Rumpelstiltskin: a fairytale for all ages

balletLORENT‘s award-winning team returns to Darlington Hippodrome with an original version of the beloved tale Rumpelstiltskin, directed by Liv Lorent and rewritten by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy. Full of action and humour this emotionally rich fairytale is set in a world of sheep, straw, wool and spinning where the alchemist Rumpelstiltskin is an outcast more »

Gilkes Street Artists – Commonplace

Commonplace is an exhibition of work by members of Gilkes Street Artists, a Middlesbrough-based studio group, at Darlington’s purpose-built Crown Street Gallery from Saturday 7 July to Monday 27 August. In Commonplace, the artists investigate their personal ideas of the everyday experience through painting, printmaking, mixed media and tapestry weaving. For more information, visit Darlington more »

Much Ado About Caesar

Much Ado About Caesar is Green Theatre‘s next production and can be seen at The Hullabaloo, Borough Road (adjacent to The Hippodrome) on 11th, 12th and 13th October at 7.30pm. It is also being staged at St Augustine’s Parish Centre, Larchfield Street, on 19th and 20th October at 7.30pm. These abridged versions of Julius Caesar more »

‘My Mountain Life’ by Simon Yates

The Neasham Reading Room is hosting ‘My Mountain Life’: an illustrated presentation by Simon Yates’ (pictured) on Thursday 20th September 7.30pm, tickets £10. On the remote Siula Grande in Peru in 1985, mountaineer Simon Yates found himself in a desperate position. He was slowly being pulled off the mountain by his injured partner, Joe Simpson, dangling more »

Jabberwocky Market: pop-up theatre

The next Jabberwocky Market pop-up theatre events take place from Wednesday 3rd to Sunday 7th October. There will be shows for young and old. If you love theatre or haven’t ever really been before, there’s something for you, and this time events are in Darlington and beyond. Ground Control – by Non Zero One, for more »

Promote your events

Do you have arts and culture events or groups that you’d like to publicise? The DfC information stand (and famous teddy tombola) attends many local events each year and can help promote your events. Plus, we have an information stand in the foyer of The Hippodrome for several days each week. It’s a great opportunity more »

Love Tango Darlington

This group dances both traditional Argentine and modern Nuevo Tango. Class every Thursday 8pm followed by dancing until late with John Paul Tango at Haughton Le Skerne Working Men’s Club, 25 Haughton Green, Darlington DL1 2DD. More details: call 01325 468738 or visit group’s Facebook page.

Follow your art – support local groups

By Jo Potter, chair of DfC What can be done to attract audiences away from their home-entertainment systems to support the many events that take place in Darlington throughout the year? You often hear that it is too expensive, or car parking is difficult, or that there is no bus service, but many events, particularly more »

Art exhibition to transform pub into ‘The Penny-Tate’

Arts organisation Lust For Life Drawing is transforming The Pennyweight into ‘The Penny-Tate’ when the pub hosts an art exhibition. It opens to the public on Friday 17th August at the venue in Darlington Market Square, and will exhibit drawings by attendees of Lust For Life Drawing sessions. The artists, from total beginners to professionals, more »

DLA talks on royalty, geysers, the Proms and more…

The Darlington Lecture Association (DLA) new season of talks opens on 3 September with Iceland: The Land of Geysers and Gyrs. Another highlight of the series is An exploration of Windsor Castle’s treasures; visitors can hear about how the Queen entertains her guests with an after-dinner tour of the royal library. Oliver Everett, who in more »