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Lost Voice Guy comedian aims to inspire new generation of disabled performers

A voiceless comedian who performs using an iPad is hoping to inspire others to achieve their dreams.
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Sarah Martin in Stand By Me

WIN: Tickets to Drifters musical Stand By Me at Sunderland Empire

When The Drifters came into Sarah Martin’s drama school to do a music masterclass she never imagined it would lead to her starring in a musical about their life.

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A scene from Mr Corvan's Music Hall

Play about the man who started the ‘monkey hanger myth ‘ to tour North East

A play about a North East musical star who started Hartlepool’s monkey legend is about to embark on a tour of the region.

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Jarrow Musical Theatre Company

Theatre company set to stage cut-throat production

A theatre company is gearing up for a production - and some cut throat competition.

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Sunderland Empire's Gangsta Granny
Front from left dancer's Rhiane Finley and Alex Pattinson
Back from left Ben's parents Rachel Stanley and Benedict Martin

Sunderland dancers bring David Walliams’ best-selling book alive on Empire stage

Sunderland dancers are helping to bring alive one of David Walliams’ best-selling books.

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Gangsta Granny (Gilly Tompkins) and Ben (Ashley Cousins).

REVIEW: Gangsta Granny, Sunderland Empire until Sunday, May 14

Meet Gangsta Granny - the coolest Black Cat in Sunderland!

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John Cooper Clarke

Punk poet John Cooper Clarke heads to Durham

One of the UK’s most recognisable performance poets is set to entertain audiences at the Gala Theatre, Durham, this weekend.

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Some of the drama students from Sunderland University who will be taking over the Arts Centre Washington for Sunfest

Sunderland students take over arts venue for month of plays

City students are taking over an arts venue for a month of critically-acclaimed plays.

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Grease is at Sunderland Empire until Saturday, May 6.

Review: Grease, Sunderland Empire

Whatever your opinion of Grease, it really is one of the classics.

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Chris Ramsey at the Metro Radio Arena

Chris Ramsey on his biggest gig to date + win Newcastle Arena tickets

“It’s taken me 10 years to go two-and-a-half minutes down the road,” joked Chris Ramsey about his road to comedy fame, which has seen him go from playing his first ever gig at the Dog and Parrot pub in 2007 to headlining Newcastle Arena, just a stone’s throw away.

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Claire Pickersgill of the Sundrland Empire, handing out chocolate cakes to the first in the queue for Matilda tickets this morning

Queues form at Sunderland Empire as Matilda the Musical tickets go on sale

Fans eager to get their hands on tickets for the best seats in the house at Matilda The Musical were given a treat worthy of Bruce Bogtrotter.

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Jason Manford

Jason Manford announces Sunderland Empire tour date

Comedian Jason Manford has added a Sunderland date to his forthcoming tour as he returns to stand up.

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New play heading to Washington challenges stereotypes of ADHD

New play heading to Washington challenges stereotypes of ADHD

A new play which challenge stereotypes with a curious, comic and candid look at ADHD, mental health and diagnosis in the 21st century comes to Arts Centre

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Joe McElderry to bring Christmas cheer to the region with seasonal performance of Joseph

Singing star Joe McElderry will be coming home for Christmas with Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time UK Tour

Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time returns to North East

The National Theatre’s multi award-winning production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is set to return to Newcastle Theatre Royal.

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India Brown as Lilly in Running Wild

WIN: Family tickets to see Running Wild on stage

Children’s adventure tale Running Wild will spring to life on the Theatre Royal Newcastle stage next month – and you and your family could be there for free.

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The cast of All or Nothing outside Sunderland Empire. Pictured are, from the left, Fran Dearlove, Daisy Darvill, Carol Harrison and Katie Faye. Picture: TOM BANKS

Small Faces roll into Sunderland for All or Nothing

The streets of Sunderland welcomed a mob of Mods and a swath of scooters to herald the arrival of Small Faces musical All or Nothing.

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All or Nothing is in Sunderland next week

WIN: Tickets to Small Faces musical at Sunderland Empire

A musical which tells the story of how The Small Faces rocketed to fame is coming to Sunderland – and you could be there for free.

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Michael Brown, centre

Budding Sunderland theatre star leaps into the spotlight

A former Sunderland College student who is making leaps and bounds in the performing arts industry returned to the classroom to share some of his skills with aspiring starlets.

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Theatre announcement: West End smash Matilda to play Sunderland Empire on first UK tour

West End hit Matilda will be performed at Sunderland Empire as part of its first ever UK tour, the Echo can reveal.

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