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FIRST REVIEW: Sleeping Beauty, Sunderland Empire, until December 31

The age old tale of good vs evil is delivered in brilliantly bonkers panto fashion in Sleeping Beauty.

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The pantomime cast.

REVIEW: Jack and the Beanstalk, Forum Theatre, Billingham

If it’s barnstorming fun, lots of audience interaction and a night of belly laughs you’re after, look no further.

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What Sunderland can expect from brand new musical Wonderland

Venture down the rabbit hole and meet a modern-day Alice when a new musical brings Wonderland to Sunderland.
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Tom Parker

The Wanted’s Tom Parker to appear on Sunderland stage

Grease is the word for a former member of boy band The Wanted.

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Lola in character as she gets ready to play Jill in Jack and the Beanstalk.

X Factor finalist Lola ready for pantomime debut

It’s four days and counting until the curtain goes up on a glittering stage production - and singing sensation Lola Saunders can’t wait.

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Hayley Tamaddon as Roxie Hart and John Patridge as Billy Flynn in Chicago.

REVIEW: Chicago, Sunderland Empire, until Saturday, December 3

Take a deliciously dark plot, mix in sizzling choreography, sprinkle liberally with razzle dazzle - and you have the perfect Chicago cocktail.

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Sleeping Beauty at Sunderland Empire.
Faye Tozer as The Good Fairy

Seven shows to get you in the festive spirit this Christmas

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas - and to celebrate we’ve rounded up eight of the top shows to get you in the festive mood.

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Mica Paris on why she can’t wait to razzle dazzle Sunderland in Chicago

Mica Paris on why she can’t wait to razzle dazzle Sunderland in Chicago

With her sassy attitude and big voice, Mica Paris is a natural fit to play Mama Morton.

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Jerry Sadowitz

Review: Jerry Sadowitz - Newcastle Tyne Theatre

Jery Sadowitz may be the bete noire of alternative comedy but there is no way you can ignore him.

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Liam Tamne as Frank-N-Furter

REVIEW: Rocky Horror Show, Sunderland Empire, until Saturday, November 12

You can always trust a Sunderland crowd to be vocal.

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The Rocky Horror Show

Your chance to get hold of tickets for Rocky Horror in Sunderland

Dust off your suspenders and strap yourself in for a rocky ride - the cheekiest show in theatre is back in Sunderland.

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Mamma Mia! to play Sunderland for four weeks on first UK tour

Mamma Mia! to play Sunderland for four weeks on first UK tour

Dust off your satin jumpsuits - Mamma Mia! is heading to Sunderland.

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Jerry Sadowitz

Cult comic Jerry Sadowitz to play North-East date

Cult comic Jerry Sadowitz plays a North-East date at Newcastle Tyne Theatre on Friday, November 11.

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Britain's Got Talent is preparing to host auditions in the North East.

Britain's Got Talent auditions to seek out region's best entertainers

Have you got what it takes to be hailed as the UK's biggest stage star?
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Show announcement: Dirty Dancing to twirl back to Sunderland Empire

Show announcement: Dirty Dancing to twirl back to Sunderland Empire

One of the most popular shows ever staged at Sunderland Empire is coming back.

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Gareth Gates as Willard in Footloose.

REVIEW: Will Footloose at Sunderland Empire get your feet itching?

A lack of pace, a microphone gaff and some iffy American accents may have got Footloose off to a slow start - but it didn’t take long for this dance classic to find its feet.

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Jason Cook. Photo by Kevin Duffy.

REVIEW: Jason Cook's Comedy Club, The Customs House, South Shields

Jason Cook's Comedy Club celebrated its first anniversary and it's certainly a night I'll never forget.
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Gareth Gates as Willard in Footloose

Gareth Gates set to kick off his Sunday shoes in Sunderland

Gareth Gates is pulling on his cowboy boots and twirling his stetson in a foot-stomping tour of Footloose.

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X Factor's Lola Saunders is starring in panto Jack and the Beanstalk at the Forum Theatre, Billingham.

X Factor’s Lola hoping her first panto is a giant success

X Factor star Lola Saunders is excited to take on her first pantomime this Christmas.

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Mark Newnham (Dave Davies), Ryan O'Donnell (Ray Davies), Garmon Rhys (Pete Quaife) and Andrew Gallo (Mick Avory).

REVIEW: Sunny Afternoon, Sunderland Empire, Until October 8

Sunny Afternoon was so good that I could have watched it All Day and All of the Night.

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