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Review: Cilla the musical at Manchester Palace Theatre

Much like Cilla's career, the start of her musical at Manchester's Palace started with a slight technical hitch but it did little to dampen the brilliance of what followed.

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The cast of Stage Two's production of Michael Palin's The Weekend.

Get your tickets for funny and thought provoking play

Once again Stage Two Downham are hoping to entertain you, this time with a play by Michael Palin.
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Bill Lennon, who plays Dylan in the Bob Dylan Story.

Doppelgangers hope to renew your passion for Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan occupies an exalted place in the history of pop music.
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Cedric Robinson.

Cedric Robinson talks about his life on the sands at Clitheroe's The Grand

Friday morning at Carts Farm on the edge of Morecambe Bay – Cedric Robinson’s domain – and there’s plenty going on, writes Tony Dewhurst.

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Around the World in 80 days

Competition: Win a family ticket to see Around the World in 80 Days at The Lowry Theatre, Salford

Grab some adventure and a spot of culture this Christmas as The Lowry in Salford unveils a cracking production of Around the World In 80 Days.

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Jake Quickenden as Peter Pan

Pan star Jake's playing it cool with new TV job

Star of Blackpool's Christmas musical Jake Quickenden is the latest celebrity announced for the return of Dancing On Ice.

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Joe McElderry in Joseph

Review: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat at Palace Theatre, Manchester

Camp as a row of tents, cheesy as a bag of Wotsits, and as religiously irreverent as you get..
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The show is true to the book

Competition: Win a four person family ticket to see David Walliam’s Awful Auntie

Fans of David Walliams are in for a treat. Awful Auntie carried off the prize for the best book of 2016.
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Dara O Briain will be appearing in Preston next year

Dara O Briain heading to Preston

Catch Dara O Briain, one of the most recognisable faces on British TV, as he goes back to his day job as a world class stand-up comedian.

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Peter, Tom and Innes of the Peatbog Faeries.

Music for a kilted generation

Even for a dyed in the wool Sassenach, the skirl of the bagpipes can stir the soul, writes Tony Dewhurst.

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Review: The Band at Manchester Opera House (Take That musical)

You know that feeling when a song captures a moment so vividly it is like the lyrics were written just for you?
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Bethany Turnbull as Ruth Ellis

Thrilling tale of love and death

The mesmerising, sordid and ultimately tragic tale of the last woman to be hanged in Britain is the focus of the Rossendale Players' latest hard-hitting production.
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Catching this wild dance show with Kiera Martin next month. (s)

Take a spin on the wild side with Keira

A feisty dancer is bursting bubbles with her stunning show next month.

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The show must always go on when Clitheroe Parish Church AODS presents Play On! by Rick Abbot next month. (s)

Am-dram romp is a chapter of chaos

The show must always go on - but one haughty author is doing his best to throw a spanner in the works in this hilarious play.
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Tom Stade

Comedy review: Tom Stade at Preston’s Charter Theatre

If you are expecting this review to be a blow by blow account of Tom Stade’s latest show, you’ll be disappointed.

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Ribcaged artistic director Owen Phillips at the company's offices in Clitheroe.

More finalist nominations ahead for theatre company with strong Ribchester connections

Lancashire’s awards season is underway and Ribcaged Productions, the Ribble Valley’s professional theatre company with strong Ribchester connections, are once again in the spotlight.

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Jimi Love is the frontman for Purple Rain, a celebration of the music of Prince

Blackpool will see some Purple Rain

Not many successful bands start out as a pub bet, but that is exactly how Purple Rain hit the scene, and after 11 years they are still going strong.
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Ella Shaw performing at The Grand.

Ella’s new academy will nurture young talent

A brand new modern day arts academy to develop and nurture young talent from around the Ribble Valley is being launched.

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David Walker (dad), Sally Bankes (mum), Taj Atwal (Rita). Photo: Richard Davenport

Rita, Sue and Bob too at the Octagon Theatre, Bolton

We’re treated to a brilliant opening, and a taste of what’s to come, as the Eighties soundtrack is used to great effect to initiate scene changes.
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The stage adaptation is based on the original TV series by Raymond Allen

Joe Pasquale to play Frank Spencer in stage version of Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em

Comedian Joe Pasquale will play accident-prone Frank Spencer in the first ever stage production of 1970s sitcom Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em.

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