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Summer 2018



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While we try to present a vibrant programme of events all year round at Gala, it is the summer that brings one of the cornerstones of the cultural calendar to the venue. BRASS celebrates all things brass-related from the traditional bands of our region, to some unique international collaborations and participatory events. With the kind support of Arts Council England, we are able to present BRASS, our outstanding festival of world-class brass music in the heart of Durham. The festival draws visitors and artists from across the region, the country and abroad. Durham residents mix with visitors to the city for lively and enchanting cultural experiences taking place in venues across the city, and spilling out onto the streets. This year, we are particularly excited about welcoming the Shake ‘Em Up Jazz Band, a six-piece all female band from New Orleans. Gala is proud to be a focal point for much of the festival activity, and we look forward to welcoming you to the venue.

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Early Bird Offers Enjoy a fantastic night of live theatre by taking advantage of our early bird offer for Happy Hour. Book before 30 April 2018 and get your ticket for just £10. See page 16 for details. Save £5 when booking early for the return of Birdsong the hit, critically acclaimed stage show based on the world famous novel by Sebastian Faulks. Book before 4 May 2018 to make the saving. See page 12 for details. To take up these offers please book online at or call the Box Office on 03000 266 600

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Next Up‌ Tuesday 1 May, 7.30pm | FREE Our seasonal showcase of new work returns with performances from some of the most exciting emerging talent in the North East. This is a relaxed evening where artists try out their work in front of an audience, with conversation and constructive feedback actively encouraged.

A brand new Gala Theatre production for Autumn 2 to 6 October 2018

We are always keen to hear from artists who are making work in the region and know that artist development opportunities are a crucial part of the mix for a vibrant venue. So, if you are interested in being part of a future Next Up, then please visit the Engage section of our website. You’ll also find other opportunities posted there, so it is well worth a visit. 03000 266 600




Funny Bones Comedy Club All shows start at 7.45pm | £8.50 Our monthly dose of Friday night funnies returns with a mix of seasoned stand-ups and new comic talent. Friday 18 May

Julius Caesar Presented by NT Live

Friday 15 June

Wednesday 2 May, 7.00pm | £15 (£13 concession), £10 Gala Members

MC Steff Todd’s hilarious impressions and cutting one-liners pull together this stellar line-up of new acts on the comedy circuit. Expect quips from rising star Jamie Hutchinson; carefully crafted gags from Phil Chapman; and razor-sharp wit and intellectual storytelling from New Zealand’s Matt Stellingwerf.

Caesar returns in triumph to Rome and the people pour out of their homes to celebrate. Alarmed by the autocrat’s popularity, the educated élite conspire to bring him down. After his assassination, civil war erupts on the streets of the capital. The audience is thrust into the street party that greets Caesar’s return, and witnesses his murder, the rally that assembles for his funeral and the chaos that explodes in its wake. This performance features David Morrissey, Ben Wishaw, Michelle Fairley and David Calder. This is an encore performance from The Bridge Theatre, London. 4

With taboo one-liners and anecdotes, MC Jim Bayes hosts Paul Pirie, part of Scottish comedyimprov group Dance Monkey Boy, Dance; Tom Taylor’s unique brand of musical comedy and Josh Jones’ brutally downbeat musings on his own sexuality and upbringing round off the night.

Friday 20 July Wes Zaharuk brings anarchic physical comedy to Funny Bones. He is supported by Dawn Rigby’s anecdotes from a life juggling a career, kids and slimming club meetings; and acclaimed character-comedian Keith Carter as Stacy Silcox the joke-teller, impressionist and loner. Expect deadly quips throughout from MC Ryan Gleeson. Friday 24 August Compere Sam Harland draws sharp-witted reflections from his working class roots, whilst Pete Phillipson pulls fast-paced observations and characterisations from his everyday frustrations. They’re joined by Tom King, support to major UK acts, and John Scott, winner of Take the Mic comedy prize.


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The Dean Stockdale Trio Friday 18 May The Dean Stockdale Trio return with Mick Shoulder on bass and Adam Sinclair on drums, promoting their recent album Origin, featuring original compositions and standards.

Martin Speake and the Paul Edis Trio Friday 15 June Martin’s voice expresses a deep understanding of the history and language of jazz, citing Lee Konitz, Charlie Parker and Warne Marsh amongst his influences. His individuality as an improviser is intelligent, melodic, cool, complex, direct, beautiful and profound.

Greg Abate and the Paul Edis Duo Friday 20 July International recording artist Greg Abate is a jazz saxophonist, flutist and composer. In the mid-1970s Greg played lead alto for the Ray Charles Orchestra, before forming Channel One, a hit group in the New England style. He then played in the Artie Shaw Orchestra under leadership of Dick Johnson.

Virtuoso Jazz Trio Friday 24 August With their repertoire rooted in the very best of the Great American Songbook, whenever this trio assembles on the concert platform the sense of fun and excitement is palpable. Featuring George Macdonald (clarinet), James Birkett (guitar) and Tony Abel (bass). 03000 266 600




Dancing is What To Do Presented by The Dance Fusion Academy Saturday 5 May, 7.00pm | £10

Kate Rusby Thursday 3 May, 7.30pm | £25 (£18 concession for under 18s) A music career which spans over 25 years showcases why Kate is one of the finest interpreters of traditional folk songs and one of folk’s most original songwriters. Kate’s beautiful, expressive vocals never fail to connect the emotional heart of a song to that of her audience. Her wondrous singing, hugely engaging Yorkshire wit and the intuitive support of the band, ensure that audiences will be treated to a truly unforgettable concert. “Everybody loves and respects Kate Rusby, not just for her lovely voice, but for the way she has moved folk forward while remaining true to tradition” Sunday Times


Dedicated young dancers of all ages, from 3 to 18, join together for The Dance Fusion Academy’s annual dance showcase. It promises to be an evening of exciting dance from these talented North East dancers.




The Comedy Store


Ugly Duckling

Sunday 6 May, 3 June, 1 July, 7.30pm | £11 (£9 concession), £8 students and Gala Members

Presented by NT Live

Presented by Northern Ballet

Thursday 10 May, 7.00pm, Thursday 14 June, 2.00pm (encore performance) | £15 (£13 concession), £10 Gala Members

Thursday 10 May, 2.00pm, 4.00pm (relaxed performance) and 6.00pm | £6 (£5 concession)

In the ruined aftermath of a bloody civil war, and ruthlessly fighting to survive, the Macbeths are propelled towards the crown by forces of elemental darkness.

Ugly Duckling is lonely and fed up, ignored by those around her who think she is too ugly to fit in. She tried to make friends with fellow ducklings as well as the frogs, cats and even a fox, but realising she is not like any of these animals, she is left sad and alone. Follow her journey as she overcomes her troubles and realises that she has been beautiful all along.

With over 35 years’ experience in the business and as the premier name in comedy, The Comedy Store is renowned as a breeding ground for new talent, and remains the place to see the stars of the future. The likes of Eddie Izzard, John Bishop, Jimmy Carr, Rhod Gilbert and Sarah Millican, have all cut their comedy teeth with us. The line-up is top secret and only we find out a couple of weeks before! Like The Comedy Store Durham on Facebook to find out first.

Shakespeare’s most intense and terrifying tragedy is directed by Rufus Norris with Rory Kinnear and Anne-Marie Duff as Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. Broadcast live from the National Theatre.

This is a child friendly performance and lasts approximately 40 minutes. “A spellbinding treat” The Stage 03000 266 600


Saturday 12th May 2018 - 7.00pm MUSIC

Jason Donovan and his Amazing Mid Life Crisis Friday 11 May, 7.30pm | SOLD OUT The boy who made his name on Neighbours and became one of Britain’s biggest ever pop stars is now firmly established as a serious actor and national treasure. Jason Donovan had four number one singles and starred in Lord Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat. He had a glorious run to the final of I’m A Celebrity before wowing with his moves on Strictly Come Dancing. Now, for the first time, fans can see Jason up close and in conversation. Jason will talk about the highs and lows of his career, so expect previously untold stories and some exclusive, stripped-back-and-acoustic versions of his biggest hits. 8

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Saturday 12th May Band 2018 7.00pm The Black Dyke Tickets £17.50 available from: Saturday 12 May, 7.00pm | £17.50 Gala Theatre Box Office 03000 266600 The Black Dyke Band are the most(Box recorded or Office) band in the world, with over 350 recordings and growing every year. They are also the most successful contesting band in the world, having won the European Championships thirteen times and the National Championships of Great Britain twenty three times. They became Champion Band at the English National Championships and were named English National Champions in 2014 by virtue of having won the National Brass Band Championships.


One Woman Sex and the City A Parody of Love, Friendship and Shoes Sunday 13 May, 7.30pm | £16 Twenty years ago, four single ladies emerged onto television screens in search of love and cosmopolitans. In celebration of the twentieth anniversary of the show, Kerry Ipema delivers this masterfully crafted one-woman show with all the laughs, puns, heartaches and cosmopolitans that are sure to captivate both audiences of the original show, and those new to the world of Carrie and the girls. This is unmistakably the ultimate girl’s night out!



The Dam Busters Thursday 17 May, 7.00pm | £15 (£13 concession), £10 Gala Members

Grumpy Old Women To The Rescue Starring Jenny Eclair, Dillie Keane and Lizzie Roper Saturday 19 May, 7.30pm | £25 Fed up with flogging their guts out and always having to be in charge, the Grumpy Old Women have put their knobbly old feet up in glorious retirement, free at last to practise their extreme colouring-in, ukulele orchestra and novelty fudge-making. But with the world in a bigger mess than ever before, is there anything that can tempt them off their backsides to unleash their superpowers and once more come to the rescue? A brand new full-fat, batteries included comedy from the mistresses of grump.

This commemorative event marks the 75th anniversary of the original raid. Live at the Royal Albert Hall, Dan Snow is joined by the Glenn Miller Orchestra plus family members of both the Dam Busters crew and the film’s director Michael Anderson, historian Paul Beaver and Professor Hugh Hunt, exploring the history of the iconic raid and how it led to the making of a classic British film. Witness on stage a ‘bouncing bomb’ experiment as we reflect on the science behind Barnes Wallis’ invention. This event is followed by a screening of the original 1955 film. 03000 266 600



English Touring Opera £29 (£27 concession), £26 Gala Members, £15 restricted view, £49 when booking for both shows.

The Marriage of Figaro Monday 14 May, 7.30pm English Touring Opera presents an energetic new production of Mozart’s classic comedy, The Marriage of Figaro. During the course of one eventful day, Figaro and Susanna must overcome every obstacle put in their way by Count Almaviva and his cronies before they can finally be united as man and wife.

Il Tabarro and Gianni Schicchi Tuesday 15 May, 7.30pm Puccini’s one-act operas Il Tabarro and Gianni Schicchi could hardly be more different: one is a moody romance ending in a grotesque murder on a barge in Paris, and the other is a sparkling comedy about a family inheritance in Florence. First performed in 2011 to great critical acclaim, this double bill shows Puccini at his finest, as a master of theatre that speaks to the heart. “Ensemble work doesn’t get tighter than this” Independent on Sunday Both are sung in Italian with English surtitles. Pre-show talk at 6.30pm on both nights.





I, Claude Monet

Tidy Up

Rattle Snake

Presented by Exhibition on Screen

Presented by Peut-Être Theatre

Presented by Open Clasp

Tuesday 22 May, 6.00pm | £10 (£8 concession), £7 Gala Members

Sunday 27 May, 3.30pm | £9 (£8 concession)

I, Claude Monet reveals the heart and soul of arguably the world’s most loved artist, in this gripping tale about a man who, behind his sun-dazzled canvases, suffered from feelings of depression and loneliness. However, as his art developed and his love of gardening led to the glories of his Giverny garden, his humour, insight and love of life are revealed. Told through Monet’s own words and shot on location at the very spots he painted, the film features his most loved paintings in an unforgettable, immersive art experience.

When it starts out ship-shape, there’s only one way for it to go… this dance-theatre show gets all messed up! As we wriggle our way through the muddle of life we often discover things anew. So why can’t tidiness be exciting for children or chaos joyful for parents? Who said there’s a ‘right way’ anyway? Inspired by childrens’ desire to create order, patterns and systems, this show is a witty and uplifting journey and an unforgettable party! There will be a post-show Q&A session. There are also workshops for families before the performance, at 1pm and 2pm - information on page 24.

Wednesday 30 May, 7.30pm | £15 (£13 concession), Gala Members 2 for 1 A chance meeting with one man changes the lives of two women forever. Now they both live trying to predict the unpredictable. Spine tingling and visceral, Rattle Snake will take your breath away. An epic tale based on real life stories of women who have faced and survived domestic abuse. Join us after the show as an industry panel and members of the creative team discuss the issues raised. Recommended age 15+ “Subtle, sensitive and deeply moving, and a worthy successor to Open Clasp’s phenomenally successful Key Change” British Theatre Guide 03000 266 600




Disney’s Alice in Wonderland Jr. Birdsong Monday 21 to Saturday 26 May, 7.30pm (+ 2.30pm on Thursday and Saturday) | £25 (£23 concession), £22 for first night, matinees and for Gala Members


Marking the 100th anniversary of the First World War, this hit, critically acclaimed stage show is based on the world famous novel by Sebastian Faulks. In pre-war France, a young Englishman Stephen Wraysford embarks on a passionate and dangerous affair with the beautiful Isabelle Azaire, which turns their world upside down. This is a mesmerising story of love and courage. Set both before and during the Great War and performed by a large ensemble company including Olivier nominated actor and former Blue Peter presenter, Peter Duncan. Recommended age 12+ There will be a post-show discussion on Wednesday 23 May. “Moving, gripping, dramatically electrifying and outstanding” The Times 12

Presented by Gala Theatre Stage School Saturday 2 June, 2.00pm and 7.00pm | £9.50 Travel down the rabbit hole and join Alice on her madcap adventures. Featuring updated songs from Disney’s thrilling animated motion picture, this is a fast-paced take on the classic tale. The ever-curious Alice’s journey begins innocently chasing the White Rabbit. Her adventures become stranger as she races the Dodo Bird, gets tied up with Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, raps with a bubble-blowing Caterpillar and beats the Queen of Hearts at her own game.



5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche

Count Arthur Strong

Presented by Durham Student Theatre

Alive and Unplugged

Tuesday 5 June, 7.30pm | £12 (£11 concession) £10 students, £9.50 Durham Student Theatre It’s 1956 and the Susan B. Anthony Society for the Sisters of Gertrude Stein are having their annual quiche breakfast, but will they be able to keep their cool when Communists threaten their idyllic town? This show promises to be a side splitting, surprisingly emotional, hysterically funny, cult hit.

Wednesday 6 June, 8.00pm | £18.50 Using the latest technology and all that (I presume we’ve got a projector?) he will be delving into his own personal box of video cassettes and talking us (you) through the highlights of his glittering TV career, with many of his trademark stories we’ve come to love him for. If you only buy one ticket for something this year make sure it’s this and bring someone with you. You won’t be disappointed by him (me). “Just gets funnier and funnier… left me light headed with delight” The Guardian


Decostruttori Postmodernisti Friday 8 June, 7.30pm | £15 (£13 concession) £5 Gala Members Four professional musicians combine sharp technical skills with the verve of cabaret. This quartet are equal parts serious and silly, and always entertaining. Their repertoire ranges from The Good, The Bad and The Ugly to Mozart, Holst and Stravinsky to Somewhere Over the Rainbow, always in inventive and unexpected arrangements. Featuring the standard piano, violin/viola and cello, you might also hear mandolin, melodica, kazoo, bird or slide whistle, and their most distinguishing electronic instrument, the Theremin. 03000 266 600



The Big Dance Showcase Presented by The Garage Urban Styles and Horden Community Centre Saturday 9 June, 7.00pm | £14 The Big Dance Showcase gives young dancers from County Durham the opportunity to perform on the professional stage. Teams, duos, trios and soloists are given the chance to showcase their skills. This event is all about being inclusive and embracing everyone’s abilities, whilst celebrating one another’s talent.



An Audience with Ian Waite and Oti Mabuse Rhythm of the Night Sunday 17 June, 7.30pm | £27, £25 (£25.50, £23.50 concession), plus £20 for a meet and greet Ian and Oti will deliver a night of Latin and Ballroom numbers. The Strictly Come Dancing pros, who were both finalists in the hit BBC show, will perform a dance showcase spectacular designed to dazzle. These performers always push the boundaries of dance to bring the best out of their celebrity partner, with both of them becoming finalists in the hit BBC show.


Yanomamo Presented by Durham High School for Girls Monday 18 June, 7.00pm | £10 (£5 concession) Durham High School for Girls are working with Year 5 pupils from a number of Durham primary schools to stage the colourful and evocative ecological entertainment, Yanomamo. With music by Peter Rose and lyrics by Anne Conlon, this production delivers a powerful message about the devastating consequences of the continued destruction of the Amazon Rainforest.




Kiss Me Kate

Year of Wonders

Little Women

Presented by Durham Musical Theatre Company

Presented by Human Remain

Presented by Chapterhouse Theatre

Thursday 28 June, 1.30pm and 7.30pm | £10 (£8 concession)

Wednesday 4 July, 7.30pm | £15 (£13 concession) £12 Gala Members

Heroine and healer or wanton and witch? When an infected bolt of cloth carries plague to an isolated village, a housemaid named Anna Frith must find the strength to confront the disintegration of her community and the lure of illicit love.

This is the timeless story of Little Women, based on the classic novel by Louisa May Alcott.

Tuesday 26 to Saturday 30 June, 7.00pm (+ 2.00pm Wednesday and Saturday) | £18.50 (£17 concession for selected performances) Studded with some of the greatest classics in American musical theatre, including Another Op’nin’, Another Show, Too Darn Hot, So in Love, Wunderbar and Brush Up Your Shakespeare, Kiss Me Kate is a charming homage to the sparkling wit of Shakespeare’s theatrical farce The Taming of the Shrew and an irresistible celebration of the madness and joy of working in theatre.

Can love, humanity and hope triumph against desolation, despair and superstition? Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks adapted from the book by Mike Alfred and Jane Arnfield.

Join the four sisters - Jo, Beth, Meg and Amy as they tell the story of their life during the Civil War in America, in a tale full of romance, love, passion and friendship. This brand new adaptation features glorious period costume, traditional live music and a story of selfdiscovery.

“Has a vivid imaginative truth, and is beautifully written” Hilary Mantel 03000 266 600



Woven Bones

Happy Hour

Presented by Cap-A-Pie with Durham University

Presented by Tmesis Theatre

Friday 6 and Saturday 7 July, 7.30pm | £12 (£10 concession) Woven Bones brings to life the untold accounts of the Scottish Soldiers: prisoners of war from the 1650 Battle of Dunbar who were marched to Durham and imprisoned in the disused Cathedral and Castle. This performance is a tale of suffering and hope that will make you think about where you live in a completely different way, exploring what happened to survivors, and how archaeologists uncovered their stories.





Wednesday 11 July, 8.00pm | £15 (£13 concession) £12 Gala Members The workers on Level 3 are racing against the clock to reach their quota of Smiley Faces, but are they really happy enough? A poignant, fast paced comedy exploring our 21st century obsession with happiness and success. Can we learn to be happy? Can our emotions be bought and sold? The ‘happiness industry’ would have us think so. This new production combines Tmesis’ trademark physicality with humour and music.

Chris Ramsey Friday 20 July, 7.30pm | SOLD OUT Critically acclaimed and award winning standup comedian, host of his own TV show Stand Up on Comedy Central, Celebrity Juice regular and the only person to ever put Katie Hopkins in her place; Chris Ramsey brings his brand new 2018 live tour to Gala.



Romeo and Juliet Presented by RSC Live

Rhythm of the Dance Thursday 12 July, 7.30pm | £24 (£23 concession) This dance and music extravaganza contains a wealth of Irish talent, reliving the journey of the Irish Celts throughout history. This richly costumed show marries the contemporary and the ancient, combining traditional dance and music with the most up to date stage technology. Rhythm of the Dance has heralded a new era in Irish entertainment, internationally rated as one of the most popular Irish step dance shows in the world. “This production is both entertaining and mesmerising and the performances create a warm feeling, so typical of the Emerald Isle” What’s on Stage

Friday 3 August, 7.00pm | £15 (£13 concession) £10 Gala Members What if your first true love was someone you’d been told you must hate? Set in a world very like our own, this Romeo and Juliet is about a generation of young people born into violence and ripped apart by the bitter divisions of their parents. The most famous story of love at first sight explodes with intense passion and an irresistible desire for change, but leads all too quickly to heart-breaking consequences.

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Women and Brass Friday 13 July, 7.30pm | £18 (£16 concession)

County Durham’s loudest festival is back – with brilliant bands and musicians heading to the region for a ten-day celebration of all things brass. The 12th annual festival will also see international street bands from countries including France, Spain, the US and Serbia go head to head in parks across the county for this year’s Big Brass Bash events, as well as creating a party atmosphere in Durham City during the ever-popular Streets of Brass. Book before 30 April to receive our early bird offer of 15% off all ticket prices.


Opening the festival’s Women and Brass celebration we pay tribute to the pioneering band leader Ivy Benson. Her extraordinary all-female band overcame scepticism and prejudice to become one of the most famous dance bands during the war years and beyond. Our celebration also includes internet sensation and Swedish jazz trumpet star Gunhild Carling. Her remarkable multi-instrument videos have been viewed millions of times.

BRASS Goes to Hollywood Sunday 15 July, 7.00pm | £18 (£16 concession) Join the Scottish Swing Orchestra and the BRASS Hollywood Chorus for swing versions of great Hollywood tunes. Featured movies include The Sound of Music, Chicago, Singin’ in the Rain, Hairspray and La La Land. We will also be celebrating the centenary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth with songs from his hit movie musicals West Side Story and On The Town.



The James Morrison Quartet Monday 16 July, 7.30pm | £23 (£19 concession) Australian trumpeter James Morrison is one of the world’s most in demand jazz musicians. He is a true virtuoso, besides the trumpet he excels on piano, double bass, saxophone and all brass instruments. James has played at the world’s great jazz venues from Dizzy’s in New York to Ronnie Scott’s in London. Last summer he starred at the BBC Proms’ tribute to Ella Fitzgerald and Dizzy Gillespie. James has worked with the world’s top performers - Ray Brown called him “The Genius” and Dizzy Gillespie called him “One of The Best” but Wynton Marsalis simply said “Man, James Morrison can play!”


Liza Pulman Sings Streisand with the Brighouse and Rastrick Band Saturday 21 July, 7.30pm | £21 (£18 concession) This unique collaboration between one of the finest voices and one of the finest brass bands in the country, celebrates the songs of the great Barbra Streisand. Liza’s fantastically varied career has included performing with Glyndebourne Opera, starring in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at the London Palladium as well as being part of the internationally renowned comedy trio Fascinating Aida. “The whole audience is on their feet and seldom has a standing ovation been better earned” Stage Talk, London

Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band Sunday 22 July, 3.00pm | £18 (£16 concession) Established in 1884, the Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band are now firmly established as one of the top ranked brass bands in the world. The band’s titles include European Champions, National Champions, British Open Champions, BBC Best of Brass Champions and Grand Shield Champions. In addition to competition success and acclaimed concert performances, in 2015 they became the feature band of the Gary Clarke Company’s ground breaking contemporary dance production and National Theatre Award Winning, COAL.

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The Addams Family Presented by Gala Theatre Stage School Wednesday 1 to Saturday 4 August, 7.30pm (+ 2.30pm Saturday) | £15 (£13.50 concession), £50 family ticket This story is every father’s nightmare. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family. And if that weren’t upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez must do something he’s never done before - keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner to meet Wednesday’s ‘normal’ boyfriend and his parents. Join them, plus Uncle Fester, Lurch, Pugsley and more, for a heartwarming story of love, family and friendship… with a twist!

The Addams Family Production Workshop Friday 3 August, 1.00pm - 3.00pm | £12 A chance to tread the boards and work on the set of The Addams Family alongside some of the creative team of this fantastic production. More information on page 24. 20


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Gala’s spectacular family pantomime Thursday 22 November 2018 to Saturday 5 January 2019

Judy Collins A Sondheim & Hits Show Sunday 5 August, 7.30pm | £25 Judy is esteemed for her imaginative interpretations of traditional and contemporary folk standards and her own poetically poignant original compositions. Her stunning rendition of Joni Mitchell’s Both Sides Now from her landmark 1967 album, Wildflowers, has been entered into the Grammy Hall of Fame. Judy’s dreamy and sweetly intimate version of Send in the Clowns, a ballad written by Stephen Sondheim for the Broadway musical A Little Night Music, won Song of the Year at the 1975 Grammy Awards. She’s garnered several topten hits, as well as gold and platinum-selling albums. More recently her album with writing partner Ari Hest, Silver Skies Blue, was Grammy nominated for Best Folk Album in 2017.

Gala’s enchanting Christmas show for the under 5s. Thursday 29 November to Sunday 30 December 2018 03000 266 600


Also on sale now….

Coming Soon…. Let’s Hang On Saturday 8 September RSC Live: The Merry Wives of Windsor Wednesday 12 September My Mother Said I Never Should Thursday 13 and Friday 14 September Marcus Brigstocke Monday 17 September

The Illegal Eagles


Saturday 15 September, 7.30pm | £26

Presented by 2Magpies

Often acclaimed as the World’s Official No.1 Eagles tribute, The Illegal Eagles return to the stage in 2018. This seasoned group of talented musicians are true Eagles fans at heart. Their impressive mastery of the Eagles’ distinctive sound has made them one of the most sought after shows of their kind in the world. The Illegal Eagles bring you their strongest and most popular show to date. Performing all of the classic Eagles hits including Hotel California, Take It Easy, Lyin’ Eyes, Take it to the Limit and Life in the Fast Lane. “The band were flawless in their delivery both musically & vocally” The Express


Thursday 8 November, 7.30pm | £15 (£13 concession) £12 Gala Members Ventoux is the most fearsome mountain encountered on the Tour de France. It is also the story of Lance Armstrong and Marco Pantani – whose drug-fuelled race there in 2000 was the greatest cycling had ever seen. Ventoux charts the parallel lives of these champions who overcame great adversity in tandem, and the mountain that cast them in opposing directions. The race is restaged using breathtaking video accompaniment and a pair of road bikes, asking the question – how far will we go to succeed? “Touching and elegantly controlled” The Scotsman

Pete Firman Sunday 23 September Adam Kay Monday 15 October Benedict Allen Wednesday 24 October Jason Byrne Friday 26 October The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain Sunday 28 October Sara Pascoe Wednesday 31 October Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers Friday 2 November Stewart Francis Friday 9 November

Gala Gallery Situated next to our Box Office, the new Gala Gallery presents changing exhibitions of modern and contemporary art by regional, national and international artists, making associations with the context of the Gala Theatre programme. For further information on all our exhibitions please visit Opening Times: Monday to Saturday 10.00am - 8.30pm and Sunday 2.30pm - 8.30pm

Gala Open Saturday 19 May to Sunday 17 June Gala Open is an exciting new visual arts commission to create a temporary work responding to the context of Gala Theatre, awarded to County Durham artist Betty Barnet Brown, who will create a theatrical fabric based installation.

Lee Miller at Farley Farm Sunday 24 June to Sunday 2 September Lee Miller was one of the most remarkable photographers of the twentieth century. This selection of images reveals her everyday life with her husband Roland Penrose at Farley, including photographs of Max Ernst, AndrĂŠ Masson, Man Ray, Paul Eluard and Pablo Picasso.

Claude Cahun: Beneath This Mask Saturday 8 September to Sunday 11 November This Hayward Touring exhibition of forty two contemporary giclee prints features the work of French female photographer Claude Cahun, whose practice investigates gender and identity. Cahun achieved posthumous fame for her elusive self-portraits in which she assumed multiple personae.

Betty Barnet Brown

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Education and Engagement What’s going on behind the scenes is just as exciting as what’s on the stage, so come along and get involved in our schools projects, community groups, artist development, bespoke workshops, outreach projects, theatre tours, work experience, production workshops, pre and post show Q&As.

Take Part… ACT UP - Summer School Monday 6 to Friday 10 August 10.00am to 4.30pm daily (Friday 1.00pm to 8.00pm) Performance on Friday 10 August, 7.00pm | £120 per child (sibling discount £100 per child)

Peut-Être Theatre, Tidy Up Workshop

The Addams Family Production Workshop

Sunday 27 May, 1.00pm and 2.00pm

Friday 3 August, 1.00pm to 3.00pm | £12

Led by company members, two 45 minute workshops for children and their families will explore thethemes of Tidy Up using dance and movement. Workshops will focus on physical ways of creating patterns, systems and order, creating fun, messy and chaotic movements.

A chance to tread the boards and work on the set of this year’s GTSS production of The Addams Family.

Maximum of 20 persons in each, on a first come first served basis. Workshop is included in the performance ticket price. (See page 10) 24

Participants will have the opportunity to work alongside some of the creative team of this fantastic production. You will learn a scene from the show, have an insight into the technical running of the production and get a chance to see our make-up artist in action when she demonstrates her work on a couple of willing volunteers from the group.

Gala Theatre are delighted to be running a brand new summer school. Young people aged 8-15 years are invited to come and take over our theatre. We need you to select the text, come up with the ideas, develop the characters, put the show together and then perform it for an audience. Of course, you will have some help from our team of professional drama teachers, directors and technicians. These sessions will be fast-paced, fun and focus on building social and acting skills. No previous experience is required, just enthusiasm, excitement and an entrepreneurial spirit. Recommended age 8yrs-15yrs.

Weekly Classes Gala Theatre Stage School The school runs five age groups, from ages 3 to 23. These weekly classes enrich the lives of young people by developing their social and theatrical skills through professional standard performing arts activities, which foster teamwork, build confidence and encourage exploration.

Technical Jazz Dance age 12+ | Thursdays 5.45pm - 7.15pm Improve flexibility, turns, kicks and overall technique.

Commercial / Street Dance age 12+ | Thursdays 7.15pm - 8.15pm Fast, show routine work to contemporary music. Classes start Thursday 19 April £65 for 1 class, 12 wks | £100 both classes, 12 wks

Gala Big Band

age 12+ | Tuesdays 7.15pm - 8.15pm | FREE Gala Big Band boasts an unrivalled swing repertoire, so if you’re a musician with a passion for the untraditional why not get involved? Our welcoming community band meets fortnightly, supporting a diverse range of amateur and semi-pro musicians from 12 to 85!

Intervals Café Whether or not you’re coming to see a show, why not pop into our café? Intervals Café offers the perfect place to eat and drink in style, with a wide selection of fresh salads, sandwiches, jacket potatoes, soups, pasta and children’s lunch bags, as well as cakes and pastries. We also serve a wide variety of hot beverages, soft and alcoholic drinks. Our opening times are 10.00am - 2.30pm Monday to Friday 10.00am - 5.00pm Saturday

For further information on all of the classes and artist development opportunities visit 03000 266 600


gala Cinema

Gala houses a two-screen cinema screening a mix of blockbusters and independent films. We have state-of-the-art digital projection equipment, and also screen in 3D. For screening times, please see our website or contact the Box Office. We also accept the Meerkat Movies 2 for 1 offer.

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Student Day If it’s a Monday, and you can show a valid student card at the Box Office, tickets for all our films are just £5 each. Simple as that.

Solo: A Star Wars Story

Gala Theatre Membership Scheme We love being able to give our loyal customers that little bit extra. Support the Gala Theatre by becoming one of our Gala Members, and enjoy fantastic benefits. Visit our website for more details. Annual membership costs just £15 for individuals or £25 for a couple’s membership. You can join or renew by contacting our Box Office on 03000 266 600. 26

Box Office 03000 266 600 | OPENING HOURS Monday-Saturday 10.00am-8.30pm, Sunday 2.30pm-8.30pm. Times may vary on public holidays. BOOKING METHODS Online available 24 hours a day at: In person at Gala during the above times By phone 03000 266 600 Reservations are held for 3 days. Group bookings of 10+ must be paid two months before the show. Ticket Exchanges/Refunds Tickets may be exchanged for other performances (for a fee of £1 per ticket) up to 24 hours before a performance, at the management’s discretion. Unless an event is cancelled, all tickets are non-refundable. By purchasing our tickets you agree that these can’t be re-sold for profit through any means. This will result in tickets being declared void. National Theatre Tokens are sold and redeemed at Gala. See Concessions are available for selected events - please check at time of booking, and proof may be required upon ticket collection. Only one concession applies.

INFORMATION Latecomers will be seated at a suitable point in the performance, to minimise inconvenience to others. Access Gala has lifts to all levels and accessible toilets located throughout. Our Main Auditorium and both cinemas have wheelchair spaces available. If using a wheelchair, please advise the Box Office when booking to ensure your seats/spaces are allocated accordingly. We request that our wheelchair-using patrons attend with an able-bodied companion whose ticket is free of charge. Guide Dogs are welcome in all parts of the theatre.

To make an accessible seat booking or for any access enquiries, please contact 03000 266 600 We operate the Sennheiser infrared amplification system in our Main Auditorium. Headsets for the hard of hearing are available at Box Office. Family Friendly Gala aspire to make all of our customers welcome, no matter how small and we really hope that our younger visitors become regulars at our theatre and cinema. In consideration of our audience and performers, we just ask that those under the age of 3 are only admitted to shows aimed at the very young. If in doubt, you can check with Box Office. For those under one year old, babes-in-arms tickets are available for selected shows. Find more information on our website about visiting Gala with your younger family members. Mothers & Babies Our café staff are trained to be aware of the needs of breast-feeding mothers, and we also have baby changing facilities on all levels. Smoking is not permitted anywhere within Gala. Travel There is parking on-site at Walkergate (DH1 1SQ), which is easily reached via the slip road under Milburngate Bridge or via Freeman Place. An evening tariff is available. Prince Bishops car park (DH1 3UJ) is also nearby. A list of all bus routes can be found on our website.

Single Seat Policy We operate a single seat policy, please ask at Box Office for details or check the website. Gala Theatre & Cinema, Millennium Place, Durham, DH1 1WA

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Event Diary

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Tues 1

Next Up

Sat 2

Alice in Wonderland

Thurs 12

Rhythm of the Dance

Wed 2

NT Live: Julius Caesar

Sun 3

The Comedy Store

Fri 13

BRASS: Women and Brass

Thurs 3

Kate Rusby

Tues 5

5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche

Sun 15

Sat 5

Dancing is What To Do

Wed 6

Count Arthur Strong

BRASS: BRASS Goes to Hollywood

Sun 6

The Comedy Store

Fri 8

Decostruttori Postmodernisti

Mon 16

BRASS: The James Morrison Quartet

Thurs 10

Ugly Duckling

Sat 9

The Big Dance Showcase

Thurs 10

NT Live: Macbeth

Thurs 14

NT Live: Macbeth

Fri 20

Gala Lunchtime Concert Series

Fri 11

Jason Donovan

Sat 12

The Black Dyke Band

Fri 15

Sun 13

One Woman Sex and the City

Gala Lunchtime Concert Fri 20 Series Fri 20 Funny Bones Comedy Club Sat 21

Mon 14

The Marriage of Figaro

Tues 15

Il Tabarro and Gianni Schicchi

Thurs 17

The Dam Busters

Fri 15 Sun 17

Au Audience with Ian Waite and Oti Mabuse

Mon 18


Fri 18

Tues 26 - Sat 30 Kiss Me Kate Gala Lunchtime Concert Thurs 28 Year of Wonders Series

Fri 18

Funny Bones Comedy Club

Sat 19

Grumpy Old Women

Mon 21 - Sat 26 Birdsong Tues 22

I, Claude Monet

Sun 27

Tidy Up

Wed 30

Rattle Snake

Sun 22

Funny Bones Comedy Club Chris Ramsey BRASS: Liza Pullman Sings Streisand with the Brighouse and Rastrick Band BRASS: Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band


July Sun 1

The Comedy Store

Fri 3

RSC Live: Romeo and Juliet

Wed 4

Little Women

Fri 6 - Sat 7

Woven Bones

Wed 11

Happy Hour

Wed 1 - Sat 4

The Addams Family

Sun 5 Aug

Judy Collins

Fri 24

Gala Lunchtime Concert Series

Fri 24

Funny Bones Comedy Club

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