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Award-winning play hits Sunderland

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Credit: National Theatre

The National Theatre's award-winning production of the Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time makes its debut in Sunderland tonight (August 11).

The play, which won seven Olivier Awards, is also running at the Gielgud Theatre and has just won five Tony Awards on Broadway

It is directed by Marianne Elliott, who co-directed the globally successful production of War Horse for which she also won a Tony Award. It played to full houses in Sunderland when it toured there in April and May 2014.

War Horse is now in its eighth year in the West End.

The play will be on at the Empire Theatre until Saturday.


World renowned art competition comes to Sunderland

The BP Portrait Award begins a six-week run at the Sunderland Museum Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
The BP Portrait Award collection at Sunderland Museum Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

One of the world's biggest and most prestigious art competitions is on show in Sunderland this weekend.

The BP Portrait Award begins a six-week run at the Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens on Saturday.

The portraits at Sunderland Museum Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
The six week run begins on Saturday Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The judges looked at more than 2,000 portraits sent in by artists from all over the world.

Cllr Paul Watson Leader, Sunderland City Council, one of the event's organisers, says it's great news for Sunderland:

Students leave their mark on Teesside University

Some students who have been leaving their mark at Teesside University which has recently moved into a striking new building on its Darlington campus.

The question for the university was how to make the design look as good inside as it does on the outside.

Staff turned to their own students - and they responded to the challenge.

It is still a work in progress but we had a look at what they've been up to.

Full Report: Fund launched for Newcastle arts

There has been a surprise £600,000 U-turn on arts funding on Tyneside.

Just months after Newcastle City Council proposed cutting all of its support for the city's venues, it is now launching a fund worth more than a half a million pounds.

The council leader says that he hasn't changed his mind, but that they have found the money elsewhere.

And, if it gets approval, theatres could get council funding again by 2016.

Watch the full report from Dan Ashby below.


Newcastle City Council sets up arts fund

Newcastle City Council is starting up a £600,000 arts fund for its theatres and arts organisations to apply to.

It comes after the council proposed to cut more than one million pounds of its arts funding in its last budget.

The Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg accused the council of playing politics with its decisions, but today the council said the decision made financial sense.

Councillor Nick Forbes said the money was coming from alternative revenue streams which were safe from cuts.

Lee Hall given honorary degree by Northumbria University

The North East playwright who wrote Billy Elliot launched a scathing attack on cuts in arts funding by Newcastle City Council as he received an honorary degree at Northumbria University.

Lee Hall used the occasion to again accuse the council of attacking art for ordinary people.

Council bosses say they are responding to budget cuts from the government.

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Billy Elliot author attacks council arts cuts

The North East author that penned Billy Elliot has accused Newcastle City Council of attacking the arts for working class people.

Lee Hall spoke out about cutbacks to services including libraries and theatres when he was back in the region to receive an honorary degree from Northumbria University.

The author said that the cuts would affect ordinary people the most.

The local authority say that their actions are a necessary response to slashed government budgets.

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