Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

48 Hours Your Next North EastHot List

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

48 Hours Your Next North EastHot List

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Evita Sunderland Empire Long before the stirring strains of Don't Cry For Me Argentina strike up, you will have been won over by the musical spectacular that heads north again following a hit London run.

Bill Kenwright's production of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's musical epic captures the story of Eva Peron, the wife of former Argentine dictator Juan Peron, who rose from humble beginnings to win iconic status in her country.

The lead roles are taken by Emma Hatton, fresh from playing Elphaba in the West End production of Wicked, and Gian Marco Schiaretti, who had the title role in Disney's production of Tarzan.

It runs from tomorrow until Saturday and you can visit to bag a ticket.

Educating Rita Gala Theatre, Durham This in-house production sees Sunderland-born Jessica Johnson take on the role played by Julie Walters (no pressure there then) in the popular film version of Willy Russell's awardwinning play.

With rave reviews for her role last year in The Fighting Bradfords under her belt, Jessica is set to pull the heartstrings as hairdresser Rita whose thirst for knowledge brings her into the circle of tutor Frank, a middle-aged, alcoholic academic.

The meshing of brash honesty and searing intellect is the foundation for an unlikely bond. Patrick Driver (Silent Witness and Call the Midwife) co-stars in the role of Frank. The play runs nightly from tomorrow to Saturday. Visit for ticket information.

Mamma Mia Theatre Royal in Newcastle Gimme Gimme Gimme a ticket for this one! The hugely popular musical arrived in the Toon last week like a blast of summer sunshine, and fans can bask in its Abba-inspired world until April 15.

Described as the ultimate feel-good party, the show features a tale of love, friendship and identity set on a Greek island paradise.

Ok, so it's actually Newcastle, but you wouldn't think it when those Abba tracks set the mood for hot romance. …

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