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Millenium Place, Durham, England, DH1 1WA
  • Box office 03000 266600
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Alice Fraser

Everything’s a matter of time, one way or another. Come see Australian comedian Alice Fraser (The Bugle) turn time inside out and back to front. It’ll be fun! It’s a comedy show! No-one’s going to die, except you know… we’re all going to die.

As heard/seen on The Bugle, BBC Radio 4 and Amazon Prime.

“She could give Daniel Kitson a run for his money…. Fraser can write a cracking joke…” Chortle ★★★★

“Poignant and gut-punchingly funny…a total star in her own right” Herald Sun ★★★★★

“Truly extraordinary… go and see this show” The Scotsman

“A sexy cerebral twist to comedy “ ★★★★★  Out In Perth

“A life changer“ ★★★★★ Edinburgh Guide

Fri 12 Nov

£13 (£11)

Andy Parsons

Tour extended due to popular demand!

‘It was 24 June 2016 and I found myself contemplating a supermarket meal deal. I only wanted a sandwich and I only needed a sandwich but given that I could get a snack and a drink for only 5p more it seemed financially irresponsible not to. I had spent so long pondering the EU Referendum result from the day before that I was now in a massive rush. The lad on the till scanned the first two items no problem but the third item he couldn’t get to scan at all. I thought this is going to be a nightmare – there was a queue building up and he looked like he was going to call the supervisor. Then to his credit, he tried to scan it one more time, it wouldn’t scan – so he went ‘bip’ himself and chucked it through. And it was at that moment I thought “oh we’ll be alright as a country we will”.

And we will be alright. Trust me. I’m not a politician.’

Age restriction: 14+ due to swearing and adult content

As seen on Mock the Week, Live at the Apollo, Q.I. etc. – and repeated on Dave.

‘A consistently strong exposer of bullshit and a plain-speaking truth-teller through his entire career’ The Guardian

‘Potent live performer…can nail a nonsense with beautiful economy of words’ The Times

‘Cracking adlibbing…a joke-rich rallying call for a better Britain’ The Guardian

‘Coruscating live performer specialising in lacerating topical gags’ The Independent

Sat 20 Feb

Ballroom Boys

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The Ballroom Boys double act, Ian Waite and Vincent Simone, are set to return in 2020 with a brand new show – Ian Waite and Vincent Simone…. Act Two, after the roaring success of their 5 star rated 2019 tour!

The fabulous Strictly Come Dancing stars promise another wonderful evening of old-fashioned variety – dance, comedy and song!

With beautiful costumes, gorgeous lighting and world class routines, including the Viennese Waltz, the Foxtrot, the Rhumba… and of course… there has to be another incredible Argentine Tango routine by the master! The boys will be joined by their stunning dance partners and a world class singer.

If you enjoyed The Ballroom Boys, then make sure you don’t miss the hilarious dancing duo when they bring you…. act two!

The meet and greet includes meeting Ian and Vincent for photo and autograph opportunities, plus a signed print.

The meet and greet is pre-show, 90 minutes before the show begins. All VIP ticket holders must arrive at least 10 minutes before the meet and greet is due to start. Anyone arriving late may not be permitted.

Tue 25 May

£32–£58 (£30)

Bridget Christie

Presented by Little Wander in association with PBJ Management.

The Edinburgh Comedy Award, Rose d’Or and South Bank Sky Arts Award winner presents her highly-anticipated 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.

Running time: approx 30 minutes first half, interval, 60 minutes second half.

Age guidance: 14+

“10th-best living comedian” (Times) “A masterclass” ★★★★★ (Guardian)

“Superb” ★★★★ (Telegraph) “I absolutely could not have done Nanette without the work that [Bridget Christie] did” – Hannah Gadsby

 

Wed 10 Nov

£19.50

Buddy Holly & The Cricketers

Buddy Holly & The Cricketers

Rock'n'rollercoaster of a show featuring all the timeless classics from a band who have been on the tribute trail for over a quarter of a century. Enjoy hits including 'That’ll Be The Day', 'Peggy Sue', 'Heartbeat', 'It Doesn’t Matter Anymore', 'Raining In My Heart' and 'Oh Boy!'.

Wed 10 Mar

£22 (£20)

Carl Hutchinson

Carl Hutchinson

He's supported fellow Geordie Chris Ramsay in the past and now Carl presents his own show about his (self-confessed) stubborn nature.

Sat 5 Sep

£16

Sat 11 Sep

£16

CBS: Sister Act

Deloris Van Cartier works in a nightclub for her gangster boyfriend. When she witnesses him murder one of his gang for speaking to the police she goes on the run, and he puts out a ‘hit’ on her. She reports it to the police who hide her in a convent on a witness protection programme.

Immediately she is at logger heads with the Mother Superior who tells her she is to have no contact with the outside world and is to live as a nun, and she appoints Deloris to work with the untuneful choir.

Deloris does what only she knows how to do and that is to teach them to sing as nightclub singers. Mother Superior is horrified; however, the Monsignor is impressed by how many people are reached by Deloris’s approach, and declares her to be a success.

Feeling undermined the Mother Superior does everything she can to get Deloris out of the convent, however, news has spread to the Vatican and a Papal visit is planned for Deloris and the choir to perform.

Deloris gangster boyfriend finds where she is hiding and sends in the ‘boys’ to finish her off, but ‘faith’ intervenes and the convent becomes her salvation.

This is a colourful, musical masterpiece that will leave you rocking in the pews, don’t miss out on this heart-warming, uplifting musical spectacular.

Wed 30 Jun

£19 (£17)

Thu 1 Jul

£19 (£17)

Fri 2 Jul

£19 (£17)

Sat 3 Jul

£19 (£17)

Chess the Musical

Following on from our award-winning production of “Evita”, Durham Musical Theatre Company is proud and privileged to be bringing to Durham the mega-hit musical “Chess”. This show is also written by Tim Rice, but this time with the ABBA musical writing team of Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, with original orchestrations and arrangements by Anders Eljas.

“Chess” is a heart-rending love story of a woman torn between two men, who happen to be the world’s greatest chess champions, one American and one Russian. Set against the background of the Cold War, the two governments attempt to manipulate an international chess championship for their own political ends. In this love triangle of political intrigue, their personal lives are constantly being influenced by the superpowers, and the heightened passions of these political struggles threaten to destroy both their lives and loves.

“Chess” opened in London in 1986 and as with “Evita”, the show starred Elaine Paige. The score became an instant sensation and includes the hit numbers: “I Know Him So Well”, “One Night in Bangkok”, “Anthem”, “Pity the Child”, “Heaven Help My Heart” and “Someone Else’s Story”.

This will be a rare opportunity to experience in Durham a powerful piece of musical theatre which has consistently received great reviews:

“Chess” is a fine piece of work that shows the dinosaur mega-musical evolving into an intelligent form of life ~ The Sunday Times

“Chess” convincingly proves that the modern musical has come of age ~ The Stage

“Chess” is gift wrapped and gorgeous ~ The Daily Telegraph

“Chess”, from its opening to its anthem of a finale, is a well-written and structured entertainment that is warm, emotional, intelligent and consistently watchable ~ BBC Radio London

Tue 16 Mar

£19–£20.50 (£19)

Wed 17 Mar

£19–£20.50 (£19)

Thu 18 Mar

£19–£20.50 (£19)

Fri 19 Mar

£19–£20.50 (£19)

Sat 20 Mar

£19–£20.50 (£19)

Chris Ramsey: Just Happy to Get Out of the House

Chris Ramsey: Just Happy to Get Out of the House

The genial Geordie brings his Edinburgh Comedy Award-nominated show to the masses. Featuring tales of fatherhood, following your dreams, how to be a gentleman and what not to do in life.

Sat 27 Mar

£24.64

Cloudbusting - The Music of Kate Bush

‘If you missed seeing Kate herself, Cloudbusting are the next best thing!’ Simon Mayo, BBC Radio 2

Cloudbusting have been championed by BBC ONE as one of the most authentic tributes in the world. Their passion for Kate’s music has won over sceptical fans everywhere, challenging perceptions of what a tribute band can be and resulting in sell-out performances across the UK.

‘There can only be one Kate Bush’ says vocalist Mandy Watson, who never attempts to mimic Kate on stage. ‘When you sing her music the characters in the songs take over – they are what you become, not Kate. We’re just fans, amazed at this opportunity to perform this music we love so much’

Many of Kate’s original collaborators from stage and studio have been inspired to join the band on stage, including bass player Del Palmer, drummer Preston Heyman and dancer Stewart Avon Arnold, all of whom performed with Kate on her legendary Tour of Life live shows 40 years ago.

Running Up That Hill, Wuthering Heights, Hounds of Love, Babooshka, This Woman’s Work, Wow… Cloudbusting can’t wait to whip up a storm of love for Kate’s music once again in 2020, their new show featuring all the hits you’d expect as well as many songs you wouldn’t! Accompanied by eyepopping visuals that highlight the drama of Kate’s music, a Cloudbusting concert is an event no Kate Bush fan will want to miss.

‘We’re Cloudbusting, daddy!’

‘Utterly, surreally brilliant’ Mick Wall, Classic Rock Magazine

‘I could have been listening to Kate herself!’ Preston Heyman

Thu 22 Apr

£23

Comedy Club 4 Kids

Comedy Club 4 Kids Christmas Special

Since 2005, the Comedy Club 4 Kids has been getting the best stand-ups and sketch acts from the international circuit to do their thing for an audience of children and their families… but without the rude bits! It’s just like a normal comedy club, but it’s on in the day, kids are allowed in, and thus there is a higher than usual chance of heckles like “why is that your face!?”

Age restriction: recommended age 6+

www.comedyclub4kids.co.uk

‘A highlight for children… giving them a taste of some of the biggest names in comedy with the fun, rowdy feel of a real comedy club.’  The Guardian

‘The perfect way to entertain the whole family.’ Three Weeks

‘The ethos is just right’ The Daily Telegraph

‘This show was great!’  The Scotsman

Sat 31 Oct

Cancelled

Fri 9 Apr

£13 (£11)

The Comedy Store - Apr 21

With over 35 years’ experience in the business and as the premier name in comedy, The Comedy Store is renowned as a breeding ground for new talent, and remains the place to see the stars of the future. The likes of Eddie Izzard, John Bishop, Jimmy Carr, Rhod Gilbert and Sarah Millican have all cut their comedy teeth with us.

The line-up is top secret and we only find out a couple of weeks beforehand, so be sure to like The Comedy Store Durham on Facebook to find out first.

Sun 4 Apr

£12 (£10)

The Comedy Store - Feb 21

With over 35 years’ experience in the business and as the premier name in comedy, The Comedy Store is renowned as a breeding ground for new talent, and remains the place to see the stars of the future. The likes of Eddie Izzard, John Bishop, Jimmy Carr, Rhod Gilbert and Sarah Millican have all cut their comedy teeth with us.

The line-up is top secret and we only find out a couple of weeks beforehand, so be sure to like The Comedy Store Durham on Facebook to find out first.

Sun 7 Feb

£12 (£10)

The Comedy Store - Jun 21

With over 35 years’ experience in the business and as the premier name in comedy, The Comedy Store is renowned as a breeding ground for new talent, and remains the place to see the stars of the future. The likes of Eddie Izzard, John Bishop, Jimmy Carr, Rhod Gilbert and Sarah Millican have all cut their comedy teeth with us.

The line-up is top secret and we only find out a couple of weeks beforehand, so be sure to like The Comedy Store Durham on Facebook to find out first.

Sun 6 Jun

£12 (£10)

The Comedy Store - Mar 21

With over 35 years’ experience in the business and as the premier name in comedy, The Comedy Store is renowned as a breeding ground for new talent, and remains the place to see the stars of the future. The likes of Eddie Izzard, John Bishop, Jimmy Carr, Rhod Gilbert and Sarah Millican have all cut their comedy teeth with us.

The line-up is top secret and we only find out a couple of weeks beforehand, so be sure to like The Comedy Store Durham on Facebook to find out first.

Sun 7 Mar

£12 (£10)

The Comedy Store - May 21

With over 35 years’ experience in the business and as the premier name in comedy, The Comedy Store is renowned as a breeding ground for new talent, and remains the place to see the stars of the future. The likes of Eddie Izzard, John Bishop, Jimmy Carr, Rhod Gilbert and Sarah Millican have all cut their comedy teeth with us.

The line-up is top secret and we only find out a couple of weeks beforehand, so be sure to like The Comedy Store Durham on Facebook to find out first.

Sun 2 May

£12 (£10)

The Comedy Store - Nov 20

With over 35 years’ experience in the business and as the premier name in comedy, The Comedy Store is renowned as a breeding ground for new talent, and remains the place to see the stars of the future. The likes of Eddie Izzard, John Bishop, Jimmy Carr, Rhod Gilbert and Sarah Millican have all cut their comedy teeth with us.

The line-up is top secret and we only find out a couple of weeks beforehand, so be sure to like The Comedy Store Durham on Facebook to find out first.

Sun 1 Nov

£12 (£10)

The Comedy Store - Oct 20

With over 35 years’ experience in the business and as the premier name in comedy, The Comedy Store is renowned as a breeding ground for new talent, and remains the place to see the stars of the future. The likes of Eddie Izzard, John Bishop, Jimmy Carr, Rhod Gilbert and Sarah Millican have all cut their comedy teeth with us.

The line-up is top secret and we only find out a couple of weeks beforehand, so be sure to like The Comedy Store Durham on Facebook to find out first.

Sun 11 Oct

£12 (£10)

The Comedy Store - Sep 20

With over 35 years’ experience in the business and as the premier name in comedy, The Comedy Store is renowned as a breeding ground for new talent, and remains the place to see the stars of the future. The likes of Eddie Izzard, John Bishop, Jimmy Carr, Rhod Gilbert and Sarah Millican have all cut their comedy teeth with us.

The line-up is top secret and we only find out a couple of weeks beforehand, so be sure to like The Comedy Store Durham on Facebook to find out first.

Sun 6 Sep

£12 (£10)

Crooners

Crooners is the new, rip roaring comedy music show that has been wowing audiences with its witty and exhilarating show full of hilarious one liners, laugh out loud silliness and superb musical numbers with the outstanding 9-piece The Mini Big Band live on stage. The show plays homage to some of the greatest Crooners of all time with a splendiferous injection of Britishness. Featuring humour, tap dance and some of the most quintessential songs from Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr, Matt Monro, Nat King Cole, Bobby Darin. Expect Some Lady is a Tramp, L.O.V.E, When You’re Smiling, Mack The Knife and many more…Pip Pip!

Thu 4 Mar

£23.50 (£21)

The Drifters

The Drifters are back on tour in the UK with a brand-new show performing all their classic hits from the last six decades.

The legendary group have previously been inducted into the Rock Saturday Night at the Movies, Come on Over to My Place, Stand By Me, Under the Boardwalk and many, many more!

Following phenomenal success for their 65th Anniversary tour in 2018, The Drifters are back on the road with string of additional dates for 2019, with a line up hand-picked by Tina Treadwell herself – President of the Treadwell Entertainment Group and owner of The Drifters name.

Tina, who previously worked for Disney as an executive producer and casting director, believes this current line-up is one of the best to date and looks forward to the upcoming concert tour.  “I am very excited that following our 65th anniversary year we have a new show for the fans who we invite to join us in celebrating this incredible and everlasting story of The Drifters.”

Sat 30 Jan

£29

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 6 Mar

£25

Fleetwood Bac

Fleetwood Bac

The ensemble performs rock in tribute to the award-winning band.

Fri 16 Oct

Cancelled

The Four Seasons

Durham University Ballet Company will be performing their brand-new production of The Four Seasons.

The talented cast of dancers will perform an original narrative and choreography alongside a live Orchestra to Vivaldi’s famous score with additional recomposed pieces from Tchaikovsky’s ’Seasons’.

Following the story of a young couple, romance blossoms throughout the four seasons. However, the strength of the seasons leaves us questioning whether love can really triumph over the power of nature.

Wed 9 Jun

£13 (£11)

Francis Rossi

Legendary Status Quo lead singer Francis Rossi will share the extraordinary secrets of his 50-plus years in rock’n’roll when he takes to the stage for an intimate evening of chat and music.

In Francis Rossi: I Talk Too Much, the founder, lead singer and lead guitarist of Status Quo will talk about his mishaps and adventures of life on the road with one of the biggest and most loved bands ever.

Francis is a true member of British Rock Royalty. He sang the first words at Live Aid in 1985, survived the obligatory rock’n’roll brush with alcohol and drugs, was awarded an OBE in 2010 and has a BRIT for his Outstanding Contribution to Music. His band has sold more than 120 million records globally.

Expect laughter, revelations, tales involving some of the giants of music, exclusive video clips, snatches of classic tunes and a great night out.

Rossi will be joined on stage by award-winning writer and broadcaster Mick Wall, who has sold more than 1 million books.

Sun 21 Mar

£31–£76

Friends! The Musical Parody

Friends! The Musical Parody

A hilarious parody based on the all time favourite sitcom, Friends.

Fri 23 Oct

Cancelled

Fri 16 Apr

£29

Gala Theatre and Cinema Durham

Gala Theatre and Cinema Durham

Written and Directed by Neil Armstrong and Paul Hartley.

More fun and mayhem from your favourite panto family, as they all head for Sherburn Forest to tell the tale of heroic outlaw Robin Hood, his merry men (and women!), and his battles with the evil Sheriff of Nottingham.

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Giovanni Pernice

Strictly Come Dancing favourite, Giovanni Pernice, is back in 2021 with his hit show This Is Me!

The showman is set to light up the stage, along with his cast of professional dancers, for his fifth year of touring.

With the Italian’s natural charm, combined with beautiful choreography perfectly complemented by a fabulous soundtrack, This Is Me pays homage to the music and dances that have inspired Giovanni’s career, from a competition dancer to one of the biggest names on the hit BBC show.

Expect all of your favourite ballroom and latin dances and more…

Dancer, Showman…..Giovanni Pernice – This Is Me

Reviews from 2017, 2018, 2019 tours:

★★★★★ 10/10 (Dorset Echo)

The meet and greet includes meeting Giovanni for photo and autograph opportunities, plus a signed print.

The meet and greet is pre-show, 90 minutes before the show begins. All VIP ticket holders must arrive at least ten minutes before the meet and greet is due to start. Anyone arriving late may not be accepted.

Sun 11 Apr

£34–£66 (£32)

Giselle

Critics’ Circle Award winning company, Ballet Cymru, present an extraordinary new ballet based on the eternal story of Giselle, the young girl who falls in love with the wrong person and pays a terrible price.

Ballet Cymru have put their own unique stamp on this tale of love and loss, bringing relevance, poignancy and grittiness to this most romantic of ballets.

Featuring a new score by acclaimed composer and harpist Catrin Finch whose spellbinding music is interwoven with mesmerizing movement by Ballet Cymru Artistic Director Darius James OBE and Assistant Artistic Director Amy Doughty.

Don’t miss this opportunity to relish some of the best dance in Wales, made in Wales.

Ballet Cymru is an international touring ballet company for Wales, committed to inclusion and innovation in dance and classical ballet, and to the highest standard of collaboration. The company produce original professional dance performances based in the ballet technique which tour nationally and internationally. Its extensive Access and Outreach programme is committed to breaking down barriers to accessing the arts.

Visit Ballet Cymru.

Mon 9 Nov

£19 (£16)

Gyles Brandreth: Break a Leg

Gyles Brandreth: Break a Leg

Actor, author, One Show reporter, former MP and government whip tours his new one man show about all things theatrical.

Sun 16 May

£20

Hadaway Harry

Hadaway Harry

A play about legendary rower and boat builder Harry Clasper.

Sat 15 May

£16 (£14)

Half Man Half Biscuit

Half Man Half Biscuit

The acerbic post-punk outfit formed in Birkenhead, back in 1984, are on the road again with their cutting social satire and esoteric song titles.

Fri 26 Mar

£22

Harpy

Harpy

Su Pollard returns in her much loved role in Harpy.

Fri 12 Mar

£21 (£19)

Horrible Histories: The Worst of Barmy Britain

Horrible Histories

Think things are a bit chaotic in the UK at the moment? This latest Horrible Histories production shines a light on other bonkers moments in British history, featuring vikings, Richard the Lionheart, William Wallace and more.

Fri 6 Nov

£16.50 (£15)

Sat 7 Nov

£16.50 (£15)

Sat 3 Apr

£16.50 (£15)

Sun 4 Apr

£16.50 (£15)

Illegal Eagles

Illegal Eagles

Tribute band to the prolific Hotel California songsters. Featuring their greatest hits including 'Hotel California', 'Take it to the Limit', 'Life in the Fast Lane' and more.

Tue 12 Oct

£28.50 (£26.50)

Wed 13 Oct

£28.50 (£26.50)

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.

Fri 5 Nov

£19.50

Jen Brister

Brister has it all: a wife, kids, a house and a job she loves (sometimes) so what the hell is she moaning about? Join Jen as she takes an irreverent look at the often controversial subject of ‘privilege’. Who has it? Who doesn’t? And why does no one like to admit they have any?

See Jen Brister on YouTube.

‘A powerhouse performance’ ****½ (Chortle.co.uk)

‘A big dose of double up funny’ ★★★★★ (DeadLinenews.co.uk)

‘Glorious raging’ ★★★★ (BroadwayBaby.com)

‘Brister uses anger to quite stunning comedic effect’ ★★★★★ (Skinny)

‘Blisteringly funny’ ★★★★ (List).

Thu 21 Jan

£13.50 (£11)

Jessica Fostekew: Hench

Jessica Fostekew: Hench

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

Fri 16 Oct

Cancelled

Fri 5 Mar

£13.50 (£11.50)

Joel Dommett

Join Joel as he brings you bang up to date on his life since his last live show!

He has become a regular face on TV, from being a finalist in 2016’s I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! (ITV), to then hosting ITV2’s I’m a Celebrity Extra Camp alongside Scarlett Moffatt and Joe Swash. He starred in two series of the critically acclaimed Comedy Central Show Joel and Nish VS the World, is the co-host of ITV2’s new dating show Singletown and he’s the presenter of the soon to be aired international smash The Masked Singer (ITV).

The start of 2019 saw Joel release a 30 minute stand-up special for NETFLIX as part of a global comedy event Comedians of the World.

He has also achieved a place on the Sunday Times Bestseller list with his book It’s Not Me It’s Them which was recently released in paperback.

Thu 28 Jan

John Lydon

He’s a legend and an icon, a revolutionary and an immortal. John Lydon – aka Johnny Rotten – changed the face of music and sparked a cultural revolution. The frontman and lyricist of the Sex Pistols and Public Image Ltd (PiL) caused a political earthquake and transformed music for good.

To coincide with the publication of his new book, the brilliant, funny and insightful I Could Be Wrong, I Could Be Right, he is touring the UK. Lydon will talk about how he sees life, along with his unique and extraordinary career, and take audience questions during a pyrotechnic, one-off tour. Lydon will be sharing his thoughts with audiences.

He could be wrong. He could be right.

Signed copies of the book will be available.

VIP ticket: best seats, plus John Lydon goodie bag containing exclusive VIP tour lanyard with all dates and tour image, plus limited edition art print by John Lydon.

Super VIP ticket: VIP goodie bag, plus pre-show meet’n’greet with opportunity for one photograph and one autograph. The meet’n’greet will run from 6.00pm to 6.45pm.

Sun 17 Oct

£31–£76

Kiri Pritchard-McLean: Empathy Pains

Kiri Pritchard-McLean: Empathy Pains

The multi-award winning comedian takes aim at her latest bête noire: empathy.

Sun 25 Oct

Cancelled

Fri 5 Feb

£15

Lesley Garrett

Join Britain’s most popular soprano for a delightful evening of song, reminiscences and chat. Accompanied by Anna Tilbrook, Lesley’s behind-the-scenes stories and anecdotes will give audiences a unique insight into her life on the stage.

As well as performing on the opera and concert stage both in the UK and internationally, Lesley has recently returned to English National Opera for the world premiere production of Nico Muhly’s Marnie. In 2018 she appeared with WNO in another world premiere creating the role of Emcee in Rhonda Rips It Up!, based on the life of suffragette Margaret Haig Thomas (Lady Rhondda). 2018 also saw Lesley make her acting debut in a revised version of Patrick Barlow’s play, The Messiah for the National Theatre of Brent, on tour and in the West End.  In the spring or 2019 she created another new role in ENO’s world premiere of Iain Bell’s opera, Jack the Ripper at the Coliseum.

“A natural effervescent and powerhouse voice” Financial Times

“She cares about the people who come to hear her sing …. Through her records and her unstuffy attitude to singing, she has clearly reached out to music lovers far beyond the rarified confines of the opera house.” Sunday Times

“She’s a down-to-earth Northerner…she’s incredibly funny and emotional, with a glorious voice.”  The Daily Mail

Anna Tilbrook is one of Britain’s most exciting pianists, with a considerable reputation in song recitals and chamber music. She made her debut at the Wigmore Hall in 1999 and has since become a regular performer at Europe’s major concert halls and festivals, as well as coaching regularly for the Royal Opera, Covent Garden.

Presented in Association with Clive Conway Productions.

Mon 10 May

£29

Lucy Worsley

Following the four part BBC series and hit-selling book, If Walls Could Talk, Lucy takes audiences on trip through the home discovering the hygiene and homely habits of the British over the past 800 years.

Through the bedroom, bathroom, living room and kitchen, Lucy Worsley explores what people actually did in bed, in the bath, at the table, and at the stove. From sauce-stirring to breast-feeding, teeth-cleaning to getting dressed & getting married, this talk will make you see your home with new eyes.

Lucy is Chief Curator at Historic Royal Palaces, she is an hugely popular writer, broadcaster and speaker. Her recent TV series includes Lucy Worsley: Mozart’s London Odyssey , Six Wives with Lucy Worsley, and American History’s Biggest Fibs with Lucy Worsley.

Further biographical information may be found on Lucy’s website at  www.lucyworsley.com

“The undisputed Queen of TV history” The Guardian

Presented in association with Clive Conway Productions.

Wed 5 May

£21

Mark Steel

A few years ago, it seemed unlikely that the UK would vote to leave the EU; we had a reasonable opposition to the Tory Government; Donald Trump was a buffoon who surely wasn’t going to beat Hillary Clinton and Mark was living the married suburban ideal, since then it’s all gone to absolute shit! But don’t worry as Mark thinks Every Little Thing’s Gonna Be Alright.

Mark’s sell-out show Who Do I Think I Am, revealed his natural father was a world backgammon champion. Now the star of Radio 4’s Mark Steel’s in Town, and newspaper columnist of the year is touring a show which is guaranteed to make the world seem even more mental than it is.

Mark has written and presented many series of Mark Steel’s In Town on BBC Radio 4 (new series out soon) and toured it live around the UK. Mark has presented the BAFTA nominated Mark Steel Lectures for BBC2, is a regular on BBC One’s Have I Got News For You and Radio 4’s The News Quiz. He’s also appeared on BBC2’s QI and Room 101. Mark has written several acclaimed books, including: Reasons To Be Cheerful and What’s Going On and he writes a weekly column for The Independent for which he won Columnist of the Year at the Press Awards in 2015.

★★★★ The Guardian ★★★★ The Independent ‘essential viewing’ ★★★★ Sunday Times ‘Profound yet funny’ ★★★★ The Scotsman ‘Frank, dryly funny’

www.offthekerb.co.uk www.marksteelinfo.co.uk Twitter: @mrmarksteel @offthekerb

Age Restriction: Strictly 14+ (due to swearing and adult content)

Fri 2 Apr

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.

Wed 31 Mar

£17.50

Martin Kemp: Back to the 80s

Martin Kemp: Back to the 80s

Martin Kemp of Spandau Ballet trades in his bass for the turntables to spin classic hits from the 1980s.

Sat 10 Apr

£26

Michael Ball & Alfie Boe: Back Together

Michael Ball & Alfie Boe: Back Together in Cinemas
  • 2020
  • UK
  • 2h
  • 12A
  • Cast: Michael Ball, Alfie Boe

Michael Ball and Alfie Boe performing live at the O2 Arena.

Sat 12 Sep

£16 (£14)

Sun 13 Sep

£16 (£14)

Milton Jones in Milton: Impossible

Milton Jones in Milton: Impossible

Absurd one-liners from telly regular Jones.

Thu 4 Feb

£27.50

Northern Soul Live

Back for a 5th Year the amazing Edwin Starr Band with Angelo Starr and Northern Soul Legend Lorraine Silver, this energetic and captivating show takes you through all the Northern Soul,  Motown and Soul classics such as: STOP HER ON SIGHT : LONG AFTER TONIGHT IS ALL OVER : WAR : BACKSTREETS : TIME : AGENT 00 SOUL : I HAVE FAITH IN YOU : 25 MILES : CONTACT : HAPPY RADIO : HIGHER & HIGHER : STAND BY ME : DANCING IN THE STREET : I’LL BE AROUND : MY GIRL : SUPERSTITION : LOST SUMMER LOVE: LANDSLIDE

The late great Edwin Starr's brother Angelo Starr is the original musical director of The Team. He has now taken over lead vocals performing all the fantastic Edwin Starr classics, plus dynamic performances of some great Motown & Soul covers. Edwin Starr's original 8-piece band The Team, who backed Edwin on all his shows are still intact, with sax, keyboard, lead guitar, bass guitar, drums, percussion & female backing vocalist. An amazing and energetic show, with an electric atmosphere.

Lorraine Silver is a Northern Soul Legend. She made a record 'Lost Summer Love' when she was only 13 in the mid '60s. This song became iconic at the legendary Wigan Casino in the '70s without her knowing anything about it until 1988.

Sun 4 Jul

£23.50

Orchestra North East

Welcoming back conductor Michael Bawtree, the Orchestra presents a concert of music by three outstanding Russian composers from the twentieth century. The programme opens with excerpts from Prokofiev’s stunning ballet, Romeo and Juliet, and we are pleased to have Christopher Murray as our soloist in the exciting First Cello Concerto of Shostakovich. Christopher is a member of the award winning Heath Quartet as well as a being a professor at London’s Guildhall. The programme concludes with Rachmaninov’s dramatic Symphonic Dances, perhaps the nearest he came to writing for the ballet.

Full details of the concert can be found at www.orchestranortheast.org.uk

Sun 8 Nov

£17 (£15; Children £2)

Pete Firman

Come and witness the first and possibly final performance of The World’s Greatest Magical Double Act! Award-winning magician/comedian Pete Firman returns with a magic show like you’ve 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 5 Mar

£17

Robin Hood

Written and Directed by Neil Armstrong and Paul Hartley.

More fun and mayhem from your favourite panto family, as they all head for Sherburn Forest to tell the tale of heroic outlaw Robin Hood, his merry men (and women!), and his battles with the evil Sheriff of Nottingham.

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Royal Shakespeare Company: Pericles

Shakespeare’s touching and hopeful tale of loss and reconciliation located in a familiar world of precarious journeys.

Forced to flee his native land, Pericles becomes a refugee at the mercy of sea and strangers. Scarred by the heart-breaking loss of family and home, he submits to the rhythms of the ocean in the hope of a miracle. Located in a familiar world of precarious journeys and treacherous alliances, this is Shakespeare’s touching and hopeful tale of loss and reconciliation.

Director Blanche McIntyre returns to the RSC after her acclaimed Titus Andronicus (2017) and The Two Noble Kinsmen (2016).

Wed 23 Sep

£16 (£14)

The South

To celebrate their 10th year anniversary and 30 years since The Beautiful South released ‘Song For Whoever’, The South are back this Spring, with a March 2019 – UK Tour playing shows up and down the whole of the UK.

The South are an impressive 9 piece band who feature former members of The Beautiful South including singer Alison Wheeler and lifelong sax player Gaz Birtles. Since Dave Hemingway, the original singer, left the group at the end of 2016, Gaz has moved across to front the band with Alison and taken on vocal duties. They play the songs made famous by The Beautiful South and bring back the full flavour and arrangements with this exciting live band.

After a successful year of touring the theatres and Festivals of the UK up and down the country, The South are keeping alive all those timeless songs – A Little Time (the number one single), Perfect 10, Rotterdam, Old Red Eyes Is Back, Good as Gold, Don’t Marry Her plus many more singles and album tracks as well as a few choice South originals. All performed again live, these songs span an impressive 20 year career starting way back in 1989!

Come on! Let’s Carry On… Regardless!

The South are: Alison Wheeler (Vocals), Gaz Birtles (Vocals), Phil Barton (Guitars), Steve Nutter (Bass), Dave Anderson (Drums), Karl Brown (Percussion), Gareth John (Trumpet), Su Robinson (Sax), Andy Price (Keys).

The South on YouTube

For more information on The South, please visit the following websites/social media links below:

Website – http://www.thesouth.co.uk Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/TheSouthBand Twitter – https://twitter.com/thesouthuk YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJAjjjfCC8k&feature=youtu.be and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3sbWXyaXm4o&feature=youtu.be

Thu 27 May

£26

Stewart Lee: Snowflake/Tornado

Stewart Lee: Snowflake/Tornado

Stewart Lee's new show questions his worth in contemporary society.

Sat 13 Mar

£26

The Story of Guitar Heroes

We all love a bit of guitar wielding in a song, it’s iconic, soulful and – oh what a beautiful instrument!

The Story of Guitar Heroes is an awe-inspiring, dynamic show which transports you through time: from the 1950’s with artistes such as Chuck Berry and Hank Marvin from The Shadows, including gifted legends such as Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page, through to modern day players such as the great Brian May and the electrifying Steve Vai, to name but a few!

Presented by guitar virtuoso Phil Walker – this show’s extraordinarily talented band uses over 30 guitars to recreate and accurately reproduce the sound and ambiance of each guitar hero. Featuring video footage of historical moments, with state-of-the-art lighting and delivered with a light hearted vibe – this makes for a truly sensational and enjoyable evening.

Now in its 5th year, The Story of Guitar Heroes has become increasingly popular not only with many guitar players and musicians, but with people and families of all ages.

Don’t miss out on this spectacular show. You won’t be disappointed!

For more information see www.storyofguitarheroes.com

Mon 25 Jan

£25 (£23)

A Way Home

‘This house isn’t unfit for habitation. We’re inhabiting it. It’s been habitated for 100 years!’

1951 saw a third of County Durham’s villages classified as ‘D’. They were no longer deemed worthy of investment and were expected to die quietly. But they wouldn’t.

A Way Home is a new play rooted in the stories and memories of the very people who called those D villages home. A County-wide fight lasting over 25 years becomes a 12-month journey at Bet’s kitchen table as she confronts what loss really looks like.

With humour, tenderness and not a small amount of grit, A Way Home speaks of fighting to be heard when no one’s listening, telling a story just as significant today as it was 70 years ago.

Tue 1 Jun

£17 (£15)

Gala

The Gala can be found in the middle of Durham, a purpose-built theatre to reflect the area's cultural scene. Inside, there's a modern theatre, a cafe/bar, two cinema screens and some conference facilities. The theatre boasts a large mix of theatre, comedy, music, dance and a cinema programme.

Car parking can be found less than a minute away at the Walkergate multistorey, which is cheap after 6pm. The theatre is just ten minutes from Durham train station, and a number of bus routes stop nearby.

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