A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Durham | PLAYHOUSE Whitely Bay

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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Durham


  • Date: Sunday 21st July 2013
  • Time: 7.30pm

The Lindisfarne Gospels are coming to the North East, and to commemorate this momentous occasion, Durham’s Gala Theatre have teamed up with Visit County Durham to create this fast-paced run through the most significant moments in the last 1400 years of North East history. All in under two hours.

This irreverent comedy romp through the region’s past takes in everything from the Vikings and some half-hearted pillaging to the creation of Durham Cathedral, a rather ghostly St Cuthbert, and even the Battle of Hastings.

Written by Tyneside writers Ed Waugh and Trevor Wood, best known for their regional, national and international hit comedies Alf Ramsey Knew My Grandfather, Dirty Dusting and Amazing Grace, this is an hilarious and eccentric look at our shared history.

The play is directed by Gareth Tudor-Price, former Artistic Director of Hull Truck Theatre Company, and best known for his work on classic stage comedies, Bouncers, Up N Under and Cooking With Elvis.

With 390 cows, a load of monks and a big important dusty book, it’s a fast moving play with three actors playing 39 different characters… and even if you don’t know any of the history, it’s all just great knockabout fun.

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To win a pair of tickets for the show have a go at the quiz below and see how well you know the history of the North East!


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  • Date: Sunday 21st July 2013
  • Time: 7.30pm
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