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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.

Jack and the Beanstalk panto at Gala Theatre Durham

Jack & the Beanstalk sets giant record at Durham Gala Theatre

Durham’s Gala Theatre is celebrating the bestselling show in its history.

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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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Kamal Kaan and Rohit Gokani - photo by Dave Charnley

Part play, part cookery show promises to spice up Sunderland diners’ lives

Treat your tastebuds to a theatrical feast with a show that’s part play, part cookery demonstration.

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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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Scaffolding has been in place to repair the Tower

New bistro to open as part of £500,000 investment at Sunderland Empire

The Sunderland Empire is ushering in a new era with a half a million pound investment which will see the creation of an on-site bistro.

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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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A collection of cast members from Cinderella by Phoenix Productions.

Cinderella’s cast plans to have a ball with dance school

A theatre group has teamed up with a dance group for its next panto performance.

L to R:  Karl Herbert as Prince Charming, Emma Scott as Cinderella, Joe Coulson as Buttons, and Adam Donald as Stottie the cat

Theatre group to stage North East Cinderella

Thought panto season was over? Oh no it isn’t!

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Beyonce on the Formation World tour

From Beyoncé to Billy Elliot - 6 of the best moments from 2016

From one of the world’s biggest stars to the revival of a Madchester institution - it’s been a big year for entertainment in Sunderland.

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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.
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.


Theatre announcement: Hairspray heads to Sunderland Empire

Backcomb your barnet - Hairspray is returning to Sunderland Empire.

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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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Luna Petrucci pictured with Amy-Leigh Hickman (Briar Rose), Bobby Crush (Nurse Nelly) and Andrew Agnew (Silly Billy) from Sleeping Beauty who will perform at Sunderland Empire from 9 - 31 December 2016.

Sunderland toddler who survived heart operation inspires Empire donations

Little Luna Petrucci, who underwent life-saving treatment to repair two holes in her heart, was on hand to launch Sunderland Empire’s charity for 2017.

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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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Sleeping Beauty panto rehearsals
Faye Tozer as The Good Fairy

Sunderland Empire pantomime cast prepare for opening night

Yule love Sleeping Beauty - say the cast of this year’s Sunderland Empire pantomime.

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