On song for Christ­mas at fes­tive shows

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McColl’s Ra­dio Bal­lads.

Com­poser Chris Green said: “A Christ­mas Carol is one of those rare works of literature that has been com­pletely as­sim­i­lated into the pop­u­lar con­scious­ness.

“It’s a tale that has been re­told and rein­vented by each gen­er­a­tion for the last 170 years, much like a clas­sic folk song, so it seems a nat­u­ral pro­gres­sion to retell it us­ing tra­di­tional melodies with new words.”

A Christ­mas Carol: A Folk Opera is the per­fect show for any­one look­ing to re­cap­ture the sim­ple Yule­tide de­lights of fel­low­ship, laugh­ter and good cheer.

Tick­ets for the show, priced £12.50, or £11 for Friends of The Cus­toms House, are avail­able from the box­of­fice on (0191) 454 1234 or on­line at www.cus­tomshouse.co.uk

A Christ­mas Carol in one in a num­ber of sea­sonal shows be­ing staged at the Cus­toms House over the next few weeks.

Other fes­tive of­fer­ings at the South Ty­ne­side venue in De­cem­ber in­clude:

A meal and en­ter­tain­ment from Danny Reed on Thurs­day, De­cem­ber 14, at 7pm.

Swing Sis­ters, from Wed­nes­day, De­cem­ber 20, un­til Fri­day, De­cem­ber 22, at 1.30pm.

Christ­mas Mur­der Mys­tery returns on Mon­day, De­cem­ber 11, and Tues­day, De­cem­ber 12, at 7.30pm, with a fes­tive who­dunit and a three-course meal.

Cin­ema screen­ings in­clude A Bad Mom’s Christ­mas, Mir­a­cle on 34 th Street, The Star, It’s A Won­der­ful Life, Home Alone, Elf and Padding­ton 2.

Pan­tomime The Lambton Worm, based on the folk tale, is run­ning across the Christ­mas and New Year hol­i­days un­til Jan­uary 6

For a New Year treat, why not head along to Ja­son Cook’s New Year’s Eve Com­edy Club on De­cem­ber 31. The X Fac­tor’s six semi-fi­nal acts will star in The X Fac­tor Live Tour 2018 when it’s held at Metro Ra­dio Arena, New­cas­tle, on Thurs­day, Fe­bru­ary 22.

A seventh wild­card act will then be de­cided via an on­line vote through The Sun news­pa­per’s web­site from all the acts to fea­ture in this year’s live shows.

The top six artists con­firmed to go on the tour are: Rak-Su, Grace Davies, Kevin Davy White, Lloyd Macey, The Cutkelvins and Matt Lin­nen.

Rak-Su are the first ever X Fac­tor act to have had two No.1 sin­gles on iTunes whilst be­ing on the show, rid­ing high in the charts with Dimelo and Mona Lisa, which also won them the week­end vote in Week 4.

Jude Rees, So­phie Matthews and Chris Green.

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