The Customs House is South Tyneside's premier arts centre offering great arts & entertainment for all. Want to know more? Why not get in touch?
The Customs House Youth Theatre
Fri 27th November / 4.30pm / £3.50
The Customs House Youth Theatre is open to all young people aged between 10 and 21 years old who have an interest in theatre, devising and acting. The Youth Theatre meet each Friday in term time and produce two original performances each year. There are two groups: Juniors for Years 6-10 (10 to 15 years) and Seniors for Year 11+ (15-21 years). Sessions are led by Toni McElhatton and Fiona Kelly. Since 2011, the Seniors have been part of ...
I Am Nasrine
Sat 19th December / 7pm / £5, £4 conc., £16.00 Family Ticket,, £2.50 Friends
Drama BAFTA Nominated for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer - Tina Gharavi When you change where you are do you change who you are? I Am Nasrine is an intimate journey of self-discovery and ultimately reveals the unfolding of a soul. Set in modern day Tehran, and the UK, the film follows the paths of Nasrine and Ali, sister and brother in a comfortable, middle class Iranian home. When Nasrine has a run-in with the ...
Santa's naughty Elf & The Christmas Caper
Sat 5th December / Times Vary / £6.50 Adults, £7.50 children
After all his Christmas mishaps Elfluent has earned the name of Santa’s Naughty Elf. But what if there was a naughtier elf who wanted to end Christmas for good? In Santa’s Naughty Elf & The Christmas Caper Elfluent is in a race against time to steal back Christmas from Elfredo. Come and find out if Santa’s Naughty Elf has finally met his match! Children will meet Santa and receive a Gift! Performance Times: 5th & 6th Dec. 1pm, ...
Geordie Rat Pack
Sat 16th January / 7.45pm / £15.00
ONLY SINGLE TICKETS AVAILABLE "When four friends who have already had sold out concerts and award winning comedy shows decide to have a party on stage you get something very special! A blend of classic swing songs and stand up, all mixed together with a bit of Geordie magic! The Geordie Rat Pack features the combined talents of Glen Roughead, Jason Cook, Neil Grainger, Steffen Peddie and The Paul James Band. ?Glen Roughead“Total superstar, He can do it all” – Metro Radio Jason Cook (Creator and star of BBC 2 ...
Jason Cook's Comedy Club
Sat 6th February / 7.45pm / £9
Jason Cook’s Comedy Club I'm thinking of doing some comedy nights. Good ones. These are the three things I want from it: 1. ?To bring affordable comedy to South Tyneside 2. To have line ups that rival the best comedy clubs in the country 3. To make a comedy night where anything goes and the most important thing ...
Dance Across The Tyne
Tue 1st March / 7.30pm (2.30pm Sat Matinee) / £10/ £8 Conc. / £7 Friends
It's 1959 and a boatload of Venezuelan sailors land in Shields Their impact is dramatic, and involves fights, hospitals, babies, memories, and a mystery that will affect one family for decades. A powerful story with a variety of brand new songs it is a fabulous follow up to the award winning Dance to Your Daddy.
The Winter's Tale
Thu 26th November / 7.30pm / £15.50 / £14.50 Conc. & Friends
Pre Show will start at 7.15pm - GMT Curtain up will be 7.30pm - GMT Confirmed running time is 3 hours The first season of the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company Live promises an exceptional series of plays broadcast to cinemas from London’s Garrick Theatre over the course of a year. The season begins with The Winter’s Tale. Shakespeare's timeless tragicomedy of obsession and redemption is reimagined in a new production co-directed by Rob Ashford and Kenneth Branagh, following their ...
Fri 27th November / Times Vary / £5, £4 conc., £2.50 Friends
Action, Adventure, Thriller A cryptic message from Bond's past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind SPECTRE. Times: Fri 27 Nov 7pm Sat 28 Nov 7pm Sun 29 Nov 7pm Mon 30 Nov 1.30pm, 7.30pm (MMD) Tues 1 Dec 7.30pm Wed 2 Dec 7pm Thurs 3 Dec 7.30pm (Sub) MMD = MOVIE ...
Les Liaisons Dangereuses
Thu 28th January / 7pm / £15.50, £14.50 conc.
Following the hugely successful broadcasts of Coriolanus and King Lear, National Theatre Live brings the Donmar Warehouse’s highly anticipated new production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses to cinemas - broadcast live from the Donmar’s London home. Directed by Josie Rourke (Coriolanus), the cast includes Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey), Janet McTeer (The White Queen) and Dominic West (The Wire). In 1782, Choderlos de Laclos’ novel of sex, intrigue and betrayal in pre-revolutionary France scandalised the world. Two hundred years later, Christopher ...
Yet another Evening with Rick Wakeman
Sat 30th April / 7.45pm / £26/ £25 Conc.
YET ANOTHER EVENING WITH RICK WAKEMAN……..PART TWO The Music and Anecdotal Wit of an Old Age Pensioner With special guests The Cadbury Sisters Both a Fellow of the Royal College of Music and a Professor at the London College of Music, Rick Wakeman ( former Yes keyboard player, Watchdog presenter and renowned Grumpy Old Man), has led a rich and varied life. In his one-man show, he recounts hilarious and unlikely anecdotes from a career which has included musical ...
Journal Workshop with Anne Proctor
Sat 28th November / 10am - 3pm / £15
10am - 3pm Make a book that you can use as a travel journal, event planner, gardening or cookery diary – the only limit is your imagination! You will be able to choose from a huge collection of vintage papers, old books, decorative papers – even fabric – to make the cover and contents of your special journal. All materials provided but bring extra items you’d like to include. Booking is essential, please call Box Office on Tel: 0191 4541234 ...
Quite the Character with Bethan Laker
Sat 5th December / 10am - 3pm / £15
10am - 3pm Work with Illustrator Bethan Laker to develop a drawing based upon people and characters. Scale up to make an artwork to hang ready to frame or hang on your wall. Use college, drawing and simple print techniques to make a quirky piece of art. All materials provided. Booking is essential, please call Box Office on Tel: 0191 4541234 Or visit in person: Customs House Arts Centre, Mill Dam, South Shields, NE33 1ES
Hooky and Clippy Wreath
Sat 12th December / 10am - 3pm / £15
10am - 3pm Learn how to use traditional hooky and clippy technique to make a unique and special Christmas Wreath for your home. All materials provided. Booking is essential, please call Box Office on Tel: 0191 4541234 Or visit in person: Customs House Arts Centre, Mill Dam, South Shields, NE33 1ES
Mad Hatter's Tea Party!
Sun 6th December / 4:30pm / £9 for Children £10 Adult
Don't be late to book a place at our Mad Hatter's Tea Party! Along with a delectable Alice in Wonderland themed Afternoon Tea they'll also be games, face-painting and balloon-making in this special event you'll not want to miss! They'll also be a chance to get a photo taken with one of the Pantomime characters, together with a hilarious photobooth experience! Whether you visit the Mad Hatter's Tea Party after a Matinee performance of this year's Panto, Alice in ...
Polar Express Pyjama Party!
Wed 23rd December / 5:30pm / £9 Children £10 Adult
All Aboard The Customs House Polar Express Pyjama Party! Join us for a family Pyjama Party on everyone’s favourite magical adventure to the North Pole, on the Polar Express. Get ready for bed in your favourite pyjamas and bring along your favourite teddy bear for this festive Christmas night! On arrival you'll have a steaming hot chocolate and cookie in The Green Room, then snuggle up under your blankie with your favourite toy, and we’ll all go on an ...
The Stars From The Commitments
Sun 7th February / 7:30pm / £21 Early Bird £24 Standard Ticket
From the BAFTA Winner, Golden Globe & Oscar Nominated film the Stars of The Commitments return to celebrate the 25th Anniversary! This nine-piece soul band from Dublin, including original cast members, have hit the road playing more than 1,500 shows across the world and receiving rave reviews along the way. With a two-hour sizzling soul show, they perform all the hits from the multi-million selling soundtrack album of the film and so much more. ‘The Stars From The Commitments…You are ...
Sun 24th April / 7.30pm / £21.50, £20 Concessions, £68 Family Ticket, £75 VIP ticket
Our favourite South Shields superstar Joe has delighted national TV audiences on The X Factor, The Jump and Popstar to Operastar, and wowed theatre audiences in productions of Tommy and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat. Now, despite 12 previous sell out shows with us and a hectic schedule, he’s made time to return once again to perform in his home town. Home is where his heart is! Book your tickets now!
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