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Eight great things to do in the North East this weekend and beyond

From waltzing to Wonderland, there’s a host of events taking place across the region in the coming days to keep you entertained.

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Gary Barlow and Tim Firth with the cast of Calendar Girls

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.

Silk Road will be staged next month

Bitcoin-funded play to be staged at North East theatre

Alex Oates’ Silk Road, the first play to be funded by cryptocurrency Bitcoin, visits Live Theatre, Newcastle next month.

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The Westovian Theatre Society cast in new show Aladdin. Picture: D�jan Ease and Beth Haynes.

Beat the January blues with a dazzling performance of Aladdin

Panto fans can expect to be dazzled by the Westovians new show Aladdin which kicks off this week.

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Muhammad Ali in South Shields in 1977.

New play to celebrate famous year Muhammad Ali and the Queen came to South Shields

A new play inspired by arguably the greatest year in South Tyneside’s history is seeking people from the borough to be a part of it.

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.

Adam Rowe brings his Unbearable show to The Customs House on Thursday, January 18

Comedy shows to ensure 2018 kicks off with laughter in South Shields

Theatre-goers in South Tyneside are set to kick-off 2018 with laughter as a host of comedy shows come to a popular venue.

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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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Johnny Vegas poses with Amy Hallett in the Iona Club.

TV star Johnny Vegas makes surprise appearance in Hebburn club

It was a case of Viva Las Vegas for club regulars in Hebburn as a top comedian made a surprise appearance.

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Philip Meeks as Dame Trott and David Barrett as Jack with customer service advisors Joanne Herrick and Paul Wolfe at South Hylton Metro station.

Free Metro and Shields Ferry travel for Sunderland Empire panto-goers

The countdown to panto fun has officially begun as the cast of Jack and the Beanstalk arrived in Sunderland for rehearsals at the weekend.

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