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What's on in the North East

Published: 16 December 2018
Reporter: Peter Lathan

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). Most shows before Christmas are sold out. Also until 5 January in Stage 1, the theatre presents its own production of Neil Bartlett’s stage adaptation of A Christmas Carol. Also at 8:00 in Stage 1 on Thursday, The Suggestibles present their annual Impro Pantso—no script, no score and no kids!

At Live Theatre until 22 December, the venue presents Christmas Crackers, four new plays by Live’s Associate Artists “celebrating” Christmas.

At the Tyne Theatre and Opera House, Cinderella, presented by Enchanted Entertainment, runs until 30 December.

The Christmas Cabaret runs at Alphabetti from Tuesday to Saturday, three new plays about Christmas: Holly and Ivan by Christina Berriman-Dawson and Richard Dawson, Olive by Mhairi Ledgerwood and The Last Stop by Michael Brown.

Theatre Space NE CIC and 4M CIC present A Christmas Carol at Newcastle Castle Keep until 23 December.

Until 23 December at the Simonside Community Centre, Bedeburn Road, Newcastle, Mendes Management presents Aladdin.

Aladdin continues at Gateshead International Stadium until 24 December.

Peter Pan runs at Sunderland Empire until 6 January.

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.

Cinderella opens at The Maltings in Berwick runs until 30 December (various times).

On Thursday at the Phoenix Theatre, Blyth, David Garrett reads the actual version of A Christmas Carol that Dickens himself used on his reading tour of the UK and the USA.

At the Dovecot Centre in Amble, Northumberland Theatre Company presents The Sleeping Beauty from Friday until 31 December (various times).

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

Oddsocks returns to the Queen’s Hall in Hexham until 29 December (various times) with Robin Hood and the Revolting Peasants.

On Saturday The Suggestibles’ Impro Pantso comes to Seaton Delaval Arts Centre.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs continues at the Gala Theatre in Durham until 5 January (various times) and, 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.

At Bishop Auckland Town Hall on Thursday at 6:00, Northumberland Theatre Company presents The Little Girl Who Danced to Every Mood, adapted from the Scandinavian children’s adventure by new writer Laura Jayne Ayres.

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

Tutti Frutti’s The Ugly Duckling continues at ARC Stockton until 23 December (for age 3+; various times).

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

Tom Rolfe Productions present Cinderella from Wednesday to Saturday (various times) at The Princess Alexandra Auditorium, Yarm.

Until 6 January, Darlington Hippodrome presents Aladdin (various times).

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

Cinderella at Hartlepool Town Hall Theatre runs until 30 December (various times).

Sleeping Beauty runs at The Georgian Theatre Royal in Richmond until 13 January (various times).

AJ Productions presents Cinderella from Tuesday until 30 December (various times) at The Garden Room at Tennants, Leyburn

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