What's on in the North East

Published: 3 February 2019

The RSC’s production of Romeo & Juliet comes to Newcastle’s Theatre Royal from Tuesday to Saturday.

On Monday and Tuesday at Northern Stage (Stage 2 at 7:45), Stan’s Cafe in association with Birmingham Repertory Theatre presents The Capital, which uses moving walkways to create a flowing feat of visual story telling. At 8:00 on Tuesday and Wednesday in Stage 3, Publick Transport presents We Are Brontë in which, we are told, we must expect wind, spooky houses and really bad coughs. In Stage 1 from Wednesday to Saturday (various times), We’re Going on a Bear Hunt (for age 3+) comes to the venue for the first time. On Wednesday at 7:45 in Stage 3, Tin Can Theatres presents Katie and Pip which celebrates the relationship between Katie, a type 1 diabetic teenager, and Pip, her pet border collie. Then at 12:00 and 7:00 on Friday, The Life of Reilly, a play for 14+ which asks, “what’s it like to have autism?” Finally on Saturday at 7:45, tiata fahodzi and Tara Finney Productions in association with Watford Palace Theatre present Good Dog, a story of growing up in a multi-cultural community and the everyday injustices that drive people to take back control.

At Live Theatre from Wednesday until 23 February, Live, Tamasha and Kiln Theatre present Approaching Empty by Middlesbrough-born playwright Ishy Din.

From Friday until 23 February, Alphabetti Theatre in partnership with The Worriers presents a revival of the 2016 sell-out hit Bacon Knees and Sausage Fingers. Then on Friday at 9:00 after the performance, Mr Shindig Comedy reacts to the production.

War Horse returns to Sunderland Empire from Wednesday until 23 February.

Abbott Dance Theatre presents Deeds Not Words celebrating 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).

In Crimes on the Nile at the Queen’s Hall in Hexham on Friday, a cast of just four perform multiple outrageous characters, inventive set pieces and whisk the plot along in another Agatha-Christie inspired romp.

On Thursday, Spirit of the Dance comes to Playhouse Whitley Bay as part of its 20th anniversary tour.

Crimes on the Nile is at Middlesbrough Theatre on Thursday.

Courtroom drama The Verdict comes to Darlington Hippodrome from Tuesday to Saturday.

From Monday to Saturday, Townsend Productions presents Mary Macarthur and the Women Chainmakers in the Harrogate Theatre Studio, the story of how in 1910 the women chainmakers of Cradley Heath focussed the world's attention on the plight of Britain’s low-paid women workers involved in the 'home-working sweated industries', hammering out chain-links in sheds in the backyards of their homes with their babies and children for 5 shillings (25p) for a 50-hour week. Then on Saturday in the Main House, Emergence, the new postgraduate dance company of award-winning Joss Arnott Dance and the University of Salford, presents Emergence Double Bill, choreographed by Sharon Watson and Joss Arnott.

Peter Lathan