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NEWS: Anniversary Celebrations Continue As The Customs House Unveils Final Programme Of 2019

Anniversary Celebrations Continue As The Customs House Unveils Final Programme Of 2019

The Customs House has announced the stunning line-up of shows leading up to its 25th birthday in November and into the festive season.

There’s still plenty of fun to be had before panto season kicks in, starting with Jason Cook’s Comedy Club on Saturday, November 2 – the last one of the year before his New Year’s Eve special on Tuesday, December 31.

Joe McElderry will perform twice at the venue, where he worked as a waiter before finding fame on The X Factor, as he celebrates a milestone of his own.  His 10 years in the music industry will be marked with a special interactive performance, hosted by Kelly Scott, on Sunday, November 3, followed by Joe McElderry: The Impossible Dream, on Sunday, November 17.

The Customs House 25th Anniversary Gala Celebration brings together friends who have bene part of The Customs House journey for a night of music, comedy and fun, on Tuesday, November 5, as part of the 25th celebrations.  Ray Spencer, Executive Director of The Customs House, said: “Welcome to our 25th birthday party! Thursday, November 28, marks the 25th anniversary of the opening of this fine institution.  We celebrated with a spectacular light show on our building at the weekend and the party continues with our sensational up-and-coming festive frolics with Snow White and The Naughty Elves and the Shoemaker.  We also have a number of opportunities for people to join us on special one-off events.”

The Pitman Poets, featuring ex-Lindisfarne singer/songwriter Billy Mitchell, Bob Fox, Benny Graham and Jez Lowe, take to the stage on Wednesday, November 6, to celebrate the region’s coal mining tradition through music, song and spoken word.

An Audience with Mark ‘Billy’ Billingham returns on Thursday, November 7, with the former SAS leader and sniper, bodyguard to the stars and TV personality selling out the theatre for the second time this year.

South Tyneside Dance Workshop return for their annual gala performance on Saturday, November 9, featuring a variety of high-energy, show-stopping routines from the likes of Burlesque, Wicked and Hercules.

Popular cabaret group Encore return to The Customs House to celebrate 20 years of making music and merriment together, putting a fresh spin on some of their favourite show tunes, from Tuesday, November 12 to Saturday, November 16.

Christmas then officially starts with the launch of Snow White on Tuesday, November 27, and The Naughty Elves and the Shoemaker, featuring Wayne Miller as Santa’s Naughty Elf, on Saturday, November 30.  Festive entertainment also comes in the shape of Christmas Cracker III on Wednesday, November 20, with Hands On NE, Ice Princess Afternoon Tea Party on Saturday, November 23, and Del Boy and Rodney: The Comedy Dinner Show, from Laughlines, on Friday, November 29.

There will be a Christmas Craft Fair on Sunday, December 1, and Festive Frolics – an afternoon of yuletide merriment - on Monday, December 2.

Acclaimed musicians GreenMatthews return on Thursday, December 5, with A Brief History of Christmas, featuring long-forgotten songs and tales as well as some familiar and well-loved carols. They will be joined by special guest Jude Rees, of Pilgrim’s Way. 

Abba fans will love Voulez Vous: The Dinner Party on Saturday, December 7, while families can enjoy a magic show with Mr Twister and lunch with Santa on Saturday, December 14 and Saturday, December 21.

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