Looking forward to the autumn season at The Customs House, South Shields

John Hinton with costar Jo from the production of Albert Einstein: Relatively Speaking showing at the Edinburgh Fringe 2013. Photograph � Hannah Houston Photography. All Rights Reserved. Please contact Hannah Houston for prior to any usage. hello@hannah-houston.co.uk 07789 173481 Any usage
John Hinton with costar Jo from the production of Albert Einstein: Relatively Speaking showing at the Edinburgh Fringe 2013. Photograph � Hannah Houston Photography. All Rights Reserved. Please contact Hannah Houston for prior to any usage. hello@hannah-houston.co.uk 07789 173481 Any usage
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Lotto winners, gruesome murders and happily ever afters will all be part of the entertainment at The Customs House this season.

Customs House executive director Ray Spencer MBE said: “This season we can guarantee we have something for everyone.

“There are so many shows I’m looking forward to seeing myself, and in particular the return of Mike Yeaman’s Lucky Numbers as our annual Customs House production.

“We’re particularly excited to have Sunderland-born Michael Strassen to direct our flagship production, fresh from picking up the 2014 Off-West End Awards best director gong.

“We’re delighted the award-winning play will star Pat Dunn, who shot to fame as Nana in BBC’s Hebburn.”

Ray Spencer – who was Tommy the Trumpeter for 25 years – will be returning to pantomime as Granny Hood in Little Red Riding Hood.

Having performed in panto for almost 40 years alongside Bob Stott as Dame Dotty, it will be Ray’s first outing as a dame.

Bob hung up his wig and frock two years ago after 37 years treading the panto boards, while Ray retired as Tommy last summer.

Ray added: “I have big boots to fill but I can’t wait to get back up on the stage and see all the regulars in the audience – I have really missed them.

“This is my first time as dame but this year will also mark another first, which I am really looking forward to; Little Red Riding Hood will be the first time I have professionally performed with my daughter Natasha, who will be playing Red.”

For more information about the new season or to book tickets, call the box office on 454 1234 or visit www.customshouse.co.uk.

What’s on

September

•LDN Wrestling – September 19

•I Left My Heart in Roker Park – September 19 to 21

•The Hollywood Bees – September 20

•Nights on Broadway – The Bee Gees Story – September 21

•Jack The Ripper: September 21

•The Big Hit – September 23 to 26

•Dead to Me – September 25

•Joe Longthorne – September 27

•Not About Heroes – September 29

•Money the Gameshow – September 29 and 30

•Babar The Little Elephant – September 30

October

•Dirty Dusting – October 1

•Butterfly – October 2 and 3

•Unforgettable – October 4

•Ann Breen – October 5

•A Doll’s House – October 6

•Rolling Back the Years – October 7 to 9

•Micky Cochrane: What The Fudge – October 9

•Collector of Tears – October 15 and 16

•Lucky Numbers – October 15 to 25

•GSOH “Would Like to Meet” – October 22 to 25

•Jesus Christ Superstar – October 28 to November 1

•Wendy the Witch and the Haunted Mansion – October 29 to 31

•Albert Einstein: Relativitively Speaking (original and junior production) – October 30

November

•Patsy Cline The Concert – November 2

•Captain Murderer – November 3

•Tenors Unlimited – November 9

•Ghost The Musical – November 11 to 13

•The Counterfeit Sixties – November 14

•South Tyneside Dance Workshop – November 15

•Encore – November 18 to 22

•Thirsty – November 20 and 21

•Joe McElderry – November 23

December

•Century Investigation – September 22

•Little Red Riding Hood – December 2 to January 10

•Santa’s Naughty Elf and The Workshop of Mayhem – December 13 to 24