Queen’s Hall Arts Centre announces Summer programme

Image: The Queen’s Hall – photo credit Jason Thompson Sound Ideas Media

The Queen!s Hall Arts Centre in Hexham has announced a sizzling Summer programme celebrating the local community.

Special events for the Queen’s Jubilee, Hexham Book Festival and Tynedale Community Choir’s 20th Birthday, alongside live music, theatre, dance, stand-up comedy and family shows, including a new adaptation of The Secret Garden set in Northumberland, commissioned by Queen’s Hall Arts and premiering at the Hexham Book Festival.

Artistic Director Katy Taylor said, “We’re delighted to finally share the beautiful music created by Bridie Jackson and performed by North East musicians, celebrating the Unsung Heroes who made a difference in our local community during the pandemic. Rehearsals are already underway for a new adaptation of The Secret Garden, set right here in Northumberland. And we’ve got more live performances throughout the summer with something for audiences of all ages to enjoy.”

Summer highlights include:
The Secret Garden (12 June) – families are invited to discover the magic of The Secret Garden as writers Lisette Auton and Becci Sharrock join forces to bring an enchanting newly adapted version of this classic tale set in Northumberland.

Shakespeare!s Globe present Julius Caesar (24 June) – the Bard!s brutal tale of ambition and revolution comes to Hexham Abbey Grounds this summer with a special outdoor performance; Ancient Rome has never felt so close to home.

Unsung Heroes (21 July) celebrates local people who made a difference in their community during the pandemic. North East singer songwriter Bridie Jackson created beautiful new songs about people nominated by the public, and will perform live with local musicians to launch this augmented reality project and exhibition by international multimedia artists Davy & Kristin McGuire.

SING! Hexham Day of Song (25 June) will see Hexham come alive with singing workshops and performances to celebrate the Tynedale Community Choir!s 20th Birthday.

The Queen!s Hall continues to have Covid safety measures in place to keep audiences, artists and staff safe including encouraging face coverings, hand sanitiser stations, extra cleaning and e-tickets to avoid congestion at the box office. For more information or to book tickets visit http://www.queenshall.co.uk or call the box office on 01434652 477.

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