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What's on in the North East

Published: 25 August 2019
Reporter: Peter Lathan

Les Misérables continues at Newcastle Theatre Royal until 5 October.

From Tuesday to Saturday, Glendo Entertainment presents the family summer panto Sleeping Beauty at Northern Stage at 3:00 and 7:00 most days, except Saturday at 11:00 and 3:00. This is a Northern Stage hire.

NE1, Alphabetti Theatre and Unfolding Theatre present It's Playtime in the streets of Newcastle from 10:30 to 3:30 on Saturday and Sunday. Agents from the International Ministry of Play (IMP for short) are here in Newcastle to undertake an extremely serious Survey of Play. With pop-up discos, fairground games and silly selfies, IMP’s Agents of Play will be testing how playful Geordies really are. Book your place at Alphabetti (up to 4 families of maximum 5 members each per hour) or collect your Play Passport from IMP’s Agent of Play on Northumberland Street and Blackett Street. This is a free event.

The Save Odd Sock Society is at Gosforth Civic Theatre on Friday at 11:00. Have you ever wondered what happens to all the lonely odd socks that get lost and forgotten? The Save Odd Sock Society is here to tell you all about it and they need your help. Join Mildred Mangle, Annette Laundrette and their trusty dog Sniff as they hunt down and fix up odd socks, giving them a whole new life as a sock puppet. What would your sock puppet like to become? An alien? A monster? A fairy? An animal? (For children under 6.)

The Book of Mormon comes to Sunderland Empire from Wednesday until 14 September.

The Dolly Mixtures continues at the Customs House in South Shields until Saturday.

Voldemort and the Teenage Hogwarts Musical Parody, which tells the little-known tale of how Tom Riddle was once in a rock band with a giant squid, how he learned how to kiss from a snake and that he once had a Hufflepuff girlfriend, arrives at Playhouse Whitley Bay on Tuesday at 7:00. (For age 14+)

From Thursday to Saturday, HangFire Theatre presents The Importance of Being Earnest at Durham's Gala Theatre.

At the Majestic Theatre in Darlington on Friday, Kick in the Head presents one-man show Three Men in a Boat. Then on Saturday, DOTS presents Sense and Sensibility.

At Saltburn Arts at Saltburn-by-the-Sea on Tuesday, Resolution by Rob Johnson follows the remarkable achievements of Captain James Cook, the son of a farm labourer, through a long and bitter feud with the British Admiralty's Alexander Dalrymple, mapmaker to the Royal Navy and celebrated Edinburgh gentleman. Then on Sunday at 2:00, Paul Batten of Theatrix Arts performs the magical story A Dragon's Tale, based on the legend of the Lambton Worm, through puppets, changing scenery, song, music and sound effects. The performance is followed by a workshop where the children design and make their very own dragon puppet.

From Tuesday to Saturday at Harrogate Theatre, the Harrogate Theatre Rep Company presents John Godber’s On the Piste.