10 Things to do in the North East this weekend and beyond

War Horse, Sunderland Empire, until February 23

War Horse is the ‘mane’ attraction at Sunderland Empire after galloping back to the venue this week.
Following its visit in 2014, it’s returned for a three-week run until February 23.
The stunning drama is based on the beloved novel by Michael Morpurgo.
Read our review here.

RSC's Romeo & Juliet, Theatre Royal, Newcastle, until February 9

The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) has marked its return to Newcastle Theatre Royal with a production of the tragic love story Romeo and Juliet, which is running until Saturday.
Ripped apart by the bitter divisions of their parents, Romeo and Juliet risk everything to be together. The most famous story of love at first sight explodes with intense passion and an irresistible desire for change. Will this spark a revolution, or will the division continue to tear through generations?
Directed by RSC Deputy Artistic Director, Erica Whyman, the production features Bally Gill and Karen Fishwick in the roles of Romeo and Juliet.
The production also features eight youngsters from the region who will perform in the chorus as two teams of four performers.

Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing, Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens, until May 6

Leonardo Da Vinci: A Life In Drawing is at Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens until May 6.
It features 12 drawings by the Italian master which are on show as part of a national tour to mark the 500th anniversary of his death.
Sunderland is one of only 12 UK venues chosen by the Royal Collection Trust to simultaneously host the exhibition.
Tickets are £2.50.
More on the exhibition here.

Collabro, The Customs House, South Shields, Sunday, February 10

Collabro will be at The Customs House, South Shields, on Sunday, February 10.
The musical theatre group’s Road to the Royal Albert Hall Tour, which will see them perform 51 dates, kicks off in South Tyneside and will see the group perform at a variety of intimate theatres and iconic venues over three months, before finishing the tour at the world renowned Royal Albert Hall in London.
More from Tel: 0191 454 1234.

Jenni Murray, Gala Theatre, Durham, February 11

Jenni Murray presents A History of the World in 21 Women at Gala Theatre Durham on Monday at 7.30pm.
She celebrates the lives, struggles and achievements of women who have had a profound impact on the shaping of our world – rescuing some from obscurity and shining a new light on familiar names.
She talks about her most engaging and terrifying interviews at the helm of BBC Radio 4’s Women’s Hour.

Abba night, Independent, Sunderland, February 9

Clubbers are encouraged to channel their inner Björn and Agnetha and dress up for an Abba night which takes place at Independent in Holmeside, Sunderland, on Saturday, from 11pm to 3am.
It’s being hosted by Vice City, who have hosted similar 70s and 80s events around the UK.
As well as Abba music, there’ll be tracks from other classics of the era from the likes of Bee Gees, Boney M, Bowie, Blondie, KC & The Sunshine Band and Elton John.

Piano recital, Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens, February 12

The 75th season continues with a piano recital to be given by Florian Mitria on Tuesday, February 12, at 7.15pm in the Pottery Room at Sunderland Museum.
British-Romanian born pianist Florian will be playing works by Mozart, Beethoven and Chopin.
Tickets on the door are £12.50, £6 for students over 16 and those claiming unemployment benefit, accompanied children free.

Professor Brian Cox. Newcastle Arena, February 8

Professor Brian Cox Universal World Tour is at Utilita Arena (formerly Metro Radio Arena) on Friday.
Having set two Guinness World Record titles with his previous sell-out live UK and Ireland tour, Professor Brian Cox, OBE, is heading back out on the road with a brand new show for 2019.
He said: “On the last tour I loved talking about astronomy and cosmology in very large venues that usually only host rock bands. The great advantage was the ability to use vast, state of the art screens to display images of the cosmos as we’ve never seen them before. 30 meter-wide images from the Hobble Space Telescope are certainly something to behold. On this new tour, I’m going to go a step further with the technology, to the horror of my promoter because it’ll be bloody expensive.”

Hello Again, Billingham Forum, February 9

Hello Again is at Billingham Forum on Saturday at 7.30pm.
Evocative imagery, video and narration takes you on a musical journey through Neil Diamond’s glittering 50-year career. 
From The Bang Years to the present day, you’ll soon be singing along to all the hits including Sweet Caroline, Cracklin’ Rosie, Forever in Blue Jeans, Song Sung Blue, Hello Again, Love on the Rocks, America and many more.

Youth Arts Display, Arts Centre Washington, March 9

The annual Youth Arts Exhibition has opened at Arts Centre Washington.
Entitled Bright Lights, this year’s display runs until March 9.
This year’s exhibition takes a twist as the young artists also become the gallery curators.
All the works have been made by talented young artists in the city aged 11 to 19.
Entry is free. Tel: 0191 561 3455 or visit the website artscentrewashington.co.uk for more details.