North East actress lands West End role

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

Preview: Get Up And Tie Your Fingers recalls heroism of hardy fisher lasses

Set against one of the region's greatest tragedies, Get Up And Tie Your Fingers puts women centre stage

Exhibition tribute to inspirational South Shields teacher

South Shields natuarlist and teacher Fred Grey is honoured in tribute exhibition

Rudyard Kipling's Just So Stories comes to the Customs House

Pots and pans will be among the props as a children's play comes to the region

Region's arts celebrated at BBC's Great North Passion event in South Shields

Cultural spotlight shines on the North East as community art is showcased live in BBC Easter broadcast the Great North Passion

Male dancers will get the chance of a lifetime to star in the latest Matthew Bourne ballet

Parts are up for grabs for twenty boys in Matthew Bourne's newest ballet production Lord of the Flies

Little Mix star surprises X Factor hopefuls at South Shields auditions

Bosses of ITV1 talent show, The X Factor, spent the day in South Shields in search of the next big singing star

Mind games and 'Muggles' as South Tyneside magic festival vanishes for another year

South Tyneside's annual celebration of magic ended with a flourish at the weekend. David Whetstone was at the final International Gala Show at the Customs House

Joe McElderry comes home for headline gig at the Customs House

Joe McElderry played the first of four sold out gigs at the Customs House South Shields last night

Dance as an art form breaks down barriers in South Shields

Local breakdancers Bad Taste Cru have been caught on canvas for artist Emma Tooth's exhibition at The Customs House

Newcastle theatre initiates Quayside development scheme

The curtain has risen on a £10m Newcastle Quayside development scheme designed to enhance and sustain the work of Live Theatre

Sunderland University dancers hit the road with new show

Dancers from Sunderland University are performing publicly to enhance their career prospects as David Whetstone reports

Something for everyone at the Customs House in 2014

South Shields venue the Customs House has an eclectic programme planned for the new year as Sam Wonfor explains

Review: Cinderella, The Customs House, South Shields

The new-look South Shields Customs House pantomime doesn't disappoint fans as Noreen Coltman found out

TV host Julia Bradbury opens South Shields park

Countryfile presenter, Julia Bradbury, has officially opened  Harton Quays Park, near the Customs House in South Shields

One man show portrays real-life story of Tyneside Irish family

Barbara Hodgson hears how the worlds of academia and theatre have merged to produce a one-man theatre show

Former Poet Laureate heads for the Customs House

Sir Andrew Motion will read from The Customs House at... the Customs House in South Shields

Sarah Millican stars in Who Do You Think You Are

Comedian Sarah Millican's search for family tree answers takes her to Kent and Canada

Community at the heart of South Tyneside drama

The whole community is behind a new theatre venture making its debut in South Shields as Barbara Hodgson explains

Foghorn Requiem at Whitburn is a world first

AN audio-visual attraction involving 50 seagoing vessels, three brass bands and a foghorn was never going to be all plain sailing.

Sunderland 1 Tottenham Hotspur 2 - Steve Brown's match analysis

STAND, or fall. While some supporters at the Stadium of Light on Saturday opted for the former, thus defying house rules and risking suspension of their season ticket, and Gareth Bale found himself accused, again, of the latter, Sunderland somehow managed to, in a manner of speaking, do both.

Pickles and pie for breakfast

Hannah Davies asks people who’ve featured in The Journal’s My Place over the past year how they will be spending this festive season.

Veteran on a high for the Beanstalk

THERE is nothing like a dame – particularly in the Customs House pantomime.

Visitors play part in show

PEOPLE are being invited to become part of the drawings at an exhibition with a fresh approach.

My place - Martin Duffy

MARTIN, 46, is a professional magician. He has been performing magic full-time for more than 20 years but before that he used to sell magic in London to other magicians.

£20,000 reward for missing discs

A £20,000 reward has been put up for assisting the return of the child benefit CDs lost in the post by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), it was revealed today.

Tim's story a work in progress

He’s gone from court jester to the toast of London’s West End.

Oh, yes it really is

It’s that time of year again – oh, yes it is!

Sharp lines and acting

WHEN you are asked to review a play about Geordie samurai and your first look at the stage takes in several blade-like instruments, you may be tempted to avoid writing anything negative.

Support the Rock

GOOD causes in the North have received £175m from Northern Rock in the past 10 years – and now is the time, The Journal believes, to help repay that support

Support the Rock

GOOD causes in the North have received £175m from Northern Rock in the past 10 years – and now is the time, The Journal believes, to help repay that support.

Time-travelling through music

ONE of the many faces made famous by the TV series Doctor Who is to host a special orchestral concert in the North East this week.

A voyage of 1905 revealed

LITTLE could Arthur McClelland have known that his 21st birthday present would be enjoyed more than a century later by as yet unborn generations.

Maggie's End has a leading bar role

WHEN the pound coin was introduced on April 21, 1983, it quickly gained the sobriquet, “a Maggie”.

Show gets shelved

The run of Off The Shelf at the Customs House, South Shields, which was scheduled from Thursday, August 16 to Saturday, August 25, has been cancelled.

Full of big belly laughs

FOLLOWING the enormous success of Dirty Dusting at Theatre Royal Newcastle, North East comedy writing duo Ed Waugh and Trevor Wood present another outrageous comedy, Waiting For Gateaux, from Monday, September 24 to Wednesday, 26.

The three Rs – street style

THE three Rs have become Rap, Rhythm and Respect in the North East this summer.

Toasting a top season

FROM wizards to puppets, Geordie samurai warriors to love-starved widows, alternative histories to return journeys – there is a huge range of entertainment on offer at the Customs House in the coming months.

Councils get ready to tackle the £30bn gap

COUNCILS in the region have been warned to “grow up” and put parochial squabbles aside after the Government handed them a central role in deciding the North-East’s future.

Postcode focus - NE33

AS the birthplace and early residence of Catherine Cookson, the South Shields of the early 20th Century will forever endure, if only through her novels.


David Whetstone
Culture Editor
Graeme Whitfield
Business Editor
Mark Douglas
Newcastle United Editor
Stuart Rayner
Sports Writer