Best performances this week in Liverpool
1 Flashdance: The Musical
What a feeling! Strictly Come Dancing champion Joanne Clifton, who won the BBC1 show with Ore Oduba, headlines a high-energy musical based on the hit 1980s film about a welder, who dreams of attending a prestigious academy to fulfil her dreams of becoming a professional dancer. Ben Adams, formerly of boy band a1, co-stars and the soundtrack includes Gloria, I Love Rock & Roll and Maniac.
When: From Oct 16, Mon-Sat 7.30pm, mats Wed, Sat 2.30pm, ends Oct 21
Where: Liverpool Empire Theatre, Lime Street, Liverpool, Merseyside. L1 1JE
Contact: +44 (0)870 606 3536
More Details: www.flashdanceuktour.co.uk
2 Reasons To Be Cheerful
Celebrating the infectious music of Ian Dury And The Blockheads, this punk-rock musical and gritty coming-of-age tale is also an angry plea for the social inclusion of disabled people. You saw parts of it at the London 2012 Paralympic Games Opening Ceremony - now experience it in its full, raucous, glory. Directed by Jenny Sealey.
When: Oct 17, 19-21, 7.30pm, Oct 18, 5.30pm, mat Oct 21, 2pm
Where: Everyman Theatre, Hope Street, Liverpool, Merseyside. L1 9BH
Contact: +44 (0)151 709 4776
More Details: www.graeae.org/our-work
In their latest and most ground-breaking production to date, 1927 draw on the myth of The Golem, the story of a man who fashions a creature out of clay to work for him, and turn it into a dark, satirical, fantastical and often unsettling tale about one extraordinary ordinary man.
When: Oct 18, 20-21, 7.30pm, Oct 19, 5.30pm
Where: Liverpool Playhouse, Williamson Square, Liverpool, Merseyside. L1 1EL
Contact: +44 (0)151 709 4776
More Details: www.19-27.co.uk
4 John Bishop: Winging It
Observational humour from the multi-award winning comic and TV panel show regular, who famously raised over £4 million for Sport Relief in 2012. The Liverpudlian joker - who now hosts his own chat show, John Bishop: In Conversation With... - recounts a life of ill-fated decisions and blunders with warmth, confidence and barrels of charm.
When: Oct 20-22, 8pm
Where: Liverpool Echo Arena & Convention Centre, Monarch Quay, Liverpool, Merseyside. L3 4BX
Contact: +44 (0)844 800 0400
More Details: www.johnbishoponline.com
5 Liverpool Comedy Club
Local stand-up and popular MC Brendan Riley will be on hand for the evening, offering silly punchlines and anecdotes as well as guiding you through sets from the guest acts for the evening. On the bill will be Mike Gunn - as seen on Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow - and award-winning circuit regular, Steve Royle.
When: Oct 21, 8.30pm
Where: Camp And Furnace, Kerson Works, 67, Greenland Street, Liverpool. L1 0BY
More Details: www.liverpoolcomedyclub.com
6 Luisa Omielan: Am I Right Ladies?!
Birmingham-born, London-based stand-up comedian Omielan is a force to be reckoned with, delivering in a bold and confident style that knocks you off your feet at first punchline. She presents a night of contemporary, sexism-defying and frank humour in the follow up to her acclaimed What Would Beyonce Do? tour.
When: Oct 22, 8pm
Where: Hangar34 (Formerly The Garage), 34 Greenland Street, Liverpool. L1 0BS
More Details: www.iloveluisa.com
7 Nick Helm: There Is Nothing You Can Do To Me That I Haven't Already Done To Myself
The award-winning comedian, often seen on TV panel shows including 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown, delivers some home truths about life, live and how not to be an idiot. Helm scatters his set with blunt anecdotes and edgy comedy-rock tunes for a unique night of comedy.
When: Oct 22, 6pm
Where: Blue Bar, 22 Britannia Pavilion, Albert Dock, Liverpool, Merseyside. L3 4AF
Contact: +44 (0)151 702 5834
More Details: www.nick-helm.co.uk
8 Impropriety's Improvised Weekly Soap
Impropriety return with a fantastical soap opera taking place on a Monday for six weeks. Come and see the drama unfold in front of you as the cast improvise their way through drama, daring plots and whatever else is thrown their way to create a never-before-seen and probably never-seen-again soap opera!
When: Mon 7.30pm, ends Oct 23
Where: 81 Renshaw Street, Liverpool. L1 2SJ
More Details: www.impropriety.co.uk
9 Reverend Billy & The Stop Shopping Choir: Trump Depression Hotline Tour
Sit back and prepare to howl with laughter as the award-winning anti-consumerist, wild gospel shouters and Earth-loving urban activists, who parade, boycott and protest against world affairs, take on hot topics including consumerism and global politics while singing multiple harmonies.
When: Oct 23, 7.30pm
Where: Liverpool Hope University, The Creative Campus, 17 Shaw Street, Liverpool. L6 1HP
Contact: +44 (0)151 291 3578
More Details: www.revbilly.com
10 Live Recorded Showcase Special
Canadian comedian Tanyalee Davis offers cheeky stand-up and hilarious anecdotes about her many years touring the comedy circuit, her diastrophic dysplasia and relationship history. She performs alongside Neil Shawcross and Richard Lindesay, plus MC Paul Smith.
When: Oct 23, 7pm
Where: Hot Water Comedy Club, 13 Seel Street, Liverpool. L1 4AU
Contact: +44 (0)7772 112344
More Details: www.hotwatercomedy.co.uk/event/546/#event
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