Here’s our 13th round-up of concerts, plays and other shows on in the North East over the next week.
Another will follow next Thursday, New Year’s Eve.
• This year’s pantomime at North Tyneside’s Playhouse Whitley Bay, a production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, can be seen until Sunday, January 3. Tickets to see the seasonal show, starring Steps singer Faye Tozer, pictured, and Wallsend comedian Steve Walls, at the Marine Avenue venue cost £14 to £20. For details, go to www.playhousewhitleybay.co.uk
• The Sunderland Empire’s panto this year, a take on Aladdin, can be also be seen until Sunday, January 3. Tickets to see the festive production, starring Coronation Street actor Terence Maynard, at the High Street West theatre cost £15.75 to £36.25. For details, go to www.atgtickets.com/venues/sunderland-empire
• Aladdin is also this year’s choice of panto at the Tyne Theatre in Newcastle, on until next Wednesday. Jarrow’s Maxie Peters writes, directs and stars as Widow Twankey, and other cast members include Lorraine Crosby, Sarah Badger and Jayne MacKenzie. Tickets to see the Newcastle Panto Company production cost £15 to £20. For details, go to tynetheatreandoperahouse.uk
• This festive season’s panto at Newcastle Theatre Royal is Dick Whittington, and it can be seen at the Grey Street venue until Sunday, January 17. Its cast includes Danny Adams, Clive Webb, Chris Hayward, Charlie Hardwick, Pete Peverley, Steve Arnott and Alice Stokoe. Tickets cost £12 to £33. For details, go to www.theatreroyal.co.uk
• The current panto at the Customs House in South Shields, Alice in Wonderland, is on until Sunday, January 9. Its cast includes Ray Spencer, also the show’s director and co-writer, and Natasha Haws. Tickets cost £9 to £18. For details, go to www.customshouse.co.uk
• North-East folk act Jez Lowe and the Bad Pennies are playing an afternoon concert at the Sage Gateshead’s hall two on Boxing Day, starting at 2pm. Tickets to see the 60-year-old, born in Easington Colliery in County Durham, and his backing band cost £12 or £14. For details, go to www.sagegateshead.com or call 0191 443 4661.
• The Sage Gateshead is hosting the Glenn Miller Orchestra UK, led by conductor Ray McVay, on Tuesday. The orchestra, founded by McVay in 1988, will be playing Miller favourites including Moonlight Serenade, American Patrol, Little Brown Jug, Tuxedo Junction and In the Mood to keep the late big band leader’s legacy alive. Tickets for the show, starting at 3pm, cost £25 or £27. For details, go to www.sagegateshead.com or www.glennmillerorchestra.co.uk