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Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is coming to Manchester’s Opera House

The hit musical is back!

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Tristram Kenton

The iconic musical Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat will be coming to Manchester’s Opera House theatre next spring.

The massive production by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice will feature a number of famous faces including Jason Donovan as Pharaoh, X-Factor winner Alexandra Burke as the narrator and Jac Yarrow donning the famous coat as the lead role of Joseph.

Told entirely through song and dance with a helping hand from the Narrator, the musical follows Jacob’s favourite son Joseph, who is sold into hardship by his eleven brothers and ends up imprisoned.

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However, while in his jail cell, Joseph discovers an ability to interpret dreams and finds himself in front of the mighty but troubled showman, the Pharaoh. As Joseph strives to resolve Egypt’s famine, he becomes Pharaoh’s right-hand man and eventually reunites with his family.

The story was originally released as a concept album in 1969, but was eventually transformed into an on-stage musical, featuring hit tracks such as ‘Any Dream Will Do’, ‘Close Every Door To Me’, ‘Jacob and Sons’, ‘There’s One More Angel In Heaven’ and ‘Go Go Go Joseph’.

Fast forwarding to today, the musical has been performed hundreds of thousands of times including multiple runs in the West End and on Broadway, international tours and productions in over eighty countries.

And now, it is making its grand return to Manchester in a string of shows at the Opera House theatre early next year.

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Producer Michael Harrison said of the show’s return to Manchester: “After two sensational runs at The London Palladium, I am delighted to bring this joyous show to the Manchester Opera House next spring as JOSEPH prepares to unite audiences and spread happiness across the UK.

“Our ‘dream team’ casting will enchant newcomers and longstanding fans alike; Jac Yarrow has wowed audiences and critics with his spectacular debut and attendees should be prepared for the roof to be raised when Jason Donovan steps on stage.

Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat will be at the Manchester Opera House between March 21st and April 2nd, 2022.

Get your tickets here.

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Here’s how Manchester is celebrating Chinese New Year

Manchester will be welcoming the Year of the Tiger in style…

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The Chinese New Year is nearly upon us, and Manchester has a whole week of celebrations planned to mark the occasion.

Chinese New Year – also known as the Lunar New Year or the Spring Festival – will fall on Tuesday February 1st this year, starting the year of the Tiger.

According to the Chinese zodiac, people born in a year of the Tiger are predicted to be brave, competitive, unpredictable, and confident. However, they will also experience their zodiac birth sign year, benmingnian, in 2022, which is considered bad luck. 

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But let’s not worry about that because Manchester has a ton of exciting events and activities lined up to welcome in the Year of the Tiger.

While the annual parade won’t be going ahead due to Covid restrictions, there will be the grand unveiling of a huge tiger art sculpture at St Ann’s Square on February 1st.

Commissioned by Manchester BID, the installation will take on the form of a traditional tiger from wood and recycled corrugated plastic.

While the tiger is a symbol of power, bravery and force in Chinese culture, the origami-esque sculpture will give the illusion of being weak and easily broken when, in fact, it will remain strong and tall for the city to see.

Chinese New Year Manchester

The tiger’s inner structure will also match the stripes and markings of a real-life tiger, which will cast stunning shadows at night with the help from surrounding lights.

And, on February 6th, Manchester’s Chinatown will come to life to celebrate the Lunar New Year with a whole host of family-friendly activities including lion dancing, Chinese dancers, street food stalls and Chinese arts and crafts events.

Thousands of traditional red lanterns will gradually adorn Chinatown and the rest of the city’s streets from today, too. 

The Chinese New Year will be celebrated from February 1st – February 6th. Make sure to follow Manchester’s Chinese New Year celebrations Instagram page for news and updates.

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A new £1m immersive Peter Rabbit attraction is coming to Blackpool’s seafront

This will make for an exceptionally wholesome day out with the little ‘uns

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A new £1m attraction based on the beloved Peter Rabbit is set to open on Blackpool’s seafront next month. 

‘Peter Rabbit Explore and Play’, which has been eighteen months in the making, will be opening next door to Madame Tussauds and will join Merlin’s six other attractions, including The Blackpool Tower and Sea Life Blackpool.

In what will be Merlin’s first stand-alone visitor attraction experience based on the cartoon, visitors will be able to fully immerse themselves in the world of Peter Rabbit and ’embark on an adventure across five fluffy-tailed themed zones’.

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Guests will also be able to meet, greet and ‘high-paw’ Peter the Rabbit himself when the attraction opens in February.

Merlin said on the new opening: “Guests will need to think like a rabbit, move like a rabbit and deploy rabbit-like senses with a whole burrow-full of creativity in order to complete the challenges and earn badges – seeing if they have the skills to join the secret treehouse club.”

The regional director Kate Shane added: “We are thrilled to be welcoming such an icon to Blackpool.

“Peter Rabbit is a well-loved household name for young and old and is globally renowned. We are delighted that this new attraction concept will be created here in Blackpool first.

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“We firmly support Blackpool’s overall ambition to be the UK’s number one family seaside resort and with such a family-favourite brand joining our Blackpool Cluster of attractions we can’t wait to ‘hop’ to it and get the experience open.”

An exact opening date is yet to be announced, though it has been confirmed for February 2022.

For news and updates, make sure to follow the official Peter Rabbit: Explore and Play Blackpool Facebook page here.

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A huge sushi festival is coming to Manchester this spring

Calling all sushi fanatics!

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A festival dedicated entirely to the wonderful world of sushi is coming to Manchester this year.

Whether you love a good plate of makizushi, if you’re more of a Nigiri person, or your go-to is a temaki, this event is bound to your cup of tea.

Pencilled in for April 21st – 23rd 2022 at Audacious Church on Trinity Way, the Manchester Sushi Festival will welcome some of the city’s best sushi parlours and chefs, who will give guests the opportunity to sample everything the Japanese cuisine has to offer.

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Sushi lovers will be able to sample a whole array of unusual delicacies, such as ‘designer sushi’ and ‘super sushi’ – if you know, you know. 

There will also be a selection of other Japanese specialties on offer, including ramen and tempura.

And vegans and veggies – fear not! There will be plenty of plant-based options for guests to enjoy, too. 

As well as the vast selection of sushi vendors to choose from, there will also be workshops hosted by Food Sorcery that will teach guests how to make their very own sushi from home – though it is worth noting that the workshops run every hour and are on a strictly first come first served basis.

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There will also be Japanese inspired art classes, fashion pop ups, live music and DJs – as well as plenty of Japanese beer to hand, too. 

The festival will run for four hours each day between the hours of 3pm and 7pm.

For more information and to buy tickets, which are priced at an outrageously reasonable price of £20pp, by the way, click here.

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