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The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is coming to town

This will be epic…

Jamie Roberts

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Just last week we reported that The Lion King musical is returning to our city next year – and today we’ve got even more exciting big stage news for you.

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe is coming to town next Christmas, and tickets are out now.

It’ll be hitting The Lowry next December for a seven-week run, as part of a massive UK and Ireland tour.

Sally Cookson has adapted the much-loved C.S. Lewis book for stage, with her production breaking box office records at Leeds Playhouse when it premiered back in 2017.

The Lowry website says: “Step through the wardrobe this winter into the magical kingdom of Narnia for the most mystical of adventures in a faraway land. Join Lucy, Edmund, Susan and Peter as they wave goodbye to wartime Britain and say hello to a talking Faun, an unforgettable Lion and the coldest, cruellest White Witch.”

It’s set to be the theatre’s big festive production next Christmas, and you’ll be able to catch it from December 9th 2020 until January 23rd 2021.

To get your hands on tickets, head over the The Lowry website here.

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Pam Shipman is hosting a Gavin & Stacey quiz this week

Oh my christ!

Alex Watson

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The best character from Gavin & Stacey is hosting the ultimate quiz this Thursday for serious fans of the show. 

Played by Alison Steadman, Pam Shipman is the person we’ve all turned into in lockdown. ‘I’m absolutely shattered. I’ve been crying all afternoon’ certainly rings a bell.

Well-loved Alison is hosting an online quiz all about the show, and raising money for Marie Curie while she’s at it. 

Credit: Gavin & Stacey / BBC iPlayer

The quiz is free but donations are encouraged to the charity which helps care for and support those suffering with terminal illnesses. If you donate you also enter a prize draw!

You can play on your own or form a team with your household and join the quiz via this link on the Marie Curie website. 

You will be marking yourself and can chat to Pam through the comment box.

Credit: Gavin & Stacey / BBC iPlayer

Pam isn’t the only character from the show that has been vocal through the lockdown, with Nessa giving us a classic no-nonsense rundown of what’s occurin’.

Nessa said: “If you see me in the morning doing my daily run, my half marathon around Barry, don’t even think about breaking that two-metre rule because if you does, I will not hesitate to tell you quite clearly to back off.

“Because at the end of the day, when all is said and done, no word of a lie if truth be told, just because you don’t feel ill don’t mean you’re not infectious, you could be riddled.”

The quiz kicks off at 8:15pm on Thursday May 21st. 

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Robbie Williams is reuniting with Take That for a special lockdown concert

Robbie, we want you back for good…

Alex Watson

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Incredible news for Take That fans – Robbie is returning for one special online concert!

Courtesy of Compare the Market, Robbie will join Gary Barlow, Mark Owen and Howard Donald to perform a virtual gig almost 30 years after the release of their debut album.

You can expect all the classics like Never Forget, Shine, Pray, A Million Love Songs and plenty more! 

The show will be raising money throughout for a music therapy charity, Nordoff Robbins, as well as Crew Nation which supports concert crews across the world during the pandemic. 

The livestream gig is part of Meerkat Music which is kicking off on May 29th at 8pm on the CompareTheMeerkat YouTube channel.

Take That told the Sun: ‘This is a world-first for us! Reuniting with our old friend online for a one-off performance! It’s always great getting back together with Robbie and we are really excited to be part of this unique show that everyone can enjoy from home.

Robbie left the band back in 1995 but had a brief reunion stint a few years back. Unfortunately, hard core Take That fans will be missing out on Jason Orange, who quit the band back in 2014 and will not be performing on the live stream. 

Gary Barlow has been doing tonnes of duets over on his Instagram page with his new series ‘The Crooner Sessions’. Guests have included Anastacia, Paloma Faith, Nall Horan, the iconic James Blunt and plenty in between. 

All we can do each night is pray that the boys will be together again someday. 

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Take a virtual tour of life-sized animatronic dinosaurs this afternoon

It’s like Jurassic Park in your front room…

Alex Watson

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Families will be able to see dozens of life-sized animatronic dinosaurs in a live virtual adventure today.

First of all, happy World Dinosaur Day!! To commemorate such a day, Paradise Wildlife Park is hosting a live Facebook event with 32 motion-sensored dinosaurs. 

The event kicks off at 4pm today (Friday May 15th) and will offer a tour of the attraction.  

The park, based in Hertfordshire, is currently closed due to the pandemic so it, like many others, is showcasing the animals and other attractions they have to offer in other inventive ways!

Anna tank, a spokesperson for the wildlife park, said: “It will be a virtual tour of our 32 life-size and motion sensored dinosaurs. There will be a presenter as well to go over all the cool dino facts.”

To take care of the 800+ actual animals the park has costs around £3,000 a day, which is normally funded by tickets and other on-site purchases.  

Instead, the park is relying on the generosity and support of viewers who are urged to donate what they can while watching. You can donate here

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