By The Original Theatre Company & Birdsong Productions Ltd
Mon 10 - Sat 15 March, 7.30pm (+ Wed & Sat 2.30pm)
By Sebastian Faulks
Adapted by Rachel Wagstaff
Directed by Alastair Whatley
As the war breaks out over the idyll of his former life, young Englishman Stephen Wraysford must lead his men through the carnage of the Battle of the Somme, only comforted by the memory of former lover Isabelle Azaire as his world explodes around him.
Marking the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I, and following on from last year’s national tour, seen by over 75,000 people. Birdsong is performed by a large ensemble company including Olivier nominated actor and former Blue Peter presenter Peter Duncan and Hollyoaks' Jonny Clarke. This mesmerising story of love, courage and sacrifice is brought to the stage in this critically acclaimed production of Sebastian Faulks’ bestselling novel.
See the Birdsong trailer HERE
“it left me choked up and blinking back the tears at the end ****” Daily Telegraph
“a moving and stunning performance *****” WhatsOnStage
“the audience were too stunned to move by the raw emotional power of this stunning piece of theatre *****” This Is Cornwall
“achingly beautiful, moving, incredible ****” Birmingham Post
£25 (£23 conc), £22 First Night, Matinee & Gala Friends
Funny Bones Comedy Club
Friday 14 March, 7.45pm
With a nod to our friends hosting the International Women's Day festival, March’s show is a line-up of the finest funny females. All ready to roll are: Middlesbrough’s magical musical comic, Natalie Wicks, the wonderful spontaneity of Debra-Jane Appleby and the one liners and silly stories of Nicola Jane Mantalios-Lovett. Holding the whole thing together will be the well-crafted wit of MC, Kiri Pritchard-McLean. And why not join us for a pre-show curry (serving from 6.00pm to 7.00pm)… just ask the Box Office for details. Contains strong language, recommended age 16+.
£8.50 (£15 Curry & Comedy)
Les Miserables |
Presented by Durham School
Tues 18 & Wed 19 March, 7.30pm
As part of a special programme of events celebrating its 600th year, Durham School brings to Gala two spectacular performances of Les Miserables. Set amidst the political turmoil of 19th century France, it’s a sensational musical about love, heartache and redemption. This is a great opportunity to see the combined musical and dramatic prowess of Durham School students in action on Gala’s stage.
£18 (£14 conc)
Gala Lunchtime Concert Series
The Mo Scott Trio
Friday 21 March, 1.00pm
Mo has established a reputation as an exciting female singer, through her performances at major jazz and blues festivals. Carrying on the tradition of great female vocalists, she performs music ranging from the most delicate of jazz ballads to hot blues. The trio, with pianist Paul Edis and bassist Neil Harland, sees Mo leading a band that can truly swing.
Friday 21 March, 7.30pm
Imagine the inspiration of Hendrix, the tone of Robin Trower, the influence of Stevie Ray Vaughan, the intensity of Walter Trout and the haunting vocals of Stevie Nicks all rolled into one package. That’s Chantel McGregor, one of the UK’s most exciting rock and blues musicians. With stunning live performances, and effortless, incendiary guitar playing, she has performed on stage with Joe Bonamassa and is a multi-award winner at the British Blues Awards. Don’t miss her.