British premiere of Shakespeare tribute show planned

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Clitheroe Parish Church Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society, along with Stage Two, Downham, are currently in the early stages of producing a tribute musical show, to celebrate the anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare on April 23rd.

Devised and written by Melvyn Morrow, it is entitled “Broadway Bard”, (Shakespeare does Show Tunes at Stratford upon 42nd Street) and features excerpts from some of Shakespeare’s plays, cleverly linked to well known songs from Broadway musicals.

The whole thing is held together by the three “Wills” – History Will, Comedy Will and Tragedy Will, who introduce the various themes and characters.

This will be a British premiere, as the show has only been performed in Sydney, Australia, where Mel now lives and works.

The dates for the much anticipated production are Wednesday July 13th, Thursday July 14th and Saturday July 16th, at 7-30 pm.

The Wednesday and Thursday performances will be in St Mary’s Centre, Church Street, Clitheroe, and the Saturday performance, will be staged on the Clitheroe Castle Bandstand at 7-30 pm, weather permitting.

If the weather is bad it will be staged at the St Mary’s Centre.

The production will be directed by Anne Grogan, who will be assisted by Fran Osborne, from Stage Two, Downham, with Chris Andrews as musical director.

Lindsay Pollard will be choreographer and David Hulme, chorus master.

Further information about tickets and where to order, or purchase them from, will be advertised as soon as they become available for sale.