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Gary Barlow’s Calendar Girls to play Sunderland Empire

Make a date for your diary when Fern Britton heads up an all-star cast for Calendar Girls’ return to the Sunderland Empire.

John Bishop will be in Sunderland this weekend

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

From a controversial comic to high-flying motocross, there’s a host of events to banish your January blues taking place in the coming weeks.

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Laura Main in Shrek. Photos by Helen Maybanks

Call the Midwife star Laura Main on heading to Sunderland with Shrek the Musical

Laura Main’s swapping midwifery for monsters in her new role and she couldn’t be happier about the unusual job swap.

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Nights on Broadway - the Bee Gees Story

Win five pairs of tickets to five Sunderland Empire shows

A host of one-night spectaculars are set to hit the Sunderland Empire stage this month – and we have a pair of tickets to give away to each show.

File picture of Adam Thomas, as pantomime fans were left outraged after the last performances of Jack And The Beanstalk, featuring former the Emmerdale star in the title role, were cancelled at the last minute. Picture by Ian West/PA Wire

Anger after North East pantomime featuring Emmerdale star Adam Thomas closes down early without warning

Pantomime fans were left outraged after the last performances of Jack And The Beanstalk were cancelled at the last minute.
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A scene from the new episodes of The League Of Gentlemen. (Photo: BBC).

League of Gentlemen add extra Sunderland date to tour

An extra Wearside date has been added to the League of Gentlemen tour to meet demand.

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Joe McElderry stars in Joseph at the Metro Radio Arena.

Review: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor® Dreamcoat, Metro Radio Arena, until December 31

He's back home for Christmas and Joe McElderry superfans are loving it.
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Daisy the Cow, David Barrett and Charlie Guest

REVIEW: Jack and the Beanstalk, Sunderland Empire, until January 7

I think my ears may still be ringing from this year’s pantomime at Sunderland Empire.

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(C) BBC - Photographer: Ben Blackall

League of Gentlemen tour to make debut in Sunderland

Cult comedy The League of Gentlemen will kick off its first UK theatre tour in more than 12 years in Sunderland next summer.

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Sing-a-long with The Muppets

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

From pantomimes to muppets - there’s plenty going on in the region to keep you entertained this weekend.

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Peter Kay has cancelled his upcoming live tour.

Peter Kay cancels UK tour due to 'unforeseen family circumstances'

Peter Kay's first live stand-up tour in eight years has been cancelled because of "unforeseen family circumstances", the comedian said in a statement.
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Ovo by Cirque Du Soleil

Cirque Du Soleil announce string of North East dates with Ovo show

The magic of Cirque Du Soleil will return to the North East next year.

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Legally Blonde, starring Lucie Jones. Photos by Robert Workman

What to expect from Legally Blonde at Sunderland Empire

Oh my god you guys – prepare for more pink, more glitter and more fabulousness than the film when Legally Blonde heads to the Sunderland stage.

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Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean. Picture: Trevor Leighton.

Torvill and Dean on skating to the North East with Dancing on Ice tour

Audiences will be able to wrap up warm and experience the spectacle of Dancing on Ice live when it zooms into the North East next year.

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The full cast

Review: Peter Pan at the Theatre Royal Newcastle

Producer, writer and director Michael Harrison has created yet another record breaking panto that is packed with fun and dancing and a good few explosions and soakings along the way.
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The cast of Cinderella, at the Billingham Forum Theatre. Picture by FRANK REID

It’s panto time! And it promises to be a hit at the Forum

A star-studded pantomime looks set to be another hit - oh yes it is!


Game of Thrones star narrates dazzling retelling of Rumpelstiltskin in North East-made film

A gripping film telling the backstory to a mysterious fairy tale character has been put together in the North East - and you can watch it for free.
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Robinson Crusoe at Gala Theatre, Durham

Review: Robinson Crusoe, Gala Theatre, Durham, until January 6

Local boys Paul Hartley and Neil Armstrong are back in charge for this year’s Gala show, and it is their most ambitious yet.

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Chris Ramsey at the Metro Radio Arena

Chris Ramsey announces North East tour dates

South Shields comedian Chris Ramsey has announced a new tour for 2018, culminating in a headline slot at Metro Radio Arena.

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Blood Brothers

Review: Blood Brothers, Sunderland Empire, until Saturday, December 2

Musicals aren’t usually known for their Shakespearean levels of tragic storytelling.

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