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Beauty and the Beast – The Customs House, South Shields

Writers: Ray Spencer MBE and Graeme Thompson Director: Ray Spencer MBE Assistant Director: Natasha Haws Reviewer: Anna Ambelez Beauty and The Beast, has a traditional theme for an untraditional pantomime. The uncaring unpopular prince, (Steven Lee Hamilton) is turned into a beast by the Enchantress, (Eleanor Chaganis). He can only be released by learning to love and be loved in ...

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The Lambton Worm – The Customs House, South Shields

Writers: Ray Spencer MBE and Graeme Thompson Director: Ray Spencer Reviewer: Anna Ambelez Whisht Lads, haad yor gobs aa’ll tell ye aall a panto story… This year The Customs House Pantomime celebrates the 150th anniversary of The Lambton Worm. While the story centres on the worm, writers Ray Spencer MBE and Graeme Thompson give it a new twist. As children, ...

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Jack and The Beanstalk – Customs House, South Shields

Gareth Hunter Natasha Haws, Luke Maddison and Doddington the cow

Writer: Ray Spencer and Graeme Thompson Director: Ray Spencer              Musical Director: Dave Bintley Choreographer: Jacqui West Reviewer: Anna Ambelez    Sometimes, a pantomime needs no moralising, just a good tale where the good guys win. And, as the fairy says, “nothing can harm you …” as long as she is around. Jack and the Beanstalk is a traditional English fairy story ...

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Alice in Wonderland – The Customs House, South Shields

Anne-Marie Owens & Stephen Sullivan in Alice in Wonderland

Writer: Ray Spencer and Graeme Thompson Director: Ray Spencer MBE Musical Director: David Bintley Designer: Paul Shriek, Matt Fox Choreographer: Jacqui West Reviewer: Anna Ambelez Lewis Carols Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and The Customs House are both celebrating 150 years this year, and it is wonderful that Ray Spencer and Graeme Thompson have written this highly original pantomime to mark ...

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INTERVIEW: Julie McNamara and Paulette Randall

The centenary of the First World War has led to a resurgence of interest in stories from the era. Many, now long forgotten, voices of the War have begun to resurface. Many of those voices though are from the men who fought but the true story of Dorothy Lawrence, who disguised herself as a man and rode to the front ...

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INTERVIEW: 10 minutes with Joe McElderry

Since winning X Factor in 2009, Joe McElderry has released four albums and sold over 20 million records worldwide. Born in South Shields, the 23 year old recently won the latest Big Vote for the public’s favourite X-Factor moment, with his first audition singing ‘Dance With My Father’. His current Set Your Soul Alive concert has been touring since March ...

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