Darlington Arts Festival has a host of theatre and film events for you this year including west-end hits, touring productions, Shakespeare shows and a special screening of Suffragette as part of the National Council of Women’s Centenary Celebration.

Phil Daniels stars in the Touring Consortium Theatre Company’s production of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde at Darlington Hippodrome on 19th May. It is one of two shows that the newly restored Hippodrome is hosting as Thriller Live! will be returning for a five-day run from May 28th until 2nd June.

We also welcome smaller drama groups to this year’s festival as three productions of critically acclaimed texts take place at Crown Street Library. The first will be an adaptation of Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations, performed by Hogarth Players on the 22nd and 23rd of May. On the 24th May and 25th May, Darlington Green Theatre returns to the festival with a production of Under Milk Wood by Dylan Thomas. The Crown Street performances will conclude with a production of ’night, Mother by Applause Theatre on the 1st and 2nd of June. Seating at Crown Street is limited to 50 each house; tickets available on the door but to avoid disappointment please buy in advance from Hippodrome box offices.

Jo Potter, Chair of Darlington for Culture, said: ‘I am delighted that the Gallery in Crown Street Library is continuing to be used for community drama. I very much hope that people will support Darlington’s drama groups by coming to see these three very diverse productions being promoted as a ‘mini drama festival’ within the Arts Festival.”

To end the festival season there is a family-friendly show, Whatever the Weather, hosted by Theatre Hullabaloo. It is presented by the M6 Theatre Company, in association with Polka Theatre, and will capture the imagination of the youngest audience members with its whimsical characters and highly visual cues.

19 May Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde Darlington Hippodrome
21 May Suffragette Forum Music Centre
22 and 23 May Great Expectations Crown Street Gallery
24 and 25 May Under Milk Wood Crown Street Gallery
28 May to 2 June Thriller Live Darlington Hippodrome
1 and 2 June ‘night, Mother Crown Street Gallery
1 and 2 June Whatever the Weather (Ages 3+) The Hullabaloo