May 31, 2016
Film festival: Sunderland Shorts
Having whittled down a list of 200 films to 50, the second Sunderland Shorts Film Festival will be screening the shortlisted shorts at venues throughout Sunderland city centre. Judges on the 14-strong panel include Marc de Launay, animator, director and ex-BAFTA judge, and Serena Armitage, producer of Oscar-winning short film, ‘Stutterer’. Awards will be presented on July 2.
June 30-July 3
Theatre: The 39 Steps
If you’re familiar with Hitchcock’s thriller, be prepared for a lighter-hearted take on the John Buchan novel. This hilarious production sees four actors take on 139 roles in 100 minutes as they tell the tale of Richard Hannay’s encounters with murder, spies, and beautiful women. It’s easy to see why this inventive comedy won an Olivier Award; it will no doubt prove as popular as ever on tour after nine years in the West End.
June 27-July 2
Live screening: Hamlet
The Royal Shakespeare Company is sharing a live performance via cinemas across the world, with Hamlet hitting our screens in June. Simon Godwin directs Paapa Essiedu as Hamlet in Shakespeare’s tragedy that examines mortality, treachery and injustice. You can catch this performance at cinemas across the North East in the 400th year since The Bard’s death.
Exhibition: English Rose
The Bowes Museum is offering the chance to explore the idea of traditional beauty at its current exhibition, The English Rose – Feminine Beauty from Van Dyck to Sargent. The recently acquired Van Dyck portrait of a lady-in-waiting to Queen Henrietta Maria inspired the collection, which has a schedule of lectures and workshops running in parallel.
Until September 25