What’s on in May across the North East
From an influx of West End musicals to special anniversary celebrations, a late-night culture crawl to a music festival that’s all about how mint women are, and a… Swiftogeddon?! We’ve Taylored this list just for you…
7.30pm, Saturday 7th May
The Cluny, Newcastle Upon Tyne
Pillow Queens are one of our new favourite bands. Hailing from Dublin, their lyrics expertly blend and Irish Catholic upbringing with their own experiences as being open members of the LGBTQ+ community – all set against infectious pop-punk hooks.MORE INFO
Women Are Mint
7.30pm, Friday 20th – Sunday 22nd May
Cobalt Studios, Newcastle Upon Tyne
Good Habits, Ceitidh Mac, Naomi Carole, Sound System, Nadedja, Northering… in a world where international music festivals are dominated by male headliners, Women Are Mint is like a balm to the soul.MORE INFO
7pm, Tuesday 24th May
O2 City Hall, Newcastle Upon Tyne
He’s gone from local lad to local hero in record time, thanks to his ‘music that punches the air and the gut’ (The Guardian). But now we’ve got the chance to see Sam Fender up close and personal in this intimate hometown gig, where all proceeds will go directly to North East Homeless.MORE INFO
Singin’ In The Rain
7.30pm, Tuesday 3rd May – Saturday 7th May
Theatre Royal, Newcastle Upon Tyne
Join Steps’ Faye Tozer and journey back to the glamour of Hollywood during the roaring ‘20s with this critically acclaimed production of Singin’ in the Rain.
Silent movie star Don Lockwood has it all: a string of hit films and a studio-engineered romance with the most beautiful actress in town. But what Don doesn’t know is that the silver screen is about to find its voice – and a chance meeting with a talented young chorus girl promises to change both Don, and Hollywood, forever…MORE INFO
We Are The Best!
7pm, Thursday 26th May – Saturday 18th June
Live Theatre, Newcastle Upon Tyne
Live Theatre launches its new season with an explosive world premiere stage adaptation of a film described by the New York Times as ‘a joyous heart-swelling story of youthful rebellion’.
It’s Stockholm, 1982. Three friends decide to change the world. Or at least change their world. And their hair. They start a band…MORE INFO
7.30pm, Tuesday 31st May – Saturday 4th June
‘Murder, greed, corruption, exploitation, adultery and treachery…all those things we hold near and dear to our hearts…’ – so begins the international, multi-award-winning musical, Chicago.
Starring TV personality Gemma ‘The GC’ Collins, Coronation Street’s Faye Brookes and West End star Djalenga Scott, this epic musical is still as sexy, sassy and sophisticated as ever.MORE INFO
Strictly Come Dancing: The Professionals
8pm, Thursday 5th May
Utilita Arena, Newcastle Upon Tyne
Featuring Dianne Buswell, Nadiya Bychkova, Graziano Di Prima, Karen Hauer, Katya Jones, Neil Jones, Gorka Marquez, Luba Mushtuk and Kai Widdrington, enjoy the inspiring talent of the world-class, Strictly professional dancers as they perform stunningly choreographed ballroom and latin routines – with all the glitz, glamour, sequins and sparkle of the smash hit BBC One TV show, live on stage.MORE INFO
25 Years of Lord Of The Dance
8pm, Monday 23rd May – Wednesday 25th May
Since its premiere, Michael Flatley’s Lord Of The Dance has visited over 1000 venues worldwide and been seen by over 60 million people in 60 different countries – making it one of the most successful dance productions in the world.
For its 25th year, Michael has updated the original show for a new generation of fans – promising to transport audiences to a mythical time and place and capture hearts in a swirl of movement, precision dancing, artistic lighting and pyrotechnics.MORE INFO
Macromancy: Britain and the North East of England, 1986 – 2022
10am, Saturday 7th May – Saturday 9th July
Hartlepool Art Gallery
British documentary and editorial photojournalist Mark Pinder has been at the forefront of breaking news for over three decades – capturing the events that have shaped recent British history.
Alongside his work for major national and international publications, Mark has chronicled social, political and economic changes and how they have impacted the North East in this captivating new exhibition.MORE INFO
A Platinum Jubilee Celebration
10am, Sunday 8th May – Sunday 5th June
The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle
HRH Queen Elizabeth II has already made history for many reasons – not least by cementing her status as Britain’s longest-reigning monarch with her Platinum Jubilee at the beginning of June.
This special exhibition celebrates Teesdale’s links with the Royal Family, including The Bowes Museum’s royal connections, memorabilia and memories of street parties, as well as previously unseen footage of the Queen as a child.MORE INFO
Spring Fling by Uplands
10am, Friday 13th May
The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle Upon Tyne
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the ambitious, Dumfries-based art and craft development organisation, Upland.
To celebrate, they’re bringing a bold and diverse range of fine art and contemporary craft to The Biscuit Factory, from a cohort of exceptional artists and craftspeople – all available for us to add to our own collections.MORE INFO
Joe Lycett: More, More, More! How Do You Lycett? How Do You Lycett?
8pm, Friday 6th May – Saturday 7th May
Tyne Theatre & Opera House, Newcastle Upon Tyne
Join Joe Lycett (the artist formerly known as Hugo Boss) doing what he does best: talking at a room of people in a queer and comedic fashion.
His first tour in years promises to be packed with more jokes, more comedy anecdotes and more inappropriate and, arguably, disturbing paintings – all in the hope of answering the age-old question: How do you Lycett?MORE INFO
Flo & Joan’s Sweet Release Tour
8pm, Friday 20th May
Multi-award winning musical comedy duo (and sisters) Flo & Joan are climbing out of their pits – armed with a piano and percussion section – to bring us a brand new show of their unique, sharp-tongued songs and comedy, which pokes around all the classic topics of the day: over-thinking, alien lovers and fringes.MORE INFO
Sarah Millican: Bobby Dazzler
8pm, Wednesday 25th May
Durham Gala Theatre
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 be…MORE INFO
EVENTS AND FESTIVALS
Newcastle Poetry Festival 2022
1pm, Thursday 5th May – Saturday 7th May
Northern Stage, Newcastle Upon Tyne
A highlight in the local literary calendar, Newcastle’s esteemed Poetry Festival is back and promises to be bigger than ever – with everything from student open mic nights, readings and talks from some of the most exciting poets on the circuit, and a special appearance from Poet Laureate Simon Armitage on the programme.MORE INFO
The Late Shows
Friday 13th – Saturday 14th May
Venues across the Ouseburn Valley, Newcastle Upon Tyne
Our favourite free, late-night culture crawl is back!
During The Late Shows, museums, galleries, studio collectives and landmark historical buildings come together to offer visitors one-off events – including hands-on workshops, behind-the-scenes tours, performances and parties – to encourage us to do something cultural with our evening.MORE INFO
9pm, Saturday 21st May – Sunday 22nd May
Boiler Shop, Newcastle Upon Tyne
A night dedicated to worshipping at the altar of Taylor Swift: non-stop Swifty all night: deep cuts, extended mixes, fan favourites and all the hits.
Do you have a Blank Space in your diary? Then this night is Taylor-made for you.MORE INFO
A Stone’s Throw Festival 2022
12pm, Saturday 28th May
Venues across Tynemouth and North Shields, Newcastle Upon Tyne
With more than 60 of ‘the hottest new music acts’ in the industry right now promising to descend on Newcastle’s coastline, there’s lots to look forward to. Us? We’ll definitely catch local acts Heidi Curtis, Lizzie Esau, Lyras and Zela.MORE INFO