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The Regent Theatre in Hanley unveils spring programme for 2011

ONE of the all-time family favourites is arguably the highlight of the Regent Theatre’s fantastic spring season programme.

The Sound of Music, on tour from the West End, is to star Jason Donovan as Captain Von Trapp in the story of the Von Trapp family’s flight across the mountains with its unforgettable score including Edelweisse, My Favourite Things, Do-Re-Mi, Climb Ev’ry Mountain and the title song The Sound of Music.

For dance lovers, Matthew Bourne returns on the back of his breathtaking Swan Lake production with his unique take on Cinderella.

He has taken the classic fairytale story and placed it in Second World War London, where a chance meeting results in a magical night for Cinderella and her dashing young RAF pilot – together just long enough to fall in love before being parted by the horrors of The Blitz.

Meanwhile in January, The Regent’s Creative Learning department presents 011 Dance. The region’s acclaimed youth dance festival is celebrating an amazing 10th anniversary with over 1,750 young people performing over nine nights.

The Imperial Ice Stars perform their dynamic interpretation of Swan Lake on Ice and The Russian State Ballet of Siberia present three timeless classics – Romeo & Juliet, Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake.

Elsewhere, master of the mind Derren Brown brings his all new show, Svengali, to The Regent. Derren is a massive hit with Stoke audiences and his three-night residency is sure to be the hottest ticket in town.

Marti Pellow stars as the brilliant but obsessive scientist in Jekyll and Hyde, Claire Sweeney returns in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tell Me On A Sunday, X Factor’s Niki Evans appears as Mrs Johnstone in Blood Brothers and electrifying film based musical, Footloose, is energised with 80s hits.

Other musical highlights include Michael Jackson tribute Thriller Live and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

Also, Maureen Nolan, Liberty X’s Michelle Heaton and Emmerdale’s Claire King star in The Naked Truth, a brilliant new comedy set in a pole dancing class, and The Chippendales will be bringing their Most Wanted Tour to Stoke for two nights only.

For the kids comes Nick Park creation Shaun the Sheep, live on stage in Shaun’s Big Show, while Horrible Histories returns with Awful Egyptians and Ruthless Romans.

To book tickets phone the box office on 0844 871 7649 or for full details of what’s coming up this spring visit www.ambassadortickets.com/stoke.