Hit musical Ghost is to extend its Blackpool run this autumn due to audience demand.

The new musical production based on the much-loved movie masterpiece begins its run at Blackpool Opera House on Monday October 3rd and was originally scheduled for six nights.

But due to the huge demand for tickets since Ghost went on sale last month, it has been decided to extend the run by a further five nights between October 11th and 15th.

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The Altrincham Garrick Academy of Performing Arts - GAPA - is an organisation headed by Peter Birch and runs several different age-level theatre workshop groups every Saturday morning in various spaces in the theatre building. There is a membership in total of over 120 children ranging in age from 5 to 18. Each year the different groups have the opportunity to perform one full production on one of the Garrick stages, and one revue-style show. However, the emphasis of these courses is not a training ground for entering the profession, but GAPA instead have an ethos of all-inclusiveness and equality. Everyone is welcome on an equal footing and the workshops help to build confidence, team-working skills, and indeed it is also a great place for youngsters to socialise and make new friends.

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On Friday 4th March the cream of Manchester's theatre community gathered at a snow covered HOME for the annual MTA's.  Hosted by Jusin Moorhouse, a regular at the awards he was in fine form and kept the pace of the awards steady throughout.  There were live performances as well from the cast of Avenue Q prior to their week long stay at the Palace Theatre later this year.  Also performing live was Jennifer Reid with her superb broadside ballards.  And closing the show was six year old stand-up comic Little Howard with his unique multi media set.

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Ray Quinn swoops in to join the cast of Peter Pan for another hilarious Easter panto at St Helens’ Theatre Royal!

I joined the full cast of Peter Pan today at Liverpool’s historic Albert Dock, where the Zebu tall ship was commandeered for a Pan-tastic photo shoot.

The Liverpool performer has saved the day for Regal Entertainment’s production, as TOWIE star Lewis Bloor recently abandoned ship to film the TV series in Marbella instead. But, resourceful producer/director Chantelle Nolan, of West Derby, was able to make sure the spot was soon filled by the ever youthful Ray:

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Farnsworth Little Theatre announced its fistful of fruits last night to a crowd of enthusiasts. For the last 67 years this place has entertained it regulars, won awards for everything from Lighting, Sound, Stage Design and Comedy at the Bolton Amateur Theatre Society, as well as maintaining a reputation for a high standard on the stage. So what are they offering us for the year 2106/17? A Farce, two Mysteries, one crime, the other ghostly, one moving portrait of post war society and a satire.

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ST GEORGE’S HALL LIVERPOOL TO HOST SHAKESPEARE SEASON  

Concert Room Will Provide Stunning Backdrop To Four Bard Classics

Walk The Bard Promenade Tours Also Announced

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Today for the first time I visited the Epstein Theatre and cannot understand how I have never been before. This wonderful historic little theatre is soon to be visited by a beautiful young lady, a handsome Prince, a wicked Queen, seven dwarfs, a ‘pretty’ dame (pretty maybe stretching it) and a hapless lad………….mix them all up and what do you get? ..Yes, Ricky Tomlinson!! Oh no you don’t …oh yes you do….oh no you…ok ok I’ll stop!

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Award winning, critically acclaimed and THREE time MTA nominated Vertigo Theatre Productions are back with a crazy new comedy, Murder She Writes!

The company behind the critically acclaimed sell out plays Ascension, Porno Chic, Last Dance, Watching Goldfish Suffocate, M, Mysterious Skin and many others are letting their hair down and bringing you a comedy so insane, so demented, so over the top that it should be illegal.

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Liverpool’s St George’s Hall are proud to announce a unique evening of entertainment in their historic Civil Courtrooms, where ticket holders become the jury on a personal Civil Court Case between two of Merseyside’s top comedians, Civil Court Case No. 45 The Trial of Tomlinson Versus Boardman. The event will take place over three nights from Sunday 13th to Tuesday 15th March and tickets are now on sale.

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Today I had the pleasure to visit the beautiful Opera House within Blackpool’s famous Winter Gardens to hear the great news direct from one of the producers Mr Karl Sydow that the stage version of the iconic film ‘Dirty Dancing’ will be returning this year with a brand new production. The tour will ‘kick’ off on August 11th - 30th in Blackpool on the first ‘leg’ of the tour, (please pardon the puns!) This popular seaside town seemingly the perfect place to start with its reputation for high class entertainment. The cast is to be announced shortly.

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Live Nation is proud to announce that the Riverdance UK Tour of 2016, which marks the show’s 21st birthday, will visit 13 venues across the UK from March 2016 (see over for full dates). Tickets will go on general sale at 0900 on Friday 2 October 2015 from www.livenation.co.uk or www.ticketmaster.co.uk. The cast for this tour will feature, for the first time, some dancers who were actually born in the same year that the show first opened; 1995 at the Point Theatre in Dublin! This is an unmissable chance for UK audiences to reconnect with what the Irish Times rightly described as “The Original...The Best”. The Washington Post exclaimed, “Its continued popularity proves that it was, and remains, a phenomenon of historic proportions!”

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