Dolly Parton

WIN: Tickets to see The Dolly Parton Story

Culture Club members have the chance to stroll down memory lane in the company of country music star Dolly Parton – or a close-run thing anyway

WIN: Tickets to see Chris Dean's Syd Lawrence Orchestra

THE Empire Theatre, Consett, is beyond thrilled to be welcoming back Chris Dean's Syd Lawrence Orchestra with its new show on June 20.

Win a family ticket to see Dick Whittington at the Empire Theatre, Consett

The Empire Theatre in Consett are offering you the chance to win a family ticket to see their spectacular pantomime Dick Whittington on Monday, December 12 at 7.00pm.

Les Dennis

Oh, yes it really is

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

They have a dream

DO You ABBA Dream? One of the country’s most popular tribute bands, ABBA Mania, will stage a series of gigs at Sunderland’s Empire Theatre later this month and they are offering one lucky group of talented young singers the chance to perform on stage on the opening night.

Oliver! takes Centre Stage

Food Glorious Food will be on the bill at one of the region’s premier theatres this week.

Stake your claims now

A major benefits take-up campaign has been launched in County Durham to ensure all carers know what they can claim.

Ices High

Tickets have gone on sale for High School Musical: The Ice Tour, the latest manifestation of the Disney mega-hit.

Footloose has feet tapping

Having missed quintessential coming-of-age movie Footloose in the era when I really should have watched it, venturing down to see the musical version seemed the perfect way to soak up some of the original excitement.

The city that has re-invented itself

It is now 15 years since Sunderland was given city status by the Queen.

End of the Peer show it is not!

It is nearly 50 years since an upper class puppet made his TV debut.

Opera lover sets stage for home town show

Opera lover Alan Godfrey is putting the town where he has built a thriving business firmly on the cultural map.

Barrymore told he needs a rest

Michael Barrymore has been ordered by doctors to take a week's rest as soon as he finishes his North-East run in Scrooge.

Your Christmas stars

It's pantomime time again, which can only mean one thing .

Moving from start to end

When I told my friends I was sacrificing the football in favour of the ballet they thought I'd gone mad.

Give more money for drugs, less for war

It is sad that a dementia patient is being denied an Alzheimer's treatment (The Journal, October 12), but the situation is more complicated than stated.

New horizons

The largest settlement in the Derwent Valley, Consett was previously best known for its iron and steel production but over the past 25 years, it has re-fashioned itself as an important commercial centre.

Every character has Kent stamped on it

Ellen Kent's international opera and ballet company has been a regular visitor to Sunderland over the past 14 years - but tonight sees a landmark.

The cat that got the cream

Cats the musical is playing at the Sunderland Empire. Hannah Davies watches as a cast member is transformed into one of Old Possum's cats.

New role is purrfect

Cats has proven to be the ideal production for one Geordie lass, as Entertainment Editor Gordon Barr finds out.


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