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Locks to look forward to as Hairspray bounces back to city

Newcastle Theatre Royal audiences can prepare themselves for a week of beautifully coiffed fun once again as the crowning glory of feel-good musicals Hairspray returns to the city next week from Monday, June 25 to Saturday, June 30.

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Moana at Disney on Ice.

Disney on Ice back in Newcastle this October

Audiences will set sail with the wayfinder Moana as she makes her European debut live on ice in Disney On Ice presents Dream Big.

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Bill Hugonin, the first chairman of trustees of the Alnwick Playhouse.

How a passion for arts led to a ‘crazy idea’ for Alnwick

Interview with Bill Hugonin, who had a vision of converting a former cinema in Alnwick into a community arts centre and his views on the new plans for Alnwick Playhouse.

Gangsta Granny by Birmingham Stage Company.

REVIEW: Gangsta Granny, Theatre Royal, until Saturday, September 2

David Walliams' Gangsta Granny is one of those shows that really does appeal to all ages - even little ones.

Andrew Fletcher (Carter), Susan Joyce (Maxine/Martine), Emily Deck (Emma) and Peter Biggers (Ashley) in Alnwick Theatre  Club's production of According to Rumour at Alnwick Playhouse.

REVIEW: According to Rumour, Alnwick Theatre Club, Alnwick Playhouse, until Saturday, May 12

Farce is one of the hardest theatrical genres to pull off – especially for an amateur dramatics group.

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REVIEW: Matilda the Musical (UK Tour), Sunderland Empire, until Saturday, June 2

I joined the queue outside the Sunderland Empire along with an even mix of excitable children, mainly young girls, and less-enthralled adults wondering whether this show was going to be for me!
Alnwick Theatre  Club present According to Rumour at Alnwick Playhouse.

Rumour has it that theatre club has a top-class farce on its hands

Alnwick Theatre Club will take to the Playhousestage this week with its latest production, According To Rumour.

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Alnwick Playhouse manager Jo Potts with the last programme to be printed before the refurbishment break.  Picture by Jane Coltman

Alnwick Playhouse reveals final programme before it shuts for redevelopment

The Alnwick Playhouse has revealed its final programme before it closes for a year for redevelopment, essential maintenance work and conversion into a community hub.

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Questions about the Playhouse Development Project answered

For years, the small team of Playhouse staff and volunteers have delivered the artistic programme while struggling with the state of the building. It has now deteriorated into a state which requires a large capital investment.


Curtain up on Alnwick Playhouse campaign to raise £800,000

Around 35 years ago, a community group launched an audacious bid to raise half-a-million pounds to transform the then-dilapidated former cinema in Alnwick.

From left: David McCarthy and Louis Roberts, in Lancelot Errington and his Nevvy Mark and the taking of Lindisfarne Castle. Picture by Keith Pattison

REVIEW: The Disasters of Johnny Armstrong and Other Daft Tales, Northumberland Theatre Company, Bamburgh Pavilion

It’s been a time of upheaval for the renowned Northumberland Theatre Company (NTC), after recently upping sticks from Alnwick Playhouse – their home of many years – and moving to Amble’s Dovecote Centre.

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Tickets for James Martin's latest tour go on sale on Friday.

TV chef James Martin to visit North East on upcoming UK tour

Superstar chef and TV personality James Martin is visiting the North East as part of his autumn tour of the UK.

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REVIEW: The Jungle Book, Theatre Royal, Newcastle, until March 31

There's a whole lot of monkeying around on the stage at Newcastle's Theatre Royal this week.

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Tritlington and Coquetdale Young Farmers panto

Young farmers join forces

It’s been a busy year already for Tritlington Young Farmers’ Club.

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Treasure Island was pure gold

Treasure Island was pure gold

REVIEW: Alnwick Playhouse Youth Theatre – Minis, performed Treasure Island, at Alnwick Playhouse, on Saturday, March 17.

Alnwick Stage Musical Society's My Fair Lady.

‘Abso-blooming-lutely brilliant showcase from musical society

It always astounds me that there is so much theatrical talent in Alnwick and the surrounding areas.


REVIEW: Jersey Boys - Sunderland Empire, until Saturday, March 31

Oh what a night, late March, back in twenty eighteen, what a very special time for me ... it doesn't quite have the same ring to it!

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ASMS - Anthony Stoker, Leonie Dial and Stuart Archer.

‘With a Little Bit of Luck’ society has another hit set for the stage

The final touches are being made as Alnwick Stage Musical Society (ASMS) gets set for its annual production next week.

Portable Theatre Company staged Steel Magnolia

Theatre company aims to build on its success with a new production

A North Northumberland-based theatre company is capitalising on last summer’s sell-out production to stage another play.

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One Man Shoe Main Pic

Silent show promises a host of family fun

A family show for all ages will be staged in Thropton tomorrow (Friday).

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