Culture Awards 2014 Best Arts and Business Partnership finalists

Culture Awards Best Arts and Business Partnership finalists: Simpsons Malt and BVA; PoT and Various Partners, and Northern Stars and Intu Eldon Square and Intu MetroCentre

Bringing L.S. Lowry to Berwick; inspiring documentaries by young people; and a melting pot of culture projects to benefit the North East

Culture Awards Performance of the Year finalists

Culture Awards Performance of the Year finalists: Death at Dawn, I Left My Heart in Roker Park and Mamela

It's all about the theatre this year. Three very different productions caught the eye of the judges

The Bring the Happy Project will culminate in three live shows in Sunderland in February

Arts project Brings the Happy to North Shore in Sunderland

The Cultural Spring project which maps the happiness of people in Wearside and South Tyneside will be celebrated

Kicking and Screaming is to embark on a tour of the region

New parents inspire new play Kicking and Screaming which is touring the North East

A new play called Kicking and Screaming was inspired by interviews with first-time parents from across the North East

The cast of Little Red Riding Hood, Customs House, South Shields

Review: Little Red Riding Hood at the Customs House, South Shields

The 'little panto with the big heart' is back at South Shields. And a great cast makes for a rollicking ride as Richard Kirkman found out

Shelley Anne Rivers and John Altman who star in Middlesbrough Theatre's production of Jack and the Beanstalk

Christmas pantomimes and shows pepper festive programmes of North East venues

The North East has an embarrassment of festive riches when it comes to top drawer Christmas shows for all the family. Here's our highlights

The Northumbrian Association Writers Awards and Hotspur Awards at Washington Old Hall. Winners Hannah Forrest, 11, Ray Spencer, Kieren Snith,11, Laurie Atkinson, 19, and Hannah Robinson, 11

South Shields favourite Ray Spencer is honoured in Northumbrian Association's awards night

Other winners at double awards are local regiments and young writers

Writer and former police officer Arthur McKenzie

Ex-police officer Arthur McKenzie premieres new play GSOH 'Would Like to Meet'

Writer Arthur McKenzie, best known for gritty crime drama, explores a modern dating phenomenon in his new play

Micky Cochrane, 38, from Dunston,Gateshead, has successfully tried out jokes at Edinburgh Fringe Festival and now has a new show coming to The Customs House in South Shields

Micky Cochrane brings his comedy show to Customs House in South Shields

The actor and singer has branched out into comedy and is bringing his debut show back home following a successful Edinburgh Fringe debut

Send More Paper is returning to the Customs House following a successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe

Hit black comedy Send More Paper comes to The Customs House

Camisado Club return to South Shields with a killer show, following a much-acclaimed run at the Edinburgh Fringe in August

Hyde and Beast are headlining the third stage at the Split Festival

Hyde and Beast and Lake Poets head up festival which has a new home

Demand for tickets has forced the Bernicia Festival in South Shields to upsize... it will now take place in Gypsies Green Stadium

A scene from Pride and Prejudice by Heartbreak Productions

Jane Austen favourite Pride and Prejudice comes to South Tyneside

A production of Pride and Prejudice by Heartbreak Productions is to be performed in the South Shields amphitheatre

Susan Penhaligon on her part in new North East play

A new play by North East playwright Philip Meeks is bound for the North East en route to Edinburgh

Jen Stevens and the Hiccups

Review: North East bands show off their talents at Customs House

A trio of bands took advantage of a regular South Tyneside showcase for regional talent

Lydia’s House, the play's cast, with playwright Janet Plater third from left at the back, and Christina Berriman Dawson second from left

Janet Plater play draws on true stories of strong Sunderland women

Janet Plater has written a play based on the experiences of women who are benefiting from an innovative community project in Sunderland

North East actress Alice Stokoe who has landed a part in Mamma Mia!

Big day dawns for West End star Alice Stokoe

North East actress Alice Stokoe makes her debut in the hit West End show Mamma Mia!

Tracy Office with Peter Latham

Author's new play to commemorate South Tyneside mining disaster digs up surprise for cast member

First-time actress discovers her an unknown ancestor is the focus of drama about South Shields disaster

Frances Anderson and her exhibition at the Customs House

Channel swimmer Frances Anderson reflects her love of open water in exhibition

Artist and wild swimmer Frances Anderson has put her work on show at the Customs House in South Shields

The cast of Get Up and Tie Your Fingers: Left to right, Barbara Marten, Samantha Foley and Sian Mannifield with their fingers tied in the manner of the herring girls

Review: Get Up And Tie Your Fingers, Customs House, South Shields

Ann Coburn's play about the fishing industry is complemented by a beautiful exhibition

North East actress Alice Stoke who has landed a part in Mamma Mia!

North East actress lands West End role

Actress Alice Stokoe, from Jarrow, is to make her West End debut in hit musical Mamma Mia!

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