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Watch: What to expect from Wicked at Sunderland Empire

The news that Sunderland Empire will welcome back hit musical Wicked seems to have left readers spellbound.

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Theatre announcement: Wicked to return to Sunderland Empire

Theatre announcement: Wicked to return to Sunderland Empire

Wicked will be casting its spell over Wearside once more, the Echo can exclusively reveal.

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REVIEW: The Play That Goes Wrong, Theatre Royal, Newcastle

REVIEW: The Play That Goes Wrong, Theatre Royal, Newcastle

Not for naught is the acting profession renowned for its superstition.

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The cast of Beauty and The Beast.

REVIEW: Beauty and the Beast, Westovian Theatre, South Shields, until January 21

You think it’s all over? Oh well no it isn’t, pantomime is still alive and well.

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Former Shields Gazette and Sunderland Echo editor co-writes darkly comic play about fake news and struggling newspapers

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.

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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.

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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.
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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.

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Hairspray

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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