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Christina makes an impression

‘Woman of a thousand voices’ Christina Bianco has announced a return show at Blackpool’s Viva.

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Legendary resort singer Joe Longthorne is still battling ill health

Viva shows are Joe’s priority for summer

Singer Joe Longthorne has assured fans his Blackpool 30th anniversary summer season shows are his priority, after a ‘set back’ in his health.

Jodie Prenger is starring as Shirley Valentine

Shirley stage show stars Jodie

Blackpool stage star Jodie Prenger will star in the resort in Willy Russel’s Shirley Valentine.

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Amy Tomlinson, aged 10 and Ellie Dillon, aged 11.

Pupils fall in love with opera magic of The Sorcerer

Pupils at a Blackpool primary school stole the limelight from amateur theatre aces when members of Marton Operatic Society called in to present a masterclass.

Antony Costa and Andrew Lancel in A Judgement In Stone

TV cop fronts all-star thriller adaptation

There’s an all-star casting for the latest murder mystery lined up at the Grand Theatre.

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Louise Jameson, Janet Henfrey, Souad Faress, Susan Twist and Denise Black. Photo: Richard Davenport

Winter Hill at the Octagon Theatre, Bolton

As Shakespeare might have said, now is the Winter Hill of our discontent.

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Merely Theatres Romeo and Juliet is a gender-blind production

Actors Merely bend stage gender rules

Turn up to Lowther Pavilion next week, and you could see a man uttering the immortal line ‘O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?’ or see the twins from Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, Viola and Sebastian, as two women.

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Tenor Lee Bradley makes Fylde homecoming date

Opera singer hopes to cast spell over home audience

Bringing the Magic Of The Opera to life is tenor Lee Bradley’s aim with a new tour coming to Blackpool next month.

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The cast of Dreamgirls at Blackpool Pleasure Beach. The show stars Amber Riley (formerly of TV show Glee) - right of Spongebob, and Blackpool performer Ashley Luke Lloyd - front right, kneeling

Dream team takes time out from West End for Blackpool break

Fans of the hit TV show Glee might have thought they were in a dream at Blackpool Pleasure Beach yesterday, as one of the stars of the series took time out from her West End role to relax in the resort.
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Jennifer Ellison and Jake Quickenden are Pan’s star turns

It’ll be second star to the right and straight on to Blackpool for celebrity stars of the Opera House’s Christmas show Peter Pan - Jennifer Ellison and Jake Quickenden.

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Carol Harrison, writer, producer and star of All Or Nothing

Mod musical goes all out

The Small Faces was one of the most influential bands of the 60s and were the epitome of the Mod movement.

Ballet Theatre UK's Alice In Wonderland

Take a spin down the rabbit hole

Dance fans can take a trip down the rabbit hole with the latest production from Ballet Theatre UK.

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Lucie Jones prepares for the Eurovision Song Contest this weekend - and will join the cast of The Wedding Singer next month

Eurovision star Lucie turns wedding singer

The UK’s Eurovision hopeful Lucie Jones is heading to Blackpool to start in musical comedy The Wedding Singer this summer.

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Natalie Lowe, Louis Smith and Jay McGuinness to star in Rip It Up

Strictly stars celebrate music of the 50s

A trio of Strictly stars will be heading to Blackpool in a new show celebrating the music and moves of the 50s.

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Comedian Bill Bailey is heading to Preston next year

What larks are in store when comedy ‘treasure’ Bill flies in

Pronounced by The Guardian Guide as “approaching the status of national treasure” and hailed by The Times as being, “at the top of his game”, comedian musician Bill Bailey has announced details of his brand new live show, Larks in Transit – and he’ll be heading north west – including Preston, Blackburn and Southport.

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English Touring Theatre's Tosca

New Tosca takes to the stage

A new production of classic opera Tosca will come to Blackpool next month.

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Leye D Johns and the cast of Viva Vegas Live

Viva set for summer with biggest cast yet

A dazzling new headline show is set to re-launch at Viva Blackpool next month.

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The cast of Our Man In Havana

REVIEW: Our Man In Havana, Grand Theatre, Blackpool

Actor and writer Clive Francis created this stage adaptation of Graham Greene’s spy and skulduggery satire 10 years ago.

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Out Of This World is a unique theatrical experience coming to the Grand Theatre

Stage story will take you to 'Ell and back

One woman’s terrifying journey through a medically-induced coma ‘grabs people by the eyeballs’, according to theatremaker Mark Murphy.

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Al Murray: The Pub Landlord returns to Lancaster next week

Pub logic may be just what is needed in confusing times

A round-up of what is happening at The Lancaster Grand and Dukes Theatre:

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