What's on in the North East

Published: 31 March 2019

At Newcastle Theatre Royal from Tuesday to Saturday, Bill Kenwright Ltd presents Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, starring Jaymi Hensley (Union J, The X Factor, Celebrity Masterchef).

In Stage 1 at Northern Stage on Tuesday and Wednesday, imitating the dog presents a modern re-imagining of Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, whilst on Tuesday in Stage 2, Andrea Scrimshaw presents The 12th Man, a part-autobiographical, part-verbatim commentary on the idea of women at the match. On Friday in Stage 2, China Plate, Rachel Bagshaw and Chris Thorpe present The Shape of The Pain, a Fringe First award-winning show exploring life in extremity and the joy that can be found there. Finally on Saturday in Stage 1, Soho Theatre & Tim Whitehead Management present Jinkx Monsoon & Major Scales: The Ginger Snapped in which music and mental health collide in a witty, biting look at the dark side of Drag fame.

At Live Theatre on Tuesday and Wednesday, Ambergris presents DUPed which explores the legacy and continuing impact of Rev Ian Paisley and his Democratic Unionist Party on those who oppose religious and social conservatism.

From Tuesday to Friday at Alphabetti, Paper Smokers presents Diary of an Expat, the comic story of the encounter between modern migrant, Cecilia Gragnani, and London. Then on Friday, Open Heart Theatre presents the April edition of its impro show Let Us Make It Up To You.

From Thursday to Sunday (7:30 except Sunday: 2:00), Dance City hosts This Time, a show about time, age and the stories we tell ourselves, from the award-winning circus theatre company Ockham's Razor.

On Thursday, The 12th Man comes to Arts Centre Washington. Then on Saturday at 7:00, The Life of Reilly looks at the dynamics of an ordinary family following an autism diagnosis for young Reilly.

On Sunday at 11:00 and 2:30, Sooty's Magic Show comes to the Customs House in South Shields.

Black is the Colour of my Voice, inspired by the life of Nina Simone, comes to The Witham in Barnard Castle on Thursday.

ARC Stockton plays host to The 12th Man on Wednesday. Then on Friday, the venue presents The Life of Reilly.

On Thursday at Middlesbrough Theatre, Hambledon Productions present Just Like That, the story of Tommy Cooper. Then on Saturday at 3:00 and 7:00, Anton Benson Productions presents an Easter Panto, Beauty and the Beast, starring Kerry Katona and Basil Brush.

Five, a show for children aged 3 to 6, continues at The Hullabaloo in Darlington until 10 April.

On Wednesday and Thursday at 7:00, Elysium Theatre Company’s Miss Julie comes to The Majestic, Darlington.

At the Georgian Theatre Royal in Richmond on Friday, Liz Grand stars in a one-woman show, Where Is Mrs Christie? What was the true story behind Agatha Christie’s disappearance and her discovery in Harrogate?

On Thursday in The Studio at Harrogate Theatre, Drip is a one-man musical comedy by Tom Wells and Matthew Robins. Also in The Studio on Friday is Wilde Without The Boy—The Ballad Of Reading Gaol, a celebration of Oscar Wilde with Olivier nominee Gerard Logan. Finally on Saturday in the Main House, Reform Theatre presents Two 2, in which Jim Cartwright revisits the lives, loves and laughs of regulars in a Northern boozer. Time may have passed since the first play was performed but the pub is still standing—just.

Peter Lathan