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Win tickets to five different Sunderland Empire shows this summer

We’ve teamed up with Sunderland Empire to give away tickets to five top music shows coming up this summer.

Hairspray the Musical

Win tickets to Hairspray at Newcastle’s Theatre Royal

Larger-than-life musical Hairspray returns to the region later this month, with X Factor’s Brenda Edwards in the role of Motormouth Maybelle. The Guide caught up with her to find out why it’s a role that’s close to her heart.

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Two thousand years of English history, myth and legend is about to be brought back to life with the summer return of the spectacular Kynren

Join the drama: Kynren from £10.00 ticket offer for Echo readers

It’s back – and it’s better than ever. Find out how you can grab discount tickets to see the spectacular Kynren world-class action show

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Win 25 pairs of gold tickets to Kynren worth £80 a pair

Win 25 pairs of gold tickets to Kynren worth £80 a pair

Outdoor spectacular Kynren returns this summer - and you could be there for free.

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This is Elvis

Win tickets to This is Elvis at Sunderland Empire

Sunderland Empire is set to get all shook up next month when This is Elvis – Burbank and Vegas hits the stage for a week - and you could be there for free.

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Royal Shakespeare Company practitioners (left to right) Anna Marsland, Joe Cummings and Chris Piper with pupils from Our Lady, Queen of Peace Roman Catholic Voluntary Aided Primary School.

Matilda’s magic takes over Sunderland classrooms for RSC workshops

Children struck a pose inspired by the magical Matilda musical.

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Madalena Alberto as Eva Peron in Evita, Theatre Royal, Newcastle.

REVIEW: Evita, Theatre Royal, Newcastle

A social climbing actress marries into power and influence! Sound familiar?
Gangsta Granny

Win tickets to see David Walliams’s Gangsta Granny on stage

Gangsta Granny is set to ambush the stage at Newcastle Theatre Royal later this month - and you could be there for free.

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Bill Kenwright production of'EVITA'lyrics by Tim Rice'music by Andrew Lloyd Webber'directed by Bob Thomson and Bill Kenwright

Win tickets to Evita at Newcastle’s Theatre Royal

One of the most popular musicals of all time, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Time Rice’s Evita is returning to Newcastle Theatre Royal later this month from May 22-26.

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Theatre Space North East production of Shakespeare's The Tempest, which was performed in Barnes Park, Sunderland.

Popular Sunderland theatre group suffers its own Shakespearean tragedy over funding cuts

A passionate theatre group who’ve won awards for bringing The Bard to the masses have suffered their own Shakespearean tragedy.

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Performers from Northern Star Theatre Arts who are taking to the stage in Evita.

Little Sunderland stars to shine bright on stage in Evita

Talented youngsters from Sunderland are reaching for the stars in a West End production.

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Birdsong will be at Durham Gala

10 top things to do in the North East in May

From a West End spectacular to wrestling, there’s plenty going on in the region this May.

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Netherlands National Circus at Eden Park, Peterlee.

Netherlands National Circus arrives in Peterlee

Clown around in Peterlee this weekend as the circus comes to town.

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Sunfest performers (left to right) Shannon Rankin, Sarah Lamb, David Frith, Caitlin Brennan and Sam Owen at the launch of Sunfest 2018 outside of Washington Arts Centre. Picture by Frank Reid

Sunderland University students take over Arts Centre Washington for annual SunFest

A retelling of Hamlet takes centre stage at Arts Centre Washington as part of the annual arts festival Sunfest throughout May.

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Stuart Maconie on retracing the Jarrow March – and bringing the story back to South Tyneside

Stuart Maconie has been responsible for penning numerous bestsellers while also entertaining loyal listeners on the BBC6 airwaves.


Be afraid - Miss Trunchbull is heading to Sunderland in Matilda the Musical

The most fearsome shot putter in theatre is thundering to Wearside next week.

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Russell Brand was due to perform at the Empire on Thursday.

Russell Brand cancels Sunderland show after the star’s mum is injured in car crash

Comedian Russell Brand has cancelled the remaining dates on his Re:Birth tour after his mother was injured in a serious car accident.

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Big names confirmed for South Tyneside Comedy Festival as event makes waves in entertainment world

A flurry of big names has been added to the bill of the South Tyneside Comedy festival as the event makes waves in the entertainment world.
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Joe McElderry was due to perform at The Empire Theatre in Consett last night.

'Suspicious letter' leads Joe McElderry to clear theatre ahead of show

Singer Joe McElderry asked a venue's bosses to evacuate a theatre moments before he was due to perform after a note sparked concern.

Claire Sweeney and Tom Chambers who are starring in Crazy for You at the Sunderland Empire this week.

Claire Sweeney and Tom Chambers bring Broadway magic to Sunderland stage

Claire Sweeney and Tom Chambers are high-kicking on the Sunderland Empire stage all this week in the acclaimed Watermill Theatre production of Crazy For You.

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