Generally it was “business as usual” for most of the region’s theatres and theatre companies in 2018 but there were some interesting, even exciting news stories. Here are the headlines:

  • A change at the top at Live Theatre: Max Roberts steps down after 33 years as Artistic Director and is replaced by Joe Douglas.
  • A major North East theatre headline for 2018 has to be the death of the print journal theatre editor. None of the regional dailies now have an arts / entertainment / culture editor.
  • Work, we are informed, is to start on the new auditorium for the Fire Station, next to Sunderland Empire.
  • A new theatre company emerged in Durham during the year and made a stunning debut with some tough programming choices.
  • A NE theatre leaves its home of 30 years and moves to the coast.
  • Two NE companies, one theatre and one dance, celebrated significant birthdays during the year.
  • A NE dance company has a change of leadership.
  • £60m is announced for Sunderland Culture programme, Twenty Four Seven, which will run through to 2024.