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Review: Flashdance, Sunderland Empire, until September 16

Do sparks fly in this new take on the much-loved story of welder-cum-dancer Alex Owens?

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The cast of the new tour of Shrek

Call the Midwife’s Laura Main to star in Shrek at Sunderland Empire

Casting has been announced for the new tour of Shrek The Musical which is set to take “ogre” Sunderland Empire in January.

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Glow will be staged in November

Curtain raised on new season at Arts Centre Washington

A spectacular fire dance, which will cap off an immersive performance that fuses hip hop with circus skills, is set to be one of many highlights of the new season at Arts Centre Washington.

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A previous production at Royalty Theatre

Sunderland’s Royalty Theatre raises the curtain on its new season

The Royalty Theatre has announced its programme for its 2017/18 season, which will kick off with Agatha Christie’s classic And Then There Were None.

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Chinese State Circus somersaults into Sunderland

Skilled performers will be reaching new heights as the Chinese State Circus soars in Seaburn all this week.

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Joanne Clifton in the new tour of Flashdance

What to expect from the new Flashdance tour when it comes to Sunderland Empire

Last December, more than 13.1 million people tuned in to BBC1 to see Joanne Clifton and her partner Ore Oduba lift the glitterball trophy in the final of the 2016 series of Strictly Come Dancing.


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The Futureheads

Sunderland Stages unveils autumn/winter programme

From cafes to pubs, a host of spaces across the city will be taking part in the autumn/winter season for Sunderland Stages.

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Periplums 7 Alleys performance  part of Hulls 2017 City of Culture programme. Picture by James Mulkeen

How you can be part of the launch of Sunderland’s Fire Station

Do you want to help the launch of The Fire Station be a flaming success?

The Chinese State Circus. Pictures by Dan Foster

Winners announced for Chinese State Circus competition

Fifteen Echo readers will be enjoying the high-flying spectacle of the Chinese State Circus for free after entering our competition for tickets.

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Cast members Ray Spencer, David John Hopper, Steven Lee Hamilton and  Georgia Nicholson

Lambton Worm tale to be reborn as pantomime in Customs House production

The ‘little panto with big heart’ will see some familiar faces when it is staged at The Customs House, South Shields.

A scene from End of the Pier

Review: End of the Pier, Customs House, South Shields

This week marks the second run of End of the Pier after a tour with theatre company Cloud Nine last year.

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Roll up, roll up: Win 15 pairs of tickets to the Chinese State Circus in Sunderland

Roll up, roll up, the circus is back-flipping its way to Wearside - and 15 families could be there for free.

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Crazy For You

 featuring Tom Chambers, centre. Photo Credit: The Other Richard

Win: Tickets to see Caroline Flack and Tom Chambers in Crazy for You at Newcastle Theatre Royal

A South Tyneside performer is rubbing shoulders with Love Island’s Caroline Flack and West End star Tom Chambers in a new tour of a Broadway musical.

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Young dancers Eve Harland, Chloe Carling, Lucy Ellis, Ollie Qurbani, Lea Massey, and Holly Airey, on stage at Sunderland Empire Theatre auditioning for roles in this year's panto.

Dance school kids take part in Sunderland panto auditions

Pint-sized panto hopefuls were full of beans at auditions for this year’s festive spectacular at Sunderland Empire.

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Adrian Zmed and John Partridge in La Cage Aux Folles

Review: La Cage Aux Folles, Sunderland Empire, until August 5

Ooh la la -La Cage Aux Folles is ruffling feathers all this week at the Empire.

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Brenda Edwards, centre, in the previous tour of Hairspray

WIN: Brenda Edwards on returning to Hairspray + win tickets to Sunderland Empire show

Hairspray is a show famed for its big hair - and even bigger heart – as it tackles prejudice head on with glee.

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From left to right, BBC Look North presenter Jeff Brown, ex-Sunderland AFC player David Corner and actor Paul Dunn.

Story of Sunderland Milk Cup misfortune player David Corner to tour theatres with sister play Wise Men Say

The poignant story of former Sunderland AFC player David Corner is set to hit theatres as part of a couplet of plays on the club.

One of the puppets created by Gyre and Gimble, which is part of the team behind The Hartlepool Monkey.

War Horse puppeteers take up tale of Hartlepool’s monkey

The story of the Hartlepool monkey is to be brought to life in a new show which draws on the expertise of War Horse puppeteers.

Review: Hot Potato Comedy Club, Hartlepool Town Hall Theatre

Review: Hot Potato Comedy Club, Hartlepool Town Hall Theatre

The Hot Potato Comedy Club further enhanced its reputation as one of the best nights around with yet another side-splitting evening.

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Joe McElderry. Photo by Emma Oaks.

Joe McElderry on heading home with his own tour

Joe McElderry’s planning to give north east audiences the time of their lives when he brings his new show to the region.

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