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64 Dovecot Street, Stockton-on-Tees, England, TS18 1LL
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Albert Lee

One of the finest guitarists the world has ever seen, double Grammy award winner Albert Lee returns to ARC.

Thu 7 Oct


Sun 17 Oct


Amelia Coburn Plus Support

It may seem strange to come out of hibernation during the winter but Amelia Coburn says she feels just like that. Having spent the past few years studying and travelling and playing around the world it's time for the BBC Young Folk Awards nominee to devote her time to what she does best and deliver on her promise. Evolving from her roots as a purely covers artists (but what covers! Life On Mars, Ghosts Town, Wuthering Heights) she is moving into the realms of a classic songwriter. Her evocative, poetic and beguiling original material seems to come from some mystical wellspring of cosmic music. Much like her heroes Cole Porter, Paul McCartney and Kate Bush her songs sound like they have been around for eternity yet sound like nobody else. With subject matter ranging from mythical pirate captains, post-mortem revenge, sleep paralysis and other less-trodden paths she manages to weave stories into richly detailed pieces that are, at once, folk infused and familiar yet other-worldly. All delivered in her unique, expressive and often haunting voice and maturing with each song/performance, you really need to catch her live in this intimate setting before she ascends into the songwriter stratosphere.

Sat 12 Dec


The Brand-New, Full-Throated Adventures of Reginald D Hunter

The Brand-New, Full-Throated Adventures of Reginald D Hunter

Mick Perrin Worldwide

Reginald D Hunter returns to the Fringe this summer with his highly anticipated new show. For over 20 years his searingly honest material has garnered him a cross-generational fan base. TV appearances have included Have I Got News for You?, and two series of BBC Two's hugely popular Reginald D Hunter's Songs of the South, documenting Reginald's epic road trip through American popular song. 'Compelling onstage charisma. He remains a towering presence in absolute control' ★★★★ (Evening Standard). 'Arguably the most accomplished act in the comedy section of your Fringe brochure' (Scotsman).

Thu 10 Jun


Bridget Christie - Who Am I?

The Edinburgh Comedy Award, Rose d’Or and South Bank Sky Arts Award winner presents her highlyanticipated brand new show. Join Bridget as she tries to work out who she is and see her tell one of the most expensive and dangerous jokes in the history of stand-up. Star of BBC Radio 4 series Bridget Christie Minds the Gap and the first British woman to have her own Netflix special.

Thu 11 Nov


The Burnt Orange Heresy

The Burnt Orange Heresy
  • 2019
  • UK, Italy
  • 1h 39min
  • Directed by: Giuseppe Capotondi
  • Cast: Elizabeth Debicki, Donald Sutherland, Claes Bang

An art dealer is hired to steal a painting from an enigmatic artist, only to become gripped by his own greed.

Thu 3 Dec

£6–£8 (£4)

Cattle & Cane

This show is now SOLD OUT. 

Join Teesside's ever popular Cattle ">After spending the past couple of years sharing stages with the likes of Tom Odell, Brian Wilson, Stereophonics, The Head & The Heart, Madness and Lewis Capaldi, Cattle ">Sold-out signs are commonplace at their own headline gigs, including huge regional statement dates at Sage Gateshead and Middlesbrough Town Hall, where a crowd of 1,100 witnessed a magical performance alongside the Northern Orchestra.

Led by siblings Helen and Joe Hammill, C">As well as extensive support from BBC Introducing, they’ve picked up radio play from Elton John on Beats 1, Dermot O’Leary on BBC Radio 2, Anneka Rice on BBC Radio 2, OJ Borg on BBC Radio 2, Janice Long ‘Janice Loves’ on BBC Radio 2 ">Thanks to playlists like New Music Friday UK, Your Coffee Break and Feelgood Pop, to name but a few, Cattle ">In 2018, Middlesbrough FC printed the lyrics to Teesside anthem ‘Infant Hercules’ on the club’s home shirts, cementing Cattle ">During a difficult 2020 for all those in the creative industries, Cattle & Cane have selflessly raised thousands of pounds for charities including Shelter, Movember and Great North Air Ambulance via virtual gigs and special cover versions. Alongside that, they’ve been working on new music in the studio (did somebody say a new EP in 2021?) and Joe has also continued to write with other artists, including recent singles for Ward Thomas and Lucy Spraggan.

We are continuing to monitor and adapt to the latest restrictions surrounding COVID-19 and will keep customers informed about any changes to events as the situation develops.

Wed 16 Dec


Thu 17 Dec


Chris McCausland

Chris McCausland

A brand new stand-up show following a stonking set on Live at the Apollo and a sell-out Fringe, one of the UK's top stand-ups Chris McCausland is on tour. Sunday Times Best of the Edinburgh Fringe 2018.   He's blind. He's a dad. He's a husband. He's third in command. He'll speaky about all of that, and loads more.   "A joke heavy show with gags a plenty" (The List)   “Passionate and rib-tickling. An illuminating, heartfelt performance. Highly recommended!” (EdFestMagazine)   'Proper stand-up, honest, straightforward, balls-out funny' (   "He paints us pictures with fantastical words and images… it's almost impossible not to like him" (ThreeWeeks)

Sat 22 May


The Christians

***Rescheduled Date***

Renowned for an endless string of soulful yet socially aware hits… Forgotten Town, Ideal World, Born Again, Harvest for the World, What’s in a Word, Hooverville, Words, Father, The Bottle and many more, *The Christians *enjoyed huge acclaim in the late 80s and early 90s both in the UK and Europe and often confused people with their band name (in fact just the brothers' surname with absolutely no religious connotation!).

Still headed by enigmatic lead singer Garry Christian (who very much deserves the Daily Mirror’s description of him as having ‘one of the finest voices in pop') who has only gained in vocal stature (and wit!) over the years, the band are enjoying a revival currently touring successfully in the UK and Europe.


Sat 17 Apr


Daliso Chaponda: Apocalypse Not Now

Finalist of Britain’s Got Talent and star of BBC Radio 4’s Citizen of Nowhere Daliso Chaponda is back out of the house and on a stage with a new hour of the slickest, sharpest look at life. It’s fair to say that 2020 hasn’t been going to plan for Daliso… but he’s been performing online daily to millions of viewers, this is your first chance to see what this master of satire has been cooking up!

Sat 6 Mar


Daliso Chaponda: Blah Blah Blacklist

Daliso Chaponda: Blah Blah Blacklist

Stand-up from the Britain's Got Talent star, who explores blacklisted celebrities and historical figures we're ashamed we once admired.

Sat 6 Mar


Ed Byrne: If I'm Honest

Ed Byrne: If I'm Honest …

The observational comic discusses whether he has any traits worthy of being inherited by his progeny. In addition to his time on the comedy circuit, Byrne has also become a recognisable face on the telly, featuring on Live At The Apollo, Mock The Week, *The Pilgrimage, Top Gear and QI.

Sat 8 May


Fairport Convention

Fairport Convention

Veteran folk group whose current line-up features founding member Simon Nicol with Gerry Conway, Chris Leslie, Dave Pegg and Ric Sanders.

Thu 27 May


Gary Meikle - Surreal

Age guide: 16 plus

“After his meteoric rise through the ranks, Scottish Comedy Award winner and viral sensation Gary Meikle is back with his second tour show, Surreal! A word that perfectly describes Gary’s last twelve months. He started the year performing in comedy clubs, and ended it selling out big theatres in the UK as well as tours in America, Canada and Europe!

Not one for mincing his words, Gary has been described as “playfully dark”. His cheeky chappie nature and ability to get away with talking about anything will have you laughing at things you probably shouldn’t be! As always, Gary will draw material from his own real-life experiences, including his unique family dynamic and his rapid rise to online fame. Quickly putting his audiences at ease, a night of stand up with Gary feels like a night in the pub chatting with friends!

Having performed to tens of thousands of people over the past year, Gary has found a new confidence and level of openness on stage, meaning he doesn’t hold back on giving his opinions, no matter how warped! The new show will cover topics such as evolution, social media, how to deal with burglars, single mums, bee sex, small man syndrome and much more. Gary is a fast paced, punchy storyteller that finds the funny in anything!”

Fri 22 Jan


Hue & Cry

Hue and Cry

Soulful pop, jazzy influences and urban grooves from Scotrock veterans Pat and Greg Kane.

Fri 5 Mar


Jarlath Regan: Notions 11

Since bursting onto the scene in 2013 Jarlath has won unanimous rave reviews for his stand up and online content. His new show Notions 11 is no different. Expect an expertly crafted hour of interlocking stand up and stories about the world we live in. As seen on Comedy Central’s Standup Central, Russell Howard’s Good News, Tonight At The Palladium and as heard on BBC Radio 4 and The Guilty Feminist. Jarlath is best known for his world beating podcast An Irishman Abroad and his critically acclaimed stand up show Organ Freeman about donating a kidney to his brother. “Skilfully seeded stand-up that confirms Regan’s abilities to move with belly laughs and tears in a single routine.” ★★★★ Jay Richardson, The Scotsman “Downright hilarious… his own brand of comedy genius.” The Irish Times “More laughs in the first 15 minutes than most comedians can muster in a whole hour.” Metro

Fri 19 Feb


Jason Byrne Wrecked But Ready

Jason Byrne: You Can Come in, But Don't Start Anything

The immensely popular Fringe fave takes to the stage for an hour of his raucous stand-up.

Sat 6 Nov


Jason Cook - Pictures with my Family

Join Jason Cook for his first one man show in many years.

After finding an old photo album, Jason takes us through a history of his loving, if odd, family who formed the basis for the hut TV show, Hebburn.

Expect atrocious '80s fashion, questionable decorating decisions, and a whole lot of love.

Belly laughs aren't as good on an empty stomach!

You don’t want to worry about your rumbling tummy heckling your favourite act because you skipped a filling meal.

With a two course  Pre-Show Dinner for just £10 at No 60 you won’t have to. Pre-book today and not only will we save you a table but you could even save on your bill too.

Spaces are limited so early booking is strongly advised.


Fri 9 Apr


Jason Manford: Like Me

Jason Manford confirms new tour, find out how to get presale tickets

The comic hits the road again with more observational comedy.

Thu 1 Jul


Jessica Fostekew: Hench

Jessica Fostekew: Hench

The host of The Guilty Feminist podcast talks about taking 'hench' as a compliment.

Thu 11 Feb

£12–£15 (£11.50)

John Archer

Sat 16 Jan

Prices to be confirmed

Fri 21 May

Prices to be confirmed

Laura Lexx: Knee Jerk

Laura Lexx: Knee Jerk

Lexx takes on society's big issues.

Thu 28 Jan


Lil Jimmy Reed & The A Team

From shot-gun shack and cotton-field to festival main stage, the prodigious talents of Lil’ Jimmy Reed have taken him a long way from the Mississippi river.  One of the last surviving performers of classic Louisiana down-home blues, Lil’ Jimmy’s stinging guitar work, gritty vocals and haunting harmonica have been taking Europe by storm. His music has won him many awards and an induction into the Blues Hall of Fame.  He is accompanied by the ‘A’ Team, comprising pianist Bob Hall, widely regarded as the UK’s finest blues and boogie exponent, and diminutive dynamo Hilary Blythe on rock steady bass.

Born Leon Atkins in 1938 in a shot-gun shack in Hardwood, LA, a small cotton town on a bend in the Mississippi river, he grew up near a nightclub where blues stars Slim Harpo and Lightnin’ Slim were frequent visitors. By day he picked cotton and every night he absorbed the sounds of the blues wafting across the street.  At six he had his own guitar, made from a cigar box, and by the time he was a teenager he was proficient on both guitar and harmonica, playing local clubs around Baton Rouge.  His big break came when the legendary Jimmy Reed failed to make a date and Leon got to take his place in the band.  He gave a show stopping performance, the crowd loved him, and when, soon after, Jimmy passed away, Leon became Lil’ Jimmy Reed.



Fri 8 Oct


Limehouse Lizzy

Limehouse Lizzy

A tribute to the most romantic of hard rock bands, Thin Lizzy, featuring hits such as 'Jailbreak', 'The Boys are Back in Town' and 'Still in Love With You'. It also incorporates tributes to the solo work of Lizzy's bassist, lead singer and songwriter Phil Lynott, and late guitarist Gary Moore.

Fri 19 Feb


Fri 21 Jan


Mark Thomas: 50 Things About Us

Mark Thomas: 50 Things About Us

Storytelling and stand-up about the British identity and the 'divided wasteland that some of us call the United Kingdom' from comedian Mark Thomas.

Thu 1 Apr

£3–£17.50 (£6.50–£12.50)

Thu 30 Sep

£3–£17.50 (£6.50–£12.50)

Nine Below Zero

Nine Below Zero

Hard rockin' blues and R&B outfit.

Sat 24 Apr


The ParaPod Movie

The first podcast to be turned into a feature length film, The ParaPod Movie follows Ian Boldsworth and Barry Dodds as they visit the most haunted village in the world, the home of the world’s most violent poltergeist, the underground labyrinths of Edinburgh, and everywhere in between, as Barry tries with increasing desperation to find some proof to convince his cynical friend that ghosts are real. What follows is a journey of true discovery, of shocks, emotional turmoil and a bewildering climax, peppered with The ParaPod’s trademark conflict and hilarity. You won’t believe it… but he will.

The movie will be followed by a live Q&A with Barry Dodds and Ian Boldsworth.

Sat 27 Mar


Paul Foot: Swan Power

Paul Foot: Swan Power


Greetings! It's my brand-new show, baybayyy! Ever considered the unique predicament of the soft-shell crab? I have. What about the numerous problems of organising a suburban orgy? The catering, for example. It's an absolute nightmare! The multi award-winning and critically acclaimed comedian presents his 10th solo Edinburgh show prior to extensive tours of the UK, Australia and New Zealand. 'Flat-out hilarious throughout, he remains one of the most original laugh-makers at the Fringe, consistently brilliant… this is live comedy at its most original' ★★★★★ (New European). 'A deranged genius' ★★★★ (Sydney Morning Herald).

Age category: 14+

Fri 5 Nov


Paul Sinha: Hazy Little Thing Called Love

Thus far, Paul has lived his life content in the understanding that stability and emotional happiness were lovely ideas but not really for him. Nonetheless, several decades of cheerfully bearing boozy witness to the narratives of others can slowly change a man. And so can a prosecco-fuelled Christmas.

“One of our most thoughtful and enjoyable comedians” Times

“This is what a good stand-up should be. Hilariously funny, passionate and articulate.” Chortle

"Makes you realise the power of stand-up comedy and the respect it deserves as an art form." Yorkshire Post

Rose d'Or Award winner for radio comedy, Chortle Award winner and Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee, Paul is a familiar voice on radio, appearing on Just A Minute, The News Quiz and Fighting Talk. On television, Paul has appeared on QI, Would I Lie to You? and Taskmaster. A lifetime of curiosity and learning informs Paul's comedy and this has led to another career, as a general knowledge expert on the ITV quiz show, The Chase.

Fri 22 Oct

£6–£15 (£13)

Pete Firman And The Amazing TBC (Award-Winning Magician/comedian)

Come and witness the first and possibly final performance of The Worlds Greatest Magical Double Act!Award-winning magician/comedian Pete Firman returns with a magic show like youve never seen before. As seen on Tonight at the London Palladium, The John Bishop Show and The Sarah Millican Television Programme. Every night he will be joined by a different special guest who has no previous conjuring experience. Together they will perform jaw-dropping magic without any rehearsal. Unplanned! Unpredictable! Unwise! Spellbinding (List). The new poster-boy for British comedy magic (Telegraph).Age category: 14+

Fri 16 Apr

£3–£18 (£6.50)

Rockin' All Over The Globe

For one night only some of the region’s best-loved musicians and singers are opening the vaults and bringing back the sounds of Stockton’s legendary Globe venue from the golden era of Rock ’n’ Roll through classic pop and beyond. The list of stars who passed through the doors of the soon-to-be-reopened venue goes on and on but suffice to say you’ll hear classic hits from The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Kinks, The Ronettes, Cliff Richard, The Supremes, Eddie Cochran, Buddy Holly and many many more in this showcase style event which aims to recreate the wild excitement of those halcyon days of the hit parade. With members of The Phat Tyrtles, The Southmartins, The Wildcats of Kilkenny and others on board its a guaranteed night of quality music and feel-good-factor that will have you twisting and shouting for more.

Fri 19 Mar


Sarah Millican: Bobby Dazzler

Sarah Millican: Bobby Dazzler

Sarah Millican muses about throwing poo over a wall, floatation tanks and weight loss via the loss of a fingertip on her sixth international tour.

Thu 6 May

Sold out

Sindhu Vee: Alphabet

A brand-new show about the hair we want, the friends we have, and living the vast difference between virus and viral.

Expect "outspoken, frank and funny stand-up" (Evening Standard) from this Edinburgh Comedy Awards Best Newcomer nominee.

As seen on Live At The Apollo, QI, Have I Got News For You and Sex Education and heard on Radio 4's Things My Mother Never Told Me (…About Lockdown) and The Guilty Feminist podcast.

“Acerbic perspective and unapologetic delivery” The List

Fri 14 May


Sindhu Vee: Sandhog

Sindhu Vee: Sandhog

Debut show from the host of BBC Radio 4's Comedy of the Week podcast.

Fri 14 May


Smoove & Turrell

Smoove & Turrell

A seductive take on Motown, funk and acid jazz from this Geordie vocal duo.

Sat 27 Mar


The Songs of Rod Stewart by Jim Cregan & Co

Rod Stewart's original guitarist brings his own band to town. Expect a whole lot of Rod - and more

Fri 18 Jun


Tez Ilyas: Populist

Tez Ilyas

The brand-new stand-up show from the star of The Tez OClock Show (Channel 4), TEZ Talks (BBC Radio 4) and the multi-award-winning Man Like Mobeen (BBC Three). Join Tez as he uses his trademark silly, smart and subversive approach to pit ordinary people against the establishment. Expect huge laughs, groans and shocks as Tez confronts the state of the world with his cheeky, provocative flair.

Fri 10 Sep


Tom Rosenthal

Tom Rosenthal

Let the beaky boy from Friday Night Dinner (Channel 4) and Plebs (ITV2) tell you the story of how he spent his life trying to avenge the theft of his foreskin.

Previous winner of the Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year and nominated for Best Breakthrough Artist at the British Comedy Awards.

'High energy, impressive and precociously smart.' The Guardian

'Like a young Mark Watson, he packs in a very high degree of laughs per minute.' The List

'I don't know whether you want to sell it as a whole show about your circumcision.' Tim Key

Sat 27 Feb

£3–£18.50 (£6.50–£16)

The Wildcats of Kilkenny Present: NativiTTTeessiders


The Wildcats of Kilkenny parties in ARC have become the traditional ‘start’ of Christmas for thousands of teessiders. 18 years since the building reopened their shows have been nailed on sell outs within our Christmas programme brimming over with Teesside pride, emotive moments and an infectiously joyful atmosphere.

Sadly, as we all know, the usual beer drenched ‘scenes of mild peril’ and rammed dance-floor simply can’t happen this year. The lads promise that as soon as it is safe to do so they WILL reunite for a one off mother of all parties but for now, for one year only, the Wildcats present…



Join us in our very own Dirty Old Town Of Bethlehem as Mike and the lads frame their classic anthems and a stack of Christmas classics within a (vague) re-telling of the Nativity story. But in true Wildcat tradition – you can watch on AND be part of the show. DRESS as your favourite nativity character, (spot prizes for best effort); STAR as one of the Wildcats primary school percussion trolley band; SPARKLE with badly pimped up Christmas Jumpers and no matter what, be prepared to enjoy Christmas just like the ones you used to know. And, because this is a very unique year – and one where being with loved ones seems so so important, the two EARLY shows are going to be turned down (a little) and pitched at a family audience.

ALL four of the shows will be Christmas crackers so as you would expect, be prepared for an unashamedly Teesside vibe, sprinkles of snow and some very special guests because… as so many of you have said, ‘It’s not Christmas til The Wildcats SAY it’s Christmas…’

When booking for this event you should only book for one household or bubble per order, the maximum number of tickets per order is six. We will be allocating seats to keep households and bubbles together, and socially distanced from one another to comply with the current restrictions.

We are continuing to monitor and adapt to the latest restrictions surrounding COVID-19 and will keep customers informed about any changes to events as the situation develops.

Saturday 19th December 8pm



We know that not everyone will be able to attend these shows for lots of different reasons. Nothing can ever replace the atmosphere of being in the room but to bring a little bit of that Christmas spirit into homes across Teesside and beyond ARC are providing an online link for you to enjoy the show in the comfort of your own kitchen. The ‘Live by Catellite’ offer is available for £5. Subscribers will receive an exclusive log in code on the evening of the show and free entry into a draw to win 6 tickets for the Wildcats end of lockdown party. You can book for this here. 


Fri 18 Dec
Sat 19 Dec

Wishbone Ash

Fresh on the heels of their hugely successful 50th Anniversary celebratory shows around the world, Wishbone Ash return to these shores with their iconic twin-guitar sound and a brand new album under their belt. With “Coat of Arms” adding to their vast catalogue of work and marking their 100th unique release, you can expect to be treated to the best of an extremely impressive repertoire… including those much-loved classics, The King Will Come, Throw Down The Sword & Blowin’ Free.

Tue 26 Oct


Mixed arts centre with three performance spaces for music, film, comedy, theatre and more. Also hosts workshops, conferences and training sessions. Cafe open form 9am–9pm Mon-Sat (excluding bank holidays) offering food, drink and free WiFi. ARC is approximately a 10 minute walk from Stockton train station and 20 minutes from Thornaby station.

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