Ashleigh and Pudsey

Ashleigh & Pudsey to be North East pantomime stars

Britain's Got Talent winners Ashleigh & Pudsey will be in Cinderella in Darlington this Christmas

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

Tim Delap as Siegfried Sassoon and Garmon Rhys as Wilfred Owen in Regeneration

Review: Regeneration at the Darlington Civic Theatre

Durham author Pat Barker's novel Regeneration has spawned a must-see play at Darlington Civic Theatre

Pat Barker author of Regeneration

Regeneration author Pat Barker reflects on the First World War

Booker Prize-winning Durham author Pat Barker reflects on 1914-18 ahead of Remembrance Day

Organiser Ray Laidlaw and Billy Mitchell

Curtain comes up on the first chapter of The Lindisfarne Story tour

Ray Laidlaw and Billy Mitchell kick off a 50-date tour on Sept 4, telling tales and singing songs from the band's rich history

Ian McElhinney who is directing Stones in His Pockets

Game of Thrones actor Ian McElhinney on directing hit play Stones in His Pockets

Game of Thrones actor Ian McElhinney talks about the double life that sees him directing hit play Stones in His Pockets

John McArdle as as Danny in Brassed Off

Brassed Off heads to Darlington to mark 30th anniversary of The Miners' Strike

Barbara Hodgson reports on a rousing production of Brassed Off heading to Darlington to mark the 30th anniversary of the Miners' Strike

David Sturzaker and Jo Herbert as Abelard and Heloise in Shakespeare's Globe's Eternal Love

Darlington Civic Theatre hosts true tale of 12th Century romance

Love will be in the air in Darlington this spring as history's most enduring romance blossoms once more. Barbara Hodgson reports

The Chuckle Brothers in Aladdin at Darlington Civic Theatre

Review: Aladdin at Darlington Civic Theatre

The Chuckle Brothers deliver big laughs in festive panto favourite Aladdin at Darlington Civic Theatre

Comedian Jason Manford

Darlington Civic Theatre springs into action with new season brochure

Mixed treats of comedy, dance and drama unveiled in spring season

Joe Caffrey, far left in The Pitmen Painters by Lee Hall, directed by Max Roberts

Joe Caffrey returns to the cast of The Pitmen Painters

Barbara Hodgson talks to popular local actor Joe Caffrey whose return to the cast of The Pitmen Painters sees a seamless transition into a new role

Elizabeth is quick to defend home ground

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She’s known to millions for her top TV roles, but Middlesbrough’s Elizabeth Carling has been back on home turf for her latest part.

Les Dennis

Oh, yes it really is

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

Peter Rowley

Making the most of a caring society

The boss of Darlington Building Society is a very busy man.

International stars played there

Darlington Civic Theatre first opened its doors on September 2, 1907.

From Chaplin to stand-up

Theatre-goers will be treated to a fabulous season of shows and celebratory events as Darlington Civic Theatre marks its centenary year.

Chuckling despite hitting the road

The Chuckle Brother's official website announces: "We hit the road again on our UK tour..."

Goodies on tour still rule, OK?

For those growing up in the 70s, The Goodies was one of the highlights of the week.

A small medium business

Exploring the supernatural is all in a day's work for Nicola Ditchburn and Steven Kenny.

Great start for newcomers

A Northallerton property consultancy has made its mark on the area with first-year sales in excess of £23m.


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