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Autumn 2019



Gala Theatre Online

As well as presenting the very best touring work on Gala’s stage, we are proud to be able to say that we are also creating great theatre in the heart of Durham.

All of our shows are available to book online at

With actors and a creative professionals drawn from the region, we aim to celebrate North East talent, and make work which is rooted in our region. This season, we have three productions, which are a great showcase for the work we create. Lord of The Flies, is our first co-production with Durham Student Theatre. With a full professional production, and actors drawn from the talented body of students at Durham University, we’re really excited to be bringing this classic to the stage. One More Sleep, is for our very smallest theatre-goers. This under 5s Christmas show has built a real following over recent years, and for many, is their first introduction to the magic of theatre. And of course, our hugely popular pantomime, which we have produced at Gala for the last 12 years, and is seen by in excess of 30,000 people each year. We think we have built a show which our audiences love, and it’s that passion that drives us each year to be bigger and better. I hope you will see if we have achieved that with this year’s Aladdin. Alongside this, we have our own Gala Big Band, and our new choir, the Gala Singers is just starting to build in stature. Gala offers a place to present, create, and engage in the very best of culture. We look forward to seeing you.

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Durham Book Festival Following their talks, David Nicholls and Colm Tóibín introduce screenings of their works. Film £5, or Film & Talk is only £13 (£12 concession)

English Touring Opera This season ETO will be return with two fantastic full-scale operas, Mozart’s The Seraglio (18 Oct) and Kurt Weill’s collaboration with Georg Kaiser The Silver Lake - A Winter’s Tale (19 Oct). Book for both shows for the special price of £49.

Gala Cinema Robin Byers Service Manager - Place & Experience 2

Gala Cinema tickets are now just £5 each for any film* or £20 for a family of five, to include a minimum of two children. *excludes live screenings and special events.




The Comedy Store

Anna Karenina

The Stars Look Down

Sunday 1 September, 6 October, 3 November, 7.30pm | £11 (£9 concession), £8 students and Gala Members

Presented by Moscow Operetta Theatre

Presented by Northumberland Theatre Company

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 we only find out a couple of weeks beforehand, so be sure to like The Comedy Store Durham on Facebook to find out first.

Thursday 5 September, 7.00pm | £15 (£13 concession), £10 Gala Members A spectacular, breath-taking, high-tech musical production based on the Tolstoy masterpiece. The dramatic and tumultuous love story between the married Anna and a dashing military officer takes place amidst the luxury of the Russian nobility in the second half of the 19th century. The characters struggle with overwhelming love and betrayal, passion and duty, hope and desperation. In Russian with English subtitles.

Thursday 5 September, 7.30pm | £15 (£13 concession) £12 Gala Members An uplifting family saga about a miner’s son who resolves to fight the profiteering that killed so many through underground accidents and starvation. This classic 30s novel set in the North East exploring the life of young Davie Fenwick as he strives to gain decent wages and conditions for the pitmen. He falls in love with the coal owner’s daughter but is eventually disillusioned of ever achieving justice after a preventable pit disaster claims the lives of many men. 03000 266 600



Gala Lunchtime Concert Series All concerts are 1.00pm - 2.00pm | £5

Northern Monkey Brass Band Friday 6 September This band are a deeply funky collective of some of the finest drum and brass players in the North East. Inspired by Rebirth Brass Band, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Youngblood Brass Band to name a few (as well as that bit at the beginning of Live And Let Die), they formed at the beginning of 2009. The band have rapidly earned a reputation for lively, energetic shows featuring original, the classics of the New Orleans and well known covers.

Riviera Quartet Friday 11 October Described as creating, ‘a sound one can absolutely luxuriate in’, this Newcastle based Riviera Quartet capture the essence of early 1960s Dizzy Gillespie/Lalo Schifrin on the French Riviera, with original compositions that draw as much from AC Jobim as they do from Horace Silver, but with a contemporary twist.

Greg Abate and Paul Edis 8 November International recording artist Greg Abate is a jazz saxophonist, flutist and composer. In the mid1970s 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. Paul Edis is a familiar face to Gala audiences and regularly collaborates with touring soloists as well as leading his own groups, writing and teaching music.

Kyriaki Pantelidou and Bradley Johnston


6 December Kyriaki Pantelidou is a recent graduate of the BMus Jazz, Popular and Commercial Music degree at Sage, Gateshead. A vocalist with an immense technical and expressive range, Kyra joins guitarist Bradley Johnston to perform music that takes the audience on a journey across the Mediterranean, including songs sung in French, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, English and Greek.



Funny Bones Comedy Club All shows start at 7.45pm | £9 Our monthly dose of Friday night funnies returns with a mix of seasoned stand-ups and new comic talent. Friday 6 September Featuring Sam Harland’s unique, observational humour, drawn from his working-class roots, alongside Peter Phillipson who’s command of accents, whilst wearing his comedy heart on his sleeve, leaves the audience in hysterics, with Nick Crooks who is the new kid on the block and a typical Yorkshire lad, down to earth and charming. Whilst host MC Rob Coleman is becoming increasingly grumpy with his comedy focusing on (amongst other things) politeness and getting old. Friday 11 October Joe Bromehead is energetic, quick witted and naturally funny making him a solid addition to any bill, with Matt Stellingwerf the fast-rising star on the international scene, finding the humour in topics such as love, mental illness, sex, drugs and serial killers. Keith Wild is the wild by name, wild by nature comedy musician and compere MC Jim Bayes is a frustrated Yorkshire man with a knack for being funny. Friday 22 November Vince Atta is nothing less than a phenomenon, using a multi-track looper to create live on-thespot Hip-Hop/Reggae/Techno/ hilariously fusing it with natural stand-up, together with Rahul Kohli the self-styled Newcastle Brown Male, who has appeared on the BBC’s Big Asian Comedy Night. Miserable beyond his years Chris Copestake has hysterical stories and is Grimsby’s best export since the fish finger. Geordie MC Lee Kyle is in charge of proceedings, which should add a madcap energy to the evening. Line up may be subject to change.

Classic Cinema Studio First Sunday of every month, 6.00pm | £5 Kick off the start of every month at Gala, as we screen classic films in our revamped Studio space. It’s a relaxed environment to watch your favourite flicks, with our bar open throughout for you to buy alcoholic tipples and snacks. Each ticket includes a free tea, coffee or soft drink to reinvigorate you, ready for going back to work on Monday. Sunday 1 September Sunset Boulevard (PG) Sunday 13 October The Princess Bride (PG) Sunday 3 November Goodfellas (18) 03000 266 600




The Illegal Eagles Saturday 7 & Sunday 8 September, 7.30pm | £27 The world’s official No.1 Eagles tribute return with another outstanding show.

Benjamin Zephaniah The Life and Rhymes of Benjamin Zephaniah Friday 6 September, 7.30pm | £18 (£15 concession) He befriended Nelson Mandela, fought in the 1980s race riots and recorded radical reggae music with Bob Marley’s former band. Benjamin was unable to read and write at school but became one of Britain’s most remarkable poets. Now he’s back with his first tour in eight years, which coincides with his remarkable autobiography, The Life and Rhymes of Benjamin Zephaniah. In a compelling and inspiring show, Zephaniah will explain how he fought injustice and discrimination to lead a remarkable life. 6

This phenomenal group of musicians have been touring for over two decades and their longevity and international acclaim are due in no small part to their extraordinary mastery of The Eagles’ distinctive sound. Their repertoire features Hotel California, Take it to the Limit, Life in the Fast Lane, Take It Easy, Lyin’ Eyes, Desperado and plenty more!




Alice Roberts

Margaret Atwood

This Is Not A Wedding

Digging Into Britain’s Past

Tuesday 10 September, 7.00pm | £15, £13 concessions (£10 Gala Members)

Presented by Gracefoot Collective

Tuesday 10 September | 7.30pm | £22 Anthropologist, author and broadcaster Professor Alice Roberts has been delving into Britain’s past, and making archaeology programmes, for nearly twenty years. Alice joined Time Team as a bone expert before going on to BBC Two’s highly popular Coast, then The Celts, as well as seven series of Digging for Britain, followed by Britain’s Most Historic Towns on Channel 4. Alice will share insights, anecdotes and behind-the-scenes stories from her personal journey to explore Britain’s past, concluding with a 20 minute Q&A.

The wait is over….The Testaments, Margaret Atwood’s highly anticipated sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, is revealed. The momentous literary event will be celebrated with an exclusive live cinema broadcast, with an evening with the Canadian novelist, poet, literary critic and inventor. Atwood will be interviewed by Samira Ahmed in a conversation spanning the length of Atwood’s remarkable career, her diverse range of works, and why she has returned to her seminal handmaid story, 34 years later.

Wednesday 11 & Thursday 12 September, 7.30pm | £10 (£8 concession) Expect to laugh, cry and shimmy along to the classics in this radical and reimagining of our most recognisable ceremonies. Four defiant brides attempt to please everyone and no one, boldly wading through the minefield of tradition, conformity and expectation. Using their signature concoction of wildly entertaining dance theatre, you are invited as a guest to the non-wedding event of the year, as they attempt to come to terms with coming of age in a high pressure, low tolerance, success driven society. 03000 266 600



Dear Zoo Wednesday 11 September, 2.00pm and 4.30pm | £12.50 (£46 family ticket)* Rod Campbell’s best-selling ‘lift the flap’ book has delighted generations of young readers since it was first published in 1982, and has sold more than 8 million copies worldwide. This production will delight all those who have read the book (both young and old) as it unfolds with child-engaging puppets, music and lots of audience interaction. “A must-see for fans of the book, and for any young child who likes animals!"HHHHH * Please note: these performances have been rescheduled from Wednesday 15 and Thursday 16 May.



Sharon Shannon & Band with Special Guest Seckou Keita Thursday 12 September, 7.30pm | £22 Legendary Irish accordion maestro Sharon Shannon tours her brand new live show. Joined by her band, Jim Murray acoustic guitar, Jack Maher electric guitar, vocals and Sean Regan, fiddle, percussion and beatbox, Sharon will perform music from her many albums throughout the years, including 2017’s Sacred Earth. Seckou Keita from Senegal playing Kora and percussion was one of the key collaborators. He now joins Sharon and her band as a special guest.


Fleabag Presented by NT Live Thursday 12 September & Saturday 28 September, 7.30pm | £15 (£13 concession) £10 Gala Members Written and performed by Phoebe Waller-Bridge. See the hilarious, award-winning, one-woman show that inspired the BBC’s hit TV series Fleabag, broadcast live to cinemas from London’s West End. Fleabag may seem oversexed, emotionally unfiltered and self-obsessed, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. With family and friendships under strain and a guinea pig café struggling to keep afloat, Fleabag suddenly finds herself with nothing to lose. “Witty, filthy and supreme.” HHHHH Guardian



An Evening with Gill Sims

The Reg Vardy Band

Why Mummy Doesn’t Give A ****

Sunday 15 September, 7.30pm | £12 (£10 concession)

Saturday 14 September, 7.30pm | £15 Gill Sims is the number one best-selling author behind Why Mummy Drinks it’s follow up Why Mummy Swears and the recently announced Why Mummy Doesn’t Give A… Join Gill as she is interviewed about her blog, books, characters and much more! There will be readings from her books and a chance to ask some questions. Books will be available to purchase and sign as well.

Formed in 1910 as the Craghead Colliery Band, they become internationally recognised with concerts across the country as well as regularly appearing on radio and television. Supported by Reg Vardy the band recently qualified for the 2019 National Finals for a remarkable 50th time since 1963 and look forward to representing the Northern Region in the Royal Albert Hall later this year. They are in the top 20 of the World Brass Bands.


The Best of Sheffield Adventure Film Festival Friday 13 September, 7.30pm | £10 Following submissions from hundreds of filmmakers, Sheffield Adventure Film Festival is going on tour. Our 2019 programme presents 2 hours of the best of the festival, representing the pinnacle of climbing, running and biking, as well as adventures from the snow and streets and the latest from Free Solo’s Alex Honnold and Jimmy Chin. Recommeded Age 15+

Recommeded Age 16+

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Count Arthur Strong

Jason Byrne


Is There Anybody Out There?

Wrecked But Ready

The Twenty Tour Sing-A-Long

Wednesday 18 September, 8.00pm | £21.50

Thursday 19 September, 8.00pm | £19.50

Saturday 21 September, 8.00pm | £15 (£13 concession)

In this, his brand-new show, Count Arthur Strong seamlessly combines the very best showbiz entertainment you’ll currently find, in the world, possibly? As he wrestles with some of the big questions that other all-round entertainers shy away from. Such as: • Are we alone in the universe? • Is there life on Mars bars? • 2lbs of potatoes • Packet of ginger nuts • Don’t lose this shopping list



Jason Byrne returns with his brand-new show, Wrecked But Ready. After 23 consecutive years Jason is wrecked but he is as ever ready (which is a battery, but he’s more Duracell than Eveready). “No one show is the same, expect all the usual spontaneous fun, come along and witness ‘the outright King of live comedy”. The Times Recommended age 14+

Sing it all over again as Westlife bring their fabulous show to cinemas for special singalong screenings. With on-screen lyrics, you can join in with Irish heartthrobs Shane, Nicky, Mark, Kian and their 80,000-strong crowd at Dublin’s Croke Park Stadium, as they perform all of their greatest hits, some new music and all 14 of their UK No.1s.




One Man, Two Guvnors

Blokes, Fellas, Geezers

Stick Man

Presented by NT Live

Durham Book Festival Fringe

Thursday 26 September, 7.00pm | £15 (£13 concession) £10 Gala Members

Saturday 5 October, 8.00pm | £12 (£10 concession)

Friday 20 September - Sunday 22 September, Various | £12.50, £10 schools and nursery (Friday performance only), £12 groups of 10s

Featuring the Tony Award-winning host of the The Late Late Show, James Corden, this hilarious West End and Broadway hit returns to mark NT Live’s 10th birthday.

Somewhere in rural North East England Jake is discovering what kind of person he wants to become. He surrounded by working-class men like his Fatha. Men who live by one main philosophy: as a bloke “If someone punches you, you punch them back twice as hard… then have a pint.”

Fired from his skiffle band, Francis Henshall becomes minder to Roscoe Crabbe, a small time East End hood, now in Brighton to collect £6,000 from his fiancée’s dad. However, Roscoe is really his sister Rachel posing as her own dead brother, who’s been killed by her boyfriend Stanley Stubbers…

Jake is starting to realise he isn’t his Fatha, and Jake’s Fatha is starting to realise he isn’t Jake.

Celebrating 10 Stick-tacular years! The touching, funny and utterly original, delightful adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s Stick Man is back. What starts off as a morning jog becomes quite the misadventure, as a dog wants to play fetch with him, a swan builds a nest with him, and he even ends up on a fire! How will Stick Man ever get back to the family tree? This award-winning production, from the team behind Tiddler and other Terrific Tales, Tabby McTat and Zog. 03000 266 600



Durham Book Festival brings exciting writers, artists and thinkers from all over the world, for discussion and debate alongside poetry readings, performance and film in a vibrant programme where new commissions stand side-by-side with much-loved favourites.

Roger McGough

David Nicholls

Monday 7 October, 7.00pm | £15 (£14 concession)

Sweet Sorrow

We’re delighted to welcome back Roger McGough, one of Britain’s best-loved poets, as he presents his brand new collection, joinedupwriting. His new poems explore the human experience in all its shades of light and dark, but always with McGough’s signature wit, irreverence and vivacity.

Tuesday 8 October, 7.00pm | £10 (£9 concession) We are thrilled to bring the award-winning author and screenwriter David Nicholls to Durham. A decade after the release of his phenomenal bestseller, One Day, Nicholls returns with a bittersweet and brilliantly funny coming-of-age tale. Told over one lifechanging summer, Sweet Sorrow explores the transformative impact of first love. Following his talk, David introduces a screening of his adaptation of Far From The Madding Crowd. Film £5, or Film & Talk only £13 (£12 concession)



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Kirsty Wark

Jung Chang

Colm Tóibín

The House by the Loch

Big Sister, Little Sister, Red Sister


Saturday 12 October, 2.00pm | £10 (£9 concession)

Sunday 13 October, 2.00pm | £10 (£9 concessions)

Sunday 13 October, 4.00pm | £10 (£9 concession)

Join broadcaster, journalist and writer Kirsty Wark, as she discusses her latest novel, The House By the Loch. Set in 1950s Scotland, against the backdrop of the remote Loch Doon, the novel is inspired in part by the author’s childhood memories and her late father.

Internationally bestselling author Jung Chang talks about Big Sister, Little Sister, Red Sister, a major new biography of three extraordinary women who helped shape the course of modern Chinese history.

Join Colm Tóibín for this special event celebrating his work and the 2019 Big Read, his award-winning novel, Brooklyn. He is the author of nine novels including The Master, The Testament of Mary and Nora Webster.

Jung Chang is the author of the widely acclaimed Wild Swans, Mao: The Unknown Story (with Jon Halliday) and Empress Dowager Cixi.

His work has been shortlisted for the Booker three times and has won the Costa Novel Award and the Impac Award. Following his talk, Colm introduces a screening of Brooklyn. Film £5, or Film & Talk only £13 (£12 concession)


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THEATRE A Gala Theatre and Durham Student Theatre co-production

Lord of the Flies From the novel by William Golding Adapted by Nigel Williams Directed by Annie Rigby Designed by Andrew Stephenson Monday 30 September - Saturday 5 October, 7.30pm (Monday - Saturday excluding Wednesday) 1.00pm (Tuesday and Thursday) 6.00pm (Wednesday) | £10 - £16 A plane crashes on an uninhabited island and the only survivors, a group of school children, wait to be rescued. With no adult supervision, their freedom is something to celebrate; they can do anything they want. As they attempt to forge their own society, leaders are elected and splinter groups form. As order collapses, terror begins its reign and the children degenerate into savagery. William Golding gives the traditional adventure story an ironic, devastating twist. First published in 1954, Lord of the Flies is now recognised as a classic, and is a memorable tale about the end of innocence, and humankind’s intrinsic evil nature. Following Gala’s recent productions of Two and Teechers, we are delighted to be co-producing this dramatic and compelling tale exploring the dark side of humanity.



Billy Connolly The Sex Life of Bandages Thursday 10 October, 7.00pm | £15 (£13 concession) £10 Gala Members Hailed as the UK’s most influential comedian of all time, legendary Scot Billy Connolly is coming to cinemas with this brilliant show from his final stand-up tour. Recorded in 2015, during the Australian leg, this whip smart routine is a riotous journey filled with outrageous tales and blistering observations of everyday absurdities. Screening as a special one-night-only event, Connolly will also muse upon his career, life and legacy in a deeply personal interview filmed exclusively for cinema audiences.



The Hound of The Baskervilles

Shakespeare Schools Festival

A Northern Stage production

Monday 14 October, 7.00pm | £9.95 (£8 concession)

Friday 11 October, 7.30pm | £15 (£13 concession) £12 Gala Members A hound it was, an enormous coal-black hound, but not such a hound as mortal eyes have ever seen… Charles Baskerville is dead, and a terrifying beast is rumoured to stalk the moors around the remote Baskerville mansion. When Sherlock Holmes sends Doctor Watson to investigate, Watson finds himself surrounded by dense fog and a community steeped in folklore, legend and rumour.

Shakespeare Schools Foundation is proud to present the world’s largest youth drama festival at the Gala Theatre. Join us for an exhilarating evening of theatre, with a series of unique Shakespeare productions staged by local schools. In the celebratory finale of the festival journey, 30,000 young people from primary, secondary and special schools will unite for thrilling performance evenings nationwide.

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The Roundel


Still On Fire

Window Onto The Domain of a Concept Martha Rust

Wednesday 16 October, 8.00pm | £17 (£15 concession)

Tuesday 15 October, 7.30pm | £40 premium seating, £35 standard A singer, songwriter, actress, national treasure are all labels that have been attributed to Lulu. She has stayed the course, when many have faltered, why, simply because her talent as an artist and her determination as a person. Her powerhouse performances have ensured a loyal following of fans who come out year after year to witness a legend at work. If you haven’t seen Lulu live, then don’t miss this special opportunity as she recounts her remarkable life. 16


Wednesday 16 October, 5.45pm | FREE This lecture, by a distinguished American scholar who works on the literary-historical period of the Middle Ages, focuses on late medieval manuscript culture - the network of beliefs and practices that constituted the milieu of medieval book production and use.

This is an improvised comedy play starring a cast of the country’s quickest comic performers. Every single show the cast conjures up a brand new ‘lost’ Jane Austen novel based on nothing more than a title suggested by the audience. The show comes fresh from six sell-out runs at the Edinburgh Fringe, a weekly residency in London’s West End and a BBC Radio 4 special to mark the bicentenary of Austen’s death. Starring Rachel Parris, Cariad Lloyd and more. Recommended age 12+


The Beatles - Hornsey Road With Mark Lewisohn Thursday 17 October, 7.30pm | £20 September 2019 is the golden anniversary of the Beatles’ multi-platinum album Abbey Road - the last work they recorded before their seismic breakup. To hail this anniversary, the world’s leading Beatles historian Mark Lewisohn is touring a theatre show of illumination, intrigue, surprises, delights, humour, excitement and entertainment - a fast-moving and smart illustrated history of our forever nationalheroes The Beatles, their brilliant album Abbey Road, and other major events of that extraordinary year 1969.



A Midsummer Night’s Dream Matthew Bourne’s Presented by NT Live Romeo and Juliet Thursday 17 October, 7.00pm | £15 (£13 concession) £10 Gala Members The course of true love never did run smooth. A feuding fairy King and Queen of the forest cross paths with four runaway lovers and a troupe of actors trying to rehearse a play. As their dispute grows, the magical royal couple meddle with mortal lives leading to love triangles, mistaken identities and transformations… with hilarious, but dark consequences. Shakespeare’s most famous romantic comedy will be captured live from the Bridge Theatre in London.

Tuesday 22 October, 7.00pm | £15 (£13 concession) £10 Gala Members Imagine a time when love is forbidden… Matthew Bourne’s Romeo and Juliet is a passionate and contemporary re-imagining of Shakespeare’s classic love story. Confined against their will by a society that seeks to divide, our two young lovers must follow their hearts as they risk everything to be together. This World Premiere is the first new production from Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures since The Red Shoes in 2016 and was filmed live from Sadler’s Wells.

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English Touring Opera £29 (£27 concession), £26 Gala Members and Friends of ETO, £49 Double Ticket Offer

The Seraglio


Friday 18 October, 7.30pm With The Seraglio, Mozart was conscious of his Viennese audience’s fascination with all things eastern. For the characters Belmonte and Konstanze, Mozart wrote his most passionate music; for their servants, Pedrillo and Blonde, he wrote his wittiest. Mozart up-ends all possible stereotyping in his singspiel. If you meet a more independent and assured maid than Blonde, maybe take cover; if you expect tyranny from everyone who frightens you, look closer at the Pasha.

The Silver Lake - A Winter’s Tale Saturday 19 October, 7.30pm The Silver Lake - A Winter’s Tale (Der Silbersee), Kurt Weill’s collaboration with the playwright Georg Kaiser, was closed down by the Nazi authorities in 1933 and it was not performed for many years. For many, it is his masterpiece. This is a piece about those who are left behind - a poor man driven to steal a pineapple, a poor relation who is passed from house to house, a policeman with principles, and the starving people who at the very beginning of the show are busy burying Hunger itself.






Jack Dee

James Acaster

Ramble On!

Off The Telly!

Cold Lasagne Hate Myself 1999

Sunday 20 October, 7.30pm | £17.50

Tuesday 29 October, 8.00pm | £21 SOLD OUT

Thursday 31 October, 7.30pm | £19 SOLD OUT

Superb world-class stand-up from the Irishman from Australia. Acclaimed worldwide as one of live comedy’s true masters Jimeoin brings his brilliantly observed, ever-evolving and hilarious comedy to the Gala for one night, as part of his latest smash-hit tour.

“In these difficult and uncertain times people need hope - a ray of sunshine to brighten their day. And that’s very much where I come in” says Jack.

“One time I bought a lasagne from the supermarket, heated it up in the oven and ate a bit of it and it wasn’t very nice, so I put it in the fridge because it felt wrong to dump a whole lasagne in the bin. Then later on I ate a spoonful of the cold lasagne because I was drunk and it was absolutely delicious. It was 4am.

“As sharp as they come… this is comedy of the highest order… Inspired!.” London Evening Standard Recommended age 14+

Star of TV sitcoms Bad Move, Lead Balloon and Josh, and presenter of Jack Dee’s Helpdesk, The Jack Dee Show, Jack Dee’s Saturday Night, BBC’s Jack Dee’s Happy Hour and Jack Dee Live at the Apollo - “In fact,” explains Jack, “I’ve probably appeared in every TV show with my name in the title”. Jack also hosts the legendary Radio 4 show I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue.

I had been thinking a lot about how 1999 as it was the best year of my life, and about how much I hate myself sometimes. The next day I was asked to name my new show. Come along.” Recommended age 14+

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Hide & Seek

My Friend Selma

Presented by Théâtre de la Guimbarde

Presented by Terra Incognita

Wednesday 23 October, 11.00am & 1.00pm, Thursday 24 October, 9.30am & 11.30am | £7-£10, family ticket £24

Thursday 24 October, 6.00pm | £7-£10, family ticket £24

Two siblings have been put to bed for the night, but these children have more exciting plans in mind! Performed in French and English , Hideand-Seek (or Cache-Cache) brings to life the excitement, fear, pleasure, surprise and joy of playing this well-loved children’s game.

My Friend Selma is the remarkable real-life story of one girl’s journey from war in Bosnia to safety in the UK. It is the tale of an incredible journey, a world turned upside down, loss, friendship, courage and conkers. Age 8+

Ages 2-5 years

Please note that Hide & Seek and My Friend Selma will be performed at The Gala Theatre, however tickets must purchased from 20

England’s leading festival of theatre for children and young people


Tiger Tale

Is This a Dagger?

Presented by Teater Minsk

Presented by Barrowland Ballet

The story of Macbeth

Saturday 26 October 10.00am, 1.00pm & 2.30pm | £7-£10, family ticket £24

Saturday 26 October, 11.30am & 4.00pm | £7-£10, family ticket £24

Jump onto a soft cloud and feel the wind as two dancers make the space around you twist and turn. Everything is in motion in this lyrical piece of dance theatre for the very young.

A troubled family’s world turns upside down when a tiger invades. It’s chaotic, it’s dangerous but brilliantly fun.

Age 2-4 years

Something wild is prowling. She can hear it through her bedroom walls, but her mum and dad seem stuck in the dull routines of their everyday lives. Until one day the wild breaks in and everything changes.

Presented by Andy Cannon & Red Bridge Arts Saturday 26 October, 10.30am & 2.00pm | £7-£10, family ticket £24 Andy Cannon, one of Scotland’s finest storytellers, takes audiences on a thousandyear journey from fact to fiction and back again, in his telling of Shakespeare’s classic tale. Age 8+

Age 7+




I’ve Gotta Be Me

Leonardo: The Works

Pam Ayres

Starring Danny John-Jules

Exhibition on Screen

Up In The Attic

Monday 28 October, 7.30pm | £29 (£27 concession)

Tuesday 29 October, 6.00pm Thursday 21 November, 2.30pm | £10 (£8 concession) £7 Gala Members

Wednesday 30 October, 7.30pm | £23

The star of Red Dwarf, Death in Paradise and Strictly Come Dancing is going on tour. “The coolest cat in town”, is singing and dancing his way back to his musical theatre roots as he takes you on a journey through the life of showbiz icon, Mr Wonderful himself, Sammy Davis Jr. Singing some of Sammy’s best-known hits and performing slick dance routines, whilst telling the compelling story of the world’s greatest all-round entertainer.



Marking 500 years since the death of Leonardo da Vinci, this is an unprecedented look at arguably the world’s most celebrated artist. Presenting every single painting attributed to him and offering unparalleled access for the first time. Amongst the collection of masterpieces, marvel at The Last Supper, Lady with an Ermine, Ginevra de’ Benci, Madonna Litta, Virgin of the Rocks and what is widely considered the most famous artwork of all time - The Mona Lisa.

Pam Ayres has been making the nation laugh for over 40 years. She will be performing poems from her new book Up In The Attic, along with classic poems and stories from her long career. Recent TV appearances include Springwatch, Celebrity Mastermind, Celebrity Antiques Road Trip, and Radio appearances include Series 6 of Ayres On The Air, Just A Minute, I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue and Desert Island Discs. “Pam Ayres is absolutely essential to British humour, reminding us all to be tickled by the small joys and ridiculousness of everyday life”. Mail on Sunday




That’ll Be The Day

Car Park King

Show of Hands

Friday 1 November, 7.30pm | £25.50

Friday 1 November, 7.30pm | £10 (£8 concession)

Now We Are Four

Prepare for a nostalgia extravaganza as the UK’s No.1 Rock & Roll variety production returns with the best of That’ll Be The Day! This very special edition of the show presents the most popularly requested songs from the 50s, 60s, 70s & 80s, impressions and comic sketches from over 33 years of touring. “This show just gets better and better”. The Telegraph

Add a drop of Monty Python, a dash of Blackadder and a sprinkle of Spike Milligan and you have this unmissable original comedy. Follow King Richard III as he attempts to stop a curse and protect his nephews from danger. Sound and simple? Think again! From witches, human birds, French kings, policemen, murderers, lizards, mushrooms and many more. Richard’s journey won’t be easy...but it will be entertaining! “Horrible Histories for grown-ups”. The British Theatre Guide

Saturday 2 November, 7.30pm | £26 (under 18s £18) Steve Knightley and Phil Beer, two undisputed kings of the folk, roots and acoustic scene reunite with long-term collaborator Miranda Sykes for a brand-new album and tour. The trio expanded to include master percussionist Cormac Byrne who returns with his infectious rhythms. With new songs, new sounds, heartbeats and harmonies, the quartet’s first secret gig last year sold out overnight.

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Live on Mars

Jane Eyre


A Tribute to David Bowie

Presented by Blackeyed Theatre in association with South Hill Park Arts Centre

Presented by NT Live

Monday 4 November, 8.00pm | £25.50 Following the acclaimed 2018 UK tour, Live on Mars, returns in 2019 to continue its amazing journey celebrating the very best of iconic pop hero David Bowie; his music, artistry, style and showmanship... Influenced by Bowie’s legendary concert performances fuse sound and vision to portray the essence of Bowie, his alter egos and creative muses, with a stunning light show and state of the art visuals and animation. “A Very Classy Tribute To The Man Who Changed The World” London Times

Tuesday 5 November & Wednesday 6 November, 7.30pm | £15 (£13 concession), £12 Gala Members A gothic masterpiece of tempestuous passions and dark secrets tells the thrilling story of an orphan girl and her journey from a childhood of loneliness and cruelty to a life at Thornfield Hall and an unlikely relationship with the mysterious Mr Rochester. Captivating, brooding and intensely powerful, Jane Eyre is a moving and unforgettable portrayal of one woman’s quest for equality and freedom, and lives as one of the great triumphs of storytelling. Recommended age 11+



Thursday 7 November, 7.00pm | £15 (£13 concession) £10 Gala Members The official report of all parliamentary debates. It’s a summer’s morning in 1988 and Tory politician Robin Hesketh has returned home to the idyllic Cotswold house he shares with his wife of 30 years, Diana. But all is not as blissful as it seems. Diana has a stinking hangover, a fox is destroying the garden, and secrets are being dug up all over the place. As the day draws on, what starts as gentle ribbing and the familiar rhythms of marital scrapping quickly turns to blood-sport. Broadcast live from the National Theatre in London.




The Blues Band

Gordan Buchanan

The Pitmen Poets

40 Years and Back for More

Animal Families and Me

Saturday 9 November, 7.30pm | £20

Thursday 7 November, 7.30pm | £25

Friday 8 November, 7.30pm | £22

From Billy Elliot to Close the Coalhouse Door, When the Boat Comes In to The Pitmen Painters. Now hear the songs and stories of… The Pitmen Poets.

Many of the Blues Band’s 21st century fans weren’t even born when these five virtuosos, already music industry veterans, decided to fly in the face of musical fashion in 1979 and form a band ‘just to play the blues’. No one could have predicted that, 40 years on, they’d still be dazzling audiences with their showmanship and virtuosity. About 20 albums and thousands of gigs later, they’ve earned a reputation around the world as one of the finest exponents of the blues tradition in all its forms.

Have you got any burning wildlife questions? BBC TV wildlife presenter of Animal Family and Me and cameraman Gordon Buchanan, has travelled the planet - from South America, Asia, Africa, Papua New Guinea, Russia and Alaska - and will definitely have some interesting answers! This is a show for any wildlife enthusiast who wants to enjoy the spell-binding stories of the natural world from a man who has experienced danger face to face.

Ex-Lindisfarne singer and songwriter Billy Mitchell, Warhorse Songman Bob Fox, leading exponent of Tyneside songs Benny Graham, and much-covered Durham songwriter Jez Lowe individually and collectively celebrating the triumphs, tragedy, humour and hard times of North-East England’s coal mining tradition in an evening of music, song and spoken word.

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42nd Street

Timon of Athens

Neil Oliver

Sunday 10 November, 2.30pm & Tuesday 12 November, 7.00pm | £15 (£13 concession) £10 Gala Members

Presented by RSC Live

The Story of the Bristish Isles in 100 Places

Wednesday 20 November, 7.00pm | £15 (£13 concession) £10 Gala Members

Tuesday 26 November, 7.30pm | £24

In a world driven by greed, what do we truly value? Timon has it all - money, influence, friends. But when the money runs out, Timon soon finds her influence and friends have also gone. Left alone, she flees Athens to take refuge in the woods, cursing the city she once loved.

Neil was born to love Great Britain. During his 20 years travelling to every corner, and whilst filming BBC2’s Coast, he’s fallen in love all over again. From north to south, east to west it cradles astonishing beauty. The human story here is a million years old and counting.

Featuring a “searing central performance” (Guardian) from award-winning actor, Kathryn Hunter, Timon of Athens is a glittering and biting satire on whether money truly buys happiness.

Hear in his amusing and entertaining way what it all means to him, and why we need to cherish and celebrate our wonderful countries.

42nd Street, the legendary Broadway musical theatre classic, is an “utterly moreish extravaganza of glitz” HHHHH Times Telling the story of Peggy Sawyer, a talented young performer with stars in her eyes who gets her big break on Broadway, this is the largest ever staging of the Tony® Awardwinning musical and it was filmed live at the magnificent Theatre Royal in the heart of London’s West End. Starring national treasure Bonnie Langford as Dorothy Brock and featuring iconic songs the 42nd Street and We’re In The Money. 26




Present Laughter

Carl Hutchinson

Presented by NT Live

I Know I Shouldn’t Behave Like This...

Thursday 28 November, 7.00pm | £15 (£13 concession) £10 Gala members

Friday 6 December, 7.30pm | £15

As he prepares to embark on an overseas tour, star actor Garry Essendine’s colourful life is in danger of spiralling out of control. Engulfed by an escalating identity crisis as his many and various relationships compete for his attention, Garry’s few remaining days at home are a chaotic whirlwind of love, sex, panic and soul-searching. Captured live from The Old Vic in London, Present Laughter is a giddy and surprisingly modern reflection on fame, desire and loneliness.

As seen on Comedy Central’s Stand Up Central and The Chris Ramsey Show and following a sold-out 2017 tour, Geordie comedian Carl Hutchinson is back with his brand new show. From buying a house to having kids, Carl takes his unique adolescent approach to grown up issues. Join Hutchinson with his stories and observations that’s had crowds laugh their heads off year after year.


Gala Big Band Does Christmas Thursday 12 December, 7.30pm | £10 (£8 concession) Led by pianist and composer Paul Edis, the band repertoire includes classic Rat Pack numbers, big band arrangements from Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington, Sammy Nestico and Buddy Rich, alongside newer material specially commissioned for the band. Bursting with swinging hits, Gala Big Band’s annual Christmas concert is guaranteed to bring you festive cheer.

“Captivating...Outstanding...An all-round comic.” HHHHH One4Review, Edinburgh

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Streetwise young Aladdin is trying to make his town rich, by marrying a Princess. But evil baddie Abanazar is after gold and riches and world domination. Police Chief Tai Chi is hot on their heels, and even daft laundry lad Wishee Washee, bumbles himself into the Police Force. We take in China, Egypt and Sacriston…. there’s a bunch of mummies, a Genie, and in the middle of it all is crazy Widow Twanky just trying to get the wash clean! Created in the heart of Durham, Gala’s fabulous family panto has a magical mix of mayhem, live music, laughter and surprises. It just wouldn’t be Christmas without Gala’s panto family. Tickets are already selling fast, so book early to avoid disappointment. Cast Neil Armstrong Paul Hartley Paul Dunn David Hosie Eleanor Chaganis Pip Chamberlin Kylie Ann Ford

Abanazar Wishee Washee Widow Twanky Aladdin Princess Jasmine The Genie Chief Inspector Tai Chi

With GTSS and full supporting company

Prices Adult Children Concession Gala Members Groups (10+) Schools Family ticket Super bargain show Bargain shows

£16 £18 £14 £16 £14 £16 £14 £16 £14 £16 £7 - £9.50 £54 £62 £7 £10

* BSL performances Sunday 8 December,1.00pm Thursday 2 January, 1.00pm ** Relaxed performance Wednesday 27 November, 1.30pm + Captioned performance Thursday 2 January, 1.00pm

Thursday 21 Nov Friday 22 Nov Saturday 23 Nov Sunday 24 Nov Tuesday 26 Nov Wednesday 27 Nov Thursday 28 Nov Friday 29 Nov Saturday 30 Nov Sunday 01 Dec Tuesday 03 Dec Wednesday 04 Dec Thursday 05 Dec Friday 06 Dec Saturday 07 Dec Sunday 08 Dec Tuesday 10 Dec Wednesday 11 Dec Thursday 12 Dec Saturday 14 Dec Sunday 15 Dec Monday 16 Dec Tuesday 17 Dec Wednesday 18 Dec Friday 20 Dec Saturday 21 Dec Sunday 22 Dec Monday 23 Dec Tuesday 24 Dec Thursday 26 Dec Friday 27 Dec Saturday 28 Dec Sunday 29 Dec Monday 30 Dec Tuesday 31 Dec Thursday 02 Jan Friday 03 Jan Saturday 04 Jan Sunday 05 Jan

7.00 1.30: 7.00 1.00: 6.00 1.00: 6.00 10.00: 1.30 10.00: 1.30** 10.00: 1.30 10.00: 1.30 1.00: 6.00 1.00: 6.00 10.00: 1.30 10.00: 1.30 10.00: 1.30 10.00: 1.30 1.00: 6.00 1.00*: 6.00 10.00: 1.30 1.00: 6.00 1.00: 6.00 2.00: 7.00 2.00: 7.00 1.00: 7.00 1.00: 7.00 1.00: 7.00 2.00: 7.00 2.00: 7.00 2.00: 7.00 2.00: 7.00 11.00: 3.00 5.00 2.00: 7.00 2.00: 7.00 2.00: 7.00 2.00: 7.00 11.00: 3.00 1.00*+: 6.00 1.00: 6.00 2.00: 7.00 11.00: 5.00

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FAMILY A Gala Theatre production Monday 2 December - Sunday 29 December Various times | £6.50 - £8 Can you remember the very first time you saw snow? Roo is very excited. So excited she might actually pop. She cannot sit still because it’s Christmas eve and her dad says it might snow. Roo has never seen snow before and it is ALL she wants for Christmas (except for a shiny red bike with her name on it). But dad says you should be careful what you wish for … Join Roo and Mr Pickle as she goes on an unexpected snowy adventure, one that takes her far from home. Can she make it home in time for Christmas?

A magical show for the under 5s Written by Susan Mulholland Directed by Kate Sorahan-Turner Designed by Katy Gardner Music by Katie Doherty



Also on sale… 2020

It’s a Wonderful Life

The Chicago Blues Brothers

Giovanni Pernice

Thursday 19 December, 2.00pm & 7.30pm | £10

A Night At The Movies

This Is Me

Sunday 26 January, 7.30pm | £24.00 (£15 concession for under 14s)

Thursday 12 - Friday 13 March, 7.30pm | £32 (£30 concession) £65 Meet and Greet

Direct from London’s west end, join The Chicago Blues Brothers and their 11 piece band, for a brand new all singing, all dancing show bringing you the greatest movie anthems of all time, performed live in concert.

Strictly Come Dancing favourite, Giovanni Pernice, is back with a brand-new show for 2020.

It wouldn’t be Christmas at Gala without our annual screening of the Frank Capra classic It’s A Wonderful Life, starring James Stewart, Donna Reed and Lionel Barrymore. So wrap up warm, grab a cup of mulled wine and join us for a night that’s sure to get you in the festive spirit.

Featuring songs from Footloose, A Star is Born, Dirty Dancing, The Greatest Showman, the Full Monty and many more, not forgetting all the much-loved Blues Brothers classics.

With the Italian’s natural charm, combined with beautiful choreography perfectly complemented by a fabulous soundtrack, This Is Me pays homage to the music and dances that have inspired Giovanni’s career, from a competition dancer to one of the biggest names on the hit BBC show. Pre-show meet and greet VIP tickets are available. 03000 266 600


Coming Soon... 2020

Pete Firman & The Amazing TBC Friday 10 April, 7.30pm | £16 Come and witness the first and possibly final performance of The World’s Greatest Magical Double Act! Award-winning magician/ comedian Pete Firman returns with a magic show like you’ve never seen before. Every night he will be joined by a different special guest who has no previous conjuring experience. Together they will perform jawdropping magic without any rehearsal. “The new poster-boy for British comedy magic.” Telegraph Recommended age 14+ 32

Queen Rhapsody Lucian Freud: A Self Portrait Kinky Boots The Rolling Stones Story GTSS Sharings Clare Teal Morgan and West: Unbelievable Magic The Jive Aces Big Beat Revue Rose and Robin Phil Wang The Tiger Who Came To Tea Friends: A Musical Parody Crooners Northern Ballet: Little Red Riding Hood Cloudbusting: The Music of Kate Bush The Music of Northern Soul Ballroom Boys Francis Rossi Hadaway Harry

11 January 14 & 30 January 4 & 9 February 7 February 9 February 14 February 15 February 16 February 20 February 22 February 29 February & 1 March 27 March 28 March 1 April 16 April 18 April 28 May 31 May 12 &13 June

Gala Gallery is an exhibition space within the Gala Theatre in the centre of Durham City. It shows exhibitions of modern art with a focus on responding to the context contemporary County Durham, as well as working with and creating work for local communities.

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In My World 14 September – 2 November Take a journey through young people’s eyes as they tell you their stories with images and words, sharing their sense of place and identity in south west Durham. This thoughtprovoking exhibition was created through a collaborative project in which young people, aged 10 to 19, worked with photographer Lee Dobson and creative writer Dr Lucie Brownlee.

Fairground Reminiscence 30 November 2019 – 25 January 2020 Fairground Reminiscence is an immersive, interactive exhibition experience for all the family, celebrating the heritage of fairgrounds and the showman community behind them. Explore the interactive installation and discover historic objects, films and fairground games whilst being guided through a bespoke sound score featuring memoirs of showmen and childhood tales of growing up with the fair.

For further information on all our exhibitions please visit Opening Times: Monday to Saturday 10.00am - 8.30pm and Sunday 2.30pm - 8.30pm 03000 266 600


History Now! A season of events celebrating the history, art and culture of County Durham, organised in partnership by Durham County Council,

Why is the Labour Party So Conservative? Andrzej Olechnowicz

Do We Need a Manhattan Project for Artificial Intelligence?

Monday 4 November, 5.45pm

Joe Martin

Historically, the Labour Party has accepted the existing institutions of the British state, attempting to use them for its own purposes. Why has it sought to work through institutions not of its own making, and now fundamentally corrupted by private, corporate interests? Does a return to public policy require a refashioning of a public realm once more?


Monday 11 November 5.45pm Since the crash programme to build nuclear weapons in the 1940s, it has often been suggested that major technical and scientific problems need their own Manhattan Projects. Recently, calls have come for a Manhattan Project for Artificial Intelligence. Why should this secret wartime project offer a good historical example for AI research to follow?

Temperance in the Town Hall Drink, and Popular Petitioning in Victorian Durham Richard Huzzey Tuesday 19 November 5.45pm Today, rival campaigns bombard MPs with e-petitions and e-mails, representing constituents’ views to Parliament. 150 years ago, residents of Durham met in the Town Hall - or local pubs - to have their say on national controversies, signing paper petitions as testimonials to the community’s voice. This talk reveals the battles between moral advocates of temperance and those defending traditional rights to a pint.

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and the Centre for Visual Arts and Culture and History Departments of Durham University.

Writing County Durham Simon Bradley

Behind the Scenes at the Bowes Museum

The Grand Tour in the North East

Tuesday 29 October, 5.45pm

Tuesday 3 December, 5.45pm

Stefano Cracolici

County Durham was surveyed in the 1950s-60s by two of the most celebrated writers on England’s buildings and places, Nikolaus Pevsner and Ian Nairn. Over half a century later, how well have their assessments endured?

The Bowes Museum is one of the jewels in County Durham’s crown. Those who care for and work with its collections discuss their work and share insights into its history and current activities.

Please note this event will be held in Durham Town Hall.

Monday 9 December, 5.45pm The Grand Tour had a tremendous impact on 18th and 19th century British identity. This lecture is structured as an artistic itinerary through the North-East looking for tangible traces of the Grand Tour, discernible at Alnwick Castle, Raby Castle, Rokeby Park among other places.

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Education and Engagement Workshops Come along and get involved behind the scenes in our bespoke workshops, outreach projects, community groups, artist development schemes and tonnes more. We’re a proud member of the Artsmark Partnership Programme, and welcome education settings to contact us so that we can help you to embed arts and culture across the curriculum.

Lord of the Flies Production Workshop

Gala Big Band

Gala Singers

Tuesdays 7.00pm - 9.00pm | FREE

Join us for a chance to explore the themes and topics within the play. An experienced practitioner will lead your group through a two-hour workshop, allowing a development of understanding and appreciation of the text by means of a practical workshop.

Gala Big Band boasts an unrivalled swing repertoire, so if you’re a musician with a passion for the untraditional why not get involved?

Thursdays 5, 12, 19, 26 September, 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 October and 7 November. 6.30pm - 8.30pm | £3 per session

For further details and to book contact: Kate Sorahan, Theatre Education Officer

Our welcoming community band meets fortnightly, supporting a diverse range of amateur and semi-pro musicians from 11 to 85!

Love music? Love singing? Want to learn new skills? Then join us to sing for wellbeing, health and fun! Gala Singers is a choir for adults who love to sing! Everyone is welcome, all musical abilities. Focus is on fun and relaxation.

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Gala Theatre Stage School

Intervals Café Whether or not you’re coming to see a show, why not pop into our café?

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. The sessions foster teamwork, build confidence and encourage exploration. For further details and to apply contact: Kate Sorahan, Theatre Education Officer

Intervals Café offers the perfect place to eat and drink in style, with a wide selection of fresh salads, sandwiches and pasta as well as tasty snacks, cakes and pastries. Look out for our new menu which includes featherblade steak with onion and cheddar, crispy chilli chicken wraps, veggie Mexican chilli wraps, homemade burgers, salmon and dill fishcakes and much more. Our opening times are 10.00am - 3.00pm Monday to Friday 10.00am - 5.00pm Saturday

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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.

Join our e-mailing list Sign up to our weekly e-listings flyer and get film times (or information on any of Gala’s activities) delivered straight to your inbox. Just email

Don’t forget… Gala cinema tickets are now just £5 each for any film* or £20 for a family of five, to include a minimum of two children. *excludes live screenings and special events.

Downton Abbey

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. 38

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. From 1 May, a £2 per transaction fee applies for online and phone bookings. 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 September Sun 1 Sunset Boulevard Sun 1 The Comedy Store Thurs 5 Anna Karenina Thurs 5 The Stars Look Down Fri 6 Gala Lunchtime Concert Series Fri 6 Benjamin Zephaniah Fri 6 Funny Bones Sat 7 - Sun 8 The Illegal Eagles Tues 10 Margaret Atwood: Live In Cinemas Tues 10 Alice Roberts Weds 11 Dear Zoo Wed 11- Thu 12 This Is Not A Wedding Thurs 12 Sharon Shannon & Seckou Keita Thurs 12 NT Live: Fleabag Fri 13 The Best of Sheffield Adventure Film Festival Sat 14 An Evening with Gill Sims Sun 15 The Reg Vardy Band Wed 18 Count Arthur Strong Thu 19 Jason Byrne Fri 20 - Sun 22 Stick Man Sat 21 Westlife: The Twenty Tour Sing- Along Thurs 26 NT Live: One Man, Two Guvnors Sat 28 NT Live: Fleabag Mon 30 - Lord of the Flies Sat 5 Oct October Sat 5 Sun 6 Mon 7

DBF: Blokes, Fellas, Geezers The Comedy Store DBF: Roger McGough

Box Office 03000 266 600 Tues 8 DBF: David Nicholls Tues 8 DBF: Far From The Madding Crowd Thurs 10 Billy Connolly Fri 11 Funny Bones Comedy Club Fri 11 Gala Lunchtime Concert Series Fri 11 The Hound of the Baskervilles Sat 12 DBF: Kirsty Wark Sun 13 DBF: Jung Chang Sun 13 DBF: Colm Tóibín: Brooklyn Sun 13 The Princess Bride Mon 14 Shakespeare Schools Festival Tues 15 Lulu Wed 16 The Roundel Wed 16 Austentatious Thurs 17 NT Live: A Midsummer Night’s Dream Thurs 17 The Beatles: Hornsey Road Fri 18 ETO: The Seraglio Sat 19 ETO: The Silver Lake Sun 20 Jimeoin Tues 22 Romeo & Juliet Wed 23 Take Off: Hide & Seek Thurs 24 Take Off: My Friend Selma Sat 26 Take Off: Sky Sat 26 Take Off: Is This A Dagger Sat 26 Take Off: Tiger Tale Mon 28 I’ve Gotta Be Me Tues 29 EOS: Leonardo: The Works Tues 29 Jack Dee Wed 30 Pam Ayres Thurs 31 James Acaster November Friday 1

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Fri 1 Car Park King Sat 2 Show of Hands Sun 3 Goodfellas Sun 3 The Comedy Store Mon 4 Why is the Labour party so Conservative? Mon 4 Live on Mars Tues 5 - Wed 6 Jane Eyre Thurs 7 NT Live: Hansard Thurs 7 The Blues Band Fri 8 Gala Lunchtime Concert Series Fri 8 Gordon Buchanan Sat 9 The Pitmen Poets Sun 10 - 12 42nd Street Mon 11 Do We Need A Manhattan Project for AI? Tues 19 Temperance in the Town Hall Wed 20 RSC Live: Timon of Athens Thurs 21- Aladdin Sun 5 January Thurs 21 EOS: Leonardo: The Works Fri 22 Funny Bones Comedy Club Tues 26 Neil Oliver Thurs 28 NT Live: Present Laughter December Mon 2 - Sun 29 One More Sleep Tues 3 Behind the Scenes at Bowes Museum Fri 6 Carl Hutchinson Fri 6 Gala Lunchtime Concert Series Mon 9 The Grand Tour in the North East Thurs 12 Gala Big Band Does Christmas Thurs 19 It’s A Wonderful Life

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