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North East theatre in 2017 – a review

Peter Lathan looks back over twelve months of theatre in the North East, from the Scottish Border to the Tees.
Hanna by Sam Potter

Touring News - January 2018

Sandra Giorgetti looks at the tours that take to the road next month, which includes classics The Importance Of Being Earnest and Private Lives alongside world premières for Black Men Walking and Hanna.
Malvolio (Adrian Edmondson) hoodwinked by Sir Andrew (Michael Cochrane), Fabia (Sarah Twomey) and Sir Toby (John Hodgkinson), Fabia (Sarah Twomey) at the RSC

Our reviewers' picks of 2017

Some of our reviewers pick their top productions of the year.
Paul Auster's City of Glass at HOME

Review of the Year 2017 - The North West Stage

David Chadderton looks back on his 2017 in North West theatre.
Rattle Snake (Open Clasp)

The best of NE theatre in 2017 (according to me)

Peter Lathan discusses the North East theatre productions he felt were the best in 2017.
Laura Donnelly and Paddy Considine in The Ferryman at the Royal Court

Review of the Year - The London Stage

Philip Fisher reviews the theatrical year in London in 2017, "the best year in living memory for new plays on the London stage".
Laura Main, Steffan Harri, Samuel Holmes and Marcus Ayton to star in Shrek the Musical

Touring News – December

Sandra Giorgetti looks at the handful of tours that take to the road this month—the anniversary tour of The War Of The Worlds, Shrek The Musical, Jersey Boys and Common Ground's comedy Sherlock Holmes & The Hooded Lance.
Minefield - David Jackson

Touring News – November 2017

Sandra Giorgetti looks at the tours that take to the road in November including David Hoyle’s Diamond, Libby Liburd’s Muvvahood and the musical adaptation of Kay Mellor's television hit Fat Friends.
From The Child’s Christmas by Evelyn Sharp (1906)

North East pantos and Christmas shows 2017 - 2018

A listing of all professional pantomimes and children's Chrisrmas shows in the North East.
Phil Hardie Welcome My Son - Frankenstein

Touring News – October 2017

Sandra Giorgetti looks at tours that take to the road next month including solo show In Memory Of Leaves performed on and touring by barge and shows for families including Slava's Snowshow, a new Peppa Pig adventure, Great Odds for pre-teens and What Once Was Ours for teens.
Edinburgh Celebrates! - Virgin Money Fireworks Concert

Edinburgh 2017: figures and awards

Sandra Giorgetti reports on the Edinburgh International Festival and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe which this year marked their 70th anniversaries.
Medea

Touring News – September 2017

Sandra Giorgetti looks at the tours that take to the road in September including anti-arms trade show #Armingtheworld, Graeae's punk musical Reasons to be Cheerful and the contemporary re-imagining of Medea as a genderless, stateless transgressive LGBTQ figure.
Forced Entertainment - Real Magic

Touring News – August 2017

Sandra Giorgetti looks at the tours that take to the road next month: Forced Entertainment's Real Magic amongst a bevy of big musicals including enduring hits Buddy, Hairspray and Blood Brothers, with a thriller and a farce for company.
It’s Different for Girls

New musical Different For Girls comes to East Riding Theatre

This September, new musical It’s Different for Girls at East Riding Theatre is inspired by Hull group Mandy and the Girlfriends, the first all-girl beat group in the UK to play all their own instruments.
Nicholas Hytner at the National Theatre

Edinburgh Book Festival theatre-related events

As always, Edinburgh International Book Festival features a number of events of interest to theatre enthusiast, as well as a growing number of theatre-style performances.
Around the World in 80 Days

Touring news - July 2017

Sandra Giorgetti looks at the tours that take to the road next month including the acclaimed And The Rope Still Tugging Her Feet, the Madame Butterfly-inspired Miss Saigon and a quintet of Gilbert and Sullivan operette.
Oily Cart (in 2016)

Touring news - June 2017

Sandra Giorgetti looks at the tours that take to the road next month including award-winning Hassan Abdlrazzak's And Here I Am, part of this year's Shubbak Festival, and Oily Cart's multi–sensory show for young people with disabilities Mirror Mirror.
No Dogs, No Indians

Brighton Festival 2017

This year's Brighton Festival—England’s largest arts festival—runs from 6 to 28 May. Recording artist, poet, playwright and novelist Kate Tempest is its guest director celebrating the theme of Everyday Epic.
Depart

Touring news - May

Sandra Giorgetti looks at the tours that take to the road during May including the return of acclaimed Every Brilliant Thing from Paines Plough and the site-specific Depart playing in cemeteries and parks.
Martin Lewton in Mirando the Gay Tempest

Shakespeare 401

Reporter Sandra Giorgetti takes a personal look at how the fourth centenary of Shakespeare's death has been marked.