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Ottone
By English Touring Opera

Wednesday 5 Nov, 7.30pm
Fresh from beating Placido Domingo and Joyce DiDonato to win the 2014 Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Opera, English Touring Opera returns to Durham with a season of Georgian splendour. These two masterpieces are wildly different. One is lofty and heartbreaking, the other a razor-sharp comedy. Both are performed in English, with The Old Street Band, ETO’s acclaimed baroque period orchestra.

Handel’s sophisticated comedy Agrippina was a hit for ETO in Durham last year. Now the company presents one of the composer’s most successful serious operas. Written for the greatest Italian singers of the day, Ottone dazzled London with its brilliant arias. This romantic and tragic tale of a German Emperor in Rome, overcoming battles on land and sea to wed his Byzantine bride, features unusual psychological complexity and a dramatic sea cave setting.

£26, (£24.50 conc), £23 Friends, £45 Double Ticket, £10 Restricted View

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  Cuckooed
Written and performed by Mark Thomas

Thursday 6 Nov, 8.00pm
Mark tells the true story of how Britain’s biggest arms manufacturer came to spy on a comedian. It’s a personal and timely tale of planes, demos and undercover deceit told by this award-winning performer. Ten years ago an activist and close friend of Mark's was exposed as a spy for BAE Systems. Now Mark wants to find him and has some questions to ask. With plenty of laughs, some weird characters and the vague possibility that Mark might get beaten up, he finds out if he wants revenge or if he can forgive the betrayal of a friend. Director, Emma Callander.

£15 (£12 conc)

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  Let’s Hang On
The Music of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons

Friday 7 Nov, 7.30pm
This award-winning production takes you on a musical journey through the prolific career of one of the most successful bands of all time. From their beginnings in the early 50’s, the show takes you through hits such as Grease, Can’t Take My Eyes Off You, December 1963 (Oh What a Night!), Working My Way Back To You and many more, climaxing with a spectacular finale of Let’s Hang On. Having last year been invited to the Royal Albert Hall by Frankie Valli himself, the band are proud to present this recently revamped production of the hit show.

“you guys are dynamite!” Frankie Valli

£23

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Dave Gorman
Gets Straight To The Point* (* The PowerPoint)

Saturday 8 Nov, 8.00pm
The wonderfully innovative comedy mind behind Modern Life Is Goodish (Dave), Are You Dave Gorman? and Googlewhack Adventure is back with a brand new live show that promises more of his unique blend of stand-up comedy and visual story-telling as Dave Gorman Gets Straight To The Point*... (*The PowerPoint). Yes. That’s right. It’s a PowerPoint presentation. We know what you’re thinking. But don’t worry… as this all-new show follows the phenomenal success of his critically-acclaimed UK Tour, Dave Gorman’s Powerpoint Presentation, which included a sold-out five-night run at London’s Southbank Centre, we think you’re in pretty safe (and funny) hands. You won’t need to take notes and you almost certainly won’t be tested on it later.

”…has transformed the seemingly mundane into hours of unabashed hysteria” Metro

£20

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Joan Armatrading

Sunday 9 Nov 2014, 7.30pm
Over her 42 years of touring Joan has never done a solo world tour. For her last major tour she has decided this is the perfect time to perform her first ever solo concerts. Her performances will include songs spanning her entire career, including Love and Affection, Willow, Drop The Pilot and Me, Myself, I. During her long and illustrious career, Joan has been successful in musical genres from pop, blues and folk, to reggae and jazz. Three times Grammy nominated, a Brit Award nominee and Ivor Novello Award winner, Joan is an MBE and recognised as one of the world’s leading singer, songwriters.

£29.50

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