Libby Bateman

Interview: Royalty Theatre Sunderland’s voluntary chairman John Appleton

Interview: Royalty Theatre Sunderland’s voluntary chairman John Appleton

A lot of people don’t know that the Royalty Theatre in Sunderland has been there for the last 90 years, they do seven shows a season and have a team of roughly 150 voluntary members who work hard to create great shows for the public. The Theatre gives young aspiring actors a chance to get […]

 Libby Bateman

Review: Suite Française

Review: Suite Française

Suite Française is set during the Nazi-occupation of France, in the rural small town of Bussy. Thankfully the story was narrated by Lucille (Michelle Williams), as otherwise it would have been a confusing story line and hard to follow. Looking at the film, without comparing it to the novel it was based on, it’s a refreshing […]

 Libby Bateman

Ryan Reynolds stars in dark comedy The Voices

Ryan Reynolds stars in dark comedy The Voices

Ryan Reynolds is back on our cinema screens this March playing many roles in The Voices, a dark comedy about an office crush gone wrong and some talking pets. Reynolds plays a keen, socially awkward newbie, called Jerry, working the nine-to-five job at a bathtub factory, he catches the eye of the office hottie Fiona (Gemma Arterton) […]

 Libby Bateman

Romantic drama Suite Francaise comes to cinemas today

Romantic drama Suite Francaise comes to cinemas today

Set in the 1940s during the German occupation of France, Suite Francaise is a story of the power of love and the tragedy of war and is based on the best-selling book by Irene Nemirovsky. The novel was written in France during the 1940s, but Nemirovsky’s death in Auschwitz prevented her from seeing the novel be […]

 Libby Bateman

Review: Calamity Jane @ Sunderland Empire

Review: Calamity Jane @ Sunderland Empire

After a 20-minute delay due to technical difficulties backstage, the Wild West tale of Calamity Jane kicked off with a thigh-slapping knees-up and an all-singing and dancing cast. It didn’t take long for the cast to get back into the swing of things after the initial delay, although it did affect their performance at first. […]

 Libby Bateman

Review: Dance 'Til Dawn @ Sunderland Empire

Review: Dance 'Til Dawn @ Sunderland Empire

Strictly Come Dancing stars Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace brought first class footwork and impeccable choreography, with a bit of humour thrown in, to The Sunderland Empire stage. As expected, there seemed to be a lot of Strictly Come Dancing fans in the audience, as there was a massive cheer as both Vincent and Flavia […]

 Libby Bateman

Dance 'Til Dawn returns to Sunderland's Empire Theatre

Dance 'Til Dawn returns to Sunderland's Empire Theatre

After the success of Midnight Tango, Strictly Come Dancing stars Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace are back at the Sunderland Empire with Dance ‘Til Dawn. The much-loved duo have dazzled television audiences on BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing for many series with their impressive tango routines. They’re back on stage with a new classic love story bringing Hollywood glamour to […]

 Libby Bateman

Imagine Dragons are back with new album and UK tour

Imagine Dragons are back with new album and UK tour

The wait is finally over for Imagine Dragons fans as their new album Smoke + Mirrors is to be released on February 16. As well as a new album, the US chart phenomenon are set to perform at Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena for the first time on November 14, as part of their ten UK […]