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The Siege of Calais
By English Touring Opera

Tuesday 19 May, 7.30pm
This opera enjoyed its first ever UK professional tour with ETO in 2013. Acclaimed then as one of the company’s greatest achievements, this year it is performed in Durham for the very first time. Constructed of bel canto arias and ensembles of extraordinary quality, it tells the story of the citizens of Calais who offer up their lives to save their city from the besieging English army. Proud, fierce, exhilarating – this is history on stage, in thrilling music. Sung in Italian with English surtitles. Director James Conway / Conductor Jeremy Silver).

£26 (£24.50 conc), £23 Gala Friends
£45 Double Ticket.


  Cara Dillon

Wednesday 20 May, 7.30pm
Described by Q Magazine as ‘quite possibly the world's most beautiful female voice’, Cara is one of the finest exponents of traditional Irish song anywhere in the world. Joined by her husband and musical partner Sam Lakeman, she has successfully steered an eclectic musical path, gathering both commercial success and critical acclaim, picking up a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award and many other accolades along the way, for her captivating and emotive performances.



  Police Dog Hogan

Friday 22 May, 7.30pm
With an eight strong line-up playing guitar, accordion, banjo, mandolin, fiddle and trumpet, the band draw influences from many different wells. You could call it Americana, country-folk, folk-pop or even urban bluegrass, but it’s difficult to do justice to the sheer range of styles this band is willing to take on. Their live shows are exuberant, accomplished, stirring and funny, mixing country-fried heartbreakers, belting anthems and foot-stomping sing-alongs. A firm favourite on the festival circuit since 2009, they even feature The Guardian columnist Tim Dowling on banjo.

£10 (£8 conc), FREE for Gala Friends


Katherine Ryan
Glam Role Model

Saturday 23 May, 8.00pm
A dude who is fast becoming a recognisable face on British TV with appearances on Live At The Apollo, Let's Dance for Comic Relief, Mock The Week, QI, Never Mind The Buzzcocks, 8 Out of 10 Cats and more, Katherine embarks on her second UK stand-up tour. The fresh, often dangerously fierce pop-culture obsessed Canadian, was unaffected by publicised death threats and survived the world's first crack-smoking mayor. Recommended age 16+.

“warped wit...striking presence...killer lines...calm confidence” The Scotsman

£14.50 (£12.50 conc)


Sing-a-long-a Frozen

Sunday 24 May, 11.30am & 3.00pm & 6.30pm
Singalonga Productions are back to present their sing-a-long version of Disney's Frozen, with lyrics on screen to sing along with, and a live host and a magic moments fun pack for you to interact with the movie. The host will show you how to use the fun pack and then just sit back and Let It Go. You the audience are the stars. Remember to dress up as your favourite character for the fancy dress competition and who wouldn't want to be a Snow Queen for the day or Olaf the snowman, the coolest iceman ever.

£15 (£10 conc), £46 Family Ticket, £33 One Adult & Two Children


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