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7 shows to see in the next 7 days, including ones by Bad Company, Nickelback, the Manfreds, Sleaford Mods and Heaven 17

Here’s our 42nd round-up of this year of concerts, plays and other shows on in the North East over the next seven days.

Northumberland Theatre Company and Bijli Productions production of
written and devised by Umar Ahmed and Manjot Sumal
directed by Umar Achmed
designed by Michelle Huitson

Bollywood takes to stage

A theatre company is returning to touring with a new production.

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Ryan O'Donnell as Ray Davies in Sunny Afternoon.

REVIEW: Sunny Afternoon, Sunderland Empire, until Saturday (Oct 8)

The '60s were tumultuous times in the music industry, epitomised by the story of British rockers The Kinks.

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Gemma Hutchinson

Drama student’s success

A drama student from Blyth is fulfilling her acting dreams by studying at an internationally famous academy in New York City, and it’s all thanks to the generosity of a north east charitable trust.


80s legends back to sing

Eurovision legends will be hitting the right note with fans when they perform in Blyth at the beginning of next month.


New play from theatre group on tour

A new play from Northumberland Theatre Company (NTC)will be on stage in Stakeford next month.

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Practically Perfect - Zizi Strallen as Mary Poppins, Madeline as Jane Banks and Colby Mulgrew as Michael Banks.

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

Magical, colourful, spectacular, imaginative, magnificent, dazzling - there simply aren’t enough superlatives in the English language to describe the latest staging of the enduring musical Mary Poppins.

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Funding boost for touring theatre

A touring theatre company has received a funding boost.

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The HandleBards.

Re-cycling Shakespeare

There’s much going on at a Northumberland landmark as bikers bring the Bard to Blagdon.

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Record numbers at Punch Drunk comedy nights in June

A grand time for Punch Drunk gigs

Four Northumberland communities turned out in force in support of a beloved local project.

The chorus line of That's Entertainment!

REVIEW: That's Entertainment!, Newcastle Theatre Royal, until Saturday, July 9

When all was said and done, dazzled and sung, pranced and flung, this was a pretty mixed-up show!
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The Overtones

PREVIEW: The Overtones in That's Entertainment!, Newcastle Theatre Royal

Popular vocal harmony group The Overtones will swing into the North East this week in a song-and-dance spectacular.

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The von Trapp family in the Sound of Music at Sunderland Empire. Picture by Mark Yeoman

REVIEW: the Sound of Music, Sunderland Empire, until June 25

The seats were alive with the sound of music as the first night this musical hit went down a storm with the audience.

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Seaton Delaval Pantomime Society.

Chance to join society’s pantomime cast line-up

It’s never too early to prepare for panto season – oh no it isn’t.

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Live streams in summer series

Live streams in summer series

Operatic masterpieces, classic Shakespeare and the ‘King of the Waltz’ are just some of the events being brought to Vue Cramlington by live streams this summer.

Andy Hockley as Grandpa Potts during the song The Roses Of Success.

REVIEW: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Theatre Royal Newcastle, until June 12

It was one of the most iconic, loved and memorable films of my childhood.
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Carrie Hope Fletcher (Truly Scrumptious) and Lee Mead (Caractacus Potts) in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang soars into Toon

One of the world's most iconic cars flies into the North East today in top gear for a fantasmagorical few days of fun.

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Lucy Kay as the Narrator

REVIEW: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Sunderland Empire, until Saturday

X Factor winner Joe McElderry and Britain's Got Talent runner-up Lucy Kay showed their true colours at the Sunderland Empire last night.
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Joe McElderry and Lucy Kay in a scene from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

X Factor Joe back on stage in the North East

X Factor winner Joe McElderry returns to the North East this week in his critically-acclaimed title role in the show Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
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