Running from 1 to 3 Dec, local company Tweed Theatre makes a triumphant return to the panto stage with its spin on the classic story of Cinderella, complete with the requisite ugly sisters, fairies, princesses, dancing horses and plenty of bad jokes.
The following week (8 Dec), there’s not a dragon in sight as Games of Thrones’ Emilia Clark makes her West End debut in Anya Reiss’ 21st century retelling of The Seagull – Chekhov’s devastating tale of love and loneliness.
Filmed live on stage, the play is set in an isolated home in the countryside, where artistic conflicts abound, dreams lie in tatters, hopes are dashed and hearts are well and truly broken.
It’s then back to Christmas tradition and cheer when acclaimed tribute band Buddy Holly and the Cricketers herald in the yuletide festivities in perfect style on 14 Dec. A mix of Holly’s hits, other contemporary classics plus some rip-roaring Christmas crackers are all wrapped up in a fast-paced and riotously funny performance.
And it just wouldn’t be a proper Christmas without the Downright Homespun Radio Company House Band and Royal Company of Radio Actors bringing their brand of irreverent humour and foot-tappin’ music to the Eastgate (15 to 17 Dec) as they dissect the year’s key events and happenings – all with a local twist.
Tickets for all performances are available from Box Office on 01721 725777 or online at eastgatearts.com