What's on in the North East

Published: 1 December 2019
Reporter: Peter Lathan

Wolf (Northern Stage)
Jack Frost (Arts Centre Washington)
Snow White (Customs House) Credit: Chris J Allan - Wycombe 89 Media
The Polar Bears Go Up (Hullabaloo, Darlington) Credit: Richard Davenport

Beauty and the Beast runs at Newcastle Theatre Royal from Tuesday until 19 January.

Wolf, a new show from Kitchen Zoo for the under-5s, runs in Stage 3 (various times; some shows are sold out) at Northern Stage until 4 January. Laura Lindow’s adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen, a show for the whole family, runs in Stage 1 until 4 January (various times).

Improvisers Open Heart Theatre return to Alphabetti with Let Us Make It up to You on Tuesday, featuring Sidney Bingham Is Dead, an improvised murder mystery where the audience helps, as an inspector interrogates an eclectic rogues gallery of characters, and Groundhog Day, influenced by the film of the same name and recent hit TV show Russian Doll, in which an unfortunate improviser will be living the same day, over... and over... and over again.

On Friday at the Tyne Theatre and Opera House Enchanted Entertainment presents Aladdin, running until 5 January.

From Thursday until 9 December, a puppet / live action version of A Christmas Carol runs at the Castle Keep in Newcastle. There is no heating in this venue!

At Dance City on Monday FRESH North East is a scratch platform for dance giving artists an opportunity to share new work in progress in an informal setting. Then from Thursday to Saturday (6:00 with a Saturday matinée at 2:30) Luca Silvestrini's Protein Dance presents The Little Prince.

The Geordie Panto Company’s Cinderella opens at Gateshead International Stadium on Friday and runs until 29 December.

From Tuesday to Saturday, Willie Russell’s Blood Brothers, starring Lyn Paul, returns to Sunderland Empire.

Jack Frost, a music-filled Christmas show for age 4+, is at Arts Centre Washington from Tuesday to Saturday (various times). Holly, a little girl who plays the trumpet, befriends the magical winter sprite Jack Frost. When plans for Holly’s school concert go awry, Holly and Jack will make sure no-one is left outside this Christmas.

Snow White continues at the Customs House in South Shields until 5 January (various times) and, in the Studio, The Elves and the Shoemaker (for under-7s) runs until 24 December.

From Tuesday until 22 December, Mendes Management presents the panto Cinderella at The Exchange in North Shields.

Jack and the Beanstalk continues at Playhouse Whitley Bay until 4 January.

Aladdin continues at the Gala in Durham until 5 January (various times). In the Studio, One More Sleep, the Christmas show for the under 5s by Susan Mulholland with music by Katy Doherty, opens on Monday and continues until 29 December (various times).

Snow White the Pantomime, produced by Leah Bell, continues at Consett Empire until 31 December.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs continues at Billingham Forum until 5 January.

From Friday until 5 January, Middlesbrough Theatre presents Sleeping Beauty.

Jack and the Beanstalk opens at Darlington Hippodrome on Friday and runs until 5 January.

The Polar Bears Go Up, a Christmas adventure which is non-verbal and deaf-friendly for ages 2–5 from Unicorn Theatre, is at The Hullabaloo in Darlington from Friday until 24 December (various times).

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs opens at the Majestic Theatre in Darlington on Sunday and runs until 3 January.

Aladdin opens at the Georgian Theatre Royal in Richmond on Friday and runs until 12 January.

Snow White continues at Harrogate Theatre until 19 January.