What's on in the North East

Published: 9 September 2018

The world première of Benidorm Live runs until Saturday at the Theatre Royal, Newcastle.

The Abbey Theatre production of Roddy Doyle’s Two Pints has its British première at Live Theatre from Wednesday until 23 September.

At Newcastle’s Alphabetti Theatre on Tuesday at 8:00, Open Heart Theatre presents Let Us Make It up to You, its monthly improve show. Then on Wednesday (at 7:30), Steven Arran presents Shakespeare's Speakeasy in which a group of actors try to successfully stage a Shakespearean play in a day. Finally, from Thursday to Saturday at 6:00 (plus a matinée at 2:30 on Saturday), Moth Physical Theatre presents Wild Wilma, a play for ages 3+, about a young girl who is sold to the circus after the death of her parents, told through physical storytelling, object manipulation, puppetry and an original soundtrack.

Wicked continues at Sunderland Empire until 29 September.

At the Queen’s Hall in Hexham on Tuesday and Wednesday, London Classic Theatre presents My Mother Said I Never Should by Charlotte Keatley which tells the story of four generations of the women of one family as they confront the most significant moments of their lives.

On Thursday, My Mother Said I Never Should moves to the Gala in Durham.

The touring production of Michael Morpurgo’s Private Peaceful comes to Billingham Forum from Monday to Wednesday.

From Wednesday to Friday at Middlesbrough Theatre, less is MORE presents a workshop production of a brand-new play created by Anne Fothergill, The Nazzie House Girls, based on the novel Memoirs of a Nazareth House Girl.

Gordon Steel’s new play The Fulstow Boys continues at ARC Stockton until Saturday.

At Darlington Hippodrome on Tuesday, behind-the-scenes at a run-down theatre, Tommy Cannon and Bobby Ball find themselves involved in the crazy goings-on of compère Stu Francis and fellow comic Johnnie Casson in The Dressing Room.

From Tuesday to Saturday, the specially formed Harrogate Rep presents Dial M for Murder in the main house at Harrogate Theatre. In The Studio on Thursday comes Bismillah! An ISIS Tragicomedy in which we meet Dean and ‘Danny’. Dean joined the Army; 'Danny' joined the Islamic State. One’s from Leeds, the other’s from London. Now they are brought together in a holding cell in Northern Iraq, as captive and volatile guard. Finally on Saturday, also in The Studio, is an ARC Stockton Production co-commissioned by the Albany, Camden People’s Theatre, Northern Stage and Unity Theatre, Luca Rutherford's Political Party, a play about how we do politics instead of talking about it.

Peter Lathan