What's on in the North East

Published: 17 November 2019
Reporter: Peter Lathan

Gypsy Queen (Live Theatre)
The Circus of Horrors (Playhouse Whitley Bay and Majestic Theatre, Darlington)
Woodfland Tales with Grandad (ARC Stockton)
The Woman in Black (Darlington Hippodrome)

At Live Theatre on Wednesday, Emmerson and Ward Productions present Rob Ward’s Gypsy Queen, the story of ‘Gorgeous’ George O’Connell, bare-knuckle fighter and traveller, who enters the world of professional boxing which puts him on a collision course with his roots, his identity and his greatest fear.

At Alphabetti from Tuesday to Saturday, Tom Machell and Fight In The Dog present Ticker, which follows twenty-something Spencer, a Geordie millennial who is deeply in love with Gabi. But Spencer’s life is torn apart by Gabi’s untimely—and unexplained—death. How can he even begin to cope with finding himself suddenly a prime suspect and a chief mourner? On Friday at 9:00, The Suggestibles' School of Improv presents Rat Race, a competition between two teams of improvisers. Finally on Saturday, ZazU in association with United Agents presents Zazutinany, an absurdly silly comedy game show incorporating live acts, games, a quiz and even some cheeky prizes.

On Tuesday at the Black Swan Bar in Newcastle Arts Centre, Hands on N.E Presents Christmas Cracker 3, a cabaret evening of live music, comedy & sketches with a free cracker draw.

The Bodyguard, starring Alexandra Burke, continues at Sunderland Empire until Saturday.

On Thursday, Hands On NE’s Christmas Cracker 3 moves to Fulwell Community Library, Sunderland.

On Wednesday, Old Kent Road presents Oscillate, a tap dance performance that explores human interaction and the effects of miscommunication in relationships, at Arts Centre Washington.

On Wednesday at the Customs House in South Shields, Hands on N.E Presents Christmas Cracker 3, a cabaret evening of live music, comedy & sketches with a free cracker draw.

At the Queen’s Hall in Hexham on Tuesday, The Life of Reilly, a play about autistic Reilly and his family and how the dynamics of the family changes with Reilly's diagnosis, the trials and the triumphs.

Hands On NE’s Christmas Cracker 3 moves to The Exchange in North Shields on Friday.

The Circus of Horrors comes to Playhouse Whitley Bay on Tuesday.

Aladdin opens at the Gala Theatre in Durham and runs until 5 January.

The Russian State Ballet and Opera House bring The Nutcracker to Billingham Forum on Saturday.

On Saturday at ARC Stockton at 11:30 and 2:30, Pickled Image presents Woodland Tales with Grandad for age 3+. Something is happening in the woods, voices can be heard and a strange metallic smell fills the air. Machines are gathering at its edge and a mysterious call is heard across the valley. Laura the ladybird, Jeffrey the spider, Brett the Woodlouse and Willoughby the Woodpecker are worried. Velda the Vixen knows there’s a person who can help them: Grandad. But is there enough time? Can they save the wood? And will the mystery stranger help?

On Wednesday, Rumpus Theatre Company brings Edgar Allan Poe’s The Masque of the Red Death to Middlesbrough Theatre.

The Woman in Black returns to Darlington Hippodrome from Monday to Saturday.

The Circus of Horrors is at The Majestic Theatre in Darlington on Monday, and this is followed on Tuesday by Christmas with Steptoe and Son.