PREVIEW: Avenue Q, Park View Theatre, Chester-le-Street

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HIT West End show Avenue Q, featuring a cast of puppets, is being brought to the North East this month by amateur theatre group, Dryburn Theatrical Workshop.

Mixing a colourful cast of puppet characters and actors, Avenue Q tells the story of bright-eyed graduate Princeton, who comes to New York to follow his dreams.

There he meets some weird and wonderful friends and neighbours on Avenue Q, who, with the help of his girlfriend Kate Monster, a busty blonde and some politically incorrect songs, lead Princeton on a hilarious journey of self-discovery and to find his purpose

Malcolm Quinn, chairman of Dryburn Theatrical Workshop, said: “Avenue Q is a very funny and fast-paced show and one that brings challenges, requiring puppetry skills as well as terrific characters and music.

“We’re using the professional puppets, identical to the ones used in the West End and Broadway productions, and I’m proud that our cast and crew bring the same high levels of talent, hard work and enthusiasm to their performances.

“Please note, that although adults love Avenue Q, many aren’t sure whether to bring their children. This show is about real life issues, so it contains adult themes.

“Teenagers will love it, but it may not be so appropriate for younger kids. Parents should use their discretion based on the maturity level of their children.”

Show times are at 7.15pm from Wednesday, June 11-14 at Park View Theatre Complex in Chester-le-Street. Tickets are £10 for the Thursday to Saturday shows, with all seats on the Wednesday priced £8 from Tel.388 3362 or www.dryburntheatricalworkshop.ticketsource.co.uk.