THRILLING drama, hilarious stand-up and a variety of Christmas themed shows are on the cards at a popular venue in the coming months.

Bishop Auckland Town Hall’s autumn programme sees a number of theatre productions including Charles Dickens’ Barnaby Rudge, a story of mystery and suspense set against the backdrop of the Gordon Riots of 1780 on Wednesday, September 13.

For the younger audiences Do Not Enter the Monster Zoo, a show based on the book by Amy Sparkes and Sara Ogilvie will be on the stage as part of this year’s Durham Book Festival on Wednesday, October 4 and is suitable for under sevens.

People can get into the Christmas spirit with three festive performances, starting with Welcome to Paradise which takes a tongue in cheek look at the festive season on Saturday, November 18.

From Saturday, November 25 to Monday, November 27, pantomime Dick Whittington and his Pirate Adventure comes to the venue

On Thursday, December 21, families can watch The Princess and the Goblin.

There is also plenty of music planned for the coming months, with The Avison Ensemble performing music from Handel, Purcell, and Corelli on Wednesday, September 20.

Later in the season, 60s band My Generation return to Bishop Auckland to keep audiences entertained with music from The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Gerry and the Pacemakers on Saturday, October 14.

To view the full autumn programme and book tickets, visit bishopaucklandtownhall.org.uk or call 03000-269524.