Once upon a time David Walliams was changing the face of TV with Little Britain and now he has reinvented himself as the nation’s best-selling children’s author.

Walliams published his debut novel The Boy in the Dress, and in 2011 he came up with Gangsta Granny, which was shortlisted for both The Red House Children’s Book Award and for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize. Not surprisingly Gangsta Granny went straight to number 1 in the children’s book charts and his books have been translated into 30 languages.

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West Yorkshire Playhouse continues its run of spectacular Christmas shows for all the family with a new adaptation of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.

For the very first time the Quarry space will be transformed into an epic theatre in the round, and The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe is a co-production between West Yorkshire Playhouse and Elliott Harper Productions.

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MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET - the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical and West End smash hit embarks on its first ever UK Tour visiting Manchester Palace Theatre from 15th -20th May, and the cast is revealed for the red-hot rock ‘n’ roll extravaganza.

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I was interested to discover that Liverpool Network Theatre were putting on JB Priestley’s I Have Been Here Before which first premiered in 1937 as it is rarely performed nowadays with most companies opting for his more well-known An Inspector Calls. It is one of Priestley’s ‘time plays’, inspired by Russian mathematician and mystic PD Ouspensky’s theories that whatever happens has already taken place many times over and will do so again – just think Groundhog Day for life.

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2017 marks the centenary of the Russian Revolution yet 100 years on, new challenges face the world such as Brexit and the election of Donald Trump, whilst closer to home, increasing poverty, cuts to welfare, and a rise in xenophobia, begs the question whether we have regressed rather than progressed during this time. This May, WOWFest 2017 invites artists, activists, journalists, commentators, and audiences to explore the impacts of recent years and whether revolutions of a different kind could be in order. explains.

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West End star Louise Dearman is set to perform in a one off concert at Manchester's Bierkeller, June 1st. The star takes to the stage of this unique venue alongside Manchester local talent which will be announced soon.

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The Royal Shakespeare Company announces that its multi award-winning production of Matilda The Musical will embark on a UK and Ireland tour in 2018-2019 which includes a 10-week run at Manchester Palace Theatre from Mon 18 September – Fri 24 November 2018.

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Cameron Mackintosh is delighted to announce principal casting and further dates for the forthcoming UK and Ireland tour of his acclaimed new production of Boublil and Schönberg’s legendary musical MISS SAIGON, the show will land at Manchester Palace Theatre from 21 March – 12 May 2018, with tickets going on sale on 18 May.

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Frankenstein is a monster that has always fascinated theatre and film makers so it’s no surprise that Bite My Thumb and Foot of the Barrel are taking their version on the road.

Even Academy Award winner Danny Boyle has had a go at the classic text and his massive production starred Benedict Cumberbatch so not surprisingly was a smash hit at the National Theatre, “Cumberbatch begged and begged to reprise his role and perform with us, but we turned him down,” jokes director Shane Gough, “We’re too good for him.”

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The inaugural touring season has been announced for Storyhouse - the brand new £37m theatre, cinema and library in Chester

The programme this Autumn includes musicals, international drama, stand-up comedy, dance and opera. Storyhouse brings a permanent theatre back to Chester after a decade long absence.

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The producers of Cilla – The Musical have confirmed the dates and locations for their search for Cilla, with open auditions taking place around the country.

The search is on for a charismatic and talented actress with a great voice to portray the title role, starting in Cilla’s hometown of Liverpool.  The dates and locations for the auditions are as below:

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