Michael Cross

Alice In Wonderland exhibition to open at Newcastle’s Laing Gallery

Alice In Wonderland exhibition to open at Newcastle’s Laing Gallery

The Laing Gallery to open an exhibition dedicated to Lewis Carroll's novel

Prepare to go down the rabbit hole once more with The Laing Gallery in Newcastle from May 14 – October 2. Celebrating the 150th year of the children’s novel, Alice In Wonderland, the Laing Gallery has put together an exhibition so crammed it’d make the Mad Hatter’s tea party table look barren. Expect illustrations by […]

 Michael Cross

Review: Billy Elliot at Sunderland Empire

Review: Billy Elliot at Sunderland Empire

"It shows the true desperation and moral decisions of a father trying to give his son the best chance in life"

There are few things in life that you can experience at a certain time and place that have cultural significance to a specific country or region. Take for example Iceland’s Northern Lights, or Mexico’s Day Of The Dead ceremony or, locally, seeing the story of Billy Elliot at Sunderland Empire, which is here for three […]

 Michael Cross

American Idiot set to rock Sunderland Empire in May

American Idiot set to rock Sunderland Empire in May

Every generation has an album that defines them, and for the teens and punk lover of the early millennium, Green Day’s American Idiot is that album. The album sold 15 million copies worldwide and was made into a Broadway Musical in 2010. It is now touring the UK, with Newton Faulkner and X-Factor’s Amelia Lily, […]

 Michael Cross

Review: The Rocky Horror Picture Show at Sunderland Empire

Review: The Rocky Horror Picture Show at Sunderland Empire

The Rocky Horror breathes new life at Sunderland Empire

When The Rocky Horror Picture Show hit the silver screen 40 years ago, its slogan was “a different set of jaws”, and it couldn’t be any truer today with the latest cast who breathe new life into the cult classic’s touring production. The show is a who’s who of reality and soap TV, with the […]

 Michael Cross

The Bodyguard arrives at Sunderland Empire soon

Starring the North East’s Zoe Birkett from County Durham as lead character Rachel Marron, The Bodyguard comes to Sunderland’s Empire Theatre for a two-week stay, 1 – 12 March. The show is based on the Warner Brothers film and is packed full of hits such as So Emotional, Queen of the Night, I Have Nothing […]

 Michael Cross

Rocky Horror Picture Show comes to Sunderland Empire next week!

Rocky Horror Picture Show comes to Sunderland Empire next week!

Celebrating its 40th year, Richard O’Brien’s Rocky Horror Picture Show is on one of the biggest ever tours across the UK. Crash-landing at Sunderland Empire on 15 till 20 February, the rock ‘n’ roll musical sees a whole new cast take to the stage, packed with familiar faces from music, reality TV and soap land. […]

 Michael Cross

The Lumineers – Ophelia – back after two years

New album, a world tour and brand-spanking new single, Ophelia. The Lumineers are back after two years. Ophelia takes on a honky tonk beat, with its quick paced piano and rhythmic drum and tambourine beat echoing throughout the new track from the up and coming and album, Cleopatra out April 8. The trio of childhood […]

 Michael Cross

Review: Panic! At The Disco – Death Of A Bachelor

Review: Panic! At The Disco – Death Of A Bachelor

Now with their fifth studio album debuting at Billboard’s number one, and entering the top five in the UK, Panic! At The Disco’s – Death Of A Bachelor is a rollercoaster of an album. Packed full of anthemic choruses, infectious beats and a relatively new sound, showcases Brandon Urie’s ability to tell a story in […]

 Michael Cross

Review: Wicked @ Sunderland Empire “the show felt more intimate and there was a sense of closeness between the actors and the audience”

Review: Wicked @ Sunderland Empire “the show felt more intimate and there was a sense of closeness between the actors and the audience”

Wicked has finally flown into Sunderland’s Empire Theatre for a three-week run, telling the tale of what happened before Dorothy Gale blew into the fairytale land of Oz. Surprisingly the show scales exceptionally well from its West End sister show, with a full size Clock Dragon above centre stage. Granted the Sunderland Empire stage is […]

 Michael Cross

Interview: Emily Tierny as Wicked's Glinda The Good Witch

Interview: Emily Tierny as Wicked's Glinda The Good Witch

A self-confessed beach bum and from a family of two sisters and a brother – which she describes as “the Von Trapps” – Emily Tierny talks about playing Glinda in Wicked. She has been playing girly-Glinda for the last 18 months, and is flying to Sunderland Empire at the end of March for three weeks. […]