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Carole ready to stage new theatre shows

A new theatre group set up by a former Marden High School student is bringing a range of performances to the stage this winter.

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Manic Street Preachers frontman James Dean Bradfield performing on stage during the 2017 Q Awards last month in London.

Manic Street Preachers set to trek back to north east next year

Welsh rock stars the Manic Street Preachers are trekking back to the north east just months after their last date here to promote their forthcoming 13th album.

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Steve tunes in to spirits

Steve tunes in to spirits

A hairdresser turned psychic will be returning to Whitley Bay for a night of clairvoyance next week.

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The Cadillac Three come to Newcastle this weekend.

7 shows to see in the next 7 days, including ones by Enter Shikari, James Arthur and the Cadillac Three

Here’s our 46th round-up of 2017 of concerts, plays and other shows on in the north east over the next seven days, including gigs by James Arthur, Enter Shikari, Chris Rea and the Cadillac Three.

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Killers frontman Brandon Flowers on stage in Newcastle last night. Photo: Rob Loud.

Live review: The Killers at the Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle

They kicked off their first Newcastle show for five years with the title track of their latest album, Wonderful Wonderful, and there could be no doubting that the Killers were doubly wondrous throughout.

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The Harry Potter: Wizards Unite game.

Harry Potter version of Pokemon Go set to be launched

Muggles will have the opportunity to explore JK Rowling’s wizarding world with a Harry Potter-themed augmented reality game by the creators of Pokemon Go set to be launched next year.
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Evan Carter, from Barbados, playing billiards at the Colonial House in North Shields in 1942.

Exhibition will showcase North Shields’ link to Caribbean

A new exhibition is to look at the links between the Caribbean and North Shields.

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The amazing bubble man will be at Whitley Bay

Forever blowing bubbles with gang

The Puppet Gang will be performing The Nutty Professor and his Amazing Magic Bubble Show at Whitley Bay High School on Sunday.

Theatre and Comedy
Liam Gallagher.

Live review: Liam Gallagher at the Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle

It didn’t take the beadiest or most eagle-like of eyes to spot what was missing at Liam Gallagher’s first solo show at Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena last night.

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Morrissey is returning to Newcastle in February for his first show in the city since 2006.

Morrissey back in north east next year for first show here since 2011

Morrissey is returning to Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena in February for what will be his first north east date for almost seven years.

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Raising cash A Cappella

Raising cash A Cappella

Last year Tyneside A Cappella, a 50-strong women’s choir, helped to raise more than £4,500 for good causes, and this year it hopes to repeat that achievement.

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Cloud Nine will perform their new play next week.

Strong cast for comedy

The Dirty Flea-Bitten Scrounging Bastard by North Tyneside’s Cloud Nine Theatre Company.

Theatre and Comedy
Waterboys frontman Mike Scott at a previous show.

Review: The Waterboys live at the Sage Gateshead

It was a case of out with the old and in with the new as the Waterboys returned to the Sage Gateshead last night, October 23.

Music
Lottie Rhodes

Lottie tries to save music

A young north east actress is to star in a new children’s opera.

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Emma Clifford (Tanya), Helen Hobson (Donna Sheridan) and Gillian Hardie (Rosie) in Mamma Mia! UK Tour 2017. Photo by Brinkhoff M+genburg.

REVIEW: Mamma Mia! Sunderland Empire, until November 11

It has taken me a while to pluck up the courage to venture into a theatre to see Mamma Mia!, the hugely successful jukebox musical inspired by the songs of ABBA.
Theatre and Comedy
Danny Lawrence at the Stan Laurel statue.

New book looks at the life of Stan Laurel’s father

A new book looking at the father of one of North Shields’ famous sons is being launched.

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A scene from Grease. Picture by Paul Coltas.

REVIEW: Grease, Newcastle Theatre Royal, until Saturday, October 21

Grease was the word on everyone's lips as they emerged from the Theatre Royal Newcastle after the opening night of the popular feelgood musical yesterday.
Theatre and Comedy
Cloud Nine will perform their new play next week.

Company’s new play to make its debut

A theatre group is staging a new play set in the modern-day London of get-rich-quick millionaires.

Theatre and Comedy
Tynemouth Book Fair

Last station book fair of the year

Booksellers and book-lovers from across the North East will be descending on Tynemouth Station on Sunday for its last book fair of 2017.

Arts
Ria Jones as Norma Desmond

THEATRE REVIEW: Sunset Boulevard, Theatre Royal Newcastle, until Saturday, October 14

The role of Norma Desmond, the faded silent-movie star desperate to cling onto the glories of the past, is one of the most iconic in modern musical theatre.
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