After breaking previous box office records at The Other Palace, the European premiere of Heathers – The Musical continues to delight, this time with the announcement of an incredible house band.

Musical director Simona Budd will lead five sensational musicians in performing Olivier Award winner Laurence O’Keefe’s kick ass score.

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Aria Entertainment’s thriving new musical theatre festival, From Page To Stage returns for its 6th year, with submissions now open. This year’s festival will take place in September at Southwark Playhouse, and follows the hugely successful 2017 festival, which took place at The Other Palace, and received over 300 submissions from across the UK and internationally.

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Following last Christmas’ smash hit Aladdin in The Auditorium at Echo Arena, Leanne Campbell (Radio City) is set to return as Tinkerbell in this year’s festive spectacular Peter Pan. Leanne will be joined by panto stars Bippo and Danny Mills as Mr and Mrs Smee.

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Oldham Coliseum Theatre transforms into 1950s Salford this May with a new production of Shelagh Delaney’s A Taste of Honey, directed by Associate Director, Chris Lawson.

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Stags and Hens was originally written in 1978 for television and drama students of the then-Manchester Polytechnic, as an in-house television production. It was first published as a script in 1986 in a collection with Educating Rita and Blood Brothers. Willy Russell adapted it for performance in 2008 as 'Stags and Hens - The Remix' at The Royal Court Theatre, Liverpool.

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As his legion of fans already know, Tommy Steele – Britain’s first Rock and Roll Star – made his legitimate debut in 1958 starring in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, which enjoyed a sold out run at the London Coliseum. What they probably don’t know is that the inspiration for Tommy’s extraordinary career was an American band leader whose music Tommy had worshipped from the moment he first heard it in his early teens…

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Manchester Opera House has announced the first stars joining the line-up for Manchester’s ultimate family pantomime this festive season, with Coronation Street bad boys Connor McIntyre and Les Dennis swapping the cobbles for their clutch bags as the Ugly Sisters in Cinderella.

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The epic musical love story CHESS starring Michael Ball as Anatoly, Alexandra Burke as Svetlana, Cedric Neal as The Arbiter, Tim Howar as Freddie, Cassidy Janson as Florence and Phillip Browne as Molokov opens tonight, Thursday 26th April 2018 for a strictly limited 5 week season.

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Octagon Theatre Bolton are delighted to announce full casting for their forthcoming site-specific production of the musical Summer Holiday.

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MTV’s iconic Unplugged sessions from the mid-1990’s are to be revived as Scottish band Biffy Clyro announces an acoustic album and subsequent tour. Biffy Clyro will play the Manchester Opera House on 22nd September and tickets will go on sale from 11th May. The MTV Unplugged tour presents a chance for a wider audience to see the band play a rare full-length acoustic set in magnificent surroundings.

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Award-winning partnership between Hope Mill Theatre & Aria Entertainment announce highly-anticipated final two productions of an ambitious 2018

• New British musical The Return of the Soldier, by Charles Miller & Tim Sanders and adapted from Rebecca West’s 1918 novella set at the end of World War One.

Thursday 6th - Saturday 29th September 2018

• UK Premiere of Broadway hit, A Christmas Story The Musical – written by song writing duo behind The Greatest Showman, La La Land and Dear Evan Hansen – Benj Pasek and Justin Paul

Friday 26th October – Saturday 1st December 2018

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