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Elysium Theatre Company returns to the Assembly Rooms with John Osborne’s landmark play about rebellion, restless youth, sex, love and class. A searing drama of a marriage in crisis, 'Look Back In Anger' revolutionised British theatre when it premiered in 1956. It has lost none of its power to shock and excite today.

"Osborne didn't contribute to British theatre, he set off a landmine and blew most of it up" - Alan Sillitoe

There will be a post-show discussion Thursday 14th May.

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Wednesday 13th May 2020 7.30pmTickets not currently on sale
Thursday 14th May 2020 7.30pmTickets not currently on sale
Friday 15th May 2020 7.30pmTickets not currently on sale
Saturday 16th May 2020 7.30pmTickets not currently on sale

A unique North East theatrical production looks set to do for celebrity psychics what Alan Partridge did for radio presenters. There’s Someone Coming Through is an affectionate look at what happens to famous clairvoyants when the entity they most need to reach is the ghost of their own career. Neville Vaughan was a once-respected psychic, but a fall from grace has reduced him to backstreet gigs as he owes the taxman thousands, his ex-wife is taking him to the cleaners, and there's that whole saga with the Puerto Rican bell boy... Written by Sunderland playwright Lee Stewart, the production takes the form of an actual, semi-serious clairvoyancy evening and is not one to miss!

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Thursday 28th May 2020 7.30pmTickets not currently on sale

Based on true events, and untold stories, these are the Tales from Star City.​  The Soviet Union. 1967. The Space Race is at its height. One woman, Polina Semyenova, is at the centre of it all. She is the listener. ​Hidden away in the pithily named ‘Closed Military Townlet No. 1’ (later to become the eponymous Star City), Polina looks back on her dreams of being part of the great Communist movement, during one of the most dramatic decades of the Cold War.​ Join Polina as she reaches for the stars, and journeys through some of the brightest and darkest moments of the Space Race. Tales from Star City is embarking on a national tour after a five star run at the Chiswick Playhouse in Spring 2018, and a transfer to the King’s Head Theatre in early 2019. It is Dan Dawes’ fourth play after Steel Tumbleweed, The Signalman, and Axolotl.

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Saturday 30th May 2020 7.30pmTickets not currently on sale
Sunday 31st May 2020 7.30pmTickets not currently on sale

A dying man’s wish; for Ugly Bucket to create a show about death. Will it be subtle? Will it be profound? Probably not. Ugly Bucket process the death of a friend in the only way they know how; through a high energy maelstrom of clowning, slapstick, verbatim, and thumping techno tracks. Good Grief is a paranormal physical performance of loss and the memories left behind, from the company that took NSDF 2019 by storm!

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Thursday 4th June 2020 7.30pmBook tickets

Everyone says that university is the best three years of your life! So what happens next? What happens when you still have questions, but everyone expects you to have all the answers? Based on the true experiences and stories told by graduates,  join three clowns as they leave the comfort of timetables,  deadlines, and student life behind and enter the real world. A world full of expectation, proper jobs, and council tax. The multi award winning Edinburgh Fringe sell-out hit Bost-Uni Plues comes to Durham, in an explosion of energy, honesty, dance, physical theatre, techno, and plain silliness that explores post-graduate life through the good, the bad and the ugly.

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'Child's Pose' is part sketch comedy, part coming of age drama, part Victor Hugo epic.It follows two hopeless millennials as they try and navigate the world with only their trusty horoscopes , plant-based diets, and Frieda Khalo tote bags to guide them. Born out of the unholy union of a discarded FILA trainer and a soiled One Direction cardboard cut-out, this show discusses the reality of being a young graduate with absolutely nothing whatsoever to offer the work-place. Designed for women by women and about women, it is a show that is NOT open to men - except if they’re paying customers and single Leos. Not for the faint-hearted, Child’s Pose has one rule: What happens in retrograde, stays in retrograde.

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Saturday 27th June 2020 7.30pmTickets not currently on sale