New season programme announced for Gala Theatre
A new production of Alan Bennett's Talking Heads is just one of the highlights of the spring programme at the Gala Theatre.
The Gala-produced show includes the stories A Chip in the Sugar, Bed Among the Lentils and Soldiering On and follows the venue's critically acclaimed production of Educating Rita earlier in the year.
Talking Heads runs from Tuesday, 6 to Saturday, 10 March, with a 2 for 1 offer for opening night and £12 tickets for all matinees. Tickets for the performance on Wednesday, 7 March are also available at just £12 if booked before the New Year.
Something for everyone
The season's packed theatre schedule also includes Crimes Under The Sun, a drama inspired by Agatha Christie and The 39 Steps about a hilarious yet murderous trip to the English Riviera on Wednesday, 25 April. Tickets cost just £10 if booked before 31 January.
Young theatre-goers will be kept entertained thanks to a number of children's shows including Bear and Butterfly, a charming tale about love, loss and friendship, for those aged four to seven. Two performances of the show are taking place on Wednesday, 24 January, with family tickets at £22.
On Sunday, 4 February new show Monstersaurus! comes to Gala, following young inventor Monty as he creates a whole world of wacky inventions and incredible monsters suitable for those aged three and above.
Theatre company Kitchen Zoo are also bringing two fabulous family shows to the theatre, with Edward Lear's The Owl and the Pussycat being brought to life on Tuesday, 27 March followed by The Tin Foil Astronaut on Sunday, 15 April.
The Durham City venue is also hosting some of the country's best-loved comedians, with Sarah Millican, Ed Gamble and Joe Lycett having already sold out.
Tickets are selling fast for other comedians including Dave Spikey, who brings his 30th anniversary tour to the North East on Thursday, 25 January followed by Lefty Scum - a show featuring Josie Long, Jonny & the Baptists and protest musician Grace Petrie on Sunday, 25 February.
Later in the year, John Robins brings his angst-ridden show to Gala on Friday, 30 March just months after it was voted Best Comedy Show at Edinburgh Fringe, while Jeremy Hardy performs at the venue on Thursday, 26 April.
Musical performances are also taking place throughout the season, kicking off on Monday, 22 January with a special performance by some of Britain's leading folk musicians - including The Young'uns, Faustus, Nancy Kerr and members of Bellowhead - for a re-telling of Peter Bellamy's legendary folk ballads The Transports.
Other highlights include singer-songwriter John Smith on Sunday, 4 February, award-winning jazz vocalist and Radio 2 presenter Clare Teal and trio on Friday, 13 April and popular folk singer Cara Dillon on Thursday, 19 April.
Fans of Jane Austen won't want to miss a talk from Dr Lucy Worsley, who comes to Gala on Monday, 19 March to discuss her new biography of the author, while writer and broadcaster Stuart Maconie will share his experiences retracing the famous Jarrow Crusade in 1936 with his show on Saturday, 10 February.
Exploration and endurance
This year also sees the first Durham Adventure Festival, a three-day event celebrating adventure and wilderness from Friday, 27 to Sunday 29 April.
Film screenings, fascinating talks and free basecamp sessions showcasing the very best in exploration and endurance will all be included in the festival which will leave audiences motivated to get outside and enjoy their own adventures.
For more information and to book tickets visit Gala's website.