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Preview: The Twenty Seven Club at Newcastle Live Theatre

 Cast announced for 

The Twenty Seven Club

The Twenty Seven Club

Newcastle Live Theatre

Wednesday 23 - Saturday 26 March 2022

Written and Directed by Chris Connel

Based on the Book by Lucy Nichol

Performed by Rachel Teate, Andrew Dawson and Steve Byron

The cast has been announced for The Twenty Seven Club, a play about music myths, mental health and fandom that will be performed as part of Live Theatre’s Elevator Festival between 23 - 26 March 2022.

Written and directed by Live Theatre regular, Chris Connel, The Twenty Seven Club is based on the book of the same name by author Lucy Nichol, and is being brought to life thanks to funding from Live Theatre’s Bursary scheme and Arts Council England.

TV regular Rachel Teate (Wolfblood, George Gently, Hollyoaks) will take on the role of troubled music fan, Emma. Rachel is a well known face in the North East and no stranger to the Live Theatre stage, having previously performed in The Girls of Poppyfield Close. Rachel also entertains thousands of listeners as a popular presenter on BBC Radio Tees. 

Rachel Teate, Andrew Dawson and Steve Byron

Meanwhile, Emma’s best mate and partner in crime, Dave, will be played by South Shields’ very own Andrew Dawson (Sky TV’s Brassic). The Twenty Seven Club will be Andrew’s Live Theatre debut, although he has previously performed in the region for Northern Stage, Alphabetti Theatre and The Customs House.

North East actor and writer, Steve Byron will play the role of Tel, Emma’s dad. Steve’s recent acting credits include When The Boat Comes In (The Customs House) and Sunset Over Tantobie (Gala Theatre, Durham). Steve has also written a successful body of work alongside his writing partner, Gary Kitching, including Bacon Knees and Sausage Fingers and, most recently, Tree. Steve also worked on the development of The Twenty Seven Club as a script consultant.

The Twenty Seven Club is set in 1994 and follows 26-year old Emma Barclay who, on learning of the death of Kurt Cobain becomes obsessed with the question - why have so many brilliant musicians passed away aged 27? Her journey navigating obsessional thoughts and panic attacks leads her back to her childhood, and she discovers that there might be more to life and death than just a number.  

Author and mental health writer, Lucy Nichol, explains: “The concept of the 27 club was coined after many well-known musicians – Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Kristen Pfaff - lost their lives aged 27. It feels like an easy headline and a simple explanation for something that is far more complex.”

“As fans, we don’t really know the truth behind the headlines, but in some ways this echoes our own lives when it comes to our own mental health. I know when I’ve suffered periods of acute anxiety, I’ve often wanted an easy answer or a quick fix. But in reality, we often need to dig a bit deeper through psychotherapy and speaking to friends and family to find our path to recovery.”

The stage play is written and directed by actor Chris Connel, who is best known for his role as Oliver Kilbourn in Lee Hall’s The Pitmen Painters (Broadway, National Theatre). Chris has also previously appeared in Emmerdale, George Gently and countless theatre productions around the country, including many for Live Theatre. 

In addition to collaborating on The Twenty Seven Club, Chris and Lucy are also husband and wife – having married in 2011 (and, due to their love of the venue, even holding their wedding reception at Live Theatre).

Chris Connel said: “It’s a real pleasure to write my first stage play for Live Theatre’s audiences. 2022 marks 30 years since my first ever paid gig as an actor – a script reading that took place at Live in 1992. Since then, I’ve been lucky to work with, and learn from, tons of brilliant performers, writers and directors at Live. To now have the opportunity to step off the stage and into the role of writer/director with the company that played such a big role in my early career is really exciting.” 

Released in 2021 in both paperback and e-book, The Twenty Seven Club quickly became a bestseller in the Amazon punk book charts and was listed as one of Stylist magazine’s books to read.


Age suitability: 15+

Trigger warnings: Contains strong language, references to drug taking and depictions of panic and anxiety.

The Twenty Seven Club will be performed at Live Theatre between 23 and 26 March at 7.30pm with a matinee performance at 2.30pm on Saturday 26 March. Tickets cost £8 full with concs £6. A filmed version will also be made available following Elevator Festival. 

Tickets are available online from or from the theatre box office: 0191 232 1232


Preview: Oi Frog & Friends! at Billingham Forum Theatre & Newcastle Northern Stage


Kenny Wax Family Entertainment’s  Olivier Award Nominated Stage Show Leaps Into Our Region This Spring


Oi Frog & Friends! 

Billingham Forum Theatre - Monday 14 & Tuesday 15 March 2022

Newcastle Northern Stage - Thursday 21 - Sunday 24 April 2022


Kenny Wax Family Entertainment’s hit musical production of Oi Frog & Friends! which is currently touring the UK, following its critically acclaimed West End run in 2019/20, will play the Forum Theatre in Billingham on Monday 14 and Tuesday 15 March 2022. It will return to the region when it visits Newcastle’s Northern Stage for eight shows between Thursday 21 April and Sunday 24 April


‘Cats sit on mats, hares sit on chairs, mules sit on stools, gophers sit on sofas and frogs sit on logs.’ 


It’s a new day at Sittingbottom school and FROG is looking for a place to sit, but CAT has other ideas and DOG is happy to play along. Little do any of them know that chaos is coming... who knew there were so many rhyming rules and what will happen when FROG is in charge? Join FROG, DOG and CAT live on stage in Oi Frog & Friends!, the 55-minute action-packed play with original songs, puppets, laughs and, of course,  more rhyme than you can shake a chime at! 

Nominated for an Olivier Award for Best Family Show, Oi Frog & Friends! is created for the stage by Emma Earle, Zoe Squire, Luke Bateman and Richy Hughes, bringing together Kes Gray and Jim Field’s bestselling and award-winning series of picture books Oi Frog!, Oi Dog!, Oi Cat! and Oi Duck-Billed Platypus!, published by Hachette Children’s Group, into one fun-filled musical production.  

The cast line-up for the 2021/22 UK tour is: Jake Addley as DOG (alternate CHEETAH), Rebecca Ayres as CAT (Understudy CHEETAH), Christopher Dobson as CHEETAH (alternate DOG), Emily Essery as FROG (Understudy CAT and ASM) and Sarah Palmer as FROG (Understudy CAT and ASM). 

Hailed as one of the most successful picture books of the decade with more than one million copies sold to date, author Kes Gray says of the production, “The stage show has taken the Oi characters to places I could never have imagined. The fun, the artistry and the sheer theatrical genius of this production really is something to behold!” 

Illustrator Jim Field says, “Seeing the characters brought to life from our series of Oi books was both surreal and incredible. Oi Frog & Friends! bounces along with non-stop energy, amazing puppets, funny songs, shouty rhymes, and a squirty elephant trunk. It’s brilliantly bonkers!” 

Oi Frog & Friends! is an ideal introduction to theatre and the perfect entertainment for schools, groups and families with children aged 3+.  

Running time: Approximately 55 minutes (no interval)



Performances in Billingham are on Monday 14 March (4.30pm) and Tuesday 15 March (10.30am, 1.30pm). To book, visit: or call 01642 552663.  

The 8 shows in Newcastle are at Northern Stage on Thursday 21 April to Sunday 24 April, with a Relaxed performance on Friday 22 April at 10.30am – visit or call 0191 230 5151


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Preview: The Canterville Ghost at Newcastle Tyne Theatre



Tall Stories bring The Canterville Ghost to Newcastle


The Canterville Ghost

Newcastle Tyne Theatre & Opera House

Tuesday 8th & Wednesday 9th November 2022


Newcastle’s Tyne Theatre and Opera House have just announced that Tall Stories theatre company will be making a welcome return to the Newcastle venue with a production of Oscar Wilde’s the Canterville Ghost on Tuesday 8th and Wednesday 9th November 2022.

The Canterville Ghost is gloriously ghoulish and uproarious vaudeville spectacular from award-winning theatre company Tall Stories. Tall Stories are a charity, specialising in shows aimed at children and families, which has become internationally recognised for its exciting blend of unique storytelling theatre and music.

Oscar Wilde’s humorous short story follows the thoroughly modern Otis family, who move into the former residence of Sir Simon de Canterville, who disappeared mysteriously 300 years ago – after having been accused of murder.

The family have been warned about the fearsome phantom that haunts the Hall. But has anyone warned the Canterville Ghost about them?

Interspersed with their own sensational acts, a comedian, a magician, a psychic and their charismatic compere will tell this spine-chilling story for audiences delight and delectation.

Tickets are priced £17, Schools £14 1 free teacher ticket with every 10 students tickets purchased.

Tickets now on sale at:

Preview: Don Quixote at Sunderland Empire



Carlos Acosta’s brand-new production of Don Quixote brings an explosion of Spanish sunshine to Sunderland this March!


Birmingham Royal Ballet - Don Quixote

Sunderland Empire

Thursday 10– Saturday 12 March 2022



Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Director Carlos Acosta promises entertainment for all ages when he brings an explosion of Spanish sunshine, spectacular dance and vivacious comedy to Sunderland Empire in spring 2022.

In a new production created especially for Birmingham Royal Ballet and featuring all-new designs by Tim Hatley, Don Quixote introduces us to Cervantes’ famous knight himself, lovers Kitri and Basilio, and a host of supporting characters. As the Don sets out on a quest to track down his true love, with his loyal friend and servant Sancho Panza at his side, he finds himself embroiled in an unlikely adventure of love and dreams.

The first UK performances of Acosta’s sparkling new 21st-century production of this 19th-century masterpiece, featuring music by one of the founding fathers of Russian Ballet music Ludwig Minkus, performed live by the Royal Ballet Sinfonia, comes to the Sunderland Empire from 10-12 March 2022.

Carlos Acosta's original production, his first full length ballet, was created for The Royal Ballet in 2013, and was last seen at the Royal Ballet in 2019. It has also been seen in cinemas all over the world. Carlos has been performing in Don Quixote since the age of 16 when he won the Prix de Lausanne so it’s very close to his heart but also a real crowd pleaser. As well as wanting to ensure this new version is suitable for touring, Acosta said:

“For this new production, I wanted to give it a completely new take and a new look to the one that I gave to the Royal Ballet so that Birmingham has its own. It’s a new production with new concept and designs, re-orchestration, new elements of the choreography, new colours, a whole new palette.

““This ballet is really popular with dancers,” he says. “It is a ballet for virtuosos. If you really have aspirations to become the best ballet dancer you can be, then you must have this ballet under your belt. Also, it’s a production which gives opportunities to a large ballet company because there are a lot of roles for everyone in the company - for soloists, for corps members and principals so it’s a real showcase.”

The Birmingham Royal Ballet

Birmingham Royal Ballet standardly performs at Birmingham Hippodrome for approximately ten weeks of the year and the remainder of the year tours throughout the United Kingdom and overseas. On average, the Company performs 175 shows a year nationally and internationally.


The Royal Ballet Sinfonia is Birmingham Royal Ballet’s permanent orchestra, it is also Britain's busiest ballet orchestra. The Sinfonia also plays frequently for The Royal Ballet and other leading ballet companies, including performances with Paris Opéra Ballet, New York City Ballet, Australian Ballet, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, the Kirov, Norwegian Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, San Francisco Ballet and La Scala Ballet.



Music Ludwig Minkus

Choreography Carlos Acosta after Marius Petipa

Production Carlos Acosta

Designs Tim Hatley

Lighting Peter Mumford

Staged by Christopher Saunders


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Preview: The Mirror Crack’d at Darlington Hippodrome




The Mirror Crack’d

Darlington Hippodrome

Tuesday 20 - Saturday 24 September 2022

The award-winning Original Theatre Company are delighted to announce Miss Marple’s return to the stage in a brand new production of Rachel Wagstaff’s acclaimed adaptation of Agatha Christie’s The Mirror Crack’d. The production, directed by Philip Franks, will run at Darlington Hippodrome from Tuesday 20 to Saturday 24 September.

The Mirror Crack’d will star Susie Blake as Miss Marple, with further casting to be announced.

In 1960s England, a wind of change is blowing through the land. It has even reached the sleepy village of St Mary Mead. There’s a new housing estate, which alarms the villagers as much as it intrigues them and, even more unsettling, a rich American film star has bought the manor house. Jane Marple, confined to a chair after an accident, is wondering if life has passed her by. Then there is a shocking murder, and Miss Marple must unravel a web of lies, danger and tragedy. This adaptation of Agatha Christie’s famous novel brings real emotional depth and psychological insight to a thrilling story of secrets, loss and revenge.

The Mirror Crack’d From Side to Side was published in the UK in 1962 and adapted as a feature film, The Mirror Crack’d, in 1980, starring Angela Lansbury as Miss Marple, Elizabeth Taylor, Kim Novak, Rock Hudson and Tony Curtis.  On television, adaptations of the novel have starred Joan Hickson as Miss Marple in 1992 and Julia McKenzie as Miss Marple in 2011.

Susie Blake said of the role, “Playing Miss Marple is every actor’s dream over the age of 50. To play a bright, independent, older woman is surprising and exciting for the period it was written in as well as in our society today.

Susie Blake is best known for playing the Continuity Announcer in Victoria Wood: As Seen on TV, as well as her regular roles of Bev Unwin in ITV’s Coronation Street and Hillary Nicholson in BBC’s Mrs Brown’s Boys. She has recently appeared in series one and two of Kate & Koji (ITV), Not Going Out (BBC One) and The Real Marigold Hotel (BBC One). Her films include Fierce Creatures and Nativity 3: Dude, Where’s My Donkey?!. Her theatre credits include Fisherman’s Friends: The Musical (Hall for Cornwall), Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em (UK Tour), My Fair Lady (Grange Festival), Grumpy Old Women Live 2 & 3, When We Are Married (West End), Pygmalion (Chichester Festival Theatre), Madame Morrible in Wicked (West End) and Belinda Blair in Noises Off (National Theatre).


The Mirror Crack’d runs at Darlington Hippodrome from Tuesday 20 to Saturday 24 September. To book call the Box Office on 01325 405405 or visit


Preview: Intergalactic (Petals and Installations) at Newcastle Live Theatre


Cast announced for Intergalactic (Petals and Constellations)

Intergalactic (Petals and Installations)

Newcastle Live Theatre

Wednesday 16 - Saturday 19 March 2022

Casting has been announced for Intergalactic (Petals and Installations), to be performed at Live Theatre Newcastle between Wednesday 16 and Saturday 19 March as part of Elevator Festival

Alison Scurfield’s debut play is a witty and tender tale about grief, growing up gay and the universe. Made possible through the Live Theatre Bursary and Talent Development Programme, Elevator Festival is a celebration of the very best emerging theatre talent. 

Aiden Nord plays Johnny, not one of the cool kids, he likes physics and space and is struggling to move on from a family tragedy. Aiden began his acting career as a character voice on the BBC educational series Ask Lara and he has featured roles in Vera (ITV) and Doctors (BBC). More recently, Aiden has worked on the immersive theatre project First Footing at Woodhorn Museum, short film POOF, which was nominated for an Iris prize and starred in Starfish (Live Theatre’s 10 Minutes To…Call Home).   

North West based actor Tyler Dobbs, takes on the role of Hassan. The new boy at the school who strikes up an unlikely friendship with Johnny. Arts Ed trained Tyler’s theatre credits include Calendar Girls The Musical (UK Tour), Snow White (Manchester) and Tom’s Midnight Garden (Theatre by the Lake). Television credits include Coronation Street (ITV), Vera (ITV) and Wolfe (Sky). 

Aiden Nord & Tyler Dobbs

Written by Alison Scurfield and directed by Live Theatre’s Graeme Thompson, this new story sees a school project and forces of nature pull the two boys together – can it save the and help them both aim for the stars? 

Alison Scurfield is a writer from North Yorkshire. Her first short Flushed was performed at Live Theatre in 2019 as part of 10 Minutes to…Stake a Claim. Intergalactic (Petals and Constellations) was first performed at Live’s Queer and Now Scratch Night in February 2020 and thanks to the award of a bursary Alison has developed this scratch into her first full-length play 

Alison said: “I’m thrilled with the casting of Intergalactic. Johnny has a real cheeky charm about him and he gives as good as he gets. I can’t wait to see what Aiden does with this and I think it’ll be real fun to play around with in rehearsals. Hassan has a real depth to him which we see develop throughout the play and from what I’ve seen so far I think Tyler will pull this off brilliantly.  

We’ve got the luxury of a long rehearsal period and with a two hander we’ll be able to go into such depth with these brilliant actors. I can’t wait to get into the room and see the characters brought to life.”  

Director and Live Theatre’s Creative Producer added: “Elevator Festival is a really important platform to launch new writers in the North East and it’s a privilege to do that with Alison’s debut play. Intergalactic is a beautiful and contemporary story, but there is a real timelessness to the struggles Johnny and Hassan have to overcome. I think anyone coming to see this play will recognise themselves in these characters and take something away.” 


Intergalactic (Petals and Constellations) will be performed at Live Theatre Newcastle between Wednesday 16 to Saturday 19 March. Tickets priced at £8 with concessions £6 are available from box office on (0191) 232 1232 and 


News: Joe McElderry Returns To Newcastle Theatre Royal Panto


Joe McElderry Returns To Newcastle Theatre Royal Panto


Newcastle Theatre Royal

Tuesday 29 November 2022 – Sunday 15 January 2023

Following a triumphant debut Newcastle Theatre Royal panto season, Joe McElderry will make a popular return in the festive spectacular Cinderella .

Having proved a firm favourite with audiences, Newcastle’s own Joe will join the previously announced comedy superstar Danny Adams and returning favourites Clive Webb and Chris Hayward, playing the role of The Fairy Godfather in Cinderella.

Since winning The X Factor in 2009, Joe McElderry has solidified his reputation as one of the country’s finest singer-songwriters, which has seen him enjoy an extensive and successful career spanning music, television and musical theatre.

Producer and Director of Cinderella, Michael Harrison said: “Joe received such a rapturous welcome from our Newcastle Theatre Royal audience last Christmas I just had to invite him back to join Danny, Clive and Chris for Cinderella this year. Joe is the ultimate showman – bringing incredible musical talent and hilarious comedy interaction with Danny to the show. Cinderella, which will feature set and costumes from our London Palladium production, is already shaping up to be our biggest Newcastle Theatre Royal panto to date.”

Chief Executive of Newcastle Theatre Royal, Marianne Locatori added: “Joe was a wonderful addition to an already spectacular cast; he proved to be a real hit with our audiences who were blown away by his stunning vocals and sense of fun and we are delighted that he will be joining us once again for Cinderella.”

Produced by the world’s biggest pantomime producer, Crossroads Pantomimes, with all of the traditional pantomime ingredients Newcastle Theatre Royal audiences expect from the North East’s premier panto, Cinderella.

Join Cinders as she goes from rags to riches, outwits her very wicked sisters and meets her dashing Prince Charming. The clock is ticking, so book your tickets now!


Cinderella plays at Newcastle Theatre Royal from Tuesday 29 November 2022 – Sunday 15 January 2023. Tickets are priced from £12.50 and can be purchased at or from the Theatre Royal Box Office on 0191 232 7010.


Preview: Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time at Newcastle Theatre Royal


Curious Incident Returns To Newcastle Theatre Royal


The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Newcastle Theatre Royal

Tuesday 1 – Saturday 5 March 2022

Back by popular demand, the Olivier and Tony Award®-winning production of The Curious Incident of the Dog inthe Night-Time will visit Newcastle Theatre Royal in March as part of a UK and Ireland tour, marking ten years of the production which originated at the National Theatre.

Since 2012, Curious Incident has been seen by more than five million people worldwide, including two UK tours, two West End runs, a Broadway transfer, a specially adapted schools tour which has visited more than 100 schools around the UK and was seen by over 12,000 young people, a National Theatre Live cinema broadcast, and tours to the Netherlands, Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore, China, Australia and 30 cities across the USA.

An audience favourite during its two previous runs in 2015 and 2017, Curious Incident is adapted by Simon Stephens (Carmen Disruption, Sea Wall) from the novel by Mark Haddon, and directed by Olivier and Tony Award® winner Marianne Elliott (War Horse, Angels in America, Company).

 The play tells the story of Christopher John Francis Boone, who is fifteen years old. He stands besides Mrs Shears’ dead dog, which has been speared with a garden fork, it is seven minutes after midnight and Christopher is under suspicion. He records each fact in a book he is writing to solve the mystery of who killed Wellington. He has an extraordinary brain and is exceptional at maths, while everyday life presents some barriers. He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, he detests being touched and distrusts strangers. But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a frightening journey that upturns his world.

The cast is Marc Benga (ensemble), David Breeds (Christopher), Jacob Coleman (understudy Christopher and swing), Connor Curren (Christopher), Kofi De-Graft-Jordan (Mr Thompson), Ashley Gerlach (Mr Shears), Joanne Henry (Mrs Alexander), Siu-See Hung (Punk Girl), Kate Kordel (Judy on alternate weeks), Sibylla Meienberg (ensemble), David Monteith (Reverend Peters), Tom Peters (Ed), Joe Rawlinson-Hunt (ensemble), Rebecca Root (Siobhan), Hannah Sinclair Robinson (Mrs Shears), Sophie Stone (Judy on alternate weeks) and Rebecca Wilson (ensemble).

The production is designed by Bunny Christie, with lighting design by Paule Constable, and video design by Finn Ross. Movement is by Scott Graham and Steven Hoggett for Frantic Assembly, music by Adrian Sutton and sound by Ian Dickinson for Autograph. The Associate Director is Anna Marsland. Casting is by Jacob Sparrow Casting.

Curious Incident is the winner of seven Olivier Awards including Best New Play, Best Director, Best Design, Best Lighting Design, Best Sound Design and Best Actor (Luke Treadaway, who originated the role of Christopher). Following its New York premiere in September 2014, it became the longest-running play on Broadway in over a decade, winning five Tony Awards® including Best Play and Best Actor (Alex Sharp), six Drama Desk Awards including Outstanding Play, five Outer Critics Circle Awards including Outstanding New Broadway Play and the Drama League Award for Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off Broadway Play.

Mark Haddon’s novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time was published in 2003 and is the winner of more than 17 literary awards, including the prestigious Whitbread Book of the Year Award. The novel has been translated into 44 languages and has sold more than 5.5 million copies world-wide. His other novels include A Spot of Bother and The Porpoise.

This 10th Anniversary tour of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is presented by the National Theatre and Trafalgar Theatre Productions.

Photo: Brinkhoff-Moegenburg.


The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time  plays at Newcastle Theatre Royal from Tuesday 1 – Saturday 5 March 2022. Tickets are priced from £15.00 and can be purchased at or from the Theatre Royal Box Office on 0191 232 7010.

Preview: Les Misérables at Sunderland Empire



Les Misérables is coming to Sunderland for the very first time!


Les Misérables

Sunderland Empire

Tuesday 1– Saturday 19 November 2022.



Cameron Mackintosh is delighted to announce his acclaimed production of Boublil and Schönberg’s Les Misérables will play at Sunderland Empire for the very first time from Tuesday 1 November – Saturday 19 November 2022.

Boublil and Schönberg’s magnificent iconic score of Les Misérables  includes the classic songs, I Dreamed a Dream, On My Own, Stars, Bring Him Home, Do You Hear the People Sing?, One Day More, Empty Chairs at Empty Tables, Master Of The House and many more. Several of its songs have become real life anthems of revolution wherever in the world people are fighting for their freedom. Seen by over 130 million people worldwide in 53 countries and in 22 languages, Les Misérables  is undisputedly one of the world’s most popular and contemporary musicals.

Les Misérables  will star Dean Chisnall as ‘Jean Valjean’, Nic Greenshields as ‘Javert’, Ian Hughes as ‘Thénardier’, Will Callan as ‘Marius’, Nathania Ong as ‘Eponine’, Helen Walsh as ‘Madame Thénardier’, Samuel Wyn-Morris as ‘Enjolras’ and Paige Blankson as ‘Cosette’.

Since Cameron Mackintosh first conceived this acclaimed new production of Les Misérables  in 2009 to celebrate the show’s 25th anniversary it has taken the world by storm continuing to enjoy record-breaking runs in countries including North America, Australia, Japan, Korea, France and Spain.

Cameron Mackintosh’s production of Les Misérables  is written by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg and is based on the novel by Victor Hugo. It has music by Claude-Michel Schönberg, lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer and original French text by Alain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel, additional material by James Fenton and adaptation by Trevor Nunn and John Caird. Orchestrations are by Stephen Metcalfe, Christopher Jahnke and Stephen Brooker with original orchestrations by John Cameron. The production is directed by James Powell and Laurence Connor, designed by Matt Kinley inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo with costumes by Andreane Neofitou and Christine Rowland, lighting by Paule Constable, sound by Mick Potter, musical staging by Michael Ashcroft and Geoffrey Garratt, and music supervision by Stephen Brooker and Alfonso Casado Trigo.

Photos: Danny Kaan


Les Misérables will run at Sunderland Empire from Tuesday 1 November - Saturday 19 November 2022.

ATG Theatre Card tickets on-sale at 10am and Groups at 12pm on Monday 21 February. Public sale is Tuesday 22 February at 10am. Tickets are available from the Ticket Centre on 0844 871 7615* or online at *


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