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Two Liverpool Theatre Companies Unite For New Children’s Puppet Show.

When Another Dragon Roars from Petite Ullaloom and Altered Scale Theatre will feature innovative storytelling, puppetry and music.

Liverpool-based children’s theatre companies Petite Ullaloom and Altered Scale Theatre will bring their new production, When Another Dragon Roars, to Unity Theatre on the 14th Feb 2018.

The production ignites young audiences’ imaginations by bringing mythical creatures centre stage, asking “Why does the dragon roar? Does it roar with worry? Is it lonely? Can you calm an angry dragon?”. Feelings and emotions such as these are explored through Petite Ullaloom’s distinctive storytelling and Altered Scale’s visual puppetry skills. The production investigates different ways of expressing and dealing with these emotions, using techniques perfect for children aged 5+.

First Acts Announced For Across The Threshold This April In Liverpool.

Across The Threshold Across The Baltic Triangle On the 13th and 14th April.

Following the success and building on the legacy of seven consecutive years of their Festival of Music & Arts, Threshold are returning to the Baltic Triangle on April 13th and 14th to bring you a special, scaled down mini-festival and industry event, and now the first acts have been announced. Over 2 days with long-term partner venues District, Unit 51 and Baltic Creative, Across the Threshold will showcase a snapshot of some of the North West’s and U.K.’s best grass roots music, visual arts and innovative performance. Amongst the first acts confirmed for Across the Threshold are:

One Of The Most Endearing British Bands, Blancmange, Return To Liverpool  With A Night At The Arts Club On March 24th.

BLANCMANGE, the iconic synth pop band fronted by the much admired Neil Arthur, are delighted to announce a run of new live dates for 2018, including a return to the Arts Club in Liverpool where they wowed the audience as support to Heaven 17 in 2014

Last year, Blancmange released a new album of 10 songs written and recorded by Neil Arthur and co-produced by Benge (Wrangler/John Foxx & The Maths and Gazelle Twin co-producer.) It’s been a fantastically creative period for both of them, releasing their debut album as a new electronic duo – Fader’s First Light – in June 2017 and then the final sessions for Unfurnished Rooms followed immediately in the summer. For the new Blancmange album, all the songs were written by Arthur while Benge added percussion and layers of analogue synth, with the pair then mixing the record together in the latter’s Memetune studios in Cornwall.

Motown Legends The Four Tops And The Temptations Come Together One More Time To Liverpool This November.

Motown legends The Four Tops and The Temptations announce a UK arena tour in November 2018. They will be joined by special guests, yet to be announced.

These two bands are true icons and epitomise the Motown sound that shook the world in the 60s and continues to delight audiences, old and new.

The Four Tops have a vast catalogue of hits, with 27 U.K. top 40 singles, which include I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch) and the 1966 number one Reach Out (I’ll Be There). The line-up for the tour includes original member Duke Fakir plus Ronnie McNeir, Lawrence Payton and Harold ‘Spike’ Bonhart.

New Season Brings Programmes Of Dino-Mite Shows For Kids This Spring At Chester’s Storyhouse.

Storyhouse has revealed its exciting programme of children’s shows for the new Spring Season 2018 – promising plenty of fun for all the family at the Chester theatre.

With four fantastic shows, written and produced specifically for children, there’s no excuse for youngsters to be bored during the half-term break or the coming months.

The first show to take to the stage this season is Captain Flinn & The Pirate Dinosaurs 2: The Magic Cutlass on Tuesday 20th February.

Pioneer Theatre Company Gecko To Explore Our Everyday Relationships At The Playhouse This February In: The Wedding.

From 21st-24th February, the Playhouse welcomes theatre pioneers Gecko to their stage as they present The Wedding.

With imagery, provocative narrative and through movement performed by a talented ensemble cast, The Wedding delves into the deep chasms of human nature and the complexities of the relationships we encounter in daily life.

Fast-paced, visually stunning, epic in scale and intimate in emotion, the production challenges audiences to think of the contracts we are bound to – in work, in love, with friends and with family.

Take A Trip To Club Tropicana With The Best Of Wham At The Epstein Theatre.

Sweeney Entertainments are bringing a fantastic new show to Liverpool’s Epstein Theatre, featuring the very best of George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley in The Best of Wham! on Friday 11th May.

It is 37 years since the pop duo formed one of the most enduring groups of the 80s. In four short years WHAM! sold more than 28 million records, topping the charts with three albums, four number one singles and eleven top ten hits.

They featured in the Live Aid concert of 1985 and were the first western pop group to ever tour in China.

Premiere U.K. Tour Of A Spoonful Of Sherman Comes To St. Helens Theatre Royal Next Month

A Spoonful of Sherman is coming to St. Helens Theatre Royal from Monday 26th – Wednesday 28th February, is a new musical stage show from Robert J. Sherman which tells the compelling story of one family’s century-long, award-winning musical journey.

Three generations of Sherman song writing are brought to life in this delightful show: from Tin Pan Alley songwriter Al Sherman; the Oscar and Grammy Award winning Sherman Brothers; up to present day, with songs from Robert J. Sherman’s own musical Love Birds.

The show stars a highly talented cast led by Olivier-nominated Sophie-Louise Dann as well as A1 boyband member Mark Read, Glenn Facey, Jenna Innes and Ben Stock.

The Biggest Selling U.K. Country Act, The Shires Accidently On Purpose Announce Their Third Album And U.K. Tour Dates.

The First British Act To Win A CMA Award and with two Gold certified Albums to their Name, The Shires, have announced their highly anticipated third album Accidentally on Purpose, due for release on 20th April 2018 through Decca Records. The trailblazing duo will also be hitting the road this summer, performing their new music across the U.K., including Liverpool’s Philharmonic Hall on June 4th.

Recorded in Nashville, Tennessee, The Shires’ new album combines massive country-pop choruses and emotive words about their whirlwind journey, relationships and their time in the States. Increasingly, U.S. country music is taking music influence from the mainstream with pop-inspired hooks, a sound that The Shires’ new album reflects.

Motionhouse Brings Electrifying ‘Charge’ To Chester During Company’s 30th Anniversary Year.

The Multi-media Dance Theatre Work Traces The Story Of Electricity In Our Lives.

Following its premiere in Autumn 2017 and sell-out shows across the U.K. and in Italy, Motionhouse presents Charge, the company’s latest electrifying dance-circus production – which arrives at Storyhouse in Chester next month.

In Charge, art and science collide. Dance-circus, film and music take audiences on a journey deep into the human body, tracing the extraordinary story of electricity in our lives.

From the electrical charge that sparks human life, to the beating of our hearts and the memories we make, six exceptional dancers bring Charge to life with athletic dance, awe-inspiring acrobatics and daring feats on the 5m-high set.