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Families invited to A Town Called Christmas

Published November 22, 2022 10.34am

A brand new Christmas production is set to entertain youngsters and their families when it opens at two County Durham venues this month.

A Town Called Christmas

Glitch the robot at Gala Durham

A Town Called Christmas, a co-production between Gala Durham and Leeds-based theatre company Wrongsemble, will debut at Bishop Auckland Town Hall with eight performances, before running for four weeks at Gala Durham.

Festive magic

Perfect for ages three and over, the festive show centres around Clementine who dreams of a place where gingerbread houses glow under twinkling fairy-lights and chocolate coins are currency. Where the streets are filled with snow ball fights and laughter hangs like baubles in the air. The happiest place on Earth - or at least it used to be.

Audiences can expect a rollercoaster of magic, music and mayhem as Clementine lands in a crumbling Christmas town, where only a cantankerous caretaker and a glitching robot remain.

Cultural programme

A Town Called Christmas will be the second time this year that Gala Durham and Wrongsemble have joined forces to produce new work, having toured The Not So Grimm Twins across outdoor venues in August.

It is just one of the many cultural events taking place in the county this year, cementing Durham's position as the 'culture county' and demonstrating our ongoing commitment to culture-led regeneration. This includes delivering key projects within the county's shortlisted UK City of Culture bid; progressing major capital projects; and raising the county's profile as a fantastic place to live, work, visit and invest.

Christmas adventure

Cllr Elizabeth Scott, our Cabinet member for economy and partnerships, said: "We are delighted to once again be working with Wrongsemble to bring younger audiences this delightfully festive production full of adventure and Christmas spirit. Taking place across two of our cultural venues, it is the perfect show for families to enjoy in the run-up to the holidays.

"Our Christmas programme is a key part of our cultural calendar and is one of the many festivals and events we host across the county year-round. We are committed to delivering a range of exciting cultural opportunities and events as part of our ambition of being the culture county."

Tickets and performances

A Town Called Christmas will run from Thursday 24 to Sunday 27 November at Bishop Auckland before moving to Gala Durham from Tuesday 29 November to Saturday 24 December.

In making theatre accessible for all audiences, British Sign Language interpreted performances will take place on Thursday 24 November at 10.30am at Bishop Auckland Town Hall, and on Wednesday 7 December at 10.30am and Saturday 10 December at 1.30pm at Gala Durham.

Tickets are priced at £8, with a family ticket also available for £30, and can be purchased by calling the Gala Durham Box Office on 03000 266 600 or via the Bishop Auckland Town Hall or Gala Durham websites.