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Millenium Place, Durham, England, DH1 1WA
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Ahir Shah

Featuring his signature blend of philosophical inquiry, personal examination, and sweet gags, Double Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee Ahir Shah returns to stand-up with a new show about significance, insignificance, and scurvy.

Ahir’s last show, Dots, was recorded as a special for HBO Max (albeit after a 14 month delay brought about by events you may recall). That show was about uncertainty. Ideally, this tour will end in a way that is less on the nose.

As seen on Mock The Week, Live At the Apollo, Have I Got News For You, and The Mash Report.

‘Intricately crafted, profoundly moving, howlingly funny … a blazing talent firing on all cylinders’★★★★★ Telegraph

‘Tremendously thoughtful, woundedly candid and self-laceratingly funny’★★★★ Scotsman

“It’s a highly personal howl in the dark from this sharpest of operators. Impassioned, probing and unexpectedly moving.” ★★★★ Mail on Sunday

Fri 25 Feb

£13

Anything Goes

Pupils from Durham High School return to the Gala Theatre for their annual musical performance and we are delighted to be staging the iconic musical Anything Goes!  The 2018 revision of this classic musical features Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter, the Original Book by Guy Bolton, P.G Wodehouse, Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, and the New Book by Timothy Crouse and John Weidman.

This wonderful show promises to delight and entertain as we follow the antics and the trials and tribulations of these loveable characters. With tap dancing sailors, hapless gangsters and more than one set of star-crossed lovers, anything could happen!

“It’s delightful, it’s delicious, It’s delectable, It’s delirious, It’s dilemma, It’s delimit, it’s deluxe…. It’s de-lovely!”

Fri 4 Mar

£16 (£13)

Sat 5 Mar

£16 (£13)

La Bohème

English Touring Opera return to Durham with a poetic production of the most popular of operas.

Puccini’s La Bohème is a story of young love, starting on Christmas Eve in a Parisian garret. On this festive, snowy night the lovers draw close, but poverty forces them apart in a story told with the most memorable music, from ‘Che gelida manina’ to the shattering brass chords announcing Mimi’s death. ETO’s much-praised production, in period dress and inventive designs, sung in Italian, promises to break every heart and breathe joy into the spirit of everyone who has ever wanted love.

Mon 9 May

£17–£31 (£29)

A Capella at the Gala

Presented by Durham Music Service

Durham Vocal Festival and Durham University are pleased to present A Capella at the Gala. The evening features Northern Lights, one of Durham’s most exciting vocal groups, who came 2nd in the UK finals of the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella in 2021, and enjoyed a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe last summer.

They will be joined on stage by two more Durham University vocal groups; Foot Notes and Full Score in an exciting evening of entirely unaccompanied singing! The event also features compering from members of Durham University’s funniest student society, The Stand.

Tue 8 Feb

£11 (£9)

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 29 Mar

£19–£20.50 (£19)

Wed 30 Mar

£19–£20.50 (£19)

Thu 31 Mar

£19–£20.50 (£19)

Fri 1 Apr

£19–£20.50 (£19)

Sat 2 Apr

£19–£20.50 (£19)

Chris Ramsey: 20/20

Chris Ramsey: 20/20

The genial Geordie presents his latest show.

Sun 13 Feb

£24.64

Cinderella's SnapTok

Written and directed by Harriet Ghost and Micky McGregor

A fairy tale for the 21st century

It’s 20 years since Cinderella got her ‘happy ever after’ and Prince Charming is nowhere to be seen. Cindy’s back in County Durham with her daughter, Stacey – who’s obsessed with a new app, SnapTok. Consuming all her attention, Stacey’s grades are slipping and she’s discovering the difference between friends and followers…

Get ready to join in with the dance routines and lip sync along in this brand new show for the whole family.

Fri 25 Feb

£9

Sat 26 Feb

£9

The Comedy Store

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

£12 (£10)

Sun 6 Mar

£12 (£10)

Sun 3 Apr

£12 (£10)

ComedyFest

Award-winning sketch comedy troupes The Durham Revue, Cambridge Footlights and Bristol Revunions perform together for one night only. From the groups that brought you Stephen Fry, Rowan Atkinson, David Mitchell, Nish Kumar, Phil Wang, Ed Gamble and many more, this is not to be missed!

Sun 20 Feb

£11 (£9)

A Doll's House

By Henrik Ibsen Translated by Michael Meyer

with Alice Frankham as Nora and Danny Solomon as Torvald

Directed by Jake Murray Designed by Louis Price

“No man can be expected to sacrifice his honour, even for the person he loves.”

“Millions of women have done it.”

Nora is a happily married woman with a loving husband and three beautiful children. Everything seems perfect in her happy home. But when a man from her past appears demanding what he owes her, her ideal life unravels and, as she realises the truth of her marriage, she is forced to make the ultimate choice…

Award-winning, Durham-based Elysium Theatre Company brings Ibsen’s landmark drama about marriage, love and the need to be true to yourself to the North East in a sensational new production. A Doll’s House reunites the cast for their acclaimed production of Miss Julie, which won Best Revival In The North  East in the British Theatre Guide in 2019. Don’t miss this thrilling play!

“This company can simply do no wrong.” – Reviewer Number 9

Wed 9 Feb

£17 (£15)

Thu 10 Feb

£17 (£15)

Ed Gamble

Ed Gamble

Another 'bracing flurry of idiocy' from the comedian Ed Gamble.

Fri 18 Feb

£22.40

Fri 25 Feb

£22.40

Flo & Joan

Flo & Joan: Alive on Stage

Musical comedy from sisters Flo and Joan.

Thu 19 May

£17.92

Friends! The Musical Parody

Friends! The Musical Parody

Friends! The Musical Parody celebrates and pokes fun at the wacky misadventures of the group of 20-something pals we love from the hit TV show as they navigate the pitfalls of work, life, and love in 1990’s Manhattan.

Friends! The Musical Parody is an hilarious good-hearted romp through our favourite moments from the hit TV show in an uncensored, hilarious, fast-paced, music-filled production.

Ross, Chandler, Monica, Phoebe, Joey and Rachel, haven’t gone anywhere and are singing and dancing their way back into our hearts in Friends! The Musical Parody the first UK and Irish tour of the hilarious off-Broadway and Las Vegas hit musical that lovingly lampoons the popular TV sitcom. You'll laugh! You'll cry! You'll Unagi!

It's a typical day at New York's only coffee shop, Central Perk, until an unexpected runaway bride enters the picture and kicks the whole gang out of second gear!

With friends like these, who needs television? Pivot!

Fri 11 Feb

£29

Gala Lunchtime Concert Series

Guitarist Francis Tulip is one of a new young generation of North East jazz musicians who have been making a major impression both for their technical fluency and creativity. After studying at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire (where he graduated with honours, also winning the conservatoires jazz performance prize) he continues to lead ensembles and play with some of the leading lights on the UK jazz scene. You can expect to hear a mix of original modern jazz rooted in the tradition alongside some standards.

Fri 18 Feb

£8

Fri 25 Mar

£8

Fri 29 Apr

£8

Giovanni Pernice: This Is Me

Giovanni Pernice: This Is Me

Strictly Come Dancing favourite, dancer and showman Giovanni Pernice, is back with a brand new show.

Wed 23 Mar

£36–£71 (£34)

Girl in the Machine

Acclaimed as resembling ‘an episode of dystopian TV series Black Mirror but with a poetic heart worthy of Ray Bradbury at his warmest’ (The Scottish Herald), award-winning writer Stef Smith’s ground-breaking play Girl in the Machine explores our present-day unease about digital intrusiveness in this fast-paced, gripping, two-hander.

Polly and Owen’s relationship can’t get much better, but when ‘Black Box’ enters their lives promising to break the daily grind, cracks begin to show.  As the line between physical and digital rapidly dissipates, and society fractures as the population begins to rebel, Polly and Owen are forced to question whether their definitions of reality and freedom are the same.

‘Placing your hope in humanity is a very dangerous thing.’

‘Maybe it’s a brave thing? Because freedom isn’t digital.’

 

Sat 19 Feb

The Golden Cockerel

English Touring Opera return to Durham with a lively new production of a comic Russian fantasy by Rimsky-Korsakov.

The Golden Cockerel was the final – and favourite – opera of Rimsky-Korsakov, the brilliant Russian whose exotic orchestration has made similar works such as Scheherezade so popular. A daring satire on the last days of the Romanov empire, and in particular the debacle of the Russo-Japanese War, it is as explosive as it is charming. Led by new ETO Music Director Gerry Cornelius and ETO Director James Conway, with Grant Doyle (most recently ETO’s Macbeth) in the role of the sleepy Emperor Dodon, this should be an evening of fantasy, mischief, and enough musical delight to ice a lemon cake!

Tue 10 May

£17–£31 (£29)

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.

Sat 28 May

£20

Hadaway Harry

Hadaway Harry is a true story about Harry Clasper, the man the Blaydon Races was written for, and the greatest sporting superstar the North East has ever seen. This is a moving and humorous story about his life in the mid nineteenth century, following his journey from working class pitman in Jarrow, to Rowing Champion of the World.

Sat 11 Jun

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 29 Apr

£22

Hope, Joy & Happiness of the West End & Broadway

New College Durham Level 3 Performing Arts department bring you a collection of scenes, songs and dances from West End and Broadway Musicals. To celebrate the return of theatre, you will leave with the warm and content feeling that only a live performance in a theatre can give. With songs from Dear Evan Hanson, Shrek, & Juliet, Seussical the Musical and so much more, there’s something for everyone and everyone is invited to our night of pure musical magic.

Tue 15 Feb

£8

Horrible Histories: Terrible Tudors

We all want to meet people from history. The trouble is everyone is dead!

So it’s time to prepare yourselves for Terrible Tudors live on stage! From the horrible Henries to the end of evil Elizabeth, hear the legends (and the lies!) about the torturing Tudors. Find out the fate of Henry’s headless wives and his punch up with the Pope. Meet Bloody Mary and see Ed fall dead in his bed. Survive the Spanish Armada as they launch their attack!

It’s history with the nasty bits left in!

Wed 10 Aug

£17 (£15)

Thu 11 Aug

£17 (£15)

Howay the Lasses

By Ed Waugh

It’s 1917, and the war is in full swing.

With over a million men enlisted to fight, women step-up to the tough jobs in the munitions factories of the North East. Encouraged to play football to boost morale, women’s teams are formed, and rivalries develop.

While this is clearly not appropriate behaviour for the fairer sex…the plucky lasses of Algernon Patterson’s Armaments factory become the team to beat.

From the factory floor to the country’s best pitches, women’s football becomes the biggest sport the country has seen, with crowds of 50,000 cheering them on. That is…until the men return.

Based on real events, this is the funny and inspiring tale of how women with hearts of lionesses overcame prejudice to play the beautiful game.

Mon 7 Mar

£13–£17 (£15)

Tue 8 Mar

£13–£17 (£15)

Wed 9 Mar

£13–£17 (£15)

Thu 10 Mar

£13–£17 (£15)

Fri 11 Mar

£13–£17 (£15)

Sat 12 Mar

£13–£17 (£15)

The Invisible Man

The Invisible Man

If you had the power of invisibility what would you do? Would you use it for good or for personal gain?

Griffin is a frustrated young man from the North East, with a troubled past and violent thoughts inside his head. He claims he has discovered the power of invisibility. But Griffin’s ‘powers’ have led to him being placed into Government care. After all, a normal, ill-educated kid can’t just invent invisibility. Even Dr. Sara Kemp, a promising young therapist can’t convince him to tell the truth about his talent. Griffin is thrown into a downward spiral of anger and eventually into a fatal ‘reign of terror’.

Following the sell-out success of The War of the Worlds and The Hound of the Baskervilles, Northern Stage presents an electrifying new production adapted from H.G. Wells’ science fiction classic, featuring a new take on one of the most iconic characters in horror fiction. Exploring themes of exploitation, establishment power over truth, investigating the conflict between power and morality, The Invisible Man questions who is really invisible in Great Britain 2022?

 

Tue 1 Mar

£17 (£15)

Jason Manford: Like Me

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

He’s back!  It’s been a busy few years for Jason Manford since his last smash-hit stand up show but fans of his Absolute Radio show will know this nationally acclaimed comedian hasn’t changed a bit. Like Me is Jason’s latest comic offering set to hit road, and is sure to be ‘expert observational comedy’ (The Guardian) mixed with ‘comic gold’ (Mail on Sunday).

‘First & Last’ (BBC One), ‘The Masked Singer’ (ITV1), ‘What Would Your Kid Do?’ (ITV1), ‘Olivier Awards’ (ITV1), ‘Scarborough’ (BBC One), ‘8 out of 10 Cats’ (Channel 4), ‘The Nightly Show’ (ITV1), ‘Sunday Night at the Palladium’ (ITV1), ‘Live at the Apollo’ (BBC One), ‘Have I Got News For You’, (BBC One), QI (BBC Two) and ‘The Royal Variety Performance’ (ITV1) have all helped establish Jason Manford as a nationally known comic.

Wed 11 May

£30

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.

Given the genre and nature of the show, please be aware this performance may contain adult content including strong language.

Sat 26 Feb

Jonny & the Baptists

Oh wow, the last two years have been awful haven’t they?

So what do we do now? Just power through? Laugh and pretend it’s definitely fine?

Or deal with the trauma of multiple lockdowns, emotional shutdowns and total breakdowns?

In Dance Like It Never Happened musical comedians Jonny & The Baptists are gonna try to do it all. Grieve, bounce back, have a cry and then do the macarena. It’ll be the funniest, most joyful and uplifting show you will ever see about feeling totally bereaved.

Through their trademark blend of joyful songs, silly stand-up and riotous storytelling Jonny & The Baptists should help you find meaning, humour and beauty in the worst years of the century (so far).

“Jonny & The Baptists are Flight of the Conchords equals in cleverness and comic value, but their energy is frenetic and focused rather than laid back and zonked”

— Stewart Lee

★★★★ “Excellent, irresistible and winningly random”  - The Guardian

★★★★ “Wickedly funny”  – The Times

Fri 22 Apr

Josh Widdicombe: Bit Much …

Josh Widdicombe

The comedian and TV presenter returns.

Sat 21 May

£20

Kiri Pritchard-McLean

Photo Credit: Drew Forsyth

Little Wander in association PBJ Management presents….

Kiri Pritchard-McLean (Have I Got News For You?, Live at the Apollo, Would I Lie to You?) is back with a brand-new tour.

It’s been a big few years for most of us and Kiri is no different. She’s moved back to her home island of Anglesey, struggled with lockdown and got herself some rescue chickens. You can expect jokes about skinny jeans, learning Welsh and white supremacy – something for everyone.

“Making powerhouse stand-up from the thorniest of subjects” – The Guardian

Sat 12 Mar

£16

The Lindisfarne Story

The Lindisfarne Story

Former Lindisfarne members Ray Laidlaw and Billy Mitchell perform the songs of the folk-rock band, with stories of its history.

Sat 23 Apr

£23.50

Mark Steel & Friends

Sony and Writers’ Guild Award-winning writer and comedian, Mark Steel is best known for his critically acclaimed BBC Radio 4 show Mark Steel’s in Town.

Mark has presented the BAFTA-nominated Mark Steel Lectures for BBC Two and is a regular on BBC One’s Have I Got News For You and BBC Radio 4’s The News Quiz. He has also written several acclaimed books, including: Reasons To Be Cheerful *and *What’s Going On, and he writes a weekly column for the Independent which trends on social media each week.

Mark is back on the radio this year with another series of In Town and he is currently writing an adaptation of his critically acclaimed stand-up show Who Do I Think I Am *for *Audible which will be released in 2021.

SUPPORTING ACTS TO BE CONFIRMED/ANNOUNCED

Thu 28 Apr

National Theatre Live: Henry V

National Theatre Live: Henry V
  • 2022
  • UK
  • 3h
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Max Webster
  • Cast: Kit Harington

Kit Harington plays the title role in Shakespeare’s thrilling study of nationalism, war and the psychology of power. Fresh to the throne, King Henry V launches England into a bloody war with France. When his campaign encounters resistance, this inexperienced new ruler must prove he is fit to guide a country into war.

Captured live from the Donmar Warehouse in London, this exciting modern production directed by Max Webster (Life of Pi) explores what it means to be English and our relationship to Europe, asking: do we ever get the leaders we deserve?

Thu 21 Apr

£16 (£14)

National Theatre Live: Hex

National Theatre Live: Hex
  • 2022
  • Directed by: Rufus Norris

A vividly original retelling of Sleeping Beauty, a mythic, big-hearted new musical that goes beyond the waking kiss.

Deep in the wood, a lonely fairy longs for someone to bless. When she is summoned to the palace to help the princess sleep, her dream turns into a nightmare and her blessing becomes a curse. Soon, she is plunged into a frantic, hundred-year quest to somehow make everything right. Rufus Norris directs Rosalie Craig (The Ferryman, Company) in this new musical filmed live on stage at the National Theatre, with music by Jim Fortune and book by Tanya Ronder.

Thu 17 Mar

£16 (£14)

National Theatre Live: The Book of Dust - La Belle Sauvage

National Theatre Live: The Book of Dust - La Belle Sauvage
  • 2022
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Nicholas Hytner

The Book of Dust - La Belle Sauvage

By Philip Pullman, adapted by Bryony Lavery. Directed by Nicholas Hytner.

Set twelve years before the epic His Dark Materials trilogy, this gripping adaptation revisits Philip Pullman's fantastical world in which waters are rising and storms are brewing.

Two young people and their dæmons, with everything at stake, find themselves at the centre of a terrifying manhunt. In their care is a tiny child called Lyra Belacqua, and in that child lies the fate of the future. And as the waters rise around them, powerful adversaries conspire for mastery of Dust: salvation to some, the source of infinite corruption to others.

Eighteen years after his ground breaking production of His Dark Materials at the National Theatre, director Nicholas Hytner returns to Pullman's parallel universe. Broadcast live from London's Bridge Theatre.

Live Broadcast

BBFC: 12A

Running Time: 180 mins (to be confirmed)

Tickets: Adult £16, Concession (over 60s) £15, Student/child £13

Thu 17 Feb

£16 (£14)

Nish Kumar

Nish Kumar

Little Wander *in association with *PBJ Management present…Nish Kumar ‘Control’

“Comedian Nish Kumar was booed off stage after making Brexit jokes at a charity event

on Monday night. Kumar, who hosts the BBC's Mash Report, was performing at the Lord's

Taverners annual charity cricket lunch.” - BBC News Report - 3rd December 2019

TAKE….

“You can boo, but booing’s got nothing to do with it” - Bob Dylan

….BACK….

“Man, I’ve got grown men @ing me bullst/You’re getting way too old for the timeline” -Stormzy

….CONTROL

“I was at a hospital the other night where I think there were a few coronavirus patients

and I shook hands with everybody, you will be pleased to know, and I continue to shake

hands.” - Boris Johnson - 3rd March 2020

***Photo Credit - Matt Stronge***

Sat 12 Feb

£21

North of England Brass Band Championships 2022 - Saturday

After an enforced break in 2021 due to the coronavirus, bands from all over the North of England will once again compete for the honour of qualifying for the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain in Cheltenham. We start with sections four and two, concluding with section one.

For the Sunday performance see https://galadurham.co.uk/galapost/north-of-england-brass-band-championships-2022-sunday/

Sat 19 Mar

£9

North of England Brass Band Championships 2022 - Sunday

After an enforced break in 2021 due to the coronavirus, bands from all over the North of England will once again compete for the honour of qualifying for the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain in Cheltenham. The weekend concludes with bands from the third and Championship sections competing for the remaining section titles. Bands from across the North of England, including last year’s championship section winners, The NASUWT Riverside Band, from Chester-Le-Street.

For the Saturday performance see https://galadurham.co.uk/galapost/north-of-england-brass-band-championships-2022-saturday/

Sun 20 Mar

£9

Northern Ballet: Pinocchio

Northern Ballet: Pinocchio

In a faraway land, a hard-working and lonely carpenter wishes for his puppet Pinocchio to come to life. By the magic of a wishing well his dream comes true! Pinocchio is playful and mischievous and must prove himself worthy of becoming a real boy. Join Pinocchio on his adventure as he discovers that where there is love and honesty, there is always magic.

An original retelling of the classic children’s story, Pinocchio is the perfect opportunity for your little ones to enjoy live ballet, music and theatre.

With sell-out performances and a string of hugely successful CBeebies TV adaptations, Northern Ballet’s productions for children are not to be missed.

An original ballet based on The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi.

This child friendly performance lasts approximately 40 minutes. Please note the 4pm performance is a relaxed performance.

Fri 8 Apr

£9 (£7)

The Not So Ugly Sisters

The Not So Ugly Sisters

You’ve heard the fairytale, now here’s the whole hair-raising truth!

Dolly rests on her broom counting the passers-by outside the salon window, whilst her sister Barb watches the phone that never rings. It’s the morning of Cindy and Prince Smarming’s big royal wedding – but Dolly and Barb are not invited! But hell hath no fury like a hairdresser scorned!

A brand new musical re-telling of Cinderella from the perspective of the ‘Not So’ Ugly Sisters, reimagined for the stage in this magical adventure for the whole family by Wrongsemble.

Wrongsemble are a Yorkshire based theatre company famed for creating fantastic family theatre for all ages, packed full of original music, magic and adventure. The Not So Ugly Sisters promises to be a theatrical treat not to be missed!

Wed 13 Apr

£13

The Pitmen Poets

From Billy Elliot to Auf Wiedersehen Pet, From When the Boat Comes In to The Likely Lads, Now be enthralled and entertained by The Pitmen Poets

A night of songs and stories laced with North East humour and humanity.

Lindisfarne singer and songwriter Billy Mitchell, Warhorse Songman Bob Fox, Master of Tyneside song Benny Graham, and Award winning songwriter Jez Lowe.

“Whoever’s idea it was to bring these four together for a show should be awarded a gold medal for services to music. ”

“A great evening of stories and wonderful voices.”

“SHEER UTTER BRILLIANCE….”

Sun 23 Oct

£23.50

Reginald D Hunter: Bombe Shuffleur

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

In his latest stand-up tour, award-winning comic Reginald D Hunter takes on the big topics; climate change, economics and politics.

Sat 26 Mar

£23

Sarah Millican: Bobby Dazzler

Sarah Millican: Bobby Dazzler

The hilarious Sarah Millican is back on tour with a Bobby Dazzler of a new stand-up show.

In this, her sixth international tour, you’ll learn about what happens when your mouth seals shut, how to throw poo over a wall, trying to lose weight but only losing the tip of your finger, a surprisingly funny smear test, and how truly awful a floatation tank can actually be.

Sarah has spent the last year writing jokes and growing her backside. She can’t wait to get back on the road and make you laugh.

Wed 25 May

£29

Sleeping Beauty

It wouldn’t be Christmas without Gala Durham’s spectacular family pantomime.

With a new-born princess cursed to remain forever in a deep sleep, all manner of evil and silliness takes place as the good guys try to save her from her snoozy fate. Join your favourite panto family for this hilarious new telling of the classic story.

Book your tickets for performances between Saturday 26 November to Sunday 18 December before Monday 31 January 2022 and you can save up to £5 per ticket. Discount applied automatically on checkout.

Wed 23 Nov

£8–£19.50 (£15–£17.50)

Thu 24 Nov

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Fri 25 Nov

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Sat 26 Nov

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Sun 27 Nov

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Tue 29 Nov

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Wed 30 Nov

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Wed 7 Dec

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Thu 22 Dec

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Fri 23 Dec

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Mon 26 Dec

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Tue 27 Dec

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Wed 28 Dec

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Thu 29 Dec

£8–£19.50 (£15–£17.50)

Fri 30 Dec

£8–£19.50 (£15–£17.50)

Sat 31 Dec

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Mon 2 Jan

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Tue 3 Jan

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Wed 4 Jan

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Thu 5 Jan

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Fri 6 Jan

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Sat 7 Jan

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Sun 8 Jan

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Stewart Lee: Snowflake/Tornado

Stewart Lee: Snowflake/Tornado

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

Sat 7 May

£26

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 7 Jun

£17 (£15)

Y'MAM

Presented by Alex Ferguson Productions in association with Liverpool Everyman Playhouse

In this brutally honest auto-biographical solo-show, Majid Mehdizadeh (Hollyoaks, War Horse) traces the origin of his own personal struggles with anger and probes the unspoken anxieties, desires and fantasies of Toxic Masculinity, inviting us to join him on his journey to a new modern ‘manhood’, as he battles with the invisible hierarchy that exists amongst men.

Combining a highly energetic blend of spoken word, music and movement, Y’MAM is an inspiring, uplifting story about love, appreciation and learning to let things go.

“Superb performance” ★★★★ Guardian

Supported by Arts Council England, Stage One Bursary for Producers, and Change Grow Live. Developed with the Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse.

Performed by Luke Jerdy

Written by Majid Mehdizadeh

Directed by Adam Welsh

Sound Design by Adam Welsh

Dramaturgy by Francesca Peschier

Designed by Kirsty Barlow

Associate Sound Design and Music Composition by Zee Musiq

Lighting Design by Andy Webster

Produced by Alex Ferguson

Fri 1 Apr

Yours Sincerely

Written & Performed by Will Jackson

Directed by Anna Himali Howard storytelling and lipsync cabaret collide in this queer coming-of-age comedy about the complications of 21st-century communication. Catch the Edinburgh Fringe smash-hit comedy on tour now!

“A Rising Comic Star” – Attitude Magazine

“One of the most palpably funny and heart-wrenching one-man performances.” ★★★★★ – Feminist Fringe Reviews

“It is rare to see a performer so charmingly honest.” ★★★★★– Broadway Baby

“An escalating comedy that takes you on a wild ride.” ★★★★ – The Skinny

TOP 10 LGBT+ Shows of the Fringe – ★★★★- The List

 

Fri 8 Apr

Zog and the Flying Doctors

Based on the book by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler

Zog, super keen student turned air-ambulance, still lands with a crash-bang-thump. Together with his Flying Doctor crew, Princess Pearl and Sir Gadabout, they tend to a sunburnt mermaid, a unicorn with one too many horns and a lion with the flu. However, Pearl’s uncle, the King, has other ideas about whether princesses should be doctors, and she’s soon locked up in the castle back in a crown and a silly frilly dress!

With a bit of help from some friends and half a pound of cheese, can Pearl make her uncle better and prove princesses can be doctors too?

Based on Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s bestselling sequel, Freckle Productions (Zog, Stick Man, Tiddler & Other Terrific Tales, Tabby McTat)  bring the creative team behind Zog , Emma Kilbey and Joe Stilgoe, back together for this truly modern take on the classic fairy tale.

Most suitable for ages 3+ but all ages welcome.

Fri 17 Jun

£16 (£14)

Sat 18 Jun
Sun 19 Jun
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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