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What's on in Cheshire during April 2019

PUBLISHED: 09:15 02 April 2019

The Girl on the Train will show at The Lowry

The Girl on the Train will show at The Lowry

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Our guide to the best events in and around Cheshire during April

THEATRE AND DANCE

1st-6th

The Mousetrap

Gwyneth Strong stars in Agatha Christie’s masterpiece thriller. The scene is set for shuddering suspense when a group of people stranded in a country house discover there is a murderer in their midst. Experience the brilliantly intricate plot where murder lurks around every corner.

Crewe Lyceum Theatre, Crewe, crewelyceum.co.uk

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1st-6th

The Girl on the Train

Adapted from Paula Hawkins’ novel – an international phenomenon selling over twenty million copies worldwide – this gripping new play will keep you guessing until the final moment.

The Lowry, Salford, quaytickets.com

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4th-6th

Bouncers

The international smash hit comedy returns, with Lucky Eric, Judd, Les and Ralph are back and telling the tales of a Yorkshire nightclub, written by the multi award winning John Godber.

Waterside, Sale, watersidearts.org

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6th Apr-25th May

West Side Story

This classic show marries stunning choreography to a matchless songbook. It’s the Jets and the Sharks, two rival gangs who make New York’s mean streets even meaner. But it’s also passionate and romantic show.

Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, 
www.royalexchange.co.uk

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8th-13th

Hair the Musical

Winner of the 2018 WhatsOnStage Award, this exuberant 50th anniversary production of the legendary rock musical Hair bursts on to stage in full psychedelic glory, direct from a sell-out London run.

Palace Theatre, 
Manchester, 
atgtickets.com

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9th-13th

Rita, Sue and Bob Too

This production showcases a vivid portrait of girls caught between a brutal childhood and an unpromising future in this bold production by Kate Wasserberg.

The Lowry, Salford, thelowry.com

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15th-20th

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

The sparkling family musical retelling the biblical story of Joseph, his eleven brothers and the coat of many colours, this magical musical is full of unforgettable songs including Any Dream Will Do and Close Every Door to Me.

Storyhouse, Chester, storyhouse.com

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16th-20th

Ghost the Musical

One of the biggest cinema hits is brought to life for the main stage and will feature many of the amazing songs including The Righteous Brothers’ Unchained Melody.

Palace Theatre, Manchester, atgtickets.com

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MUSIC AND CONCERTS

1st

Lucas Graham

Lukas Graham is a Danish pop and soul band from Copenhagen. Formed in 2011 the group went on to have a UK Number 1 Single with “7 Years”, bring their tunes to Manchester.

Albert Hall, Manchester, alberthallmanchester.com

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5th

Both Sides of Phil Collins

Backed by a cast of musicians and singers, featuring a horn section that will blow you away, the star of the evening delivers a delightfully interactive evening that includes each and every one of Phil Collins’ greatest hits.

The Brindley Theatre, Runcorn, thebrindley.org.uk

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6th

Boyz II Men

American R&B group, Boyz II Men come to the Manchester. With hit singles such as ‘End of the Road’ the band will be bringing their soulful sounds to the UK.

O2 Apollo, Manchester, academymusicgroup.com/o2apollomanchester

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6th

Scott Brothers Duo

The Scott Brothers make a welcome return visit to St Wilfrid’s with an unmissable programme of thrilling music for four hands at one piano including music by Mozart, Beethoven and Rossini and the brilliant Toccata by Vidor.

St Wilfrid’s Church, Grappenhall Village, 01925 266208

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8th

An evening with Alfie Boe

One of the world’s popular classical singers Alfie Boe brings it back to the UK, announcing a 2019 tour in what is becoming another landmark year for the much loved tenor.

Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, bridgewater-hall.co.uk

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9th

Shawn Mendes

Supporting the release of his self-titled third album, multi-platinum and chart-topping singer/songwriter Shawn Mendes will return to Manchester Arena and perform his popular songs.

Manchester Arena, Manchester, manchester-arena.com

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12th

Whitney – Queen of the Night

Queen of the Night is a stunning celebration of the music and life of one of the greatest singers. This award-winning production features a sensational line-up of musicians and artists, together with a powerhouse performance in the spirit of Whitney.

Parr Hall, Warrington, parrhall.culturewarrington.org/whats-on/whitney-queen-of-the-night

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13th

Matthew Sharp with the Northern Chamber Orchestra

The now traditional NCO soloists’ concert in April features their regular string quartet and will be joined this year by their principal clarinet, Liz Jordan and one of their Associate Artists, baritone and cellist, Matthew Sharp.

The Heritage Centre, Macclesfield, 0161 247 2220

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20th

Absolute Bowie – 50 years of Bowie

Absolute Bowie is proud to present their “50 Years of Bowie” stage show; a musical journey through the iconic singer’s ever changing personas. This new show will feature all of Bowie’s greatest hits of the last 50 years.

Parr Hall, Warrington,
01925 442345

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COUNTY DAYS OUT

3rd

Stars and Stones

Stars and Stones offer a rare opportunity to explore The Blackden Trust and Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre. You’ll have the chance to discover the science and the stories that link these two sites and to find out more about the visionary people who have cared for and evolved these places.

Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre, Macclesfield, 01477 571766

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9th

Congleton’s Easter Treat Day

Celebrating Easter, the town centre will host lots of related treats, activities and family fun to be had.

High Street, Congleton, congleton-tc.gov.uk/event/easter-treats-day-2019

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13th-14th

Sandbach transport festival

The annual transport festival takes place in Sandbach with a variety of interesting vehicles and a fun parade through the town.

The Commons car park, Sandbach, sandbachtransportfestival.co.uk

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14th

Antique and Vintage Textile Fair

This fair offers the opportunity to shop for a range of antique and vintage textiles, including fashion, interiors and accessories. You will find all periods and styles from 18th century right up to the 1970s. There will also be free talks on throughout the day.

The Armitage Centre, Fallowfield, www.textilesociety.org.uk

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19th-22nd

Anderton boat lift’s Easter Eggstravaganza

Families are in for a treat with loads of fun at Anderton Boat Lift’s annual Easter Eggstravaganza including arts and crafts and a treasure hunt.

Lift Lane, Anderton, Northwich, 01606 786777

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27th and 28th

Guided Estate and Bluebell Walks

Enjoy huge carpets of bluebells, birdsong and many other wild flowers in the magnificent Big Wood which is not normally open to visitors. Walk by the Lake to see many kinds of water birds and learn the history of this ancient agricultural estate.

Arley Hall and Gardens, Northwich,
arleyhallandgardens.com

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27th

The Chester Antiques, Collectors and Vintage Fair

With up to 120 tables of exemplary variety, the fair will have the perfect pieces to complement your home, collection or wardrobe in a fantastic day out in the magnificent city of Chester all with a range of traders from across the UK.

Northgate Arena, Chester, swfairs.co.uk

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28th

Spring Plant Hunters Fair

Plants will be at the heart of the event with a line up of nurseries and artisans each with something new and different to delight plant lovers of every level of experience and the nurseries will be more than happy to give you the benefit of their experience.

Cholmondeley Castle Gardens, Malpas, 01829 720383

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EXHIBITIONS

6th Apr-2nd Oct

Jallianwala Bagh 1919: Punjab under Siege

For the first time in Indo-UK history, two museums located in cities deeply affected by colonialism, Amritsar and Manchester, have come together to re-examine the brutal massacre that eventually brought about the end of the British empire.

Manchester Museum, Manchester, museum.manchester.ac.uk

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26th Apr-6th May

Spring Art Exhibition

Stunning paintings and sculpture from established and up and coming artists from all over the country.

Sicily Oak Gallery, Malpas, 07815 199702

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