What's on in the North East

Published: 6 October 2019
Reporter: Peter Lathan

Matthew Bourne’s Romeo and Juliet comes to Newcastle Theatre Royal from Wednesday to Saturday.

On Friday in Stage 3 at Northern Stage, there’s a Musical Theatre Cabaret, with cabaret style seating, hosted by Jenni Winter (at the piano) and Ian McLaughlin, featuring local performers Bev Fox, Hattie Eason, Rebecca Jay, Stuart Liddle, Katie Roberts and Jamie Douglass, with choreography by Naz Kourgli.

The Live Theatre revival of the sell-out hit of 2018, Clear White Light, continues until Saturday.

From Tuesday to Saturday ay 7:30 at Alphabetti, Camisado Club presents its new production Bluebeard, a “a colourful, glitter-splattered cocktail of high art and low morals.” After this, at 9:30, Awkward Productions presents Awkward Conversations with Animals I’ve F*cked, a “hilarious and disturbing psychological examination of loneliness.”

Northern Stage’s production of The Hound of the Baskervilles comes to Gosforth Civic Theatre on Monday and Tuesday.

Annie, starring Lesley Joseph, runs at Sunderland Empire from Monday to Saturday.

At the Queen’s Hall, Hexham, on Wednesday, the ARC Stockton production of Alex and Eliza: Zubair’s grandmother is like everyone else’s grandmother, old and wrinkly, slow in speech and speed. Nothing out of the ordinary—until she gets on a plane to visit Zubair seven seas afar. It’s followed on Saturday by The Hound of the Baskervilles.

At The Exchange in North Shields on Wednesday, Workie Ticket Theatre CIC presents a new piece of theatre exploring issues surrounding Female Veterans, Women Warriors. It’s followed on Sunday by NTC’s touring production of The Stars Look Down.

On Tuesday, Pete Peverley’s one-man show The Bobby Thompson Story comes to the Playhouse Whitley Bay.

The Hound of the Baskervilles moves on to Durham’s Gala Theatre on Friday. Then at 11:00 on Saturday, as part of Durham Book Festival, there’s a new musical adventure for families, Perfectly Norman, about who Norman is normal—perfectly normal. That is until he grows a pair of wings! Norman loves his new wings, but he’s worried about what everyone will think. He feels the safest plan is to cover his wings up. But hiding the thing that makes you different is tricky.

On Saturday at 12:00, The People’s Theatre Company presents the 45th anniversary production of There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly at Consett Empire.

Bishop Auckland Town Hall is closed until spring 2020 for refurbishment.

The Hound of the Baskervilles moves on to The Witham in Barnard Castle on Thursday.

On Tuesday at Billingham Forum, Rumpus Theatre Company presents a new play based on Charles Dickens’s classic Victorian thriller The Black Veil.

Once upon a time, in a back garden not too far from here, Jackie and her Grandad Jack love to share tales of giants, castles and magic. That is until Jackie's adventure takes a turn for the worse. How can she tell stories to make her garden grow now that Grandad has gone? Then one day something quite out of the ordinary happens… a beanstalk appears! Puppet show for ages 3–8, Jackie and the Beanstalk, comes to ARC Stockton at 11:30 and 2:30 on Saturday.

On Saturday London Classic Theatre presents No Man’s Land by Harold Pinter at Middlesbrough Theatre.

Madagascar the Musical comes to Darlington Hippodrome from Wednesday to Sunday.

Murder Between the Lines, a murder mystery, is at the Head of Steam Museum in Darlington on Friday at 7:30.

On Friday and Saturday, theatre company New Old Friends presents Crimes on the Coast, a comedy thriller by Feargus Woods Dunlop, at the Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond.