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Darlington Civic Theatre’s got kitsch covered in January, as Steve Steinman’s classic rock show Vampires Rock heads to the theatre on Thursday 15th January; if something a little more serious is your bag you could do worse than head along from Monday 19th until Saturday 24th January to see supernatural thriller The Woman In Black. Dance fans will be enchanted by a trio of ballet masterpieces, featuring light-hearted Coppelia (Thursday 29th January), tragic Swan Lake (Friday 30th January) and family favourite The Nutcracker (Saturday 31st January and Sunday 1st February); plus there’s more ballet on offer later in February with The Russian State Ballet and Opera House’s production of Rigoletto (Tuesday 17th February).

Sebastian Faulks’ Birdsong provides some top notch drama from Tuesday 10th until Saturday 14th March as the production continues its tour of the region’s theatres; while

Puccini’s opera Madama Butterfly visits on Wednesday 25th March. If it’s tongue-in-cheek comedy you’re after, you’re well catered for thanks to Grumpy Old Women: Fifty Shades Of Beige (main image above) on Thursday 9th April and hit comedy The Naked Truth from Wednesday 6th until Saturday 9th May.


Durham’s Gala are among the region’s theatres welcoming a range of live screenings from National Theatre among others, bringing London productions to the North East. Treats on offer include Robert Louis Stevenson’s story of murder, money and mutiny Treasure Island (pictured above, Thursday 22nd January and Wednesday 18th February); Meera Syal’s tale of Mumbai’s slums Behind The Beautiful Forevers (Thursday 12th March) and romantic comedy and epic fairytale Man & Superman, featuring Ralph Fiennes (Thursday 14th May). On an operatic note, Durham’s Opera Ensemble present Mozart’s favourite The Marriage of Figaro (Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd February); English Touring Opera present enchanting story of young love, La Boheme, on Monday 18th May and the proud and fierce story of The Siege Of Calais (Tuesday 19th May).

If you still miss Breaking Bad (or haven’t watched it yet) condense the madness into one short sharp shock with One Man Breaking Bad: The Unofficial Parody (Monday 16th March) as LA actor Miles Allen smacks the senses with his super-charged, crazily accurate renditions of all the iconic characters, breaking down all six seasons into one tour-de-force performance.


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