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The shows to book at North East theatres this month

Written by High Life North
Published 19.08.2021



Bedknobs and Broomsticks

Disney’s classic movie Bedknobs and Broomsticks is brought to life in a world premiere on the Theatre Royal’s stage featuring the original songs by the legendary Sherman Brothers (famous for our fave tunes in Mary Poppins, The Jungle Book, and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang).

Saturday 14th August – Saturday 21st August

Magic Goes Wrong

Multi-award-winning Mischief, known best for The Play That Goes Wrong, BBC One’s The Goes Wrong Show, are back with their biggest comedy catastrophe to date. They return to the stage with their hilarious new show created with magic legends, Penn & Teller.

Monday 23rd – Saturday 28th August



Embrace your inner rock chick by letting loose with this award-winning black comedy rock West End musical. Based on the Eponymous 1988 film, get the first glimpse of this smash-hit musical as it embarks on its first national tour.

Tuesday 7th – Saturday 11th September




Rock of Ages

This worldwide known musical is back. The hilarious musical comedy filled with over 25 classic rock anthems will have you belting out legendary tunes like Don’t Stop Believin’, We Built This City and The Final Countdown all night long.

Tuesday 24th August – Saturday 28th August


What’s Love Got To Do With It? A Tribute To Tina Turner

Expect a night of high energy, feel-good rock-and-roll featuring Tina Turner’s greatest hits performed by the amazing vocal talent of X Factors’ Elesha Paul Moses. The ultimate tribute to one of the most iconic and loved musical artists of our generation.

Thursday 2nd September


Derren Brown: Showman

The multi-award-winning master of mind control and psychological illusion, Derren Brow returns to astonish and amaze.  His one-man shows have received wide critical acclaim and more Olivier wins and nominations than any other in history! A must see.

Tuesday 7th September – Saturday 11th September



Paines Plough’s touring venue comes to Byker

Whether you fancy Roundabout’s first-ever musical – Black Love, a show for all ages – Really Big and Really Loud or a new play about food, love, class and grief – Hungry, you’re spoilt for choice out of these three Paines Plough shows performed over three nights. Or better still, why not see all three?

Thursday 12th August – Sunday 15th August


The Ballad of Johnny Longstaff

A musical celebration of northern working-class activism. Featuring songs from the original album alongside new material and stunning animation, Teesside folk trio The Young’uns perform a new, theatrical version of The Ballad of Johnny Longstaff.

Monday 6th – Saturday 18th September



Soweto Gospel Choir

In their uplifting and joyous tour, the Grammy Award-winning choir will perform a program of freedom songs celebrating the life of the father of their Rainbow Nation, Nelson Mandela as well as international gospel classics including a spine-tingling take on Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’

Wednesday 1st September


Rumours of Fleetwood Mac

Channelling the spirit of Fleetwood Mac at their very best, the world’s finest tribute band returns with a new show including a very special blues set paying tribute to Fleetwood Mac’s legendary Peter Green era.

Tuesday 7th September





WANNABE – The Spice Girls Show

From the chart stomping ‘Spice Up Your Life’ through to the hip-shaking ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’, WANNABE celebrates the era of Girl Power and takes you on a journey through the Spice Girls group and solo careers that will make you Zig-A-Zig-Ahhhh and of course, be singing along!

Thursday 2nd September




Pete Firman

As seen on ITV1’s Tonight At The London Palladium, Pete Firman is back on the road with his Bag Of Tricks tour. You’ve seen him on television, now experience his trademark blend of laugh-out-loud comedy and jaw-dropping magic live on stage in Alnwick.

Saturday 28th August


Carrying David

The remarkable true story of North East boxer Glenn McCrory and his heartwarming relationship with his brother David is brought to life in this powerful and gripping production. Adapted from McCrory’s autobiography this funny and dramatic play by Ed Waugh will definitely pull at your heartstrings.

Saturday 18th September





Sarah Millican: Bobby Dazzler


The hilarious Sarah Millican is back on tour with a Bobby Dazzler of a new stand-up show as she heads home to South Shields. We’ll learn about what happens when your mouth seals shut, a surprisingly funny smear test and how truly awful a floatation tank can actually be.

Wednesday 29th September



Pride & Prejudice

A beautifully hilarious and delightfully innovative adaptation of the literary classic.  Jane Austen’s witty and romantic masterpiece, one of the best-loved stories of all time, is brought to life on stage.

Wednesday 1st September



Sarah Millican: Bobby Dazzler

If you can’t catch Sarah Millican in South Shields you may be able to see her Bobby Dazzler tour in Durham. We’ll learn about what happens when your mouth seals shut, a surprisingly funny smear test and how truly awful a floatation tank can actually be.

Friday 3rd September


Carrying David

And if you mixed this funny and dramatic play in Alnwick you can catch it again in Durham. The remarkable true story of North East boxer Glenn McCrory and his heart warming relationship with his brother David is brought to life in this powerful and gripping production.

Thursday 16th September



Ignacio Lopez – Spain’s Best Export

Spain’s best export, Ignacio Lopez (as seen on BBC Sesh) slams Spanish and British culture in a relentlessly funny show about holidays, food and childhood. An armada of sarcasm, silliness and songs – what’s not to love?

Thursday 2nd September

Phil Wang: Philly Philly Wang Wang

Phil has made a name for himself exploring sex, romance, politics, and his mixed British-Malaysian heritage. As seen on Live at the Apollo he is back on tour with his new show about morality and the modern sense of self, guaranteed to make you laugh.

Friday 3rd September




I Daniel Blake Star Kema Sikazwe plays Kema Kay a young boy who moves to Newcastle’s West End from Zambia. We follow his coming of age story and journey of growing up in a world that doesn’t accept him. Featuring an electrifying live soundtrack and heartfelt words we recommend that you bring a tissue.

Tuesday 2nd – Saturday 18th September


 Jenny Éclair: Sixty! (FFS!)


Having hit 60, Jenny Eclair confronts a new decade of decrepitude. Now that it takes 20 minutes of scrolling down to find her DOB when she’s filling in forms online, she takes us through what her 60s hold and we can guarantee she’ll make you belly laugh!

Friday 24th September


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