NORTH EAST NEWS AND ENTERTAINMENT

This is Elvis is at Darlington Hippodrome from Monday, June 25th to Saturday, June 30th. It's 1968 - the major musical event of the year is the first live TV special for Elvis Presley in what will come to be known as 'The '68 Comeback Special'. Drawing phenomenal ratings, this event re-establishes Elvis as the major entertainment star of the decade, and twelve months later Elvis stars at the International Hotel in Vegas, performing live for the first time in seven years, and securing his place in history as the King of rock 'n' roll! This production celebrates 50 years since the TV phenomenon and is testament that his songs live on and the King still rules! This is Elvis recreates all the drama leading up to the comeback as well as staging the monumental concert. It then proceeds with The King to his Vegas debut. Featuring Elvis's greatest hits including 'Trouble', 'Heartbreak Hotel', 'Blue Suede Shoes', 'Hound Dog', 'Love Me Tender', 'All Shook Up', 'Jailhouse Rock', 'One Night', 'It's Now or Never', 'Are you Lonesome Tonight?', 'Can't Help Falling in Love', 'In The Ghetto', 'Suspicious Minds', 'American Trilogy', 'Just Can't Help Believing' and many more. Read all about it on the Darlington Hippodrome website and book your tickets! Show time is at 7.30pm nightly.

Middlesbrough Town Hall welcomes back Royal Northern Sinfonia for their first performance in the newly refurbished venue on Thursday, June 28th. Royal Northern Sinfonia are the UK’s top chamber orchestra and longstanding friends of the Town Hall and will be performing a delightful programme of music from Beethoven, Handel, Haydn, Stravinsky and Mozart. The show begins at 7.30 and tickets are available now, priced from £13.50 (£12.50 concessions), from the Middlesbrough Town Hall website or from the Box Office on 01642 729 729.

The Counterfeit Sixties stop off at Hartlepool Town Hall Theatre on Friday, June 29th. You are invited to re-live the sounds of the swinging sixties, as Britain's No.1 tribute show brings alive the magic of the sixties, with their tribute to over twenty five bands of that era. The show encompasses everything from that period, from the clothes that were worn, to flashbacks from television history, including TV programmes, adverts and even clips from the original bands. The Counterfeit Sixties presents a showcase of the great bands of this unforgettable time. The fantastic music of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, The Dave Clark Five, The Kinks and The Monkees - to name but a few - all recreated in this stunning show. The band members have performed their unique tribute shows all over the UK and abroad, and have a wide range of experience in that field. The members of the band have individually worked with notable sixties’ artists such as The Searchers, The Ivy League, The Fortunes, The Tremeloes and many more. Join us for a night of sixties nostalgia! Show time is at 7.30pm and more details are available on the Destination Hartlepool website or visit the Counterfeit Sixties own site.

"Money For Nothing - Dire Straits" appear at Hartlepool Town Hall Theatre on Saturday, July 7th. Money For Nothing is a tribute to Dire Straits like no other before. Prepare to be captivated by the authentic sounds of one of the most successful rock bands of all time. Money For Nothing is a show of the highest quality. Meticulous attention is paid to every detail, to faithfully recreate the distinct sound of Dire Straits in this unforgettable sonic spectacular. During their career Dire Straits sold over 120 million albums and spent over a thousand weeks on the UK charts, ranking fifth all-time! Performing Money for Nothing, Romeo and Juliet, Sultans of Swing, Private Investigations, Walk of Life, Brothers in Arms, So Far Away and many more much-loved classics drawn from six platinum albums. Featuring all of their legendary hits, audiences are treated to those soaring guitar solos and instantly recognisable riffs by an incredibly talented band in a musical encounter you will never forget. Show time is at 7.30pm and tickets are £19.50/concessions £18.50. Booking information is available on the Destination Hartlepool website and more details about Money for Nothing can be seen on their own site.

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