Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

The Premiere Place for Top Shows ; Natalie Anglesey Talks to Sir Howard Panter about the New Season at the Palace Theatre and Opera House

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

The Premiere Place for Top Shows ; Natalie Anglesey Talks to Sir Howard Panter about the New Season at the Palace Theatre and Opera House

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THE Palace Theatre and Opera House will welcome a host of new shows next year as part of their Manchester Gets It First promise.

The joint chief executive of the Ambassador Theatre Group, Sir Howard Panter, is passionate about the new shows ATG will bring to the city and revealed some of his highlights to CityLife.

credible He says: "Next year is set to be another incredible year at the Palace and Opera House and I'm delighted that the next Manchester Gets it First show premiere UK the be will of the brilliantly funny Broadway show Dirty Rotten Scoundrels starring Robert Lindsay, Rufus Hound and Katherine Kingsley, which will play a limited pre-West End run at the Opera House from February 12-22 before opening in London's Savoy Theatre."

ruary Lon-don's win-ning " Olivier, Tony and BAFTA awardwinning Robert Lindsay (Me And My Girl, Oliver!

and My Family) Fam-Rufus comedian and ily) Hound (One Man Two Gu'vnors) are two conmen on the French Riviera.

The show is directed and choreographed by win-Tony Award winning Jerry Mitchell (Legally Blonde and Kinky Boots - currently Broadway's biggest Tony Award winning hit). There is also music and lyrics by Drama Desk Award winner David Monty). Full (The Yazbek Robert Lindsay says: "I went to see Kinky Boots on Broadway and was so blown away by the euphoria in the theatre that I was even more thrilled to be working with Jerry Mitchell.

"I've been waiting for the right musical to cross my path and feel like I've finally found it with Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.

"When I met the writers, they were so excited to be re-working the show for a UK audience, especially as there's a real sense of classic English humour in this production."

Jerry Mitchell added: "With a sensational score and the incredible comic gift of Robert Lindsay and Rufus Hound, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels will steal your heart".

Rot-ten Sir Howard says: "I'm sure Manchester audiences will take the show to their hearts as much other have they as MGIF shows, like Ghost and Zach Braff's All New People, both of which enjoyed hugely successful runs at the Opera House before heading to the West End. …

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