Theatre

 Emma Wilde

Hansel & Gretel Reimagined At Newcastle’s Theatre Royal

Hansel & Gretel Reimagined At Newcastle’s Theatre Royal

Scotland’s National Dance Company are set to arrive at Newcastle’s Theatre Royal today, with the world premiere of Christopher Hampson’s Hansel and Gretel. The Scottish ballet company will be joined by 15 young North East dancers for the weeklong run of the show, which will showcase local talent to the region. The ballet is a […]

 James Morris

Review: Charley's Aunt – Start The New Year With A Big Laugh

Review: Charley's Aunt – Start The New Year With A Big Laugh

It’s easy to feel down in January. The nights are long, Christmas seems ages ago and that fitness DVD is already starting to gather dust on top of the shelf. But fear not, The People’s Theatre in Newcastle have the perfect remedy to any January blues. Their latest production of Charley’s Aunt provides a lot […]

 James Morris

Charly's Aunt – Two Hours Of Hilarious Cross Dressing Madness

Charly's Aunt – Two Hours Of Hilarious Cross Dressing Madness

Get ready to blow away those January blues, as the People’s Theatre brings you their newest show Charly’s Aunt. The show tells the story of two Oxford students Charley and Jack, as they attempt to gain the admiration of the local girls Amy and Kitty. There then ensues two hours of Victorian, cross dressing delight […]

 Angus Saul

Electric Comedy Returns To The Tyneside Cinema

Electric Comedy Returns To The Tyneside Cinema

The monthly comedy gig at the North East’s biggest independent cinema kicked off to rave reviews in November, which our Arts Editor (Kieran Murray) and Stage Editor (Sarah Bailey) attended. This was followed up with a Christmas special just four weeks later, and it has been such a success, it has become a permanent fixture […]

 Josh Hollis

The Lion King Roars Into The Sunderland Empire

The Lion King Roars Into The Sunderland Empire

Sunderland’s Empire Theatre is set to play host to one of the West End’s most popular productions, when The Lion King comes to Wearside later this year. The Empire will host the Tony Award-winning show for seven weeks from September 18th – November 1st, and it promises to be the biggest production of its kind […]

 James Morris

Review: Dark Woods, Deep Snow

Review: Dark Woods, Deep Snow

A time machine, two magic sisters and a human trapped as a pig at Northern Stage

The dark woods, a time machine, two magic sisters and a human trapped as a pig. It’s safe to say that this is not your average Christmas show. However, Lorne Campbell’s tale of a family of fantasy characters who put stories together as they are told in the human world, does provide a welcome break […]

 Sarah Bailey

10 Reasons Why Panto Needs To Go Away Forever

10 Reasons Why Panto Needs To Go Away Forever

Sarah Bailey takes a long hard look at the world of dames and custard pies

“Oh no it isn’t” that time of year again, is it? There are two types of people in the world; those who see the approach of Christmas glee as a time to trek to a theatre to be subjected to an hour or two of raucous, distasteful, glittery pantomime; and those who don’t. The innuendo-filled, […]

 Sarah Bailey

“He’s Not The Messiah”, But Monty Python Is Having A Second Coming

“He’s Not The Messiah”, But Monty Python Is Having A Second Coming

The Monty Python boys have announced a comeback, but is that necessarily a good thing?

Unlike their iconic Norwegian Blue, the Pythons are not dead. Despite a combined age of 357, the five surviving members of Monty Python announced a somewhat unexpected, Spanish-Inquisition-like, resurrection show set to take place in July 2014. (To clarify, it is only the unexpected nature of the show that shall be like the Spanish Inquisition […]

 Gemma Hirst

Review: Carnaby Street @ The Sunderland Empire

Review: Carnaby Street @ The Sunderland Empire

If you’re alone and life is making you lonely, unfortunately I wouldn’t advise going down to Carnaby Street. Reminiscent of an odd combination of the Spice Girls musical Viva Forever, and Dreamboats and Petticoats, the Sunderland Empire welcomed Carnaby Street to the public. The show, written by Carl Leighton-Pope, didn’t hit the charts for me. […]

 Gemma Hirst

Review: The History Boys @ The People's Theatre

Review: The History Boys @ The People's Theatre

Gemma Hirst takes in The People's Theatre's

“It’s just one f****** thing after another” says Rudge when asked; “What is history?”. I have to say, this amateur production of Alan Bennett’s The History Boys, put on by The People’s Theatre, reflected Rudge’s poignant words. Eight high-spirited Sixth Form boys are in pursuit of sex, sport, and are destined to gain a place at […]