NORTH EAST NEWS AND ENTERTAINMENT


M.Pal Promotions and Cleveland FBU are presenting a charity fund raising night in aid of the Trinity Holistic Centre at the James Cook Hospital University in Middlesbrough. It is being held on Wednesday, December 20th at the Georgian Theatre in the Green Dragon Yard, Stockton. Tickets are £5 in advance and all the details can be found on the Georgian Theatre website. Do support this worthy cause if you can.

Mirror, mirror, on the wall, which is the best pantomime of all? The answer, without doubt, is this year’s fun-packed family panto at Middlesbrough Theatre – Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Presented by Extravaganza Productions in association with Middlesbrough Theatre, this spectacular production stars mother and daughter from one of TV’s most popular soaps, playing mother and step-daughter: Deena Payne (Viv Windsor in Emmerdale) stars as the Wicked Queen alongside Adele Silva (Kelly Windsor) as Snow White.

Much-loved local comedy magician John Archer makes his Middlesbrough Theatre debut to play Muddles and one of the best dames in the business, Shaun Prendergast, makes a welcome return as Nurse Glucose. And – Hi Ho! Hi Ho! - seven short actors will be playing the magnificent seven. There will be dazzling costumes, spellbinding special effects and lots of audience participation that will keep the whole family entertained and amused. Snow White has skin as white as snow and lips as red as rubies. No wonder the magic mirror declares her to be ‘the fairest of them all’. But not in the view of her wicked stepmother.

Can Snow White escape the clutches of the Wicked Queen? Will the seven dwarfs come to her rescue? Can the Prince save the day and ensure a happily ever after? There’s only one way to find out! To celebrate the theatre’s 60th anniversary, there are a record 60 performances. It started on Friday, December 8th and runs to Sunday, January 14th. Child discounts and family tickets are available at all performances. So Hi Ho, Hi Ho, it’s off to Panto we go. Call the Box Office now on 01642 81 51 81 or book online at the Middlesbrough Theatre website.


Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs is the Christmas pantomime running at Darlington Hippodrome. It started on Saturday, December 9th and runs until Sunday, January 14th. Darlington Hippodrome are proud to announce that this year's spectacular family pantomime, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, will star boyband Blue and EastEnders heart-throb Lee Ryan, West End leading lady Zoe Birkett, Middlesbrough born funny man Patrick Monahan, Coronation Street's Eric Potts and actor/comedian Liam Mellor. Be amongst the first to step inside the newly restored theatre as we welcome pantomime to Darlington Hippodrome. For more information about time, ticket prices and other details be sure to visit the Darlington Hippodrome website.

Jimmy Osmond appears at Darlington Hippodrome in February, 2018.

Darlington Hippodrome is to welcome exciting new shows in its opening season. Following 18 months of expectation and a multi-million pound restoration, the doors to Darlington Hippodrome are now open offering a fabulous season of theatre with some big-hitting shows on offer and even more in the pipeline. As mentioned above Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without a pantomime, and this season they have the fairest of them all - Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. A series of week-long shows for all tastes kicks off with New Jersey Nights (Jan 16 to 20), a spectacular celebration of the music of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. Son of a Preacher Man (Feb 6 to 10) is an all-new show directed and choreographed by Craig Revel Horwood featuring the greatest hits of Dusty Springfield. We welcome back one of the all-time greats with Blood Brothers (20 to 24 February) followed by the David Walliams classic Awful Auntie (28 February to 4 March).

The West End and Broadway smash hit comedy The Play That Goes Wrong comes to Darlington from 5 to 10 March and if you like a spot of Disney music then you must not miss A Spoonful of Sherman (12 to 14 March). We welcome back Middle Ground Theatre Company and the world stage première from Ruth Rendell (writing as Barbara Vine) with the murder mystery Gallowglass (27 to 31 March). Following a sell-out production of Strictly Musicals 2, DarlingtonOS returns to the Hippodrome with the ultimate feel-good musical Priscilla Queen of the Desert (18 to 28 April) and for added glitz and glamour we welcome The Rat Pack Live (8 to 12 May) with one of the ring-a-ding-iest nights in town. The Touring Consortium Theatre Company has presented some of the most thought-provoking theatre in Darlington including To Sir With Love, A View From The Bridge, Regeneration, Brassed Off, Brave New World and Of Mice And Men. This season they return with Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (15 to 19 May) starring Phil Daniels. Celebrating the world’s greatest entertainer, Thriller Live is a spectacular concert featuring the songs of Michael Jackson and The Jackson 5 (28 May to 2 June). Broadway’s smash hit musical comedy, Thoroughly Modern Millie, starring Hayley Tamaddon comes to Darlington Hippodrome from 11 to 16 June swiftly followed by This Is Elvis (25 to 30 June) which recreates all the drama leading up to ‘the 1968 Comeback Special’ TV show – it’s the musical that puts the king back on the throne. For lovers of comedy we have one of the best as Joe Pasquale stars as Frank Spencer in an all-new stage show Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em (2 to 7 July) while All Or Nothing – the Mod Musical (10 to 14 July) follows the rise and demise of the Small Faces.

A whole host of star performers will be appearing at Darlington Hippodrome and The Hullabaloo (the new 170 seat studio theatre adjacent to the Hippodrome) over the next seven months including Patrick Monahan (26 January), Jimmy Osmond (12 February), That’ll Be The Day (13 & 14 February), The Russian State Ballet of Siberia (15 to 18 February), Tom Allen (24 February), The Hallé (26 February), Tony Law (4 March), Sing-a-ling-a Beauty & The Beast (11 March), The Illegal Eagles (19 March), Stewart Lee (20 March), Madama Butterfly (21 March), Smokie (22 March), Peppa Pig and Friends (25 & 25 March), Bobby Davro and Dani Harmer in the Easter Pantomime Beauty & The Beast (2 & 3 April), Russell Watson (4 April), Rumours of Fleetwood Mac (5 April), Ken Dodd (8 April), Steve Steinman’s Meatloaf Story (9 April), The BBC Big Band (10 April), The Carpenters Story (11 April), English Youth Ballet (13 & 14 April), Jason Cooke (28 April), Liza Pulman (30 April), Brian Conley (1 May), Balletboyz (2 May), Gilbert O’Sullivan (3 May), Dinosaur World Live (4 to 6 May), Pam Ayres (5 June), Jane McDonald (7 June) and The Teletubbies (9 & 10 June). More big names and blockbuster shows are in the pipeline for 2018 and beyond. For more information and to book on line visit Darlington Hippodrome website.

Middlesbrough Theatre seasons are always packed with musical variety from start to finish and next Spring is no different. And if it’s music you’re looking for, the Linthorpe Venue has some great nights lined up! Mercury, the ultimate Queen tribute act, visits Middlesbrough Theatre on Saturday, January 27. Over 15 years on tour and winners of the National Tribute Awards, Mercury have firmly established themselves as one of the world’s most authentic tributes to Freddie Mercury and Queen. With a dynamic stage show that fully emulates the true charismatic appeal of rock’s most flamboyant front man, backed up by superbly crafted harmonies and intricate guitar work, Mercury faithfully and accurately recreate the distinctive Queen voice. The show includes fantastic and authentic performances of the most popular Queen hits, such as Bohemian Rhapsody, Radio Ga Ga, We Are The Champions, We Will Rock You and many more.

On Friday, February 16 the venue hosts Fastlove a tribute to the late great George Michael - guaranteed to put the Boom Boom into Your Heart and blow away any of the left over January blues! The show is packed with crowd-pleasing anthems, from Wham! classics of the ‘new pop’ revival to the chart topping success of the 80s album Faith, all the awesome tunes of the 90s and noughties including the irresistible Flawless. This is a spellbinding experience you don’t want to miss. You’ll be getting up (to get down) to all your favourite songs: Careless Whisper, Freedom, Faith, and many more. Relive the passion, the flare, and the unique sensitivity of George Michael in this incredible concert sensation. As the great man said: you gotta have faith.

If you are more of a Part-Time Lover or you have Superstition or just wanting to reach a Higher Ground…then Saturday, February 24 may be the date for you as the smash hit show Signed, Sealed, Delivered takes to the stage. Featuring back-to-back number ones including the Grammy award winning Master Blaster, Sir Duke, Part-Time Lover, Isn’t She Lovely and the biggest international hit of all time – I just Called To Say I Love You, plus many, many more! What’s more, to ensure we’ll have you all dancing in the aisles, our American star Lejaune André will be joined on stage by a fabulous seven-piece band, outstanding backing vocalists, and top dancers. So, get ready for the wonder that is…Signed, Sealed, Delivered. To book tickets or for more information contact the Box Office on 01642 81 51 81 or book online at the Middlesbrough Theatre website.

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