Jarrow Hall is delighted to announce that Newcastle-based theatre company Northern Stage will be performing their touring production of ‘The War of the Worlds’ for the first time in Jarrow on 13 October 2018.

The dynamic new critically-acclaimed production relocates H.G. Wells’ iconic novel to the North East of England in an inventive re-telling of a sci-fi classic.

Jarrow Hall is operated by Groundwork South Tyneside and Newcastle working with South Tyneside Council – which owns the Jarrow Hall land and buildings – to ensure the much-loved venue has a long-term future for the people of South Tyneside, the wider region and beyond.

Northern Stage is the largest producing theatre company in the North East of England and is regarded as one of the most important producing theatres in the UK. The company has built a reputation for fresh and relevant productions of modern classics that attract audiences of all ages.

Leigh Venus, Operations Manager (Culture and Heritage) at Groundwork South Tyneside and Newcastle, said:

“This is a really exciting new relationship that recognises the importance of investing in culture at Jarrow Hall through working with world-class companies like Northern Stage, and I’m thrilled to be working with their hugely-talented team.

“As South Tyneside continues to increase its profile as an excellent place to live, invest and work, this new relationship underlines the importance of working together to achieve common goals. Working together we can deliver high quality events in the heart of South Tyneside right here at Jarrow Hall, events that enable a wide range of people from the local community and beyond to benefit from an increasingly exciting, vibrant and creative place.

“Tickets are now on sale and moving fast so I would urge people to book early to avoid disappointment. We are keen to explore further productions with Northern Stage and look forward to continuing working with them in the future.”

Matt Runham, Senior Producer at Northern Stage, said

“Northern Stage are delighted to be performing The War of the Worlds at Jarrow Hall in the Autumn. It’s great to be able to take work out on tour to different venues and communities across the North East and to develop new audiences. This is the first time we will be taking work to Jarrow and we are hoping this is the start of a longer-term relationship.”

Jarrow Hall has played host to a number of cultural events over the summer including The Pantaloons’ knockabout versions of ‘The Importance of Being Ernest’ and ‘As You Like It’ outdoors in the Anglo-Saxon Village, as well as the return of TOPH Films to accompany classic silent horror film Häxan with a one-of-a-kind live electronic-based score.

Leigh Venus adds:

“Genuine and meaningful engagement with the local community is deeply rooted in Groundwork’s values, and arts and culture are a fantastic way to do this. Our aim is to consistently deliver great experiences so each of our events brings something unique to the year-round programme at Jarrow Hall, offering a fantastic showcase of creativity and talent.”

Tickets are available from the Bede Museum reception, over the phone on 0191 424 1585 during public opening times, or online via https://www.jarrowhall.org.uk/event/the-war-of-the-worlds