The Bev Jones Music Company brings together Yorkshire's most talented actors, singers and dancers to present the premier of Bev Jones' musical “Penny Millionaire”, Joseph Rowntree Theatre, 18th-23rd January 2016. Tickets available at the York Theatre Royal.

Written and composed by Yorks' very own Musical Doyen, Bev Jones, this new musical is a lasting legacy to his inspirational musical genius. Penny Millionaire's story is based on the tragic tale of Paul Gauguin, the French Impressionist painter, who started out as a rich successful stockbroker, who wanted nothing more than to paint despite his wife's objections. Set in France and the South Sea the musical is unashamedly traditional, featuring glorious melodies and harmonies, drama, passion, tragedy, frivolity and love.

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It is around this time of year I begin thinking about my favourite shows of the year. 2015 has seen me visit the theatre more times than ever before with the total going to be 135 by the end of the month. This gives me a huge dilemma when I sit down to think about my top 3 shows of the year.

So after a great deal of consideration and mind changing, I think I have settled on the top three shows for me in 2015, here goes!

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A warm welcome with a festive touch was received at the West Yorkshire Playhouse’s Season Launch for Spring/Summer 2016.

 

James Brining, Artistic Director, and Robin Hawkes, Executive Director, gave an overview of what is in store for the next season at the ‘theatre from the heart of the city’.   Firstly they proudly announced the two awards they recently won; Alzheimer’s Society Award for Best Dementia Friendly Project.  Nicky Taylor, Community Development Manager, summarised the work they do with people living with dementia including Heydeys, a weekly creative programme for Over 65s.  The second one is the UK Theatre Award for Manager of the Year won by Gaby Paradis, First Floor Manager.  Paradis passionately explained what the First Floor team do in encouraging young people to engage and develop through the arts.

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Salford based Quaytickets is celebrating its 10th birthday in style by signing a ticketing agreement with two high profile West End theatres.

The agency will process some 60,000 tickets a year for the famous Aldwych and Dominion theatres – which are currently home to Beautiful: The Carole King Musical and Lord of The Dance: Dangerous Games respectively. Both theatres are owned and operated by entertainment industry giant, The Nederlander Organisation.

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Meighan Youth Theatre (MYT) have today announced the follow up to their critically acclaimed version of Ghost the Musical which played at the Waterside Centre in Sale back in August.

In 2016 the multi-talented group will be performing THE ADDAMS FAMILY bringing a whole new type of Ghost to the Waterside! Retaining the same production team from this year there is little doubt the show will be another runaway success with tickets sure to fly out of the door when they go on sale soon. And this year they will be adding a Saturday matinee to the show schedule so there is no reason not to take the kids.

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Duckinfield Methodist Church Social and Entertainment Group present The Late Mrs Early from the 19th - 21st November at the Church Hall, Duckinfield.  Tickets are selling fast for this comedy by Norman Robbins first produced in 1976.

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Blackpool and Fylde Light Opera Company present...

Legally Blonde The Musical

LIVE at the Grand Theatre Blackpool

Wednesday 28 to Saturday 31 October 2015

Following their successes with Hairspray and Sister Act, Blackpool and Fylde Light Opera Company return to The Grand’s stage this October with the Olivier Award-winning Legally Blonde The Musical, set to be yet another must-see performance.

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St. Paul's Players Adlington are busy preparing for their next show, 'The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee' which promises to be something completely different. Spelling Bee is set in the fictitious Putnam County and is an insight into the competitive nature of an America tradition, the spelling bee.

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PANTOMIME AUDITIONS AT NEW MILLS!

The pantomime season is not too far away and preparations start now for Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs to be staged at The Art Theatre, New Mills, in January and February 2016.

If you are interested in being in the pantomime - pop along to their GET-TOGETHER at The Art Theatre, Jodrell Street, New Mills, SK22 3HJ on Monday, 7 September at 7.30pm.  At the Get-Together you will meet the Director and production team and find out all about the show and collect audition pieces.  All are welcome – whether you have had previous stage experience or not. 

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The award winning creative team of Manchester Musical Youth are back!

After their sell-out success of Jekyll and Hyde in March, they will be bringing some high energy song and dance this summer in their next production, Hot Mikado!

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Honk! is the musical version of The Ugly Duckling, a story by Hans Christian Andersen that we all know. This musical was written by Anthony Drew with music by George Stiles and the original production opened in Scarborough in 1997, although there was a try out version at the Watermill Theatre in 1993.

Opening tonight at New Mills Arts Theatre the show runs until the 20th June with tickets just £9 & £7.

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