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A scene from Heartbreak Productions' Mr Stink

David Walliams children’s story Mr Stink to be staged in Jesmond Dene

Heartrbreak Productions' Mr Stink leads the charge of outdoor theatre companies heading for the North East this summer

David Hasselhoff, who is coming to Sunderland Empire in Last Night A DJ Saved My Life

The Hoff heads for the North East in 'explosive new production'

David Hasselhoff is to star in a new stage show paying homage to the clubbing anthems of the 1980s and 90s

Tom Conti in Twelve Angry Men

Review: Twelve Angry Men, Newcastle Theatre Royal

The tense atmosphere of the jury room is recreated brilliantly by an ensemble cast led by Tom Conti

Graeme Walton as Joe Gillis and Eileen Glenton as Norma Desmond

Amateurs rise to the challenge of Sunset Boulevard

Seasoned theatre director Fred Wharton discusses the difficulties confronting the am dram companies

Tom Conti in 12 Angry Men

Tom Conti will be passing judgment at the Theatre Royal

One of Britain's best-loved actors is starring in Twelve Angry Men, a play which has entranced audiences for 60 years

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Review: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the Sunderland Empire until June 13

Michael Praed plays conman Lawrence Jameson in the musical version of an 80s film starring Steve Martin and Michael Caine

David Suchet as Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest

Review: The Importance of Being Earnest, Newcastle Theatre Royal

David Suchet leads the cast in a glorious production of Oscar Wilde's most enduring comedy

Author, illustrator and political cartoonist Chris Riddell

Chris Riddell is the ninth Children's Laureate

Days after speaking at Hartlepool's Festival of Illustration, Chris Riddell is handed an influential role in children's literature

Artist Peter Flannagan, with his work at the Biscuit Factory, Newcastle

Cullercoats and Hadrian's Wall feature in summer exhibition

Artist Peter Flanagan depicts some of our best-loved landmarks in his most recent body of work

Culture Awards 2014

Culture Awards 2014: The finalists for each category are announced

Nadine Shah, Great North Run Million, Hyde and Beast, Alison Carr, Steamsong, Joe Hillier and Beamish are among the nominees

Darren Henley, chief executive of Arts Council England

Arts Council boss Darren Henley on his vision for the future

The new chief executive of Arts Council England writes about his North East travels and makes a funding pledge for the region

Nikolas Barrera in the Vamos cultural Hub

Newcastle nightclub reopens for Vamos festival as hub of Latin American culture

For its 10th anniversary year, the Vamos festival has acquired a base at the one-time Venue and Tuxedo Junction nightclubs

Robin Windsor and Kristina Rhianoff of Strictly Come Dancing fame star in Puttin' on the Ritz at the Theatre Royal in Newcastle

Puttin' On The Ritz review: Pixie Lott and Strictly stars strut their stuff at the Theatre Royal

Hollywood's golden years are brought to life by Strictly Come Dancing's finest at Newcastle's Theatre Royal

The Cook and Barker Inn, Newton on the Moor, Northumberland

Charles Evans paints the Cheviots after dining in a popular spot

For his latest art-inspired meal review Charles Evans returned to the place where he made his debut

Jodi Picoult, left, and daughter Samantha Van Leer

Bestseller American author Jodi Picoult to appear at Tyneside Cinema event

Author Jodi Picoult and her daughter are to make their only UK appearance outside London at the Tyneside Cinema in Newcastlte

Left: Michael Bond, Paddington Goes for Gold. HarperCollins Children's Books. Images © RW Alley; Right: Roald Dahl, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Puffin Books. Image © Quentin Blake

Picture This exhibition at The Laing Art Gallery celebrates children's literature illustrations

The British Library exhibition features 10 of the most iconic children's books and original artworks from the likes of Quentin Blake and Lauren Child

Hexham author Chloe Daykin who has bagged a two book deal for her work with publisher Faber

Writer Chloe Daykin announced as the winner of the inaugural Julia Darling Travel Fellowship

The recipient of the prize for creative writers, established by New Writing North, was announced during a celebration of Julia's life and work

Greyscale presents: Gods Are Fallen And All Safety Gone Scott Turnbull and Sean Campion play a mother and daughter in the piece, which is coming to Northern Stage in June

Northern Stage play will see Newcastle mother and daughter take to the stage

A lifetime of conversations are condensed into an hour in Greyscale's Gods Are Fallen And All Safely Gone which will be performed in June

Matthew Pickering - 'Intruder' - Fine Art Show at Newcastle University

Artists of the future to showcase their work at Newcastle University's Fine Art Show

The city's Hatton Gallery once again plays host to an exhibition representing four years of work by students working in many mediums

David Suchet

Poirot star David Suchet takes on Lady Bracknell at Newcastle's Theatre Royal

After more than 40 years in the business, David Suchet gets his first chance to wear a corset in The Importance of Being Earnest