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Disney’s Beauty and the Beast musical is coming to Manchester

The production will feature all the smash hit songs from the 1991 animation

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The enchanting Beauty and the Beast musical production is coming to Manchester next year as a part of its recently announced UK and Ireland tour. 

The Olivier Award-winning musical has been re-imagined and re-designed in a completely new production, with spectacular new designs and state-of-the-art technology fusing with the timeless romantic tale from all of our childhoods.

The production features the iconic songs from the smash-hit Disney animation, including ‘Be Our Guest’, ‘Belle’ and ‘Beauty and the Beast’, whilst also uniting some members of its original Broadway team.

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Courtney Stapleton, from Dear Evan HansenSixLes Misérables and Bat Out of Hell, and Emmanuel Kojo, from Oklahoma!Girl from the North CountryShow Boat and The Scottsboro Boys, will be taking on the lead roles of Belle and the Beast, while Gavin Lee – Mary Poppins, SpongeBob SquarePants, the Broadway Musical, and Les Misérables – plays Lumiere and Tom Senior – The Pirates of Penzance and Eugenius! portrays the iconic villain, Gaston. 

And among the many new features is an exuberant tap dance alongside Be Our Guest, created expressly for Gavin Lee, recognised as one of the great tappers on either side of the Atlantic.

The original West End production of Beauty and the Beast opened at the Dominion Theatre in April 1997, playing over 1100 performances to more than two million people – it went on to win the 1998 Olivier Award for Best Musical and enjoyed a hugely successful UK and Ireland tour in 2001.

The show also played for more than thirteen years on Broadway before closing in 2007. It remains to this day – twenty-six years after it opened – among the top ten longest running shows in Broadway history.

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The live-action retelling of the animated classic quickly became the highest grossing live action film musical of all time in 2017, a record only beaten by The Lion King live-action release in 2019.

Beauty and the Beast The Musical will be coming to Manchester’s Palace Theatre on Thursday March 31st, 2022, where it will hold a residency until Saturday June 4th, 2022. 

Tickets go on sale next week on October 12th – get yours here

 

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NEW OPENING: A giant bar where you can do karaoke with a live band is coming to Deansgate

The bar will be a spot to ‘eat, drink, watch live sport, play and party all under one roof’

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Deansgate is set to welcome a brand new sports bar complete with twenty screens, an outdoor terrace, live bands and karaoke next month.

Box – an already well known bar in Leeds city centre – will be taking over two floors in a building down Deansgate, just a stone’s throw away from Spinningfields. 

The bar will be showing an array of sport including football, cricket and boxing and, unlike other sports bars of its nature, will also offer live entertainment including ‘bandeoke’, where customers can take over the mic and join a live band on stage. 

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@theboxbaruk / Instagram

For more on the entertainment front, there will be two 21-foot European Shuffleboard tables, twenty state-of-the-art television screens and a busy events programme of live apres-ski style bands and DJs every Thursday, Friday and Saturday. 

There will also be an extensive drinks menu, including beer tanks filled with fresh Budvar, delivered weekly from the Czech Republic, and cocktails such as pornstar martinis and espresso martinis on tap, alongside cocktail steins and four-litre beer towers.

The bar comes courtesy of Arc Inspirations, the company behind existing Manchester sites Banyan and Manahatta. 

Martin Wolstencroft, CEO of Arc Inspirations, said: “We’re delighted to finally be introducing our BOX brand to Manchester for its much-anticipated launch.

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@theboxbaruk / Instagram

“It’s exciting to be opening the doors next month to guests, especially after what’s been a challenging time for everyone.

“We’re confident the good folk of Manchester will enjoy BOX’s high-energy experience and overall, come to us for some great fun.

“The bar will also create seventy new local jobs for the local community, and we’re keen to hear from people interested in working in a fast-growing, dynamic company.”

Box Manchester is set to open its doors at some point in November – head over to their website and Instagram page for news and updates.  

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Blackpool Pleasure Beach’s Halloween event is so terrifying it comes with a warning

The Journey to Hell Freak Nights are shrouded in controversy…

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Blackpool Pleasure Beach has unveiled its event line-up for Halloween and, let’s just say, it isn’t for the faint of heart.

A number of creepy going-ons will be taking place across the spooky season, including the Day of the Dead Ghost Train, a Scare Maze, The Circus of Horrors and the theme park’s resident werewolf Lougarock, who will prowl the park on his motorbike looking for unsuspecting victims.

And on Halloween itself, the park will be running all of its rollercoasters until 10pm for their Late Night Riding programme, which will allow guests to enjoy their favourite rides in the darkness of night.

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But perhaps the most formidable event on the bill is the infamous Journey to Hell Freak Nights, terrifying, experience led events featuring live actors through nine themed areas of Blackpool Pleasure Beach after closing time. 

Bosses at the theme park have previously said that the Journey To Hell Freak Nights ‘set a new bar for the fear factor’, prompting a warning to prospective visitors.

The events warning includes latex, confined spaces, uneven surfaces, damp conditions, offensive language, blackout hoods, low/no visibility, loud noises and strobe lighting.

It was also advised that the whole experience is a ‘physically demanding environment and is in no way suitable for those with a nervous or weak disposition.’

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Journey to Hell takes place on selected nights from October 8th to 31st after the amusement park has closed to the public – scare zones include The Legend of the Cursed River Caves, Blind Faith, Day of the Dead, the BIG Dark Abyss and more.

Some scare zones will also incorporate ride experiences, including intense high-speed rollercoasters.

If you manage to survive the Journey To Hell, you’ll be able to celebrate with your favourite ‘guys and ghouls’ at the Devils Gate where there will be food, drinks and live entertainment.

Feel brave enough? Tickets for the Journey To Hell are priced at £32pp and are available here. Meanwhile, visit the Blackpool Pleasure Beach website for more information on their Halloween events.

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Alton Towers’ Scarefest is back with a new ‘killer clown maze’ and rides in the dark

As well as new mazes and features, Alton Towers will be bringing back their late night rollercoaster rides

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Alton Towers has brought back its popular Scarefest event just in time for Halloween, and it features some wonderfully spooky new surprises.

The popular theme park has always gone all out for Halloween, but it was the birth of Scarefest in 2007 that really kick-started the park’s love for all things spooky – and this year could be their biggest and scariest yet.

So, what’s on the bill?

Well, brand new for this year Alton Towers has introduced its Freak Show: Toxic Junkyard, a spine-tingling maze full of ‘killer clowns’ looking for victims to feature in their next ‘big show’. Guests will be required to make their way through the maze to stop the clowns’ evil plans… though they’ll have to work very hard in order to not get caught themselves.

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Also on the maze front, the theme park is hosting the Darkest Depths, a nautical-themed maze telling the story of The Mutiny Ship which was pulled to the bottom of the sea by the Kracken.

Guests will have to make their way through the ‘ship’ while a number of ghoulish pirates lurk in the shadows. 

Though there has also been the return of old Scarefest favourites such as The Attic: Terror of the Towers, which has made a comeback for 2021. This maze is set in the rooftops of the Alton ruins, and is based on the story of the governess who is said to haunt the ruins in revenge for the death of two young children she once cared for.

The Altonville Mine Tours are also back for another year, telling the eerie tale of the ‘skin snatchers’, who are rumoured to have lived down in the mines as outcasts from society. Guests will get a tour of the old mines, though they need to beware as, according to rumours, some of the ‘skin snatchers’ still live in the darkness…

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Oh, and as per tradition, Alton Towers will be operating all of its most popular rollercoasters such as The Smiler, Oblivion, The Wickerman and Nemesis until 9pm, so ultimate thrill-seekers can enjoy the unique experience of night-time rides.

There is also a number of new activities ideal for families and for those with younger children, such as the Alton Towers’ Trick O’ Treat Town, an immersive indoor walk through a fictional town featuring Treat Street, Witchy Woods, The Graveyard and The Hill.

In true trick or treating style, families can knock on doors to be greeted with either a handout of sweets or a squirt of a water pistol – the risk is yours to take.

Scarefest will be running for the rest of the month until Halloween, October 31st. For more information and to book tickets, visit the Alton Towers website here.

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