AS the year draws to a close, the new season of shows and exhibitions at the Queen’s Hall Arts Centre in Hexham promises to bring in the new year with a bang, and keep the excitement going.

Step into the new year this January by falling down the rabbit hole with Alice in Wonderland performed as a traditional pantomime by the 27Up members of Northumberland Young Farmers' Club, ideal for the whole family.

Also in January is an appearance by one of TV’s most well-known antique dealers, David Harper.

The star of Bargain Hunt and Antiques Roadtrip will be sharing his tales from the world of television, art and antiques, including the exciting antique finds, huge profits, even bigger losses, as well as historical journeys through time.

Described as Queer as Folk meets Bridget Jones, GUY: A New Musical will hit the stage in February telling the story of Guy, whose own insecurities lead him to pretend to be his best friend online in a rom-com about sexuality, body image, prejudice, and mental health. Performed by leo&hyde’s theatre company, the show was named the winner of best show at Birminghamfest 2018 and winner of best new writing at Buxton Fringe 2018.

Britain’s Got Talent 2019 finalist, West End star and multi award-winning magician, Ben Hart, will be casting a spell on audiences this February with his show Ben Hart: Wonder. Described by David Walliams as "the living embodiment of magic" on his debut tour, Ben will entertain audiences with the simplest of props, but by using the objects and minds of the audience, he will conjure a truly magical show for the whole family.

After three hugely successful BBC series as Lee Nelson, multiple sell-out tours and various court appearances following world famous stunts on Theresa May, Donald Trump, Kanye West and Britain’s Got Talent, comedian Simon Brodkin is coming to Hexham on his nationwide tour, 100% Simon Brodkin, in February.

March is a month for music at the centre. They’re be two performances as part of Hexham District and Music Society’s line up from the Sacconi Quartet, and joint soloists Toby Hughes on the double bass, and pianist Daniel King Smith. For little ones there’s Opera North’s adaption of the classic Dr Suess story Green Eggs and Ham, featuring two opera singers and a nine-piece orchestra. The performance is designed to be a ideal introduction to opera for children.

Also in March, Dance company VERVE will bring four distinct and physically ambitious pieces of work to the stage from Olivier award-winning dance theatre maker Botis Seva, dancers and acclaimed choreographers Lali Ayguadé and choreographer Douglas Thorpe, and rising star in Scandinavian contemporary dance, Mari Carrasco.

A new partnership between young people, artists and the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty brings Bug Fest 2020 climate change exhibition to the Queen’s Hall in March. The exhibition hopes to answer the question ‘where have all the bugs gone?’, but looking at the the impact of loss of biodiversity and extinctions in bugs of all kinds.

In April, transport back to Walmington-on-Sea with actors David Benson and Jack Lane as they bring to life Perry and Croft’s classic characters in three episodes of the Dad’s Army Radio Show. The performers will work from original radio scripts, complete with sound effects, vintage music and all of the original characters.

Packed to the brim with cream teas, join comedy performer Helen Wood as she tells of her one-woman quest to visit every National Trust property and become the charity’s biggest super-fan in The National Trust Fan Club in April.

For the whole family comes WOLF! in April, a performance by Kitchen Zoo theatre group which tells the tale of shepherd Jack, whose boredom of sheep leads him to find a new interest in the mysterious wolf who is plaguing his village.

With original music, puppetry and a twist on the tale you thought you knew, find out what happens when Jack cries “WOLF!”

Coming to the centre in April is more than just tribute band, it’s an experience. Performing hits which span over five decades, is The Quo Experience, with a full stage show legendary Status Quo wall of white Marshalls and replica guitars.

Regular weekly courses and workshops will take place across the season.

These include the Queen’s Hall Youth Theatre, which holds weekly sessions for four youth theatre groups, and have regular projects and collaborations with other artists and youth theatres lined up. For the songbirds out there, there’s the Tynedale Community Choir, which holds weekly sessions at St Aidan’s Church in Hexham.

For a full list of shows, dates and times visit www.queenshall.co.uk