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Bat Out of Hell @ Theatre Royal Newcastle

19 January 2021 - 30 January 2021

Direct from electrifying audiences in London, Toronto, Germany and New York, Jim Steinman’s spectacular award-winning musical Bat Out of Hell hits the road on a UK tour in 2021, uniquely combining the magic and excitement of a musical with the immense energy of rock ‘n’ roll.

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An Evening with Nick Butter – The Tales of an Extraordinary World First Expedition @ The Witham

27 January 2021

Nick is best known for his global expedition – ‘Running The World 196‘.

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Razzamataz Newcastle presents Razz Gold @ Tyne Theatre & Opera House

30 January 2021

Join the talented students of Razzamataz theatre schools Newcastle as they take you on a journey of classics, legends and soon to be greats in their showcase ‘Razz Gold.’

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Waitress @ Sunderland Empire

01 February 2021 - 06 February 2021

When a hot new doctor arrives in town, life gets complicated. With the support of her workmates Becky and Dawn, Jenna overcomes the challenges she faces and finds that laughter, love and friendship can provide the perfect recipe for happiness.

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Scottish Ballet’s The Nutcracker @ Theatre Royal Newcastle

03 February 2021 - 06 February 2021

Costumes plucked from the most gorgeous chocolate box; Tchaikovsky’s score to transport you to a land of dreams; and a story lifted straight from the pages of a classic fairy tale.

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03 February 2021

From the producers of Anything For Love - The Meat Loaf Story comes the classic rock musical sensation that’s been rocking the nation for 19 years.

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Singin' in the Rain @ Theatre Royal Newcastle

09 February 2021 - 13 February 2021

A smash-hit at Chichester Festival Theatre and in the West end, Jonathan Church’s critically acclaimed production of Singin’ in the Rain is back to make a splash in 2021.

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Strictly Ballroom the Musical @ Theatre Royal Newcastle

15 February 2021 - 20 February 2021

Strictly Ballroom the Musical, based on the world-wide film phenomenon, will be foxtrotting into Newcastle starring Strictly Come Dancing’s Kevin Clifton!

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Royal Shakespeare Company’s The Winter’s Tale @ Theatre Royal Newcastle

23 February 2021 - 27 February 2021

The world’s most famous theatre company returns to Newcastle Theatre Royal with Shakespeare’s moving tale of jealousy, delusion and redemption.

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GANGSTA GRANNY @ Darlington Hippodrome

25 February 2021 - 28 February 2021

It's Friday night and Ben knows that means only one thing - staying with Granny! There will be cabbage soup, cabbage pie and cabbage cake and Ben knows one thing for sure - it's going to be sooooooooo boring! But what Ben doesn't know is that Granny has a secret - and Friday nights are about to get more exciting than he could ever imagine, as he embarks on the adventure of a lifetime with his very own Gangsta Granny!

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Hairspray The Musical @ Sunderland Empire

01 March 2021 - 06 March 2021

It’s Baltimore, 1962 where Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with big hair and an even bigger heart, is on a mission to follow her dreams and dance her way onto national TV. Tracy’s audition makes her a local star and soon she is using her new-found fame to fight for equality, bagging local heartthrob Link Larkin along the way!

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Friends – The Musical Parody @ Tyne Theatre & Opera House

02 March 2021

Friends! The Musical Parody celebrates and pokes fun at the wacky misadventures of the group of 20-something pals we love from the hit TV show as they navigate the pitfalls of work, life, and love in 1990’s Manhattan.

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THE GOOD OLD DAYS OF VARIETY @ Darlington Hippodrome

16 March 2021

The award-winning show takes you back to the great days of variety entertainment.

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Unexpected Twist @ Theatre Royal Newcastle

17 March 2021 - 20 March 2021

Unexpected Twist is the re-telling of the Charles Dickens classic, Oliver Twist, by one the best-loved figures in the children’s book world, Michael Rosen. Two stories in one; Rosen’s story and the Dickens classic that inspired it. Two stories that twist together, unexpectedly!

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Tyne Theatre Productions present: RENT

17 March 2021 - 20 March 2021

Set in the East Village of New York City, Rent is about falling in love, finding your voice and living for today. Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Rent has become a pop cultural phenomenon, with songs that rock and a story that resonates with audiences of all ages.

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Francis Rossi: I Talk Too Much @ Tyne Theatre & Opera House

22 March 2021

Legendary Status Quo lead singer Francis Rossi will share the extraordinary secrets of his 50-plus years in rock’n’roll when he takes to the stage for an intimate evening of chat and music.

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Opera North / Carmen @ Theatre Royal Newcastle

23 March 2021 - 27 March 2021

A masterpiece of obsession and self-destruction.

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Opera North / Alcina @ Theatre Royal Newcastle

24 March 2021

On Alcina’s island, nothing is as it seems...

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BY THE WATERS OF LIVERPOOL @ Darlington Hippodrome

24 March 2021 - 25 March 2021

Sian Reeves (Coronation Street), Mark Moraghan (Holby City), Parry Glasspool (Hollyoaks), Lucy Dixon (Waterloo Road) & Eric Potts (Coronation Street) join Lynn Francis, Danny O'Brien, Roy Carruthers and Chloe McDonald.

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Opera North / The Girl of the Golden West @ Theatre Royal Newcastle

26 March 2021

A gun-toting tale of true love and second chances

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The Commitments

29 March 2021 - 03 April 2021

The Commitments is a fantastically feel good celebration of soul.

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Enchanted Entertainment present: The Wizard of Oz Easter Panto @ Tyne Theatre & Opera House

03 April 2021 - 04 April 2021

3pm & 7pm Sat, 1pm & 5pm Sun

Starring comedy legend BOBBY DAVRO as Scarecrow and panto favourite CHARLIE RICHMOND as Lion!

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POSTPONED - Horrible Histories @ Gala Theatre and Cinema

03 April 2021 - 04 April 2021

We all want to meet people from history. The trouble is everyone is dead!

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WHAT'S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT? @ Darlington Hippodrome

06 April 2021

WHAT'S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT? is a joyous show celebrating the music of Tina Turner.

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MILKSHAKE! LIVE @ Darlington Hippodrome

10 April 2021

Milkshake Monkey can't wait to put on a spectacular new musical for you all!

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WEOS Musical Productions present: The Sound of Music @ Tyne Theatre & Opera House

13 April 2021 - 17 April 2021

WEOS Musical Productions, the company behind previous musical successes My Fair Lady and Top Hat, return to the Tyne Theatre stage in 2020 with The Sound of Music.

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THE KITE RUNNER @ Darlington Hippodrome

13 April 2021 - 17 April 2021

The Kite Runner, an outstanding and unforgettable theatrical tour de force comes to Darlington Hippodrome.

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POSTPONED - Friends! The Parody Musical @ Gala Theatre and Cinema

16 April 2021

Friends! The Musical Parody celebrates and pokes fun at the wacky misadventures of the group of 20-something pals we love from the hit TV show as they navigate the pitfalls of work, life, and love in 1990’s Manhattan.

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05 May 2021


Named by The Guinness Book of Records as 'the world's greatest living explorer', SIR RANULPH FIENNES has spent his life in pursuit of extreme adventure; inspiring generations and risking life and limb in some of the most ambitious private expeditions ever undertaken.

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WALK RIGHT BACK @ Darlington Hippodrome

18 May 2021

After phenomenal sell out tours, WALK RIGHT BACK is...BACK! From the Producers of That'll be the Day, the show tells the story of the most successful duo of all time - The Everly Brothers.

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SEVEN DRUNKEN NIGHTS @ Darlington Hippodrome

22 May 2021

Direct from the West End and having sold out venues worldwide, SEVEN DRUNKEN NIGHTS - THE STORY OF THE DUBLINERS returns to theatres in 2021 with a brand new production for its incredible 5th Anniversary tour.

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School of Rock @ Theatre Royal Newcastle

24 May 2021 - 29 May 2021


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SIX @ Theatre Royal Newcastle

31 May 2021 - 05 June 2021


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THE TIGER WHO CAME TO TEA @ Darlington Hippodrome

03 June 2021 - 05 June 2021

Direct from the West End, the Olivier Award nominated smash hit show, THE TIGER WHO CAME TO TEA returns on tour, celebrating over 10 years on stage!

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Walk Right Back - The Everly Brothers Story @ Sunderland Empire

26 June 2021

Featuring hits such as Bye Bye Love, All I Have To Do Is Dream and Cathy’s Clown, this unique concert-based musical entwines the wonderful, sad yet glorious story of The Everly Brothers around those trademark “harmonies from heaven”.

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POSTPONED - Dreamboys @ O2 City Hall Newcastle

31 July 2021

The Dreamboys are without a shadow of a doubt the UK's most famous and successful show of its kind in history...

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POSTPONED - The Book of Mormon @ Theatre Royal Newcastle

01 September 2021 - 25 September 2021

The Book of Mormon is the outrageous musical comedy from the creators of South Park, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, and Bobby Lopez, co-writer of Avenue Q and Frozen, follows the misadventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries, sent on a mission to a place that’s about as far from Salt Lake City as you can get.

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The Thunder Girls @ Tyne Theatre & Opera House

16 September 2021 - 18 September 2021

A new play with songs – starring Beverley Callard, Carol Harrison, Gary Webster and Coleen Nolan.

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THE CARPENTERS STORY @ Darlington Hippodrome

01 October 2021

This highly acclaimed production continues to captivate audiences across the UK with its spectacular celebration of the classic songbook that made The Carpenters a legend in the world of popular music, selling over 100 million albums and singles.

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02 October 2021

AN EVENING WITH SIR MICHAEL PARKINSON celebrates the life and career of a man who has interviewed over 2000 of the most important cultural figures of the 20th and 21st centuries.

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LIZ JONES '8 1/2 STONE & STILL FULL OF ISSUES' @ Darlington Hippodrome

12 October 2021

LIZ JONES, much read columnist in the Mail on Sunday, with over 69 million readers around the world, makes her stage debut with her brand-new show.

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THE COMMITMENTS @ Darlington Hippodrome

01 November 2021 - 06 November 2021

THE COMMITMENTS is a fantastically feel good celebration of soul. Returning to tour the UK and Ireland 5 years after a phenomenally successful, record breaking run in London's West End and subsequent sell-out tour. THE COMMITMENTS is based on the BAFTA award-winning film classic.

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Ant Middleton Mind Over Muscle Tour 2021 @ O2 City Hall Newcastle

07 November 2021

Ant Middleton is the best-selling author most widely known as the chief instructor on Channel 4’s hit show, SAS: Who Dares Wins. Back with a brand-new tour, he’ll share personal stories and his philosophy on how to live your best life, as well as going in depth on his TV adventures.

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POSTPONED - Not: Lady Chatterley’s Lover @ Tyne Theatre & Opera House

08 November 2021

Happy Idiot in association with Worthing Theatres and Museum presents: Not: Lady Chatterley’s Lover
A parody of Lady Chatterley’s Lover by DH Lawrence...

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BEYOND THE BARRICADE @ Darlington Hippodrome

10 November 2021

Celebrating a fantastic 21 years touring in 2020, the UK's longest running Musical Theatre Concert Tour features past principal performers from Les Miserables and delivers over two hours of the best of Broadway and the West End, ending or course with a stunning finale from Les Mis.

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THE DREAMBOYS @ Darlington Hippodrome

11 November 2021

THE DREAMBOYS, the UK's most famous girl's night out, are back and hotter than ever with a brand-new show and UK tour for 2020.

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MAMMA MIA! @ Sunderland Empire

05 July 2022 - 16 July 2022

Join us at MAMMA MIA! and enjoy the ultimate feel-good factor at the world’s sunniest and most exhilarating smash-hit musical!


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