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How Sunderland Empire audiences have helped save little lives

Generous theatre-goers have helped to save little lives after a year of charity donations at Sunderland Empire.

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Strictly Come Dancing is here next week

Eight great things to do in the North East this weekend and beyond

From waltzing to Wonderland, there’s a host of events taking place across the region in the coming days to keep you entertained.

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Gary Barlow and Tim Firth with the cast of Calendar Girls

Gary Barlow’s Calendar Girls to play Sunderland Empire

Make a date for your diary when Fern Britton heads up an all-star cast for Calendar Girls’ return to the Sunderland Empire.

Lucie Jones with Bruiser

Hunt launched for Sunderland dog to take the lead in hit musical

Does your dog have the Rex factor?

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Silk Road will be staged next month

Bitcoin-funded play to be staged at North East theatre

Alex Oates’ Silk Road, the first play to be funded by cryptocurrency Bitcoin, visits Live Theatre, Newcastle next month.

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Muhammad Ali in South Shields in 1977.

New play to celebrate famous year Muhammad Ali and the Queen came to South Shields

A new play inspired by arguably the greatest year in South Tyneside’s history is seeking people from the borough to be a part of it.

John Bishop will be in Sunderland this weekend

10 things to do in the North East this weekend and beyond

From a controversial comic to high-flying motocross, there’s a host of events to banish your January blues taking place in the coming weeks.

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Laura Main in Shrek. Photos by Helen Maybanks

Call the Midwife star Laura Main on heading to Sunderland with Shrek the Musical

Laura Main’s swapping midwifery for monsters in her new role and she couldn’t be happier about the unusual job swap.

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La Traviata

Win a part in La Traviata at Sunderland Empire + four tickets for the show

Ever fancied stepping into the spotlight on the hallowed Sunderland Empire stage? Well now’s your chance.

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Nights on Broadway - The Bee Gees Story is heading to Sunderland

Who won our bumper competition to see five different shows at Sunderland Empire

Five Echo readers are off to the theatre for free after entering our bumper competition to win a pair of tickets to five different one night shows at Sunderland Empire this month.

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John Bishop is bringing his Winging It tour to Sunderland

Win tickets to see top comedian John Bishop at Sunderland Empire

Fancy a laugh?

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Nights on Broadway - the Bee Gees Story

Win five pairs of tickets to five Sunderland Empire shows

A host of one-night spectaculars are set to hit the Sunderland Empire stage this month – and we have a pair of tickets to give away to each show.

File picture of Adam Thomas, as pantomime fans were left outraged after the last performances of Jack And The Beanstalk, featuring former the Emmerdale star in the title role, were cancelled at the last minute. Picture by Ian West/PA Wire

Anger after North East pantomime featuring Emmerdale star Adam Thomas closes down early without warning

Pantomime fans were left outraged after the last performances of Jack And The Beanstalk were cancelled at the last minute.
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Christian Radich, one of the ships taking part when The Tall Ships Races come to Sunderland next July. Image courtesy of Sail Training International.

Eight great events to look forward to in Sunderland and beyond in 2018

From mighty masts to two boyband heroes and a cult comedy, there’s plenty to look forward to in Sunderland and the surrounding areas in 2018.

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The cast of Jack and the Beanstalk

Win a family ticket to Jack and the Beanstalk at Sunderland Empire

Fe Fi Fo Fum - have yourself some panto fun.

Empire panto Philip Meek who plays Dame Trott visits Sunderland College  arts students

Panto star shares colourful costumes with Sunderland students

Sunderland Empire’s panto dame whipped off his wig to give fashion students an insight into his colourful costumes.

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A scene from the new episodes of The League Of Gentlemen. (Photo: BBC).

League of Gentlemen add extra Sunderland date to tour

An extra Wearside date has been added to the League of Gentlemen tour to meet demand.

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Joe McElderry stars in Joseph at the Metro Radio Arena.

Review: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor® Dreamcoat, Metro Radio Arena, until December 31

He's back home for Christmas and Joe McElderry superfans are loving it.
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Daisy the Cow, David Barrett and Charlie Guest

REVIEW: Jack and the Beanstalk, Sunderland Empire, until January 7

I think my ears may still be ringing from this year’s pantomime at Sunderland Empire.

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Luna Petrucci and dad Sergio, bottom right, with the cast of Jack and the Beanstalk

Panto-goers urged to spare some magic beans for a good cause

Panto-goers are being asked to dig deep for charity after a little girl’s fight for life inspired a huge fundraising drive.

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