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What's on in the North East

Published: 27 January 2019

Scottish Ballet presents Cinderella at Newcastle Theatre Royal from Wednesday to Saturday.

At Live Theatre on Tuesday and Wednesday, The Shy Manifesto is bittersweet comedy drama about a boy who is fed up with being told to come out of his shell.

From Friday until 23 February (not Sundays and Mondays), Alphabetti, in partnership with The Worriors, revives Bacon Knees and Sausage Fingers by Gary Kitching and Steve Byron. This is followed on Friday at 9:00 by Mr Shindig Comedy’s reaction to the play.

The Rocky Horror Show returns to Sunderland Empire from Monday to Saturday.

At Arts Centre Washington on Saturday, Anna Nicholson performs Woman of the Year.

Gaelforce, a celebration of Irish dance, music and song, comes to The Customs House in South Shields on Thursday. Then on Sunday, one-man musical comedy Drip comes to the venue.

Monkey’s Blood, a new play about children's TV, the far right and a foul-mouthed monkey, previews at The Phoenix Theatre in Blyth on Sunday before it opens up at Vault Festival, London.

On Thursday, Kelly Abbott Dance Theatre presents Deeds Not Words, a dance piece inspired by the Suffragette movement, at the Queen’s Hall in Hexham.

On Friday and Saturday at The Gala in Durham, Pete Peverley performs The Bobby Thompson Story. Bobby Thompson’s Woodbine-smoking “Little Waster” alter ego became a folk hero across the North East, yet this hid a man troubled by drink, gambling debts and the tax man.

At ARC Stockton on Wednesday, Natasha Davis presents Teeth Show, which combines the autobiographical and the fantastical, in a personal look at her experience of migrating and how difficult it can be to find a dentist. Then on Saturday at 10:30, 12:30 and 2:30, 154 Collective & Creative Scene present Rabbit Girl & The Search for Wonder. Something impossible has happened, something no one saw coming, so Rabbit Girl and her Dad have done what they do best: pulled on their boots, packed their tent and headed off into the wilderness.

From Tuesday to Saturday at Darlington Hippodrome, Middle Ground Theatre presents The Verdict, a best-selling courtroom thriller.

Peter Lathan