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Spring at the Customs House

Published: 2 January 2019

South Shields Customs House has announced its programme for January and February 2019 which consist of theatre, dance, music and comedy.

Theatre highlights include:

27 January at 2:30

Beauty and the Beast

Ballet Theatre UK, with new choreography by Artistic Director Christopher Moore.

31 January


A celebration of Irish dance, music and song3 February.

3 February


A one-man musical comedy by award-winning duo Tom Wells (words) and Matthew Robins (music).

Liam is 15 and he’s just signed up for Bev Road Baths’ first ever synchronised swimming team. It’s for his best mate Caz really. She needs to get a team together to win the annual Project Prize at school. She tries every year. She always loses. But Liam’s an optimist, he’s determined to help.

There’s just one problem. Liam can’t swim.

7 February

Deeds Not Words

Presented by Abbott Dance Theatre.

A celebration of the 2018 centenary of the Representation of the People’s Act 1918 where some women over 30+ won the right to vote in the UK.

19 – 22 February at 11:00 and 2:00

Arbuthnot and Pals' Detective Agency

Puddles is back and hot on the trail of an exciting new mystery. While sniffing out the culprit, the clues lead him to our new panto pal Cutlet, who is looking rather sheepish. Is Puddles barking up the wrong tree or is Cutlet pulling the wool over his eyes? Can Arbuthnot get the pair to make friends and find out who’s really been taking the farm’s sheep?

For under-10s.

13 – 16 March

When the Boat Comes In

The hit show of August 2018 returns. Adapted by Peter Mitchell from his father’s TV scripts.

24 March at 2:30

There Was an Old Lady That Swallowed a Fly

“There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly. I don’t know why she swallowed a fly…” But The People’s Theatre Company does! And now you can too as they bring one of the world’s best loved nursery rhymes to life just in time to celebrate the 45th anniversary of Pam Adams’s best-selling book.

26 March

LipService presents

Strangers on a Train Set

Challenging a youth to turn down his music, Irene Sparrow, inventor of the left-handed crochet hook (patent pending, as seen on Dragon’s Den), finds herself under suspicion of murder after the train emerges from a tunnel with the young man dead.

But this is no ordinary train, for each passenger is reading a book and each book is a portal into a parallel universe of train related crime fiction!

Peter Lathan