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.
Tap dancing prison officer Alan Tomkins is assured of a captive audience.
Young reviewer Richard Farrage went to see The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, which is at the People's Theatre, Newcastle, until Saturday
The People's Theatre takes on the might of Little Voice next week.
Lily Allen will play Newcastle University on October 22. The chart-topping daughter of actor and comedian, Keith Allen, is currently enjoying the success of her debut single, Smile, which hit the number one spot on its release as well as courting her fair share of controversy thanks to an outspoken nature.
Soaps are all about make believe but David Whetstone explains how fate has brought two real-life brothers together on Emmerdale.
Amateur dramatics group The People's Theatre is staging the stage version of blockbusting movie Brassed Off next week.
The only bookmaker in Haltwhistle is moving to larger premises in the town.
The population of Tyneside will swell this weekend with the arrival of the RSC's troupe of travelling players, many relishing the prospect of city life after a summer season in the touristy market town of Stratford.
Michael Jefferies, of Billingham Marsh House Harriers, was a clear winner of the Victorian 10km Road Race at Marske.