What's on in the North East

Published: 20 May 2018

Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's Evita returns to Newcastle’s Theatre Royal from Tuesday to Saturday.

Northern Stage’s production of Terrence McNally’s Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, directed by Mark Calvert, begins previews in Stage 1 on Monday and runs until 2 June. In Stage 2 and Stage 3 from Tuesday to Saturday, Northumbria University presents its Performing Arts showcase.

From Tuesday to Saturday at Live Theatre, DryWrite and Soho Theatre present Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s Olivier-nominated Fleabag.

On Wednesday, Alphabetti presents its Write Something Showcase, rehearsed readings from plays developed in The Write Something Workshops over the last six weeks. Then on Friday and Saturday, Fat Rascal Theatre presents Tom and Bunny Save the World: The Musical, a gender stereotype destroying, black and bloody comedy with a live folk soundtrack.

On Saturday, Dance City presents a triple bill of work by Lizzie J Klotz featuring Fawn, the film Dancing with My Dad and To Suit.

Matilda the Musical continues at Sunderland Empire until 2 June.

On Wednesday, Dryad Productions brings Austen’s Women to Arts Centre Washington.

Comedy Seriously Dead comes to the Customs House in South Shields on Tuesday. Then on Sunday—for over 18s only—One Woman Sex and the City arrives.

At the Playhouse Whitley Bay on Sunday, the National Production Company presents The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged).

On Saturday Curious Monkey and Newcastle Arts Development Organisation present This World Here…Nomhlaba Le, an international collaboration bringing together original music intertwined with traditional South African and Geordie songs, verbatim testimony and storytelling, at The Exchange in North Shields.

Birdsong returns to Durham’s Gala Theatre from Monday to Saturday. Then on Sunday at 3:30, Peut-Être Theatre presents Tidy Up, a witty journey discovering if chaos and order can ever live side-by-side. For details of pre-show workshops for families, go to the Gala web site.

Luke Wright’s second verse play, Frankie Vah, comes to The Witham in Barnard Castle on Thursday at 8:00.

On Wednesday at 1:30 and 4:00, Freckle Productions presents four tales from Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler: Tiddler, Monkey Puzzle, The Smartest Giant in Town and A Squash and a Squeeze.

At 7:00 on Thursday, Jack Dean presents Nuketown, a combined storytelling and protest art project about cities, public money and the possible end of life as we know it.

At Darlington Hippodrome from Wednesday to Saturday, Stefanie Powers and Clive Francis appear in 84 Charing Cross Road.

From Tuesday to Saturday, Reform Theatre presents Jim Cartwright’s Two in the Studio at Harrogate Theatre.

Peter Lathan