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Playhouse summer 2013
Playhouse summer 2013

From cricket to opera and everything in between – that’s what you can expect from the Alnwick Playhouse this summer.

The arts centre has just released its latest programme of events and whether you like ballet, theatre, music, film or comedy, there’s something in there for you.

Playhouse summer 2013

Playhouse summer 2013

And alongside some of the top touring productions, local artists and perfomers aren’t left out.

Community events coming up include the Northumbria Sinfonietta concert, which raises funds for the Playhouse, and the venue’s own Youth Theatre is performing Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in June followed by Cats in July.

The variety of the summer schedule is reflected towards the end of June when a performance of Slapdash Galaxy – a magical shadow puppet adventure – is followed shortly afterwards by an appearance from TV historian Dan Snow.

On the theatre front, North East playwrights Trevor Wood and Ed Waugh’s latest, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Durham, celebrating the Lindisfarne Gospels, is on in July, while The Misunderstood Mr Beeching in early September is also a celebration, of the 50th anniversary of the dreaded transport report.

There will also be live-streams from the National Theatre of Helen Mirren in The Audience and Adrian Lester as Othello.

Music comes in the form of a return from Tenors Unlimited, the Rat Pack of Opera, as well as a series of evening concerts during the Alnwick International Music Festival in early August.

There’s even something for sports fans, with In the Box, which features the raconteurs from the Test Match Special commentary box.

The Playhouse also continues to make use of its new digital projector bringing the latest in blockbuster films and live streams.

Already on the cards are Star Trek: Into Darkness and The Great Gatsby, both of which look set to be some of the biggest, most-talked-about films of the summer.

For those with a more classical taste, a number of performances from Glyndebourne are being streamed from June to August, among them Verdi’s Falstaff and Mozart’s La Nozze di Figaro.