Our live music and theatre scene is full of gigs, concerts, comedy, musicals and plays. Here's what's going on for this week - Monday to Sunday April 15-21 2019.
Whether you're a seasoned gig-goer looking to find a new live music act in a small acoustic venue, a family wanting some good theatre fun with a child-friendly show, or you just want to enjoy a few laughs when a big-name comedian comes to town, there's usually something going on in Durham to fit the bill.
We've pulled together the best of this week's theatre, comedy and live music for April 15-21 2019.
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#1: Tony Jameson, Hilarity Bites Comedy Club
Coming to the Hilarity Bites Comedy Club is Tony Jameson with his show, Idealist. One of the North East's most natural storytellers, Tony Jameson has taken it upon himself to fix the world as it falls apart, and brings his refreshing honesty to everyday subjects, from Brexit to social mobility.
Tony Jameson is on at the Old English Gentleman in Darlington on Thursday April 18, doors 7.30pm.
Tickets cost £5 plus 50p booking fee. You can purchase tickets* from the official booking page.
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#2: Michael Gallagher EP launch party, The Studio Hartlepool
Hartlepool-based singer songwriter Michael Gallagher is launching his new EP in his hometown on Friday April 19, doors 7.30pm.
Tickets* cost £4 plus 40p booking fee from the official booking page.
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#3: Big Country, Durham Gala Theatre
Classic band Big Country bring their amazing catalogue of stirring sounds to the Gala Theatre in Durham. Formed in 1981, Big Country released their debut album The Crossing in 1983, which had three Grammy nominations in the USA. Singles Fields Of Fire, Chance and In A Big Country sold two million copies.
Big Country are on at the Gala Theatre Durham on Tuesday April 16 at 7.30pm.
Tickets cost £25 from the official booking page.
#4: As You Like It, Gala Theatre Durham
Part of the Royal Shakespeare Company's live performances, As You Like It is broadcast live to cinema screens and will be shown at the Gala Theatre.
Rosalind is banished, wrestling with her heart and her head. With her cousin by her side, she journeys to a world of exile where barriers are broken down and all can discover their deeper selves.
As You Like It is on Wednesday April 17 at 7pm.
Tickets cost £15, £13 concessions and £10 Gala members from the official booking page.
Alternatively, if you're nearer to Barnard Castle then the Witham Arts Centre is also showing it.
Witham tickets cost £12 or £10 for under 17s from the official booking page.
For more information visit onscreen.rsc.org.uk.
#5: An Evening of Eric and Ern, Durham Gala Theatre
Jonty Stephens and Ian Ashpitel perform as Morecambe and Wise, with some of their most famous comedy sketches, best-loved routines, songs and sketches. And of course, a musical guest.
An Evening of Eric and Ern comes to Durham Gala Theatre on Friday and Saturday April 19-20, at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £20.50 and can be booked on the Gala site.
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#6: Peter Knight's Gigspanner, Witham Arts Centre
The Witham Arts Centre in Barnard Castle is hosting former Steeleye Span musician Peter Knight and his folk band Gigspanner. Gigspanner play on Tuesday April 16 at 7.30pm.
Tickets cost £14 in advance or £16 on the door from the official booking page.
#7: Mamma Mia! 2 Sing-Along, Witham Arts Centre
Love Abba? Get involved with a sing-along version of Mamma Mia! 2 at the Witham in Barnard Castle. It's on Thursday April 18 at 7.30pm.
Also on the same day is a screening of Brief Encounter, at 1.30pm.