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PREVIEW AND VIDEO: Two top musicals to hit the region next week

Priscilla Queen of the Desert (Above) is coming to the Sunderland Empire next week and The Sound of Music (below) will be coming to the Theatre Royal, Newcsatle as well.
Priscilla Queen of the Desert (Above) is coming to the Sunderland Empire next week and The Sound of Music (below) will be coming to the Theatre Royal, Newcsatle as well.

There’s certainly something for everyone next week as two major UK theatre tours are heading to the North East and we have tickets to give away for one of them.

On the tail of the August Bank Holiday Weekend, the smash hit musical Priscilla Queen of the Desert will be stopping at the Sunderland Empire as part of its new UK tour. Meanwhile, the 50th anniversary tour of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic The Sound of Music is making a stop-off across the Tyne at Newcastle’s Theatre Royal and we will be running a competition to win tickets for the show in this week’s Northumberland Gazette.

At the helm of camp classic Priscilla Queen of the Desert is Duncan James who will play the role of Tick. James is most well-known for his time as one quarter of the pop band Blue.

The musical is based on the film of the same name. It is dubbed as one of the best musical theatre experiences and follows the adventure of three drag queen friends who hop aboard a battered old bus in search of love and friendship and end up finding more than they could have ever dreamed of.

This jukebox musical is full of dancefloor classics including I Will Survive, Say a Little Prayer, Go West, Hot Stuff, Boogie Wonderland and Always on My Mind.

Tickets for Priscilla Queen of the Desert will start from £12.50 plus fees and can be purchased online.

From September 1, The Sound of Music will return to the Theatre Royal to celebrate the Theatre Royal in September to celebrate the Hollywood film’s 50th anniversary.

Playing the iconic role of Maria von Trapp in this new production is Danielle Hope, who captured the hearts of the country when she won BBC Television’s Over the Rainbow and made her professional debut as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz at the London Palladium.

She has even starred alongside Alnwick’s Daniel Hope (no relation) in a pantomime production at Birmingham Hippodrome.

The role of Captain von Trapp is played by stage and television star Steven Houghton. Well-known for his longstanding television roles in Coronation Street and London’s Burning, Olivier-Award nominated actor Steven has taken on leading roles in Spend Spend Spend, Blood Brothers, White Christmas, Martin Guerre and Grease.

We will be running a competition in this week’s Northumberland Gazette to win a pair of tickets for The Sound of Music plus a signed poster from the cast. Just pick up a copy of the paper on Thursday and fill in the form before Tuesday, September 1, for a chance to win tickets.

Tickets for the show start from £14.50 and children get £5 off all performances (restrictions apply), you can also get tickets from their website.