May 4 2012 Chester Chronicle
ANNIE (Palace Theatre, Oxford Street, Manchester, August 2-4)
JOIN Manchester’s most talented young people in this all time classic musical featuring the famous songs It’s a Hard Knock Life and Tomorrow. Ring 0844 372 7272 or visit www.manchesterpalace.org.uk.
ART (Little Theatre, Gloucester Street, Chester, June 30-July 7)
CHESTER Theatre Club presents this funny and interesting play from Yasmina Reza. What do you do when a friend you have known for years - a friend you thought you knew really well - buys a work of art you consider to be ridiculous? This is the dilemma facing the three friends featured in Art. Serge thinks his painting of white tear lines cut into a blank white canvas in inspired. Marc thinks it’s rubbish and Yvan can’t quite make uop his mind. Their friendships are tested to breaking point as a result. Call 01244 322674 or visit www.chestertheatreclub.co.uk.
AVENUE Q (Empire Theatre, Lime Street, Liverpool, June 11-16)
AVENUE Q is an autobiographical and biographical coming-of-age musical parable, addressing and satirising the issues and anxieties associated with entering adulthood. Its characters lament that as children, they were assured by their parents, and by children's television programmes such as Sesame Street, that they were ‘special’ but as adults, they have discovered to their surprise and dismay that in the real world their options are limited, and they are no more special than anyone else. This Tony Award winning musical combines puppets and live actors. Call 0844 847 2525 or visit www.liverpoolempire.org.uk.
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (Clwyd Theatr Cymru, Mold, June 19-23)
TIP Top Productions returns to the Mold stage for another hugely entertaining musical show, following in their wake of past presentations such as Jesus Chris Superstar and The Wizard of Oz. Based on the famous Disney interpretation of the celebrated fairy tale, the show features such magical numbers as Be Our Guest and the title song. Call 01244 341296 or visit www.chestertheatre.co.uk.
CIRQUE DU SIEL (Opera House, Quay Street, Manchester, June 3-4)
ORIGINALLY directed by Cirque Du Soleil's Guy Caron, this two-hour extravaganza boasts superb costumes, sets and lighting alongside captivating acrobatics, modern dance, martial arts and original music. Ring 0844 372 7272 or visit www.manchesterpalace.org.uk.
COFFEE (Forum Studio Theatre, Hamilton Place, Chester, June 6-8)
EVERY day we pass through choosing our ‘grande skinny lattes’ but what would happen if we took a moment to sit back, sip our coffee and take a look around at the people we sit next to? What might we see or hear? Welcome to the fourth original production from Ladders Theatre Company and eatch their coffee shop observations. Call 01244 341296 or visit www.chestertheatre.co.uk.
DANCING IN THE STREETS (Palace Theatre, Oxford Street, Manchester, June 4-9)
IVOR Novello Award winner Keith Strachan’s directs the hit show Dancing in the Streets - a spectacular celebration of classic music from the heart of the Motor City - Detroit. Ring 0844 372 7272 or visit www.manchesterpalace.org.uk.
THE GAMES (Barnaby Festival, Macclesfield, June 23)
AN ‘UNDISCOVERED’ Aristophanes comedy - the story of three Greek nobodies caught up in a celestial bet between Zeus, Hera and Hercules. Our unwitting heroes - Stanzas (a terrible poet), darius (the runt of the litter) and Hermaphrodite (born a girl) travel to compete in the ancient Olympics and take on the heroes of the sporting world with epic results for mankind. The show incorporates clown, original music, song and shadow puppetry. Visit cheshireruraltouringarts.co.uk.
I DREAMED A DREAM (Palace Theatre, Oxford Street, Manchester, June 19-23)
SUSAN Boyle will make a guest appearance in this eagerly awaited new show based on her life story. Starring Elaine C Smith (Rab C Nesbitt) the musical follows Susan Boyle’s rise from humble beginnings to global icon and features signature songs from her multi-platinum selling albums. Ring 0844 372 7272 or visit www.manchesterpalace.org.uk.
KALI YUGA (Paul McCartney Auditorium, Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, May 24-26)
THIS is the story of karma and the multiple livs played out as a soul reaches for enlightenment. The story plays between the earth realm and the afterlife and explores how in a lifetime, there is a chance a soul can reach its true potential. Moving between the two dimensions, the choreography includes contemporary, classical and commercial dance styles which are fused with a dynamic, emotive score to capture the imagination of today’s fresh sounds and the beat of human life. Performed by second year dance students. Call 0844 873 2888 or visit www.lipa.ac.uk.
MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT (Opera House, Quay Street, Manchester, May 21-26)
JODIE Prenger and Todd Carty star in this touring production of the hysterically funny comedy based on the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail which tells the legendary tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table and features a variety of songs including the classic Always Look On The Bright Side of Life. . Ring 0844 372 7272 or visit www.manchesterpalace.org.uk.
SISTER ACT (Empire Theatre, Lime Street, Liverpool, May 22–June 2)
FROM producers Whoopi Goldberg and Stage Entertainment (Hairspray, High School Musical) the smash hit musical comedy based on the classic film comes to the Opera House direct from its record-breaking run at the London Palladium. Call 0844 847 2525 or visit www.liverpoolempire.org.uk.
TENDER NAPALM (Royal Exchange Theatre, St Ann’s Square, Manchester, May 23-26)
ONE of the most acclaimed London premieres of 2011, Time Out and Evening Standard Award-winner Philip Ridley’s extraordinary new play arrives at the Royal Exchange on a UK tour. Re-setting the auditorium into traverse, the audience face each other on either side of this intimate, explosive and poetic exploration of love in the face of catastrophe. Ring 0161 833 9833 or visit www.royalexchange.co.uk.
TITANIC THE MUSICAL (Empire Theatre, Lime Street, Liverpool, June 5-9)
IN THE centenary year of one of the greatest maritime disasters of all time West Kirby Light Operatic Society returns to the Liverpool Empire to restage its Award Winning Production of this spectacular show. Titanic is a joyous, breathtaking yet heartbreaking musical that captures the scope and humanity of the events surrounding the ships historic maiden voyage. Call 0844 847 2525 or visit www.liverpoolempire.org.uk.