Theatres - Coming Soon - September 2 onwards

COMING SOON

ANNIE (Floral Pavilion, New Brighton, Wirral, September 27-October 2)

THE heart-warming rags-to-riches musical comes to Wirral. Annie’s adventures from Miss Hannigan’s orphanage to the luxurious home of Oliver Warbucks, is a story that has been told all over the world for decades. First seen on stage in 1976, the show deserves its reputation as one of the best loved family musicals of all time. The cast is led by Su Pollard of Hi-De-Hi fame as Miss Hannigan. Ring 0515 666 0000 or visit www.floralpavilion.com.

ANTHOLOGY (Everyman Theatre, Hope Street, Liverpool, September 28-October 30)

EACH night, the Everyman audience will be taken on a different adventure on stage, backstage, inside and outside, up and around Hope Street. Working with Slung Low, one of the UK’s mist groundbreaking theatre companies, writers including Lizzie Nunnery, Esther Wilson, Lawrence Wilson and Jeff Young have been creating seven new stories inspired by the city. But which story will you encounter, where will you see it and how will it be told? Visit the website: www.everymanplayhouse.com or ring 0151 709 4776.

ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA (Playhouse Theatre, Williamson Square, Liverpool, October 8-November 13)

SEX and The City star Kim Cattrall returns to her birth city or William Shakespeare’s story of two civilisations torn apart by the force of history’s most enduring love story. Jeffrey Kissoon co-stars in a production directed by the renowned actress end director Janet Suzman. Visit www.everymanplayhouse.com or ring 0151 709 4776.

ARCADIA (Library Theatre at The Lowry, Salford Quays, September 23-October 9)

THE Library Theatre’s first presentation at The Lowry during its temporary stay at the Salford Quays venue while a new home is built for the company in Manchester is Tom Stoppard’s acclaimed play. In 1812, a scandal rocked the Croom household in Derbyshire. A sexual liaison - possibly involving Lord Byron - apparently ended in a fatal duel. Two hundred years later, a pushy academic and a popular historian are trying to uncover the house’s true history. Visit www.librarytheatre.com or ring 0843 208 6010.

AWAKENINGS (The Lowry, Salford Quays, September 22-24)

RAMBERT Dance Company present their world premiere of Awakenings, inspired by Dr Oliver Sacks’ masterpiece, in the venue’s tenth anniversary year. Based on true life stories and inspired by Sacks’ book of the same name, made famous by the Hollywood movie starring Robert De Niro and Robin Williams, Awakenings presented Rambert Dance Company with a very interesting challenge. How do you create a dynamic dance work when ‘sleeping sickness’ lies at the heart of the story? Ring 0843 208 6010 or visit thelowry.com.

THE BLUES BROTHERS (Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent, September 13-18)

THE legendary original tribute to The Blues Brothers returns. Featuring cast members from the original hit West End run, this show brings you all those amazing, classic moments. Jake and Elwood are joined by one of Europe’s finest seven piece bands and the sassy Bluettes, all performing such memorable songs as Everybody, Shake Ya Tail Feather, Sweet Home Chicago and Respect. Visit www.ambassadortickets.com or ring 0844 871 7649.

CALENDAR GIRLS (Empire Theatre, Lime Street, Liverpool, September 27-October 2)

CALENDAR Girls has been the fastest selling tour ever and has triumphed in the West End. Now, it’s coming to Liverpool for one week only. A group of ordinary women do something extraordinary and spark a global phenomenon when they persuade one another to pose for a charity calendar with a difference! Based on an inspiring true story, Calendar Girls is quirky, poignant and hilarious. The all-star cast includes Denise Black, Jean Boht, Jennifer Ellison, Julia Hills, Ruth Madoc, Elaine C Smith, Rachel Lumberg with Joe McGann as John and Bruno Langley as Lawrence the photographer.

Visit www.liverpoolempire.org.uk or ring 0844 847 2525.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL (Library Theatre at The Lowry, Salford Quays, December 3-January 8)

THE Library Theatre’s Christmas presentation at The Lowry during its temporary stay at the Salford Quays venue while a new home is built for the company in Manchester is David Holman’s adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic. The timeless story of the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge is directed by Rachel O’Riordan who directed Grimm Tales at The Library last Christmas. Visit www.librarytheatre.com or ring 0843 208 6010.

CIRQUE DE GLACE - EVOLUTION (Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent, September 22-26)

IF THE creation of the world was shaped by fire and ice, then it all began with Cirque de Glace, an ice show beyond imagination. It brings to life the story of the creation of our planet, man’s evolution and a journey to the limits of technology as a stunning ice spectacular. Combining dazzling ice dance from the internationally renowned Russian Ice Stars with the world of cirque, made famous by Cirque de Soleil, Evolution promises a thrilling, breathtaking experience filled with music, colour, ibcredible costumes and jaw-dropping acrobatics. Visit www.ambassadortickets.com or ring 0844 871 7649.

DECLARATIONS (Playhouse Theatre, Williamson Square, Liverpool, September 15-16)

INTERNATIONALLY renowned dance company Phoenix Dance Theatre present the world premiere of four unique pieces of dance: Maybe Yes Maybe, Maybe No Maybe by Aletta Collins; Locked in Vertical by Isira Makuloluwe; The Audacious One by Warren Adams and Haunted Passages by Philip Taylor. Visit www.everymanplayhouse.com or ring 0151 709 4776.

DESIRE UNDER THE ELMS (New Vic Theatre, Etruria Road, Newcastle-under-Lyme, September 24-October 9)

EUGENE O’Neill’s epic tale of ambition, love and passion in 19th century New England is a great American classic which confirmed the writer’s reputation as the “fathjer” of American drama. Ephraim Cabot and his three grown up sons lead a life of hard work and loneliness on the remote family farm. In his 70s, a widower who has worked two wives into early graves, he rules over his children with Old Testament harshness, incurring the hatred of his sons. But when the old man brings home a seductive new wife, half his age and twice as calculating, passions run high. Visit the website: www.newvictheatre.org.uk or ring 01782 717962.

A DOLL’S HOUSE (Library Theatre at The Lowry, Salford Quays, February 24-March 12)

THE Library Theatre continues its temporary stay at the Salford Quays venue while a new home is built for the company in Manchester with Henrik Ibsen’s classic 1879 play. Nora loves her husband above everything. But when she risks her reputation in order to save him, the consequences force her to examine her devotion and she finds herself struggling for her own life. Visit www.librarytheatre.com or ring 0843 208 6010.

DON’T STOP BELIEVIN’ (Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent, September 30-October 2)

AN EVENING of singing and dancing to a vast parade of hits, paying tribute to the TV series Glee. Bursting with energy and feelgood fun, the show features such songs as the title track, Gold Digger, Proud Mary and Somebody to Love. Visit www.ambassadortickets.com or ring 0844 871 7649.

DREAMBOATS AND PETTICOATS (Pavilion Theatre, Rhyl, September 13-18)

THE million-selling album is now a West End smash hit musical. Relive the greatest time of your life with this rockin’ rollin’ musical inspired by the hit albums. In 1961, emotions run high as talented young musicians Norman and Bobby compete to win the hearts of their adoring female fans - especially the gorgeous Sue. Featuring a host of hit songs including Let’s Dance, Only Sixteen, Three Steps To Heaven, Runaround Sue and many more. Visit www.rhylpavilion.co.uk or ring 01745 330000.

EXTRAVAGANZA ON ICE (The Brindley, High Street, Runcorn, September 13)

EXPERIENCE a new dimension in theatre entertainment, with sequins and feathers andŠice skaters. This is a dazzling new production bringing the breathtaking talent of a cast of international ice skaters to the theatre stage. It’s a unique show with stunning costumes and upbeat music has something for all the family. The show includes exciting performances and glamorous show girl feathers, 1950s swing, Celtic dancing onŠice and much more. Ring 0151 907 8360 or visit www.thebrindley.org.uk.

FIREMAN SAM (Parr Hall, Palmyra Square, Warrington, October 30)

JOIN Fireman Sam and all his friends as Pontypandy hosts its first ever music festival. With great new songs, daring new rescues and more adventures than ever before, this new show is fun for all the family. Ring 01925 442345 or visit www.pyramidparrhall.com.

THE GAME (Playhouse Theatre, Williamson Square, Liverpool, September 21-25)

LANCASHIRE 1913 - match day! Blackton Rovers are in need of money. Owner Austin Whitworth sells his star centre forward - local football hero Jack Metherell - to a rival club on the eve of a crucial match that could see Rovers relegated to the second division. Will honest Jack do Austin’s bidding when asked to throw the match? From the halcyon days of professional football where players were working class heroes comes a spirited comedy by Hobson’s Choice writer Harold Brghouse that combines broad northern humour with the passion and pride of two football families, brought to life by the always superb Northern Broadsides company. Visit www.everymanplayhouse.com or ring 0151 709 4776.

THE GAME (New Vic Theatre, Etruria Road, Newcastle-under-Lyme, October 11-16)

LANCASHIRE 1913 - match day! Blackton Rovers are in need of money. Owner Austin Whitworth sells his star centre forward - local football hero Jack Metherell - to a rival club on the eve of a crucial match that could see Rovers relegated to the second division. Will honest Jack do Austin’s bidding when asked to throw the match? From the halcyon days of professional football where players were working class heroes comes a spirited comedy by Hobson’s Choice writer Harold Brghouse that combines broad northern humour with the passion and pride of two football families, brought to life by the always superb Northern Broadsides company. Visit the website: www.newvictheatre.org.uk or ring 01782 717962.

HIT ME! THE LIFE AND RHYMES OF IAN DURY (Everyman Theatre, Hope Street, Liverpool, November 9-12)

WARTS and all portrait of the Blockheads lead singer which explores the highs and lows of Ian Dury’s extraordinary career and inspirational life story. Featuring many of his biggest hits performed live including Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick and Reasons To Be Cheerful. Visit the website: www.everymanplayhouse.com or ring 0151 709 4776.

LOVE’S A LUXURY (Lyceum Theatre, Heath Street, Crewe, September 14-18)

EMMERDALE’S Ben Freeman, Jennifer Biddall from Hollyoaks and Richard Walsh from London’s Burning head the cast of this period comedy by Guy Paxton and Edward V Hoile. Charles Pentwick is a successful theatrical producer, always surrounded by gorgeous actresses and chorus girls. No wonder his wife is jealous and suspicious. So he flees to the country for some peace and quiet and is delighted to encounter pretty Molly and saucy French starlet Fritzy - at least until Mrs Pentwick decides to pay a visit. Ring 01270 537333 or visit www.lyceumtheatre.net.

OKLAHOMA! (Opera House, Quay Street, Manchester, October 12-18)

FROM the producers of such massive touring hits as South Pacific, 42nd Street, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and many more comes a new revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic musical Oklahoma! Set on America’s Western Frontier, against a background of conflict between farmers and cattlemen, Oklahoma! perfectly integrates song, dance and story to tell the tale of farm girl Laurey and the two rivals for her affections, happy go-lucky cowboy Curly and the sinister farm hand Jud. Featuring musical theatre veteran Marti Webb and Mark Evans, as Curley, best known as the runner up in the BBC’s Your Country Needs You, the search for a singer to represent Britain in the Eurovision song contest. Visit www.palaceandoperahouse.org.uk or ring 0844 847 2484.

THE PRIME OF MISS JEAN BRODIE (Little Theatre, Gloucester Street, Newtown, Chester, September 20-25)

CHESTER Theatre Club open their new season with Jay Presson Allen’s fondly regarded play. Jean Brodie is a charismatic and unconventional school teacher. Her methods are both enchanting and inappropriate and bring her into conflict with the school’s more conventional headmistress. Set against the political upheavals of the 1930s and the rise of fascism on the continent, the play takes a darker turn when a dangerous mistake on Miss Brodie’s part makes the likelihood of her downfall almost inevitable. Ring 01244 322674 or visit www.chestertheatreclub.co.uk.

THE RAGGED TROUSERED PHILANTHROPISTS (The Brindley Studio, High Street, Runcorn, September 17-18)

UNIONS 08 acclaimed production of the classic Robert Tressell novel, once called ‘The Working Man’s Bible’. It depicts the raw brutality of working life in pre-First World War Britain. The hypocracies, self-delusions and petty-cruelties of ordinary existence are seen through the struggle of Socialist, Frank Owens. He attempts to convince his workmates that there is an alternative to the class-ridden corrupt society they inhabit. Ring 0151 907 8360 or visit www.thebrindley.org.uk.

THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW (Venue Cymru, Llandudno, September 20-25)

RICHARD O’Brien’s outrageous classic is continuing to thrust its way through the UK on an extensive national tour with Olivier Award winner David Bedella starring as the celebrated Frank ‘n’ Furter. Brush up on those pelvic thrusts, squeeze into that corset and slip back into those killer stilettos because the world’s favourite rock ‘n’ roll musical is back with a vengeance. Welsh TV and radio presenter Gethin Jones will be making a special guest appearance as the Narrator. Ring 01492 872000 or visit www.venuecymru.co.uk.

THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW (Empire Theatre, Lime Street, Liverpool, October 4-9)

RICHARD O’Brien’s outrageous classic is continuing to thrust its way through the UK on an extensive national tour with Olivier Award winner David Bedella starring as the celebrated Frank ‘n’ Furter. Brush up on those pelvic thrusts, squeeze into that corset and slip back into those killer stilettos because the world’s favourite rock ‘n’ roll musical is back with a vengeance. Visit www.liverpoolempire.org.uk or ring 0844 847 2525.

SLEEPING BEAUTY (Everyman Theatre, Hope Street, Liverpool, November 26-January 22)

THE traditional annual Everyman rock ‘n’ roll panto this year takes on the famous tale of the beautiful princess who is cursed at birth by an evil witch and can only be saved by a brave handsome prince. Sarah Nixon teams up with director Mark Chatterton to combine classic songs with the timeless tale. Visit the website: www.everymanplayhouse.com or ring 0151 709 4776.

THE SOUND OF MUSIC (Empire Theatre, Lime Street, Liverpool, October 12-30)

THIS lavish and critically acclaimed production, direct from the London Palladium, tells the story of the Von Trapp family's flight across the mountains and works it's magic once again, for young and old alike. Its unforgettable score includes some of the most memorable songs ever performed on the musical stage including My Favourite Things, Do-Re-Mi, Climb Ev'ry Mountain, The Lonely Goatherd, and of course the glorious title song. Returning to the role of Maria is Connie Fisher who is expected to perform at all performances excluding Monday evenings, October 13 matinee, October 20 and 27 evenings. Visit www.liverpoolempire.org.uk or ring 0844 847 2525.

SWEENEY TODD (LIPA, Paul McCartney Auditorium, Mount Street, Liverpool, October 21-23)

ROLLERCOASTER of a musical thriller featuring the music of Steohen Sondheim. Sweeney is bent on revenge for the injustices done to him by Judge Turpin. Returning to London, he teams up with Mrs Lovett and together they literally cook up a scheme to get away with murder. This romantically gruesome tale is performed by final year acting students. Ring 0844 873 2888 or visit www.lipa.ac.uk.

THAT’LL BE THE DAY (Lyceum Theatre, Heath Street, Crewe, October 6-7)

THE legendary That’ll Be The Day - the UK’s most successful touring rock ‘n’ roll production - returns with a special 25th Anniversary show. Trevor, Gary and the gang return with the show’s ‘greatest hits’ featuring the most popular feel-good comedy routines and favourite hits from the 1950s, 60s and 70s which have been performed in the show over the last 25 years. Ring 01270 537333 or visit www.lyceumtheatre.net.

‘TIS PITY SHE’S A WHORE (Everyman Theatre, Hope Street, Liverpool, September 16-October 30)

AFTER the death of her mother, Annabella is left to face adolescence alone. When her elder brother Giovanni returns home, he propels them both into a dangerous world of sexual transgression and youthful revolt. Together they crash through the boundaries of what can be said, what can be read, what to believe and who you can love. First unleashed in 1633, John Ford’s play is one of the most shocking and powerful theatre stories of all time. Visit www.everymanplayhouse.com or ring 0151 709 4776.

WELSH NATIONAL OPERA (Empire Theatre, Lime Street, Liverpool, September 7-15)

THE acclaimed company stage Ariadne auf Naxos by Richard Strauss on November 3, Mozart’s The Magic Flute on November 4 and 6 and Beethoven’s Fidelio on November 5. Visit www.liverpoolempire.org.uk or ring 0844 847 2525.

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