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What’s On in Cheshire during March

PUBLISHED: 00:00 01 March 2017 | UPDATED: 15:55 08 March 2017

Les Petits Theatre Company's The First Hippo on the Moon in Crewe. Photo: The Other Richard

Les Petits Theatre Company's The First Hippo on the Moon in Crewe. Photo: The Other Richard


Our guide to the best events in and around Cheshire.


Until 4th

Dreamboats & Petticoats

Set in 1961, emotions are running high as young musicians Norman and Bobby compete to win a national song writing competition, and, more importantly, the attention of the gorgeous Sue. But when Bobby discovers that shy Laura is no slouch on the piano, love and rock ‘n’ roll fame beckons.

The Palace Theatre, Manchester, 0844 871 3019


The First Hippo On The Moon

From best selling children’s author David Walliams comes an explosively funny space adventure for children ages three and up. Two big hippos. One enormous dream. Who can make it to the moon first? Adapted for the stage by Le Petits Theatre Company, this is a fantastical adventure featuring puppetry, music, mayhem and a giant space race to the moon.

Lyceum Theatre, Crewe, 01270 368242


The Wiz

Dorothy dances and sings her way from Kansas to Oz with the help of the Scarecrow, Tin Man and the cowardly Lion. The Wiz is a family musical and will appeal to all ages.

The Brindley, Runcorn, 0151 907 8360


Tuesdays With Morrie

Mitch Albom, an accomplished career-driven journalist, catches a television appearance of his former college professor, Morrie Schwartz and learns Morrie is battling a degenerative disease and determines to get back in touch. What begins as a simple courtesy visit develops into a weekly pilgrimage, leading to one final lesson for Mitch.

Stockport Garrick Theatre, 0161 480 5866


A Judgement in Stone

Bill Kenwright presents The Classic Theatre Company Ruth Rendell’s A Judgement in Stone, a new adaptation of the best-selling novel. When Eunice joins a wealthy family as their housekepper, the reason behind her awkwardness leads to a terrible tale of murder.

Buxton Opera House, 01298 72190


Ghost the Musical

Carolyn Maitland joins Bill Kenwright’s production of this timeless story of love, despair and hope, playing Molly alongside Andy Moss as Sam.

The Regent Theatre, Stoke on Trent, 0844 871 7649


William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (Abridged)

The Reduced Shakespeare Theatre Company are back with another irreverent and breathtakingly hilarious celebration of our cultural heritage, as seen through the eyes of three Americans wearing trainers.

Waterside Arts Centre, Sale, 0161 912 5616


Anton & Erin… Swing Time

Anton Du Beke and Erin Boag embark on a new tour with Swing Time, a show which promises a wonderful performance of music, song and dance delivered with aplomb by the nation’s favourite ballroom couple. Supporting cast includes star vocalist Lance Ellington, six world-class Ensemble Dancers and the 25-piece London Concert Orchestra conducted by Richard Balcombe.

Venue Cymru, Llandudno, 01492 872000

28th-April 1st

9 to 5 the musical

The Zodiac present this musical based on the 1980 movie, with music and lyrics by Dolly Parton.

The Brindley, Runcorn, 0151 907 8360

28th-April 1st

Funny Girl the Musical

This musical tells the story of Fanny Brice, whose vocal talents and comedic ability see her rise from Brooklyn music hall singer to Broadway star.

The Regent Theatre, Stoke on Trent, 0844 871 7649


The Tiger Who Came To Tea

An ideal introduction to theatre for children aged three plus. When Sophie and her mummy welcome a tiger to tea he proceeds to eat all the sandwiches, buns, biscuits and more. Join this musical slice of teatime mayhem with sing-a-long songs.

The Epstein Theatre, Liverpool, 0844 888 4411


Menopause the Musical

Hysterical all-singing, all-dancing comedy set in a department store, where four women with seemingly nothing in common meet by chance and make fun of their woeful lives experiencing ‘the change’ and their problems with forgetfulness, mood swings, wrinkles, night sweats and chocolate binges.

The Lyceum Theatre, Crewe, 01270 368242


Dave Spikey: Juggling on a motorbike

Dave Spikey celebrate 30 years in comedy, in this show where he looks back on his remarkable life and his incredible journey from working class kid to chief biomedical scientist to much-loved comedy performer and writer.

Parr Hall, Warrington, 01925 442345

Until April 29th

Bat Out Of Hell

Spectacular new musical – a romantic adventure about rebellious youth and passionate love, set against the backdrop of a post-cataclysmic city adrift from the mainland.

The Opera House, Manchester, 




The so-called kings of popera are performing exciting new tracks from their brand new album.

Parr Hall, Warrington, 01925 442345


The Take That Experience

As Take That celebrate an incredible 25 years as the UK’s number one boy band, the Take That Experience mark a decade, wowing audiences wherever they perform.

Buxton Opera House, 01298 72190


Celebrate Sinatra

Songs and music made famous by arguably the world’s most loved singer. The performance will include classic hits Sinatra made his own such as Moon River, The Lady Is A Tramp and Come Fly With Me.

The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, 0161 907 9000


Elgar’s Symphony No 1

First concert of a three part Elgar Festival (9-12 March), the Halle perform his Symphony No 1, Overture: Froissart, Grania and Diarmid: Incidental Music, Funeral March and There are Seven and Pomp and Circumstance March No 3.

The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, 0161 907 9000


Oscars for Orchestra

The Halle showcase Oscar-winning film music from Ben Hur, Robin Hood, Born Free, E.T, Aladdin, The Hateful Eight, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, The King and I and Henry V.

The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, 0161 907 9000


Foden’s Band

This brass band, formed in Sandbach has been going since 1900 and from humble beginnings have gone on to win25 major titles.

The Brindley, Runcorn, 0151 907 8360


The SYD Lawrence Orchestra

Celebrate 50 years of swing with the UK’s most successful and longest running big band.

The Lyceum Theatre, Crewe, 01270 368242


Manchester Collective Concert

The Manchester Collective present Belling’s Inside Mr Enderby – a world premiere, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of Anthony Burgess, author of A Clockwork Orange and Janacek’s String Quartet No 2, Intimate Letters.

The Buyers Club, Liverpool, also on 25th at Islington Mill, Manchester, www.manchestercollective.co.uk


Until 5th

Rode Hall Snowdrop Walks

A beautiful end-of-winter walk for all the family with a wonderfully diverse landscape and over 70 varieties of snowdrops.Walk along paths amidst carpets of white flowers on an enchanting mile-long route.

Rode Hall, Scholar Green, 01270 873237


Family Science Fair

Free family event featuring activities and freebie give-aways, brought to you by experts as part of British Science Week.

Ness Botanic Gardens, 0151 795 6300


The Cheshire & North Wales Militaria and Aviation Fair

Everything for the military and aviation enthusiast to buy, sell and exchange.

The ex-RAF WW1 Hangar, Ellesmere Port, 0151 327 4701


Marchfest 2017

New event for Winsford, based on the Bavarian Oktoberfest, including a range of attractions, including The Winsford Town Mayor’s Bavarian Ball, Bavarian days and evenings featuring local music acts and an over 50s tea dance.

Winsford, www.winsfordmarchfest.com


The Chester Antiques, Collectors & Vintage Fair

With up to 120+ tables of exemplary variety, The Chester Antiques, Collectors & Vintage Fair will have the perfect pieces to complement your home, collection or wardrobe in a fantastic day out in the magnificent city of Chester.

Northgate Arena, Chester, 07816 220136


Blue Colour Run

Thousands of Manchester City fans will line up outside the Etihad ready to be splashed in City colours before taking part in the 5K run in aid of City in the Community, who are using the power of football to give 50,000 Manchester youngsters a better shot at life.



Spring Plant Hunters Fair

The fair returns with top class nurseries offering a variety of plants.

Ness Botanic Gardens, Wirral, www.planthuntersfairs.co.uk


Fizz Fashion Charity Fashion and Beauty Demonstration

St Anne’s RC Primary School presents an evening of fashion, fizz and fun. Each £5 ticket includes a glass of fizz, a make up demonstration and professional fashion show. Bring your mum, sister, friend and your cheque book, cash and or card! Tickets can be purchased from the school office. All proceeds go to FOSA

Address: St Anne’s Primary School, Wellington Rd, Nantwich CW5 7DA, Phone: 01270 685353 Email: FOSA.PTA@GMAIL.COM



Echoes of Vienna

The Northern Chamber Orchestra with Steven Osborne on piano, presents music featuring J Strauss’s Emperor Waltz, Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No 1 and Symphony No 4 and Gilbert’s Another Dream Carousel.

Heritage Centre, Macclesfield, 0161 247 2220


Fame the Musical

Youth musical theatre group, Tempo (The Edge Musical Performing Organisation) present this favourite about New York City’s High School of Performing Arts and follows students across the acting, dancing and music faculties where sweat and hard work are the key factors to success.

Evans Theatre, Wilmslow, 07969 176148


An Evening with Levison Wood

Best-selling author, photographer and TV presenter, Levison Wood shares stories about his sometimes terrifying and challenging adventures.Parr Hall, Warrington, 01925 442345

25th-April 2nd

Cheshire Residents’ Festival

To mark English Tourism Week residents of Cheshire can explore what’s on their doorstop for free for one week only. Museums will be offering free or discounted entry, tours and other opportunities for residents to discover more about their county www.marketing

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