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Julian Lloyd Webber

Fri 5th June / 7.45pm / £20

In this superb new presentation, Julian Lloyd Webber will take the audience on a historical and musical journey in which he will give unique insight into not only his life as one of the world's finest musicians but also as a member of arguably the most influential musical dynasty of modern times. Julian will recount stories and anecdotes of touring, recording sessions, concerts, TV shows and the like, all of which will be linked with rare video footage of ...

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The Man and the Donkey

Sat 23rd May / 2:30pm / 7:45pm / £15 / £14 Conc / £13 Friends / £12 Group Bookings 10+ / £5 Schools

The Customs House brings back the critically acclaimed The Man and The Donkey to mark the 100th Anniversary of war hero John Simpson Kirkpatrick’s death. Valerie Laws’ much-loved play follows John as he joins the Merchant Navy at 17 and heads off to Australia, from there he is enlisted to serve with the Anzacs as a stretcher bearer in World War One. There, with the help of his trusty donkey Duffy and under fire, he helped to rescue wounded ...

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Chris Ramsey: All Growed Up

Sat 26th September / 5pm / 8.30pm / £17.50

Critically acclaimed stand-up comedian, Celebrity Juice regular, star of BBC2’s Hebburn, and the man who once got pizza delivered to a moving train embarks on his biggest stand-up tour yet! Following sell-out runs of his last three UK tours, Chris is back with a brand new show for 2015. Join him as he explores getting older, finding yourself, taking responsibility, realising you are no longer a child and all of the other terrifying realisations that come with being dragged ...

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Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Fri 7th August / 2pm, 7pm / £10 / £8 Conc. / £30 Family

Time Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's biblical saga comes to The Customs House this summer. Join Jacob's favourite son Joseph, his eleven brohters and the coat of many colours in this unforgettable musical with a memorable score. Songs include: Any Dream Will Do, Close Every Door and Go Go, Go Joseph. If you are eight to 18 years, have a keen interest in the performing arts and want something fun, exciting and creative to do over the summer holidays? ...

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Geordie the Musical

Fri 21st August / 2.30pm, 7.45pm / £13 / £11 Conc. / £10 Friends / £10 when bought with tickets for Man and the Donkey or The Cinder Path

On the banks of the River Tyne, Bella, James and their daughter Maggie run 'The Wheatsheaf', a traditional popular drinking house where folks from near and far enjoy a pint and a sing song. You're guaranteed a warm welcome, unless you rock the boat then you'll be out on your ear. Step back to 1890 as The Customs House presnets the premiere of this brand new musical which combines traditional Northumbrian songs and music with the award-winning storytelling skills ...

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An Evening with John Woodvine

Sun 31st May / 6pm / See below for details on how to book

Originally hailing from Tyne Dock, we are delighted to announce that star of stage and screen John Woodvine will be coming to The Customs House to be inducted into The Customs House Academy as an Honorary Fellow. You may remember him from classic TV series’ Z Cars and The Bill, as well as from the hit films An American Werewolf in London and Close the Coalhouse Door. More recently you will probably recognise him as Nana’s luckless boyfriend Arthur in ...

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The Unthanks

Thu 22nd October / 7.45pm / £18/ £17 Conc. / £29 Meal Deal

Rather than embarking on some grand celebration, The Unthanks are quietly marking their 10th anniversary this year with a short tour of small intimate spaces, with a paired back line-up, their feeling being that if folk music is a lifelong pursuit, 10 years is just a drop in the ocean. Using the traditional music of the North East of England as a starting point, the influence of Steve Reich, Miles Davis, Sufjan Stevens, Robert Wyatt, Antony & The Johnsons, ...

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Missing

Fri 17th July / 6.00-6.30pm / Pay What You Like

The Customs House Youth Theatre (Senior Group) have been exploring the idea what happens when someone goes missing; the impact this has upon their friends, family and wider community, and what is meant by the term 'ambigious grieving'. This will be a devised performance created by the group, and they will share their thoughts and performances through acting, physical theatre and music. We would love to share this new work with you, and for a wider audience to see ...

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