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October 2016

Star Cast To Lead The First Ever UK Tour Of La Cage Aux Folles

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Blackpool Winter Gardens will welcome the UK’s first ever tour of multi-award winning musical La Cage Aux Folles next year.

The much-loved musical will star JOHN PARTRIDGE as ‘Albin’ and ADRIAN ZMED as ‘Georges’, when it runs at Blackpool Opera House from Tuesday 21 to Saturday 25 February.

Tickets priced from £17 are on sale now from www.wintergardensblackpool.co.uk

The tour will see acclaimed theatre producer Bill Kenwright stage a brand-new production of La Cage Aux Folles.

John Partridge will play the iconic role of ‘Albin’, who moonlights as star drag act Zaza at the infamous La Cage aux Folles nightclub. Partridge’s extensive theatre credits include the West End productions of A Chorus Line at the London Palladium, Cats, Starlight Express and Chicago. He is also well known for playing the loveable Christian Clarke in BBC’s EastEnders and as a judge on TV’s Over The Rainbow.

Adrian Zmed will play ‘Georges’, partner of Albin and owner of the nightclub. Zmed co-starred with William Shatner as ‘Officer Vince Romano’ in the 80’s hit TV show T.J. Hooker, which ran for 90 episodes over five years, and for playing ‘Johnny Nogerelli’ in the cult classic film Grease 2. This will be his first stage appearance in the UK although he is no stranger to Broadway musicals having previously led the casts of Grease, no fewer than three times, Falsettos and Blood Brothers.

 Winter Gardens Managing Director Michael Williams said La Cage Aux Folles is a fantastic internationally acclaimed show to be heading to the Opera House in 2017.

 He said: “We are delighted Blackpool Opera House is part of the first ever UK tour of this most spectacular production and that we will be the first North West theatre to welcome the show.

“La Cage has been wowing audiences both sides of the Atlantic since the early 80s and I have no doubt Blackpool’s audiences will absolutely love this show.

“The casting of John Partridge and Adrian Zmed is absolutely perfect as both are such well-known stage actors and we will look forward to welcoming them to Blackpool.”

Written by Harvey Fierstein and Jerry Herman, and based on the 1973 French play of the same name by Jean Poiret, La Cage Aux Folles follows the story of Georges, the manager of a Saint Tropez nightclub, and his partner, Albin, a drag artiste and the club’s star attraction. They live an idyllic existence in the south of France but behind the curtains of this sparkling extravaganza, all may be about to change when Georges’ son Jean-Michel announces his engagement to the daughter of a notorious right-wing politician determined to close down the local colourful night-life. Drama and hilarity ensue when a meeting of the parents forces them to cover up their vibrant lifestyle. Will Albin be able to play the role of his life to ensure that Jean-Michel can marry his love?

This show-stopping score includes The Best of Times, Song on the Sand and the iconic I Am What I Am, which has been recorded by musical legends Gloria Gaynor, Shirley Bassey and Tony Bennett.

 For more information and to buy tickets go to www.wintergardensblackpool.co.uk

Hit Musical Comedy Hairspray Is Heading To Blackpool In 2017

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Smash hit musical comedy Hairspray is coming to Blackpool Winter Gardens in 2017 with a production guaranteed to have you dancing the night away.

The international stage extravaganza will run at Blackpool Opera House from Monday 18 to Saturday 23 September.

Tickets priced from £17.50 go on sale at 10am Friday October 28 and are available from www.wintergardensblackpool.co.uk

It’s Baltimore, 1962 where Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with big hair and an even bigger heart, is on a mission to follow her dreams and dance her way onto national TV. Tracy’s audition makes her a local star and soon she is using her new-found fame to fight for equality, bagging local heartthrob Link Larkin along the way!

Featuring the hit songs Welcome To The 60s, You Can’t Stop The Beat, The Nicest Kids in Town and many more, Hairspray will delight audiences during Blackpool’s world-famous Illuminations season.

Winter Gardens Managing Director Michael Williams said: “We are thrilled Hairspray is coming to the Winter Gardens next year.

“This is a fantastic feel-good show and one I am sure will be a huge success in Blackpool.

“Whether you’ve previously seen Hairspray on the stage or screen or you’ve not seen it at all, it is a show which attracts a wide ranging audience and is suitable for all ages.”

Further details about casting will be revealed soon.

The announcement Hairspray is to come to Blackpool Winter Gardens next year follows previous announcements for 2017 which will see Sister Act, La Cage Aux Folles, The Wedding Singer, Wonderland and Cirque Berserk among the shows at the historic venue. Smash hit musical Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story on Stage will also return for a week following a successful three-week run at the theatre this summer.

For more information and to buy tickets go to www.wintergardensblackpool.co.uk

Racegoers urged to Wear Red For Rummy

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Racegoers are being invited to “Wear Red For Rummy” as Carlisle gets set for a thrilling day of first class racing, dashing style and fun for everyone.

Thursday October 13th has been declared Red Rum Day as Carlisle Racecourse celebrates the 40th anniversary of the legendary steeplechaser’s final victory in Cumbria in 1976.

Red Rum prepared for each of his famous Grand National victories by running a winner at Carlisle’s first autumn meeting of the season.

And as part of the #RedRumDay fun, the racecourse is delighted to not only offer free entry to anyone born in 1976, and marking their 40th birthday, but a free red fizz cocktail for anyone who wears red on the day.

Geraldine McKay, Carlisle Racecourse’s General Manager, said:“We really want racegoers to get into the spirit of what will not only be a first class day’s National Hunt racing here at Carlisle but a fun event celebrating a true racing legend.

“Many of our racegoers love to enjoy race days here by donning their finery so we thought why not make it red?

“That could be a stunning red frock, an elegant rouge ruffle top or, let’s go crazy, a swanky scarlet shirt and tie combination!

“Racing is an exciting and fun day out and we really want as many people to get into the spirit as we celebrate the feats of the world’s favourite steeplechaser and a true legend of Carlisle racecourse.

“So go on #WearRedForRummy!”

Red Rum won at Carlisle before each of his Grand National wins in 1973, 1974 and 1977. An autumn win in Cumbria – in 1972, 1973 and 1976 – was certainly a good omen as when Rummy failed to triumph over the jumps at Carlisle the previous autumn he then failed to win at Aintree.

The McCain family, who trained Red Rum and continue to race horses at Carlisle, will be guests of honour on October 13th.

The highlight of #RedRumDay will be the 4.25 News & Star Windermere Handicap Chase – the very same three-mile chase Red Rum won in 1972, 1973 and 1976. Carlisle has decided to resurrect the race especially for the day.

As well as the racing, there will also be live music and plenty of fun to be had in the racecourse’s aptly named Red Rum bar, together with food and drinks offers in its sumptuous Main Stand.

Tickets for #RedRumDay at Carlisle Racecourse – Thursday October 13th – are £14.00 (in advance) or £17.00 (on the day). 40-year-olds wanting to take advantage of the free entry offer simply need to bring photo ID with them on the day which shows their date of birth.

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