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Sir Paul is coming home: first UK live dates in over three years announced

Sir Paul McCartney Credit: pa

Sir Paul McCartney has announced his first UK live dates in three years. And fans in his home city of Liverpool will be thrilled to hear that he'll be playing there as well as in Glasgow and London.

The concerts in December are his first in the UK since 2015.

He recently hit the headlines when he travelled to Liverpool to record a special Carpool Karaoke with funny man James Corden.

The Mystery Plays are back in Chester

A fascinating tradition in our region dates back many centuries and only happens once every five years.

The Mystery Plays involves more than two hundred amateur actors and puts a modern twist on stories from the Bible.

They attract visitors from around the World to Chester Cathedral.

For one family taking part, this year's mystery plays will be particularly poignant. Our reporter Andrew Fletcher met them during final rehearsals.

Lytham Festival to host world record attempt

Dancing on Ice star Daniel Whiston has urged people across the Fylde coast to join him to break a Guinness World Record and promote a ‘fitter Fylde coast’ this summer.

People are being encouraged to bring their children and families to Lytham Festival’s main arena on Lytham Green on the morning of Saturday 21 July to help break the record for the most people exercising to a fitness video. The current record, set in China, stands at 4,814 people.

To help celebrate the 70th birthday of the NHS on 5 July, local doctors have teamed up with Lytham Festival organisers Cuffe & Taylor to hold the attempt in the middle of the Lancashire music festival. Local councils and other organisations including the Blue Skies Foundation have also played a part in organising the record attempt.

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Final preparations take place for Chester's Mystery Plays

More than two hundred amateur actors are about to take to a very special stage in Chester.

The Mystery Plays, which put a modern twist on stories from the Bible, attract visitors from around the World to Chester cathedral when they're performed every 5 years.

Taking part this year is the Russell family. For them, this year's mystery plays will be particularly poignant as father and husband Stewart died two years ago.

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
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