Customs House

The third annual South Tyneside Comedy Festival looks set to be the biggest and best yet, with several more big names added to the bill. Gary Delaney, Paul Sinha, Jo Caulfield, Angela Barnes, Justin Moorhouse, Scott Bennett and Steffen Peddie join previously announced acts, Brennan Reece and Carl Hutchinson, for the 10-day comedy extravaganza at […]

The Customs House cinema is holding special screenings of Grease to mark the 40th anniversary of its release. The musical, starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John as High School sweethearts Danny Zuko and Sandy Olsson, was released in 1978 to both critical and commercial acclaim. It spawned a sequel and sing-a- long version and remains […]

Arbuthnot is back for more fun and frolics at The Customs House in an all-new show. The panto favourite is staging his own game show at the South Shields theatre during the Easter holidays. What could possibly go wrong? Arbuthnot’s Super Happy Silly Fun Game Show combines singing, dancing and audience participation in a riotous, […]

The Customs House is looking for creepy and kooky young actors to join its Summer School production of The Addams Family. And if they’re mysterious and spooky too, all the better! The Addams Family started as a cartoon series in The New Yorker, penned by American cartoonist Charles Addams, which ran from 1938 until his […]

Recruitment is underway for a team of volunteers to lead a youth arts festival here in the North East. Each year, The Customs House in South Shields, is taken over by emerging artists and arts professionals for a week of theatre, cinema, music, dance, poetry, hip hop and visual art. The Takeover Festival runs throughout […]

Rehearsals are in full swing for a community play written in celebration of South Tyneside’s greatest year. The Day Muhammad Ali came to South Shields runs from Tuesday, March 6, to Saturday, March 10, at The Customs House in South Shields. It has been written by David Cooke and Grahame Wright, the team behind the […]

Fiona Martin, deputy director of The Customs House, has been shortlisted for a prestigious national award for her work with aspiring actors. The Creative  Cultural Skills Awards shine a light on the individuals who have shown an outstanding commitment to skill development and learning in the creative industries. Those who have been shortlisted ensure the […]

A timeless comedy set in the classrooms of a struggling school is coming to The Customs House. Teechers was written by John Godber in 1984 and first performed by The Hull Truck Theatre Company at the 1987 Edinburgh Festival. Blackeyed Theatre is reviving the play for a third time, following its highly-acclaimed productions in 2013 […]


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