"Theres an honesty in the sparseness. It feels like direct communication to the listener."
- Three-time Grammy winner, Kris Kristofferson with The Strangers
- President of the internationally renowned NGO, the Born Free Foundation, presents An Evening with Born Free's Will Travers OBE
- Experience over two hours of non-stop hits from pop to rock, soul to disco in a show that you will never forget - Thriller Live
- Following a sold out run in Australia and New Zealand, an evening of music and open discussion with Nick Cave
Kris Kristofferson and The Strangers
Monday 17 June, 7.30pm
Kris Kristofferson achieved remarkable success as a country songwriter at the start of the 1970s. His songs Me and Bobby McGee, Help Me Make It Through the Night, Sunday Morning Coming Down and For the Good Time all chart-topping hits, helped redefine country song writing. By 1987, it was estimated that more than 450 artists had recorded Kristofferson’s compositions.
Heralded as an artist’s artist, the three-time Grammy winner has recorded 30 albums, including three with pals Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings as part of the Highwaymen.
Kristofferson has spent three decades performing concerts all over the world, in most recent years in a solo acoustic setting, which puts the focus on the songs. "There’s an honesty in the sparseness. It feels like direct communication to the listener, he says. "I still have more fun when I’m with the band, but being alone is freer, somehow. It’s like being an old blues guy, just completely stripped away."
In addition to many other awards, Kristofferson is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, winner of the prestigious Johnny Mercer Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and was honoured with the American Veteran’s Association’s Veteran of the Year Award in 2002.
In Conversation about Compassionate Conservation: An Evening with Born Free's Will Travers OBE
Wednesday 19 June, 7.30pm
Will Travers OBE is President of the internationally renowned NGO, the Born Free Foundation, which is responsible for stopping wild animal suffering and protecting threatened species worldwide.
Will is joining Sage Gateshead in June to discuss Compassionate Conservation and to consider some of the most important issues facing wild animals today.
In 1966, Will’s parents, Virginia McKenna and Bill Travers, starred in the classic wildlife film Born Free. The film told the true story of conservationists Joy and George Adamson who rescued a lioness cub called Elsa and successfully returned her to the wild.
Virginia and Bill went on to make a number of wildlife films together, including in 1969 An Elephant Called Slowlywith an elephant calf called Pole Pole. When filming was over, Pole Pole was gifted to London Zoo by the Kenyan government.
Virginia and Bill did everything they could to prevent this, but Pole Pole was sent to London. In 1982, Virginia and Bill went to visit Pole Pole at the zoo. Pole Pole, in clear distress, remembered Virginia and Bill and stretched out her trunk to reach them.
Virginia and Bill launched a campaign to give Pole Pole a better life but in 1983, aged 16, Pole Pole died. Determined that her death would not be in vain, in 1984, Virginia, Bill and their eldest son Will launched Zoo Check – the charity that has evolved into Born Free.
Thursday 20 June - Saturday 22 June, 4pm, 7.30pm & 8pm
Direct from London’s West End where it is now in its record breaking 10th year, Thriller Live is a spectacular concert created to celebrate the career of the world’s greatest entertainer.
Expect your favourite songs delivered by an exceptionally talented cast and band, including: I Want You Back, ABC, Can You Feel It, Off The Wall, The Way You Make Me Feel, Smooth Criminal, Beat It, Billie Jean, Dirty Diana, Bad, Rock With You, They Don’t Care About Us, Dangerous,Thriller and many more!
After opening in the Lyric Theatre in London on 2 January 2009 to rave reviews, Thriller Live has played over 5000 shows globally to over 4 million fans, visited over 30 countries and entered the West End record books by becoming the longest running show in the Lyric Theatre’s 125-year history and the 16th longest running musical in the West End.
Thriller Live continues to moonwalk around the world, taking you on an electrifying visual and audio journey visual through 45 years of magical musical history.
Conversations with Nick Cave
Sunday 23 June, 7.30pm
Following a sold out run in Australia and New Zealand, Nick Cave brings his unique conversation events to Europe and the UK. Appearing for a series of evenings of music and open discussion, he will take questions from the audience on all manner of subjects and perform some of his most beloved songs on piano.
Described by Cave as “an exercise in connectivity”, no subject is sacred and audiences are encouraged to be bold and challenging, confrontational and unafraid.
The relationship between Cave and his audience has always been open and intense, but deepened during his recent shows with the Bad Seeds, inspiring these unconventional and unique evenings of unfiltered, unscripted and unmoderated Q&A.
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