July Shows at the Palace Theatre, Manchester‏

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July Shows at the Palace Theatre, Manchester‏

See below for the forthcoming July line-up of productions soon visiting the Palace Theatre, Manchester:

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Pioneering theatre director Robert Wilson returns to Manchester International Festival with a new theatrical production, The Old Woman. Developed with and starring dancer and actor Mikhail Baryshnikov, and co-starring Willem Dafoe, The Old Woman is an adaptation of the work of the same name by Russian author, Daniil Kharms. Born in St Petersburg in 1905, Kharms suffered through Stalinist rule for much of his life before being arrested, imprisoned and killed by Soviet soldiers in the Gulags at age 36. The shortness of Kharms’ life parallels the brevity of his absurdist writings, some of which stretch to little more than a paragraph. Once exception is The Old Woman, an obscure, polemical novella written n the 1930s. Carrying echoes of Beckett and Lonesco in its deadpan narrative, The Old Woman follows the story of a struggling writer who cannot find peace within himself. The Old Woman is a Baryshnikov Productions, Change Performing Arts and The Watermill Center project. It is commissioned and produced by Manchester International Festival, Spoleto Festival 2Mondi, Theatre de la Ville-Paris/Festival d’Automne a Paris and deSingell Antwerp. The Old Woman. Thursday 4 to Sunday 7 July. Thur – Sat, 7.30pm, Sun 2.30pm. Tickets £23-£45 (£12 tickets for Greater Manchester residents on a lower wage available on a first come, first served honesty basis). Visit www.mif.co.uk for more information.

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The Sofia National Ballet, accompanied by the Orchestra of Sofia National Ballet, present a trio of ballet masterpieces – Don Quixote, Giselle and Swan Lake. Former in 1928 and steeped in the Russian Classical Tradition for over 80 years, the company has become a national cultural institution in Bulgaria. Featuring a company of 90 performers including a full orchestra, the Sofia National Ballet is developing an international reputation thanks to its breathtaking dancing, elaborate sets and dazzling costumes. The enchanting and moving Don Quixote combines love, fantasy, duels and spectacular choreography. The poignant Giselle, tells the story of Giselle and her aristocratic but duplicitous lover Albrecht, combines powerful emotions and visual splendour in a chilling and heart-rending tale of love, treachery and forgiveness from beyond the grave. Swan Lake, the greatest romantic ballet, is brought to life by Tchaikovsky’s unforgettable score. Form the impressive splendour of the palace ballroom to the moon-lit lake where swans glide in perfect formation, this compelling tale of tragic romance has it all, and with the duel role of Odette/Odile, has one of ballet’s most unmissable and technically challenging roles. Don Quixote Monday 22 July 7.30pm. Giselle Tuesday 23 July 7.30pm. Swan Lake Wednesday 24 July 7.30pm. Tickets £10-£37.

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Momentous Musicals, starring Gareth Gates, comes to Manchester following a sold out London performance in 2012. Gareth (Joseph and his Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Les Miserables, Loservilla & Legally Blonde) leads a cast of West End stars – including We Will Rock You’s Rachael Wooding – in a celebration of musical theatre. Momentous Musicals showcases soaring ballards and fondly remembered songs and has been updated for 2013 to feature new arrangements of classic and recent musical theatre songs including Let Me Be Your Star from SmashWhat I Did For Love from A Chorus Line and One Day More from Les Miserables. Momentous Musicals, Thursday 25 July 7.30pm. Tickets £18-£30.

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Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom, sees the BAFTA Award-winning animated television show, live on stage for the first time! From the makers of Peppa Pig, the show is set in The Little Kingdom – where everyone is very, very small. It’s home to Princess Holly and her best friend Ben the Elf. Holly is a young fairy princess who is still learning how to do magic properly and her spells don’t always work out right. In this exciting new musical adventure, Ben and Holly have fun and games helping their friend Gaston the Ladybird clean up his messy cave, they go on a trip to The Big World with tooth-fairy Nanny Plum, and still have time to plan a surprise for King Elf’s birthday party, complete with unplanned jelly food! Packed full of games, songs and laughter, this is an enchanting and magical visit to the Little Kingdom. This beautiful story of elves, princesses and childhood innocence will delight all the family. Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom, Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 July. Sat 1pm & 4pm. Sun 10am & 1pm. Tickets £12.50 – £16.50.

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For more information or to book tickets please call 0844 871 3019 or visit www.atgtickets/venues/manchester (booking fee applies) Groups of 10+ 0844 871 3038