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Entertaining autumn in store at County Durham theatre

Published September 05, 2019 12.44pm

Magic carpet rides, pop icons and a chilling desert island adventure - an exhilarating autumn awaits at a County Durham theatre.

Lulu at Gala

Lulu's greatest hits comes to the Gala.

The Gala Theatre in Durham City has announced an action-packed new programme, featuring the very best music, theatre, comedy and more.

Nurturing local talent is once again at the heart of our venue's offering, with the Gala teaming up with Durham Student Theatre to produce and stage William Golding's classic novel, The Lord of the Flies.

The production follows recent Gala-own shows Two and Teechers and tells the story of a group of schoolchildren who become stranded on a desert island. Their attempts to govern themselves soon descend into savagery with terrifying consequences.

The show runs from Monday 30 September to Saturday 5 October, with performances at 7.30pm each night apart from Wednesday when it begins at 6pm. There are additional performances at 1pm on Tuesday and Thursday.

Theatre lovers can also look forward to Jane Eyre on Tuesday 5 and Wednesday 6 November.

Live screenings

There is also a large selection of live screenings, including unmissable National Theatre and RSC productions. From Phoebe Waller-Bridge's hilarious one-woman show Fleabag, to the Broadway classic 42nd Street and Westlife live in concert.

Sing along 

The Reg Vardy Band

The Reg Vardy Band.

The English Touring Opera will return to the North East with performances of The Seraglio by Mozart on Friday 18 October and The Silver Lake - A Winter Tale by Kurt Weill and Georg Kaiser on Saturday 19 October.

The musical treats do not stop there. Gala favourites The Illegal Eagles will be back in Durham on Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 September, while premier North East brass band The Reg Vardy Band will have toes tapping on Sunday 15 September.

Fans can sing along to Lulu's greatest hits when the music legend takes to the stage on Tuesday 15 October. Those who adore the 'Fab Four' can celebrate the golden anniversary of the iconic album Abbey Road with Beatles historian Mark Lewisohn on Thursday 17 October. And sound and vision will fuse together on Monday 4 November in a tribute to pop hero David Bowie. Live on Mars features a stunning light show and state of the art visuals and animation.

Comedy lovers can enjoy belly laughs galore with gigs by Count Arthur StrongJason Byrne, Jimeon, Jack Dee and James Acaster, while the monthly comedy store remains the place to be to see the stars of the future.

History enthusiasts can discover insights, anecdotes and behind-the-scenes stories from broadcaster Professor Alice Roberts, who is bringing her exclusive tour to the Gala on Tuesday 10 September. BBC2's Coast presenter Neil Oliver, meanwhile, will share his passion for the British Isles on Tuesday 26 November.

Family fun 

Dear Zoo

Dear Zoo brings animal fun for the whole family.

There is also plenty to keep youngsters entertained this autumn. Highlights include a production of the popular children's book Dear Zoo on Wednesday 11 September and a touching, funny and utterly original adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's Stick Man.

As the festive season approaches, the family fun continues with the return of the Gala's annual pantomime. Written and directed by Neil Armstrong and Paul Hartley, this year's panto is the genie-us Aladdin and will run from Thursday 21 November to Sunday 5 January.

Little theatre-goers can also enjoy a special snowy adventure thanks to the enchanting Gala Theatre production One More Sleep. The show is aimed at children under five and runs from Monday 2 December to Sunday 29 December.

Robin Byers, Gala Theatre manager, said: "This year is a Year of Culture in County Durham and the Gala Theatre has been proud to contribute to the unprecedented number of events and activities taking place in 2019.

"Our new season programme will see out this special year in style, providing even more exciting opportunities for people to enjoy world-class theatre, dance, music and comedy.

"When putting our programmes together, we work hard to ensure there is something for everyone. I'm sure this season's offering will entertain and inspire people of all tastes and ages."

For more information or to book tickets visit the Gala website, or call 03000 266 600.


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