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Peacock tickets now online

Wed 12 July 2017

The tour is growing from strength to strength.

The whole creative team is now and place, and the backroom staff are working round the clock to get everything in place to make this the biggest and best Cranked Anvil production since we formed five years ago.

The tour will come to its conclusion in Sunderland itself, at the heart of the cultural quarter in the newly refurbished Peacock.  We’ve been to see the venue, and it’s excellent.  And we’re thrilled and very proud that our production will be the first ever full theatrical show to be staged there.

If you want to see the show (PLUS an ‘extra time’ added bonus – to be announced soon!) you can now book tickets online here.  They’re priced at £10, £8 concs.  It promises to be a pretty special night, and tickets will sell fast, so don’t miss out!

See you there.  Ha’way the lads!

Casting Announcement

Mon 26 June 2017

Steve Arnott

After a successful meeting yesterday afternoon, we’re very happy to announce today that the veteran North East actor Steve Arnott is joining Cranked Anvil to play the part of Dave Corner in our September production Cornered.

Steve will perhaps be best known for his roles in pantos for Qdos at the Theatre Royal Newcastle, and has most recently played the part of the Weasel King in Reece Sibald’s touring production of Wind In The Willows.

He says he’s very pleased to be creating the role of Davey Corner in Jeff Brown’s brand new play, and is looking forward to getting his teeth into the project.

The show – in a double bill with Paul Dunn’s Wise Men Say – opens at the Customs House in South Shields on 6th September, before touring to Durham Gala, Washington Arts Centre, The Peacock Sunderland, and two special performances at the Southwark Brewery in London. You can find all information, including where to book tickets, here. (Don’t delay – they’ll sell out fast!)

The ball is rolling on our Autumn production

Wed 12 April 2017

Word has started to get out about our September production – a double-bill of plays about Sunderland AFC!

‘Wise Men Say’ by Paul Dunn, and ‘Cornered’ by Jeff Brown, will tour into venues around the region later this year, and we’re anticipating it to be as popular as our 2014 production of I Left My Heart In Roker Park – so don’t delay if you want to come and see it!

It’s already booked into The Londonderry in Sunderland, The Gala Theatre Durham, Customs House South Shields, and the Arts Centre at Washington.  The show has already gone on sale at some of the venues, and tickets have started to fly out the door!

For info on dates – and links to book tickets – take a look at our show page.

Also, we’re hoping to be able to announce further dates and venues soon, so keep checking back to our website here, or keep an eye on our facebook and twitter pages.


Will the real Romeo & Juliet please stand up!

Sat 27 Feb 2016

Brogan Gilbert & David Jackson in the title roles
Brogan Gilbert & David Jackson in the title roles

First of all, we must say a huge thanks to our good freinds Jack Young and Amie Jeffels, who helped us out with the photoshoot of our Shakespeare posters recently.  (Which you can read about here.)

But we’re now delighted to announce that the actors playing those parts in April will be the very talented David Jackson and Brogan Gilbert.  And today they met in the rehearsal room and read the parts together for the first time.

The chemistry between them was instant, and we know they’re going to bring these young characters to life in our contemporary production.  So it was great that we managed to capture a little bit of that chemistry in a photoshoot with them, which will soon be on all our posters and flyers.

David was most recently seen on stage at the People’s in Newcastle in their critically acclaimed production, Eight, whilst Brogan has made TV appearances in Wolfblood and The Dumping Ground, as well as appearing regularly on the stage at Live Theatre in the all-girl sketch group Your Aunt Fanny.  Later this year they’ll both be auditioning for drama school, so we’re delighted that they’re working with us before going on to further develop their blossoming careers.

Romeo and Juliet is playing at Alphabetti Theatre in Newcastle, 26-29 April, then two performances at the Alun Armstrong theatre in Stanley on 3o April.  Make sure you book well in advance to avoid missing out!

Vote for us in the What’s On Where 2015 Awards

Thur 15 Jan 2015


After the news earlier this week that our production of ‘I Left My Heart In Roker Park’ was named Best Revival of 2014 by the British Theatre Guide’s North East editor Peter Lathan, we’re pleased to see that the Sunderland Echo are holding their What’s On Where awards again this year. Here’s what they say on their website:

Once again, we are looking for the very best in the arts, culture, hospitality and leisure sectors of Wearside. Enter your nominations here.
The awards are held in association with our weekly entertainments guide, Wow 24/7, and aim to reward the elite in everything from restaurants to children’s venues, takeaways to parks and community areas, and hotels to the best shopping experience.

It’s only the second time we have held the awards and we want to build on the success of last year’s great inaugural competition.

That’s where you come in. We want you to nominate your favourites in each of the categories listed.


So, if you saw ‘I Left My Heart…’ in 2014, and you think it deserves a vote under the Best Show/Performance Of The Year category, please take a few minutes to go to their website and nominate Paul and/or the show.

Thanks everyone.

actor Paul Dunn in performance
actor Paul Dunn in performance