Stage phenomenon Riverdance jigged into the region this week. The Journal's Paul Loraine was given a close up look at how to do the Irish dance.
42nd Street, Sunderland Empire Theatre, until May 26 - The musical of musicals is enjoying its latest revival and I have a sneaky suspicion North-East audiences are going to be pleased as punch.
Pop star Faye Tozer, best known as one-fifth of the group Steps, is to star in Aladdin at Newcastle Theatre Royal this Christmas.
Around 90 seconds into my chat with Sarah Thornton, I started getting a very strong sense of déja vu.
A carriage fit for a princess announced the sale of tickets for a North-East theatre's traditional Christmas pantomime yesterday.
Scooby-Doo bit off a little more than he could chew in Newcastle yesterday.
The Chuckle Brother's official website announces: "We hit the road again on our UK tour..."
An increasing number of families are facing having their homes repossessed in a North-East borough.
Musician Paul Booth is preparing for a nostalgic return "home" 16 years after winning a junior talent competition.
Roller-skating fans among you won't be surprised to hear that the ever-popular Starlight Express is currently in the wheel-filled throes of a three-week tour at Sunderland Empire Theatre.
One of the main approaches to the Tyne and Swing bridges has been closed for two days to allow for repair work on a leaking gas main.
A three-week run of smash hit musical, Starlight Express wheels its way onto stage at the Sunderland Empire Theatre tonight, and there are two aspiring North-East stars on board.
Children's centres will be built at two Tynedale schools after Northumberland County Council approved plans for both.
A truly magical experience is coming to the North East this weekend.
Mothering Day shouldn't be the only day of the year when you treat your mum.
The stage is bare. The backdrop is a bluer shade of pale.
Members of The Journal's Culture Club were last night treated to an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour at Metro Radio.
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at Sunderland Empire until Saturday
For some reason, sharing experiences of Russia often involves recalling the potency of Russian vodka.
Babes in the Wood, Customs House, South Shields, until January 6, Tel: (0191) 454-1234.
Entertainer Michael Barrymore last night said he was delighted by the performance of North-East youngsters auditioning to appear with him in a musical.
Detectives re-investigating the death of a butcher whose body was found in a swimming pool at the home of entertainer Michael Barrymore said yesterday they hoped to "establish the full facts" behind the tragedy.
Entertainer Michael Barrymore was born Michael Parker in Bermondsey, South London, in 1952.
He's best known for his dance floor prowess in Hi-De-Hi, but audiences will have a tough job recognising Barry Howard in his latest haunting get-up, as Sam Wonfor finds out.
A scientist who has researched how bats use sound to track and capture their insect prey will give the first in a series of lectures at Sunderland Minster on Wednesday looking at the conflict between religious faith and science.
It's pantomime time again, which can only mean one thing .
Chicago at Sunderland Empire until November 18
Hit musical Chicago has started a two-week run at Sunderland Empire.
Chicago Sunderland Empire. Until November 18, 7.30pm (plus matinees). Tel 0870 602 1130
Dale Meeks is returning to his roots for a two-week dose of razzle-dazzle.
When Chris Hannon arrives back in his beloved Newcastle on Monday, he'll be donning his footie kit and kicking a ball about.
Romeo and Juliet by Birmingham Royal Ballet at Sunderland Empire
Stravinsky Triple Bill by Birmingham Royal Ballet at Sunderland Empire
With more than two centuries' worth of experience behind them, these devastating divas are unlikely to be floored by first night nerves when they take to the stage next week.
The world's leading theatrical ice skating company, The Imperial Ice Stars, return to the Sunderland Empire for one week only, from Tuesday, November 21, with a dazzling brand new production - Swan Lake on Ice.
Annie is a story that needs no introduction. Most people know the story by now and if they don't know the story, they've definitely heard the songs.
Troubled entertainer Michael Barrymore said he hoped to "explain a few things" to his fans at a signing for his autobiography yesterday.
Annie Sunderland Empire. Tonight until Saturday, 7.30pm (Wed and Sat mats, 2.30pm).