What's on in the North East

Published: 2 December 2018

Goldilocks and the Three Bears continues at Newcastle Theatre Royal until 20 January 2019.

In Stage 3 at Northern Stage, Kitchen Zoo presents The Three Bears at Christmas (for the under-fives) until 5 January (various times although there are usually three shows a day). Many shows before Christmas are sold out. Until 5 January in Stage 1, the theatre presents its own production of Neil Bartlett’s stage adaptation of A Christmas Carol.

At Live Theatre from Wednesday to Saturday, The Six Twenty presents Mixtape Xmas, part comedy sketch show and part music quiz.

On Friday at the Tyne Theatre and Opera House, Cinderella, presented by Enchanted Entertainment, opens and runs until 30 December.

FRESH North East, a scratch platform for dance giving artists an opportunity to share new work in progress in an informal studio setting, is at Dance City on Wednesday.

From Wednesday until 23 December at the Simonside Community Centre, Bedeburn Road, Newcastle, Mendez Management presents Aladdin.

Aladdin opens at Gateshead International Stadium on Saturday and runs until 24 December.

From Tuesday to Sunday (various times) at Arts Centre Washington, Lyngo Theatre presents Snow Play, a showdown between Winter and Spring over who gets to stay and who has to go away (for age 3+).

Beauty and the Beast continues at the Customs House in South Shields until 5 January (various times) and in the Studio until 24 December (also various times), the theatre presents Santa's Naughty Elf: Celebration of Calamity, a celebration of ten years of stories of Santa's naughty elf, Elfluent—a show for the under-7s.

On Friday at The Maltings in Berwick, Paines Plough and Birmingham Repertory Theatre in association with Latitude Festival presents Pop Music. G and Kayla’s lives are a mess but tonight they’re determined to Have It Large. As their veins course with adrenaline and cheap prosecco, we follow them on an epic journey through thirty years of Pop. Can the DJ save them as they become Dancing Queens, reliving their Teenage Dream, Staying out for The Summer and Spicing up Their Lives? Pop makes promises it can’t keep, and soon they’ll discover they have more in common than their taste in tunes.

Elysium Theatre presents Jez Butterworth’s The River at The Queen’s Hall in Hexham on Wednesday.

From Saturday, Playhouse Whitley Bay’s panto Peter Pan (various times) continues until 5th January.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs continues at the Gala Theatre in Durham until 5 January (various times). In the Studio until 30 December (various times) the theatre presents its Christmas show for the under-5s, Once upon a Christmas. Many of these shows are already sold out.

Beauty and the Beast runs until 31 December (various times—not Christmas Day) at the Consett Empire.

The past and the present are about to collide. Jonathan has recently moved into a care home. His mind is deteriorating and reality is becoming confused, but one memory stays strong—the one memory he wishes to forget. This is the story of The Haunted Man presented by Kindred Theatre at The Witham in Barnard Castle on Wednesday.

Peter Pan continues until 6 January at Billingham Forum (various times).

Tutti Frutti brings The Ugly Duckling to ARC Stockton from Tuesday to 23 December (for ages 3+; various times). Next Fitting, a "spoken word glamour fest", explores our universal experiences of visibility, invisibility and finding new places to fit, and is performed by Matt Miller on Wednesday at 7:00.

Extravaganza Productions Ltd in association with Middlesbrough Theatre present Dick Whittington at Middlesbrough Theatre from Friday until 6 January.

From Saturday until 6 January, Darlington Hippodrome presents Aladdin (various times).

From Saturday until 29 December, The Hullabaloo in Darlington presents Luna, a show for 2- to 5-year-olds (various times).

On Friday, Sleeping Beauty opens at The Georgian Theatre Royal in Richmond and runs until 13 January (various times).

Jack and the Beanstalk continues at Harrogate Theatre until 20 January (various times).

Peter Lathan