The Gruffalo joins forces with the Royal Northern Sinfonia at Middlesbrough Town Hall

A unique back-to-back screening of the widely-acclaimed animated films, The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child, accompanied by the Royal Northern Sinfonia is being held at Middlesbrough Town Hall.

Adapted for live performance, René Aubry’s spell-binding film score will be performed by the North-East’s award-winning orchestra, led by Olivier Award-winning composer Terry Davies at 2pm on Sunday, December 29.

Tickets are priced £15, with family tickets for two adults and two children priced £55 available by calling 01642-729729 or 

COMEDY NIGHT: Catch 22 comedy club is hosting a gig at the Arc arts centre in Stockton on Friday, January 31, at 8pm starring stand-ups including Paul McCaffrey and Alex Boardman with MC Danny McLoughlin. To buy tickets for the show, suitable for revellers aged 18 and over, call the box office on 01642-525199 or email

WILLIAM TILLYER: The William Tillyer exhibition at the mima gallery includes a huge digitally manipulated watercolour inspired by the River Tees High Force waterfall. The display is the largest by a single artist since the gallery of modern art opened in Middlesbrough in 2007. The exhibition which includes paintings, watercolours, sculptures and drawings, runs until February 9, 2014.

CALENDAR BOY: Sam Fallis is celebrating after his artistic achievements landed him the coveted front page position on a calendar. The ten-year-old pupil from Redcar’s Green Gates Primary School, saw off competition from pupils at 11 other schools to be chosen as overall winner in the 2014 Community Calendar Competition. Twelve major industrial companies across Teesside financially support the calendar, including SABIC UK Petrochemicals, Ensus, Lotte Chemical UK, GDF Suez, Northumbrian Water, BOC and Sembcorp at Wilton; GrowHow, Lucite International and Fujifilm Diosynth at Billingham and Greenergy at North Tees. It is also backed by Redcar and Cleveland and Stockton Borough Councils.

VOULEZ VOUS: Abba tribute act, Voulez Vous, is performing at Middlesbrough Theatre as part of its 21st anniversary tour which also marks 40 years since the anthem ‘Waterloo’ won the Eurovision Song Contest. Fans are encouraged to dust of their flares for the performance which is taking place on Friday, January 24, at 7.30pm. For tickets costing £16.50 call the box office on 01642-815181 or visit

OZ SHOW: The ‘Wonderful Wizard of Oz’ is being staged at the Billingham Forum from February 19 to 22 with performances at 6.30pm and a Saturday matinee at 1.30pm. For tickets costing £13 each or £42 for a family call the box office on 01642-552663 or visit


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