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DECEMBER

DOCTOR DEE Fri 1 - Sat 9 Jul

ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN Sat 24 Sep

HORRIBLE HISTORIES Tue 1 - Sat 5 Nov

CINDERELLA Sat 3 - Sat 31 Dec

THAT DAY WE SANG Wed 6 - Sun 17 Jul

GREASE Mon 26 Sep - Sat 8 Oct

ROCK ‘N’ ROLL HEAVEN Tue 8 – Sat 12 Nov

JANUARY

DANCIN’ THROUGH THE DECADES Fri 29 Jul

SISTER ACT Thu 29 Sep - Sat 15 Oct

ANNIE Tue 8 - Sat 12 Nov

BEYOND THE BARRICADE Sat 30 Jul

OCTOBER

GILBERT O’SULLIVAN Tue 15 Nov

AUGUST REMEMBER WHEN Tue 9 Aug

KERRY ELLIS IN GODSPELL Fri 21 Oct

FAME THE MUSICAL – STAGE EXPERIENCE Thu 11 - Sat 13 Aug

DONS OF COMEDY Sat 22 Oct

JOSEPH Tue 16 - Sun 21 Aug

SEPTEMBER THE SOUND OF MUSIC Tue 6 - Sat 17 Sep PUPPETRY OF THE PENIS 3D Wed 21 Sep THE DRIFTERS Thu 22 Sep SUPER TROUPER Fri 23 Sep

Discounts shown are the maximum saving available and exclusions may apply on some performances.

CHRISTMAS WITH THE RAT PACK Thu 17 – Sat 19 Nov HALFWAY TO PARADISE Thu 17 Nov JERRY SADOWITZ Fri 18 Nov 80s MANIA Sat 19 Nov THE NUTCRACKER Tue 22 - Sat 26 Nov DIRTY DANCING Tue 22 Nov - Sat 7 Jan 2012

ONE NIGHT OF ELVIS Fri 20 Jan OMID DJALILI Sat 21 Jan ALL THE FUN OF THE FAIR Tue 24 – Sat 28 Jan OLIVER! Wed 25 Jan – Sat 10 Mar

FEBRUARY RHINESTONE MONDAYS Tue 7 – Sat 11 Feb PEPPA PIG’S TREASURE HUNT Wed 15 & Thu 16 Feb THE REAL MCCOY Sat 18 Feb M.I. HIGH Tue 21 – Sun 26 Feb

UKRAINIAN NATIONAL OPERA Fri 9 & Sat 10 Mar

STRICTLY GERSHWIN £7 off top 3 prices, plus 3 free tickets

THE NUTCRACKER £7 off top 3 prices, plus 3 free tickets

SOUTH PACIFIC Tue 25 Oct - Sat 5 Nov

VAMPIRES ROCK Wed 16 Nov

PANTOS ON STRIKE Wed 11 – Sat 14 Jan

DAVE SPIKEY Sun 4 Mar

SISTER ACT £7 off top 3 prices, plus 2 free tickets

SOUTH PACIFIC £7 off top 3 prices, plus 2 free tickets

LEGALLY BLONDE Tue 18 - Sat 29 Oct

THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES Wed 16 Nov

LORD OF THE DANCE Mon 2 – Sun 8 Jan

MARCH

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MOSCOW CITY BALLET Thu 15 – Sat 17 Mar

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‘OUR FESTIVAL WILL BE THE ENVY OF THE WORLD’ KEVIN BOURKE (MANCHESTER EV ENING NEWS) ON THE 2009 FESTIVAL

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From the composer of Monkey a spectacular new show

Victoria Wood’s That Day We Sang WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY

DAMON ALBARN

RUFUS NORRIS

A Manchester love story – with singing A new musical written and directed by one of the UK’s most popular comedy writers – set in Manchester 1969. ©Will Bankhead

In the age before science and magic parted company, Doctor John Dee was the ultimate Renaissance Man: astrologer, alchemist, mathematician and spy. The inspiration for both Marlowe’s Faust and Shakespeare’s Prospero, Dee studied the Heavens, he spoke with Archangels and he paid a bitter personal price. Dr Dee follows the success of MIF’s Monkey: Journey to the West, stars Damon Albarn and uses exciting musical forces and inventive direction to create a spectacular theatrical experience. Commissioned by Manchester International Festival, London 2012 Festival and ENO. Produced by Manchester International Festival and ENO. With thanks to the BBC Philharmonic for their support and collaboration.

©Alex Tefler

COMPOSED & PERFORMED BY

FRI 1 - SAT 9 JUL Tue - Sat eves 8pm Sun mat 4pm No performances Mon 4 July TICKETS £16 - £45

It’s the summer of 1969 and Tubby, an overweight insurance man, and Enid, a buttoned up secretary, are back on the stage of the Free Trade Hall forty years after they first stood there as children, singing their hearts out with the Hallé orchestra. It’s the anniversary of the Manchester School Children’s Choir recording of Nymphs and Shepherds. The action switches between the Manchester of Tubby’s boyhood, and the Golden Eggs and Berni Inns of Manchester ‘69, as the memory of that day he sang propels Tubby to make one last stab at happiness. Commissioned by MIF Creative. Produced by Manchester International Festival. With support from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.

WED 6 - SUN 17 JUL Mon - Sun eves 7.30pm Sat/Sun mat 2.30pm No performances 7, 10 & 11 July TICKETS £16 - £36 AUDIO DESCRIBED PERF Sat 9 Jul 2.30pm SIGNED PERFS Sat 16 Jul 2.30pm

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DON’T MISS THIS BREATHTAKING STAGE SHOW

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‘IT EXPLODES LIKE GLITTERING FIREWORKS. BRILLIANT! THE SUNDAY TIMES

OPERA HOUSE

Bill Kenwright by arrangement with The Really Useful Group presents

MANCHESTER STAGE EXPERIENCE PRESENTS

TIM RICE & ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER’S

★★★★ ‘A NIGHT TO REMEMBER. KEITH JACK IS EXCELLENT!’ THE HERALD

This is an amateur production by arrangement with Josef Weinberger Book by Jose Fernandez Music by Steven Margoshes Based on the concept by David DeSilva Following one group of students from auditions to their graduation ceremony, Fame The Musical takes audiences through the highs, lows, friendships, romances and sheer hard-work that is daily life for the star-struck pupils in their quest for success. Not everyone makes it, but the triumphant students perform a spine-tingling finale that will have you on your feet wanting to hear more.

★★★★ ‘HIGHLY RECOMMENDED’ WHATS ON STAGE**

★★★★ THE PUBLIC REVIEWS**

THU 11 - SAT 13 AUG Thu - Sat eves 7.30pm Sat mat 2.30pm ALL TICKETS £13.50

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KEITH JACK ANY DREAM WILL DO RUNNER UP

Having enjoyed sensational reviews, Bill Kenwright’s ‘Amazing’, ‘Superb’, ‘Wonderful’ and ‘Brilliant’ production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s sparkling family musical continues to enjoy huge success across the country with standing ovations at every performance. Keith Jack, the hugely popular runner-up who finished just a hair’s breadth behind winner Lee Mead in hit BBC series Any Dream Will Do, takes on the title role, having won the hearts of the nation with his sparkling charisma and sensational singing voice.

Don’t miss your chance to once again see the very best of Manchester’s young talent.

‘AMAZING DEGREE OF SKILL AND SHEER TALENT’

TUE 16 - SUN 21 AUG Tue - Sat eves 7.30pm Wed & Thu mat 2.30pm Sat mat 2.30pm Sun 1pm & 5pm

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Retelling the Biblical story of Joseph, his eleven brothers and the coat of many colours, this magical musical is full of unforgettable songs including Any Dream Will Do, Close Every Door To Me and One More Angel. Joseph will burst onto the stage at the Opera House so book your tickets now and be part of the magic!

‘IT’S UTTERLY IRRESISTIBLE. GO, GO, GO JO!’ MAIL ON SUNDAY

TICKETS £17 - £30.50 (Concessions available) FAMILY SAVER Family booking 3­–6 tickets with a max of 2 adults, £16 seats LIVECARD Tue £10 off per ticket, Wed, Thu & Sun mat £6 off per ticket on price bands A, B & C (Discounts exclude Fri & all Sat perfs)

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‘DEFINITELY ONE OF MY FAVOURITE THINGS - BEG, STEAL O R BORROW A TICKET’ SOUTHERN DAILY ECHO

Jason Donovan (The War of the Worlds, Priscilla) stars as Captain von Trapp with Connie Fisher returning as Maria in the world’s best-loved musical, The Sound Of Music, which comes to the Palace Theatre, Manchester for two weeks only. This lavish and critically acclaimed production tells the uplifting true story of the von Trapp family’s flight across the mountains and works its magic once again, for young and old alike. With its unforgettable score The Sound Of Music touches the hearts of all ages and brims over with some of the most memorable songs ever performed on the musical stage including My Favorite Things, Do-Re-Mi, Climb Ev’ry Mountain, The Lonely Goatherd, Sixteen Going on Seventeen, and of course the glorious title song The Sound of Music. It’s the perfect family treat!

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www.thesoundofmusictour.com

Although the producers of The Sound of Music cannot guarantee the appearance of any particular artist, Connie Fisher is expected to perform at all performances excluding Wed 7 & 14 Sep at 2:30pm, Thu 8 Sep at 2:30pm, and Mon 12 Sep whilst Jason Donovan is expected to perform at all performances; both subject always to illness and holidays.

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TUE 6 - SAT 17 SEP Tue - Sat eves 7.30pm Wed & Sat mats 2.30pm Thu 8 Sep 2.30pm Mon 12 Sep 7pm TICKETS £13.50 - £43.50 (Premium seats available) LIVECARD Tue 6 Sep 2 for 1, midweek perfs £5 off price bands A, B & C AUDIO DESCRIBED PERF Thu 8 Sep 7.30pm

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‘THE NO.1 GREATEST MUSICAL!!!’ ‘100 GREATEST MUSICALS’, CHANNEL 4

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HOPELES SUMMER NIGHTS S DEVOTEDLY THE TO YOU SANDY YOU’RE AT H ONE T T AN GREASED LIGHTNIN ’ IW GREASE IS THE WORD AND MANY MORE!

The No.1 Greatest Musical, Grease, comes to Manchester from Mon 26 September for just two weeks only! Danny Bayne (winner of ITV’s Grease Is The Word, Hairspray) returns as Danny with Carina Gillespie (Grease, Buddy) as Sandy and Ice Champion Robin Cousins as Teen Angel. Dust off your leather jackets, pull on your bobby-socks and take a trip to a simpler time as ‘bad boy’ Danny and ‘the girl next door’ Sandy fall in love all over again. It’s the original High School musical, featuring all the unforgettable songs from the hit movie including You’re The One That I Want, Grease Is The Word, Summer Nights, Hopelessly Devoted To You, Sandy, Greased Lightnin’ and many more.

with

Ice Champion

So throw your mittens around your kittens and Hand Jive the night away with the show that’ll make you want to stand up and shout, ‘A-wop-bop-a-loo-bop, A-wop-bam-boom!’

‘IT’S ELECTRIFYING - GO, GO, GO!’ NEIL SEAN, SKY NEWS

‘GREASE IS STILL THE WORD’ SUNDAY TELEGRAPH 10

www.greasethemusical.co.uk

Photographs of West End company and of Danny Bayne and Carina Gillespie by Paul Coltas

MON 26 SEP - SAT 8 OCT Mon - Thu eves 7.30pm Fri 5.30pm & 8.30pm Sat 5pm & 8.30pm TICKETS £17.50 - £37.50 (Premium seats available) LIVECARD Mon 26 Sep 2 for 1, Tue 27 – Fri 7 Oct £6 off price bands A & B (Discounts exclude Fri late & both Sat eve perfs Can get discount on Fri early)

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3 W O E N EK LY S !

‘A HABIT-FORMING TRIUMPH!’ EVENING STANDARD

DIRECT FROM THE WEST END! WHOOPI GOLDBERG &

OPERA HOUSE

STAGE ENTERTAINMENT PRESENT

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From producers Whoopi Goldberg and Stage Entertainment (Hairspray, High School Musical), the smash hit musical Sister Act is coming to the Manchester Opera House! The show, which played to over a million people at the London Palladium during its West End run and is currently a huge hit on Broadway, will star Coronation Street’s Denise Black as Mother Superior and Brookside and The Royal favourite Michael Starke as Monsignor O’Hara. When disco diva Deloris Van Cartier witnesses a murder, she is put into protective custody in the one place the cops are sure she won’t be found - a convent! Disguised as a nun she quickly finds fans amongst her fellow ‘sisters’ but makes the wrong impression on the convent’s strict Mother Superior. But when she turns her attention to the church’s off-key choir, helping the nuns to find their true voices and breathing new life into the rundown neighbourhood, her cover could be blown for good. With the gang giving chase, is time running out for Deloris? Or have they underestimated the power of her new found Sisterhood? Based on the movie of the same name, this fabulous, familyfriendly, feel-good show is packed with songs inspired by Motown, funk, soul and disco. Now, as the habit hits the road, you too can see why audiences fell in love with the funniest and funkiest nun on the run, and her heavenly sequinned sisters! www.SisterActTheMusical.com

THU 29 SEP - SAT 15 OCT Mon - Sat eves 7.30pm Thu & Sat mats 2.30pm TICKETS £18.50 - £43.50 (Premium seats: £45.50 & £48.50) LIVECARD Thu 29 Sep 2 for 1, Mon 3 - Thu 13 Oct £6 off price bands A, B & C (excludes Fri & Sat eve perfs) No discount Sat mat)

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Main image above, Joan Marcus. Original Broadway company.

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Images above right and bottom right, Catherine Ashmore. From the original West End production.

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A SPECTACULAR DANCE JOURNEY FROM BALLET TO TAP, BALLROOM TO JAZZ

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STRICTLY GERSHWIN WED 12 OCT LEGALLY BLONDE TUE 18 OCT SOUTH PACIFIC TUE 25 OCT ANNIE TUE 8 NOV THE NUTCRACKER TUE 22 NOV

WED 12 - SAT 15 OCT Wed - Sat eves 7.30pm Thu mat 2pm & Sat mat 2.30pm

Strictly Gershwin Strictly Gershwin is a dazzling celebration of George Gershwin and the razzmatazz of the big band era and Hollywood musicals. Gershwin’s sassy tunes combine with Derek Deane’s sensational choreography to conjure up the silver screen glamour of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Featuring over 100 superb artists including guest singers and a live jazz orchestra playing a host of Gershwin favourites including An American in Paris, Rhapsody in Blue and Summertime, Strictly Gershwin is guaranteed to get your toes tapping and your spirits soaring!

‘SLEEK AND HUGELY ENJOYABLE’ THE TIMES

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Photos: Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in Swing Time. Other photos by Patrick Baldwin and Annabel Moeller. “Gershwin” is a registered Trademark of Gershwin Enterprises and is used under licence.

TICKETS £10 - £35 (Premium seats available) LIVECARD Wed 2 for 1, Thu eve & Sat mat £5.50 off up to 4 tickets (No discounts on £10 tickets, Thu Mat, Sat eve performances)

GROUPS 10+ Call 0844 871 3038 10+ £5 discount off top three prices 20+ £6 discount off top three prices, plus 1 free ticket 50+ £7 discount off top three prices, plus 3 free tickets

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WINNER! BEST NEW MUSICAL 20 11 OLIVIER AWARDS ‘SIMPLY BLOWS OTHER MUSICALS OUT OF THE WATER. SENSATIONAL’

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STARRING

West End legend

DAVE WILLETTS as Callaghan

THE SUN

★★★★

‘SMART, SASSY, SPECTACULAR’

NEIL TOON

THE DAILY TELEGRAPH

★★★★

‘HYSTERICALLY FUNNY’ THE MAIL ON SUNDAY

(HOLLYOAKS) as Warner

For the first time ever, the West End & Broadway sensation, 2011 Olivier Award winner (Best New Musical) and winner of Best New Musical Whatsonstage.com Awards, Legally Blonde The Musical comes to Manchester. Based on the hit movie starring Reese Witherspoon, this critically acclaimed new musical is created by a top-of-their-class creative team, led by Tony Award-winning director and Olivier Award-nominated choreographer Jerry Mitchell (Hairspray). College sweetheart and homecoming queen Elle Woods doesn’t take no for an answer. So when her boyfriend, Warner, dumps her for someone serious, Elle puts down the credit card, hits the books, and heads for Harvard Law School. Legally Blonde The Musical will take you from the social whirl of California Campus life to Harvard’s Halls of Justice with the brightest new heroine (and of course, her Chihuahua, Bruiser). This all singing, all dancing, feel-good musical comedy will be the highlight of your year and the most fashionable ticket in town. The verdict? This much fun shouldn’t be legal!

‘PERFECTION’ THE INDEPENDENT

★★★★★ TIME OUT

and introducing

FAYE BROOKES as Elle

TUE 18 - SAT 29 OCT Mon - Sat eves 7.30pm Thu & Sat mats 2.30pm TICKETS £18.50 - £45 (Premium seats from £49.50) LIVECARD Tue 18 Oct 2 for 1, Wed 19 – Thu 27 Oct £6 off price bands A & B (excludes Fri & Sat perfs) No discount Sat mat

SIGNED PERF Thu 20 Oct 7.30pm AUDIO DESCRIBED PERF Mon 24 Oct 7.30pm

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THE SMASH HIT BROADWAY SHOW DIRECT FROM LONDON’S BARBICAN

‘RAPTUROUS AND REVELATORY!’ NEW YORK TIMES

WINNER OF 7 TONY AWARDS! NEW YORK’S LINCOLN CENTER THEATER PRODUCTION OF

‘THE BEST RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN IN A GENERATION’

RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN’S

JASON HOWARD (WELSH NATIONAL OPERA)

(DONMAR’S GUYS AND DOLLS)

ALEX FERNS (DONMAR’S GUYS AND DOLLS)

DANIEL KOEK

‘THIS IS RAVISHING, BREATHTAKING THEATER’

(WEST SIDE STORY)

LORETTA ABLES SAYRE (TONY AWARD NOMINEE)

VARIETY This breathtaking and lavish Lincoln Center Theater production reinvented Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic musical. It swept the 2008 Tony Awards, played for two years to sold-out houses on Broadway and was televised across America. With a cast and live orchestra of 50, this international hit landmark production brought to you by the producers of West Side Story and Guys and Dolls arrives at The Palace Theatre Manchester for 2 weeks only. Metropolitan Opera Director and Winner of Tony Award for Best Director, Bartlett Sher directs a stellar cast which includes internationally acclaimed baritone Jason Howard, Tony Award-nominee Loretta Ables Sayre as ‘Bloody Mary’, plus musical theatre stars Samantha Womack, Alex Ferns and Daniel Koek.

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SAMANTHA WOMACK

WASHINGTON POST

Supported by

PALACE THEATRE

Considered one of the finest musicals ever written, the score includes Some Enchanted Evening, I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair and There is Nothin’ Like a Dame. Don’t miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to witness one of the greatest musicals of all time, as the critics agree, ‘THIS IS A SHOW YOU WILL REMEMBER FOREVER.’ Photo of Paulo Szot and Samantha Womack (Original London cast) ©Lucy Williams

TUE 25 OCT - SAT 5 NOV Mon - Sat eves 7.30pm Wed & Sat mats 2.30pm TICKETS £18.50 - £39.50 (Premium seats from £42.50) LIVECARD 2 for 1 Tue 25 Oct, thereafter £5 off GROUPS 10+ Call 0844 871 3038 10+ £5 off top 3 prices SIGNED PERF Wed 2 Nov 7.30pm

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A PERFECT TREAT FOR ALL THE FAMILY

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C’MON EVERYBODY!

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★★★★ ‘THE AUDITORIUM SEEMS FIT TO COMBUST SPONTANEOUSLY IN AN EXPLOSION OF JOY AND EXCITEMENT’ THE TIMES

It’s time to prepare yourselves for Horrible Histories live on stage! Using actors and ground-breaking 3D special effects, these two astounding shows - The Awful Egyptians and The Ruthless Romans - are guaranteed to thrill you and your children. Historical figures and events will come alive on stage and hover at your fingertips. THE AWFUL EGYPTIANS From the fascinating Pharaohs to the power of the pyramids, discover the foul facts of death and decay with the meanest mummies in Egypt. Are you ready to rumble with Ramesses the Great? Dare you enter through the Gates of the Afterlife? THE RUTHLESS ROMANS From the evil Emperors to the gruesome gladiators, find out why there’s no place like Rome! Experience the terrible tactics of the Roman army, hold on tight for a jaw-dropping journey into Roman Britain and prepare to meet sword-slaying Spartacus! See a trailer of the shows at www.birminghamstage.com 20

TUE 8 - SAT 12 NOV Tue - Sat eves 7.30pm Thu & Sat mats 2.30pm

TUE 1 - SAT 5 NOV Tue - Sat eves 7.30pm Wed & Sat mats 2.30pm

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So the hit song goes, and this all new Rock ‘n’ Roll extravaganza certainly does have one helluva line-up! For the first time on stage, Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison and Elvis Presley will be joined by the legendary Del Shannon, Ricky Nelson and Eddie Cochran. A non-stop parade of hits will feature Del Shannon’s legendary recordings of Runaway, Hats Off To Larry, Swiss Maid, So Long Baby, Keep Searchin’; Ricky Nelson, the only real contender for Elvis’ throne in America, will be represented by his all time greats like Poor Little Fool, It’s late, Fools Rush In, Hello Mary-Lou, Travelling Man and Garden Party; Eddie Cochran’s pure and raunchy rock ‘n’ roll anthems include Three Steps To Heaven, Something Else, Weekend and Come On Everybody.

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‘ONE OF THE MOST ENCHANTING MUSICALS I HAVE EVER SEEN’ SUNDAY TIMES

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THE MAGIC RETURNS WITH AN ENCHANTING CLASSIC

TUE 8 - SAT 12 NOV Tue - Sat eves 7.30pm Wed & Sat mats 2.30pm

Starring

SU POLLARD DAVID MCALISTER One of the most successful musicals of all time! This endearing tale of little orphan Annie is back, giving a whole new generation the chance to experience this enchanting musical about never giving up hope. Annie is a gutsy 11 year old orphan who, being left on the doorsteps of a New York City orphanage, run by the cruel and crooked Miss Hannigan, is determined to find her real parents. In adventure after fun-filled adventure, Annie foils the evil plans of dastardly Miss Hannigan and her devious brother, Rooster. Winner of 9 Tony Awards, including Best Musical and also boasting one of Broadway’s most memorable scores, including It’s a Hard-Knock Life, Easy Street, N.Y.C. and the everoptimistic Tomorrow, Annie is a delightful theatrical experience for the entire family. It’s no wonder that this heart-warming show has become a contemporary classic. 22

TUE 22 - SAT 26 NOV Tue - Sat eves 7.30pm Thu & Sat mats 2.30pm

TICKETS £11.50 - £25.50 (Premium seats available) LIVECARD Tue 2 for 1, Wed & Thu £5 off price bands A, B & C GROUPS 10+ Call 0844 871 3038 10+ £3 off price bands A & B, £2 off price bands C & D plus 1 in 10 free 20+ £4 off price bands A & B, £3 off price bands C & D plus 1 in 10 free SCHOOL GROUPS Wed mat & eve best available £8 plus 1 teacher goes free with every 10

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Following last year’s sell-out success Northern Ballet’s The Nutcracker returns to Manchester. If you’ve seen it before you’ll know this is the perfect production to get you in the festive mood and if not don’t miss this chance to see why The Nutcracker is Northern Ballet’s most popular production. Christmas Eve in the twinkling drawing room of the Edwards’ family home. Amidst the commotion, the fire crackles and the pile of presents grows ever taller. Uncle Drosselmeyer’s curious box of performing toys captivates the children and adults alike, but it is the wooden Nutcracker doll that enchants young Clara most. Share in Clara’s adventures as she is swept away by her Nutcracker Prince into a magical winter wonderland of dancing snowflakes and the famous Sugar Plum Fairy. Bringing to life everyone’s favourite Christmas story performed to Tchaikovsky’s enduring score, played live by the Northern Ballet Sinfonia, The Nutcracker awakens childlike imagination in us all. Running time 1 hour 55 mins. Main image Pippa Moore as Clara. Photo Jason Tozer. Production images by Bill Cooper.

TICKETS £13.50 - £35 (Premium seats available) LIVECARD Tue 2 for 1, Wed – Fri & Sat mat £5 off price bands A, B, C & D (excludes Sat eve perf)

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THE WEST END SMASH-HIT COMES TO MANCHESTER FOR THE FIRST TIME!

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‘THE BIGGEST LIVE THEATRE SENSATION OF ALL TIME’ OBSERVER

★★★★

‘SPECTACULAR’ Dirty Dancing is an unprecedented live experience, exploding with heart-pounding music, passionate romance and sensationally sexy dancing. Seen by millions across the globe this worldwide smash-hit tells the classic story of Baby and Johnny, two fiercely independent young spirits from different worlds, who come together in what will be the most challenging and triumphant summer of their lives. Featuring hit songs, including Hungry Eyes, Hey Baby, Do You Love Me? and the heart stopping I’ve Had The Time Of My Life! Don’t miss your chance to see the fastest selling show in West End history.

‘MAGNIFICENT’ MAIL ON SUNDAY

‘YOU REALISE WHY THE MUSICAL HAS BROKEN ALL BOX OFFICE RECORDS’ EVENING STANDARD

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FINANCIAL TIMES

TUE 22 NOV 2011 SAT 7 JAN 2012 Mon - Thu eves 7.30pm Fri 5pm & 8.30pm Sat 2.30pm & 7.30pm No performances 25th Dec & 1st Jan 2012 TICKETS £19.50 - £48.50 (Premium seats from £75) LIVECARD Tue 22 Nov 2 for 1 (Subject to allocation availability)

SIGNED PERFS Tue 29 Nov 7.30pm AUDIO DESCRIBED PERF Wed 4 Jan 7.30pm CAPTIONED PERF Sat 7 Jan 2.30pm

0844 871 3018* www.PalaceandOperaHouse.org.uk* *Subject to booking/transaction fee

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MAKE SURE YOU DON’T MISS OUT ON OUR FASTEST SELLING PANTO EVER

OPERA HOUSE

SAT 3 - SAT 31 DEC 2011

The most magical fairytale of them all comes alive on The Opera House stage in the fun-filled family Panto extravaganza, Cinderella. Everyone’s favourite TV star Louie Spence star of Sky TV’s Pineapple Dance Studios and Louie Spence’s Showbusiness, heads a sensational cast as the Prince’s loyal and slightly outrageous servant Dandini. Emmerdale’s Suzanne Shaw joins Louie as the beautiful Cinderella and back by popular demand, comedian Tam Ryan returns as the cheeky but lovable Buttons. With an all-star cast, Cinderella features a glittering combination of everything a traditional pantomime could wish for. With boo-able Ugly Sisters, sparkling sets, gorgeous fairytale costumes and real Shetland ponies, fun and laughter is guaranteed for the whole family!

SPECIAL DISCOUNTS FAMILY TICKET Family Ticket for between 3 to 6 people (Max 2 adults). All seats £17

LIVE CARD HOLDERS 2 for 1 on Tue 6th Dec 7pm thereafter £5 off excluding Sat eve performances

GROUPS CONCESSIONS Groups 10+ £5 discount off top GENERAL CONCESSIONS three prices Senior citizens / Reg. Unemployed Groups 20+ £5.00 discount off top / Students / Children three prices, plus one free ticket £3 Discount off top three prices Groups 50+ £7 discount off top SENIOR CITIZENS three prices, plus 3 free tickets Best available seats at all Groups 100+ £8 discount matinees £11 off top three prices, plus 5 free tickets SCHOOL GROUPS 10+ tickets for £8.50 with 1 Discounts are not applicable from teacher free in every 10 Sat 17 – Sat 31 Dec performances

Sat 3

2.30pm

7pm

Sun 4

1pm

5pm

Mon 5

No performances

Tue 6

2.30pm

7pm

Wed 7

2.30pm

7pm

Thu 8

2.30pm

7pm

Fri 9

2.30pm

7pm

Sat 10

2.30pm

7pm

Sun 11

1pm

5pm

Mon 12

No performances

Tue 13

2.30pm

7pm

Wed 14

2.30pm

7pm

Thu 15

2.30pm

7pm

Fri 16

2.30pm

7pm

Sat 17

2.30pm

7pm

Sun 18

1pm

5pm

Mon 19

No performances

Tue 20

2.30pm

7pm

Wed 21

2.30pm

7pm

Thu 22

2.30pm

7pm

Fri 23

2.30pm

7pm

Sat 24

1pm

5pm

Sun 25

No performances

M on 26

1pm

5pm

Tue 27

1pm

5pm

Wed 28

1pm

5pm

Thu 29

1pm

5pm

Fri 30

1pm

5pm

Sat 31

11am

TICKETS £15 - £25 (Premium seats £30) SIGNED PERFS Fri 9 Dec 2.30pm & 7pm

0844 871 3018* GROUPS 10+ 0844 871 3038 www.PalaceandOperaHouse.org.uk* *Subject to booking/transaction fee

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CONSIDER YOURSELF INVITED TO THIS CLASSIC MUSICAL

PALACE THEATRE

WED 25 JAN - SAT 10 MAR Tue - Sat eves 7.30pm Thu, Sat & Sun mat 2.30pm Additional matinee Wed 7 Mar TICKETS £18.50 - £50 (Premium seats from £53.50) LIVECARD Half price tickets Wed 25 & Thu 26 Jan performances GROUPS 10+ £5 discount off top three prices SCHOOL GROUPS 10+ tickets for £15 Grand Tier only, Tue Eve & Thu Mats Following a sell-out run in London’s West End, Cameron Mackintosh’s fabulous new production of one of the most beloved British musicals ever, Oliver! is coming to Manchester for a strictly limited run. Vividly bringing to life Dickens’ timeless characters with its ever-popular story of the boy who asked for more, Lionel Bart’s sensational score includes Food Glorious Food, Consider Yourself, You’ve Got to Pick-a-Pocket or Two, I’d Do Anything, Oom Pah Pah, As Long As He Needs Me and many more. This is the must-see for families of all ages.

‘THIS GREAT SPECTACULAR MUSICAL MARCHES ON TRIUMPHANTLY ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC.’ DAILY TELEGRAPH

‘OLIVER! IS A SMASH HIT’ EVENING STANDARD

‘MORE OOM-PAH-PAH THAN EVER! ASTOUNDING ENTERTAINMENT’ MAGIC FM 28

SENIOR CITIZENS / REG UNEMPLOYED / STUDENTS £5 discount CHILDREN £10 off with every full paying adult ticket, when booked and paid for by Friday 23rd September 2011. Thereafter Kids £5 off Discounts are not applicable on 13 - 19 Feb perfs. Concessions available Tue - Thu. (All concessions are strictly limited to allocation availability)

SIGNED PERFS Tue 28 Feb 7.30pm AUDIO DESCRIBED PERF Tue 21 Feb 7.30pm CAPTIONED PERF Tue 28 Feb 7.30pm Sat 3 Mar 2.30pm

0844 871 3018* GROUPS 10+ 0844 871 3038 www.PalaceandOperaHouse.org.uk* *Subject to booking/transaction fee

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COMING SOON NOW BOOKING!

OPERA HOUSE

OPERA HOUSE

COMING SOON NOW BOOKING!

OPERA HOUSE

‘A BLAST FROM START TO FINISH AND PERFECT FOR ALL THOSE YOUNG AT HEART’ THE PUBLIC REVIEWS

‘THE THEATRE ROCKED WITH PEOPLE HAVING A GOOD TIME’ MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS

‘A WONDERFULLY DISRESPECTFUL, IRREVERENT AND FUNNY COUPLE OF HOURS’ DAILY POST NORTH WALES

Since its world premiere, Lord Of The Dance has become the most talked about, the most written about and the most acclaimed show in musical history. It has gone on to receive unparalleled accolades and has broken theatrical records everywhere. With more than 150,000 taps per performance, the Irish dance spectacular promises to wow British audiences yet again with its breathtaking footwork and dazzling music.

MON 2 - SUN 8 JAN Mon - Sat eves 8pm Thu, Sat & Sun mats 2.30pm

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Like Father like Son... They’ll take you for a ride! David Essex stars in the hit West End musical All the Fun of the Fair. Featuring a mix of David Essex hits alongside brand new songs. With crafty cons and candy floss, dodgems and death-defying feats, fairground horses and fights, romance and rock ‘n’ roll, you’re sure to go on a rollercoaster of a ride. Inspired by David’s best-selling album, All the Fun of the Fair features a helter skelter of hits such as Winter’s Tale, Hold Me Close, Gonna Make You A Star, Me and My Girl - Nightclubbing, Silver Dream Machine and Rock On. ‘BEST NEW WEST END MUSICAL 2010’ WHAT’S ON STAGE NOMINATION TUE 24 - SAT 28 JAN Tue - Sat eves 7.30pm Wed & Sat mats 2.30pm

TICKETS £26 - £39.50

TICKETS £18.50 - £27.50 (Premium seats available)

0844 871 3018*

0844 871 3018*

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www.PalaceandOperaHouse.org.uk*

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WED 11 – SAT 14 JAN Wed & Thu 7.30pm Fri & Sat 4.30pm & 8.30pm TICKETS £18.50 - £27.50 (Premium seats £32.50)

Attention grown up boys and girls, it’s back by public demand! Evil King Foo has kidnapped Princess Crystal so all of your favourite Panto characters have gone out on strike. But who can save this fairy tale world? Step forward Panto hero Jonny Wilkes and his less than enthusiastic side-kick Paddy McGuinness to the rescue. The odds are stacked against them but with the help of a whole host of Panto characters, they’ll try their best. Pantos on Strike - the original, side-splitting, rip-roaring comedy show returns after a sell out run last year. But be warned - the adult only humour will bring out the big kid in all of you! ‘CROSS-DRESSING DWARVES, A LESS-THAN-PURE SNOW WHITE AND A SCRIPT FILLED WITH INNUENDOES AND ADULT MATERIAL, THE AUDIENCE LAPPED IT UP’ LANCASHIRE TELEGRAPH

LIVECARD Half price on Wed 11 Jan 2012 thereafter £5 off excluding Sat Eve Performances (offer includes Premium seats) GROUPS 10+ £5 discount off top three prices GROUPS 20+ £5 discount off top three prices, plus one free ticket GROUPS 50+ £7 discount off top three prices, plus three free tickets

0844 871 3018* www.PalaceandOperaHouse.org.uk* *Subject to booking/transaction fee

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COMING SOON NOW BOOKING!

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OPERA HOUSE

COMING SOON NOW BOOKING!

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OPERA HOUSE

DEREK BLOCK & BLACKBURN INTERNATIONAL PROUDLY PRESENT TWO ELLEN KENT PRODUCTIONS

A COUNTRY MUSIC COMEDY

ALL STAR CAST TO BE ANNOUNCED

LOVE, LIFE & LINE DANCING

FEATURING THE INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED UKRAINIAN NATIONAL OPERA OF KHARKIV

Grab your Stetson and pop your cowboy boots on as the brand new feel good country music comedy hits Manchester. It’s Monday night in Warbleswick as the All Star Line Dancing Club meet for their weekly class. There’s a traitor in the ranks and mutiny on the horizon in this warm and funny tale of love, life and line dancing. Featuring an all star cast, soon to be announced, this is lining up to be the must-see comedy of the season! Come and Dance the Night Away to many of the classic country hits we know and love including Redneck Woman, Duelling Banjos, Stand By Your Man, Rhinestone Cowboy, When You’re Hot You’re Hot, Blue Bayou, Annie’s Song, Ring of Fire and many more.

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MADAMA BUTTERFLY Ahoy there me Hearties! Peppa Pig and her friends are going on a treasure hunt and need your help! Peppa, George and Danny Dog are up to fun and games on a day out on Grandad Dog’s boat. Help them, with Pedro Pony, Polly Parrot and Zoe Zebra to follow the clues and find their treasure as they all enjoy a day of adventure.

Rhinestone Mondays contains pre-recorded music.

Following the incredible sell-out success of Peppa Pig’s Party, Peppa is back with a brand new show featuring true to life puppets, perfect singalong songs and a new story that will charm and delight all her fans. Full sail! Ahoy! Arrrrr!

www.rhinestonemondays.co.uk

www.peppapiglive.com

The nation’s most important spy organisation is assembling a new team to fight a terrifying new threat from SKUL around the UK. Now is your chance to join MI HIGH in saving the country and defeating the Grand Master. SKUL agents have been seen in Manchester planning their attack. MI9 needs your help to prevent SKUL taking over the city. Your mission is to become a special agent and be ready for action. This is not a test. This time it’s real! Go to www.mihighlive.com

TUE 7 - SAT 11 FEB Tue - Sat eves 7.30pm Wed & Sat mats 2.30pm

WED 15 & THU 16 FEB 10am, 1pm & 4pm

TUE 21 - SUN 26 FEB Tue, Fri & Sat 7pm Wed & Thu 10.30am & 1.30pm Sat 7pm, Sun 11am & 3pm

TICKETS £13.50 & £15.50

TICKETS £16

TICKETS £11.50 - £24.50

CHILDREN £2 off

CHILDREN £11

2 FOR 1 TICKETS Mon 6 Feb

FAMILY TICKET £54 (4 top price tickets)

FAMILY TICKET (4) £44 (Min of 2 children)

0844 871 3018*

0844 871 3018*

0844 871 3018*

www.PalaceandOperaHouse.org.uk*

www.PalaceandOperaHouse.org.uk*

www.PalaceandOperaHouse.org.uk*

*Subject to booking/transaction fee

*Subject to booking/transaction fee

*Subject to booking/transaction fee

Back by overwhelming public demand, Ellen Kent’s award-winning opera returns, with exquisite sets and spectacular costumes. Puccini’s Madama Butterfly tells the heart-breaking story of the beautiful young Japanese girl who falls in love with an American naval lieutenant - with dramatic results.

LA TRAVIATA The love story that gripped Paris. A tragic tale of searing passion and memorable music, La Traviata is Verdi’s outstanding interpretation of one of the most popular love stories of the 19th century, La dame aux Camelias. Highlights include the Brindisi, the duet Un Di Felice and Violetta’s haunting aria Addio Del Passato.

With handpicked soloists, a highly-praised chorus, and full orchestra. These productions will be sung in Italian with English subtitles.

EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT £5 OFF If purchased by Tue 1 Sep

Madama Butterfly FRI 9 MAR La Traviata SAT 10 MAR 7.30pm TICKETS £15 - £43 LIVECARD £5 off all prices GROUPS 10+ Call 0844 871 3038 £10 off top 3 prices

0844 871 3018* www.PalaceandOperaHouse.org.uk* *Subject to booking/transaction fee

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COMING SOON NOW BOOKING!

PALACE THEATRE

BANNER SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE

TBC BEYOND THE SUB HEADING BARRICADE

MOSCOW CITY BALLET WITH THE MOSCOW CITY BALLET ORCHESTRA

Romeo And Juliet

Probably the world’s best-known love story, Romeo And Juliet is set to Prokofiev’s dramatic score, a masterpiece of 20th century music. All the hustle and bustle of Renaissance Verona is brought to life in this powerful production.

Swan Lake

Set to Tchaikovsky’s sublime score, Swan Lake is a flawless production with a stunning demonstration of precision, artistry and sheer grace. You will be moved by this fable which follows the fate of Prince Siegfried and the beautiful Swan Queen, Odette. The ballet’s soaring climax sees the power of true love conquer the forces of evil. Romeo and Juliet THU 15 & FRI 16 MAR 7.30pm Swan Lake SAT 17 MAR 2.30pm & 7.30pm

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Based on events in the roaring 1920s, nightclub singer Roxie Hart shoots her lover and along with Cell Block rival and double-murderess Velma Kelly, they fight to keep from death row with the help of smooth-talking lawyer, Billy Flynn.

REMEMBER WHEN TBC

F S DATE Time SAT 30 JULG7.30pm OH TICKETS £19.50 Awaiting copy Back by public demand, the most successful and popular touring show of its kind, Beyond The Barricade returns to Manchester with a brand new 2011 production. Including songs from Miss Saigon, The Lion King, Phantom Of The Opera, Love Never Dies, Jersey Boys, and of course, Les Misérables, plus many more.

TUE 9HEADING AUG 2.30pm SUB TICKETS £10G& £12 F S DATE Time

TBC PUPPETRY OF SUB THEHEADING PENIS 3D OH

One of the country’s most popular Awaiting copy nostalgia shows returns with an all new 2011 show. Enjoy a trip down memory lane in a wonderful feel good afternoon featuring magical musical memories from the 40s to the 70s. With songs made famous by Doris Day, Bing Crosby, Julie Andrews, Max Bygraves, Vera Lynn, Elvis Presley and Cliff Richard.

F G S F S DATE Time WED 21 SEPG8pm PT TICKETS £18.50 Awaiting copy The astonishing and unforgettable Puppetry of the Penis is back with a cutting edge, brand new show, and after working with the same people who brought you James Cameron’s Avatar, this time incredibly it’s in 3D! This show is nut to be missed! ‘DEMENTEDLY GOOD FUN’ VANITY FAIR

Created by the musical talents of John Kander, Fred Ebb and legendary choreographer Bob Fosse, Chicago’s sexy, sassy score includes All That Jazz and Razzle Dazzle. With 6 Tony, 2 Olivier, 1 Grammy, 2 Bafta and 6 Academy Awards, Chicago truly is ‘THE SHARPEST, SLICKEST SHOW ON THE BLOCK’ THE TIMES A nightclub singer, a double-murderess, a smooth-talking lawyer and a cell block of sin: it would be a crime to miss it. MON 19 - SAT 24 MAR Mon - Thu eves 7.30pm Fri & Sat 5pm & 8.30pm

TICKETS £20 - £36

LIVECARD Half price tickets on Opening Night, thereafter £5 off Top Three prices excluding Fri Late & both Sat Perfs

0844 871 3018*

0844 871 3018*

www.PalaceandOperaHouse.org.uk*

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TBC SUPER TROUPER

THU 22 SUB HEADING SEP 7.30pm TICKETS £25 G F S DATE Time

SUB FRI 23 HEADING SEP 7.30pm PT

One of the biggest selling groups Awaiting copy ever, The Drifters has featured over 65 vocalists in 6 decades. The current line-up perform new material alongside hits including Under The Boardwalk, Save The Last Dance, Up On The Roof and many more, paying homage to their former recording artists and highlighting their numerous musical reincarnations. www.theofficialdrifters.com

TICKETS £15.50 G F- £19.50 S DATE Time

TBC AND ECHO SUB THEHEADING BUNNYMEN PT

Super Trouper Awaiting copy formerly ABBA MANIA, is now accepted as the world’s number one touring production. Join in and enjoy all of your favourites including Mamma Mia, Voulez Vous, Dancing Queen, Winner Takes It All, Super Trouper and many more. So dig out those platforms, dust down those flares and thank ABBA for the music.

F S DATE24 Time SAT SEPG7pm PT TICKETS £22.50 - £37.50 Awaiting copy Echo & the Bunnymen are to perform their classic album Ocean Rain in it’s entirety across the country this autumn, accompanied by a string orchestra. Released in 1984, Ocean Rain was Echo & the Bunnymen’s fourth album and includes songs such as Silver and Seven Seas. 35 x


SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES WED 16 NOV 7.30pm TICKETS £21

GODSPELL

DONS OF COMEDY

FRI 21 OCT 8pm TICKETS £26.50 - £35.50

PT

Celebrating 40 years since its Broadway debut, West-End and Broadway singing sensation Kerry Ellis stars in this iconic concert of the smash-hit musical Godspell. One of the biggest Broadway successes of all time, Godspell is based on the Gospel According to St. Matthew and features a string of recognizable songs, including Day By Day and Bless The Lord.

SAT 22 OCT 8pm TICKETS £18.50

PT

Award winning comedians come together for this exclusive Black History Month comedy special. Witness history in the making as we celebrate, with the real Dons of Comedy, our history, our culture and our lifestyle in the only way we know how - with a smile! Featuring Curtis Walker, Felix Dexter, Felicity Ethnic and Slim, this is a night of true heavyweight comedy, pound for pound the best jokes that will knock you clean off your seat!

PT

Eve Ensler’s hilarious Broadway and West End smash hit is back, featuring a new all star cast including Tiana Benjamin (Eastenders), the stunning Louisa Lytton (Eastenders, The Bill) and the sensational Wendi Peters (Coronation Street, Celebrity Masterchef). This hilariously witty and moving collection of stories based an unmissable show for every generation - bring your mum, your best friend, your sister or even your gran – this is the ultimate girls night out - trust us! ‘LAUGH OUT LOUD FUNNY’ THE INDEPENDENT www.vaginamonologues.co.uk

CHRISTMAS WITH THE RAT PACK THU 17 - SAT 19 NOV 7.30pm (2.30pm Sat mat) TICKETS £17.50 - £28.50

GILBERT O’SULLIVAN

VAMPIRES ROCK

TUE 15 NOV 8pm TICKETS £28.50 - £36

WED 16 NOV 7.30pm TICKETS £22 & £24

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Gilbert O’Sullivan has accumulated no less than fourteen top-forty hits, including Clair, Alone Again (Naturally), Get Down and Nothing Rhymed. He is joined on stage by his 11 piece band, including a string quartet, to present a stunning 2 hour performance to present his new album Gilbertville.

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‘Tis the season to be merry!’ Beat the winter blues with the special Christmas version of the hit show for the festive season.

HALFWAY TO PARADISE OH

Superb singers, dancers and a formidable band blast their way through some of the greatest ever rock anthems including; We Will Rock You, Bat Out of Hell, Highway to Hell, Since You’ve Been Gone, Sweet Child Of Mine, Total Eclipse of the Heart, Devil Gate Drive, I Love Rock n Roll, Poison and many more! All teamed with an amazing set and pyrotechnics to blow your mind!

THE BILLY FURY STORY THU 17 NOV 7.30pm TICKETS £19.50

PT

OH

Still rockin’ after 40 years, Billy’s band Fury’s Tornados (led by the beautiful voice of Colin Gold), replay his timeless hit records live including Last Night Was Made For Love, I Will, Jealousy and Halfway To Paradise. With exclusive footage of Billy – you’ll have a night blessed by heaven!

Take a seasonal trip back in time to the glamorous, glitzy nights of Las Vegas in the late 1950s and early 60s where, in the company of three of the world’s most popular entertainers, the fabulous Burrelli Sisters and The Rat Pack Big Band, you will experience Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr and Dean Martin performing at the famous Sands hotel.

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BOOKING INFORMATION

FRI 20 JAN 7.30pm TICKETS £19.50 & £21

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Comedian, Magician, Psychopath! If you like Pol Pot, you’ll love Jerry Sadowitz! With his incorrigible smile and his propensity to hurl his underwear at female members of the audience, you’ll be so helpless with looking for the police, you’ll forget how much you paid to get in! ‘THE MOST EXCITING ACT IN TOWN’ METRO Age Restriction 18+. ADULTS ONLY.

SAT 19 NOV 7.30pm TICKETS £20.50 - £22.50

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Step back in time and join Europe’s Premier 1980s Experience with over 35 chart topping smash hits live in concert! Duran Duran, The Human League, Kim Wilde, Culture Club, Madonna, Wham, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Madness, are just some of the legends you will see authentically re-created live on stage.

BY POST Stating the performance and seat choice, enclose a cheque or postal order made payable to The Ambassador Theatre Group Venues, or your card details and post to the above address. Please enclose a stamped and addressed envelope.

PT

Like no other Elvis show, the remarkable tribute artist Lee ‘Memphis’ King will take you from the ’68 comeback special to the Vegas years accompanied by a big band. Lee was awarded the ultimate accolade of World Champion Elvis Tribute Artist and now he brings you the biggest Elvis show in the UK – a must-see for Elvis fans!

ACCESS FOR ALL Call 0161 245 6605 (Mon to Fri, 10am-6pm) or email manchesterboxoffice@theambassadors.com is also available by calling 0844 277 9856 (24 hours). CAR PARKING We recommend patrons use official NCP car parks when attending both the Palace Theatre and Opera House. The nearest car parks to each venue are highlighted on the map opposite. RESTORATION FUND The ticket price for shows includes a £1 contribution to the theatre’s restoration fund.

GRAND TIER

THE REAL MCCOY LIVE

SAT 21 JAN 8pm TICKETS £20

SAT 18 FEB 7.30pm TICKETS £21 - £26

PT

Multi Award winning stand-up television and movie star, Omid Djalili is back on tour with his brand new comedy show. A firm favourite at the Edinburgh Festival with his legendary performances, Omid’s stand-up awards include; Time Out Award - for Best Stand Up and the EMMA Award.

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AMBASSADOR THEATRE GROUP Y WA Palace Theatre & Opera House Manchester are operated by the Ambassador IAN UN NC Theatre Group MA (ATG), have a total of 39 venues across the MA UK, including NCUNwho IAN WAY 12 in the West End, and 27 regionally. ATG’s impressive portfolio of West End theatres includes Apollo Victoria, Comedy, Donmar Warehouse, Duke of York’s, Fortune, Lyceum, Phoenix, Piccadilly, Playhouse, Savoy, Trafalgar Studio 1 and Trafalgar Studio 2. ATG’s regional theatres include Aylesbury Waterside Theatre; New Alexandra Theatre Birmingham; Theatre Royal Brighton; Bristol Hippodrome; Churchill Theatre Bromley; Edinburgh Playhouse; Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone; King’s Theatre and Theatre Royal, Glasgow; Grimsby Auditorium; Liverpool Empire; Palace Theatre and Opera House, Manchester; Milton Keynes Theatre; New Theatre, Oxford; Richmond Theatre; Southport Theatre; Regent Theatre and Victoria Hall, Stoke-on-Trent; Sunderland Empire; Princess Theatre, Torquay; New Wimbledon Theatre and New Wimbledon Studio; The Ambassadors Woking encompassing the New Victoria and Rhoda McGaw Theatres and the award-winning Ambassador Cinemas; Grand Opera House, York. ATG is also one of the country’s foremost theatre producers, in Britain and internationally. Current and recent ATG co-productions include The Misanthrope starring Damian Lewis and Keira Knightley; Legally Blonde, West Side Story, Guys and Dolls, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard, Spamalot and South Pacific.

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DAVE SPIKEY SUN 4 MAR 7.30pm TICKETS £18.50 OH

This was a major comedy show featured on the BBC in the 90’s which launched the careers of the likes of Felix Dexter, Curtis Walker, Richard Blackwood, Meera Syal from Goodness Gracious Me. Karnak Entertainment create history by reuniting members of the original award winning cast for the first time ever!

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Dave examines situations in life where words really don’t come easy. These include: parents explaining the facts of life, newspaper stories, adolescent chat-up lines, police speak and song lyrics. Throw in a Champion The Wonder Horse singalong and you have all the ingredients for a rich comedy casserole - a sort of Lexicon-Carne!

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ONLINE Log on to www.PalaceandOperaHouse.org.uk* or www.ticketmaster.co.uk*

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Palace Theatre & Opera House Manchester Autumn 2011  

Palace Theatre & Opera House Manchester Autumn 2011

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