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Published: 27 May 2012

Rat Pack TrioThe original Purveyors of Cool are re-created at Manchester Palace Theatre next Thursday with The Rat Pack Vegas Spectacular—including a guest appearance from Marilyn Monroe!

Details: www.ratpack.biz

A new ballet for children, by English National Ballet and English National Ballet School
comes to Manchester Palace Theatre on Saturday and Sunday.

My First Sleeping Beauty will give students the opportunity to gain real work experience and dance principal roles, raising their profile and visibility as they prepare to enter the profession.

Details: www.atgtickets/manchester

A one-woman show about life as a high-dependency nurse in the NHS—taking in the stresses, strains but also joys of working in the health service—is at the Unity Theatre in Liverpool on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Details: www.livesofothers.darklaughs.com

Translunar ParadiseTranslunar Paradise, The Lowry's sixth Developed With production, enjoyed four packed out performances in the Salford venue's Studio last September. Catch it there again next Friday and Saturday.

Details: www.thelowry.com

Preston College Musical Theatre Students make their own contribution to the city's Guild Year celebrations with a production of Jesus Christ Superstar at the Charter Theatre from Wednesday to Saturday.

Details: www.prestonguildhall.com

With an all-star cast including Liza Goddard, Gareth Hale and Norman Pace, John Chapman's Dry Rot is heading to Blackpool's Grand Theatre this week.

Details: www.blackpoolgrand.co.uk

Birds of a FeatherPauline Quirke, Linda Robson and Lesley Joseph are reunited in the first-ever national stage tour of popular sitcom Birds of a Feather at the Lowry in Salford this week.

Details: www.thelowry.com

An award-winning version of a Nordic fairy tale—featuring stunning puppetry alongside live action—is set to delight audiences at The Studio at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester this week.

The Wrong Crowd Theatre Company presents The Girl With the Iron Claws from Wednesday to Saturday.

Details: www.royalexchange.co.uk

Once in a House on FireManchester-based Monkeywood Theatre has a reputation for creating and producing high quality theatre and their latest production, Once in a House on Fire, is the most successful yet.

This breath-taking play returns to The Lowry this week, moving from The Studio to the larger Quays Theatre, for an in-demand encore.

Details: www.thelowry.com

Jim Cartwright's classic musical play The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, comes ‘home' to the Octagon in Bolton.

Taking on the role of Little Voice will be Katie Elin-Salt, and playing the role of her loud-mouthed mother will be Sue Devaney.

Details: www.octagonbolton.co.uk

Theatre by the Lake welcomes back regulars Sandra Hunt and Rachel Laurence with their performance of The Ladies of Cranford—Rachel's adaption of the classic Elizabeth Gaskell novel—to the Studio Theatre in Keswick this week.

Details: www.theatrebythelake.com

David Upton