Whitley Bay rainbow lightshow

What’s on this weekend: March 2-4

This week’s top pick

Golden Rainbow - St Mary’s Lighthouse. 6pm-12pm. Every night until the 4th March.

Until the end of this week, a rainbow coloured light beam will be shone five miles along the North Tyneside coastline. Starting at St Mary’s Lighthouse in Whitley Bay, the beam has reportedly been seen from Sunderland. American artist and designer of the ‘Global Rainbow’, Yvette Mattern created the spectacle as part of the Cultural Oympiad, in which art exhibitions will be taking place throughout the country.

Theatre

The Taming of the Shrew – The Theatre Royal. Friday 2nd and Saturday 5th. Tickets from £14.

The Royal Shakespeare Company returns to the Theatre Royal with romantic comedy, ‘The Taming of the Shrew’ to celebrate their 50th Birthday. The play tells the tale of Katharina, daughter of a rich man who wants his daughters wed, but not until Katharina has been tamed of her wild ways.

Music

AV Festival 12: Lament for John Cage – The Sage Gateshead. Saturday 3rd March. 8pm. Tickets £15.

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of John Cage, the performances are themed ‘as slow as possible’. The song ‘Postcard From Heaven’ will be performed by Rhodri Davies on a solo harp. For fans of slow experimental music.

Cinema

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel – Tyneside Cinema Newcastle. Friday 2nd March.

A lighthearted, film which stars the likes of Judi Dench, Bill Nightly, Tom Wilkinson and Maggie Smith. After retiring and dissatisfied with their lives in England, the group moves to the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, India. Under the illusion of a luxurious retirement option, they are in fact faced with a rundown home and unraveling life.

Food & Drink

Newcastle Farmers Market: Grey’s Monument Newcastle. Friday 2nd March. 9am – 2.30pm.

Fresh produce, all sourced from a 50 mile radius will be sold at the farmers market ran by the Newcastle City Council. The market holds a whole range of local farmers, growers and producers with something for everyone.

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