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Disney Cruisers set to be delighted by Durham Cathedral

Disney Cruisers set to be delighted by Durham Cathedral

The arrival of Disney Cruise Lines into the Port of Tyne this summer is set to benefit Durham Cathedral, as it announces that passengers from the ship have signed up for tours to the world-famous building. The Disney Magic ship will visit the North East twice in June...

Sunderland star Lauren moves to BBC Newcastle

Sunderland star Lauren moves to BBC Newcastle

BBC Newcastle has announced that former Kenickie star Lauren Laverne will be the new voice of the station. The Sunderland-born DJ, who had a string of hits in the 1990s with her band, Kenickie, has recorded a number of radio jingles that will be played out on BBC...

Two sell out North East shows for Romesh

Two sell out North East shows for Romesh

One of the country's top comics has announced additional dates for his UK tour, which comes to the North East in a few weeks’ time. The Irrational Tour sees Romesh Ranganathan examine the issues close to his heart, and explain why everybody else is wrong about them....

Billy Elliot tour kicks off Sunderland run

Billy Elliot tour kicks off Sunderland run

A musical based on one of the North East's best-loved films opened its three-week run at Sunderland Empire last night. Billy Elliot the Musical has now stopped off at Sunderland Empire, where it will run until the end of the month. The show is scheduled to tour until...

The English Rose exhibition opens at Bowes Museum this May

The English Rose exhibition opens at Bowes Museum this May

The concept of the ‘English Rose’ will be celebrated in a major new exhibition opening at The Bowes Museum next month. The catalyst for The English Rose – Feminine Beauty from Van Dyck to Sargent – is a portrait recently acquired by the Museum via Arts Council...

Four top comics bring stand-up show to Durham

Four top comics bring stand-up show to Durham

Four international comedy stars come to Durham's Gala Theatre later this month with their All-Star Stand-Up Tour. The tour stars double Sony Award winner and star of Mock The Week Gary Delaney, top comedy trickster and star of BBC One’s The Magicians Pete Firman, Kiwi...

Shoes: Pleasure and Pain at the Bowes Museum

Shoes: Pleasure and Pain at the Bowes Museum

The Bowes Museum is delighted to announce a major fashion coup for summer 2016. The Museum is the only UK venue outside London that will stage Shoes: Pleasure & Pain, which opens on Saturday 11 June in its award winning Fashion & Textile Gallery. The...

Jenny Eclair brings Grumpy Old Women to Newcastle

Jenny Eclair brings Grumpy Old Women to Newcastle

Three 'Grumpy Old Women' will continue to knock further sense in to the nation with a fourth leg of their hit UK tour, Fifty Shades of Beige. Perrier Award winning comedian, writer and original star of Grumpy Old Women, Jenny Eclair, will be joined by fellow recruits...

Acoustic roots duo to play Gala Theatre

Acoustic roots duo to play Gala Theatre

Steve Knightley and Phil Beer, collectively known as Show Of Hands, are widely acknowledged as the finest acoustic roots duo in England. Making a return to the songs and sounds that inspired them, their current tour features material from the duo's latest studio album...

Don’t ‘miss’ David Essex in the region

Don’t ‘miss’ David Essex in the region

David Essex has announced an Autumn tour, which comes to the North East in November. I'll Be Missing You is the internationally renowned singer, composer and actor's first major tour in over four years and could be his last. The 21 date UK tour taking place in...

David Tennant hosts live Shakespeare broadcast

David Tennant hosts live Shakespeare broadcast

The Royal Shakespeare Company's Shakespeare Live! show will be broadcast at the Gala this month. Marking the 400th anniversary of the death of one of the most famous English playwrights in history, this unique two-hour event, hosted by David Tennant live from...

Gareth is mad about musicals at Durham

Gareth is mad about musicals at Durham

Pop idol Gareth Gates brings the 10th anniversary tour of Mad About The Musicals to Durham this month. Starring Gareth alongside Michael Courtney, the show features a host of favourites from musical greats including Rodgers & Hammerstein, Kander & Ebb, Andrew...

Buddy Holly show comes to three North East venues

Buddy Holly show comes to three North East venues

Buddy Holly & The Cricketers will bring their spring tour to the North East this month. The 32-show tour celebrates “24 years of rock 'n' rollin' the world” and is produced by Simon Fielder. The show stars UK actor-musicians whose combined West End credits include...

Get Carter adaptation set for Durham Theatre

Get Carter adaptation set for Durham Theatre

A stage adaptation of a classic British film with nostalgic North East links comes to Durham this month. The Gala Theatre will play host to seven performances of Get Carter, produced for the boards by Northern Stage. A deadly game of cat and mouse, Get Carter is...

All Saints to start comeback tour in the North East

All Saints to start comeback tour in the North East

One of the UK's biggest girlbands, All Saints, have announced details of their first full UK headline tour in over fifteen years. The ten date run kicks off right here in the North East and will see the quartet perform across the UK throughout October. With a career...

Cyndi Lauper takes a Detour to the North East

Cyndi Lauper takes a Detour to the North East

80s pop icon Cyndi Lauper will bring her Detour world tour to the North East this summer in support of her upcoming release. With over 50 million record sales under her belt, Cyndi Lauper’s musical journey takes an unexpected turn on her 11th studio album, Detour,...

Kynren ‘game makers’ make the grade

Kynren ‘game makers’ make the grade

Volunteers have received training as part of the build up to the first season of Kynren - a series of spectacular open air live action night shows set to hit County Durham this summer. Eleven Arches has put all of its ‘front of house’ experience team volunteers...

80s chart toppers to bring songs and stories to the region

80s chart toppers to bring songs and stories to the region

Pop rockers T'Pau will bring their Songs & Stories acoustic tour to the North East this April. The group had a string of big hit singles in the 80s and 90s, including Heart & Soul and China In Your Hand, before disbanding after their third album. Flame-haired...

Lambing event returns to Houghall Farm

Lambing event returns to Houghall Farm

East Durham College’s Houghall Campus is getting set to host the 2016 Lambing Watch event. The event will be held at Houghall Farm, in Durham, on Sunday 20th March 2016 between 11am and 3pm. As well as the lambs there will be a number of other attractions available on...

Callow to talk Welles at North East venues

Callow to talk Welles at North East venues

Renowned British actor and writer, Simon Callow, brings his One Man Band tour to three North East venues next month. The announcement of '27 one night gigs' follows the release of Callow's latest book, Orson Welles Volume 3: One-Man Band, which was released in...

Chris is all growed up and ready for Durham

Chris is all growed up and ready for Durham

One of the North East's brightest comedy stars brings his latest tour to Durham later this month. Chris Ramsey's All Growed Up tour is 'a show about getting older, finding yourself, taking responsibility, realising you are no longer a child and all of the other...

5SOS to bring arena tour to Newcastle

5SOS to bring arena tour to Newcastle

Australian pop-rockers 5 Seconds Of Summer bring their UK arena tour to the North East this April. The Sounds Live Feels Live arena tour follows the overwhelming demand for the 2015 Rock Out With Your Socks Out tour which took the band all over the world performing...

Three North East dates for Little Mix

Three North East dates for Little Mix

Hot on the heals of two massive chart hits, Little Mix have announced a major UK and Ireland arena tour for the spring. The tour, which begins Sunday 13th March in Cardiff, includes three dates at Newcastle's Metro Radio Arena.   Perrie Edwards and Jade...

Sold out Gateshead show will open tour for Rick Astley

Sold out Gateshead show will open tour for Rick Astley

80s pop heart-throb Rick Astley kicks off his UK tour at The Sage Gateshead this March. Rick Astley's career began in 1987, aged just 21. The powerful, mature soulful tone to his voice helped his debut single, Never Gonna Give You Up, reach the top of the charts...

Epic historical tale comes to County Durham

Epic historical tale comes to County Durham

A new event will create a high-profile visitor attraction in County Durham depicting 2,000 years of British history through a spectacular night show which is set to open on 2nd July. Kynren - an epic tale of England - will be set in the loop of the River Wear against...