Arts Centre Washington new season

Arts Centre Washington's new season

A new year and a new season full of theatre, dance, music, exhibitions, comedy and films at Arts Centre Washington

This Spring season for selected shows in the theatre and dance programme audiences are being asked to ‘pay what you decide’. You can book your tickets as normal, then decide after watching the show what you think the price should be, so you really have nothing to lose!

Pay What You Decide shows include ‘Stowaway’, a story about a man from India who finds himself on an extraordinary journey; ‘Made Up’ a heart-warming play about friendship and the faces that we show to the world; and ‘Launch Day’ a brand new piece of contemporary dance inspired by our shipbuilding heritage!

Other highlights of the Theatre programme include ‘Baby Love’ – set in the 1960’s club land of the North East, this love story is packed full of great sixties songs. ‘The Town Meeting’ is an interactive piece of theatre, where you play the part of a town resident and help make the biggest decision in the town’s history! ‘The End of the Pier’ is a brand new comedy from award winning Washington playwright Neil Armstrong.  A music hall double act have been married for 25 year, but their only desire now is to kill each other!

In May The University of Sunderland’s Drama students take over the theatre for the month long ‘Sunfest’. Shakespeare’s The Tempest and King Lear will be on the menu alongside more contemporary plays by Sean O’Casey and William Wycherley.

As ever the centre has a fantastic offer of great theatre for children and families, who can watch two super heroes overcome their rivalry at a Tadpole catching competition in ‘Tadpoles’, visit Flounder Rock Lighthouse and its comical ‘Three Keepers’ or take in ‘The (Almost) Complete History of Britain’!

Stand Up Comedy is in plentiful supply with the return of the family’s favourite funny man (and occasional disco dancer) Patrick Monaghan and his new show ‘The Disco Years’. As well as the return of The Grinning Idiot Comedy Club the arts centre also hosts debut gigs for 'The Suggestibles' and their famous improve-comedy show and cult Tyneside comedian Gavin Webster.

Young dancers will be strutting their stuff in the fantastic ‘Pulse’ dance showcase and Young Artists can show off their talent as part of the ‘Youth Arts Exhibition’. 

There will also be copious amounts of live music.  Look out for tributes to ABBA - As Good as New, Ultimate Bowie and VertigoU2. The arts centre is also very proud to be home to the award winning Davy Lamp Folk Club which will now be taking place on the first Saturday of every month, upcoming acts include Greg Russell + Ciaran Algar, The Paul McKenna Band, Bruce Molsky plus many more. Also taking the stage will be one of Sunderland’s finest up and coming musical talents ‘Social Room’ following from the success of their debut single SR7.

Alongside all of that the centre plays host to activities, classes and courses for all ages and abilities to take part in the arts.

For more information on all Arts Centre Washington events visit or call 0191 219 3455.

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Perhaps Sunderland's most prominent landmark is Penshaw Monument. It was built in 1844 in honour of the first Earl of Durham, John George Lambton. Penshaw was modelled on Theseion, the Temple of Thesus in Athens.

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