Blood Brothers heads to Darlington

Bill Kenwright’s production of the international smash hit musical Blood Brothers is coming to Darlington Hippodrome from Tuesday 20 to Saturday 24 February. Considered ‘One of the best musicals ever written’ (Sunday Times), Blood Brothers, written by award-winning playwright Willy Russell has triumphed across the globe. Scooping up no fewer than four awards for best more »

‘Son of a Preacher Man’ is at Darlington Hippodrome

‘Son of a Preacher Man’ is at Darlington Hippodrome from 6th to 10th February. Three broken hearts, one Soho hang-out, and the only man who could ever help them… This new musical play features the greatest hits of Dusty Springfield, including ‘The Look Of Love’, ‘I Only Want To Be With You’, ‘Spooky’ and of more »

‘New Jersey Nights’ in Darlington

The international hit show New Jersey Nights is at Darlington Hippodrome from 16-20 January. The show is a spectacular celebration of the music of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, and takes the audience on a nostalgic musical journey through the career of one of the biggest selling groups of all time. From the back-street more »

Embroiderers’ Guild meets

The Darlington branch meets on the first Saturday of each month (except August) at Elm Ridge Methodist Church Hall, Darlington at 2pm. The guild is a national charity which promotes interest in embroidery and other textile work. Fee for visitors is £3. More information from the guild’s website.

Record-breaking volunteers top 3,800 hours for the year

Darlington Culture Volunteers (DCV), who support arts and culture in the borough, have announced that the number of volunteering hours that will have been delivered by the end of 2017 has topped 3,800 – the highest ever figure recorded by the service and three hundred more than last year. DCV, which was created through a more »

Library legal action overcomes first hurdle

Campaigners have been granted the right to a further hearing into proposals to move Crown Street Library to the Dolphin Centre. Darlington for Culture, which has long opposed the move to the Dolphin Centre, believes that there is still the opportunity for the council to talk to the Friends of Darlington Libraries and the wider more »

Arts project launches

An exciting new arts project is beginning in Darlington for children and young people with physical and learning disabilities. Harewood Hill Lodge will become a Creative Care Home thanks to funding through the County Durham and Darlington NHS Health Improvement Fund, managed by the County Durham Community Foundation. Blue Cabin Community Interest Company developed the more »

Darlington Orchestra Winter Concert 2018

The Darlington Orchestra Winter Concert 2018 is on 27th January 7.30pm at the Dolphin Centre. The orchestra will present a variety of classical music – old and new. The programme will include a wide range of pieces from Corelli and Dvořák, Richard Rodgers and 20th-century music medleys through to some John Williams magic. The family-friendly more »

Intrigue in the art world

Check out Mike Jarvie’s novel of intrigue in the art world. Black Art can be purchased at https://www.amazon.co.uk/BLACK-ART-Michael-Jarvie-ebook/dp/B076KK1SJS/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1508483388&sr=1-2&keywords=black+art Amazon link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/BLACK-ART-Michael-Jarvie-ebook/dp/B076KK1SJS/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1508607560&sr=1-2&keywords=black+art

Second book in trilogy is published

The second novel by Tracey Iceton has been published. Herself Alone in Orange Rain is part two in the Celtic Colours trilogy by the author, who is one of the organisers of Darlington Arts Festival. Kaylynne Ryan is a promising art student, used to fighting for her place in a world of men, but when more »