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Jack and the Beanstalk cast check out Sunderland’s giant foliage

Sunderland Empire’s panto stars are full of beans about opening night.

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Sunderland Empire reveal panto for Christmas 2018

This year’s panto may not even be underway yet, but Sunderland Empire have already announced their festive spectacular for Christmas 2018.

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Sing-a-long with The Muppets

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

From pantomimes to muppets - there’s plenty going on in the region to keep you entertained this weekend.

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Katy Catcheside, Madison Elmy and Hannah McCoy with fellow pupils from Northern Star Performing Arts who will be starring in Joseph at Newcastle Arena.

Sunderland youngsters set to shine in hit musical with Joe McElderry

Budding theatre stars will be sharing the stage with Joe McElderry as a hit musical enjoys a festive run in the region.

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Jack and the Beanstalk rehearsals at Kathleen Davis Stage School
From left Charlie Guest as Simple Simon and Philip Meeks as Dame Trott

Sunderland Empire panto cast get in the swing of rehearsals

We don’t want to milk it - but this year’s pantomime at Sunderland Empire looks udderly great.

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Ovo by Cirque Du Soleil

Cirque Du Soleil announce string of North East dates with Ovo show

The magic of Cirque Du Soleil will return to the North East next year.

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L-R Kerry Highcock (NEAS), Jade Natalie, Pawsum (NEAS Mascot), David Barrett Charlie Guest and Lisa Taylor (NEAS).

Sunderland Empire handed award at star-studded ceremony

Sunderland Empire has taken a bow after receiving an award for its autism-friendly performances.

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Legally Blonde, starring Lucie Jones. Photos by Robert Workman

What to expect from Legally Blonde at Sunderland Empire

Oh my god you guys – prepare for more pink, more glitter and more fabulousness than the film when Legally Blonde heads to the Sunderland stage.

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The live nativity is returning to Durham

Bethlehem comes to Durham

Durham will host a live nativity this week - complete with real camels.

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Philip Meeks as Dame Trott and David Barrett as Jack with customer service advisors Joanne Herrick and Paul Wolfe at South Hylton Metro station.

Free Metro and Shields Ferry travel for Sunderland Empire panto-goers

The countdown to panto fun has officially begun as the cast of Jack and the Beanstalk arrived in Sunderland for rehearsals at the weekend.

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From left: Olivia Bowern, Lauren Hawkes, Andrew Barella

Curtain to be raised on Dick Whittington at Sunderland’s Royalty Theatre

The Royalty Theatre will raise the curtain on its pantomime this week. Dick Whittington will be staged at the community theatre from tomorrow until December 17.

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Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean. Picture: Trevor Leighton.

Torvill and Dean on skating to the North East with Dancing on Ice tour

Audiences will be able to wrap up warm and experience the spectacle of Dancing on Ice live when it zooms into the North East next year.

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Game of Thrones star narrates dazzling retelling of Rumpelstiltskin in North East-made film

A gripping film telling the backstory to a mysterious fairy tale character has been put together in the North East - and you can watch it for free.
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Danny Adams as Peter Pan with Clive Webb as Smee.

REVIEW: Peter Pan, Theatre Royal, Newcastle

Peter Pan is a panto classic, but in this case the traditional 'he's behind you' is replaced by the cry of 'he's above you!'
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Robinson Crusoe at Gala Theatre, Durham

Review: Robinson Crusoe, Gala Theatre, Durham, until January 6

Local boys Paul Hartley and Neil Armstrong are back in charge for this year’s Gala show, and it is their most ambitious yet.

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Chris Ramsey at the Metro Radio Arena

Chris Ramsey announces North East tour dates

South Shields comedian Chris Ramsey has announced a new tour for 2018, culminating in a headline slot at Metro Radio Arena.

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Brent Copeland.

Sunderland actor needs your help to follow in the footsteps of Tom Hardy

A Sunderland actor is hoping to follow in the footsteps of Tom Hardy and Michael Fassbender - but he needs your help.

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Blood Brothers

Review: Blood Brothers, Sunderland Empire, until Saturday, December 2

Musicals aren’t usually known for their Shakespearean levels of tragic storytelling.

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Lily and the Snowbear at Arts Centre Washington

12 shows you can see in the North East this Christmas

It’s now just one month until Christmas - oh yes it is!

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Spectacular Fireflight performance launches Sunderland’s Fire Station development

An outdoor performance which fused pyrotechnics with fire, folklore and contemporary dance launched Sunderland’s Fire Station arts hub to spectacular effect.

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