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Why wait for ABBA reunion?

Mamma Mia, we thought it would never happen, but Swedish pop legends Abba is set to get back together for the first time since their split more than 30 years ago to work on a project with British music mogul Simon Fuller, writes Tony Dewhurst.

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Jimmy with young fans Hannah Woodward (9) and Joseph Cookson (6)

Funnyman Jimmy Cricket receives a warm welcome in Sabden

The laughs kept coming and coming when top funnyman Jimmy Cricket came to Sabden.

Theatre review: Billy Elliot at Manchester Palace Theatre

Theatre review: Billy Elliot at Manchester Palace Theatre

New to Manchester and on its first UK tour, the full production of Billy Elliot has arrived at the Palace Theatre and if you haven’t seen it before, you must.

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The interior of the former Empire Theatre in Burnley that campaigners are hoping to restore to its former glory.

Early Christmas gift for campaigners in race to restore historic Lancashire theatre

Conservationists, who are campaigning to restore one of Lancashire's last surviving theatres, were delivered an early Christmas present this week that will take them a step closer to achieving their dream.

Cinderella at The Bolton Octagon

Theatre review: Cinderella at Bolton Octagon

It’s nearly Christmas so time for fairy tale offerings from theatres across the land - many fairly predictable and some just a little bit different.

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Pendle Brook closure could create new arts opportunity

The closure of an adult disability centre in Clitheroe could bring about a change of use which would benefit the whole community.

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Top 10 things to do in Lancashire at the weekend

Here is our guide of up-coming events this weekend
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Win tickets to see Horrible Histories at The Lowry, Manchester.

Celebrate Christmas with a smattering of Horrible Histories at The Lowry Theatre in Manchester.

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Ribcaged Youth Theatre is underway.

Youth theatre in Clitheroe

Ribcaged - the professional theatre company with strong Ribchester connections - is in the process of launching a new Primary School Age Youth Theatre for children aged from six to 11.

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Craig Harrison

Michael Jackson tribute provides Viva thriller

One of the world’s most well-respected and talked about Michael Jackson tribute acts will be moonwalking his way to Viva this Thursday, for a stunning tribute to the King of Pop.

Aida and Radames

Ellen Kent delivers a Verdi good opera

I first fell under the spell of Verdi’s Aida in Verona in a Roman amphitheatre.

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TV star’s intimate look at grief

A TV actor has released an autobiography that reveals the troubled youth informing his showbiz career.

From left to right, Kenny Entwistle, Gerry Purchase, Bob Cleeve, Chris Bowers, Erica Mileham, Steve Cooke, Robin Knipe, Tom Garner and Tim Martin. Seated Glen Purchase and Helen Coles.

Bodies in the cellar at Downham

Stage Two Downham has selected Arsenic and Old Lace as its autumn production.

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Chris Connor performs as Elvis

‘The Best Elvis Performer Worldwide’ is coming to Lowther Pavilion

The Elvis tribute who was voted as ‘The Best Elvis Performer Worldwide’ is playing two nights at Lowther Pavilion, this weekend.

Classical trio Blake, who will perform at The Grand on Thursday, December 15th. (s)

A classic Christmas with Blake at The Grand

Multi-platinum, Brit award winning classical trio Blake will perform at The Grand as part of their multi-date Christmas tour on Thursday, December 15th.

Peppa Pig's Surprise.

Peppa Pig show is spell binding!

Visiting the theatre with a toddler, surely that’s a recipe for a disaster I hear you say, but thankfully Peppa Pig’s Surprise at The Palace Theatre, Manchester, proved a winner keeping my toddler spell bound for more than an hour.

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The Winter's Tale. Photo by Ian Tilton. (s)

Familiar play is intriguingly and inventively reinterpreted

I think they say that football is a game of two halves, writes Pippa Munro Hebden.

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The cast of the Clitheroe Operatic and Amateur Dramatic Society's recent production of Move Over Mrs Markham. (s)

Mrs Markham was triumphant

A farce is always a popular choice for a local amateur production and Cooney and Chapman farces are among the best.

Peter Rabbitts and Susan Cronshaw (seated) with Guy Mason, Martin Smith and Suzannah Rogerson behind. (s)

‘A’ list of RATS’ talent performs classic Ayckbourn play

The Sir Alan Ayckbourn play “Time of My Life” is being performed by Ribchester Amateur Theatrical Society (RATS) next month.

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Radio and TV presenter tells how it was love at first sight with Bowie

Like so many pop pickers of a certain generation, David Bowie provided the sound track to their teenage years writes Tony Dewhurst.

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