Sign up for our weekly newsletter

What's on in the North East

Published: 21 April 2019
Reporter: Peter Lathan

Room on the Broom, for children aged 3+, comes to Newcastle Theatre Royal on Tuesday and Wednesday (various times). Then on Friday and Saturday evenings, the Mark Morris Dance Group celebrates the 50th anniversary of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band with its new work, Pepperland.

At Live Theatre from Tuesday to Friday, the Script Club & Boundless Theatre present Drip, words by Tom Wells and music by Matthew Robins.

From Wednesday to Friday in Stage 2 at Northern Stage, the Northern Stage Young Company presents Where Do We Belong?, a company of young Europeans finding their place in a precarious world—from Byker to Berlin, from No Man’s Land to Northumberland, from the North Sea to the Aegean Sea, from Leave to Remain. In Stage 1 from Thursday to Saturday, Dead Centre and Battersea Arts Centre present a deconstructed and absurd take on Chekhov's First Play exploring the essence of Chekhov and performance itself.

At Dance City on Wednesday Company of Others presents Crackle.Dust. which shares women's experiences of endings that have had a life-changing impact.

The Elmer the Patchwork Elephant Show, for children of all ages, comes to the Customs House in South Shields on Monday at 12:30 and 3:00. Then on Friday, Oh No It Isn't tells the story of two pantomime Dames who are the best of sisters onstage but the worst of friends off it. It’s the final performance of Cinderella in a moth-eaten regional theatre and backstage tensions threaten to boil over onstage. Will the egotism, one-upmanship and sexual politics remain confined to the dressing room?

In the Great Hall of Hexham Abbey on Tuesday at 7:00, Company of Others presents Crackle.Dust. Tickets from the Queen’s Hall.

On Thursday at The Queen’s Hall in Hexham, Reform Theatre presents Jim Cartwright’s Two 2, the sequel to his popular Two.

On Thursday at 2:00, 4:00 and 6:00, Northern Ballet performs its ballet for children Puss in Boots at Durham’s Gala Theatre.

From Thursday to Saturday, Room on the Broom comes to Billingham Forum. Performances are 1:30 on Thursday and 10:30 and 1:30 on Friday and Saturday.

At 7:00 on Thursday at ARC Stockton, Man-Kind is a multimedia performance which explores the changing ideas of masculinity throughout history from the Big Bang and the Garden of Eden through to a night out in a North East nightclub and PlayStations.

At Middlesbrough Theatre on Wednesday (11:30, 1:30 and 5:00), Northern Ballet presents its children’s ballet Puss in Boots and on Friday, Reform Theatre presents Jim Cartwright’s Two 2.

London Festival Opera presents A Celebration of Opera at Darlington Hippodrome on Wednesday and from Thursday to Saturday, Menopause the Musical stars Cheryl Fergison, Maureen Nolan, Rebecca Wheatley and Katherine Lynch.

A Hullabaloo in Wonderland is an immersive experience for children from 0 to 10 at The Hullabaloo in Darlington on Saturday. See our news story for full details.

On Friday, I, Malvolio comes to the Georgian Theatre Royal in Richmond and on Sunday (2:00 and 4:00) in Don't Call a Dragon a Worm!, inspired by Opera North’s main stage production of The Magic Flute and the music of Mozart, young singers from the Leeds and Newcastle Opera North Children’s choruses will share why they think dragons should be taken more seriously.

At Harrogate Theatre from Wednesday to Friday in Don't Look Away, Adnan, a young asylum seeker, enters a Bradford community centre covered in flour and asking for help. He finds Cath, a middle-aged cleaner, who reluctantly lets him stay in her son's empty bedroom, a split-second decision which will change her life forever. Then on Thursday, Swansea City Opera present Mozart's Così fan tutte and on Friday at 4:00 and Saturday at 10:00, 1:00 and 4:00, it's the turn of children's show Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom.