Theater and music performances around Newcastle to see at Easter and Spring

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Spring has certainly brought the North East entertainment scene back to life and the new season is certainly thriving with a range of concerts and shows that must make up for the long Covid dry spell.

And so we have loaded theater bills featuring West End musicals and big name stars as well as local talent and am-dram productions as well as concert venues packing dates which were finally confirmed after months of postponements.

We are grateful for all and we are certainly ready for a lively spring and early summer with something to suit all tastes and pockets. To give an idea of ​​the variety in store in and around Newcastle, here is a selection of 10 shows, with tickets still available currently, that will light up our stages in April and May.

Read more: 2022 Guide to North East Music Festivals

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After announcing in December that they would be taking a hiatus, but not splitting up, at the end of their Confetti Tour, the X Factor and Brit Award-winning girl group will be giving Geordie fans a double chance to say goodbye by april. Tickets are still available to see them at Newcastle’s Utilita Arena on April 14 and 15.

Paul Weller

It’s been rescheduled twice but the date has finally arrived that brings Weller north to the O2 City Hall for a tour following his latest album On Sunset. This date is April 17th and there are one or two tickets left so hurry up if you are interested: see academymusicgroup

Bed knobs and brooms

The Disney classic comes to life at Sunderland Empire from April 19-24. West End regular Dianne Pilkington will play Miss Eglantine Price, who takes the motherless three under her wing, and Matilda star Charles Brunton will play Emelius Browne. Look for this magic flying bed. Book here.

Opolis

Described as a sci-fi psychological thriller, this new show at Alphabetti Theater in Newcastle, from artistic director Ali Pritchard, opens for its first broadcast on April 19. Inspired by people’s habit of recording experiences on their phones rather than living them in the moment, Ali’s show features Julie who wants to regain her privacy and a life outside the worrisome- ring Opolis. It runs at the theater on St James Boulevard until May 7. See www.alphabettitheatre.co.uk



Members of the Whitley Bay Operatic Society performing The Wedding Singer April 27-30

The Wedding Singer

Whitley Bay Operatic Society will present their version of the hit 1998 film about alliance singer Robbie Hart, disappointed in his dream of being a singer-songwriter who is now looking for the right girl. The musical, starring Bryan Watson as Robbie and Shaunagh Kelly as Julia, will be at the Playhouse, Whitley Bay from April 27-30. See www.playhousewhitleybay.co.uk for tickets which are also available at the box office and local weekend markets.

What show are you looking forward to seeing? Let us know in the comments below

Not another bloody murder

Lumley Castle in County Durham will be the atmospheric setting for this 1920s murder mystery that challenges guests to solve the case. It’s a thriller, but as it promises to be full of comedy moments along the way, the production is described as “Hercule Poirot meets Blackadder meets Carry On”.

It is created by Heidi Richards, who works in the Department of Archeology at Durham University but has been involved in theater for many years, and she co-wrote it with her husband, Alex Peach. It will launch on April 29 and will be featured monthly thereafter. A three-course dinner is included, and guests are encouraged to dress up in period costume. Book your tickets here.

sing in the rain

More 1920s-style glamor comes with this musical great, steeped in Hollywood’s silent film era, which comes to the Theater Royal in Newcastle. By the time the big screen is ready to find its voice, the Roaring Twenties live up to their name in the show which has plenty of song and dance numbers to enjoy. See here for tickets for his May 3-7 run.

Gary Numan

The pioneering electronic and alternative star, and Ivor Novello Award winner with a career spanning 40 years, is back on tour with his latest album Intruder and 02 City Hall gets a preview on May 11. See here.

The Transatlantic Songbook

Music students from New College Durham will be at the Gala Theater in Durham on May 17 to perform highlights from the work they have produced this year. Expect jaw-dropping talent in what’s been described as a “tour de force of roots and popular music.”



Darlington Racecourse
Darlington Racecourse

In the groove

Celebrating the music of Madonna, this May 26 show promises to blast her 35-year career with all these hits. Expect period costumes and lots of showbiz glitz. The show is part of a packed new season schedule at Darlington Racecourse, which includes an old-school variety show on May 19; One night at the VE Day Proms on May 9; a Portuguese dance company revisits Dracula on May 17 and Jools Holland on May 21. For the full line-up see www.darlingtonhippodrome.co.uk.

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