Welcome We are really proud of our pantomime. Since we started producing the show back in 2008, we have built our Christmas production into one of the most successful pantos in the North East. And we know you love the show, because you return year after year in greater numbers. It’s great fun to put together, and we always try to throw in some surprises to keep it fresh and fun. We think this year’s show will be our best yet. But this year, we have another Christmas show, produced inhouse by the Gala team, especially for our youngest customers. Mrs Claus’ Kitchen is the story of a mischievous gingerbread man and his adventures, which uses live performance, lots of audience interaction and a big dollop of magic to bring the festive season alive for the under 5s. We can’t wait for you to see this new show, and we know you’ll grow to love it as much as you love our panto. We look forward to seeing you at one (or both!) of our Christmas shows this year.
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Early Bird Offer Enjoy a fantastic night of live theatre by taking advantage of our early bird ticket offer on Noël Coward’s Private Lives. Book for opening night or the matinee and get your ticket for just £10. Tickets must be booked by Friday 4 August 2017.
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To take up this offer please book online at www.galadurham.co.uk or call the Box Office on 03000 266 600
The Twelve Pound Look Presented by HangFire Theatre Friday 1 and Saturday 2 September, 7.30pm (+2.30pm Saturday) | £7 Harry Sims is a successful man. An English Gentleman. King of his own castle. Business is booming and his beautiful, doting wife does whatever she is told – as well she should; he is worth half a million pounds. On the eve of receiving a knighthood, his kingdom is threatened by the arrival of a hired typist; an independent woman who proves to be an unwelcome blast from his past. From the author of Peter Pan J.M. Barrie comes a grown-up Edwardian comedy with a distinctly modern view.
Sing-a-Long-a Beauty and the Beast Saturday 2 September, 2.00pm and 7.00pm | £15 (£10 concession), £46 family of 4, £33 family of 3 Join us as we celebrate the brand new adaptation of Disney’s iconic fairy tale with on-screen lyrics so everyone can join in and sing along with Emma Watson, Ewan McGregor and Emma Thompson! This is your chance to sing your heart out to the Disney songs of your childhood such as Be Our Guest, Belle, Gaston and not forgetting Beauty and The Beast. Celebrate this ‘tale as old as time’, dress as your favourite character and get ready to feel part of a real fairytale.
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The Comedy Store Sunday 3 September, 8 October and 5 November, 7.30pm | £11 (£9 concession), £8 students and Gala Members Four comedians. One mic. It can only be The Comedy Store. A stellar line-up of top comedic talent arrives in Durham with material that is sure to have you belly-laughing throughout the night. Their line-up is top secret and even we only get to find out a couple of weeks before, so be sure to ‘like’ The Comedy Store - Durham Facebook page (facebook.com/ ComedyStoreDUR) where we unveil who will be performing each month. * Contains strong language - recommended age 16+ 4
Wisdom of a Fool Presented by Engine Shed and Something for the Weekend Wednesday 6 September, 7.30pm | £17 Norman Wisdom dominated British film and theatre during the 1950s, playing to packed audiences across the country. The London Palladium and Pinewood Studios became his second homes and for his first motion picture, Trouble In Store, he received a BAFTA. For more than six decades, Norman’s warmth and boundless energy won the hearts of millions. His cloth cap, ill-fitting suit and classic underdog character led Charlie Chaplin to describe him as his ‘favourite clown’. In this acclaimed one-man play; Jack Lane takes you behind Norman Wisdom’s well-known character to reveal a tough and lonely childhood.
John le Carré
An Evening with George Smiley
The Calman Before the Storm
Thursday 7 September, 7.30pm | £17
Thursday 7 September, 7.45pm | £15 (£13 concession), £10 Gala Members
Friday 8 September, 8.00pm | £16
Get ready for another epic blast of Tom Stade. Renowned for his carefree attitude and broad-minded vision, nothing is taboo to this enlightened and captivating comedy legend. Combining off-the-scale charm, razor-sharp wit and a no-holds-barred attitude; Tom pledges to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Kick back and enter the awesome and mischievous world of Tom as he provides an inspiring and incisive antidote to these dark and uncertain times.
Broadcast on the big screen at Gala, this celebration of John lé Carre’s work includes readings from his new novel A Legacy of Spies and a Q&A session. From his Cold War novels such as Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy to his powerful descriptions of the arms trade in The Night Manager, the writing of John le Carré has come to define the last half century. In this one-off event, the author discusses the full breadth of his career, and reflects on the continuing story of his most famous creation, the tubby, bespectacled spy, George Smiley.
It’s Susan’s tenth year in comedy and she’s back with a brand new show. She’s ready to create a storm, set the record straight and give it to the man (whoever he is). Incidentally, she would also like to be Batman. Ninety minutes of comedy that you will enjoy if you’re over 16, like what she does, and won’t be so drunk that she has to throw you out. Seriously…it’s going to be epic.
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Cornered / Wise Men Say
A double bill of plays about Sunderland AFC
There’s Something About Gary…
Presented by Cranked Anvil
Wednesday 13 September, 7.30pm | £16
Saturday 9 September, 7.30pm | £15 (£13 concession), £12 Gala Members
Gary likes to write jokes. An awful lot of them. Also, he appears to have something in his hair. He thinks a good joke should be like a drunk Glaswegian, short and punchy. He loves each and every gag, and you can’t help but be carried away by his infectious charm.
Wise Men Say
On 24 March 1985, a dream comes true for a young football player from Sunderland. Just 18 years old, Dave Corner runs out onto the hallowed Wembley turf, to play in a cup final for his beloved home team. Less than 90 minutes later, a slip up on the pitch turns the dream into his worst nightmare. BBC Look North’s Jeff Brown finds out what happened to Davey Corner after that fateful day.
In 1997, Jimmy’s beloved Roker Park was pulled down. What could possibly replace this ground? This hallowed turf? This sanctuary? Nothing, so Jimmy thinks. But then rises a Phoenix from the flames – a Stadium to bring new dreams, new hope, new light. This bittersweet comedy charts one man’s journey through 20 years.
“An endless flow of top quality jokes” The Guardian
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 15 September
Russell Watson Serenade Thursday 14 September, 7.30pm | £40 A very special evening with four-time Brit Classical Award winner Russell Watson, accompanied by his pianist and a guest choir. The world-renowned tenor will be performing songs from his new album True Stories, together with a selection of hits from his illustrious career. He has sold more than 7 million albums and performed for Her Majesty The Queen, The Pope and two US Presidents. Captivating to watch and enchanting to listen to, Russell continues to wow audiences with his engaging and entertaining live performances.
Be ready for pretty much anything when compere James Cook takes to the stage. He’ll be introducing headliner Steffen Peddie, who was a professional wrestler for eight years before comedy, and regularly performs at Gala. Completing the line-up will be Phil Pagett the oneliner comedian who is one of the best new gag writers, and Tom Rackham whose confident and accessible act is a joy to watch. Friday 6 October Big Lou, who is well-known on the comedy scene for his commanding stage presence, introduces the engaging, charming and teasing Luke Graves, Mark Grimshaw who takes a look at the darker side of modern life, and headliner Tony Burgess who you may recognise from his role in the cult BBC3 comedy Ideal. Friday 24 November Compere Danny Sutcliffe used to have a brilliant perm, but he doesn’t anymore… He hosts a line-up including Tony Jameson who is fresh from his UK sell out tour, Lucy Thompson whose laughter packed routine is full of clever observations, and headliner “Nige” who beneath his shell-suit has a wealth of intelligent, if slightly odd, gags and stories.
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Great Ladies of Song
Sunday 17 September, 7.30pm | £12 (£10 concession)
Sunday 17 September, 7.30pm | £16 (£14 concession)
Join Edinburgh Fringe’s favourite housewife Barbara Nice for an evening of proper good fun. Entrance price includes a complimentary raffle ticket!
With her enviable vocal range and inimitable charm and wit, Anna Reay, together with her band and special guests, pay tribute to some of your favourite singers including Nina Simone, Maria Callas, Eva Cassidy, Whitney Houston, Cilla Black, Adele, Dusty Springfield, Kathryn Jenkins and many more.
Saturday 16 September, 8.00pm | £23 After four years writing and performing his TV show Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle, Content Provider is Stewart’s brand new full-length show since the award-winning Carpet Remnant World. “The most consistently funny show of his brilliant career … I laughed till it hurt.” HHHHH The Times
Experience this critically acclaimed tip-top character comedy live - played by Phoenix Nights’ actress and comedian Janice Connolly. A playful life-affirming show for all the family including the chance to win a prize off Barbara’s table. Recommended age: 14+
She has travelled the world showcasing her unique talent, and this is guaranteed to bring you a night to remember.
Gala Lunchtime Concert Series All concerts are 1.00pm - 2.00pm | £5
Graham Hardy and Paul Edis
Friday 15 September
Friday 6 October
Friday 24 November
Zoë Gilby is a vocalist and songwriter who is making a stunning impression on the jazz scene. Her compelling original compositions written with double bassist husband Andy Champion, are performed alongside highly accomplished guitarist Mark Williams and drummer Richard Brown.
Triptych is a trio featuring Paul Edis (piano/sax/ clarinet/flute), Rob Walker (drums/percussion) and Paul Susans (bass).
Graham Hardy is an extremely versatile and talented trumpeter, composer and arranger, and regularly appears as a sideman in the Sue Ferris Quintet, the Paul Edis Sextet and the Mick Shoulder Quintet, as well as leading his own band the Northern Monkey Brass Band. He teams up for this gig with Paul Edis.
All three members of the group bring a diverse repertoire and extensive experience to create new interpretations of old standards alongside new, longer form compositions. Influences include Indian classical music, folk, funk, latin and swing.
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A boutique music festival presented in partnership by the Gala Theatre and Old Cinema Launderette
The Blockheads Thursday 21 September, 7.30pm | £22 Gala Theatre Starting out as the band behind Ian Dury, The Blockheads are a legendary outfit that have grown in stature from the early days of the Stiff tour in 1977, right up to the present day. With hits including Hit Me with your Rhythm Stick, Reasons to be Cheerful (Part 3), and Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll among many. The Blockheads are Derek ‘The Draw’ Hussey, and Chaz Jankel, Norman Watt-Roy, John Turnbull and Mick Gallagher. They are still one of the most underrated British bands of all time, with a legion of fans of all ages.
Blue Rose Code
with special guest Tom Joshua Friday 22 September, 7.30pm | £17 Durham Town Hall Edinburgh born Ross Wilson spent his creative, formative years in East London, then moved to the South ‘to be by the sea’s energy’, but it is in his homecoming that he has found where his heart is. Fan Ewan McGregor said of The Ballads Of Peckham Rye, “it’s beautiful and I can’t stop listening to it” and he subsequently featured on the follow-up album …And Lo! The Bird is On The Wing.
Also playing at the Launderette Sessions... Mark Morriss Thursday 21 September, 7.30pm | £20 Old Cinema Launderette
John Murry Saturday 23 September, 7.30pm | £18
The Lake Poets
Saturday 23 September, 8.00pm | £16
Sunday 24 September, 7.30pm | £19
Durham Town Hall
The Lake Poets is the alias for singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Martin Longstaff from Sunderland. His honeyed voice glides over beautifully intricate guitar riffs to create a sound that soothes.
That Thea Gilmore’s latest album is as ethereal as it is thought-provoking, as bewitching as it is bold, will come as no surprise to her army of admirers. Since releasing her debut as a teenager nearly 20 years ago, the Oxfordshireraised, Cheshire-based singer and songwriter has gained global acclaim for making music not only of extraordinary beauty, but of rare honesty and insight.
This sound is coupled with lyrics of love and heartbreak. His lyrics have the capacity to devastate and the gorgeous melodies contrast this feeling to foster a profound sense of catharsis.
Old Cinema Launderette
Andrew Wasyluk Sunday 24 September, 7.30pm | £13 Old Cinema Launderette
For further information, visit www.galadurham.co.uk/launderettesessions
What will surprise fans is that fifteen albums in, Thea has all but abandoned her trusty acoustic guitar in favour of an iPad and a piano.
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Carmen on the Lake
Let’s Hang On
Girls’ Night Out
Tuesday 19 September, 7.00pm | £15 (£13 concession), £10 Gala Members
The Music of Frankie Valli & The Four Sessions
Monday 18 September, 7.30pm | £17 “Women are each other’s human wonder bras uplifting, supportive and making each other look bigger and better.” So says Kathy Lette - the funny, feminist author. Her new show is a psychological strip tease taking us from puberty blues to menopause blues, with tales of love, lust, men, marriage, pregnancy, childbirth, mastitis, sexist bosses, teenage-daughter-wrangling, ageing, toy boys, making the Queen laugh, hiding Julian Assange in her attic and Close Encounters of the George Clooney Kind, en route. Wit, warmth and full frontal frankness, guaranteed. 12
Performed on the spectacular water stage of Lake Constance in Bregenz (Austria), George Bizet’s Carmen is a story of passion, destiny and obsession. The French composer’s opera is most famous for its Spanish melodies, including the Flower Song, Habanera and the Toreador Song. Experience Carmen like never before – recorded live on the floating stage during the Bregenz Festival. As with their previous spectacular productions, you can expect the staging of this classic tale to have an extravagantly original and innovative design, with the waters of the lake being used as an extension of the stage.
Saturday 23 September, 7.30pm | £24 This award-winning production celebrates the music of one of the most successful groups of all time. Take a step back in time with an anthology of classic hits including Grease, December 1963 (Oh What a Night!), Sherry, Can’t Take My Eyes Off You, Beggin’, Walk Like A Man, Big Girls Don’t Cry, and many more, climaxing with a spectacular finale of Let’s Hang On. “You guys are dynamite!” Frankie Valli
Exhibition on Screen All Or Nothing: The Mod Musical Monday 25 and Tuesday 26 September, 7.30pm | £22 (£20 concession) In 1964, a new phenomenon exploded onto the British streets. It was the essence of all that was cool. It was Mod. Mods stuck two fingers up at the class-ridden society and its dull redundant culture. They were working-class free spirits who rode sexy streamlined Italian scooters. The Small Faces encapsulated all that is Mod, a unique blend of taste and testosterone, neat, clothes obsessed and street-wise. The show features the music of the The Small Faces, including hits like Whatcha Gonna Do About It, Lazy Sunday, Tin Soldier, Sha La La La Lee, Itchycoo Park and All Or Nothing.
Exhibition on Screen brings blockbuster art exhibitions from galleries across the world to the big screen in stunning high definition. This season’s programme includes;
Canaletto and the Art of Venice Tuesday 26 September, 6.00pm | £10 (£8 concession), £7 Gala Members
David Hockney at the Royal Academy of Arts Tuesday 21 November, 6.00pm | £10 (£8 concession), £7 Gala Members Running times approx. 90 mins. 03000 266 600 www.galadurham.co.uk
Private Lives Presented by London Classic Theatre
EARLY BIRD OFFER
Thursday 28 – Saturday 30 September, 7.30pm (+2.30pm on Saturday) | £15 (£13 concession), £12 for Gala Members In Private Lives, strong passions and stronger personalities set the stage for a classic battle of the sexes. 1930. Deauville, France. Two newly-married couples occupy adjoining honeymoon suites in the same hotel. As a distant orchestra plays, Sibyl gazes adoringly at charismatic husband Elyot, while Victor admires his new wife, the vivacious and sophisticated Amanda. Champagne flows and the sea shimmers in the moonlight as the newlyweds prepare for the evening ahead. However, Amanda overhears a familiar voice singing a forgotten song and an old spark reignites with spectacular consequences. Full of razor-sharp wit and quick-fire dialogue, Private Lives is Noël Coward’s most popular and enduring stage comedy.
Orchestra North East
It’s My Political Party (and I’ll Cry if I Want to)
Sunday 1 October, 3.00pm | £16 (£14 concession, £8 students, accompanied U16s free) Orchestra North East present an afternoon of music evoking the sounds and spirit of Spain: joyful festive crowds, warm sultry nights, dramatic passions, exuberant dances, vivid colours and sunshine. Music by Rodrigo, Bizet, Rimsky-Korsakov and Dvorak, all conducted by James Ham, with Manus Noble (Guitar) as soloist. Interested school groups can make direct enquiries with Orchestra North East at www.orchestranortheast.org.uk
Graeme Swann’s Great British Spin-Off with Henry Blofeld
Sunday 1 October, 8.00pm | £15
Monday 2 October, 7.30pm | £25
Following the UK’s most important referendum until the next one, Matt Forde celebrates why it’s great/awful that we’re in/out of the EU/UK/ NATO/whatever the hell happens next. As seen on The Royal Variety Performance 2015, Have I Got News For You, Mock The Week and Question Time.
Following on from their hit 2016 tour, Graeme Swann, England’s greatest ever spin bowler and cricket’s best-loved commentator, Henry Blofeld, are back by popular demand. Who better to discuss the trials and tribulations of Swanny’s illustrious career than the man who commentated on it every step of the way, and who better for Henry to pass on his pearls of wisdom to after 47 years in the Test Match Special commentary box.
“Highly engaging, inherently funny…an ability to ad-lib laughs out of thin air.” Chortle
This is an unmissable show full of surprises, anecdotes, impressions and more. 03000 266 600 www.galadurham.co.uk
Tuesday 3 October, 7.30pm | £4
The Man with Three Brains
Presented by RSC Live
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 of performance as artists try out their work in front of audience, with conversation and constructive feedback actively encouraged.
Friday 6 October, 8.00pm | £19.50
Wednesday 11 October, 7.00pm | £15 (£13 concession), £10 Gala Members
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. 16
Jason has three brains that kick into action when he hits the stage. His left brain scans the audience and room, looking for improv moments. His right brain collates stand-up material and stunts, poised to dish out the funnies at speed. His centre brain is Jason’s coach, pushing him to the limit. The fastest thinking comic around will not only trip himself up, but probably you too. “Unmissable” Evening Standard
A full-throttle war play that revels in the sweat of the battlefield, Coriolanus transports us back to the emergence of the republic of Rome. Caius Martius Coriolanus is a fearless soldier but a reluctant leader. His ambitious mother attempts to carve him a path to political power, but he struggles to change his nature and do what is required to achieve greatness. In this new city state struggling to find its feet, where the gap between rich and poor is widening every day, Coriolanus must decide who he really is and where his allegiances lie.
Jason Donovan and his Amazing Midlife Crisis
Bonnie and the Bonnettes
Rich Hall’s Hoedown
Drag Me to Love
Friday 13 October, 8.00pm | £17
Thursday 12 October, 7.30pm | £25
Durham Book Festival Fringe Event
Jason is hitting the road once again in the autumn, only this time, it’s a tour with a twist, with intimate gigs providing a unique opportunity to see him like you’ve never seen him before.
Friday 13 October, 7.30pm | £10 (£8 concession)
At aged 49½ and with a wealth of tantalising tales under his belt, this autobiographical show will take Jason’s looming 50th birthday, as its starting point, and will zigzag back and forth through his life. Hear some new stories (and possibly one or two you’ve heard before!) plus some of the songs you know and love.
So imagine this. You are 14 years old and you are a drag queen. It’s golden stilettos, ripped fishnets, shoulder pads, and neon bobs. It’s expression. It’s glamour. It’s power. It’s Doncaster, 2009. This show combines drag performance with theatrical storytelling and it’s about being young, having that fire in your belly and seeing no limitations or rules. It’s the uncertainty of your own identity and the creation of a new one. It’s about finding a safe place between the two. It’s a reflection. An exorcism. A scrapbook.
There has never been a better time to be an American comedian in the UK. Hall’s precision dismantling of the tenuous relationship between two countries is as freewheeling and deadly accurate as ever. Hoedown begins as a withering dissection of Trump’s America, but ends up being a celebration of Americana. There’s standup, improvised ballads, cracking good musicianship, and ultimately a hilarious, footstomping, good time to be had by all. Even if you don’t own a hoe. “Blissfully Funny” The Guardian
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One of the country’s oldest literary festivals, Durham Town Hall, Durham Cathedral and
Peter Snow and Ann MacMillan
How Not to Be a Boy
War Stories: Gripping Tales of Courage, Cunning and Compassion
Monday 9 October, 8.00pm-9.00pm | £10 (£8 concession)
Tuesday 10 October, 7.30pm-8.30pm | £12 (£10 concession)
Roddy Doyle comes to Durham Book Festival for the first time to talk about his impressive career and to introduce his brand new novel Smile. This captivating book has all the features for which he has become famous: razor-sharp dialogue, humour, superb evocation of childhood – but this is a novel unlike any he has written before, exploring themes including memory, sexuality and religion. Roddy Doyle is the author of eleven acclaimed novels, seven children’s books and two collections of short stories.
Award-winning comedian and actor Robert Webb (Peep Show) visits Durham Book Festival to introduce his new memoir, How Not to Be a Boy.
Monday 9 October, 6.15pm-7.15pm | £10 (£8 concession)
Durham Book Festival is delighted to welcome back Peter Snow, a highly respected journalist, author and broadcaster, and his wife Ann MacMillan who is a fellow broadcaster and journalist. Together they have written War Stories, a fascinating account of thirty-four ordinary men and women who were swept up in the turbulence of war – from Crimea and the World Wars to Syria. Spanning four centuries and four continents.
Hilarious and heart-breaking, How Not To Be a Boy explores the relationships that made Robert who he is as a man, the lessons we learn as sons and daughters, and the understanding that sometimes you aren’t the Luke Skywalker of your life – you’re actually Darth Vader.
Durham Book Festival returns from 7 to 15 October with events held in a host of iconic venues including the historic our own Gala Theatre. View the full festival line-up at www.durhambookfestival.com.
No Cunning Plan
The Big Read Event
Wednesday 11 October, 7.30pm-8.30pm | £12 (£10 concession)
Saturday 14 October, 5.00pm-6.00pm | £10 (£8 concession)
Saturday 14 October, 7.00pm-8.00pm | £10 (£8 concession)
Sir Tony Robinson has had a stellar career lasting over fifty years. Now in a long-awaited autobiography, he reveals how he went from child stardom in the first stage production of Oliver! to comedy icon Baldrick in Blackadder.
Chris Ryan served in the SAS for seven years and in 1991 was the only member of the infamous Bravo Two Zero team to evade capture behind Iraqi lines. In SAFE he tells you how to keep yourself and your family safe from the perils of modern urban life. What should you do if you find yourself confronted by a threatening group of people or a gang? If you find yourself caught in the middle of a riot?
This October, we’re encouraging readers across County Durham to delve deep into the magical worlds of David Almond’s Half a Creature from the Sea, a stunning collection of short stories from the Carnegie Medal-winning author of Skellig. Inspired by his Tyneside childhood, these eight moving and mystical tales allow you to imagine the North East as never before… Join us for a special evening with this magical storyteller as he reflects on his life and his career.
Full of incident and insight, No Cunning Plan is a funny, self-deprecating insight into a career that includes performing with the RSC, writing and starring in Maid Marian and Her Merry Men and presenting Time Team for twenty years.
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A Square World
presented by Theatre Centre
presented by Daryl Beeton
presented by BonteHond
Wednesday 18 October, 1.00pm and 7.00pm | £6.50, £22 family ticket
Wednesday 18 October, 10.00am and 1.30pm Thursday 19 October 9.30am and 11.15am | £6.50, £22 family ticket
Thursday 19 October, 4.30pm, Friday 20 October, 9.30am and 11.15am | £6.50, £22 family ticket
When the daily routine of three friends’ lives suddenly changes, they discover with a little fun and some mayhem how to adapt their world so they can keep playing together. A Square World looks at the unfairness of being left out in a world designed for everyone else but yourself. A very endearing and funny performance with a gentle, but poignant message.
iPet starts with two magicians making balloon animals and magic tricks such as pulling bananas out of iPads, but it soon becomes clear that the iPad is a cheeky prankster who distrupts the entire show. Eventually, no one knows who controls who anymore. iPet is a hilarious performance for the young audiences filled with movement, magic and music.
His home is dust. His friends are few. His hands are as rough as the seas he has crossed. In a radical adaptation of Dickens’ classic novel, Chino Odimba and Theatre Centre transform Oliver’s struggle for sanctuary into a modern tale framed by the refugee crisis, a global phenomenon fast defining the 21st century. Recommended age: 13+
Recommended age: 3-6 years 20
Recommended age: 2 ½+ years
England’s leading festival of theatre for children and young people returns Monday 16 to Sunday 22 October. View the full festival line-up at www.takeofffestival.org.uk. For school bookings, call 01325 352 004.
Little Red Riding Hood
Half Moon presents a Tam Tam production
Presented by Nearly There Yet
Presented by La Baracca - Testoni Ragazzi
Thursday 19 October, 9.30am, 11.00am and 1.15pm, Saturday 21 October, 11.30am, 1.30pm, and 3.00pm | £6.50, £22 family ticket
Thursday 19 October, 7.00pm, Saturday 21 October, 4.00pm | £6.50, £22 family ticket
Friday 20 October, 1.30pm, Saturday 21 October, 11.00am | £6.50, £22 family ticket
Join us as we tell the life story of a very special leaf in this warm, intimate and playful new piece for under 3s inspired by nature and the seasons. Framed within an evocative soundscape, this is the perfect introduction to theatre for the very young.
A man gets ready to host his long anticipated birthday party, which goes spectacularly wrong with the arrival of some unexpected guests… including a breakdancing juggling chicken. The Party is a fast-paced, acrobatic circus show about friends and not always getting what you want… and there’s even pass-the-parcel.
Retrace Little Red Riding Hood’s path in the woods with two little ones as they play a game of ‘what-if’ and pretend. They run and chase each other through the story, playing all the parts, but both desperate to take on the role of Mr Wolf… or is that... Miss Wolf?
Recommended age: 0-3 years
Recommended age: 3-8 years
Recommended age: 3-8 years
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Giulio Cesare Parts I and II Presented by English Touring Opera £26 (£24.50 concession), £23 Gala Members, £10 restricted view. A special double-ticket price of £42 when booking for both shows. One of the greatest heroic operas ever written, Giulio Cesare is a thrilling story of passion and revenge in the midst of bitter power struggles over the succession to Egypt’s throne. Both parts are equally enjoyable and will make for a pleasurable night out whichever one you choose to attend.
Part I: The Death of Pompey Monday 23 October, 7.30pm Having defeated his rival Pompey, can Caesar now survive the machinations of King of Egypt Ptolemy and his sister Cleopatra?
Part II: Cleopatra’s Needle Tuesday 24 October, 7.30pm The Battle for the Kingdom of the Nile reaches a crisis, as Pompey’s family is enslaved, Caesar is presumed dead, and Cleopatra is made captive by her brother. Both parts sung in Italian with English surtitles. Pre-show talks will take place at 6.30pm on both nights. 22
Beyond the Barricade
Sunday 15 October, 7.30pm | £22
Kathryn Tickell with David Almond and Amy Thatcher
Wednesday 25 October, 7.30pm | £27
Tales & Tunes
Beyond the Barricade has delighted audiences throughout the UK and mainland Europe for more than a decade, with its exciting concert portrayal of the greatest songs in musical theatre, all performed totally live. Recreating original West End/Broadway musical hit songs with amazing authenticity, this cast of past principal performers from Les Miserables, present a blockbusting two hour show which is now established as the nation’s favourite musical theatre concert.
Celebrating his 50th year as a professional musician, Rick made chart history when his Piano Portraits album became the first solo piano album to enter the UK’s Top 10. Initially inspired by the unprecedented reaction to his performance of David Bowie’s Life On Mars on BBC Radio 2 in early 2016, Piano Portraits features instrumental versions of hits Rick originally performed on Space Oddity, Morning Has Broken and Wonderous Stories as well of others specifically chosen for their wonderful melodies, including Stairway To Heaven, Help and Eleanor Rigby.
Thursday 26 October, 7.30pm | £17.50 These artists’ work grows from the landscape, language, history and strange beauty of the north. With David’s storytelling and Kathryn’s love of the traditions of her native Northumbria, the poetic power of language and music combine. On stage Kathryn and David are joined by accordionist and clog dancer Amy to bring you a memorable evening of stories, songs and, of course, irrepressible music.
03000 266 600 www.galadurham.co.uk
Said the Maiden
Friday 27 October, 7.30pm | £15
Friday 27 October, 7.30pm | £10 in advance, £12 on the door
Saturday 28 October, 8.00pm | £15
The world’s No1 Eric Clapton tribute band makes a welcome return to Durham with this ‘homecoming’ performance. Featuring classic songs including Wonderful Tonight, Tears in Heaven, Crossroads, I Shot The Sheriff, Lay Down Sally, Cocaine and of course Layla. The band’s ability to re-create Clapton’s electrifying stage performances really ignites the audience’s imagination.
Said The Maiden are Jess Distill, Hannah Elizabeth and Kathy Pilkinton, three friends who discovered a mutual love of folk music. From tentatively performing a few songs at their local folk club in 2012 the group soon secured support and headline slots at folk clubs and festivals around the country, as well as supporting many fantastic artists including The Fisherman’s Friends.
One of the UK’s most in-demand comics, Carl is set to perform his brand new show where you can expect killer gags, highly entertaining stories and the trademark twisted logic that has made Carl a must-see fixture in the comedy world. From tales of pulling sickies as a teacher to his family upbringing and wrestling with his favourite vices, this new show is easily the most brutally honest and hilariously self-deprecating outing yet for this Geordie comedian. “An absolute must… the next big thing!” Skinny
The Illegal Eagles
20th Anniversary Tour
Tuesday 31 October, 7.30pm | £20
What Is This?
Sunday 29 October, 7.30pm | £25 This seasoned group of talented musicians are true Eagles fans at heart. Their impressive mastery of the Eagle’s distinctive sound has made them one of the most sought after shows of their kind in the world. Performing all the classics including Hotel California, Take It Easy, Lyin’ Eyes, Take It To The Limit, Life in the Fast Lane and many more.
British Cycling has seen more drama in the past year than your average soap opera… Journalist, television presenter and bestselling author Ned Boulting returns with his ride through the world of Bikeology, featuring brand new tales from life in the cycling lane, as well as the inside scoop from his time at the 2017 Tour de France. Boulting takes an off-centre look at what it means to ride a bike, drawing on his own underwhelming adventures in the saddle to his fourteen summers spent hurtling around France.
Wednesday 1 November, 8.00pm | £23 Following a series of critically acclaimed, sold out international tours, Simon Amstell begins his fifth stand up tour in the UK. What Is This? promises to be a deeply personal, funny exploration of beauty, intimacy, freedom, sex and love. “Simon Amstell has a gift for taking a social norm and gently mocking it until it seems utterly ridiculous.” The New York Times
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Festival of the Spoken Nerd
You Can’t Polish A Nerd
Thursday 2 November, 8.00pm | £16
Friday 3 November, 8.00pm | £15
Saturday 4 November, 7.30pm | £17.50 (£14 concession)
James is releasing his first ever book this year, Classic Scrapes, which is going to be a collection of self-deprecating anecdotes about the scrapes he has got into over the years, including a breathtaking amount of farcical misadventures. From having to hide in a bush outside Basingstoke station overnight wearing a bright red dress, to drunkenly incurring the wrath of the night bus lads.
Join stand-up comedian, poet, improviser, and TV stalwart Phill for over an hour of tales, laughs and diversions. Watch in delight and/ or horror as this experienced funny man drags laughs out of the chaos of his own life and the uncertain world that surrounds it.
Come along and see him read sneak peaks from the book.
Phill became a familiar face as team captain on BBC2’s pop quiz Never Mind The Buzzcocks, which went on to run for 19 years, and is a regular on BBC Radio 4’s I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue and The Unbelievable Truth and was resident curator on The Museum of Curiosity. Recommended age: 16+
Since their last tour, experiments guy Steve Mould, geek songstress Helen Arney and stand-up mathematician Matt Parker have featured on BBC2’s QI, created a genuinely ‘experimental’ comedy show for BBC Radio 4 and played the Hammersmith Apollo with Professor Brian Cox. Together they’ll be buffing up a veritable periodic table of new songs, science and spreadsheets that will tickle your ribs and light your Bunsen burner. Full frontal nerdity guaranteed!
Mister Maker & the Shapes Live!
The Vaudevillians: Jinkx Monsoon & Major Scales
Shakespeare Schools Festival
Sunday 5 November, 1.30pm and 4.00pm | £14.50 (£11 concession)
Presented by Soho Theatre and Tim Whitehead
Tuesday 7 to Thursday 9 November, 7.00pm | £8.50 - £10.50, group rate £8
Join CBeebies’ Mister Maker in his hit live theatre tour. With a fabulous supporting cast and art at its heart, this fantastic live show encourages ‘Mini Makers’ and grown-ups to sing, dance and make some noise. There’s a big ‘make’ to take part in, lots of audience participation and....The Shapes! Yes, you’ll be able to share the fun with Circle, Square, Rectangle and Triangle too!
Monday 6 November, 7.30pm | £18 Throughout the 1920’s Kitty Witless and Dr. Dan Von Dandy toured the US, wowing audiences with their edgy, original music. One day, while touring through Antarctica, they were victims of a devastating avalanche and were buried under two tons of snow - instantly freezing them alive. Thanks to global warming, they thawed out only to discover that pop artists had stolen their music and passed it off as their own. It’s a vintage cabaret with a twist of drag. Winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race Jinkx Monsoon stars in this bawdy, rowdy musical which has had sell out runs off-Broadway and at London’s Soho Theatre.
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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It’s a Wonderful Life Monday 18 December, 7.30pm | £10 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.
The Suggestibles’ Impro Pantso Friday 8 December, 8.00pm | £17.50 It’s a Panto, but not as you know it! There’s no script (eek!), no score (what?) and no kids (oh yes there are!) - well, only of the naughty, big variety. Your suggestions inspire the hilarious characters, ingenious songs, and all the unexpected twists and turns in this entirely improvised Christmas cracker of a show. Be prepared for an off-the-wall epic tale of good versus evil, to roll into the aisles laughing, to raise the roof singing. The Suggestibles put the X into Xmas. Recommended age: 18+ 28
So wrap up warm, grab a cup of mulled wine and join us for a night that is sure to get you in the festive spirit.
FAMILY A Gala Theatre production
A magical show for the under 5s Monday 4 to Saturday 30 December, Various times (visit our website for more information) | £6.50 - £28.50, £24 family ticket 350g of flour, 2 teaspoons of ginger, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon…..and a big dollop of magic! It’s Christmas time and Mrs Claus is baking scrumptious treats. But when her gingerbread man comes to life and causes mischief in her kitchen, it isn’t long before he finds himself at the top of Mrs Claus’ naughty list! With original music, puppetry and live performance, this interactive show needs the audience to help Mrs Claus get her kitchen back in order and keep Christmas on track. Gala’s brand new Christmas production for the under 5s is a story about working together, building friendships and being nice all year round.
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Gala Theatreâ€™s Swashbuckling Family Pantomime
Musical Director Mark Thompson Choreographer Amanda Woods Costume Designer Emily Baxendale With full supporting company and Gala Theatre Stage School dancers 30
FAMILY A Gala Theatre production Thursday 23 November 2017 to Saturday 6 January 2018 | £6 - £17, family ticket £50 - £58 From the team that brought you the Gala Theatre’s biggest selling pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk, prepare to have your swash buckled and your main brace spliced with Robinson Crusoe. Get ready to set sail into a nautical world of hilarity and adventure, as we join Robinson Crusoe (Jamie Brown) on his quest to find adventure, romance and the fabled Pearl of Wisdom. Helped along the way by his brother Billy Bob (Paul Hartley), his mother Dame Connie Crusoe (Paul Dunn) and the feisty Polly Perkins (Lauren Waine), they embark on a life on the ocean waves where they encounter Captain Blackheart (Neil Armstrong), the maddest and baddest pirate of them all. Will they get more than they bargained for when they reach the Island of Flames? Or will the goddess of the sea Aqua Marina (Jayne Mackenzie) guide them to safety? Are they all going to end up in the drink? Oh yes they argghhhh! Cast Neil Armstrong Paul Hartley Jamie Brown Paul Dunn Lauren Waine Jayne MacKenzie John Murdoch
Prices Captain Blackheart Billy Bob Robinson Crusoe Connie Crusoe Polly Perkins Aqua Marina Pecky the Parrot
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BSL performance Sun10 December, 1.00pm Relaxed performance Thurs 14 December, 6.00pm
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Also on sale now…. a fantastic line up for Spring 2018 COMEDY
Juggling on a Motorbike
Jarrow Road to the Deep South
Thursday 25 January, 7.30pm | £16.50
Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 January, 8.00pm | SOLD OUT
Saturday 10 February, 7.30pm | £15
Dave is celebrating the 30th anniversary of his comedy career with this new show. He will look back on his remarkable life and incredible journey from working class lad to chief biomedical scientist to much loved comedy performer and writer via Phoenix Nights, Eight out of Ten Cats, Bullseye, The Royal Variety Show, Parkinson and many more.
Sarah Millican is not a control freak, she’s a control enthusiast. She even controls her own insults, see? Do you arrange the nights out? Are you in charge of passports on holiday? Then so are you! Whether you’re sorting the tickets for this show or turning up when you’re told to, welcome. You’ll learn about rescue men, farting in hospital pants, what can happen at a bra fitting, the benefits of casserole, plus tips on how to talk to shop assistants and the correct way to eat a biscuit.
In October 2016, writers and broadcaster Stuart Maconie walked 300 miles from Jarrow to London retracing the famous Jarrow Crusade 80 years on, through a divided, complex country that echoes 1936 in many ways. From choral evensong to curry house, from austerity to affluence, from Wearside to Westminster, join him on an entertaining, impassioned, enlightening journey through Britain then and now.
Also coming soon…. COMEDY
The Transports Monday 22 January The Bear and the Butterfly Wednesday 24 January Monstersaurus Sunday 4 February Fairport Convention Thursday 8 February Dance to the Music Tuesday 13 February
Saturday 17 February, 8.00pm | £12
My Family: Not The Sitcom
After the huge success of his 2016 tour, the gobby little toe-rag Ed Gamble is back with a brand new lumbering beast of a comedy show. As seen on Mock the Week, Drunk History, Conan, Almost Royal, Russell Howard’s Stand Up Central, Edinburgh Comedy Fest Live, Man Down and much more.
Friday 16 March, 7.30pm | £25.50 David takes his Olivier-nominated oneman show to theatres nationwide. This new show is about memory, ageing, infidelity, dysfunctional relatives, moral policing on social media, golf, and gay cats. A massively disrespectful celebration of the lives of David Baddiel’s late sex-mad mother, Sarah, and dementia-ridden father, Colin. Come and be offended on David’s behalf.
RSC Live: Twelfth Night Wednesday 14 February The Owl and the Pussycat Tuesday 27 March That’ll Be The Day Sunday 15 April Cara Dillon Thursday 19 April Birdsong Monday 21 to Saturday 26 May An Audience with Ian Waite and Oti Mabuse Saturday 23 June (on sale Friday 4 August)
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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.
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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: www.galadurham.co.uk 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 www.theatretokens.com 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.
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Event Diary September Fri 1-2 Sat 2
The Twelve Pound Look Sing-a-long-a Beauty and the Beast Sun 3 The Comedy Store Wed 6 Wisdom of a Fool Thurs 7 Tom Stade Thurs 7 John Le Carre Fri 8 Susan Calman Sat 9 Cornered/Wise Men Say Wed 13 Gary Delaney Thurs 14 Russell Watson Fri 15 Gala Lunchtime Concert Series Fri 15 Funny Bones Comedy Club Sat 16 Stewart Lee Sun 17 Barbara Nice Sun 17 Anna Reay Mon 18 Kathy Lette Tue 19 Carmen on the Lake Thurs 21-Sun 24 Launderette Sessions (LS) Thurs 21 The Blockheads (LS) Fri 22 Blue Rose Code (LS) Sat 23 The Lake Poets (LS) Sun 24 Thea Gilmore (LS) Thurs 21 Mark Morris (LS) Sat 23 John Murray (LS) Sun 24 Andrew Wasyluk (LS) Sat 23 Let’s Hang On Mon 25-26 All Or Nothing: The Mod Musical Tues 26 Exhibition On Screen: Canaletto and the Art of Venice Thurs 28-30 Private Lives
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Mon 23 English Touring Opera: Giulio Cesare (Part I) Sun 1 Orchestra North East Tues 24 English Touring Opera: Sun 1 Matt Forde Giulio Cesare (Part II) Mon 2 Graeme Swann’s Great Wed 25 Rick Wakeman British Spin-Off Thurs 26 Kathryn Tickell Tues 3 Next Up... Fri 27 Classic Clapton Fri 6 Jason Byrne Fri 27 Said the Maiden Fri 6 Gala Lunchtime Concert Sat 28 Carl Hutchinson Series Sun 29 The Illegal Eagles Fri 6 Funny Bones Comedy Club Tues 31 Bikeology Sun 8 The Comedy Store Sun 8-15 Durham Book Festival (DBF) November Mon 9 Peter Snow and Ann Wed 1 Simon Amstell MacMillan (DBF) Thurs 2 James Acaster Mon 9 Roddy Doyle (DBF) Fri 3 Phill Jupitus Tues 10 Robert Webb (DBF) Sat 4 Festival of the Spoken Nerd Wed 11 Tony Robinson (DBF) Sun 5 Mister Maker and the Sat 14 Chris Ryan (DBF) Shapes Live! Sat 14 David Almond (DBF) Sun 5 The Comedy Store Wed 11 RSC Live: Coriolanus Mon 6 The Vaudevillians Thurs 12 Jason Donovan Tues 7- Thurs 9 Shakespeare Schools Festival Fri 13 Bonnie and the Bonnettes Tues 21 Exhibition On Screen: (DBF Fringe Event) David Hockney Fri 13 Rich Hall Thurs 23-Sat 6 Jan Robinson Crusoe Sun 15 Beyond the Barricade Fri 24 Funny Bones Comedy Club Mon 16 - Sun 22 Take Off Festival (TO) Fri 24 Gala Lunchtime Concert Wed 18 Twist (TO) Series Wed 18 & Thur 19 A Square World (TO) December Thurs 19 & Fri 20 iPet (TO) Mon 4-Sat 30 Mrs Claus’ Kitchen Thurs 19 & Sat 21 Leaf (TO) Fri 8 The Suggestibles’ Impro Pantso Fri 20 & Sat 21 The Party (TO) Sat 18 It’s a Wonderful Life Sat 21 Little Red Riding Hood (TO)