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NW Productions

Published: 6 May 2012
Reporter: David Upton

The Parson's PiratesOpera lovers can enjoy an hilarious singalong tribute to one of Gilbert and Sullivan's most famous shows at the Brewery in Kendal next Friday when Opera della Luna stage The Parson's Pirates, set in a village hall in St Michael's Under Ware.

Details: www.breweryarts.co.uk

Celebrating decades of number one hits The Magic of Motown at the Grand in Blackpool on Sunday night is a tribute to the record label, Berry Gordy's Motown Records.

Details: www.blackpoolgrand.co.uk

Street of DreamsWhere else to start the national tour of a new musical in celebration of Coronation Street, than on home ground in Manchester?

Street of Dreams—The Coronation Street Musical has its world premiere at Manchester arena next Wednesday and Thursday, before heading to Dublin, Belfast and Newcastle.

Details: www.men‐arena.com

Avenue Q returns to the Lowry in Salford next week.

This time Manchester-based Sam Lupton plays bright-eyed college graduate Princeton in the musical about the off-the-wall characters on a downtown New York street.

Details: www.thelowry.com

Murder on the NileThe Agatha Christie Theatre Company brings a new production of the queen of crime's classic thriller, Murder On The Nile, to The Lowry in Salford next week with a cast of familiar faces from stage and screen.

Details: www.thelowry.com

The Pirate Project—a swashbuckling piece of theatre about female pirates—drops anchor at The Studio at Manchester's Royal Exchange Theatre from Thursday to Saturday.

Details: www.royalexchange.co.uk

Mary ShelleyShared Experience's bold new play, Mary Shelley, sheds light on the Frankenstein author's extraordinary life. It opens at the Liverpool Playhouse from May 9-12.

Details: www.everymanplayhouse.com

An action-packed musical treat for the whole family, Swallows and Amazons is a tale of an idyllic era and the beauty and excitement of youthful imagination.

The National Theatre Studio, National Theatre and Children's Touring Partnership's production sails into The Grand Theatre in Blackpool from May 8-12.

Details: www.blackpoolgrand.co.uk

I Guess I Wish at the Unity Theatre in Liverpool on May 9 consists of eleven stories about people's hopes and unrealised aspirations. It premiered in the spring of 2011 at Yale University and has been performed in several venues across the United States.

Details: www.unitytheatreliverpool.co.uk