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NEWS: The 2019 winners of The Stage Debut Awards are announced The 2019 winners of The Stage Debut Awards, in association with Access Entertainment, were announced in a ceremony which took place at The Brewery, London this weekend.

NW Productions Round-up of regional productions opening week beginning Sunday September 15.

Burlesque fest for Manchester The first Manchester Burlesque Festival will run three days and four nights celebrating vintage glamour and old-fashioned debauchery. The event features workshops, socials and headline shows held at venues across the city, running from October 31 to November 3.

Griff 'steals' Grinch role Dr Seuss's How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical coming to The Lowry in Salford this Christmas will see Griff Rhys Jones star as Old Max alongside X-Factor winner Matt Terry as Young Max and Edward Baker-Duly as The Grinch, the festive mischief maker.

Zigning in for Zorro A new production of Zorro The Musical will run at Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester from March 14 to April 18. The production will even invite audiences to take part in Flamenco dancing and sample tapas on offer during the evening.

Ria stars in Gypsy Musical theatre leading lady Ria Jones will make her Manchester Royal Exchange debut as the formidable Momma Rose for their new production of Gypsy directed by Jo Davies and running in the theatre this Christmas, joined on stage by Melissa James as Louise and Melissa Lowe in the role of June.

Baby Fever under observation Baby Fever is at Stun Studios at Z Arts, Manchester, October 1-3 at 7PM. It explores the relationship between milestones and materialism. In a world of depleting resources, how do people feel about having children? Can they afford to? Do they even want to?

Comic bite at Dracula Comedy-horror Dracula: The Bloody Truth is a comedic take on a gothic classic at The Dukes this October. It sees four actors play more than 40 characters, as the usually stoic Professor Abraham Van Helsing attempts to retell the story of the world's most famous vampire.

Shobna adds support to 53Two 53two in Manchester has added actor Shobna Gulati as a second patron, as she throws her support behind the independent theatre and its mission to provide accessible, affordable and quality theatre in the city centre.

Sunshine over Liverpool Liverpool can expect extended sunshine when Little Miss Sunshine rolls into the Playhouse from September 24 to 28. Based on the film, Little Miss Sunshine is a musical comedy featuring local actor Mark Moraghan performing for the first time at the Playhouse as Grandpa to Olive in the dysfunctional Hoover family.

Another date for Calendar Girls Calendar Girls The Musical is heading to Storyhouse in Chester this autumn. The story behind firstly the film, and now the stage production, was inspired by the true story of a group of ladies who create a Women's Institute calendar to raise funds in memory of one of their husbands.

Ghost tales by candlelight Robert Lloyd Parry returns to The Lowry in Salford October 26 with Dead Men's Eyes - Two Ghost Stories by M R James, two tales by Montague Rhodes James, master of the English ghost story. In A View from a Hill, a pair of old binoculars reveals the gruesome history behind an idyllic stretch of English landscape.

Joy Division play returns on tour New Dawn Fades returns to the stage to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the release of Joy Division's debut album Unknown Pleasures. The play places the band in the context of Manchester's history as a city with a vibrant reputation, drawing inspiration from the lyrics of Ian Curtis.

Another Word of Warning for city From a 20th marathon event to a 14-event marathon; a feat of prestidigitation to a radical ritual for resistance-Word of Warning, Manchester's roaming programme of performance, is back with another Pay What You Decide season for autumn and winter 2019.

Lowry hit for Six again West End hit musical Six, which premièred at The Lowry in Salford last Christmas, returns there this year with the touring Queens played by Lauren Drew, Maddison Bulleyment, Lauren Byrne, Shekinah McFarlane, Jodie Steele and Athena Collins. The cast are backed by the show's all-female band, The Ladies in Waiting.

Cinderella at the Epstein The full line-up is confirmed for the debut panto production of Cinderella coming to The Epstein Theatre in Liverpool this Christmas from December 6 to January 5.

'At least its message is clear': THE KING OF HELL'S PALACE - Hampstead Theatre But while it is great to be able to witness theatre about this super-power, the evening ends on a very downbeat note.

J&K part of India, Pak should leave PoK: UK MP One of Britain's most outspoken MPs on the Kashmir issue Bob Blackman has called on Pakistan to leave Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, asserting that India has a sovereign right over the entire region.

'Weird & wonderful': PRELUDES - Southwark Playhouse Described as a musical fantasia set in the hypnotised mind of Sergei Rachmaninoff, Dave Malloy's weird and wonderful musical is like nothing you've ever seen before.

Amsterdam, Orange Tree Theatre In his first production as Artistic Director of Actors Touring Company, Matthew Xia brings this unique story to the Orange Tree Theatre in a new production.

Solaris review - love and loneliness collide in best take yet on sci-fi classic David Greig follows Tarkovsky and Soderbergh with this bold, rewarding take on Stanisław Lem’s novel about a sentient planet speaking to its visitors.

Lit review - a blistering look at teenage trauma Eve Austin is vividly volatile as a schoolgirl adrift over summer holidays in Sophie Ellerby’s slow-burning drama at the HighTide festival.

What's on in the Midlands Site-specific theatre company Potboiler performs its latest production Stoke, A Love Story in Longton Methodist Central Hall, Stoke from Wednesday until Saturday 28 September.

The week in theatre: A Very Expensive Poison; A Doll's House; Hedda Tesman - review Star ratings :A Very Expensive Poison : A Doll's House : Hedda Tesman. - A Very Expensive Poison is at the Old Vic, London SE1, until 5 October - A Doll's House is at the Lyric Hammersmith, London W6, until 5 October - Hedda Tesman is at the Minerva theatre, Chichester, until 28 September.

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