What to expect from the new season at Durham Gala Theatre

Coal marks the 30th anniversary of the end of the Miners' Strike
Coal marks the 30th anniversary of the end of the Miners' Strike

The Gala Theatre Durham has raised the curtain on its autumn season.

Continuing the venue’s Somme commemorations, The Fighting Bradfords will be staged from September 8-17 which explores the lives of Roland, George, James and Thomas Bradford - the most celebrated brothers in British military service.

English Touring Opera - Xerxes

English Touring Opera - Xerxes

Sticking with biographical tales, Nottingham Playhouse Theatre Company’s Tony’s Last Tape arrives on October 7, following a successful London and Edinburgh Festival run. This new play is based on the diaries of Tony Benn, one of Britain’s most respected, divisive and celebrated politicians.

On Friday October 28, the critically-acclaimed, illuminating portrayal of women in prison, Key Change from Open Clasp Theatre Company, comes to the theatre.

Following previous productions of Teechers and Not About Heroes, Blackeyed Theatre will return to the Gala Theatre with Frankenstein (October 17 and 18).

A host of stand-up comedy also comes to the stage this season starting with star of Rev. - and host of The News Quiz - Miles Jupp who brings his Songs Of Freedom tour to the Gala Theatre on September 24.

The line-up continues with writer of popular BBC show Outnumbered Andy Hamilton on October 5 and host of BBC Radio 4’s The Big Society Marcus Brigstocke stops by with his show Why The Long Face? on October 6.

Music fans are sure to be entertained with a wide-range of acts performing at the venue throughout the season. Grammy-nominated vocalist Stacey Kent (October 4) brings her jazz-classics to Durham and a brand new theatre experience You’ve Got a Friend (October 9) celebrates two of the world’s all-time greatest songwriters – James Taylor and Carole King.

The Lindisfarne Story (October 30) sees Ray Laidlaw and Billy Mitchell perform a string of Lindisfarne’s most unforgettable hits and the multi-award winning a cappella group The Sons Of Pitches (November 1) bring their impeccable harmonies and sensational beat-boxing to the theatre.

And with a career spanning over 40 years, Midge Ure comes to Durham on November 5 as part of his Something From Everything tour, a show that covers at least one song from every album he has released.

There’s a double-bill of opera on November 14 and 15 with English Touring Opera performing the heart-warming Xerxes and, one of the certain masterpieces

of Venice’s glory days, Ulysses’ Homecoming on respective dates.

Those interested in contemporary dance may want to see Coal which graces the stage from November 10-11. This powerful and emotive piece marks the 30th anniversary of the end of the Miners’ Strike and explores the darker underbelly of the mining industry through the expression of contemporary dance.

To view the full programme visit www.galadurham.co.uk or contact the Box Office on 03000 266 600.