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July 2016

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds To Soar At The Seaside

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Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds are set to perform two seaside concerts in a row on opposite sides of the country and tickets are selling out fast.

Kicking off the double bill at Scarborough Open Air Theatre on Wednesday August 3, Noel will perform to a capacity crowd before hot footing it across the Pennines to Lytham Festival to perform Thursday August 4.

The concerts are organised by promoters Cuffe and Taylor who arrange both the Scarborough Open Air Theatre concerts and Lytham Festival, the largest festival in the North West.

Director Peter Taylor said: “We cannot wait for Noel’s gigs at Scarborough Open Air Theatre and Lytham Festival.

“Tickets have been flying out of the door and we’re sure that both nights are going to be capacity crowds with an electric atmosphere.”

The gig at Scarborough Open Air Theatre will be the first time Noel has played live in Scarborough and with less than 8,000 tickets available for the unique venue, tickets are selling out fast.

The following night’s Lytham gig will mark the first time multi-award winning singer and songwriter Noel has played live on the Lancashire Coast since October 1995 when his former band Oasis performed a now legendary show at Blackpool’s iconic Empress Ballroom on the very day the landmark album (What’s The Story) Morning Glory was released.

Tickets for Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds at Lytham Festival are priced from £45, while at Scarborough Open Air Theatre they are priced from £49.50 with seating and standing available.

Tickets for Lytham Festival are available from or from the Lytham Festival Box Office in Lytham Piazza. Tickets for Scarborough Open Air Theatre are available from or from the Box Office.

Stage and Screen Stars Cast for Great Expectations in Blackpool

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A mixture a stars from stage, screen and the world of pop will lead the cast in the hit musical and classic story Great Expectations at Blackpool Opera House this Christmas.

It is announced today that veteran TV and stage actor Chris Ellison will play convict Magwitch in the musical adaptation of the Charles Dickens’ classic while former soap and pop star Adam Rickitt will play Pip, the young man with great expectations.

They will be joined by musical theatre stars Maureen Nolan as Miss Havisham and Helena Blackman will play Estelle, the young woman who bewitches Pip.

Great Expectations is produced by Peter Frosdick and will run at the Blackpool Opera House from Saturday December 10 to Saturday January 7. Tickets are on-sale now from

Speaking about the casting Peter said: “I am delighted we have secured Chris, Adam, Maureen and Helena for these incredibly important roles in Great Expectations.

“All have fantastic experience and I am confident they will bring something very special to their respective parts.

“Great Expectations is a wonderful story and absolutely fantastic musical which I am delighted to be producing for Blackpool Opera House.”

Chris Ellison is best known for his role as DI Burnside in ITV show The Bill but with a career spanning more than 40 years he has worked extensively in theatre and TV. Credits in that time include The Professionals, Minder, The Sweeney and EastEnders, West End leads including Magwitch and Oliver’s Bill Sykes, and even a stint in the Celebrity Big Brother House.

Adam Rickitt rose to fame as young Nick Tilsley in Coronation Street in the late 1990s. He then went on to carve a career in pop music while also playing roles in the UK tour of Rent as well as West End productions. Adam is also a household name in New Zealand after being cast in the popular soap Shortland Street for three years.

No stranger to the stage, Maureen Nolan has been singing with her sisters since she was nine-years- old when they formed The Nolans. The band’s success is legendary but Maureen is also an accomplished actress and musical theatre star with credits including Blood Brothers, Girl’s Behind, Mum’s the Wordand The Naked Truth.

She will also be on the Opera House stage earlier in the year as she is playing Vi Moore in the UK tour of Footloose: The Musical when it comes to Blackpool in September.

Helena Blackman came to prominence as a finalist in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s BBC show How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?She has starred in numerous West End and touring productions as well as performing in concert on TV and radio.

Winter Gardens Managing Director Michael Williams added: “We are really looking forward to what promises to be a fantastic production of Great Expectations this winter.

“It is always a pleasure to welcome Maureen Nolan back to the Winter Gardens and we also look forward to welcoming Chris, Adam and Helena here too.”

With the opening scenes on Christmas Eve, Great Expectations begins with escaped convict Magwitch being pursued by soldiers. As Young Pip appears through the mist he encounters the gross Magwitch and so begins the tangled tale of the young gentleman, the beautiful Estelle, the jilted Miss Havisham and of course, the convict.

With a spectacular musical score the audience will follow Pip and his great expectation as he journeys through life and hardship to eventually find love in the arms of the woman who has had him spellbound since childhood.

Tickets priced from £20 are on-sale now. For more information go to

Gusto Appoints New Business Development Manager

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Gusto has appointed Maddy Fullalove as Business Development Manager for its new Lytham restaurant.

The premium restaurant brand opened its Lytham site amid much expectation and excitement in April and has already carved a reputation for stylish fine dining in the beautiful Lancashire coastal town.

Maddy, 28, joins Gusto from Revolution where she was sales and marketing manager at its sites in Blackpool and Manchester.

Maddy said: “I am delighted to join such a prestigious company as Gusto. I am relishing the opportunity and I’m looking forward to the challenge.

“The restaurant in Lytham is stunning and the feedback we have received from customers since opening has been wonderful. Fantastic customer service is absolutely at the heart of everything we do and that is central to my role here.

“I love getting out there and engaging with the community and other local businesses to talk about how we can work together.”

Maddy, whose role as Business Development Manager sees her handle all marketing, events as well as building key relationships with local businesses and partners, hails from Clitheroe and was educated at Stonyhurst College and the London College of Fashion.

Sue Crimes, Gusto’s managing director, said: “We really have been wowed by the welcome Gusto has received since we opened the doors of our new Lytham restaurant.

“It is absolutely vital we work with the local community and other local businesses to build relationships. Bringing in someone of Maddy’s calibre, and someone who has such a real passion for the local area, was vital.

“We have a number of great events coming up in the next few months which we feel sure will really show off the wonderful restaurant we have created and our gold standard customer service.”

Gusto – which has 14 restaurants across the UK – invested more than £1 million in the 4,000sq ft restaurant and bar in Lytham, the company’s first outlet in Lancashire.

The company created 60 new jobs when the restaurant, situated on Dicconson Terrace, opened in April.

Events coming up include:

July 26 – British Red Cross Diamond Dinner. Tickets £40 to include Prosecco reception, three-course dinner, with guest Neil Geddes, a fine jewellery concierge who will show and talk about diamonds.

July 30 – Gusto is sponsoring 3,000 water bottles for the Trinity Colour Splash Run on the beach and staff will be there on the day helping and supporting the charity.

August 17 – Ladies lunch with Neom Organics and Stringers. Tickets £20 to include two-course lunch, spritz cocktail and talk and demonstration of Neom products by Stringers.

August 24 – Chase Vodka Tasting. Tickets £35 to include three-course dinner and five different vodkas from the Chase Distillery Range. Ben Hills from Chase will present the range and give a full run through of the spirits and how to use them in cocktails and food.

August 28 – late night cocktail club in the bar, DJ 9pm-1am, all cocktails £4.95 all night

September 30 – Macmillan coffee morning. Tickets £10, £5 to cover tea and coffee supplied by Gusto and £5 to Macmillan. Guests are asked to bring along cakes.

Families Are Spoilt For Choice At Lytham Festival

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Families are going to be spoilt for choice at Lytham Festival this year with everything from outdoor cinema to workshops, art trails to the full proms experience and all right beside the seaside.

The idyllic locations of the Lytham Proms Main Arena and Lytham Hall will host screenings of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and children’s classic Labyrinth, while at the World Jazz Stage there aredrumming and song writing workshops.

Children and families can also explore the town by tracking down the CounterPART art installations which have taken over the streets of leafy Lytham.

Lytham Festival Director Peter Taylor said “We are always determined to make sure that Lytham Festival is one that can be enjoyed by all the family.

“We’ve expanded the outdoor cinema events to include a special screening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens on Lytham Green and of course Labyrinth is a children’s classic that celebrates its 30th anniversary this year.

“Families can also get involved in the two fabulous musical workshops taking place at the World Jazz Stage and stroll through Lytham exploring the CounterPART installations – there really is something for everyone to enjoy.”

Kicking off the week on Monday 1 August at Lytham Hall there will be a chance for film buffs to celebrate the life of the late David Bowie with an outdoor screening of musical fantasy adventure Labyrinth. Released in 1986 and directed by Jim Henson, the film sees Sarah (Jennifer Connelly) set out to rescue her baby brother from the clutches of the Goblin King (David Bowie).

On Wednesday 3 August head to the Main Arena on Lytham Green for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Presented by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, the 7th Star Wars episode was released in December 2015, seeing the return of favourite characters Han Solo (Harrison Ford), Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) and Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) amongst others. The film is also the highest grossing of all the Star Wars films and the third highest grossing movie of all time taking more than $2bn dollars at the Box Office.

The World Jazz Stageoffers two musical workshops that are suitable for children, giving all the family the chance to explore the world of music.

Children can try their hand at drumming on Saturday 6 August with two special Drumming Workshops facilitated by professional musicians and teaching the basics of drumming, rhythm and beats with a healthy dose of fun thrown in.

Things take a turn for the serene on Sunday 7 August when aspiring lyricists can put pen to paper with two Song Writing Workshops. Supported by professional musicians, children will explore the basics of rhyme and rhythm, and find inspiration for what could be the next big thing.

Both the drumming and song writing workshops run at 10am and 2pm and will last approximately two hours with a performance at the end by the musicians.

The CounterPART art installation trailruns for the whole week throughout the town and maps are available from the Lytham Festival Box Office in Lytham Piazza. The trail is completely free and will give families the chance to explore the town and experience the artwork while taking a break from the hustle and bustle of the Festival.

The Lytham Festival Box Office is now open in Lytham Piazza.

For more details about all events at Lytham Festival 2016 go to

Pop Star Amelia Lily Completes Line Up For Mod Musical Shout!

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Pop star and former X-Factor finalist Amelia Lily is to complete the line-up of hit Mod Musical SHOUT! when it heads to Blackpool Opera House this Autumn.

Amelia Lily joins Suzanne Shaw, Liz McClarnon, Niki Evans and Helena Blackman who have all previously been announced.

SHOUT! comes to Blackpool Opera House from October 19 to November 03 and tickets are available now from

Amelia rose to fame back in 2011 when she finished third on the eighth series of The X-Factor. Her debut single You Bring Me Joy reached number two in the UK Singles Chart and since then Amelia has carved herself a career in musical theatre with credits including Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat and Green Day’s hit punk rock musical American Idiot.

Speaking about her role as Yellow Girl in SHOUT! Amelia said: “I can’t wait to get to Blackpool and start Shout! It contains some of my favourite music. I’m joining a talented group of girls to bring this infectious musical to life and I can’t wait to open at the Winter Gardens later this year.’

West End, TV and former pop star Suzanne Shaw will lead the cast in the hit jukebox musical playing Red Girl and joining her will be Atomic Kitten and musical theatre star Liz McClarnon as Green Girl and former X-Factor finalist and musical theatre star Niki Evans as Orange Girl. Blue Girl will be played by Helena Blackman who, after rising to fame in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s TV show How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria, has played countless roles in the West End.

SHOUT! is billed as the ultimate mod musical as this smashing revue tracks five groovy gals as they come of age during those liberating days that made England swing and includes a packed soundtrack of some of the biggest hits from the 1960s.

SHOUT! flips through the years like a musical magazine and takes you back to the music, fashion and freedom of the 60’s with hits from the likes of Petula Clark, Lulu and Dusty Springfield. Using letters to an advice columnist, true confessions, quizzes and advertisements SHOUT! boasts terrific new arrangements of such chart-topping hits as “To Sir With Love,” “Downtown,” “You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me,” “Son of A Preacher Man,” and “Goldfinger.”

With its irresistible blend of hip-swivelling hits, eye-popping fashions and psychedelic dances from the 60’s, this fun-filled musical will make you want to throw your head back and SHOUT!

SHOUT! is presented by Peter Frosdick who most recently produced both A Christmas Carol and Tommy The Rock Opera at Blackpool Opera House.

Peter said: “We are thrilled Amelia Lily is able to join the cast of SHOUT! We have a fantastic line-up here and one which I feel appeals to a wide range of ages.

“SHOUT! is the perfect fun show and one where we want to see the audience up on their feet and dancing in the aisles. I am confident that with these five strong young women leading the show this is going to be one heck of a show to shout about in Blackpool this October!”

Winter Gardens Managing Director Michael Williams added: “Amelia Lily is a fantastic addition to what is already a very strong cast for SHOUT! and I am sure the show will be met with great enthusiasm when it opens in Blackpool.”

SHOUT! will run at Blackpool Opera House from Wednesday October 19 to Thursday November 3.

Tickets are on sale now priced from £15.

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The UK Tour of The Wedding Singer is Heading to Blackpool in 2017

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Step back in time and get ready for the biggest party in town as a sparkling new production of The Wedding Singer is heading to Blackpool’s Winter Gardens for one week only next Spring.

Jon Robyns, Ray Quinn, Cassie Compton, Roxanne Pallett and Ruth Madoc will star in the hilarious musical based on the hit film.

The Wedding Singer will play Blackpool Opera House from Tuesday July 4 to Saturday July 8 2017. Tickets priced from £15 go on sale from 9am Friday July 8 and are available from

It’s 1985. Hair is huge, greed is good and rock-star wannabe Robbie Hart is New Jersey’s favourite wedding singer. When his own fiancée dumps him at the altar a seriously bummed out Robbie makes every wedding as disastrous as his own.

Can sweet natured Julia and her best friend Holly lure Robbie out of the dumpster and back into the limelight?  Or is he going to see her head off down the aisle with Wall Street bad boy Glen. Only Grandma Rosie seems to be able to see that Robbie and Julia are the couple that are meant to be.

Today’s announcement is just the second show to be unveiled for Blackpool Opera House in 2017 after it was revealed earlier this year that Wonderland – a musical adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass – will run at the venue next April.

Winter Gardens Managing Director Michael Williams said: “This is a great announcement for 2017. The Wedding Singer promises to be an absolutely fantastic show and we are thrilled the Opera House will be part of the UK tour.

“The show has a really strong cast with Ruth, Roxanne and Ray all having strong Blackpool links having previously performed here so we look forward to welcoming them back as well as offering a warm welcome to all their fellow cast members.

“We are absolutely packed with hit musical theatre shows at the Winter Gardens during 2016. The Wedding Singer is just the second show to be announced for 2017 with many more exciting announcements to come soon.”

West End and Musical Theatre star Jon Robyns plays Robbie Hart. Most recently he starred in Legally Blonde as Emmett Forrest, other theatre credits include Enjolras in Les Misérables, Spamalot, Memphis and Avenue Q.

He is joined on stage by British singer-songwriter Ray Quinn as Glen who shot to fame as the runner-up in ITV1’s The X Factor in 2006 and as champion of Dancing on Ice in 2009. In 2014 he won Dancing on Ice: Champion of Champions. His theatre credits include Danny Zuko in Grease (West End), Dirty Dancing (West End) and Legally Blonde (UK Tour).

West End leading lady and X Factor finalist Cassie Compton plays Julia; her roles include Sabrina in American Psycho (Almeida, London) and Eponine in Les Misérables. Playing best friend Holly, Roxanne Pallett is perhaps best known for her long-standing role as Jo in ITV’s Emmerdale. She has also appeared in Waterloo Road and Casualty on screen and in The Rocky Horror Picture Show, The Vagina Monologues and John Godber’s On The Piste on stage.

No stranger to stage and screen, comedy veteran Ruth Madoc joins the company as Grandma Rosie. Ruth became a household name in the Eighties when she played Gladys Pugh in BBC comedy series Hi-De-Hi! More recently we’ve seen her on screen in ITV’s Benidorm, Mount Pleasant (Sky) and Stella (Sky). Samuel Holmes (Mrs Henderson Presents, West End) will play George. Further casting is to be announced.

The Wedding Singer 2017 UK Tour is Directed and Choreographed by Nick Winston. Set and Costumes are by Francis O’Connor. Musical Supervision is by Sarah Travis with Musical Direction and Orchestration by George Dyer. Lighting Design is by Ben Cracknell with Sound Design by Richard Brooker. Video Design is by Jack Henry James and Casting by Jim Arnold. The Wedding Singer is produced by Dan Looney, Paulden Hall Productions, Tom O’Connell and Jason Haigh-Ellery.

Don’t miss your chance to join the party of the year – with a musical that promises to get you up dancing faster than your Dad at a wedding, The Wedding Singer is packed with songs which capture all the fun and energy of the Adam Sandler smash hit film.

The Wedding Singer plays Blackpool Opera House from July 4 to July 8 2017. Tickets go on sale at 9am Friday and for more information or to book tickets go to

AJ Brown To Support Sir Tom Jones At Tatton

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Virtuoso singer-songwriter and musician AJ Brown is returning to Tatton Park Concerts by the Lake supporting music legend Sir Tom Jones.

The concert on July 28 is part of the three-day Concerts by the Lake festival which also includes performances by Wet Wet Wet and the Hallé orchestra.

This latest announcement coincides with AJ joining Burt Bacharach’s four date tour and the release his new EP In The Moment: Live on June 20. He recorded the EP in front of a live audience in his hometown of Halifax following a 30-date sell-out UK tour with Collabro earlier this year.

AJ is no stranger to working with Sir Tom having supported him on his seven date tour in 2015, and he couldn’t be more excited to be working with him once again.

AJ also supported theHallé at Tatton Park last summer.

Speaking about supporting Sir Tom, AJ said: ”I’m thrilled to be working with Sir Tom again, he is a true legend in the music industry and I really enjoyed supporting him on his tour last year.

”Being asked to do it all over again is like a dream come true and I’m really looking forward to heading to Tatton and being a part of what is sure to be a really amazing night.

”I mean, who wouldn’t want to perform with Sir Tom Jones.”

Performing extensively in the UK, Ireland, Europe and Scandanavia, AJ’s music is influenced by the likes of Disclosure, Michael Buble and Lionel Richie, but all with his own unique twist.

Last year AJ had a whirlwind of performances supporting the likes of Marti Pellow, Billy Ocean, Elaine Paige, George Benson and Rebecca Ferguson. He also had a hugely popular residency atThe Pheasantry in London.

Tatton Park Concerts by the Lake organisers and AJ’s management Cuffe & Taylor are delighted to be adding him to the line-up.

Director Peter Taylor said: ”AJ is an incredibly talented young man with a bright future ahead of him so he was the perfect choice to join Sir Tom at Tatton.

”His music is really something that has got to be heard to be truly appreciated, whether he is performing classics or his own material, his soulful and smooth voice is really special.

”We’re really looking forward to welcoming him to Tatton along with the other concerts we have in store for people – these are three nights you don’t want to miss.”

Together with Sir Tom’s performance on July 28, Wet Wet Wet will perform on Friday July 29, while the Halléperform on Saturday July 30.

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