What's on in the North East

Published: 2 June 2019
Reporter: Peter Lathan

Motown™ the Musical is at the Theatre Royal, Newcastle, from Tuesday until 22 June.

A Thousand Splendid Suns continues in Stage 1 at Northern Stage until 15 June. On Friday in Stage 2, MonologueSlam UK, the industry showcase for actors, features 20 performers.

At Live Theatre from Thursday to Saturday, Hope Theatre Company presents #BeMoreMartyn: The Boy with the Deirdre Tattoo. The hashtag #BeMoreMartyn trended on Twitter in the hours after the announcement of Martyn Hett's death at the Manchester Arena bombing in May 2017. This play reveals what sort of a person he was.

On Wednesday, Alphabetti presents Scratch and Scran, two scratch performances of work by musician Diji Solanke and Hannah Thompson, a circus performer who explores ways to integrate her physical skills with narrative theatre. This is accompanied by food from The Ugly Duckling which turns “surplus food into delicious juice, treats and scran at events and markets across the North East”. This is a Pay What You Feel event. Then on Saturday, Headline Improv creates a brand-new musical comedy live on stage from audience suggestions of fictional headlines, bizarre tweets and fake ‘fake news’. The performance is a fundraiser for Northern Proud Voices LGBT Community Choir.

On Sunday 9 June at 5:00 Fertile Ground brings Twilight Dances to Gosforth Civic Theatre.

Acrobatics, movement and storytelling combine in Knot by Nikki and JD at Dance City on Thursday.

The King and I comes to Sunderland Empire from Wednesday until 15 June.

On Thursday and Friday, Papertown Productions present Wor War, a new musical by David Cooke with music by Grahame Wright, at Arts Centre Washington.

Fertile Ground’s Twilight Dances, preceded by a new film by movement and theatre artist Wendy Houstoun, comes to The Henry Travers Studio at The Maltings in Berwick on Friday.

At the Queen’s Hall in Hexham on Tuesday, 'thanatophobes' Lucy Nicholls and Antonia Beck perform The Death Show.

On Thursday at Hexham Library, gobscure presents joey by sean burn, a true story about growing up in '80s Britain.

At Playhouse Whitley Bay on Thursday, Wisecrack Productions present Carrying David.

Rhythm of the Dance comes to Durham’s Gala Theatre on Thursday.

On Thursday and Friday at Consett Empire, Leah Bell presents a new musical adaptation of Catherine Cookson’s The Cinder Path.

On Sunday 9 June, Ian McKellen Onstage is at Billingham Forum. “Fifty years ago I played Richard II at the Forum, en route for the Edinburgh Festival,” McKellen said, “so I wanted to include Billingham in my current UK tour celebrating my 80th birthday.” (The show is sold out.)

How to Make a Killing in Bollywood, a comedy about two best friends who decide to quit their jobs in a fast food restaurant and head to Bollywood in search of fame and fortune, is at ARC Stockton on Thursday at 7:00. (A Pay What You Decide show.)

On Saturday at 6:30 at the Acklam Community Hub in Middlesbrough, Stand-up Poet and Radio 4 regular Kate Fox performs Where There's Muck There's Bras, a show about the real Northern Powerhouse—Northern Women. Tickets should be booked through ARC.

Carrying David moves to Hartlepool Town Hall Theatre on Friday.

At the Georgian Theatre Royal in Richmond on Wednesday at 4:00, there is a Swaledale Festival event performed by The Weaver Ensemble, The Fairest Lady, a retelling of the Pygmalion story with elegant baroque dance, costumes of the period, and onstage live music by Rameau, Paisible, Croft, Purcell, Eccles and Handel. Then Carrying David comes to the venue on Sunday at 7:30.

On 9 June 1817, Jeremiah Brandreth assembled a crew of malcontents in a pub near Nottingham. Their plan is to march on London, overthrow the government, wipe out the National Debt and end poverty forever. What Jeremiah didn’t know was that there was a spy in his ranks with other ideas… Jeremiah, the story of the Luddites, written and performed by rap storyteller Jack Dean, accompanied by live music, comes to Harrogate Theatre on Tuesday. Then on Saturday and Sunday, Dinosaur World Live comes to the venue (various times).