Hexham springs theatre season
23 January 2023
Reporter: David Upton
The Queen’s Hall Arts Centre in Hexham has a new spring season, including a new production of Michael Morpurgo’s Little Manfred, February 10–11.
Other theatre highlights include the return of Durham-based Elysium Theatre Company. A rich, boisterous piece of theatre set on Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was held, The Island has been seen all over the world. It runs February 15–17.
Scripted by award-winning playwright Garry Lyons and based on stories collected from the local community in Ferrybridge following the demolition of its iconic cooling towers, Blow Down from Theatre Royal Wakefield March 2 is a "thought-provoking" show with music.
The world première tour of John Godber’s Teechers Leavers ’22 comes to Hexham March 28.
Dragonboy Productions returns with Tales from a Thousand and One Nights April 18.
Door-to-door poet Rowan McCabe brings his show about trust, class and community May 16. A mix of theatre and spoken word tells the story of what happened on his trip around the country, knocking on stranger’s doors.
For half term, Assembleth Theatre stages The Shodyssey February 21, for children aged 8+. North East children’s theatre company Kitchen Zoo is back with Deep Sea Explorers February 22, an interactive story session for 3- to 8-year-olds. And a classic tale based on world-famous story, The Little Prince, is reimagined for children and their grown-ups February 26.
Details: www.queenshall.co.uk or call the box office on 01434 652 477
- The Shodyssey (Assembleth Theatre)
- Teechers Leavers '22 - John Godber (Hull Truck Theatre & John Godber Company)
- The Island - Athol Fugard, John Kani and Winston Ntshona (Elysium Theatre Company)
- Little Manfred - Adapted from the book by Sir Michael Morpurgo OBE and inspired by the illustration of Michael Foreman OBE (Amanda Faber & Soldiers' Arts Academy)