Leicester

Touring News – July 2019

Sandra Giorgetti looks at the tours that take to the road next month including Scottish Youth Theatre's political piece about Brexit, technology and capitalism Act Of Repair, and Emma Rice's adaptation of Mallory Towers for her company Wise Children.
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More questions than answers: thoughts on censorship

Triggered by the attention given last year to half a century of The Theatres Act, National News Editor and London Reviewer Sandra Giorgetti offers a think piece on the many faces of censorship.
Cast of the Hypocrite

Reading of Richard Bean's The Hypocrite in honour of late Musical Director

A special one-off 'book in hand' performance of Richard Bean's smash hit The Hypocrite was held at Hull Truck last Sunday, in honour of its late Musical Director, Paul Frankish, who died in March.
Rufus Norris

National Theatre Summer Press Conference 2019

The National Theatre's Joint Chief Executives Rufus Norris and Lisa Berger have announced their plans into early 2020.
Alexis Gregory: Riot Act

Touring News – June 2019

Sandra Giorgetti looks at the tours that take to the road next month including Alexis Gregory's LGBTQ solo play Riot Act which pays the 50th anniversary weekend of the Stonewall riots and a new production of musical Grease, the first in 25 years.
Occam's Razor - This Time

Touring News – May 2019

Sandra Giorgetti looks at the tours that take to the road next month including the inaugural tour of Wildcard with Electrolyte, The Tiger Lillies' 30th anniversary tour with Devil’s Fairground and Jonny Cotsen's Louder Is Not Always Clearer about how he negotiates life as a deaf man in a hearing world.
Michael Longhurst

Michael Longhurst’s first press briefing at the Donmar Warehouse

Donmar Warehouse incoming Artistic Director Michael Longhurst announces an exciting opening season.
Flux by Smoking Apples

Touring News: April 2019

Sandra Giorgetti looks at the tours that take to the road next month including a circus in miniature for babies aged 0-18 Inside Little Top and the comically gothic poem The Mystery of the Raddlesham Mumps from poet and performer Murray Lachlan Young, for those enjoying Easter school holidays.
Easter eggs

Easter shows for kids across the North East

19 North East theatres are presenting over 30 children’s shows over Easter
Michelle Todd - Bess the Commoner Queen

Touring News – March 2019

Sandra Giorgetti looks at the tours that take to the road next month and sees that themes of identity and finding oneself run through many shows including Papatango Prize winning The Funeral Director, Chris Thorpe's Status, The Picture of Dorian Gray and even Passionate Machine in which the first female time travelling doctor gets stuck in the past.