b"Construction of The Customs House began in 1863.With a renewed purpose, it was transformed into an much-loved arts centre in 1994.SINCE OPENING, THE CUSTOMS HOUSE HAS HAD:7688 workshopsOver 200 new productions creatingMoreran with 82,238engaging childrens shows, hilariousthanparticipants ofpantomimes, insightful plays and6.25million all ages heart-warming musicalsvisitors FOR ARTS25AWARD IN THE NORTH EAST PANTOMIMESArts Award is a nationally recognised arts and leadershipSince opening our audiences have enjoyed 25 much-lovedThree reality TV winners qualication for children and young people available atpantomimes.have graced The Customs ve levels.House stage as emerging The Little Panto with the Big Heart is part of so many families'performers before The Customs House helps more young people completefestive tradition. Audience numbers grow every year and in 2018becoming global stars. Arts Award than any other cultural organisation in theover 29,000 people, including thousands of school children, were North East.enchanted by Beauty and the Beast.Joe McElderry, Little Mixs Jade Thirlwall and Thats why we support Culture Bridge North EastOur pantomime is a springboard for emerging talent with castCollabros Jamie with their Arts Award strategic support offer helpingmembers going on to amazing things. They've become stars ofLambert.other cultural venues plan and deliver Arts Award. the stage in the West End and appeared on our screens at home."