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Great entertainment at Empire Consett this spring

An action-packed line up of comedy, theatre and fun for all the family awaits audiences at Empire Consett this spring and summer.

The Consett venue, operated by Durham County Council, opens its new season tomorrow (5 February) as Lipstick on Your Collar takes audiences back in time to the golden era of music with an evening of hits from the 1950s and 60s.

Fans of country music can enjoy A Country Night In Nashville (Friday 11 February).

Performed by Dominic Halpin and the Hurricanes, it features hits from the likes of Johnny

Cash, Alan Jackson, Dolly Parton, The Chicks and Willie Nelson.

There are also further music tributes with the show that has rock ‘n’ rolled audiences from

Consett to California in Buddy Holly and The Cricketers (Saturday 5 March), a

celebration of hits from The Roy Orbison Story (Saturday 12 March) and the portrayal of

Frankie Valli in Frankie: The Concert (Saturday 30 April).

Empire Consett favourite Leah Bell will direct the stage adaptation of Catherine Cookson’s

The Cinder Path (Thursday 17 February). The fast-moving drama set against the

backdrop of World War One stars Leah, Coronation Street’s Charles Lawson, and a

talented cast of actors and singers who will have audiences entranced from beginning to


Leah will also return with Jimmy Cricket and a full supporting cast to celebrate the Queen’s

Platinum Jubilee with A Right Royal Knees Up (Saturday 21 May), offering a nostalgic journey through the Queen’s reign with show-stopping scenes, sing-a-long memories and

spectacular footage.

The Magic of Motown (Thursday 10 March) takes visitors on a trip down memory lane

with classics from Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross and Stevie Wonder, while live band Electric

Dreams will blend pop and soft rock from the likes of Wham, Duran Duran, Culture Club

and more in 80s Live (Friday 1 July).

And from writer David Kent and the producers of Hormonal Housewives and Girls Just

Wanna Have Fun is the funky, feel-good Soul Sisters The Musical (Saturday 14 May),

focusing on success, survival and sisterhood.

There is also fun for all the family as Olivier Award nominated duo Ian Ashpitel and Jonty

Stephens present Eric & Ern (Saturday 19 March). This nostalgic show is full of

Morecambe and Wise’s best loved routines, songs and sketches which is sure to evoke

memories of huddling around the telly as a family on a Sunday evening.

Audiences will laugh, cry and unagi on Tuesday 29 March as Friends! The Musical

Parody celebrates and pokes fun at the misadventures of the group of 20-something pals

in this hilarious good-hearted romp through favourite moments from the hit TV show.

There are live concerts from legends of Irish music and song The Fureys (Friday 8 April),

and one of the most iconic pop, rhythm and blues bands of the 1960s, The Animals and

Friends stop by Empire Consett (Saturday 7 May) as part of their farewell tour.

Ireland’s international hit recording star Dominic Kirwan also brings his new show

Through The Eyes Of An Irishman where audiences can hear all of his biggest hits on

Thursday 26 May, and Tony Allen embarks on a solo tour performing The Greatest Hits

of Foster and Allen (Saturday 18 June) and songs from his new album.

Milkshake Live (Saturday 9 April) offers families an unforgettable time as presenters and

favourites from the Channel 5 children’s TV programme, including Paddington, Noddy, and

Pip and Posy return to Empire Consett.

They can also enjoy a roar-some time at Dinosaur Adventure Live (Friday 5 August).

After 65 million years in the making, audiences will be immersed in a world of life-like

dinosaurs to enjoy the adventure of a lifetime through the Jurassic era.

Empire Consett is also launching The Comedy Store, providing two hilarious evenings of

stand-up on Fridays 22 April and 17 June, showcasing sets from four of the best stand-up

comedians in the UK.

Cllr Elizabeth Scott, Cabinet member for economy and partnerships, said: “Empire Consett

has a fantastic line-up of shows this spring and summer. Whether you are eight or 98,

there’s something on offer for everyone and we can’t wait to welcome visitors over the next

few months.

“A key part of our bid to be named UK City of Culture 2025 is ensuring that there is a wide

range of culture, stories and performances that engage all ages and that is certainly on

offer at Empire Consett. We hope everyone enjoys their visit this spring and summer.”

To view the full season programme and book tickets, visit - or

call the box office on 03000 262 400.


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