Small scale Mermaids and big bad bouncers

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Lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater, Music by Alan Menken, Book by Doug Wright. Based on the Hans Christian Andersen Story and the Disney Film.

In a magical kingdom fathoms below, the beautiful young mermaid Ariel longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above.

But first, she’ll have to defy her father King Triton, and make a deal with the evil sea witch

Ursula, and convince Prince Eric that she’s the girl with the enchanting voice.

Adapted from Disney’s 2008 Broadway production, this show features the hit songs “Part of Your World,” “She’s in Love,” and the Oscar-winning “Under the Sea.”

Tickets on sale from Malcolm’s Musicland 01257 264362. Adults £8, Children £5, Family (2 Adults & 2 Children) £22.

Groups: £1 off per ticket, plus 11th ticket free for every 10 - minimum order 20 tickets.

THE BROUGHTON PLAYERS have recently presented the ONE ACT PLAY FESTIVAL at the PRESTON PLAYHOUSE from June 17 - 21 with eleven societies taking part.

Adjudicator for the week was Sue McKay who commented that the quality of the productions had reached a very high standard.

Five trophies were presented on the last night by the Mayor and Mayoress, Councillors Nicholas and Barbara Pomfrett, and invited guests.

The winners were:

Best Director: Steven Hall The Broughton Players,

Best Performance: Helen Haygarth Too Friendly Theatre Company Southport,

Best Individual Achievement: Cliff Gillies Too Friendly Theatre Company,

Adjudicator’s Award: Michael Hurley The Broughton Players

Best Overall Award: Preston Drama Club.

The festival closed with a celebratory supper for all the participants, friends and guests.

LIVERPOOL EMPIRE hosts the celebrated musical ROCK OF AGES from Mon July 21 to Sat July 26.

Still rocking after five years on Broadway and after three years of ovations in London’s West End, the legendary Rock of Ages now heads out on UK Tour starring Ben Richards (9 to 5 - The Musical, Priscilla,Queen of the Desert; Guys and Dolls) as rock god Stacee Jaxx and Noel Sullivan (Priscilla, Queen of the Desert and We Will Rock You) as Drew Boley.

This 80s-themed hilarious musical features over 30 eyebrow scorching tunes including: Don’t Stop Believin’, We Built This City, The Final Countdown, Wanted Dead or Alive, Here I Go Again, Can’t Fight this Feeling and I Want To Know What Love Is.

Tickets from £10. Call 0151 702 7320.

Making a triumphant return to LIVERPOOL’S ROYAL COURT THEATRE after rave reviews last year is John Godber’s BOUNCERS which runs from Fri July 25 to Sat August 16.

It’s 1985 and Ralph, Les, Judd and Lucky Eric are on the doors of The Grafton.

Times might change but some things stay the same. The lads are watching, protecting and taking the mick out of characters that you will all recognise.

They’re not doormen or security operatives – they’re bouncers and they’ve seen it all. Lads full of lager, girls full of giggles and clubs full of crazy stories.

John Godber’s play has been performed up and down the country and at venues all over the world.

This Liverpool version will see Michael Starke (A Nightmare On Lime Street), Paul Broughton (Council Depot Blues), Danny O’Brien (The Salon) and Louis Emerick (Last Of The Summer Wine) pull on the black jackets in this brilliantly funny show.

Book soon for this one because if your name’s not down then you’re not coming in.

ADVISORY 14+ Some strong language.