CROWDS flocked to a North-East theatre for a special musical extravaganza last night (Saturday January 18).

It was a packed house at Darlington Civic Theatre as audiences enjoyed a one-off performance of Strictly Musicals.

Darlington Operatic Society revived their sell-out show for one night only to raise money for The Mayor’s Fund, which supports worthy causes in the local area.

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Darlington mayor, Councillor Charles Johnson and mayoress Carol Johnson, hosted the event and watched as a cast of 47 dancers and singers paid tribute to classic Broadway and West End hits.

The performance saw a live ten-piece band accompany the performers in their rendition of songs from shows including Miss Saigon, Matilda and West Side Story.

Julian Cound, from Darlington OS, said: “The night couldn’t have gone any better.

“It was probably a stronger performance than when we did our initial ten night run, possibly because everyone knew it was going to be the last time they did it.

“It was great to know we would be benefiting good causes and the audience came along knowing they could enjoy a night at the theatre but also help some great charities.

“The mayor and mayoress could not stop smiling and told people afterwards how wonderful it was and how proud they were to have us and to have the theatre in Darlington.

“The mayor’s party included mayors from other parts of the country and I think they were quite jealous to see that the town had what they did not.”