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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?
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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The late comedian Victoria Wood. Pic: Steve Parsons/PA.

Late comic Victoria Wood's brother defends book which calls her 'fat and unhappy'

Victoria Wood's brother has defended his decision to publish a "warts-and-all" biography of his late sister - denying he is betraying her.
John Bishop will bring his Winging It tour to the North East next year.

Scouse comic superstar John Bishop announces North East dates

Comedy superstar John Bishop is returning to the North East with his new live show, Winging It.
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Andy Moss as Sam and Sarah Harding as Molly in Ghost.

REVIEW: Ghost, Sunderland Empire, Until October 1

One of the most romantic films ever comes to the stage with a musical makeover.

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Mrs Brown's Boys is returning to the North East for a new live show.

Mrs Brown's Boys is returning to the North East

Award-winning comedy series Mrs Brown's Boys is returning to the North East with a new live show, it was announced today.

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Hartlepool Town Hall Theatre.

Pay what you want! Hartlepool theatre launches initiative

Hartlepool theatre-goers are certain to get value for money next week – as they pay what they feel a show is worth.

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Comedian Bobby Mair.

Promise of laughter as TV names take to the stage at comedy night

Comedy fans are in for a treat as a host of TV funnymen head for Hartlepool.

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Sarah Harding and Andy Moss in Ghost. Photos by Matt Martin.

Sarah Harding on swapping pop hits for pottery in Ghost ahead of Sunderland show

Q:How exciting is it to be making your stage debut in Ghost - The Musical?

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Laura Lonsdale as Rita and Sean Kenney as Frank.

REVIEW: Educating Rita, The Customs House, South Shields, Until September 17

Sharp-witted and charming, Educating Rita is sure to entertain you.

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Why The Tempest is set to cause a storm in Sunderland

Love, laughter and lavish sets combine in a new production of The Tempest which is set to soar in Sunderland next month.

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Step In Time. Zizi Strallen as Mary Poppins and the company.

REVIEW: Mary Poppins, Theatre Royal, Newcastle, Until October 29

Mary Poppins is an explosion of colour and fun.

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Jamie Brown in The Fighting Bradfords.

REVIEW: The Fighting Bradfords, Gala Theatre, Durham, Until September 17

“Is it enough just to exist? What do you care about, what would you fight for?”

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Sister Act is at the Sunderland Empire.

REVIEW: Sister Act, Sunderland Empire, Until September 10

Divine musical comedy Sister Act has been given a dramatic overhaul by Craig Revel Horwood.

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Chris Ramsey will perform at the Metro Radio Arena for the first time.

North East comic Chris Ramsey is coming home for arena debut

North East funnyman Chris Ramsey will be back on home turf next year.

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