What's on in the North East

Published: 31 October 2021
Reporter: Peter Lathan

Carmen (Opera North at Theatre Royal, Newcastle)
The Three Bears (Northern Stage)
Haddock & Chips (Arts Centre Washington; The Maltings, Berwick, and The Witham (Barnard Castle)
Hard (Laurels, Whitley Bay)
Hello and Goodbye (Queen's Hall, Hexham)

Opera North returns to Newcastle Theatre Royal this week with a new production of Carmen on Wednesday and Friday at 7:00 and, on Thursday and Saturday (also at 7:00), a double bill of Leonard Bernstein's Trouble in Tahiti (which we reviewed in 2017) and West Side Story Symphonic Dances, a new dance work created by Phoenix Dance Theatre’s Dane Hurst.

Until 13 November (various times) in Stage 3 at Northern Stage, Kitchen Zoo presents The Three Bears, a new version of their 2018 Christmas show The Three Bears at Christmas.

The Offing, a Live Theatre / Stephen Joseph co-production of Janice Okoh's adaptation of the Benjamin Myers novel, comes to Live Theatre from Wednesday until 27 November.

On Saturday 6 and 13 November at 1:00 family show Meggie Magicia by Wendy Errington is at Alphabetti.

On Saturday at 5:30, the 11th annual Just Jam International breaking event, where breaking crews from across the UK and Europe will compete in the Cypher Qualifiers, where judges will pick their top sixteen crews to progress to the 2 v 2 Battle Finals, comes to Dance City.

From Thursday to Saturday, Sunderland Empire presents Riverdance—The New 25th Anniversary Show.

Janet Plater’s Haddock and Chips comes to Arts Centre Washington on Thursday.

Haddock and Chips is in the Henry Travers Studio at The Maltings, Berwick, on Friday.

Elysium Theatre Company’s production of Athol Fugard’s Hello and Goodbye is at the Queen’s Hall, Hexham, on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Fire & Water: The Thomas Brown Story, a new play by Peter Mortimer presented by Cloud Nine Theatre, the third in his trilogy featuring important though neglected North Shields figures, is at The Exchange, North Shields, from Monday to Saturday.

Hard, a play by Alison Stanley which takes a look into the realities of the sex industry through the life of Zee, Sex worker, chat girl & general dogsbody, is at Laurels, Whitley Bay on Thursday.

Haddock and Chips is at The Witham, Barnard Castle, on Wednesday.

The comic parody Not Lady Chatter’s Lover comes to Billingham Forum on Wednesday.

On Thursday at Middlesbrough Theatre, Rumpus Theatre Company presents Whistle and I'll Come to You, a new play based on M R James’s classic ghost story.

From Thursday to Saturday (various times), The Hullabaloo, Darlington presents toooB, a wordless show for babies (6–24 months) with music, movement and sensory interaction.