A SOUTH Tyneside theatre is gearing up for a bumper autumn season.
The Customs House in Mill Dam, South Shields is welcoming a host of big stars and big shows.
South Shields comedian Sarah Millican is returning home for a sold-out run of her latest stand up show, Home Bird on September 19.
Also making an appearance is author and women’s rights activist Germaine Greer with her show The Disappearing Woman, on September 18.
Former Poet Laureate Sir Andrew Motion is visiting with his aptly-named show The Customs House on October 10; The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin writer David Nobbs is hosting ‘An Evening With’ show on October 19 and former London Mayor Ken Livingstone is calling at the venue for ‘An Audience With’ on October 24.
Other star-studded shows are Cissie and Ada – An Hysterical Rectomy on September 30 and Dirty Dusting, which runs from October 22 to 23.
Cissie and Ada sees Les Dawson and Roy Barraclough’s much-loved and iconic characters brought to life in this dazzling new comedy starring Coronation Street’s Eric Potts, who played Diggory, and Steve Arnold, who played the ever-suffering Ashley Peacock, and Spitting Image’s ‘Margaret Thatcher’, Steve Nallon.
Benidorm and I’m A Celebrity star, Crissy Rock, TV’s Hebburn’s Pat Dunn and Customs House favourite Leah Bell star in a hilarious new production of South Shields playwright Ed Waugh and Trevor Wood’s Dirty Dusting.
Comedy The Dark Side of the Half Moon is back by popular demand from September 11 to 14, award-winning writer Amy Mackelden’s show Retail about customer service good and bad is on from September 17 to 18, and By The Pricking of My Thumbs with all of Shakespeare’s nastiest bits, runs from September 25 to 27.
Award-winning comedy and Edinburgh Festival Fringe hit I Spy Mrs Peery, about nosey neighbours, is at the venue on October 16.
Side-splitting new comedy Burt and Joyce comes to the Customs House on November 1, the spine-chilling Ghost Ship is on November 7, and part stand-up, part storytelling show The Price of Everything, comes to the venue on November 14.
Other shows include the return of Assault on the Tyne with comedy, music and mayhem from October 4 to 6 , My Stepson Stole My Sonic Screwdriver, inspired by an obsession with Doctor Who, on October 4, Under Us All – a free show about the history of an Irish family in Hebburn on November 8, beautiful ballet The Nutcracker on October 29, children’s show The Boy Who Cried Wolf on October 27 and songs, stories and films about the shipyards in the hugely popular Men of the Tyne on October 15.
A host of tribute acts are also calling at the venue.
Acts will be celebrating Queen on October 19, Elvis on November 8, The Beatles on October 25, Michael Buble on October 9 and Dolly Parton on October 27.
Other shows include The Counterfeit Sixties on September 20, Memories are Made of This from October 1 to 3, Broadway and Beyond on September 21 and a Feast of Gilbert and Sullivan on October 18.
Other music includes Customs House favourites Encore from November 19 10 23, guitarist Frank Vignola on October 10, Foster and Allen on November 6, lead singer of 1960s pop band Amen Corner Andy Fairweather Low on October 30 and Pal of My Cradle Days songstress Ann Breen on October 17.
The season is gearing up towards the festive pantomimes Cinderella, running from November 28 to January 5, next year, and Santa’s Naughty Elf and The Magical Snow Adventure, from December 14 to 24.
Ticket for all shows are on sale now. To book, go to www.customshouse.co.uk or call the box office on 454 1234.
You can also follow the theatre on Twitter @thecustomshouse