North East Pantomimes 2016

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Jack And The Beanstalk Pantomime 2016 The Customs House Mill Dam South Shields NE33 1ES

If you are staying at our bed and breakfast accommodation over the next few weeks and want to watch a Christmas Pantomime while you are in the North East then we have compiled a comprehensive list of all the Pantomimes taking place.

Cinderella at Newcastle Theatre Royal, 100 Grey Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 6BR from 22nd November 2016 until 15th January 2017.

Cinderella will be brought spectacularly to life in a sumptuous production packed with special effects, family-friendly comedy, stunning sets, outrageous costumes, and that most magical pantomime moment when Cinderella is transported to the Prince’s Ball with the help of a pumpkin, some mice and lots of Fairy Godmother magic.

Jack and the Beanstalk at Gala Theatre Durham, 1 Millennium Place, Durham, DH1 1WA from 24th November 2016 until 7th January 2016

After last year’s acclaimed and best-selling Cinderella, Neil Armstrong and Paul Hartley are back to write, direct and star in the Gala Theatre Pantomine once more as they bring you the heroic and hilarious tale of Jack and the Beanstalk.

Sleeping Beauty at Sunderland Empire Theatre, High Street West, Sunderland, SR1 3EX from 9th until 31st December 2016.

Packed full of hilarious jokes, show-stopping song and dance, larger-than-life characters, colourful costumes, sparkling sets and amazing CGI special effects, Sleeping Beauty is set to be another spectacular pantomime that promises to add a fairy tale touch to your festive season.

Jack and the Beanstalk at The Customs House, Mill Dam, South Shields, NE33 1ES from 29th November 2016 until 7th January 2017.

This year’s production will star Ray Spencer – who many will know as his former alter ego Tommy the Trumpeter – as Dame and panto regulars Luke Maddison as Jack and Steven Lee Hamilton as baddie Fleshcreep.

James and the Giant Peach at Newcastle Northern Stage, Barras Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7RH from 19th November until 31st December 2016.

This adaption of the much loved Roald Dahl story is packed full of songs, a sprinkling of joining in, and of course a giant juicy peach. Northern Stage’s show will capture the imagination of the whole family.

Beauty and the Beast at Tyne Theatre & Opera House, 117 Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4AG from 2nd until 30th December 2016.

This year Newcastle Panto present the enchanting story of Beauty and the Beast. In a small French village, the beautiful and intelligent Belle ignores her suitor, the vain and boorish Gaston, as she cares for her father, eccentric inventor Maurice.

Aladdin at Whitley Bay Playhouse, Marine Ave, Whitley Bay, NE26 1LZ from 5th December 2016 until until 2nd January 2017.

From the same team that brought you 2015’s smash hit, prepare to be taken on an enchanting journey you will remember forever. Whitley Bay’s wishes have come true as Boyzone’s Shane Lynch will star as the evil Abanazar.

Sleeping Beauty at Consett Empire, Front Street, Consett, DH8 5AB from 2nd until 31st December 2016.

Starring Leah Bell and full supporting cast, Sleeping Beauty promises to be bursting with magic, hilarious characters, fantastic scenery and lots of audience participation.

The Jungle Book at Queen’s Hall Arts Centre, Beaumont Street, Hexham, NE46 3LS from 13th until 30th December 2016.

Enjoy the comical adventures of Mowgli the man cub as he battles to survive and become the leader of the pack, as Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book gets the Oddsocks treatment.

Jack and the Beanstalk at Billingham Forum Theatre, Queensway, Stockton-on-Tees, TS23 2LJ from 3rd December 2016 until 8th January 2017.

Barnaby as Barni, The Harper Brothers as The Henchmen, Craig Ansell as Dame Polly Pott, Charlie Cairoli as King, Victoria Holtom as Sweet Pea – The Bean Fairy, Kurtis Stacey as Fleshcreep and new to the Forum – Lola Saunders as Jill, Danny Walters as Jack and The Giant as Himself.


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The Dolly Mixtures

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If you are staying at our bed and breakfast accommodation in South Shields between now and Saturday 3rd September 2016 then you may like to watch a new musical being performed at The Customs House theatre – ten minutes walk from us.

The Dolly Mixtures The Customs House Mill Dam South Shields NE33 1ES

The Dolly Mixtures is a brand new musical by John Miles and Tom Kelly and it is being performed at The Customs House from today until Saturday 3rd September 2016.

This heartwarming musical is inspired by a true story of eight South Shields women who set-up the variety act, The Dolly Mixtures when one of their husbands’ Ken was diagnosed with cancer in 1972. For 15 years the eight South Shields women performed in working men’s clubs throughout the North-East to raise money for charity with every penny going to cancer research.

Tickets are £17.50, to book call The Customs House on 0191 454 1234 or visit their website here: The Customs House (opens in a new window).

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South Tyneside Comedy Festival 2016

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The first South Tyneside Comedy Festival starts today, Friday 29th July until 7th August 2016. If you are staying at our bed and breakfast accommodation in South Shields we are a few minutes walk from the host venue The Customs House, Mill Dam, South Shields, NE33 1ES.

A free guide to the festival can be downloaded below. Full details of the performances is as follows…

Friday 29th July 2016

Justin Moorhouse – People and Feelings (Edinburgh Preview), 7.00pm £7 (60 minutes). From Live at the Apollo, Phoenix Nights, The News Quiz and Fighting Talk. A little slimmer but still as “belly laugh funny” – Manchester Evening News, everyone’s favourite northern charmer is back on the road and better than ever.

Chris Ramsey and Jason Cook – Ramsey and Cook Are Mucking About. 8.30pm £10 (120 minutes with interval). They are back! Join best mates Jason Cook and Chris Ramsey doing what they do best: “Mucking About”. No real plan, maybe just some ideas, 2 microphones and two of the hottest comedians in the North East firing off each other and the audience in an improvised evening of chaos.

Saturday 30th July 2016

Comedy For Kids! Martin Bigpig – ‘funny stuff for happy people’. 1pm £8 (60 minutes). With almost 30 years experience as a professional entertainer, he has performed successfully at events of all description; from the Hammersmith Apollo to a shows for CBBC, from comedy clubs to performing before members of the British Royal Family, from the prestigious London Festival Of New Circus, to being the warm up act for Tina Turner. A joy to have him at the festival, a must-see for kids in the holidays! Suitable for ages 0-100.

Comedy Definitely For Grownups! Steffen Peddie – 99 Problems And The Chips Ain’t One. 7pm £7 (90 minutes). Are there everyday problems you need answered? Let Steffen Peddie (star of BBC2’s ‘Hebburn’ and host of MetroFM’s Nightowls), a man who has (and causes) multiple problems every day show you the way out of the moral maze of life’s challenges. This show is improvised from what the audience writes, so it’s a different show every time that rapidly turns into a complete riot of fun and laughter! Come with a problem and leave with a solution, or at least with a smile on your face.

Tom Allen – Indeed. 4pm £6 (60 minutes). Tom is currently supporting Sarah Millican on her sold out UK tour. In this new show, the sharply dressed, well-spoken, disparagingly camp son of working-class Bromley explains why he’s occasionally disgusted with modern life yet delighted with its eccentricities. As seen on 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, The John Bishop Christmas Special, Comedy Central at the Comedy Store and the Channel 4 Comedy Gala at the O2 and as heard on Radio 4’s Loose Ends and Just a Minute. “It’s great to see his light-entertainment prowess being recognised” (Independent). “Catch him now and you’ll be able to tell people how you saw him before he was famous” (Telegraph). “Otherworldly… a delight of raconteurship” (Scotsman).

Sunday 31st July 2016

Standard Issue In Conversation. 3pm £10 (60 minutes). The sharp and witty online women’s magazine hosts a killer line-up of funny women talking about comedy, women, feminism and other topics as yet undecided. Join Sarah Millican, comedian Dotty Winters and Standard Issue editor, Mickey Noonan, and another brilliant woman TBC for what’s bound to be an excellent evening of chat. Presented by Standard Issue Magazine.

Adam Rowe – Bittersweet Little Lies. 5pm £5 (60 minutes). Although still in his early twenties, Adam is already one of the most sought after acts in the country and is fast becoming a favourite at all of the UK’s biggest comedy clubs and festivals. Delving into the consequences of lying and the problems with honesty, Adam recalls a small fabrication that massively impacted his life; a lie he told his father about his mother when he was ten, which consequently led to their separation and later divorce. But not everything is as it may first appear, and maybe every lie spoken has its own bittersweet consequences.

Gary Delaney – There’s Something About Gary. 7pm £10 (60 minutes). Gary thinks a good joke should be like a drunk Glaswegian: short and punchy. His brand new show is not only great for people who like lots of jokes, but fun for people who enjoy getting offended by jokes too. Regular on Mock the Week, double Sony Award winner. ‘An endless flow of top quality jokes’ (Guardian). ‘One of Britain’s grandmasters of the one-liner’ (Chortle.co.uk). ‘Gary Delaney has more quality jokes in one hour than many comics have in their entire careers… Quite Brilliant’ (Scotsman). ‘A master craftsman’ (Times).

Paul Sinha: Postcards from the Z List. 8.30pm £10 (60 minutes). You’ve seen him on The Chase, now this award winning, globe trotting comedian comes to sunny South Shields! **** “This is a faultless hour of comedy.” Broadway Baby. ***** “Sinha may class himself as a Z List celebrity but I can assure you he is definitely A list when it comes to being a comedian.” one4review. **** “Postcards from the Z List is an endearing and gently brilliant show. Sinha is back and he’s as strong as ever.” Edinburgh Festivals Magazine. **** “A typically classy, self-effacing hour… densely funny and accomplished comedy.” The Scotsman. **** “There is not a moment wasted, not a moment when you will not be hanging on his words, not a moment when you will not be sharing his exuberant zest for life. This is a very strong performance by a man who clearly wants to be the best comedian he can be and who seems well on the way to being that.” ScotsGay. **** “Fiercely sharp, poignant and on top form.” The Skinny. **** “Whip-smart comedy” Time Out. **** “Beautifully crafted.” Fest.

Monday 1st August 2016

James Acaster – Reset (Edinburgh Preview). 7.30pm £6 (60 minutes). James Acaster finds himself with something to look forward to. Something he’s always wanted. Something we all want. Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Show nominee 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015. ‘There’s no one better at constructing a show than Acaster’ (Guardian). ‘Comic genius’ (Evening Standard). ‘A bright and unique comedy mind’ (Chortle.co.uk). ‘He really is rewriting the comedy rulebook’ (Time Out). ‘Continues to stun with boundless creativity and technical mastery’ (Scotsman). ‘If Oxford wants to study stand-up in depth, Acaster is a good place to start’ (Sunday Times).

Nish Kumar – Actions Speak Louder Than Words, Unless You Shout the Words Real Loud (Edinburgh Preview). 7.30pm £6 (60 minutes). A comedy show about history, democracy and capitalism. As seen on Live at the Apollo and Have I Got News for You. Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee 2015. Rose d’Or winner – Best Radio Comedy. Sell-out show 2014 and 2015. ‘Utterly brilliant’ ***** (Time Out). ‘A masterclass by a no-frills stand-up at the height of his powers’ **** (Guardian). Best reviewed show of 2015, British Comedy Guide. Top 10 comedy shows of 2015, Guardian. The Five Best Comedy Acts of 2015, Telegraph.

Joel Dommett: Pretending to Smoke With a Breadstick (Edinburgh Preview). 9pm &pound5; (60 minutes). Joel, as a child, used to pretend to smoke with a breadstick. He is now addicted to breadsticks. Join Joel (Sky 1’s Bring the Noise, ITV2’s Reality Bites, BBC Three’s Russell Howard’s Good News and Impractical Jokers) for an unmissable hour of stand-up. By “unmissable” I mean you will be frustrated if you miss it. It is actually very missable with the sheer volume of shows at the Fringe so make sure you don’t accidentally watch something else. “Excellent storytelling comic” (Guardian). “Hilarious… Delightful tales” (Scotsman).

Wednesday 3rd August 2016

Carl Hutchinson – The Fixer. 8pm £7 (60 minutes). See one of the UK’s most in-demand comedians as he does what he does best: hilariously squares off against life’s petty annoyances. From people who obnoxiously post motivational quotes on social media to those who urge you to put your phone in rice when you get it wet, Carl Hutchinson tackles a bunch of little, everyday issues in his latest show The Fixer. Fresh from supporting Chris Ramsey on tour, join Carl as he attempts to put the world to rights in his brand new hour of stand-up. ‘An absolute must… the next big thing’ (The Skinny).

Thursday 4th August 2016

The Geordie Rat Pack Destroy Songs From The Shows. 7.30pm (140 minutes including interval). The Geordie Rat Pack return to the Customs House with their summer special! The usual stand up, songs and heavy drinking. All previous shows have sold out, thousands entertained so far, this one is selling fast, be quick!

Saturday 6th August 2016

Ramsey And Cook Are Mucking About 2: The Festival Finale! To finish off the festival in style, Chris Ramsey and Jason Cook once again take to the stage for a couple of hours of improvised fun. No plan, no structure just two of the hottest comedians in South Tyneside bouncing off each other and the audience.

You can download a free guide to the festival here…

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Harton Quays Craft Markets

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If you are staying with us over this May bank holiday weekend then you might like to visit the craft market that will be taking place at Harton Quays. Harton Quays is located in the Mill Dam area of South Shields near The Customs House, the 24 hour ASDA supermarket on Coronation Street, One Harton Quay business centre and South Shields ferry terminal on the south bank of the river Tyne. We can provide you with a walking/driving map to help you get there, just ask. On foot it’s about ten minutes walk from our bed and breakfast accommodation.

Harton Quays Craft Markets are taking place on Sunday 3rd May 2015, Sunday 7th June 2015, Sunday 5th July 2015, Sunday 2nd August 2015 and and Sunday 6th September 2015 from 10.30am until 3pm. Entry is free and you can pick up gifts and unique, hand-crafted or unusual products such as ceramics, glass, textiles, jewellery, metal, mixed media, recycled materials, painting and photography.

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The Customs House What’s On Spring 2015

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We’ve updated our website to include the latest What’s On brochure for The Customs House in South Shields. You can see the latest brochure below or visit The Customs House for a download link (pdf).

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