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Rebecca at The Lowry, Manchester

REBECCA - Mon 21st Nov to Sat 26th Nov 2005 - The Lowry Theatre

The genius and romance of Daphne Du Maurier’s great thriller is brought to the stage in a new adaptation by the Tony Award winning writer Frank McGuinness. Maxim De Winter and his new wife return to Cornwall and Manderley, the place of his first wife Rebecca’s mysterious death and a past sinisterly guarded by the housekeeper, Mrs Danvers. All is not what it seems… Nigel Havers, as Maxim De Winter, leads a large cast in a breathtaking production from the multi award-winning team of director Patrick Mason, designer Robert Jones and lighting designer Howard Harrison. Classic English drama at its captivating best.
   
Harvey at the Royal Exchange, Manchester
HARVEY - Tue 22nd Nov 2005 to Sat 7th Jan 2006 - The Royal Exchange
One of the longest-running Broadway and West End comedies ever, and later a hugely-loved film starring James Stewart, Harvey has always delighted generations of audiences with the relationship between amiable Elwood P Dowd and his best friend Harvey, the pooka. When Elwood P Dowd starts to introudce his imaginary friend, Harvey, a 6 foot 1 inch invisible rabbit, to guests at a society party, his sister, Veta, has seen as much of his eccentric behaviour as she can tolerate. She decides to have him committed to a sanitorium.
   
English National Ballet presents Sleeping Beauty
ENGLISH NATIONAL BALLET PRESENTS SLEEPING BEAUTY - Wed 16th Nov - Sat 26th Nov 2005 - The Palace Theatre
English National Ballet will present the European premiere of Sir Kenneth MacMillan's 1985 production of The Sleeping Beauty originally created for American Ballet Theater. With costumes designed by the great theatre designer, Nicholas Giorgiadis, and new sets designed by Peter Farmer. Tickets are also available for two pre-show talks on thu 17th and wed 23rd nov.
   
Oliver Twist at the Library Theatre, Manchester

OLIVER TWIST - Sat 26th Nov 2005 to Sat 21st Jan - The Library Theatre

Victorian London is brought to life in this faithful adaptation of Dickens' novel.Oliver Twist features some of the author's most enduring characters: Oliver himself (who dares to ask for more), the tyrannical Bumble, the diabolical Fagin, the menacing Bill Sikes, Nancy, and the Artful Dodger. Needless to say, good finally triumphs over evil in this much-loved tale. Suitable for ages 8+.
   
Bronte at The Lowry
BRONTE - Tue 29th Nov to Sat 3rd Dec 2005 - The Lowry Theatre
It is 1845 and Branwell Brontë returns home in disgrace, dismissed after an affair with his employer’s wife. But as their brother descends into alcoholism and insanity - bringing chaos to the parsonage - the Brontë sisters write… This extraordinary new play evokes the real and imagined worlds of the Brontës. As fictional characters haunt their creators, it poses the question - how is it possible that three Victorian spinsters, living in isolation on the Yorkshire moors, could have written some of the most powerful and passionate fiction of all time?
   
Stomp at The Lowry
STOMP - Tue 29th Nov to Sat 3rd Dec 2005 - The Lowry
Stomp, the British theatrical sensation comes to The Lowry from a sell out West End season. With it’s unique combination of theatre, dance, comedy and percussion this multi award winning production continues to thrill audience throughout the world. Whether in film, television or on stage, Stomp finds beauty and music in the mundane. It turns a broom into an instrument and handclapping into a conversation; the junk and clutter of urban life becomes the source of infectious rhythm and wonder.
   
Miss Saigon at the Palace Theatre, Manchester
MISS SAIGON - Wed 30th Nov - Wed 7th Dec 2005 - The Palace Theatre
Set in 1975 during the final days leading up to the American evacuation of Saigon, Miss Saigon is an epic love story about the relationship between an American GI and a young Vietnamese woman. Boublil and Schönberg’s soaring score and story are the same as the famous original production with a new breath-taking design. Using cutting edge visual techniques, this Miss Saigon vividly recreates the streets of Vietnam and Bangkok.
   
Christmas Swing Fever at the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
CHRISTMAS SWING FEVER - Fri 2nd Dec 2005 - 8pm - Bridgewater Hall
Exciting and vibrant live musical show to swing you through the festive season. White Christmas, Let it Snow, Come Fly With Me, and The Lady is a Tramp.
This breathtaking show celebrates hits made famous by the likes of Nina Simone, Dean Martin, Ella Fitzgerald, Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra.
   
Ian Brown at the M.E.N

IAN BROWN - Sat 3rd Dec 2005 - The M.E.N. Arena

Manchester legend Ian Brown will be filling the M.E.N so get your tickets whilst you can!
   
David Gray at the M.E.N

DAVID GRAY - Sun 4th Dec 2005 - The M.E.N. Arena

With his simple yet touching melodies (both melancholic and feelgood in equal measure), 'White Ladder' confirmed David Gray as one of the leading singer / songwriters in the business. Well-crafted, emotional and mature pop.
   
The Doves at the Apollo

THE DOVES - Tue 6th Dec 2005 - The Apollo, Manchester

One of the UK's best indie rock bands (and former members of 'Sub Sub) whose first two albums have allowed the band to dispense with comparisons and forge their own sound. Mellow guitar-driven indie with irresistable chord arrangements, which sometimes give way to playful dance undercurrents, their Glasto 2002 and 2003 sets have been festival highlights for any lucky enough to hear them.
   
Christmas with The Salvation Army at the Bridgewater Concert Hall, Manchester
CHRISTMAS IN THE CITY WITH THE SALVATION ARMY - Tue 6th Dec 2005

At The Bridgewater: details to follow as soon as possible....

   
League Of Gentlemen at the Apollo

LEAGUE OF GENTLEMEN - Wed 7th Dec and Thu 8th Dec 2005 - The Apollo

Multi award winning comedy act, with a genius for dark humour. The show was the brainchild of writer/performers Reece Shearsmith, Steve Pemberton and Mark Gatiss, as well as writer Jeremy Dyson. They started off as a theatre act, winning the Perrier Award for comedy in 1997. This led to a spell on radio, before their first TV broadcast in 1999. The show focuses on Royston Vasey, a town peopled by freaks, sadists and the odd inbred couple, with all the main roles (including the female ones) being played by just three men.
   
Peter Pan at the Opera House Manchester
PETER PAN - Sat 10th Dec 2005 to Sun 8th Jan 2006 - The Opera House

Steve McFadden (Phil Mitchell from Eastenders) plays the role of Captain Hook in JM Barrie's gripping tale about the boy who never grows up. This will be showing throughout the Christmas period but book early so that you will not be disappointed by missing out on this year's panto.

   
Halle Family Concerts at the Bridgewater Concert Hall, Manchester
HALLÉ FAMILY CONCERT - Deck The Halls With Boughs of Hallé - Sun 11th Dec 2005 - 3pm - The Bridgewater Hall

For the Hallé's fun-filled festive spectacular this year they are celebrating the heroes who make every Christmas unforgettable. The programme includes - Christmas Heroes, Jingle Bell Rock, Ding Dong Merilly on High, The Angel's Dance, Waltz from the Christmas Tree, Notes on a Christmas Card, Swingle Bells, and Lullaby of the Drums. Alasdair Malloy is the afternoon presenter.

   
Dave Spikey at the Opera House Manchester
DAVE SPIKEY - 'LIVING THE DREAM' TOUR - Mon 12th Dec '05 - Opera House

Double British Comedy Award Winner & Bafta Nominee, Dave Spikey takes to the road again with the second leg of his sell-out tour. Don't miss the co-writer and co-star of 'Phoenix Nights', and Team Captain on Ch 4's '8 out of 10 Cats', performing his critically acclaimed new live show.

   
Status Quo at the Apollo

STATUS QUO - Tue 13th Dec 2005 - The Apollo

Legendary three-chord maestros who have been rockin' all over the world for over 35 years. With more Top Of The Pops appearances than any other band, Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt have spent in excess of 417 week (that's over eight accumulative years!) in the British Singles Charts. In 1991, the guys were awarded a Brit for their Outstanding Contribution to Music; surely OBEs are on their way....
   
The Fugees at the M.E.N

THE FUGEES - Tue 13th Dec 2005 - The M.E.N. Arena

A hip-hop trio who have always had more than a flavour of soul about them. They delivered a string of memorable hits in the nineties ('Killing Me Softly' and 'Ready Or Not' spring to mind) before going on a long hiatus. In 2005 the pull of making music together re-united the group, despite the success of the individual members' solo projects.
   
Sargent Cancer Care Christmas Carol Concert at the Bridgewater Concert Hall, Manchester
SARGENT CANCER CARE CHRISTMAS CAROL CONCERT - Mon 12th & Tues 13th Dec 2005 - The Bridgewater Hall

For the 32nd year running, Manchester and District Hospitals will come together to celebrate the Christmas festivities with their annual Manchester Carol Concert at the Bridgewater. Both evenings will be conducted by Clark Rundell. Local schools will feature including Manchester High School for Girls and Pawnall Hall School, Wilmslow.

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Round the Horne 2 at The Lowry
ROUND THE HORNE II - Tue 13th Dec to Fri 23rd Dec 2005 - The Lowry Theatre
This riotous theatre version of the classic sixties radio show returns to The Lowry with a brand new Christmas cracker edition, direct from the West End. Hear more songs from Rambling Syd Rumpo, some brand new outrageous antics from Julian and Sandy and more festive delights from the best of the original scripts and parodies. Famously starring Kenneth Williams, Betty Marsden, Kenneth Horne, and Hugh Paddick, Round the Horne attracted a record radio audience of 15 million at its peak. Indulge yourself this Christmas, and relive more of the most futtocky and funny radio series ever – live on The Lowry stage. Last Christmas’s show sold out, don’t miss this one. The show is on every night apart from December 18th. There are daily shows too.
   
Carols by Candlelight at the Bridgewater Concert Hall, Manchester
CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT - Wed 14th Dec 2005 - The Bridgewater Hall

Reflecting the grace and charm of the 18th century, this exquisite concert of beautiful carols and seasonal music presented in an evocative candle-lit style setting is the most elegant way to herald Christmas.
Handel Zadok the Priest; Christmas sequence from Messiah
Bach Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring; Sleepers Wake
Pachelbel Canon
Mozart Allelujah from Exsultate; Jubilate
Vivaldi Gloria (first movement)
Corelli Allegro & Pastorale from Christmas Concerto
Gruber Silent Night. Christmas Carols for all. Also repeated on Mon 19th Dec.

   
Cinderella at The Lowry
CINDERELLA - Wed 14th Dec 2005 to Sun 8th Jan 2006 - The Lowry Theatre
Featuring a host of stars and some great pop tunes, this magical Christmas show will be great family fun for anyone who enjoyed previous productions by Pelé Productions and The Lowry, Aladdin, Peter Pan and The Wizard of Oz.
   
Rod Stewart at the M.E.N

ROD STEWART - Thu 15th Dec 2005 - The M.E.N. Arena

After a career spanning four decades since his first no. 1 Hit 'Maggie May', the gravelly voiced singer is still able to rock the joint with record sales that have topped 100 million worldwide.
   
Halle - Carl's Christmas Classics at the Bridgewater Concert Hall, Manchester
HALLÉ - CARL'S CHRISTMAS CLASSICS (Carl Davis) - Thu 15th Dec 2005

At the Bridgewater Hall: Sleigh Ride Anderson Toy Story: You've Got A Friend In Me Randy Newman Cinderella: Bibidee Bobidee Boo Livingston Carmina Burana: In Trutina Orff Sleepers Awake Bach arr. Ormandy The Sleeping Beauty: Panorama and Waltz Tchaikovsky Hansel and Gretel: Aria and Witch's Ride Humperdinck Jingle Bells Gould Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Marks Let it Snow Styne The Gondoliers: The Duchess's Aria Sullivan Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone: Harry's Wondrous World John Williams White Christmas Berlin Messiah: Pastoral Symphony Handel arr. Mozart Ben Hur: The Nativity Story Carl Davis.

   
St Ann's Hospice: Christmas Is Coming at the Bridgewater Concert Hall, Manchester
ST ANN'S HOSPICE: CHRISTMAS IS COMING - Fri 16th Dec 2005 - Bridgewater

More details to follow soon.....

   
The Pogues at the M.E.N

THE POGUES & DROPKICK MURPHYS - Sat 17th Dec 2005 - The M.E.N. Arena

Cult Irish folk punksters reforming with what is often considered the band's best line-up - Shane MacGowan, Jem Finer, Darryl Hunt, Philip Chevron, Terry Woods, James Fearnley, Spider Stacey and Andrew Rankin. Dropkick Murphys are the finest street punk band from the USA.
   
Halle Opus at the Bridgewater Concert Hall, Manchester
HALLÉ CAROL CONCERTS (presented by Heather Stott) - Sat 17th Dec, Sun 18th Dec (3pm & 7.30pm) & Fri 23rd Dec 2005 - At the Bridgewater Hall

Heather Stott takes a break from the BBC studios to present all our annual carol spectaculars. Join us for a seasonal feast of Christmas music, special performances from the Hallé Choir and Youth Choir, and of course, carols for orchestra, choirs and audience. There are 4 concerts - Saturday night (17th), Sunday (18th) afternoon and evening, and finally Friday 23rd at 7.30pm.

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Duran Duran at the M.E.N

DURAN DURAN - Sun 18th Dec 2005 - The M.E.N. Arena

80s pop megastars who, for a decade, bewitched the world with chart-topping platinum and gold singles and albums across the decade. After acrimonious splits, Simon Le Bon & Nick Rhodes relaunched the band in the mid-90s and the band continued to be successful Stateside (as well as scoring hits in the UK with 'Ordinary World' and 'Come Undone'). 2003 saw the group reform with their original line-up and the reaction proved their fan base is as huge as ever.
   
Manchester Boys Choir at the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
MANCHESTER BOYS CHOIR - Mon 19th Dec 2005 - 2.30pm - Bridgewater Hall
The excellent Manchester Boys Choir perform again at the Bridgewater as we count down to Christmas.
   
Carols by Candlelight at the Bridgewater Concert Hall, Manchester
CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT - Mon 19th Dec 2005 - 7.30pm - Bridgewater Hall

Reflecting the grace and charm of the 18th century, this exquisite concert of beautiful carols and seasonal music presented in an evocative candle-lit style setting is the most elegant way to herald Christmas.
Handel Zadok the Priest; Christmas sequence from Messiah
Bach Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring; Sleepers Wake
Pachelbel Canon
Mozart Allelujah from Exsultate; Jubilate
Vivaldi Gloria (first movement)
Corelli Allegro & Pastorale from Christmas Concerto
Gruber Silent Night. Christmas Carols for all. Repeat concert of Wed 14th Dec.

   
Glory of Christmas at the Bridgewater Concert Hall, Manchester
GLORY OF CHRISTMAS - Tue 20th Dec 2005 - Bridgewater Hall

This special family concert of glorious seasonal and traditional music perfectly captures the true spirit of Christmas.
Haydn Zadok the Priest; For unto us a child is born Trumpet Concerto (Last Movement) Head The Little Road to Bethlehem Berlioz The Shepherds' Farewell Charpentier Prelude to Te Deum Bach Air on the G String Franck Panis Angelicus Pearsall In dulci jubilo Adams The Holy City and O Holy Night.

   
White Christmas at the Bridgewater Concert Hall, Manchester
WHITE CHRISTMAS - Wed 21st Dec 2005 - at the Bridgewater Hall

From Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire to A Winter Wonderland... Have yourself a merry little Christmas, just like the ones we used to know! Classics and carols including: Sleigh Ride; Jingle Bells; Silent Night; Twelve Days of Christmas; A Christmas Festival; Carol of the Bells
Seasonal songs including: It's The Most Wonderful Time of the Year; Frosty The Snowman; Let It Snow; Baby it's cold outside; Santa Baby.

   
Halle - Carl's Christmas Classics at the Bridgewater Concert Hall, Manchester
HALLÉ - CARL'S CHRISTMAS CLASSICS (Carl Davis) - Thu 22nd Dec 2005

At the Bridgewater Hall: Sleigh Ride Anderson Toy Story: You've Got A Friend In Me Randy Newman Cinderella: Bibidee Bobidee Boo Livingston Carmina Burana: In Trutina Orff Sleepers Awake Bach arr. Ormandy The Sleeping Beauty: Panorama and Waltz Tchaikovsky Hansel and Gretel: Aria and Witch's Ride Humperdinck Jingle Bells Gould Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Marks Let it Snow Styne The Gondoliers: The Duchess's Aria SullivanHarry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone: Harry's Wondrous World John Williams White Christmas Berlin Messiah: Pastoral Symphony Handel arr. Mozart Ben Hur: The Nativity Story Carl Davis.

   
Christmas Carol Sing-A-Long at the Bridgewater Concert Hall, Manchester
CHRISTMAS CAROL SINGALONG - Sat 24th Dec 2005 - 2pm & 5.30pm

At The Bridgewater Hall: Sing your heart out as Jonathan Cohen leads you through a fun-filled jamboree of family carols and favourite Christmas songs: I Saw Three Ships, Winter Wonderland, Hark! the herald angels sing, Here it is Merry Christmas, O come, all ye faithful, White Christmas, Good King Wenceslas, I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday, O little town of Bethlehem, Santa Claus is Coming to Town. Special Guest singer is Sophie-Louise Dann.

 
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