We’ve rounded up some of the top things to do this weekend.
5. Les Miserables, Theatre Royal Newcastle, until October 5
Les Misérables is running at Theatre Royal, Newcastle, until October 5. After nearly a decade since the last sell-out UK tour, Cameron Mackintosh’s acclaimed Broadway production of Boublil and Schönberg’s musical Les Misérables has returned to the road. This brilliant new staging has taken the world by storm and has been hailed “Les Mis for the 21stCentury”. With scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo, the magnificent score of Les Misérables includes the songs; I Dreamed a Dream, On My Own, Bring Him Home, One Day More, Master Of The House and many more. Seen by over 120 million people worldwide in 45 countries and in 22 languages, Les Misérables is undisputedly one of the world’s most popular musicals. There’s limited tickets left for most performances.
Photo: Les Miserables
6. Elmer's Great North Parade, until November 1
Elmer's Great North Parade is running around the region until November 1. There are 50 uniquely-decorated elephants to spot in Sunderland, South Tyneside and across the North East. Ones to look out for include Elmers at The Word and Customs House, South Shields, and at The Bridges and Beacon of Light in Sunderland.
Photo: Elliot Nichol Photography
7. Jason Cook Comedy Club, Customs House, South Shields, October 4 & 5
Jason Cook's Comedy Club is at Customs House, South Shields, on October 4 and 5. Join Jason Cook as the host of his comedy club, which brings huge TV names, daft guests and incredible surprises to The Customs House. The biggest names in comedy at the biggest comedy club in the north. Tickets are priced at £11 and are available from the Customs House box office.
Photo: Stu Norton
8. Ballroom Boys, Billingham Forum, October 6
Ian Waite & Vincent Simone bring their show The Ballroom Boys to Billingham Forum on October 6. Neither are strangers to life on the road, with It Takes Two regular Ian having done several tours with former dance partners Camilla Sacre-Dallerup, Natalie Lowe, and most recently Oti Mabuse. While Strictly’s original and best-loved Italian, Vincent, has graced theatres up and down the country with Flavia Cacace in their Argentine Tango inspired shows. Argentine Tango legend Vincent and King of the Ballroom Ian will be joined by two professional female dancers and a vocalist. The night features dances, songs and banter. Simone said: “I’m looking forward to working with Ian again! As you know, we are both quite funny, if I say so myself!”
Photo: Ballroom Boys