Paul’s got 20 years’ worth of ‘NOW That’s What I Call Music’ albums; Lorraine can’t live without her phone; Callum has a water pistol and a whoopee cushion; Zara has a stack of programmes from her favourite musicals that she’s very attached to.

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Following the success of its first ever Refract festival last summer – tickets are now on sale for Waterside’s Refract:18. Promising ten jam-packed days of the very best in summer programming, Refract:18 is bursting with experiential performance, live music, comedy, theatre and family events inviting you to see things differently at Trafford’s vibrant arts venue.

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The ensemble cast of Mamma Mia! landed in Manchester during the hottest spell of this Summer’s heatwave and as you would expect from performing night after night in a high-energy musical, the dancers from the hit show were very much feeling the heat.

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After smashing all box office records with its European premiere at The Other Palace, the sold-out production of Heathers – The Musical will make its highly anticipated West End transfer this autumn. The 2018 Class of Westerberg High will be graduating to the Theatre Royal Haymarket for a strictly limited 12-week run, from 3rd September 2018, with Carrie Hope Fletcher reprising her role as Veronica Sawyer.

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As the Winter Gardens Blackpool today celebrates its 140th anniversary, plans have been unveiled revealing a partnership between global producers Selladoor Worldwide and operators Blackpool Entertainment Company to bring a fresh lease of creative life to the historic Pavilion Theatre, based within the grade 2* listed venue. During this joint venture, Selladoor Worldwide will lead on programing the space with both produced and received work, whilst Winter Gardens Blackpool will focus on the renovations to save and restore the theatre back to its full former glory for future generations to enjoy.

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Dracula is one of the most universally iconic novels ever written. A monumental, genre defining classic that is known the world over. Dracula remains the father of all vampire tales and this autumn an all new production sees the bloodthirsty tale resurrected as part of a nine-week tour, set to receive its most terrifying staging ever.

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Award winning playwright and songwriter Lizzie Nunnery is back To Have to Shoot Irishmen billed as a new play with songs

Her last play Narvik won the Best New Play Award at the UK Theatre Awards, and this new work is inspired by the true murder of Irish pacifist Francis Sheehy Skeffington by a British soldier during the Easter Rising in Dublin in 1916.

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Liverpool Network Theatre are well into rehearsals for their upcoming summer production of William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar which is to be staged at a number of venues in and around the city. From its first known performance in September 1599, Julius Caesar has been one of Shakespeare’s more popular plays and I was keen to catch up with director Sean Gaffney to understand what had drawn him to taking on what is very much a ‘company’ play.

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Liverpool will be celebrating this year’s pride July. Thursday night was the press launch for this year’s Liverpool Pride where guests were invited to learn who will be headlining and what and where things would happen this year. It was announced to guests, sponsors and partners at Thursday night’s VIP Press Launch at Avenue HQ, Mann Island that Sophie Ellis-Bextor would be headlining this year's Pride weekend.

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West Yorkshire Playhouse has changed its name to Leeds Playhouse to mark a new chapter in the theatre’s 50 year history.

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First look images from the rehearsal rooms of Hope Mill Theatre’s forthcoming production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Aspects of Love have been released.

An exciting cast and creative team has been announced for the hotly-anticipated, intimate revival which opens at Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester next month.

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