17th December 2019
Welcome to your weekly round-up of goings on here at The
Is Snow White the fairest panto in the land? Oh yes it is! This year’s Little Panto with the Big Heart, Snow White, opened three weeks ago to across the board critical acclaim and rave reviews. Written by Ray Spencer and Graeme Thompson, the show has been an enormous hit with audiences old and young who are delighting in our take on the classic fairy tale. Don't miss this “extra special”, “must see show”. Tickets are selling extremely fast with a lot of shows now sold out. A truly original and completely magical panto, secure your seats now before they're all gone, because let's face it, a Christmas without The Customs House panto, really isn't Christmas at all.
Elfluent, the naughtiest elf in all the land, is back for one final hurrah in The Naughty Elves and the Shoemaker. Guaranteed to be a yuletide show both you and your little ones will love, it's jam-packed with the marvellous mischievousness that you've come to expect from Elfuent and his gang of jolly japesters. This Saturday, we have the perfect festive event for you and your little ones. Lunch with Santa and Family Magic Show with Mister Twister is guaranteed to raise a smile and a giggle this festive season. With a scrumptious two course meal, a magic show, face painting and an opportunity to meet the big man himself, there's no better way to get the kids into the Christmas mood.
Join us on Thursday 19th December for some festive fizz and afternoon tea as we inaugurate Jamie Lambert into our Honorary Fellows programme. The local lad rose to fame on Britain’s Got Talent as one quarter of Collabro. After winning series 8 of the popular Saturday night TV show, their career has gone from strength to strength, culminating in a headline appearance at the Royal Albert Hall earlier this year. Now a major international star, his talent was spotted at a very young age. He fell in love with live performance and began appearing at several venues across the region, most notably The Customs House, which despite his nationwide stardom and acclaim, he still refers to as Home.
The event will take place on Thursday 19th December in the Daltons Suite from 5pm. Jamie will be presented with his fellowship award and take part in an interview. It’s sure to be a truly enchanting evening.
We hope to see you all soon.
Thank you for your continued support of The Customs House.
Wednesday 27th November- Sunday 5th January
As part of our 25th Anniversary celebrations the Little Panto with the Big Heart presents Snow White.
Our Evil Queen, having banished her fair sister in a mirror, is now forced to look after her ward Snow White. Driven evil by her jealousy, she wishes to dispose of the fairest in the land. Will Dame Bella and Arbuthnot save the day or will our heroes Sniffy and Whiffy smell something is rotten in the state of Cooksonville and help the Prince of the North find his true love.
Come join us at the fairest panto in the land. Starring Ray Spencer, Davey Hopper, Annie Guy, Steven Lee Hamilton, Charlie
Raine, Luke Maddison, Bethan Amber, and Dale Jewitt
The Naughty Elves and the Shoemaker
Saturday 30th November - Tuesday 24th December
The Customs House Presents The Little Panto for Little
People. Santa’s Naughty Elf is back, but for the final time, with a story you all know
and love…with an Elfluent twist.
The Naughty Elves and the Shoemaker, featuring Santa’s Naughty Elf, shows that even the naughtiest elf can
make dreams come true this Christmas.
show is perfect for under 7s, as they will also receive a gift from Santa, and with tickets only £10 each, it's perfect for parents too.
Wednesday 11th December from 6 to 8pm | FREE EVENT thanks to the Community Foundation Registration essential
Register for a place on our newest project Ours/Us/We our new group for LGBTQ+ young people aged 14 to 21.
Ours/Us/We is led by the inspiring writer and performer Melody Sproates but what we do is up to you.
Will we make zines? Create music or visual art? Do you have an idea for a performance? Together we will decide then work alongside other inspiring LGBTQ+ artists and role models exploring the arts in a safe and inclusive space.
If you have any questions or want to register for a place email Izzy@customshouse.co.uk
Honorary Fellows Festive Fizz & Afternoon Tea
Thursday 19th December
Join us on Thursday 19th December for some festive fizz and
afternoon tea as we inaugurate local lad and one quarter of Collabro, Jamie Lambert, into our Honorary Fellows
Honorary Fellowships are awarded to people who originate from, or have been associated with, South Tyneside, and have gone on to make a significant contribution to the development of arts and entertainment locally, nationally and internationally. Jamie joins a very exclusive club of Honorary Fellows that includes Sarah Millican, Jason Cook, Chris Ramsay, Jade Thirlwall, Encore, Ann-Marie Owens, John Woodvine, John Hays, Tom Kelly, John Miles, Andy Bogle, Lindsay Kemp, Sheila Graber, Bob Olley, Alex Ferguson, Richard Ord, George Irving and Sandford Goudie.
Lunch with Santa and Family Magic Show with Mister Twister
Saturday 21st December
Enjoy a festive 2 course lunch accompanied by a magical performance from Mr Twister. The big man himself will also be stopping by to say hello, pose for photos and to even steal a spot of lunch!
Friday 17th January
The Foundations announced their arrival on the swinging sixties music scene with international chart toppers Build Me Up Buttercup and Baby, Now That I’ve Found You plus a string of other hits including Back On My Feet Again, Any Old Time (You’re Lonely And Sad), In The Bad Bad Old Days (Before You Loved Me) and Born To Live, Born To Die.
Now original lead guitarist/vocalist Alan Warner is keeping the magnificent sound of The Foundations alive with a group of hugely talented musicians. Don’t miss an evening of iconic music.
Adam Rowe- The Pinnacle Tour
Saturday 18th January
Back by popular demand following his sold-out show in January 2017 & 2018, Adam returns to The Customs House following a smash hit run at the Edinburgh Fringe.
Blow away those post-Christmas cobwebs in the company of one of the UK’s fastest rising and funniest comedy stars.
Murder at Castle Doon
Saturday 25th January
Murder at Castle Doon: Murder Mystery Evening
A hilarious and interactive comedy dinner show specially for Burns Night £35.00 / Includes a 3 course meal
7:15pm guest arrival and 7:30pm entertainment starts
Ballet Theatre UK: The Wizard of Oz
Sunday 26th January
Enjoy Dorothy, the Scarecrow, Tinman, and Lion, (and yes Toto too) as they seek the Wonderful Wizard to find that there’s no place like home.
The Wizard of Oz is a two act, full-length, ballet adaptation of the iconic tale by L. Frank Baum, told through the magic of classical dance. Set to a classical score which brings the story to life, this production is family friendly and is the perfect way to introduce children to the classical ballet.
The production is presented with beautiful backdrops, stunning theatrical sets and costumes evoking the iconic sketches by W.W. Denslow, from the original publication.
South Shields On Film
Sunday 26th January
If you like South Shields, you’ll love this. From the area’s shipbuilding and river work heritage to footage of its famous writers – Catherine Cookson and James Mitchell, South Shields on Film will take you on a visual journey through the history of the people and places of South Tyneside caught on celluloid over the last century.
Selected from North East Film Archive’s remarkable collection of films, this specially curated, entertaining, film show reveals a fascinating portrait. From home movies, local documentaries and Tyne Tees Television productions, the films capture the changing landscape, industries, sights, sounds, faces and places of South Shields and the surrounding area.
This screening is brought to you as part of our North East on Film project, connecting the people and communities of the region with their film heritage, through special screenings and events and online activities and is supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
The Customs House
Mill Dam, South Shields
Box Office: 0191 454 1234