New version of Ibsen's masterpiece comes to the Georgian

Darlington and Stockton Times: Felicity Rhys as Nora with Adam Redmayne who plays Torvald. Picture: Pete Le May

10:05am Friday 24th October 2014

A NEW version of A Doll’s House – Henrik Ibsen’s ground-breaking play about marriage, money and the freedom of women in the late 19th century – will be performed at the Georgian Theatre Royal in Richmond next Friday .

Diversity and natural colours at exhibition

Darlington and Stockton Times: Aspects of Coverham Church by Carol Tyler. Picture: Pip Land

10:05am Friday 24th October 2014

A DIVERSE and fascinating range of work by Dales artists was on display at The Old School House in Leyburn during the first week in October.

Pipes star Tickell in concert

Darlington and Stockton Times: Kathryn Tickell and The Side

10:05am Friday 24th October 2014

FOLK legend Kathryn Tickell brings her new band The Side to Stockton Arc on Tuesday, November 4.

Music review: Archaeus Quartet, Central Hall, Darlington

10:02am Friday 24th October 2014

THIS was the opening concert in Darlington Music Society’s new season which includes an attractive mix of chamber ensembles both by established artists and rising stars.

Theatre review: The Trials of Oscar Wilde, Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond

10:02am Friday 24th October 2014

EUROPEAN Arts Company’s new play charting the descent from grace of one of Britain’s best-loved playwrights contained all the vital ingredients for a scandalous and entertaining court room drama. Its execution, however, was at times a little dry and did not do justice to Wilde’s flamboyant talent and wonderfully over-developed ego.

Music review: Russian State Philharmonic Orchestra, Middlesbrough Town Hall

10:02am Friday 24th October 2014

THIS was one of those experiences that are just unforgettable. Two stars shared the laurels – Natalia Lomeiko for her virtuoso violin performance and conductor Valery Polyanski, a star in his own right.

Castle Players tackle classic about Great War

10:02am Friday 24th October 2014

THE Castle Players – Barnard Castle’s well-known community theatre company – will stage RC Sheriff’s acclaimed First World War play Journey’s End over two nights this autumn.

New season dedicated to chairman Nat

10:02am Friday 24th October 2014

TEESSIDE Music Society's 71st season is dedicated to the memory of its much respected chairman, Nat Smith, who organised concerts and performers for many years. He death occurred just before the new brochure was printed.

Music review: Show of Hands, St Andrew’s Church, Wensleydale

10:02am Friday 24th October 2014

ALL 200-plus church pews were occupied by people waiting in anticipation for this pre-tour concert by folk rock duo Show Of Hands.

Bowes Museum plays host to haute couture

Darlington and Stockton Times: Thierry Mugler, spring summer collection 1997. Picture: Patrice Stable Studio

10:46am Friday 17th October 2014

THE Bowes Museum has been chosen as the only UK venue for an exhibition of haute couture by leading European designers who have all used feathers in their fashions.

Response to some just criticism

10:40am Friday 17th October 2014

IN ARTS News on September 19, I previewed the music programme in Middlesbrough Town Hall, writes Peter Bevan.

Classic opera success with a packed house

Darlington and Stockton Times: WELL MATCHED: Hye-Youn Lee as Violetta and Ji-Min Park as Alfredo with the Chorus of Opera North. Picture: Richard H Smith

10:40am Friday 17th October 2014

NO DOUBT encouraged by the fact that its recent production of La Bohème attracted a substantial new audience, Opera North will be hoping the equally popular La Traviata does the same.

Arts Reviews

10:36am Friday 17th October 2014

A Month in the Country

Dales church hosts "extraordinary" night of folk rock

Darlington and Stockton Times:

12:10am Friday 17th October 2014

PICTURE a traditional Dales church, parts of which date back to the thirteenth century, in beautiful surroundings and rather unusually, complete with a temporary bar for the evening stocked with an extensive range of real ales.

Show busts stereotypes

10:42am Friday 17th October 2014

NORTH East Rising, Rowan McCabe’s new show about regional identity, is staged at Stockton Arc on Thursday.

Arts In Brief

10:40am Friday 17th October 2014

MARK Steel, a regular on Have I Got News For You and QI , comes to Stockton on Tuesday with a show based on his Radio 4 series Mark Steel's In Town.

The sea – in depth

Darlington and Stockton Times: LINE-UP: The exhibitors at the Turnstones Gallery

10:05am Friday 10th October 2014

TURNSTONE Gallery at Sandsend is making the most of its coastal location with its latest exhibition, Drawn to the Sea.

Wide range on offer at local music societies

Darlington and Stockton Times:

10:05am Friday 10th October 2014

THE concert season for most local societies is about to begin but there are a few not so far covered that will offer a mix of formats and ensembles and a wide range of music, writes Peter Bevan.

Baker with a secret

Darlington and Stockton Times: USING HIS LOAF: Colin Scott-Moncrieff as baker August de Ville

10:05am Friday 10th October 2014

THE Badapple Theatre Company stages its new one-man show, The Daily Bread, at St Mary’s Church in Norton, Stockton, tomorrow (7pm).

Peter and the Wolf comes alive

10:05am Friday 3rd October 2014

RIPON International Festival presents an enchanting autumn family show, Peter and The Wolf and other Russian Tales, on Sunday, October 12, at Ripon Leisure Centre.

Plea for more to enjoy young and gifted musicians

Darlington and Stockton Times: ACCLAIMED: The Archaeus Quartet

10:05am Friday 3rd October 2014

DARLINGTON Music Society's 2014-15 season starts tomorrow with a plea to classical music lovers. "It is a strange irony that as the pool of prodigious musical talent gets wider and younger, our audience gets older and smaller," said committee member Mike Chapman. "The dismal end to this for the music society is obvious.

Theatre review: Double Death: Civic Theatre, Darlington

10:02am Friday 3rd October 2014

DESPITE the theatrical clichés – remote Victorian house near a Cornish cliff top, thunder storm and power blackouts – this psychological thriller holds audience attention up to the somewhat contrived climax.

Music review: Royal Northern Sinfonia, Sage, Gateshead

10:02am Friday 3rd October 2014

THERE were several firsts in this packed concert. It was the first in the Sage’s new classical season, the first to be conducted by Lars Vogt as music director designate, and the first in the Sinfonia’s complete cycle of Beethoven symphonies.

Music review: Alan Barnes & Paul Edis, Gala Theatre, Durham

10:02am Friday 3rd October 2014

THE monthly series of lunchtime jazz concerts in the upstairs Studio at the Gala has proved to be a great success with performances regularly selling out.

Music Review: Coffee, cake and music, St Agatha's Church, Easby

10:02am Friday 3rd October 2014

THE posters for this informal recital, organised to raise money for St Agatha's and for Sands, the stillbirth and neonatal death charity, read "coffee, cake and music".

Music Review: Ben Horden, St Oswald's, Sowerby

10:02am Friday 3rd October 2014

SOWERBY Music, now in its 28th year of presenting high calibre music, on this occasion welcomed organist Ben Horden, who performed in a church well filled for the occasion.

Black Coffee: Civic Theatre, Darlington

2:28pm Friday 26th September 2014

A NIGHT of stylish bedazzlement seems assured when the curtain rises on an impressive art deco set and female characters waft on stage in beautiful period clothes, but despite the best efforts of the cast and injections of comedy, this revival of one of Agatha Christie’s earliest plays becomes bogged down in tedious dialogue.

Yuma Osaki: The Witham, Barnard Castle

2:28pm Friday 26th September 2014

A NEW season of classical recitals presented by Master Musicians International began with pianist Yuma Osaki, best known in this country as 3rd prize winner in the 2003 Leeds Piano Competition.

Paul Edis Sextet: Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond

2:27pm Friday 26th September 2014

THE opening night of a tour to launch a new CD was also the opening night of this year’s Georgian Jazz Festival.

Classical Cleveland: Tuned In, Redcar

2:27pm Friday 26th September 2014

THE soloist on this – the first recital of the new season – was the youthful Azusa Tanner, from Ingleby Barwick, who started her piano studies with Middlesbrough teacher Svetlana Hunt.

Vacation Chamber Orchestra Ensemble: St Andrew’s Church, Aysgarth

2:26pm Friday 26th September 2014

THIS splendid concert was given by the Alauda String Quartet, junior fellows of the Royal Academy of Music, and Bilancia Wind Quintet, comprising post-graduate students at the Royal Northern College of Music, augmented by Alistair McMath, a double bass player also at the RNCM, and baritone David Wood.

Rachmaninov at Ripon Catherdal

Darlington and Stockton Times:

2:26pm Friday 26th September 2014

THE St Cecilia Orchestra will perform Rachmaninov’s epic Piano Concerto No 3 with international concert pianist Alexei Grynyuk at Ripon Cathedral on Saturday, October 11.

Jabberwocky Market returns with entertainment for all

2:25pm Friday 26th September 2014

JABBERWOCKY Market returns to Darlington from October 2-5, offering fun activities for all ages.

Artist’s creation will become centre stage

Darlington and Stockton Times: Yorkshire artist Hugh Miller beside his enormous painting of a bluebell wood

4:16pm Thursday 25th September 2014

A HUGE painting made using more than 40 gallons of paint will be the centrepiece of an exhibition marking the opening of a new North Yorkshire attraction.

North Country tale of love and loss revived

Darlington and Stockton Times: William Vasey, who plays Moon in North Country Theatre's A Month in the Country, studies the 13th century frescoes at St Agatha's Church, Easby. Picture: Rebecca Harrison

4:12pm Thursday 25th September 2014

NORTH County Theatre, based in Richmond, is best known for staging ripping yarns and fast-paced comedy, but for this year's autumn tour it has produced something a little different in line with commemorations for the First World War centenary.

Town hall presents full programme of concerts

4:49pm Friday 19th September 2014

IT IS very encouraging to see Middlesbrough Town Hall will again present a programme of full orchestral concerts and its chamber concert series being extended, writes Peter Bevan.

Classic and folk on line-up at festival

Darlington and Stockton Times: Durham Constabulary Male Voice Choir

4:51pm Friday 19th September 2014

NORTON Music Festival is under way with a line-up of international and renowned North-East classical and folk artists, orchestras and choirs.

Contemporary prints display satire and wit

Darlington and Stockton Times: Venice, etching by Dame Elizabeth Blackadder

4:51pm Friday 19th September 2014

HUMOUR is rarely the first thing that comes to mind in connection with the serious business of print making – though satire has a long provenance dating back to Hogarth – so it is refreshing to start this exhibition with a few smiles.

Theatre Review: Dreamboats and Miniskirts, Darlington Civic Theatre

2:38pm Friday 19th September 2014

FOLLOWING the success of Dreamboats and Petticoats, this lively new show picks up on the story of sweethearts and singing duo Bobby and Laura as they embark on the London music scene of the early 1960s only to discover their romance and careers are in for a rocky ride.

Lippy duo ride on in Tour de France

Darlington and Stockton Times: ZUT ALORS: Christine Hooley, left, and Veronica Caperon in Lippy Logic Rides Again

2:45pm Friday 12th September 2014

TWO women performers decided to tackle the Tour de France for dramatic purposes when it cycled through Hawes and will present the hilarious results in a fundraising show in the town next month.

Jazz returns with a full autumn programme

Darlington and Stockton Times:

2:39pm Friday 12th September 2014

JAZZ in the region seems to be settling into a similar pattern as last autumn, with regular performances of mainly local musicians presented by dedicated volunteers and the occasional bigger name at some of our flagship venues, writes Peter Bevan.

Project to highlight Spanish paintings

2:41pm Friday 12th September 2014

EXPERTS in Spanish Golden Age art will take part in a three-day conference at the Bowes Museum next month as part of a move aimed at making the county a leading centre for paintings of this era.

Village audiences get set for professional touring productions

2:41pm Friday 12th September 2014

VILLAGE audiences across County Durham will enjoy a range of professional touring productions this autumn under the Highlights Rural Touring Scheme.

Review: Harrogate Festival Chorus & Orchestra, Ampleforth Abbey

Darlington and Stockton Times: STIRRING WORK: Composer Andrew Carter with conductor Thom Meredith following the performance of Musick's Jubilee

2:41pm Friday 12th September 2014

MUSIC to make the heart race – that was the impact of Andrew Carter's stirring composition Musick’s Jubilee inspired by the enduring poetry of Marvel, Dryden and Tennyson.

Season of rising stars

Darlington and Stockton Times:

3:29pm Friday 29th August 2014

DARLINGTON Music Society’s 2014-15 season promises another fine concert series with leading players performing enjoyable programmes as well as the usual selection of rising stars.

World-class performers set to dazzle this season

3:28pm Friday 29th August 2014

THE UK’s leading chamber orchestra returns to Sage Gateshead for the new classical concert season starting next month.

Artist shows off endangered collection at London gallery

Darlington and Stockton Times:

3:28pm Friday 29th August 2014

NORTH Yorkshire contemporary artist Claire Milner has produced a collection of seven endangered animal species portraits made with thousands of Swarovski crystals.

Topical talks are planned after pilots are popular

3:27pm Friday 29th August 2014

THE Station in Richmond has organised a series of Tuesday Talks after running a pilot of the idea earlier this year which saw almost all the events sell out.

Quartet to play a final concert in music series

3:26pm Friday 29th August 2014

THE Dante String Quartet with Krysia Osostowicz and Oscar Perks on violin, Yuko Inoue on viola and cellist Richard Jenkinson gives the final concert in Bishop Auckland Music Society’s 2014 series in the Throne Room at Auckland Castle next Friday.

Orchestra set to bring classic music to festival

Darlington and Stockton Times:

3:25pm Friday 29th August 2014

THE Orchestra of Opera North gives the opening concert next weekend at Ripon International Festival.


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