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72 schools take part in Gateshead dance festival

Children perform at the Sage Credit: ITV

Over 2,200 pupils from schools across Gateshead are taking to the stage for a two day celebration of dance.

Hits ranging from the cheesy to the timeless were performed at Gateshead Schools Dance Festival, staged at Sage Gateshead.

They were watched by families and friends Credit: ITV

In total over 72 schools and community groups took part. Children as young as five and six took part alongside accomplished dancers from secondary schools across the borough.

2,200 pupils took part Credit: ITV

This is the 6th time that the Gateshead Schools Dance Festival has been held at Sage Gateshead and the first time that it has been extended to cover two full days, March18 and 19.

The event is taking place over two days Credit: ITV

Panto time for hospitals - oh yes it is!

It comes after the success of last year's screening of the Theatre Royal's production of Aladdin on children's wards across the North East.

Jack and Beanstalk will be screened at 2pm on Saturday December 21st, with repeat screenings at 4pm and 6pm.

Nearly 200,000 hospital patients across the country will get the chance to see Newcastle's Christmas panto this Saturday.

Patients on all wards, in 93% of hospitals, will be able to see Jack and the Beanstalk for free on their personal televisions.

Actor Clive Webb, who plays Jack's dad, told us what this meant to the actors taking part.

You can then hear from Howard Tait, who is the Trust Board Director of the Theatre Royal.


Houghton girls lead the way at top theatre schools

A teenager says she's excited after gaining a place at a prestigious theatre college in London that's produced stars like Julie Andrews and Catherine Zeta Jones.

Natasha Agnew is just 16, and is looking forward to taking her place at Arts Ed with the next generation of theatre greats.

She's not the only performer from Houghton-Le-Spring trying to put the town on the showbiz map.

Maria May Thompson will soon graduate from the world famous Italia Conti school.

Watch Frances Read's report.

Full report: Georgian Theatre appeal

The oldest working theatre in the country is launching a fundraising appeal to try to save the two hundred and twenty five year old venue from closure.

Richmond's famous Georgian Theatre Royal celebrates three major milestones this year but is finding it tough in the current economic climate. Bosses are now hoping donors will help secure its future:

Oldest theatre in Britain launches fundraising appeal

The Georgian Theatre Royal interior Credit: The Georgian Theatre Royal

The oldest working theatre in the UK is launching a fundraising appeal to try to save the venue from closure.

The Georgian Theatre Royal in Richmond, North Yorkshire, dates back to 1788.

Like many arts organisations, it is facing a challenging time as funds are cut.

This year the theatre celebrates a trio of anniversaries and has decided to set a target to raise £122,500 from donations to help it stay as a performance venue.

The theatre first opened 225 years ago. It is 50 years since its re-opening after the doors closed for more than a century, and this year also marks the tenth anniversary since the theatre was fully restored in a one million pound makeover.

The Georgian Theatre Royal view from stage Credit: The Georgian Theatre Royal

Its supporters say its survival is vital to the local community.

Malcolm Bryant, Chairman for the Theatre said: "Everyone is aware that this is currently a challenging time for the Arts organisations. ..

This is particularly so for the Georgian Theatre Royal, which, in addition to its artistic programme makes a major contribution to tourism, young people and the wider community. The Triple Anniversary Appeal will support all our activities and allow us to educate and entertain."

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