North East Theatre – April 2016

Considering I spend quite a lot of time at the Theatre (although not as much as I would like) I thought I would do a post each month highlighting the shows you can catch in the North East of England. I haven’t come across many blogs which feature shows in the North East and reviews of shows at either the Sunderland Empire or Theatre Royal in Newcastle come from the local papers/press.

Here is what you can catch around the North East in April!

Tues 5th-Sat 9th – Oliver! (Amateur Production, Tyne Theatre and Opera House)


Sat 9th –Patricia Routledge In Conversation With Edward Seckerson (Customs House/South Shields)

This is something I am looking to get a ticket for as I think it will be really interesting to see the legend that is Mrs Bucket from Keeping Up Appearances talking about her career etc!

Tues 5th-Sat 16th – Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty (Theatre Royal) 

I am still yet to go and see a Ballet on stage and with this having a two week stint in Newcastle it might just be the chance I get to head along and take it all in?


Wed 6th-Sat 30th – Billy Elliot (Sunderland Empire)

I saw this in the West End a few years ago and it really is such a good show. Will be appreciated even more in the North East, so great it has eventually decided to do a UK Tour! Be warned though it does have very strong language, and has the ability to make you cry (yes that was me at the end).


Fri 15th-Sat 16th – Avenue Q (Tyne Theatre and Opera House)

I have seen this a couple of times now and it really is funny with the puppets who are nothing like the muppets! If you want a good laugh at the Theatre then this is certainly the show for you make sure you’re not easily offended though!


Mon 18th-Sat 23rd – The Father (Theatre Royal)

I am very excited that this play has embarked on a UK Tour not long after a critically acclaimed West End run and with the same lead actor. I have tickets for the Wednesday evening show. It is nominated for an Olivier Award this year for best new play.


Sat 30th April – The James Plays (Theatre Royal)

This sounds like a pretty epic day of watching three plays in a row from 11am! I’m guessing you would have to be a big Shakespeare fan to manage to do them all though.

Theatre Royal Bookings Online Here

Sunderland Empire Bookings Online Here

Tyne Theatre and Opera House Bookings Online Here

Customs House Bookings Online Here


4 thoughts on “North East Theatre – April 2016

  1. Good idea to have a regular theatre calendar for the North East. I would definitely recommend the ballet. Haven’t been to many but I saw “La Sylphide” a couple of years ago on holiday and I thought it was tremendous. You can watch it on YouTube in a version from the Paris National Opera.


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