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With the early part of the year taken up with live music and comedy at Playhouse Whitley Bay, theatre gets a decent look in around March time, with Moscow Ballet La Classique presenting Sleeping Beauty on Monday 16th March. The classic tale gets a sumptuous performance, with wonderful characters and Tchaikovsky’s delectable score. There’s more dance action courtesy of Gillian Quinn School of Dance’s production of La Fille Mal Gardee on Sunday 29th March, with its cast of young lovers, formidable mothers and hapless swains.

If opera’s more your bag, Whitley Bay Operatic Society present hit musical Sunshine On Leith from Tuesday 21st until Saturday 25th April, the production follows the highs and lows of Ally and Davy as they return home to Leith from the army. Featuring the music of The Proclaimers it’s a feel-good success story. There’s more heart-warming tales on offer from Gladys, Elsie and Olive in Dirty Dusting on Wednesday 20th May, the play written by Ed Waugh and Trevor Wood has received rave reviews.


South Shields’ Customs House kicks off their season with up and coming talent on Wednesday 28th January, offering local people the chance to show their skills at Customs Talent; youngsters can get in on the act too on Tuesday 3rd February at Young People’s Drama Festival. One for all the family, and inspired by the comics of Marvel and DC, The Raven (main image above) is an original musical filled with swashbuckling action, revenge, deranged villains, a dashing hero and a very surprising sidekick, that heads to the coast on Thursday 5th and Friday 6th March.

Frank Sumatra (no, you didn’t read that wrong) is a dark and surreal comedy performed in the style of a radio drama about an unruly orangutang (pictured above, Monday 9th March); while Men Of The Tyne is heart-warming show capturing the stories of men who worked in the Tyne shipyards from the 1950’s to the 1980’s (Thursday 26th March). Taking a journey to the edge of our island, Alexander Kelly’s Cape Wrath is a compelling and intimate tale about life lessons (Monday 20th April); while The Devil Wears Primark is a belting comedy about mother-in-laws and the nation’s sex life (Wednesday 22nd April).

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