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CHESTER: 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: January 6-7 - Jonathan Mayor introduces Phil Nichol, Andy White & Greg Cook at The Laugh Inn, Homer House, Station Road. Doors open 7pm, show starts 8pm. Call 08000 612 9711.

CHESTER: January 12 - Up The Bracket Club Night at The Laugh Inn, Homer House, Station Road. Doors open 10. Call 08000 612 9711.

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

CREWE: February 8 - One Night in Vegas starring Martyn Lucas - a concert style show featuring the music and excotement from the entertainment capital of the world at the Lyceum Theatre in Heath Street at 7.30pm. Tickets £17.50, £16.50. Call 01270 686777 or visit www.lyceumtheatre.net.

ELLESMERE PORT: January 6-7 - Chriska Stage Productions presents comedy pantomime Robin Hood and The Babes in the Woods at the Civic Hall at 2pm and 7pm. Adults £6, children £3, family £16. Call 01928 739166 or visit www.backcloths.com.

FRODSHAM: January 8-15 – Robinson Crusoe and The Pirates at the community centre in Fluin Lane. Call 01928 732222.

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 30-31 – Comedian Billy Connolly at the Empire Theatre in Lime Street at 7.30pm. Tickets £36-£31 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 4 – Comedian Sarah Millican presents her Thoroughly Modern Millican show at the Empire Theatre in Lime Street at 8pm. Tickets £21 Call 08448 47 25 25Šor visitŠ www.liverpoolempire.org.uk.

LIVERPOOL: March 5 - 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 Empire Theatre in Lime Street at 7.30pm. Tickets £19.50. Call 08448 47 25 25Šor visitŠ www.liverpoolempire.org.uk.

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: January 4-5 – Raymond Gubbay presents Swan Lake at the Bridgewater Hall at 2.30pm and 7.30pm. Tickets £34-£24. Ring 0161 907 9000 or visit www.bridgewater-hall.co.uk.

MANCHESTER: January 8 - Raymond Gubbay presents The Pirates of Penzance by Gilbert and Sullivan, featuring Alistair McGowan, at the Bridgewater Hall at 3pm. Tickets £39-£15. Ring 0161 907 9000 or visit www.bridgewater-hall.co.uk.

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 17 – Jay and Silent Bib Get Old at the Apollo Theatre, Ardwick Green. Doors 7pm. Tickets £35, £30. Ring 08444 777 677.

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: February 27-29 – Comedian Billy Connolly at the Apollo Theatre, Ardwick Green. Doors 7pm. Tickets £35. Ring 08444 777 677.

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 7-8 – Goldilocks – Young Goldilocks likes to explore the world and experience new things. This time, when she wanders into an empty house, she finds much more than three bowls of porridge. But what will happen when the Bears return and find her? Using table-top puppetry and musical influences from around the world, this production brings this classic story to life with a twist, at the Royal Exchange Theatre, St Ann’s Square. Ring 0161 833 9833 or visit www.royalexchange.co.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.

MANCHESTER: March 10 – The Ukraine National Opera present La Traviata by Verdi, at the Opera House in Quay Street. Ring 0844 372 7272 or visit www.manchesterpalace.org.uk.

MANCHESTER: March 13 - Circus of Horrors present The Ventriloquist - The show that rocked Britain's Got Talent is back with a new awe inspiring, jaw dropping sensation. Set in 1921 Berlin, this was the roaring twenties, a decadent decade which saw the birth of the cabaret, at the Opera House in Quay Street. Ring 0844 372 7272 or visit www.manchesterpalace.org.uk.

MANCHESTER: March 19, April 30 - Following the unprecedented success of the past three seasons, Carol Ann Duffy returns to host more hugely successful poetry readings. Joining Carol Ann are new writers from Manchester Metropolitan University and a variety of established poets offering a medley of jazz, poetry and conversation, at the Royal Exchange Theatre, St Ann’s Square, at 7pm. Tickets £10, concessions £7. Ring 0161 833 9833 or visit www.royalexchange.co.uk.

MANCHESTER: March 23-24 – Comedian Sarah Millican at the Apollo Theatre, Ardwick Green. Doors 7pm. Tickets £20. Ring 08444 777 677.

MANCHESTER: April 3-7 – Good Mourning Mrs Brown starring Brendan O’Carroll at the Apollo Theatre, Ardwick Green. Doors 6.30pm. Tickets £28.50, £19.50. Ring 08444 777 677.

MANCHESTER: May 26-27 – Comedian Rhod Gilbert at the Palace Theatre in Oxford Street. Call 0844 847 2484 or visit www.palaceandoperahouse.org.uk.

MANCHESTER: June 2-3 – My First Sleeping Beauty – English National Ballet, in partnership with English National Ballet School, bring youngsters their first taste of the fantastical, magical, make-believe world of ballet, at the Palace Theatre in Oxford Street. Call 0844 847 2484 or visit www.palaceandoperahouse.org.uk.

MANCHESTER: September 12-15 – Mrs Brown Rides Again starring Brendan O’Carroll at the Apollo Theatre, Ardwick Green. Doors 6.30pm. Tickets £39.50-£19.50. Ring 08444 777 677.

MANCHESTER: September 21-22 – Comedian Frankie Boyle at the Apollo Theatre, Ardwick Green. Doors 7pm. Tickets £25. Ring 08444 777 677.

MANCHESTER: November 1 - Kevin Bloody Wilson - Australia's answer to Roy Chubby Brown - so not for the easily offended! Consistent irreverent humour in a heavy Aussie accent with plenty of swearing and eclectic musical backing - also featuring Jenny Talia - at the Palace Theatre in Oxford Street. Call 0844 847 2484 or visit www.palaceandoperahouse.org.uk.

MOLD: January 10-14 – Oily Cart present Ring A Ding Ding by Tim Webb – following their hugely popular performances of How Long Is A Piece of String and Mole in the Hole, Oily Cart return with an immersive, interactive and multi-sensory show for children aged 3-6. Join in an epic, though tiny, table-top voyage of discovery, where your fingers and noses will never be far from the action, in the Emlyn Williams Theatre at Clwyd Theatr Cymru at 10.30am and 1pm on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and 10.30am and 4.30pm on Wednesday and Friday. Tickets £8. Call 0845 330 3565 or visit www.clwyd-theatr-cymru.co.uk.

RUNCORN: January 21 – Andrew Curphey Theatre Company presents Lights, Camera, Action – Andrew Curphey Theatre Company return following their triumphant sold out production West End to Broadway. Join over 100 performers for a magical theatrical treat. It’s an exciting new production that celebrates the music, dance and drama from decades of hit movies, at The Brindley in High Street. Call 0151 907 8360 for details or visit www.thebrindley.org.uk.

RUNCORN: January 25-28 – Blood Brothers by Willy Russell – Encore and CODYS present the Willy Russell classic play which provided the inspiration for the hit West End musical. Based in Willy Russell's home town of Liverpool, Blood Brothers tells the moving tale of two identical twins separated at birth, at The Brindley in High Street. Call 0151 907 8360 for details or visit www.thebrindley.org.uk.

RUNCORN: February 4 – The Johnny Cash Roadshow – Clive John and The Spirit Band present an amazing tribute to the Man in Black, at The Brindley in High Street. Call 0151 907 8360 for details or visit www.thebrindley.org.uk.

RUNCORN: February 7-11 - Bentley Operatic Society presents HMS Pinafore by Gilbert and Sullivan - To celebrate its centenary year, The Bentley is presenting a special gala performance of one of the most popular of Gilbert and Sullivan’s much-loved operettas. Its gentle satire reprises one of Gilbert’s favourite themes; love between members of different social classes. Unaware that his daughter is in love with a common sailor, Pinafore’s gentlemanly Captain has arranged for her to marry the First Lord of the Admiralty, who himself has risen from humble beginnings and has gained his exalted office despite having never gone to sea. The usual G&S “topsyturvydom” ensures a happy ending for all at The Brindley in High Street. Call 0151 907 8360 for details or visit www.thebrindley.org.uk.

STOKE-ON-TRENT: January 26-February 4 – 012 Dance at the Regent Theatre at 7.30pm. Tickets £8. Visit www.ambassadortickets.com or ring 0844 871 7649.

STOKE-ON-TRENT: February 21 - Ballet Boyz - BalletBoyz is one of the most cheekily original and innovative forces in modern dance. Led by former Royal Ballet lead dancers Michael Nunn and William Trevitt, the company thrills audiences and critics the world over with its distinctive style, blending spectacular dance both energetic and graceful, with stunning music and film, at the Regent Theatre at 7.30pm. Tickets £24-£12. Visit www.ambassadortickets.com or ring 0844 871 7649.

WARRINGTON: February 25 – Chris and Pui Roadshow 2012 – the CBeebies Show Me Show Me double act present their new roadshow, packed with songs, games and a few surprises, at the Parr Hall in Palmyra Square at 11am and 2pm. Tickets £12, £10. Call 01925 442345 or visit www.pyramidparrhall.com.

WIRRAL: January 5-8 – The Chrysanths present Dick Whittington, at the Floral Pavilion in New Brighton at 7.15pm with Saturday and Sunday matinees. Tickets £9, concessions £7. Call 0151 666 0000 or visit www.floralpavilion.com.

WIRRAL: January 12-15 – Hoylake and West Kirby Theatre Group (HAWKS) presents Scrooge at the Gladstone Theatre at 2.30pm and 7.30pm. Tickets £8, concessions £7, family ticket £27. Call 0151 625 3542 or visit www.gladstonetheatre.org.uk.

WIRRAL: January 28 - Michael King presents On Tour With Elvis at the Gladstone Theatre at 7.30pm. Tickets £14. Call 0151 625 3542 or visit www.gladstonetheatre.org.uk.

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