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Open auditions in Manchester for tour of West End Musical

Hopefuls will get the chance to play the greats of Motown Credit: ATG

Theatre hopefuls are getting the chance to strut their stuff when the producers of Motown The Musical hold open auditions in Manchester.

Auditions for the touring production are being held at Manchester Opera House tomorrow.

They say they're looking for youngsters to play Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder and Berry Gordy as children, as well as those over 18 to portray other greats of the Motown era.

Not only will you get to play Michael Jackson, you will also step into the shoes of young Berry Gordy and Stevie Wonder. We are looking for boys who have excellent singing and acting skills and of course, you must also be able to move like Michael!

– Charles Randolph-Wright, Director

Since we opened the show inLondon we have had the pleasure of working with some great children. We are now looking for the next group of boys from across the UK to join us in our brand-new tour to play one of the most iconic roles in the music industry,Michael Jackson. If you are male, black or mixed race, aged 8 to 13years old, then we would love to see you at our open auditions. We are also always excited to find brand new undiscovered talent for our adult company. If you’re black or mixed race, aged over 18 and have a passion for singing and performing we’d love to see you.

– Natalie Gallacher, Casting,Casting Director


Wigan theatre bought at auction

The people behind The Old Courts have managed to secure the purchase of the former Royal Court Theatre on King Street (known in recent years as nightclubs Springbok/The Hub), securing its future and with plans to restore this Grade II listed, former 3,000-seat-theatre back to its intended use for the community it was built for.

The theatre, which is still largely intact, will form part of the organisation's aim to further develop heritage space to support the development of culture and the arts in Wigan.

The Royal Court Theatre brings back nostalgic memories for many. It opened in 1886 and ended its life as a theatre/cinema in 1974.


The Slow Readers' Club: an exclusive performance from the Manchester band overcoming the odds

A Manchester band could be following in the footsteps of musical giants like New Order, the Happy Mondays and the Courtneeners.

The Slow Readers' Club album has now upset the odds - they entered the album charts at number 18 after ten years performing together.

All the band members still have days jobs - from an NHS manager to a teacher - and say they're out to champion the underdogs in the highly competitive music industry.

Click to hear an exclusive acoustic version of 'Lunatic': the first track on their newest album

It's properly mind blowing. We want to say a massive thank you to all our fans for getting behind us!

– The Slow Readers Club

Eric Cantona returning to Old Trafford for Soccer Aid

Manchester United legend Eric Cantona is to return to Old Trafford for Soccer Aid.

He's teaming up with Usain Bolt in the fundraiser for Unicef next month - (June 2018).

Cantona joins an impressive line-up of celebrities and former sportsmen already signed-up for Soccer Aid for Unicef this year, including: Robbie Williams, Sir Mo Farah, Gordon Ramsay, Robbie Fowler, Olly Murs and many more.

The Giants are coming last time

The giants are coming back to Merseyside. Credit: pa

It's been confirmed one of Liverpool's biggest ever cultural events is to return.

The Giants will walk through the city's streets again in October and this time will also head to Wirral.

Which of the massive puppets will take part is still under wraps but we do know it will be their last visit....

Here's the mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson.

ITV's Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? is back with a new host in the hot seat

The ITV game show Who wants to be a millionaire? is back for a short run, with a new host, and new elements.

It's all being filmed just around the corner at the studios at dock 10 where they also film shows like The Voice, Jeremy Kyle and Match of the Day.

Here's our very own lifeline Caroline Whitmore to tell us more:

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