THE Queen's Hall Arts Centre in Hexham has announced its upcoming autumn season plus a new Christmas show which young people can get involved in for the first time.

Artistic director Katy Taylor said: "It's been a joy to reconnect with our local community at live events since we reopened.

"We've been listening to our audiences and we've lined up an autumn season we hope they'll love, packed with North East talent and stories alongside some of the UK's best touring theatre companies, live music, stand up comedy and family shows.

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Hexham Courant: Megson, one act due to perform this autumnMegson, one act due to perform this autumn

"Plus, there'll be lots of things for people to get involved in, including an opportunity for young people to perform in our main stage Christmas production for the first time.

"During lockdown we worked hard to make our building more accessible, so it's a real pleasure to present shows like Icarus Theatre's The Lesson which uses new Creative Captioning technology for deaf and hard of hearing audiences, and to welcome the Lawnmowers to Hexham for the first time, a brilliant North East theatre company run by and for people with learning difficulties."

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Hexham Courant: The Wind in The Willows design by Lisa KirkbrideThe Wind in The Willows design by Lisa Kirkbride

Theatre highlights include new productions made in the North East alongside acclaimed touring companies, plus the new Christmas show co-produced by Alnwick Playhouse, Queen's Hall Arts and Alnwick Gardens.

Adapted by award-winning playwright Mike Kenny, The Wind in the Willows will premiere at the Queen's Hall from December 10 until December 31 before playing at The Alnwick Garden next summer.

Lawnmowers Theatre Ensemble questions Hollywood's casting in their empowering new show, Retake, Remake, in Hexham on September 20. 

Hexham Courant: 11 piece band, The Unthanks11 piece band, The Unthanks

Caroline Burrows' one-woman poetry show, Turning Pedals into Poems, sees her travel to rural locations sustainably by bike and she will come to Hexham on September 13.

These Hills Are Ours will come to Hexham on September 14, and bring narrative and song together.

Rich Hall will perform on September 17, fresh on the heels of his critically-acclaimed memoirs, Nailing It.

Hexham Courant: Charlotte Ryder as Meggie Magicia, due to perform at the Queen's Hall. Image: Matt Jamie Charlotte Ryder as Meggie Magicia, due to perform at the Queen's Hall. Image: Matt Jamie

Award-winning Elysium Theatre Company will bring landmark drama on love and marriage, A Doll's House, to Hexham on 28 and 29 September. 

My Voice Was Heard But It Was Ignored, due to be performed on October 6, is an interrogation of racial identity from the acclaimed national touring theatre, Red Ladder.

The Unthanks, an 11 piece band, will play live music on October 23 to mark the release of their new album, Sorrows Away, while Teeside folk duo Megson will perform their new album Unknown Waters on October 24.