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nedcorvan17.jpg Who was Ned Corvan?

Ned Corvan was the NE’s first music hall superstar, and a fantastic new musical play about him is premiering at the Gala Theatre before touring the region.

This is going to be just splendid. Written by the redoubtable Ed Waugh (Hadaway Harry, Sunday for Sammy, etc) and directed by Gareth Tudor Price (who has Hull Truck & West End credits), it tells the story of Ned Corvan, the first professional north-east singer/songwriter who wrote songs that had resonance with working class people that are still relevant today. Coming on the back of the enormous success of Hadaway Harry (that told the story of the region’s first sporting superstar which received standing ovations at recent sold-out Theatre Royal performances) this eagerly awaited new show will star Chris Connel (Pitman Painters), Jamie Brown (Culture 2016 Performing Artist of the Year) and Rachael McShane (violinist with multi-award winning folk group Bellowed).

Mr Corvan’s Musical Hall: Thursday 25-Saturday 27 May, Gala Theatre, Durham, 7.30pm (Sat mat. 2.30pm), £12-£15. The show will then tour: New Hartley Welfare (29 May), Westovian Theatre, South Shields (30 & 31 May), Sunderland Minster (1 & 2 June), Whitley Bay Playhouse (3 June), Hartlepool Town Hall (6 June), Alun Armstrong Theatre, Stanley (7 June), The Maltings, Berwick (8 June), Sage Gateshead (9 & 10 June). More: nedcorvansmusichall.co.uk