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Jason Manford who is to play Leo Bloom in The Producers

Jason Manford to star in musical The Producers at Sunderland Empire

The comedian Jason Manford is to take the lead role of Leo Bloom in one of the big musicals coming to Sunderland

Art experts gather for major conference in County Durham

Auckland Castle's head curator Dr Chris Ferguson with a newly restored portrait, Christ Carrying the Cross, which is usually displayed in Raby Castle's private chapel
A collaboration between the North East and leading art galleries could result from links being forged over three days

Zoe Birkett preparing to take on Whitney Houston's iconic role in The Bodyguard

Zoe Birkett
The Consett-born Pop Idol star can't wait to play her idol's most famous part when The Bodyguard musical comes to Newcastle Theatre Royal

Byker Grove 25th anniversary celebration at the Tyneside Cinema is announced

Former cast members during the 10th Anniversary celebrations of the television programme Byker Grove in 1998
The popular children's drama, which launched the careers of Ant and Dec, will be toasted at a special event in Newcastle

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