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Tommy Steele on returning to the Sunderland Empire in Glenn Miller musical

Entertainer Tommy Steele returns to Sunderland Empire next month 60 years to the date of his first stage appearance.

Pictures by Stagedoor Photography

Elf the musical to sprinkle festive magic in Washington

The Rainbow Youth Theatre will bring to life a classic tale next week.

Peter Pan at The Royalty Theatre
From left Wendy played by Lauryn Wiscombe and Peter played by Elyse Eleanor

Peter Pan to fly into Sunderland theatre

A classic story will be brought to life in all its high-flying glory at The Royalty Theatre next week.

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Fiona Evans, pictured by Susan MacDonald.

Sunderland writer seeks views of those who voted for Brexit

An award-winning Sunderland playwright is seeking out Mackems who voted for Brexit as she works on her next play.

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Sunderland’s Stadium of Light to host Christmas pantomime

Sunderland’s Stadium of Light to host Christmas pantomime

Can these witches and wizards cast a good luck spell at the Stadium of Light?

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Faust by Southpaw Dance Company

Flaming Faust roars into Sunderland car park

‘Flaming Nora, how did they do that’, I said to my friend as the talented troupe from Southpaw Dance Company leapt through fire without so much as a flinch.
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Scene from Disney on Ice presents Frozen

REVIEW: Disney on Ice presents Frozen, Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle

Thaw blimey, what a show!
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Melissa Fleming is making her professional debut as Cinderella in panto at Kings Lynn Corn Exchange.

Melissa’s becoming a panto princess for professional debut

Melissa Fleming is being transformed into a princess as she makes her professional debut in pantomime.

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Britain's Got Talent is preparing to host auditions in the North East.

Britain's Got Talent auditions to seek out region's best entertainers

Have you got what it takes to be hailed as the UK's biggest stage star?
Show announcement: Dirty Dancing to twirl back to Sunderland Empire

Show announcement: Dirty Dancing to twirl back to Sunderland Empire

One of the most popular shows ever staged at Sunderland Empire is coming back.

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Gareth Gates as Willard in Footloose.

REVIEW: Will Footloose at Sunderland Empire get your feet itching?

A lack of pace, a microphone gaff and some iffy American accents may have got Footloose off to a slow start - but it didn’t take long for this dance classic to find its feet.

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Jason Cook. Photo by Kevin Duffy.

REVIEW: Jason Cook's Comedy Club, The Customs House, South Shields

Jason Cook's Comedy Club celebrated its first anniversary and it's certainly a night I'll never forget.
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Gareth Gates as Willard in Footloose

Gareth Gates set to kick off his Sunday shoes in Sunderland

Gareth Gates is pulling on his cowboy boots and twirling his stetson in a foot-stomping tour of Footloose.

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X Factor's Lola Saunders is starring in panto Jack and the Beanstalk at the Forum Theatre, Billingham.

X Factor’s Lola hoping her first panto is a giant success

X Factor star Lola Saunders is excited to take on her first pantomime this Christmas.

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Mark Newnham (Dave Davies), Ryan O'Donnell (Ray Davies), Garmon Rhys (Pete Quaife) and Andrew Gallo (Mick Avory).

REVIEW: Sunny Afternoon, Sunderland Empire, Until October 8

Sunny Afternoon was so good that I could have watched it All Day and All of the Night.

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Great North Snowdog Pawdington is back at the Customs House on the day the theatre launches its panto Jack and the Beanstalk. Fairy Eleanor Chaganis welcomes his back with a swipe of her magic wand.

Pawdington the Snowdog returns home after being attacked by vandals

Pawdington the Snowdog has returned to his spot outside a South Shields theatre after her was damaged by “mindless vandalism”.

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The cast of Sunny Afternoon. Picture by Kevin Cummins.

The Kinks to clash on Sunderland stage

Back in 1965 thousands of excited The Kinks fans packed into Cardiff’s Capital Theatre to see their idols perform live.

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Andy Moss as Sam and Sarah Harding as Molly in Ghost.

REVIEW: Ghost, Sunderland Empire, Until October 1

One of the most romantic films ever comes to the stage with a musical makeover.

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Mrs Brown's Boys is returning to the North East for a new live show.

Mrs Brown's Boys is returning to the North East

Award-winning comedy series Mrs Brown's Boys is returning to the North East with a new live show, it was announced today.

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Chris Coates as Crabtree, Jillaine Hindson as Michelle, Phil Martin

Allo Allo heads to Wearside

We will say this only once!

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