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What's on in the North East

Published: 7 April 2019
Reporter: Peter Lathan

Annie returns to Newcastle’s Theatre Royal from Monday to Saturday.

Rain Man runs in Stage 1 at Northern Stage from Monday to Saturday. In Stage 3 on Friday at 11:00, 1:30 and 3:00, Get Lost and Found presents Mischief and Mystery in Moomin Valley, a new show for young audiences aged 4 to 7 years.

At Live Theatre from Tuesday to Saturday, Eclipse Theatre Company, Bristol Old Vic and Hull Truck Theatre present Princess and the Hustler by Chinonyerem Odimba, now Live's writer-in-residence. Princess is a cheeky 10-year-old who, in 1963 Bristol as Black British Civil Rights campaigners walk onto the streets, has a plan to win the Weston-super-Mare Beauty Contest.

This week the second Newcastle Puppetry Festival comes to Alphabetti, Dance City and Seven Stories with shows for adults and children, many of them already sold out. For the full programme and ticket availability, go to the Festival web site.

On Thursday (11:00 and 3:00), children’s show Kid Carpet and Noisy Animals present Noisy Holiday comes to Gosforth Civic Theatre. Then on Saturday (7:30) and Sunday (2:30), Eliot Smith Dance presents a triple bill of Froth on the Daydream, choreographed by Mathieu Geffré-Gardiner, Artemis Clown (Rosie Kay) and Poppy (Eliot Smith).

Dance trio Tick Tock Bridget presents Rejoining Jane in two Newcastle cafés, on Wednesday at Café 1901 in St George’s Terrace, Jesmond, and on Thursday at Kiln in Hume Street (off Byker Bank). Shows are at 6:00 and 7:30 in both venues and tickets can be booked through Dance City.

Fame the Musical comes to Sunderland Empire from Monday to Saturday.

At Arts Centre Washington this week, Dyad Productions present The Time Machine, a one-man adaptation of H G Wells’s novel, on Thursday, and on Saturday at 11:00 and 2:00, Chicken Licken: a TaleJam, aimed at age 3+, comes to the venue.

On Wednesday and Thursday, South Shields Customs House has two shows. At 12:00 and 3:00, David John Hopper writes and stars in the snappily titled Arbuthnot and Pals' Super Happy Silly Mega Fun Gameshow!, a show for kids full of crazy games and loads of prizes, hosted by the theatre’s popular panto comic. Then each evening at 8:00, Ray Spencer (aka Tommy the Trumpeter) presents The Revenge of Tommy in which his children’s entertainer presents an adults only version of his long-running kids’ show (assisted by David John Hopper).

From Monday to Wednesday (12:00 and 2:45), Walton-Gunn Productions present an Easter panto, Peter Plank in… It's BEARLY Easter, at the Pier Pavilion in South Shields.

On Monday (11:00 and 2:00) and Tuesday (2:00), Kitchen Zoo presents The Tin Foil Astronaut, a show for 3- to 7-year-olds, at the Queen’s Hall in Hexham. Then on Saturday at 7:30, Vamos Theatre presents A Brave Face, a full mask show which explores post-traumatic stress, and on Sunday at 11:00 and 2:00, Mischief and Mystery in Moomin Valley comes to the venue.

On Monday and Tuesday (11:30, 2:30 and 6:00) at the Playhouse Whitley Bay, Horrible Histories presents a brand new Barmy Britain. Would you be shaken or stirred by Richard III? Mount a mutiny against King Henry VIII? See Mary Tudor knock the spots off Mary Queen of Scots. Will Queen Elizabeth I endure her terrible teeth? Would you be hanged by King James I for being a witch? Peep into the world of Samuel Pepys and help Georgian detectives find the headless man. Take a trip into the night with the night soil men and discover how to survive the first ever train ride.

Chicken Little: A Talejam comes to the Gala Theatre, Durham on Sunday 14 and Monday 15 at 2:00 and 7:00.

At 2:00 on Wednesday at Bishop Auckland Town Hall, TaleGate Theatre Productions presents The Little Mermaid, an Easter Pantomime featuring pop songs, magic and puppets.

Chicken Little: A Talejam arrives at The Witham, Barnard Castle, on Thursday at 11:00.

Sooty’s Magic Show is at Middlesbrough Theatre on Saturday at 11:00 and 2:30.

On Sunday 14 and Monday 15 (various times), the Easter panto Peter Pan starring Bobby Davro as Smee with Danni Harmer as Wendy and Lloyd Warbey as Pan comes to Darlington Hippodrome.

Five continues at The Hullabaloo in Darlington until Tuesday (various times).

Now Is The Time To Say Nothing, an interactive sound and video installation exploring the role of screens in observing global conflicts, is at the Quaker Meeting House in Darlington from Thursday to Saturday (various times) as part of the spring Jabberwocky Market.

In The Studio in Harrogate Theatre on Friday at 7:45, Holly Gallagher performs her own show Tensile Strength (or How to Survive at Your Wit's End), a performance about stress, trying to figure out why so many of us feel it to an unhealthy degree.