April’s a funny one, isn’t it? It’s not warm, it’s not cold and Easter is out of the way so there’s no chocolate or days off to look forward to (is it too early to start wishing away Spring?!) But, fear not because we’ve hand-picked five of the best events happening this month in the North East – they may not be chocolate-coated, but they are pretty damn good.
Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty, April 5 – April 16
Matthew Bourne’s dazzling production of Sleeping Beauty has won the hearts of thousands and smashed box office records across the UK and the USA since its premiere. Described by The Guradian as ‘EXHILARATING. Detailed and heartfelt’, it features gorgeous sets and costumes, evocative lighting and a thrilling story.
Tickets available here
The Vamps, April 6
They performed here last year to a frenzied crowd, so it’s no surprise The Vamps are back at Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena with their Wake Up tour. Along with special guest Conor Maynard, the Can We Dance? singers have sold over 10 million singles since they debuted in 2014.
Tickets from £9.50 are available here, from the booking hotline number 0844 493 6666 or in person from the Metro Radio Arena Box Office.
Patricia Routledge in Conversation with Edward Seckerson, April 9
Best known for legendary TV characters Hyacinth Bucket and Hetty Wainthropp, Patricia Routledge is also a Tony and Olivier award-winning musical theatre actress. In a fascinating encounter with the writer and broadcaster Edward Seckerson, Patricia discusses her life treading the boards. The evening also features rare recordings.
Tickets available from £10 here
WWE Live WrestleMania Revenge, April 20
World Wrestling Entertainment stars such as The Undertaker, Big Show and Chris Jericho will be going toe-to-toe in what promises to be an incredible night of action. Thrilling, exciting and full of adrenaline, this is entertainment for all the family.
Tickets costing from £25.00 are available here, from the booking hotline number 0844 493 6666 or in person from the Metro Radio Arena Box Office. Limited to 6 per household.
Music Fest TCT, April 22
Following last year’s successful event, Music Fest TCT is back, all in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust. North East talent performing at the Customs House in South Shields includes The Waiters (above), NE Girls and The X Factor’s Abi Garrido and Kerianne Covell. Hosted by BBC Newcastle’s Sue Sweeney.
Tickets are available from £10 here