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Comedy club to get audiences giggling again with autumn shows

Warm laughter is planned with the launch of a entertainment night’s new season.

The Wipers Times is in Newcastle next month

Oscar winner David Parfitt on The Wipers Times and backing Sunderland’s Culture 2021 bid

It’s hard to believe that amidst the unimaginable horror of the WWI trenches there was laughter.

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Joanne Clifton as Alex Owens

Review: Flashdance, Sunderland Empire, until September 16

Do sparks fly in this new take on the much-loved story of welder-cum-dancer Alex Owens?

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Joanne Clifton in the new tour of Flashdance

What to expect from the new Flashdance tour when it comes to Sunderland Empire

Last December, more than 13.1 million people tuned in to BBC1 to see Joanne Clifton and her partner Ore Oduba lift the glitterball trophy in the final of the 2016 series of Strictly Come Dancing.


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A scene from End of the Pier

Review: End of the Pier, Customs House, South Shields

This week marks the second run of End of the Pier after a tour with theatre company Cloud Nine last year.

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Adrian Zmed and John Partridge in La Cage Aux Folles

Review: La Cage Aux Folles, Sunderland Empire, until August 5

Ooh la la -La Cage Aux Folles is ruffling feathers all this week at the Empire.

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Brenda Edwards, centre, in the previous tour of Hairspray

WIN: Brenda Edwards on returning to Hairspray + win tickets to Sunderland Empire show

Hairspray is a show famed for its big hair - and even bigger heart – as it tackles prejudice head on with glee.

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From left to right, BBC Look North presenter Jeff Brown, ex-Sunderland AFC player David Corner and actor Paul Dunn.

Story of Sunderland Milk Cup misfortune player David Corner to tour theatres with sister play Wise Men Say

The poignant story of former Sunderland AFC player David Corner is set to hit theatres as part of a couplet of plays on the club.

One of the puppets created by Gyre and Gimble, which is part of the team behind The Hartlepool Monkey.

War Horse puppeteers take up tale of Hartlepool’s monkey

The story of the Hartlepool monkey is to be brought to life in a new show which draws on the expertise of War Horse puppeteers.

Review: Hot Potato Comedy Club, Hartlepool Town Hall Theatre

Review: Hot Potato Comedy Club, Hartlepool Town Hall Theatre

The Hot Potato Comedy Club further enhanced its reputation as one of the best nights around with yet another side-splitting evening.

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Hospital DJ Ivan Brackenbury, played by Tom Binns.

Comedian to give DJ character a spin at night of laughs

A comedian who led a cast of characters in a prime-time show filmed at Hartlepool’s hospital is to take to the stage in town this weekend.

Joe McElderry. Photo by Emma Oaks.

Joe McElderry on heading home with his own tour

Joe McElderry’s planning to give north east audiences the time of their lives when he brings his new show to the region.

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London Cast  2017/2018. Kate Graham is far left.

Hartlepool actress is a dancing queen in West End musical

A Hartlepool actress is proving to be a dancing queen on the West End stage.

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JANE EYRE UK Tour 2017Royal National Theatre

REVIEW: Jane Eyre, Theatre Royal Newcastle, until Saturday, July 8

An evening with Jane Eyre is like catching up over a cuppa with an old friend.

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Dirty Dancing is at the Empire all this week

REVIEW: Dirty Dancing, Sunderland Empire, until Saturday, July 1

Nobody puts Baby in the corner, but what about Johnny?

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JANE EYRE UK Tour 2017Royal National Theatre

Win: Two pairs of tickets to Jane Eyre, Theatre Royal Newcastle

An inventive take on one of the greatest novels of all time is coming to Newcastle Theatre Royal – and you could be there for free.

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What a feeling! Flashdance announces one-week run at Sunderland Empire

Dust off your leg warmers! Flashdance - The Musical is coming to town.

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Planet Circus are in Seaburn

10 Things to do in the North East this weekend and beyond

From death-defying stunts to swinging Sixties nostalgia, there’s plenty of events and gigs taking place in the region this weekend and beyond.

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Dreamboats and Petticoats is in the region next week

Win: Three pairs of tickets to Dreamboats and Petticoats at Sunderland Empire

Be transported back to the Swinging ‘60s when hit musical Dreamboats and Petticoats heads back to Sunderland Empire.


Theatre announcement: Prince musical to play Sunderland Empire

The music of the late great Prince will be celebrated in a new musical coming to Sunderland Empire.

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