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BICKERTON: December 9 - Cheshire Rural Touring Arts present the Theatre in the Quarter production of Star of Wonder, a play set on Christmas Eve 1899 in a Chester music hall where a packed house watches the impossible happen, at Bickerton Village Hall at 7.30pm. Tickets £10-£6. Call 01829 782392 or visit www.cheshireruraltouringarts.co.uk.

CHESTER: December 4-8 and January 7-15 - NW Theatre Arts Company and Big Red Events present Dick Whittington and His Cat in the Pavilion Suite at Chester Racecourse. Visit www.visitchester.com/panto or call 0845 241 7868.

CHESTER: December 12 - Zest! - Open mic poetry at Alexander’s, Rufus Court. Tickets £3, £2 concessions. Call 01244 340005 or visit www.alexanderslive.com.

CHESTER: February 1 - Comedian Russell Kane at The Laugh Inn, Station Road. Ring 01244 401626 or visit www.thelaughinnchester.co.uk.

ELLESMERE PORT: December 8 - Humbug! - a fantastic family show for all ages at Whitby Hall in Stanney Lane from 10.30am-1.30pm. Tickets £8, concessions £5. Call 0151 357 2120.

LIVERPOOL: January 14 - Comedian Roy Chubby Brown at the Empire Theatre in Lime Street at 7.30pm. If easily offended please stay away! Call 08448 47 25 25Šor visitŠ www.liverpoolempire.org.uk.

LIVERPOOL: January 29 - King and Queen of the ballroom, Anton du Beke and Erin Boag, announce their return with a sensational new show, Let’s Do It, which comes to the Philharmonic Hall at 3pm. Tickets £29.50-£42.50. Call 0151 709 3789 or visit www.liverpoolphil.com.

LIVERPOOL: March 20 - Psychic Sally On The Road with Sally Morgan at the Empire Theatre in Lime Street at 7.30pm. Call 08448 47 25 25Šor visitŠ www.liverpoolempire.org.uk.

MANCHESTER: December 8 - Charles Leadbeater: Improvers, Entertainers, Shockers and Makers - Following on from his acclaimed book We Think and essay The Art of With, Charles Leadbeater continues his exploration of the impact the web has on the way we produce, share and consume culture and what it means for our future society, at Cornerhouse in Oxford Street at 6.30pm. Admission £7.50, £5.50 concessions. Visit www.cornerhouse.org or call 0161 200 1500.

MANCHESTER: December 9 - Preview screening of the 2011 film Shame starring Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan followed by Q&A with director Steve McQueen at Cornerhouse in Oxford Street at 6.20pm. Tickets £10.50, £8.50 concessions. Visit www.cornerhouse.org or call 0161 200 1500.

MANCHESTER: December 11, 13, 15 - Albert Herring by Benjamin Britten featuring the RNCM Opera Orchestra, conducted by Clark Rundell,, at the Royal Northern College of Music in Oxford Road at 7.30pm. Tickets £34-£21. Ring 0161 907 5555 or visit www.rncm.ac.uk.

MANCHESTER: December 14 - Screening of the 2011 film Sarah Palin: You Betcha directed by Joan Churchill and Nick Broomfield who will ake part in a post-screening Q&A, at Cornerhouse in Oxford Street from 6.10pm. Tickets £7.50, £5.50 concessions. Visit www.cornerhouse.org or call 0161 200 1500.

MANCHESTER: December 16 - Comedian Roy Chubby Brown at the Apollo Theatre, Ardwick Green. Doors 7pm. Tickets £20. Not suitable for under 16s. Ring 08444 777 677.

MANCHESTER: January 20 - One Night With Elvis - features Lee ‘Memphis’ King, the UK’s most successful Elvis impersonator, finalist in The World’s Greatest Elvis and in the special edition of The Weakest Link, at the Palace Theatre in Oxford Street. Call 0844 847 2484 or visit www.palaceandoperahouse.org.uk.

MANCHESTER: January 21 - Comedian Omid Djalili at the Palace Theatre in Oxford Street. Call 0844 847 2484 or visit www.palaceandoperahouse.org.uk.

MANCHESTER: January 30 - Carol Ann Duffy & Friends - returning for a third season, Carol Ann Duffy introduces new writers from Manchester Metropolitian University and a vareity of established poets offering a medley of jazz, poetry and conversation, at the Royal Exchange Theatre, St Ann’s Square. Ring 0161 833 9833 or visit www.royalexchange.co.uk.

MANCHESTER: February 12 - American Anthems - hit rock musical based around Route 66 featuring a sensational cast of singers, dancers and musicians, recapturing the memories of America’s most iconic music. at the Opera House in Quay Street. Ring 0844 372 7272 or visit www.manchesterpalace.org.uk.

MANCHESTER: February 13 - Crissy Rock, fresh from ITV’S I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here, brings her new show to the Opera House in Quay Street. Ring 0844 372 7272 or visit www.manchesterpalace.org.uk.

MANCHESTER: February 15 - Sing-a-long-a Abba at the Opera House in Quay Street. Ring 0844 372 7272 or visit www.manchesterpalace.org.uk.

MANCHESTER: February 18 - The Real McCoy - The major comedy show featured on the BBC in the 90s which launched the careers of the likes of Felix Dexter, Curtis Walker, Richard Blackwood and Meera Syal is back for a reunion tour at the Opera House in Quay Street. Ring 0844 372 7272 or visit www.manchesterpalace.org.uk.

MANCHESTER: February 23-25 - Respect La Divas - New show from the creator of the West End hit show Thriller Live, this is a powerful, entertaining and uplifting musical revue paying tribute to some of the greatest female singers of all-time at the Opera House in Quay Street. Ring 0844 372 7272 or visit www.manchesterpalace.org.uk.

MANCHESTER: March 4 - Comedian Dave Spikey at the Opera House in Quay Street. Ring 0844 372 7272 or visit www.manchesterpalace.org.uk.

MANCHESTER: March 6 - Celebrity psychic Sally Morgan at the Opera House in Quay Street. Ring 0844 372 7272 or visit www.manchesterpalace.org.uk.

MANCHESTER: March 8 - Hormonal Housewives - join the Hormonal Housewives as they battle against weight, mood swings, wine, PMS, men, going to the gym, waxing, stretch marks, chocolate, upper-lip hair and all the other joys of being a 21st century girl, at the Opera House in Quay Street. Ring 0844 372 7272 or visit www.manchesterpalace.org.uk.

MANCHESTER: March 9 - The Ukraine National Opera present Madame Butterfly by Puccini, at the Opera House in Quay Street. Ring 0844 372 7272 or visit www.manchesterpalace.org.uk.

NEWCASTLE-UNDER-LYME: December 12, 13, 14, 16, 17, 19, 21, 22, 23, 24 - Tale Trail To Wonderland - Join Alice as she falls into a strange new world and meet characters from the story in this 45 minute magical event for children aged 3-5 at the New Vic Theatre in Etruria Road at 1pm. £4 per person. Visit www.newvictheatre.org.uk or call 01782 717962.

RUNCORN: December 15 - A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens - From celebrated production company, Brother Wolf, and five-time award-winning actor/writer, James Hyland, comes a unique one-man show. Told from the perspective of Scrooge’s deceased business partner, this critically acclaimed theatrical adaptation promises thrills, chills and excitement aplenty for all age groups, at The Brindley. Jacob Marley is dead and condemned to an eternity of carrying a heavy chain, forged in life; a life to which he can no longer return except to recount the tale of his miserly business partner, Ebenezer Scrooge, and the path that lead to his redemption. Through Marley’s words, we learn how three magical spirits opened Scrooge’s eyes and made him realise the true value of love and forgiveness. Call 0151 907 8360 for details or visit www.thebrindley.org.uk.

SALFORD: December 8 - Comedian Jack Whitehall presents Let's Not Speak Of This Again at The Lowry, Salford Quays, at 8pm. British Comedy Award nominee Jack Whitehall has already made a huge impact on the comedy world. So far he’s guest hosted Never Mind the Buzzcocks, had the honour of performing for the Prince of Wales on the Royal Variety Performance and is a star of Channel 4’s Stand Up For the Week. Tickets £15. Call 0843 208 6000 or visit www.thelowry.com.

SALFORD: December 11 - Comedian Greg Davies at The Lowry, Salford Quays, at 8pm. Tickets £15. Call 0843 208 6000 or visit www.thelowry.com.

SALFORD: December 18 - Comedian Seann Walsh at The Lowry, Salford Quays, at 8pm. Tickets £12. Call 0843 208 6000 or visit www.thelowry.com.

STOKE-ON-TRENT: December 15 - Comedian Roy Chubby Brown proves why he is still regarded as Britain’s most outrageous comedy star at The Victoria Hall at 7.30pm. Tickets £20. Visit www.ambassadortickets.com or ring 0844 871 7649.

TARVIN: December 10 - Cheshire Rural Touring Arts present the Theatre in the Quarter production of Star of Wonder, a play set on Christmas Eve 1899 in a Chester music hall where a packed house watches the impossible happen, at Tarvin Community Centre at 7.30pm. Tickets £10-£6. Call 01829 740109 or visit www.cheshireruraltouringarts.co.uk.

WARRINGTON: December 8 - Ken Dodd returns with his Christmas Happiness Show at the Parr Hall at 7.30pm. Tickets £17.50. Call 01925 442345 or visit www.pyramidparrhall.com.

WARRINGTON: December 10 - Vienna Festival Ballet present The Nutcracker at the Parr Hall at 2.30pm. This enchanting tale is one of the best-loved ballets and centres on Clara and her nutcracker doll, which magically transforms into a princely soldier. Their adventures see the prince and Clara combat the Mouse King and join the Sugar Plum Fairy for a wonderful trip to a kingdom made entirely of sweets. Tickets £18-£11. Call 01925 442345 or visit www.pyramidparrhall.com.

WARRINGTON: December 10 - The Looking Glass Burlesque and Cabaret at the Pyramid at 8pm. Join Suzie Sequin and a collection of special guests in this festive production as you witness naughty elves, snow queens, christmas crooners and much, much more - all wrapped up in tinsel and glitter, perfect for underneath anyone's christmas tree! There may even be an appearance from jolly old Saint Nick himself. Tickets £13-£10. Call 01925 442345 or visit www.pyramidparrhall.com.

WIRRAL: December 8 - Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas in the Winter Gardens/Floral Pavilion Conference Centre at 7.30pm. Tickets £12. Call 0151 666 0000 or visit www.pacificroad.co.uk.

WIRRAL: December 9, 10, 11, 16, 17 - Port Sunlight Players present Sleeping Beauty at the Gladstone Theatre at 2.30pm and 7.30pm. Tickets £8, concessions £7, family ticket £25. Call 0151 643 8757 or visit www.gladstonetheatre.org.uk.

WIRRAL: December 20-22 - Barbara Johnston Stage School presents Christmas Cracker 2011, a children’s Christmas song and dance show, at the Gladstone Theatre at 7.30pm. Tickets £8. Call 0151 643 8757 or visit www.gladstonetheatre.org.uk.

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