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Lion King musical in North East for the first time

The hit musical the Lion King is in the North East for the first time since the production started in the UK 15 years ago.

The Sunderland Empire will be home to the show until November 1.

But recreating the story of Simba and the Pride for the stage wasn't easy:

THE LION KING IN NUMBERS

  • 37,000 HOURS were spent by designers making the puppets and masks.
  • 700 COSTUMES AND PROPS are used every night.
  • 232 PUPPETS are in the show, including rod puppets and full-sized ones.
  • 140 PEOPLE work on every performance.
  • 18-FOOT GIRAFFES are the tallest puppets and appear in 'I Just Can't Wait To Be King!"
  • 13-FOOT - that's how big the Elephant is. It needs four actors to carefully walk her down the aisle.
  • 23 LORRIES were needed to get the set, costumes and puppets to Sunderland.
  • 75 MILLION PEOPLE have now seen the production all over the world.

ITV News Tyne Tees were invited behind the scenes to see the finished result.

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New comedy show to be filmed on Newcastle Quayside

Comedienne and actress Sarah Alexander will star in the comedy, which will be filmed in Newcastle Credit: William Conran/PA

A new action comedy show is going to be filmed in Newcastle, with the city's Quayside chosen as the main filming location.

'Uncovered' will arrive on our screens on TV channel Dave next year, starring nationally acclaimed actors such as Sarah Alexander (Smack The Pony), Daniel Rigby (Big School) and Keith Allen (Robin Hood).

The show tells the story of an undercover police officer who finds himself completely out of his depth when he infiltrates an Armenian crime family.

Chris, played by Rigby, is the overly-analytical, neurotic metrosexual officer who has been searching for a family his whole life.

Unfortunately for him, the family he finds is a group of psychopathic Armenian gangsters.

Matters are made more complicated by Chris falling for two women at the same time; Zoe, played by Alexander, who is his ambitious police handler and Lara (Yasmin Akram), the femme fatale of the crime family, meaning Chris spends every waking moment either falling in love or fearing for his life.

The sitcom is co-created and co-written by Andy Milligan (The Rob Brydon Show) and directed by Dave Lambert (Alan Partridge: Welcome to the Places of My Life) and will be aired on Dave in 2015.

Lionel Richie to perform in Newcastle

Lionel Richie Credit: PA

GRAMMY award winner Lionel Richie has announced he will perform in Newcastle in 2015.

His 'All The Hits All Night Long' tour will head to the Metro Radio Arena on 7th March.

I can’t wait to get back to the UK. The audiences are always so great and I always have an incredible time when I’m in the United Kingdom. The show feels like a great big sing-along most nights so I’m looking forward to singing along with the people of the UK again!

– Lionel Richie

500 different brews on offer at beer festival in York

The North of England's biggest beer and cider festival has got underway in York.

Around 15,000 people are expected to attend the event, which runs until Saturday.

There are more than 500 different brews on offer and they'll all be served from the longest bar in Europe - all 266 feet of it.

Nick Love, Festival Organiser, says there has been a "massive growth" in real ale brewing over the last few years.

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Laurel letter sells for £1,400 at Newcastle auction

A letter from one half of legendary comedy duo Laurel and Hardy that was sent to a family friend has sold for £1,400 today in Newcastle.

The letter was sold at Anderson and Garland's Fine Art & Antiques sale by Mrs Miller's daughter, also called Margaret, who is now 88 and lives in Hexham.

A spokesman for Anderson and Garland said they are "delighted" with the sum.

Laurel of Laurel & Hardy was 'a Geordie at heart'

A letter from one half of legendary comedy duo Laurel and Hardy that was sent to a family friend goes under the hammer today in Newcastle.

The letter is being sold at Anderson and Garland's Fine Art & Antiques sale by Mrs Miller's daughter, also called Margaret, who is now 88 and lives in Hexham.

Fred Wyrley-Birch, an auctioneer at Anderson & Garland, says Laurel always had strong North East connections.

Letter from Stan Laurel goes on sale in Newcastle

Letter from Stan Laurel of Laurel & Hardy Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

A letter from one half of legendary comedy duo Laurel and Hardy that was sent to a family friend goes under the hammer today in Newcastle.

The signed and dated note from Stan Laurel was sent to Margaret Miller in 1960, 70 years after the star went to school with her husband Arthur in Tynemouth when they were both young boys.

The letter, on letterhead paper from Laurel's address in Santa Monica, California, is dated March 24th and thanks Mrs Miller for her belated Christmas card calendar.

Stan Laurel letterhead Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The letter is being sold at Anderson and Garland's Fine Art & Antiques sale by Mrs Miller's daughter, also called Margaret, who is now 88 and lives in Hexham.

The letter was sent from Laurel's address in Santa Monica, California Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
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