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What's on in the North East

Published: 12 May 2019

Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake continues at Newcastle Theatre Royal until Saturday.

At Northern Stage on Tuesday (8:00 in Stage 3), Holly Gallagher performs Tensile Strength (or How to Survive at Your Wit’s End), a show about fear, pressure, uncertainty, about sadness and mental health and how we help ourselves, about feeling like things are all A Bit Too Much and then the cat goes missing! Then on Friday at 7:45 in Stage 2, the Amina Khayyam Dance Company performs A Thousand Faces, which blends elements of the South Asian dance style Kathak with physical theatre and mime to subvert the imagery of Bollywood beauty and Hollywood glamour to explore the objectification of women in indiscriminate abuse and violence. On Saturday in Stage 3, Kaleidoscope is a new piece of theatre for babies aged 6–18 months, inspired by research into how a baby's sense of sight develops and how they instinctively begin to categorise colour. Finally, in Stage 1 on Saturday, Northern Pride presents My Mental Breakdown, a non-traditional musical following the story of a young man battling with his mental health, which premiered in March at The Exchange in North Shields.

Shakespeare's Speakeasy, a Shakespeare play produced in a day, returns to Alphabetti on Wednesday and Floorboards continues until Saturday (no performance on Monday).

Hormonal Housewives comes to Sunderland Empire on Friday.

On Monday, English Touring Opera brings Verdi’s Macbeth to the Gala Theatre in Durham, followed on Tuesday by Mozart’s Idomeneo.

Durham Gala’s production of John Godber’s Teechers comes to the Consett Empire on Wednesday.

On Sunday at 2:30, children's show There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly from The People’s Theatre Company comes to Hartlepool Town Hall.

Freckle Productions and The Rose Theatre Kingston bring Zog from the book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler to Darlington Hippodrome from Friday to Sunday.

Muckers, a "funny, magical, physical production" for age 7+, is at The Hullabaloo in Darlington on Saturday at 11:00 and 2:00.

In H P Lovecraft—Gallery of Screams, Robert Lloyd Parry tells two stories of Eldritch Horror by H P Lovecraft at 7:45 on Friday and Saturday in the Harrogate Theatre Studio.

Peter Lathan