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Sunderland Empire provide the usual mix of thrills and spills, with huge touring shows featuring alongside smaller niche events. BBC Radio’s multi award-winning antidote to panel games I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue arrives on Thursday 8th January, featuring Barry Cryer, Graeme Garden, Tim Brooke-Taylor, Jeremy Hardy and host Sandi Toksvig; while British slapstick at its finest One Man, Two Guvnors visits Sunderland from Tuesday 20th until Saturday 24th January.

On the raunchier side of comedy, Claire Sweeney’s Sex In Suburbia looks at dating, men and finding Mr Right on Monday 9th March; and if you’re after some look-away horror of a different nature, Circus Of Horrors’ Night Of The Zombie thrills and spills on Monday 16th March. Those of a less nervous disposition will enjoy Verdi’s gripping love story, La Traviata, on Thursday 19th March; and the longest running stage production of them all, The Moustrap, brings murder mystery delights from Tuesday 5th until Saturday 9th May.

Monty Python’s Spamalot (pictured below) heads to Wearside from Monday 18th until Saturday 23rd May, telling the legendary tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table in typically Python-esque style; while on Friday 5th June a bevvy of beauties invite you to enjoy An Evening of Burlesque.

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Arts Centre Washington continues to present some excellent cutting edge theatre in the first half the year. First up is Open Clasp Theatre’s Jumping Puddles, on Thursday 26th February, which tells the tale of two sisters at war and on a fast-track to adulthood. The Paper Birds offer up real life stories from the front line of poverty and debt in Broke (main image above), heading to the theatre on Thursday 12th March, taking a heartfelt and urgent look at the debt of a Nation from displaced families and gambling addictions to beans on toast.

Fertile Ground present two new dance works on Friday 20th March, A New Chimera annihilates borders and barriers, questioning the compartmentalisation of dance; while Shields Of Bone explores the ultimate boundary of skin and bone that separates people. On Thursday 26th March Theatre Ad Infinitum reinvents the timeless Greek myth Odyssey in a journey that will ignite and imagination and enliven the senses. Rounding the first half of the year off is The Life & Loves Of A Nobody, from internationally celebrated theatre makers Third Angel, exploring the gap between our dreams and our realities (Thursday 21st and Friday 22nd May).


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