NORTH EAST NEWS AND ENTERTAINMENT

Rule The World are all set to play at The Forum Theatre in Billingham on Saturday, September 23rd. They are a fantastic 3-piece tribute show to Take That. The band, Dan Maines, Matt Hall and Gabriel Keogh are highly trained professionals who have been touring Europe for over 8 years as a Take That tribute band, playing to audiences of 20,000 plus! Theatres, festivals, cruise liners, stadiums, you name it, they’ve done it!

One of their best moments as a band has to be when they appeared on BBC1’s The Graham Norton Show alongside the real Take That!! When Dan Maines, who plays Gary Barlow, introduced himself the real Gary exclaimed “He sounds like me!!” This event also has another local connection. It's in aid of the TLC charity (Teddies For Loving Care) who donate teddy bears to children attending A&E departments around the country including James Cook Hospital in Middlesbrough. These teddy bears can be a great comfort to distressed frightened young children and babies.

Come along to see this full stage show and an accurate portrayal of a Take That concert! Featuring all the biggest hits including 'Never Forget', 'Greatest Day', 'Back For Good', 'Relight My Fire', 'Everything Changes', 'Shine', 'Pray' and many more! Show time is at 7.30 and tickets are £21, concessions £19 and more details can be found on the Billingham Forum website.

There’s a 60’s music weekend taking place at The Spa in Whitby until September 24th. Whitby Live brings you a weekend of live sixties music from some of the biggest bands of the decade. Dig out your finest 60's fashion and join us for a weekend you'll never forget.

The Manfreds Featuring Paul Jones & Mike D’Abo - are back by popular demand! Also on the show are The Swinging Blue Jeans (pictured above), The Merseybeats, Chip Hawkes & Brian Poole, Vanity Fare, The Union Gap, The Fourmost, Mud II, The Ragdolls (Jersey Boys Show), Four Tops (Memories) plus a host of 60s tributes! Full weekend tickets are £85. Please contact Chris Wood for further details on (01757) 700042 or visit the Whitby Live website.

The Jesus and Mary Chain are making an appearance at Middlesbrough Empire on Sunday, September 24th. Doors open at 7.00pm and the show finishes at 11.00pm. Few bands have had such a huge effect on musical culture as The Jesus and Mary Chain. Their attitude alone, dressed in black, angry with the world, playing short sets drenched in feedback, set the bench mark in the post Sex Pistols music scene of London. Their seminal debut album "Psychocandy" would go on to change the course of popular music, channeling the sneering angst and noise distortion of the live shows into hypnotic sweet melodies layered with dark lyrics that would beguile and bewilder. Tickets are available directly from The Middlesbrough Empire or from The Jesus and Mary Chain website.

"A Night of Dirty Dancing - The Ultimate Tribute Show” stops off at Middlesbrough Theatre on Friday, September 29th. Be part of the magic as A Night of Dirty Dancing, heads out on its biggest tour yet – This Autumn 2017. No film has captured the hearts of a generation like Dirty Dancing. Relive the Passion, the Romance & Joy of the Cult Classic and celebrate the music of one of the greatest movie soundtracks of all time.

Be part of the glorious summer of ‘63 and experience all your favourite songs such as She’s Like The Wind, Big Girls Don’t Cry, Hey Baby, Wipe-out, Hungry Eyes. And of course the Oscar Winning (I’ve Had) The Time of my Life. So put down that watermelon and get your tickets for A Night of Dirty Dancing: The Ultimate Tribute Show. It’s going to have you dancing dirty in the aisles… Touring from September 2017. Tickets £21.50/Concessions £19.50 (Includes credit card fee) and show time is at 7.30pm. For more details about the show visit the Middlesbrough Theatre website or see the Entertainers site.

HMS Pinafore

The Tees Valley Gilbert & Sullivan Society presents “HMS Pinafore” at Middlesbrough Theatre from Tuesday, October 3rd to Friday, October 6th. Tees Valley Gilbert and Sullivan Society is proud to have presented Gilbert and Sullivan to Teesside audiences for almost 50 years, and is well known in the area for its high standard of singing.

HMS Pinafore has long been a favourite for lovers of Gilbert and Sullivan. It is full of well known melodies and witty Gilbertian humour. Babies swapped at birth, a love story, a mystical lady and the usual topsy turvy ending come together to make for a thoroughly enjoyable evening, guaranteed to send you home with a smile on your face. The shows are 7.30pm nightly and tickets £14.50/Children & Students £10.50 (Includes credit card fee). Call the box office on 01642 81 51 81 or get more details on the Middlesbrough Theatre website.

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