Arts Festival 2018: Theatre and film

Darlington Arts Festival has a host of theatre and film events for you this year including west-end hits, touring productions, Shakespeare shows and a special screening of Suffragette as part of the National Council of Women’s Centenary Celebration. Phil Daniels stars in the Touring Consortium Theatre Company’s production of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde at more »

Arts Festival 2018: Music and dance

This year’s music line-up stretches from the first day of the event, with John Hackett Band at The Forum on 19th May, to the final day which will see 30-plus fabulous bands at six town-centre stages on 3rd June as Music Box Fest celebrates its third year. A spokesperson for the John Hackett Band said: more »

Arts Festival 2018: Visual arts

There are three free exhibitions in the town centre, starting with a one-day exhibition of work – including hand-coiled pots of all sizes – by Kolbe and Pam Bassington at The Friends Meeting House on Saturday 19th May from 10am-5pm. Also starting on the 19th May is an exhibition of original art by Alison Hill more »

Arts Festival 2018: Comedy

Several comedy nights are planned this year to put a smile on your face. With well-known stars, local favourites, undiscovered comedians and a children’s workshop there is something for everyone in the 2018 line-up. Starting the season on 21st May is an evening with Matt Reed and supporters at Bannatyne Hotel which will be one more »

Arts Festival 2018: Literary events and talks

The festival presents talks for all ages with an intergenerational event on 21st May commemorating the 100th anniversary of Votes for Women, with special guest speakers, and a young writers workshop on 30th May. Plus, there is the NERA talk on 19th May, a performance by Vane Women on 30th May and two talks by more »

ArtsFest: ‘night, Mother

Applause Theatre present ‘night, Mother, American playwright Marsha Norman’s at times harrowing play about a daughter telling her mother about contemplating suicide. The roles of mother and daughter are taken by Sam Bradshaw and Emma Simpson. Price: £8 (£6 concessions) on the door or from Hippodrome Theatre box offices Place: Crown Street Library Gallery Date more »

ArtsFest: Vane Women Tell Her Story

A potent brew of spoken word, film, art, image, live performance and music. Price: Tickets available on the door or email vane.women@ntlworld.com Place: Crown Street Gallery Date and time: Wednesday 30th May 6pm Contact: vane.women@ntlworld.com

ArtsFest: The Wit and Wisdom of Victoria Wood

Chris’s anecdotes and insight into the background to one of the most loved personalities of our times has been particularly well received by audiences. Who knows about Victoria’s upbringing? What made her Britain’s best-loved ‘funny lady’? Victoria gave the nation a sense of the normal – but was she brought up in a ‘normal’ way? more »

ArtsFest: Music Box

This music event presents 30-plus acts, six stages and one whole day of fun. Back for its third year, Music Box is a massive celebration of vibrant North-East music scene and Darlington. Music Box starts at 1.30pm and takes place in the afternoon and evening of Sunday 3rd June at Hash Bar, Hole In The more »

ArtsFest: ‘We’re All Going on a Summer Holiday’

An evening of light music and verse presented by the Take4 Clarinet Quartet and Helen Winthorpe Kendrick. “Through verse and music, we explore what it means to go on holiday; to visit foreign places to have new experiences and even fall in love.” Price: £7 (under 18s, free) Place: St Andrew’s Church, Haughton-Le-Skerne, Darlington DL1 more »

ArtsFest: Six-In-A-Bar – New Orleans jazz

Six-In-A-Bar star at Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club on 2nd June. The band was formed 12 years ago and plays music from the 1920s/1930s jazz age, and is considered one of the most innovative and professional bands in the UK. The line-up is Willy Entwistle of the Temperance Severn on reeds, violin, flageolet and arrangements, more »