BBC Big Band swing into Darlington

The acclaimed BBC Big Band will be raising the roof of Darlington Hippodrome on Tuesday 10 April 7.30pm. The band’s origins date from the earliest days of the BBC and the formation of the original BBC Dance Orchestra in 1928. This ‘golden’ period through the 1930s saw not only the BBC Dance Orchestra, but many more »

Embroidery workshop on 7th April

On Saturday 7th April at 10am, Darlington Embroiderers’ Guild is holding a two-hour workshop at Elm Ridge Methodist church hall, led by member Fiona, in which non-members are invited to participate. Fiona plans to teach a type of embroidery called shadow work, demonstrating two versions of a tulip to suit all ability levels. Darlington Embroiderers’ Guild more »

Darlington Hippodrome announces cast for Aladdin

Television and stage star Louie Spence will lead the cast of this year’s spectacular family pantomime Aladdin at Darlington Hippodrome, alongside last year’s returning stars Eric Potts and Liam Mellor from Saturday 8 December. In addition to his television experience Louie has enjoyed an extensive stage career appearing in Miss Saigon and Cats and danced more »

Family open day at Darlington Hippodrome

Darlington Hippodrome will throw its doors open on Saturday 7 April 10am to 3pm for a fabulous family open day, Activities include dance workshops with Ballet Lorent (for ages 5-10 years), mask-making and finger-puppet making workshops and competitions. While you are in the theatre you can enjoy a drink and a bite to eat in more »

Sounds of the Deep South at DNOJC

On Saturday 7 April, Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club welcomes the hugely popular Savannah Jazz Band. Savannah’s foot-tapping, heart-warming performance is packed with excitement and raw good music. They’re constantly adding new numbers to their extremely wide repertoire – and there might even be a dash of gospel and Johnny Cash-inspired country. Darlington New Orleans more »

Darlington Jazz Festival 2018

The Darlington Jazz Festival, hosted by Darlington Jazz Club, is at various venues from 2nd to 6th May. The festival is for Jazz fans, old and new and is always open to more and more players. This year there is a fantastic line-up with the headlining act Alan Barnes. More information from the website.

Bringing Morris to Darlington on 14th April

Black Diamond Mixed Cotswold Morris are holding their first Day of Dance in Darlington on Saturday 14th April; and they hope to make it an annual event. There will be Morris teams from as far away as Oxford, Retford and Lincoln, with other teams from York, Saltburn, Gt Ayton, Sadberge, Richmond, Durham, Hexham, Barnard Castle, more »

‘Asaxual’ at Opus 4 Jazz Club

‘Asaxual’ will be playing bebop and standards on Friday 13th April 8.30pm, £8 Opus 4 Jazz Club at The Travellers’ Rest, Cockerton. Asaxual is a quintet offshoot from Le Toot and the Kansas City Four, a well-established quintet in Leeds though having a tenor sax in the frontline whereas Asaxual has trumpet and trombone. Asaxual more »

Coppélia at Darlington Hippodrome

The charming ballet Coppélia (photo by Peter Mares) comes to the Darlington Hippodrome in a colourful production by the English Youth Ballet. The production will feature international principal dancers and 100 talented young dancers from the local area. The comical story of Coppélia follows the escapades of the dreamy Franz and how he falls in love more »

Gallowglass comes to Darlington Hippodrome

Middle Ground Theatre Company presents a world premier stage adaptation of ‘Gallowglass’. This thriller from the pen of Ruth Rendell (writing as Barbara Vine) is coming to Darlington Hippodrome from Tuesday 27 to Saturday 31 March. The cast includes Paul Opacic (Bad Girls, Emmerdale, Hollyoaks), Richard Walsh (London’s Burning) and Karen Drury (Brookside). When Sandor more »