Meet Jessica Ramsbottom - or Jess to her friends.  She's just turned 30, she's STILL single, no children and stuck in a dead end job.

In a whirlwind world of speed dating, online dating and one night stands, does her perfect man really exist? Will she find the husband of her dreams, or will she be the only one of her friends not to be married?

Kissing Frogs is a journey of love, loss and self-discovery, full of laughter and set to a backdrop of classic hits from the 80s.

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For all the adults out there without children, who, like me, had never heard of Inkheart and thought that this was a rather strange title for a theatre to be advertising as their Christmas offering, then fear ye not, I bear good news... I have a really good feeling about this!

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Casting is today announced for the international award-winning musical CHICAGO, which plays at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre from Mon 20 – Sat 25 June 2016 as part of national tour.

EastEnders actor and West End leading man John Partridge will play Billy Flynn, Coronation Street and Emmerdale favourite Hayley Tamaddon is Roxie Hart and X Factor winner Sam Bailey will play Mama Morton. Full casting to be announced soon.

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Earlier this year, the Octagon Theatre announced that Elizabeth Newman was to become the 8th Artistic Director, following David Thacker’s six years in the post. Speaking of her artistic vision for the Theatre’s future, Elizabeth stated: “In the coming years we want to celebrate our loyal audiences and actively reach out to new audiences we’ve yet to meet. We will make more co-productions, work for children and young people, and open our Studio doors to new artists, companies, and theatre makers. In this new programme, which includes world premieres, new partnerships, and unique performances, it is our hope that we’ve begun to bring that vision to life.”

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WEST END PHENOMENON JERSEY BOYS TO RETURN TO MANCHESTER

Jersey Boys has been seen by over 22 million people worldwide and is firmly established as one of London's longest running and most popular shows, where it continues to play at the Piccadilly Theatre. Following sell out Success in Manchester in 2014 Jersey Boys returns to the Opera House 27 – 07 Nov with a brand new cast.

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The Wind in The Willows will be racing to the stage next year! The Lowry is set to stage the World Premiere of this brand new musical.

Kenneth Grahame’s wild tale about the thrill-seeking, lovable menace Mr Toad comes to life in a brand new stage musical with a book by Oscar-winning screenwriter and Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes and Olivier Award-winning composer and lyricist team George Stiles and Anthony Drewe.

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Fresh from her success on BBC One’s The Voice, Lucy O'Byrne joins the company of Bill Kenwright’s spectacular five-star production of The Sound of Music as Maria von Trapp.

Lucy, who hails from Dublin, became a household name earlier this year when she shot to success as a finalist in the live shows of the TV talent show. With chart-topper Will.i.am as her mentor, and biggest fan, Lucy made history as the first classical singer to reach the final, impressing the nation with her stunning vocal range. Now, having recently performed at the BBC Proms, she makes her debut as the young postulant at The Broadway, Peterborough this December.

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Worldwide smash hit musical Footloose: The Musical will burst back onto the stage in 2016, playing at Manchester Palace Theatre 14 – 19 Mar as part of a major new UK Tour.

Based on the 1984 screen sensation starring Kevin Bacon, Footloose: The Musical tells the story of city boy Ren, who has to move to a rural backwater in America where dancing is banned. All hell breaks out as Ren breaks loose and soon has the whole town up on its feet. Featuring classic 80s hits including Holding Out for a Hero, Almost Paradise, Let's Hear it for the Boy and the unforgettable title track, Footloose: The Musical is set to take the world by storm once again in this brand new production, bursting with youthful spirit, dazzling dance and electrifying music.

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Universal Stage Productions, Working Title Films and Old Vic Productions are delighted to announce the complete list of dates for the first ever UK and Ireland tour of Billy Elliot the Musical.

Billy Elliot the Musical will open at the Theatre Royal Plymouth where it will play from Wednesday 24 February to Saturday 2 April 2016 before visiting Sunderland Empire (6 – 30 April 2016), Bradford Alhambra (10 May – 11 June 2016), Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff (14 June – 16 July 2016), Dublin Bord Gáis Energy Theatre (26 July – 3 September 2016), Edinburgh Playhouse (20 September – 22 October 2016), Bristol Hippodrome (25 October – 26 November 2016), Manchester Palace Theatre (29 November 2016 – 28 January 2017), Southampton Mayflower (7 February – 4 March 2017 ), finishing at Birmingham Hippodrome (7 March – 6 May 2017).

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Four boys have successfully landed parts in Wolverhampton Grand Theatre’s pantomime PETER PAN. The roles of Wendy’s brothers, Michael and John, will be played by local boys who join a full professional cast for the festive season.

Archie Turner, aged 8 from Rowley Regis will play Michael alongside James Shaw, aged 11 from Bishopswood as John. On alternate dates, George Passalacqua, aged 8 from Bromsgrove will play Michael alongside Liam Hewitt, aged 10 from Kingswinford as John.

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