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What's on in the North East

Published: 4 November 2018

Kinky Boots continues at Newcastle Theatre Royal until Saturday.

Northern Stage’s production of Under Milk Wood continues in Stage 2 until 17 November. Then from Wednesday to Saturday in Stage 3 at 8:30, balletLORENT presents After Dark, an intimate evening of dance and drinks, cabaret-style, to celebrate 25 years of the company.

Clear White Light continues at Live Theatre until Saturday. Most performances are sold out but there are some tickets available for the matinee at 2:00 on Saturday.

On Friday, Alphabetti Theatre is holding a fundraiser, about which it says, “If you like what we do then it's not a night to be missed. We're going to have an auction—who knows, you may be able to do all your Christmas shopping! There may be some pop-up performances. There may be a DJ. There most definitely will be a dog and a whole bucket of fun!” Then on Saturday, Alphabetti and The Worriers present The Trench Experience, an immersive experience in the upstairs rehearsal room at 1:30 and 4:00. In between, at 2:30 in the theatre, they present a new production of Steve Byron’s Walter, the story of a WWI carrier pigeon, aimed at age 7+.

On Thursday at Dance City, Richard Chappell Dance presents At the end we begin which uses T S Eliot's classic series Four Quartets as a point of departure by representing each poem with four quartets of dance, named after each poem.

Miss Saigon continues at Sunderland Empire until 17 November.

Box Tale Soup presents The Picture of Dorian Gray at Arts Centre Washington on Thursday.

At the Customs House in South Shields on Wednesday, Baroque Theatre Company presents Edith in the Dark by South Shields-born writer Philip Meeks, a journey into the disturbing, dark and supernatural imaginings of celebrated children’s author Edith Nesbit (hear the playwright talking about this play in 2015 for the BTG podcast).

At the Gala in Durham on Thursday, 2Magpies presents Ventoux, the story of Lance Armstrong and Marco Pantani, whose drug-fuelled race on the Ventoux stretch of the Tour de France in 2000 was "the greatest cycling had ever seen".

At Bishop Auckland Town Hall on Friday, Jake Jarrett presents Blokes, Fellas, Geezers, a show which uses storytelling (and a few cardboard boxes) to explore his experience of an inherited working class masculinity.

From Wednesday to Sunday (various times), Billingham Forum presents a musical version by Anne Dalton of A Christmas Carol.

At ARC Stockton on Wednesday at 7:00 in Tensile Strength (or How to Survive at Your Wit's End), Holly Gallagher tells the stories of He, She & They, three people living in the same post-industrial northern town. As seasons pass, we follow them as they attempt to deal with the fear, pressure and uncertainty of everyday life.

From Tuesday to Saturday, Darlington Hippodrome presents the Touring Consortium Theatre Company production of Dracula.

Peter Lathan