Theatre and dance at the Gala

Published: 17 September 2021
Reporter: Peter Lathan

A Way Home

Durham’s Gala Theatre has revealed its new autumn 2021 to June 2022 season in drama and dance. It begins on 9 October with Ballet Cymru’s Giselle with new choreography by Artistic Director Darius James OBE and Assistant Artistic Director Amy Doughty, and a new score by composer and harpist Catrin Finch.

16 October at 1:00
Newcastle United Stole My Heart
Playwright Michael Chaplin talks about his 60-year love of Newcastle United FC. Part of the Durham Book Festival.

18 October
By Philip Meeks
A "razor-sharp and bittersweet dark drama" starring Su Pollard.

29 October
Haddock and Chips
By Janet Plater
A play about community and "how, in the hardest of times, we can find hope in humanity."

24 November to 9 January (various times)
Robin Hood
The Gala’s annual panto, written and directed by Neil Armstrong and Paul Hartley.

7 to 24 December (various times during the day)
The Nutcracker Re-Miced
By Laura Turner
A Gala production for children aged 3+
In the Durham Castle Clock Tower, Spike, Cookie and their mum Molly are preparing for Christmas. But when a little girl needs their help, so begins their quest—with the help of an intriguing toy that’s been left at the railway station…

7 to 12 March 2022
Howay the Lasses
By Ed Waugh
A Gala production
It's 1917 and the War is in full swing. From the factory floor to the country’s best pitches, women’s football becomes the biggest sport the country has seen, with crowds of 50,000 cheering them on. That is… until the men return.

7 June 2022
A Way Home
By Christina Castling
1951 saw a third of County Durham’s villages classified as ‘D’. They were no longer deemed worthy of investment and were expected to die quietly. But they wouldn’t.