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Hundreds of hopefuls queue round the block for Cilla open auditions

Hundreds of hopefuls have queued up round the block for open auditions for Cilla the Musical at the Empire theatre in Liverpool.

The auditions are being held by producers from Bill Kenwright Ltd and Executive Producer of the new musical, Cilla's son, Robert Willis.


Play brings Alan Turing's story back to Manchester

A new production of the Tony-nominated play Breaking the Code is shining a light on the life of Alan Turing, the genius mathematician who developed some of the world's first computers when he worked at the University of Manchester.

In this revival of Hugh Whitemore's play, Turing is played by the BAFTA award winning actor Daniel Rigby.

The Manchester born actor leads a cast of eight in the Royal Exchange theatre's new production.

  • Featuring footage from 'The Imitation Game', courtesy of Studio Canal

Schoolchildren produce play to educate others about honour abuse

A play has been produced to teach children about honour-based abuse.

Two Manchester schools have worked alongside Greater Manchester Police and Contact, a young people's performance venue to help children understand the issue.

Creative experts worked with pupils from Levenshulme High School and Manchester Grammar School to create the play, Not in My Honour.

The play explores forced marriage, child marriage and other honour-based abuse from all cultures, nationalities, faith groups and communities.

Honour-based abuse can be used to control behaviour within families to protect perceived cultural and religious beliefs. It often leads to violence.

It is hoped the play will be studied in schools across the country.

The play's script and other materials will be made available on the Home Office website for anyone who wishes to download it.

It will be performed at the two schools on June 29 and June 30.

  1. Caroline Whitmore, ITV News

Educating Rita is back home in Liverpool

It's an iconic Liverpool play that hasn't been performed in the city for 13 years.

But Educating Rita is set for a revival to mark its 35th anniversary.

Our entertainment correspondent Caroline Whitmore has been to Liverpool's Playhouse Theatre to speak to playwright Willy Russell and the cast:

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