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What's on in the North East

Published: 17 March 2019

Peter James's. The House on Cold Hill comes to Newcastle Theatre Royal from Monday to Saturday.

The Theatre Royal Wakefield and John Godber Company bring Godber’s Bouncers to Stage 2 at Northern Stage from Tuesday to Saturday (the performance on Thursday is sold out). In Stage 1 on Friday and Saturday, Balletboyz present a double bill ofThem, a collaboratively choreographed piece by members of the company, and Us by Christopher Wheeldon.

At Live Theatre, the 2019 Elevator Festival begins with It'll Be AltRight on the Night by Wound Up Theatre and Sofi Berenger Productions, written and performed by Matthew Greenhough, from Thursday to Saturday. “This is a story about me and ‘Steve’,” we are told. “We’ve not always seen eye to eye—different football teams, different taste in girls—but I never thought I’d be accusing him of being ‘A Nazi’ in a car park of Lidl on the night of June 9th. Kind of ironic now that he introduced me to 'Nazi Punks F**k Off' by the Dead Kennedys.”

There’s another Showaoke! in the bar at Alphabetti Theatre on Tuesday—that’s live karaoke but with show tunes. Then two shows make a return to the venue (or at least to this version of the venue), An Evening with Savvy B performed by Hannah Walker on Wednesday and Thursday and Me and Mr C by Garry Kitching on Friday and Saturday.

Calendar Girls—The Musical by Gary Barlow and Tim Firth comes to Sunderland Empire from Tuesday to Saturday.

At the Customs House in South Shields on Sunday at 2:30, the People’s Theatre Company presents There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly, the perfect treat, we are told, for anyone aged 2 to 102.

Durham’s Elysium Theatre Company presents Strindberg’s Miss Julie at The Gala in Durham on Saturday night.

The Circus of Horrors comes to the Consett Empire on Friday.

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly is at Bishop Auckland Town Hall on Saturday at 2:30.

Arriving at Billingham Forum on Monday is Tinder: The Comedy (Part 1). It’s followed on Thursday and Friday by An Evening of Eric and Ern and, finally, on Saturday (1:00 and 3:00) and Sunday (11:30) by children’s show The Twirlywoos Live.

At ARC Stockton on Saturday at 8:00, Kate Fox presents Where There’s Muck There’s Bras, celebrating the real Northern Powerhouse—the sung and unsung women of the North of England.

The Best of Be Festival comes to Harrogate Theatre on Monday: Take Care of Yourself (Switzerland), Someone Loves You Drive With Care (UK) and Control Freak (France). Then on Thursday and Friday, it’s Sherlock Holmes—The Sign of Four by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, adapted for the Stage by Nick Lane. Finally on Saturday at 2:45, I'll See You in My Dreams by Michal Y Noah is a show for 5- to 7-year-olds as they learn how to overcome their bedtime blues through fantastical journeys to magical dream worlds.

Peter Lathan