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Stage Editorial

dollymix19.jpg Who’s in the House?

The Customs House in South Shields have already had a super 2019 and the coming months look rather tasty, too.

Many theatres stick their flip-flopped feet up in August but not the Customs House. They’ve got theatrical treats galore in the summer including Disney’s High School Musical from the Customs House Summer School (9-11 August). That promises to be an exuberant affair as does (deep breath) Arbuthnot and Pals’ Super Happy Silly Mega Fun Gameshow (15 & 16 August). Expect high-jinx galore with crazy games for everyone to join in and play. And then there is a very welcome return for The Dolly Mixtures (21-31 August- pictured). This heart-warming musical is about eight ordinary north-east women who formed an unbreakable bond while touring male-dominated social clubs. In doing so they broke down barriers and raised £100,000. Moving into September local lad Jason Cook, fresh off the back of another successful South Tyneside Comedy Festival, returns with his next Comedy Club (7 September). The theatre scored a big hit last year with When the Boat Comes In and one of the highlights of the Autumn season is sure to be When the Boat Comes In Part 2: The Hungry Years, which takes up the story of Jack Ford, who has new battles to fight (12-28 September). From October onwards the theatre will be laden with delights but I’d particularly like to pick out the South Tyneside International Magic Festival (11-12 October) which will see some of the world’s most feted magicians visiting the region; Dracula the Travesty (29 October-2 November), a frightfully funny production with plenty of teeth; and the Pitman Poets (6 November), a night of songs and stories with Billy Mitchell, Bob Fox, Benny Graham and Jez Lowe.

The Customs House, South Shields. Full details on all the above, plus the rest of the year’s productions: customshouse.co.uk