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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Following the success of its first ever Refract festival last summer - Waterside is today delighted to announce the exciting and eclectic line-up for 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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Following a rapturous response to its sell-out 2017 workshop, 80s cult classic HEATHERS - THE MUSICAL is back in class this summer with new songs, new material and new classmates. Produced by Bill Kenwright and Paul Taylor Mills, who produced the award winning Carrie together in 2015, the musical premieres at The Other Palace on 9 June and runs for a limited 8 week season.

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Katy Lipson for Aria Entertainment - who brought you the hit productions of The Addams Family, Hair, Yank!, Pippin and The Toxic Avenger - is proud to announce the UK Premiere of It's Only Life, opening at the Union Theatre this summer.

The production will run for 4 weeks from Wednesday 13th June to Saturday 7th July 2018.

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