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Byline: Sophie Barley Reporter

MANY plays and stories have been brought to life on the Middlesbrough eatre stage over the decades.

e venue, previously called Middlesbrough Little eatre, is a popular attraction for the town and is renowned for its annual pantomimes.

e theatre opened in 1957 and was one of the rst new theatres built in England after the Second World War.

e year 1999 saw a number of great performances including its Cinderella pantomime in which Eve Steele took the main role.

Also in 1999 there was a performance of Dead of Night and another of Oklahoma.

In April 1999 the theatre played host to a performance of comedy Whoopsa-Daisy and in November there was a Goldilocks pantomime. Dozens of schools put on shows at the theatre that year, while sta from North Riding Inrmary performed Dick Turpin.

Pupils from King's Manor School presented a 20-minute version of Shakespeare's Macbeth at the theatre in March 2000.

Later on that year the venue put on a performance of Aladdin.


| Diana Davies as the Fairy Godmother and Eve Steele as Cinderella in1999, above, |and Sue Tyler of Sue Thornton Dance Academy taking dancers through their steps at rehearsals in December1998, above left, for the Cinderella panto production

| Rory Thersby as Gareth, above, in a 1999 production of Philadelphia |Here I Come and dress rehearsals for Dead of Night, below, with, from left, David Appleton as Jack, Julian Casey as Dennis, Barbara Appleton as Lynne and Helen Coverdale as Maggie the same year

Pupils of King's Manor School, Middlesbrough, rehear-|ing their 20-minute version of Shakespeare's Macbeth ahead of a production in March 2000, above

Middlesbrough Little Theatre youth section, above, won six awards at |the Saltburn Drama Festival in 1999

From left, North Riding Infirmary staff Sarah Danieli as Katie Cuddlesome, Claudia Godfrey as Dick Turpin and Andree Welsh as Parson Goodfellow , above and |above right, in a 1999 production of Dick Turpin at Middlesbrough Theatre

Jo-Anne Easter gets ready for a production of Goldilocks in1999, left, while Julie Dewick, who played Dandini in Cinderella, meets Nicola Gott, nine, |making Christmas decorations at Hemlington Library in 1998, above left. Above right is Sue Brackenbury set to play Shirley Valentine in 2000

The cast of |Oklahoma getting ready for their performance in April 1999, with Steve McNichol as Will Parker and Alison Dale as Ado Annie, left. Below, from left, are Barbara Everitt as Aunt Eller, Sue Edmondson as Laurey and Alan Phelps as Curly

| Stagecoach Theatre Arts at Middlesbrough |College in1999, left, and dress rehearsals for Summertine Aladdin, right, with Carrie Shaw and Laura James in June 2000

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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Mar 3, 2015
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