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What’s On June

Our selection of some of the best events in the region



THEATRE & MUSICALS

9-14
Dance 'Til Dawn - starring Vincent Simone & Flavia Cacace
Theatre Royal, Newcastle
0844 811 2121
www.theatreroyal.co.uk

16-21
Evita
Sunderland Empire Theatre
0844 871 3033
www.sunderlandempire.org.uk

16-21
Things We Do For Love
Theatre Royal, Newcastle
0844 811 2121
www.theatreroyal.co.uk

23-28
Thriller Live - celebrating the career of Michael Jackson
Theatre Royal, Newcastle
0844 811 2121
www.theatreroyal.co.uk

 

COMEDY & CHAT


 

13
Funny Bones Comedy Club
Durham Gala Theatre
0191 332 4041
www.galadurham.co.uk





MUSIC: JAZZ, BLUES, FOLK



20
Junco Partners
Whitley Bay Playhouse
0844 248 1588
www.playhousewhitleybay.co.uk

 
21
Durham Blues Festival
Durham Gala Theatre
0191 332 4041
www.galadurham.co.uk
 
26
What Happens? A tribute to Langston Hughes
Berwick Maltings Theatre 
01289 330999
www.maltingsberwick.co.uk 

26
David Gray plus John Smith
The Sage Gateshead
0191 443 4661
www.thesagegateshead.org

 

ROCK & POP



22 & 23
Robbie Williams
Metro Arena, Newcastle
0844 493 4567
www.metroradioarena.co.uk


21
Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel
The Sage Gateshead
0191 443 4661
www.thesagegateshead.org


CLASSICAL, OPERA & BALLET
 

28
Opera North: Gotterdammerung
The Sage Gateshead
0191 443 4661
www.thesagegateshead.org


 




Midge Ure on tour

Midge Ure on tour

Midge Ure has teamed up with two talented musicians to go out on the road as an acoustic three-piece band. Their Breathe Again tour – so called because Midge is revisiting his album Breathe 20 years after its launch – lands at the Sage Gateshead on 27 June. The trio will play all the tracks from Breathe as well as some of Midge’s former hits, this time given a new lease of life with an acoustic flavour. Cole Stacey and Jospeh O’Keele from the band India Electric Co join Midge and br

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Theatre Royal goes Wilde

Theatre Royal goes Wilde

Much-loved television star David Suchet is coming to Newcastle Theatre Royal in a brand new guise as Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest, Mon 8 – Sat 13 June 2015. One of the funniest plays in the English language, Oscar Wilde’s superb satire on Victorian manners is guaranteed to have Newcastle audiences laughing out loud. The play revolves round the lives of two bachelor friends, upper-crust dandy Algernon Moncrieff and the most reliable John Worthing J.P. who lead double lives

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Queen of crime’s best-seller

Queen of crime’s best-seller

The world’s best-selling mystery comes to Newcastle Theatre Royal in the shape of Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None from 27 July-1 August. The production marks the 125th anniversary of Agatha Christie’s birth, and the tenth anniversary of the Agatha Christie Theatre Company.The plot revolves round a group of ten strangers lured to a remote island off the coast of Devon. They discover that their host, an eccentric millionaire, is missing. At dinner a recorded message is played acc

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Robert Cray comes 'home'

Robert Cray comes 'home'

Legendary guitarist and singer-songwriter Robert Cray is returning to the UK and plays Sage Gateshead on 13 October.Following No1 chart success with his 2014 studio release ‘In My Soul’, and awards including five Grammies, the multi-platinum-selling artist said: "For 30 years now, you've made us feel like we're always coming home.” Over four decades Robert Cray has laid down track after track of good-time, uptown, low-down blues, and has been known as one of the most popular artists in blues

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Rumours back in the region

Rumours back in the region

Having performed to more than a million fans since they formed over a decade ago, Rumours of Fleetwood Mac returns to the UK in late 2015 and early 2016 to launch a new stage production.  The musicians will perform in note-for-note detail all the classic hits from one of the most enduring catalogues in the history of rock music.They play Sunderland Empire Theatre on 2 December, Sage Gateshead on 29 February and Darlington Civic Theatre on 26 March. Recognised internationally as the

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Blood and Thunder

Blood and Thunder

A brutal, gore-drenched Macbeth is hitting cinema screens nationwide, pulling no punches in its unremitting portrayal of horrors wreaked in the name of vaulting ambition Featuring a swathe of dramatic Scottish vistas – as well as the North East’s own Bamburgh Castle – the atmosphere of the film draws its power as much from its backdrops as its fine cast and pared-down script. At the premiere in Edinburgh the director Justin Kurzel said that the bleak weather during filming was ideal for his

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Sunshine Superman in Newcastle

Sunshine Superman in Newcastle

After 50 years in the music business, Donovan has again taken to the road with a string of dates around the UK. His tour arrives in Newcastle on 8 October when he plays the Tyne Theatre. It’s a chance for the North East to see and hear the man who was at the forefront of the ‘flower power’ era and who had a strong influence on The Beatles: his fingerprints are all over the White Album. Donovan first hit the big-time with his evergreen number Catch the Wind – for which he won an Ivor N

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Vin Garbutt and Duke Ellington

Vin Garbutt and Duke Ellington

Vin Garbutt 1 November Sage Gateshead It’s over 20 years since I last saw Teesside troubadour Vin Garbutt. I’d tried to see him a couple of times in that period but been unable to get into already packed-out folk clubs. A former winner of BBC Radio 2’s ‘Best Live Act’ award, Garbutt is, in his own words, ‘a shadow of his former self’ after some serious health issues. Nonetheless at 68, his voice is still intact, as are his senses of humour and social justice, along with impeccable timi

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Patty Griffin

Patty Griffin

Sage Gateshead 15 January 2016 American singer-songwriter Patty Griffin calls in at the Sage Gateshead on 16 January at the start of her 52-date 2016 tour. Showcasing her new album ‘Servant of Love’, Griffin, whose romance with Robert Plant is now over, uses the songs on the new record to explore humanity’s connection with nature along with its place in society and time. A Grammy winner for her 2010 gospel album ‘Downtown Church’ and Americana Album of the Year winner for ‘Children Ru

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Are you ready to rock?

Are you ready to rock?

Following the success of their sell-out 2015 UK tour, The Classic Rock Show kicks off its 2016 tour at the Sage Gateshead on 15 January and plays another gig near the North East at the York Barbican on 19 January. The show promises to be bigger, fresher, and even better and will showcase 'Part 2' of the greatest guitar riffs of all time. From the opening sounds of Led Zeppelin's 'Whole Lotta Love' to Queen's powerhouse anthem 'I Want It All' via AC/DC's 'Highway To Hell' and everything

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Philippa Hanna joins Leona Lewis on tour

Philippa Hanna joins Leona Lewis on tour

This year looks set to be a memorable one for UK artist Philippa Hanna as the Sheffield-based singer/songwriter opens for Leona Lewis on tour, hitting the Sage Gateshead on 25 February. Having already toured with acts including Lionel Richie, Wet Wet Wet, Rebecca Ferguson and Collabro, Philippa believes this could be the best yet. Legendary voice coach Brett Manning connected Philippa and Leona via Skype in 2015 at the end of her singing lesson. Fans on the tour will hear a preview

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New stage for soap stars

New stage for soap stars

EastEnders viewers are used to watching Shane Richie and Jessie Wallace on-screen as Kat and Alfie but now the duo are taking to the stage together for the first time as they come to Newcastle Theatre Royal with The Perfect Murder from 22-27 Feb.The setting is new but the set-up is similar, with the actors cast in another tumultuous husband-and-wife relationship for this adaptation of the bestseller by crime thriller novelist Peter James.Jessie said: “Part of the reason I wanted to do

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Our Joe is Joseph

Our Joe is Joseph

Image: Michael Walker Photography The boy from South Shields done good! Joe McElderry is out on tour playing to packed houses as he stars in the Bill Kenwright production of Joseph and His Technicolor Dreamcoat around the UK.Catch him from 31 May-4 June at Sunderland Empire Theatre (0844 871 3022)Joe follows in the footsteps of many famous past Josephs including Jason Donovan and Donny Osmond, but you can be sure his performance will be one to remember.For more information see http://www.

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