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Fawlty Towers by John Cleese on stage at the Forum Studio Theatre in Chester

THE shows Fawlty Towers, Calendar Girls and Stags And Hens are just three of the plays which are to hit the Chester stage in 2012.

Tip Top Productions, based at the Forum Studio Theatre in Hamilton Square, has announced its forthcoming programme following a successful 2011 at the former Gateway Theatre.

The line up kicks off on Saturday, January 28, with visiting company Mersey Mania, capturing the sounds and magic of the 60s in its live show.

At the beginning of February, students from Chester, Wrexham and Mold Theatre train present their work.

John Cleese’s stage play of the classic TV comedy Fawlty Towers opens on February 23, and the curtain will raise on Willy Russell’s Liverpool comedy Stags And Hens a month later.

On a slightly more serious note, April’s offering is Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? with laughter in May provided by Mike Stott’s award-winning comedy Funny Peculiar.

Later in the year the amateur company presents a two-week run of Tim Firth’s Calendar Girls, which has seen success worldwide.

Auditions for Funny Peculiar will be held at the Forum on Tuesday, January 24, at 7.30pm. Anyone interested in auditioning can find all details of parts available and how to apply on www.tiptopproductions.co.uk

Tickets for the 2012 productions can be booked by calling the box office on 01244 341 296 or visiting www.chestertheatre.co.uk

A Tip Top spokesman said that since taking up residence at the Forum Studio Theatre after the closure of the Chester Gateway Theatre, the company has gone from strength to strength, culminating in more than 99% ticket sales for its 2011 pantomime.