Fancy some gigs, theatre or stand-up this week? Take a look below at what's on in Durham.

Whether it's something to perk you up after work during the week, or a good performance to enjoy over the weekend, we've dug out the best entertainment in Durham.

You can also find additional theatre events happening this week in our Summer in the City theatre listings and tickets story.

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#1: Hilarity Bites New Act Competition 2019 - Heat Three, Darlington

The third round of the Hilarity Bites New Act Competition 2019 is taking place on the evening of Monday June 17. This is the twelfth year the Hilarity Bites New Act Competition has run, and will be hosted by Andy Fury, who the BBC describes as 'an absolute genius of a comedian'.

The Hilarity Bites New Act Competition 2019 is at the Hole in the Wall, Darlington, doors 7.30pm.

Tickets cost £3 plus 30p booking fee. You can purchase tickets* from the official booking page.

#2: 20th Century American Classics, Sunderland Minster

Okay, we admit this one isn't in Durham, but it sounds well worth travelling to. Sunderland Minster will be hosting a choral concert featuring Adagio for Strings by Barber, Chichester Psalms by Bernstein, Stomp your feet & Chinga Ring Chaw by Copeland, and Symphonic Dances by Bernstein.

20th Century American Classics at Sunderland Minster is on Saturday June 22, doors 6.45 p.m.

Tickets* cost £14 plus £1.40 booking fee (accompanied under 16s free) from the official booking page.

Seats are unnumbered, so arrive early if you want a good one.

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#3: Olga Zado in recital, Durham Cathedral

This musical Durham Cathedral event features pianist Olga Zado playing pieces including Schubert's Impromptus Op. 142, Chopin's Ballade No. 3, and Beethoven's Piano Sonata Op. 111. Olga Zado at Durham Cathedral is on Monday June 17 at 7.30pm.

Tickets cost £15 (£10 concessions) plus £1.26 booking fee from the official booking page.

#4: Tubinger Musikschule, Ushaw

Ushaw is the venue for a concert by young musicians from Durham's partner city in Germany, the youth sinfonia of Tubinger Musikschule. They'll play Frederick Delius' Winter Night (Sleigh Ride), On hearing the first cuckoo in Spring, and Summer evening, as well as Georges Bizet's Symphony in C.

Tickets cost £3 from the Ushaw booking page.

#5: Durham University Classical Ensemble summer concert

Taking place on Friday June 21 at 7pm (doors 6.30pm) in Durham Town Hall in the Marketplace, the Durham University Classical Ensemble will play Mozart's Overture to Don Giovanni, Weber's Bassoon Concerto, with soloist Patrick Noren, and Schubert's Symphony No. 9. 'The Great'.

Tickets cost £8 adults, £6 concessions and £4 for Music Durham members, from the booking page.

#6: The Favourite, Witham Arts Centre

The Witham in Barnard Castle is showing a screening of The Favourite, starring Olivia Coleman in an Oscar, BAFTA and Golden Globe award winning role alongside Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone. It's on Thursday June 20 at 7.30pm and tickets cost £5, or £4 for film club members and under 17s, from the film page.

#7: Durham University Orchestral Society, A Symphonic Journey

Durham University Orchestral Society play their final concert of the year with performances by the Symphony and the Chamber orchestras of three contrasting symphonies: Prokofiev's Symphony No. 1, Saint-Saens' Symphony No. 2, Op. 55, and Mahler's, Symphony No. 5.

The Durham University Orchestral Society is on Saturday June 22 and doors open 7pm. Tickets (£16, concessions £12, Music Durham members £10) can be booked here.

#8: Live inDurham

The free Live inDurham event is back on Thursday June 20, with an evening of free live music across the city. Keep an eye out on the Live inDurham Facebook page for details.

#9: Romeo and Juliet, Gala Theatre

Critics' Circle Award winning company, Ballet Cymru, present an extraordinary adaptation of Shakespeare's masterpiece Romeo and Juliet.

Romeo and Juliet at the Gala Durham is on Wednesday June 19 at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £18, £15 concessions from the Gala booking page.

#10: Durham Opera Ensemble's Iolanthe

Durham Opera Ensemble perform Gilbert and Sullivan’s classic comic opera, Iolanthe in Leech Hall, St John's College.

Durham Opera Ensemble's Iolanthe is on Saturday and Sunday June 22-23 at 7.30pm with a matinee at 3pm on Sunday, and tickets cost £8 (students £7) from the booking website.

#11: 1940s dance, Witham Arts Centre

This 1940s dance evening at the Witham Arts Centre in Barnard Castle will feature swinging music from Damaris Jean and the Ragtime Rewind Vintage Swing Band. It's on Saturday June 22 at 7pm. Tickets - which include a ration lunchbox - cost £15 from the Witham booking page.

#12: Music on a summer's eve

Northern Spirit Singers perform choral music by Tallis, Gjeilo, Roth, Whitacre and Makaroff at St Brandon's Church Brancepeth. Tickets cost £7.50, concessions £5, children under 16 free, and are available on the door.