What's on in the North East

Published: 12 September 2021
Reporter: Peter Lathan

Educating Rita (Theatre Royal, Newcastle) Credit: Nobby Clark
Pod (Alphabetti)
By the Waters of Liverpool (Darlington Hippodrome)
A Perfect Likeness (Georgian Theatre Royal)

Theatre By the Lake and David Pugh’s 40th anniversary production of Willy Russell’s Educating Rita, starring NE actors Stephen Tompkinson and Jessica Johnson and directed by former Live Theatre director of many years Max Roberts, comes to Newcastle Theatre Royal from Monday to Saturday.

The Ballad of Johnny Longstaff, a Northern Stage, The Young’uns and Harbourfront Centre Toronto co-production, continues at Northern Stage from Wednesday until Saturday.

Kema Sikazwe’s updated version of Shine runs at Live Theatre until Saturday.

Pod, a new play by Arabella Arnott, produced by Coracle in association with Alphabetti Theatre, runs at Alphabetti until Saturday.

On Monday at 4:00 and on Tuesday at 10:30 and 1:30, Freckle Productions present Stick Man at the Tyne Theatre and Opera House. Then on Friday, Micky Cochrane stars in Carrying David, the story of boxer Glenn McCrory’s relationship with his brother David.

At Dance City on Friday, Surface Area Dance Theatre presents Behind the Face of a Rock, Throwing Stones, an exploration of language, sensation, contemplation and physical expression through movement and wearable technology.

From Tuesday to Saturday, Dirty Dancing comes to Sunderland Empire.

On Friday, Dad’s Army Radio Show is at Alnwick Playhouse, followed on Saturday by Carrying David.

Carrying David is at the Queen’s Hall, Hexham on Tuesday and Dad’s Army Radio Show arrives in the venue on Saturday.

Tales & Scales: Stories And Songs Celebrating North Shields comes to The Exchange in North Shields on Saturday.

Serena Ramsey's solo show WAXA BELTA HELTA SKELTA comes to Laurels in Whitley Bay from Tuesday to 24 September (not Monday).

Carrying David is at The Gala in Durham on Thursday.

Carrying David arrives at The Witham in Barnard Castle on Sunday 19 September.

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun with Maureen Nolan, X Factor finalist Niki Evans, CBBC Creeped Out’s Stephanie Dooley and Olivier Award winner Leanne Jones is at Billingham Forum on Tuesday.

On Wednesday, Middlesbrough Theatre and less is MORE Productions present a Scratch Night showcasing extracts from four new plays and works-in-progress by local writers at Middlesbrough Theatre.

On Wednesday and Thursday, Helen Forrester’s By the Waters of Liverpool comes to Darlington Hippodrome.

A Perfect Likeness, a new comedy about what happens when Lewis Carroll invites Charles Dickens to pose for a portrait, comes to The Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond on Friday.