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Watch: What to expect from Wicked at Sunderland Empire

The news that Sunderland Empire will welcome back hit musical Wicked seems to have left readers spellbound.

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Theatre announcement: Wicked to return to Sunderland Empire

Theatre announcement: Wicked to return to Sunderland Empire

Wicked will be casting its spell over Wearside once more, the Echo can exclusively reveal.

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REVIEW: The Play That Goes Wrong, Theatre Royal, Newcastle

REVIEW: The Play That Goes Wrong, Theatre Royal, Newcastle

Not for naught is the acting profession renowned for its superstition.

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The cast of Beauty and The Beast.

REVIEW: Beauty and the Beast, Westovian Theatre, South Shields, until January 21

You think it’s all over? Oh well no it isn’t, pantomime is still alive and well.

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Jarrow panto gets set for lift off with sparkling performance of Cinderella

Jarrow panto gets set for lift off with sparkling performance of Cinderella

A classic fairytale is being brought to life pantomime style with the help of a Jarrow-based theatre school.

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Former Shields Gazette and Sunderland Echo editor co-writes darkly comic play about fake news and struggling newspapers

Former Shields Gazette and Sunderland Echo editor co-writes darkly comic play about fake news and struggling newspapers

Two former journalists are putting a play about local newspapers on to the stage.

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Record numbers flock to see the ‘little panto with a big heart’

Record numbers flock to see the ‘little panto with a big heart’

A record number of theatre goers took in this year’s award-winning panto in South Tyneside.

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First look at new show set to dazzle in Sunderland

First look at new show set to dazzle in Sunderland

Here’s the first look at a new show that’s set to ruffle feathers in Sunderland.

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The Buddy Holly Story - KJohnnyW Photography

Oh Boy - The Buddy Holly Show set to rock Sunderland

Oh Boy - The Buddy Holly Story is returning to Sunderland Empire.

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David John Hopper as Arbuthnot, Doddington the Cow and Luke Maddison as Jack.

Panto favourite set to star in new show

South Tyneside’s annual panto may be coming to an end, but one of its stars has a new role to look forward to.

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The Simon and Garfunkel Story

Tickets for three Sunderland Empire shows up for grabs

Beat the January Blues with a trio of one night shows at Sunderland Empire – and you could be there for free!

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David Bowie death from liver cancer on January 10, two days after his 69th birthday and the release of his last album Blackstar.

Celebrity deaths: Famous names we have lost in 2016

The world of entertainment has been rocked by a string of high-profile deaths in 2016.
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Jack and the Beanstalk

Theatre raises the curtain on autism-friendly panto

People on the autistic spectrum can enjoy a special relaxed performance of a pantomime classic.

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Daniel Mawston, left as Widow Twanky, and Stephen Sullivan as Abanazar.

REVIEW: Aladdin, Whickham School, Gateshead

Aladdin is one of the most colourful traditional pantomimes filled with Eastern promise.

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Giovanni Pernice and Luba Mushtuk are to perform in South Shields on April 28.

Another Strictly Come Dancing star set to join Giovanni Pernice in South Shields show

Strictly Come Dancing star Giovanni Pernice is set to be joined by another dancer from the hit BBC programme in his show in South Shields next year.

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Hairspray

Theatre announcement: Hairspray heads to Sunderland Empire

Backcomb your barnet - Hairspray is returning to Sunderland Empire.

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Holmes and Watson: The Farewell Tour.

Stars to head for South Shields in 2017

A host of stars are set to strut their stuff at the Shields’ Custom House in the new year.

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Faye Tozer as the Good Fairy

FIRST REVIEW: Sleeping Beauty, Sunderland Empire, until December 31

The age old tale of good vs evil is delivered in brilliantly bonkers panto fashion in Sleeping Beauty.

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The pantomime cast.

REVIEW: Jack and the Beanstalk, Forum Theatre, Billingham

If it’s barnstorming fun, lots of audience interaction and a night of belly laughs you’re after, look no further.

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South Tyneside theatre celebrates ‘takeover’ by young artists

South Tyneside theatre celebrates ‘takeover’ by young artists

Young people took to a South Tyneside theatre’s stage to celebrate them “taking over” the arts venue in 2016.

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