Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Females to the Fore; Theatre KEITH NEWTON Checks out What's on Offer at Some of Tees Valley's Stages: ...We Should Chuckle Darlington Civic Theatre

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Females to the Fore; Theatre KEITH NEWTON Checks out What's on Offer at Some of Tees Valley's Stages: ...We Should Chuckle Darlington Civic Theatre

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Byline: KEITH NEWTON

THE CIVIC THEATRE is very much in touch with its feminine side as it moves into the post-pantomime new season. There should be plenty of laughter served up too.

Five key shows have females to the fore beginning with THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES from February 2-7.

This is the tenth anniversary of the naughty chatter show and this new production will star Jenny [ETH]clair, Jennifer Ellison from Brookside and Coronation Street's Wendi Peters.

"It's the ultimate girls' night out," says Darlington's performing arts officer, Lynda Winstanley - so do not expect too many men in the audience this time either.

The theme continues with GERTRUDE'S SECRET (March 12-14), HOT FLUSH (March 30-April 4), WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF HRT (May 11-16) and DINNERLADIES (May 18-23).

Gertrude's Secret, which is recommended for the 12-plus age range, is in the manner of Alan Bennett's Talking Heads, says Lynda.

"It is frequently hilarious yet often unnerving," she adds.

Hot Flush, which promises to rival The Vagina Monologues by also claiming to be "the ultimate girl's night out", is a new musical about four loose women and one loose man who share secrets, friendships, laughs and tears.

"It stars Lesley Joseph and Sam Kane and is a real, laugh out loud comedy musical," says Lynda.

Women On The Verge Of HRT promises to be feisty and funny and is otherwise known as "menopausal women behaving badly," says Lynda. It will star Louise Jameson as it treads a path through loveless marriages, the fear of the sexual scrapheap, and husbands caught in the clutches of mid-life crises.

Victoria Wood's dinnerladies is based on the second series of her hit TV comedy and stars Andrew Dunn and Shobna Gulatii from the originals.

There is also a distinct touch of girl power in the new version of the great musical CABARET (February 16-21), which stars Samantha Barks as the unforgettable Sally Bowles.

Samantha was third in the BBC's I'd Do Anything - the hunt for a Nancy for a new London West End production of Oliver.

She comes from the Isle Of Man and is still just 18. She is currently studying in London where she is doing her A levels at Arts Educational. …

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