Living on the breadline in the backstreets of Salford, Greater Manchester, was never destined to be glamorous – but after a lifetime of cooking, cleaning, caring and conspiring, Queenie, Mary and Martha are at their wits' end.

They yearn for change – but at what cost?

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Purple Rain is a spectacular new theatrical event celebrating the music of one of the world’s greatest pop artists, Prince. Directed by Gary Lloyd, director of hit production Thriller Live, Purple Rain will feature stunning choreography and will be an exhilarating journey through Prince’s entire career. 

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Audiences can expect a magical theatrical experience when the revival of an award-winning musical has its Manchester premiere at the city’s newest theatre.

PIPPIN is the latest collaboration between Hope Mill Theatre and Aria Entertainment.

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The Coliseum’s Autumn-Winter 2017-18 season mixes comedy, thrills, history and song in a season guaranteed to beat the winter blues.

The season opens singing in the trenches on Friday 8th September with Joan Littlewood’s ground breaking First World War musical, Oh What A Lovely War. First produced in 1963, Oh What A Lovely War challenged attitudes towards the conflict by telling the story of the war from the perspective of the soldiers on the ground. 

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In one of the boldest casting moves for years former England cricket captain Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff makes his stage debut in the world premiere of Kay Mellor’s Fat Friends - the Musical.

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At the weekend Claude-Michel Schönberg was in Tokyo attending the 30th anniversary celebrations of Les Misérables, arguably his most successful musical theatre creation ahead of the newly revived Miss Saigon and short lived Martin Guerre. However tonight he was in Manchester providing a musical theatre masterclass to the cast of Manchester Musical Youth (MMY) ahead of their production of The Pirate Queen next month.

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Regal Entertainments are delighted to announce that their 2016 smash hit production of The Wizard of Oz will be visiting Southport Theatre from Tuesday 24th – Thursday 26th October and tickets are on sale now!

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The new Take That musical The Band has announced its full cast before a world première at Manchester Opera House on September 8th.

The new cast members features experienced leading actors from TV and the West End, including Katy Clayton who appeared in Casualty, Shameless and Waterloo Road and played series regular Samantha Booth in Where the Heart Is, and Alison Fitzjohn who has just finished as Assistant Director and performer in David Walliams's tour of Gangsta Granny.

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2017 has marked 30 years since Bill Kenwright’s production of the international smash hit musical Blood Brothers first toured the UK. In celebration, this iconic musical has been visiting theatres across the country, performing to sell-out houses and receiving standing ovations. Due to its continued success, the tour is continuing into the Autumn season, which includes Chester’s brand new £37m theatre, cinema and library, Storyhouse from Mon 9th – Sat 14th October for one week only!

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SPARK is a brand-new transgender arts festival, curated by pioneering Manchester based trans theatre company Trans Creative. Bringing over 25 multi-disciplinary trans and non-binary artists of local and national acclaim to Manchester, SPARK celebrates their stories and achievements and aims to raise visibility and positive representation of the trans community.

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Bowel movements might not seem a likely source for drama - but Liz Richardson has an embarrassing problem she wants to talk about and frankly the yogurts aren’t helping!

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