LISTINGS DEC 2019/ JAN 2020

BLOOD BROTHERS – TUE 3 – SAT 7 DEC

The legendary Blood Brothers tells the captivating and moving tale of twins who, separated at birth, grow up on opposite sides of the tracks, only to meet again with fateful consequences.

Few musicals have received quite such acclaim as the multi award-winning Blood Brothers.

‘The definitive Mrs Johnstone’(Manchester Evening News) Lyn Paul also returns to the iconic role for the final time. Having first played her in 1997 and on numerous tours.

CINDERELLA– FRI 13 DEC – SUN 5 JAN

The North East’s canniest festive family panto, Cinderella, is set to sparkle at the Sunderland Empire this Christmas season. 

I’m a Celebrity and Gogglebox star, Scarlett Moffatt,will delight as the magical Fairy Godmother, alongside the undisputed Queen of Mean Miss Rory (Boulevard) as the feisty Rorina Hardup (we’ll make sure she minds her Ps and Qs), with Duncan Bur as her equally Ugly Sister Ruby! Nick Jnr’s Gemma Naylor (Go! Go! Go!) stars as Cinderella, together with ITV’s Superstarsfinalist (and Sunderland lad) Jon Moses as the Prince and hilarious South Shields funny-man Tom Whalley returns as Buttons.

SIR RANULPH FIENNESTUE 14 JAN 

Named by the Guinness Book of Records as ‘the world’s greatest living explorer’Sir Ranulph Fiennes has spent his life in pursuit of extreme adventure, risking life and limb in some of the most ambitious private expeditions ever undertaken.

In Living Dangerously, Sir Ranulph offers a personal journey through his life, from his early years to the present day. Both light-hearted and strikingly poignant, Living Dangerously spans Sir Ranulph’s childhood and school misdemeanours, his army life and early expeditions, right through the Transglobe Expedition to his current Global Reach Challenge – his goal to become the first person in the world to cross both polar ice caps and climb the highest mountain on each of the seven continents.

I’M SORRY I HAVEN’T A CLUE SAT 18 JAN

BBC Radio’s multi award-winning antidote to panel games returns to the stage in 2020 with its sell-out touring show. Join Tim Brooke-TaylorTony HawksMiles JuppRichard Osman and host Jack Dee for an unmissable evening of inspired nonsense. Colin Sell provides piano accompaniment.

CURTAINSTUE 21 – SAT 25 JAN

It’s murder putting on a new musical – literally! Jessica Cranshaw, star of the new Broadway-bound musical Robbin Hood, has been murdered on stage on opening night!

The entire cast and crew are suspects. Time to call in the local detective, Frank Cioffi, who just happens to be a huge musical theatre fan. With a nose for crime and an ear for music, Frank has his work cut out trying to find the killer whilst giving the show a lifeline.Starring Jason Manford (The Producers, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Guys and Dolls) and Carley Stenson (Les Miserables, Legally Blonde, Shrek, Spamalotand Hollyoaks), this hilarious whodunnit is packed full of catchy songs, unforgettable characters and plot twists galore! From creators of Cabaret and Chicago, this Tony award-winning backstage murder mystery musical will have audiences laughing and guessing right to the final curtain.

CABARETTUE 28 JAN – SAT 1 FEB

Bill Kenwright presents the multi award-winning production of Kander and Ebb’s landmark musical, Cabaret.

Cabaret features show-stopping choreography, dazzling costumes and iconic songs Money Makes the World Go RoundMaybe This TimeCabaretand more.

Starring as Emcee is John Partridge, winner of Celebrity MasterChef2018, well known to TV audiences as EastEnders’ charismatic Christian Clarke and one of West End theatre’s most prolific leading men (A Chorus Line, Chicago, andLa Cage Aux Folles). Kara Lily Hayworth stars as the iconic Sally Bowles following her spectacular performance in the title role of Cilla The Musical which was revered by both critics and audiences alike. They are joined by Anita Harris, who first rose to fame as a singer in the 1960s and has appeared both on screen (Follow That Cameland Carry on Doctor) and on stage, most notably as Grizabella in the West End’s Cats.

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