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Middlesbrough Theatre offer up a range of local and touring shows in the first half of the year. Of particular note is Teechers by John Godber, a classic comedy about life at a modern comprehensive, on Thursday 26th February. More top notch drama’s on offer thanks to Sell A Door’s production of Jekyll And Hyde (pictured below) on Tuesday 17th March, bringing Robert Louis Stevenson’s murderous scientist and his alter-ego to life; while on Wednesday 8th April, the 35th Anniversary Gala celebration of Vienna’s Festival Ballet presents highlights from the world’s most beloved Tchaikovsky ballets.

Toilet humour abounds in Royal Flush on Thursday 16th April, a revealing, touching and hilarious account of Yorkshireman Thomas Crapper; and from Thursday 14th until Saturday 16th May Middlesbrough Theatre and less is MORE present And A Nightingale Sang, first produced at Live Theatre in 1977, it’s the story of Helen Stott’s struggle to keep her family together through the day to day drama of the second world war.


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Having only announced their productions up to March at the time of going to print, ARC in Stockton still have a pretty impressive line-up of theatre productions. Their revolutionary Pay What You Decide scheme also means you can be unafraid to try out something new.

Kicking off with Too Much, Too Young (main image above) on Friday 9th January, the story follows Jack Bennett, once world-renowned musician now two-bit actor with an identity crisis. February sees some thought-provoking theatre from Soroush and Routes North entitled My Brother’s Country, the play about Islam, sexuality and how our world came to be the way it is will get engage and delight. Strike!, heading to ARC on Thursday 5th March, uses intense physicality and humour, innovative aerial structures, straps, slack rope and a deluge of cardboard boxes to blur the boundaries between circus and theatre; while the Teesside production of Jumping Puddles (also heading to Arts Centre Washington and Live Theatre) on Thursday 12th March looks at the fragility of life.

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