PHS-PTA Theatre Trips Group†
Organiser: Elaine Roe
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 Meeting  Transport by coach is included in the prices of all the tickets and a minimum number of 25 people are needed to make any trip viable.  Payment for any of the trips should be made at General Meetings or by post before the cutoff date.  
Places cannot be reserved without payment.

Please see a full list of events itemised below.

†Organised on behalf of Poynton High School PTA but open to Poynton u3a members.
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(Last Updated: 21st June 2024)

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM - Royal Exchange - 7.30pm Tuesday 10th September 2024
Stef O'Driscoll makes her Royal Exchange directing debut with this contemporary vision for Shakespeare's most lauded comedy.  Celebrating Manchester's synonymous links with dance, music and rave culture, this Dream takes place in a hedonistic and captivating world.  The Palace nightclub reigns supreme in Athen's hedonistic world.  Its throne is occupied by The Duke and while the city prepares for a royal wedding four young ravers fight for a future they desire.  When they encounter an intoxicating forest, the lines between fantasy and reality blur as they find themselves caught in a dangerous game with some devious fairies.  All this mayhem is overlooked by the Moon, a goddess of music in the sky.  Making an on-stage appearance as The Moon is Manchester-based SALO, one of the most exciting emerging artists and musicians of today, tipped to take the music world by storm with her collaborations, new releases and appearance on Channel 4's THE PIANO.
Price: £32 Stage Level Seats

HERE YOU COME AGAIN - Lowry - 7.30pm Thursday 31st October 2024
Packed with the iconic songs Jolene, 9 to 5, Islands in the Stream, I Will Always Love You, Here You Come Again and more, this lively and touching new musical tells the story of a diehard fan whose imagined version of international icon Dolly Parton gets him through trying times.  With her wit, humour and charm, Dolly teaches him a whole lot about life, love and how to pull yourself up by your bootstraps - even if your bootstraps don't have rhinestones!
Price: Stalls £55.50       Circle (Rows D&E) £55.50       Circle (Row C) £60.50

ONLY FOOLS AND HORSES THE MUSICAL - Opera House - 7.30pm Tuesday 12th November 2024
Lovely Jubbly, the Trotters are back!  Based on John Sullivan's legendary TV show, this critically acclaimed musical featuring Del Boy, Rodney, Grandad, Cassandra, Raquel, Boycie, Marlene, Trigger, Denzil and Mickey Pearce, has a script and score written by John's son Jim Sullivan and comedian Paul Whitehouse.  Prepare to get reacquainted with Britain's most lovable rogues and experience the classic comedy brought to life on stage through an ingenious script and 20 hilarious songs.
Price: Circle (rows A, D & E)/ Stalls (rows L, M & N) £73 &nbs; Circle (row H)/Stalls (rowT, U & V) £63   Circle (row K)/Stalls (row W) £53

MATTHEW BOURNE'S SWAN LAKE- Lowry Theatre - 7.30pm Thursday 21st November 2024
Matthew Bourne's audacious, rule-breaking reinvention of Tchaikovsky's masterpiece caused a sensation when it premiered almost 30 years ago.  It has now become the most successful dance theatre production of all time, creating new audiences and inspiring generations of young dancers.  In celebration of that ongoing impact, Swan Lake will take flight once more in a major new revival for the next generation of dancers, and for audiences who will experience it for the very first time.  Thrilling, bold, witty and emotive, this genre-defining event is still best known for replacing the female corps-de-ballet with a menacing male ensemble, which shattered convention, turning tradition on its head.
Price: Centre Stalls £66     Centre Circle £68

SPEND SPEND SPEND - Royal Exchange - 7.30pm Monday 25th November 2024
A musical comedy based on the life of Viv Nicholson.
From rags-to-riches and back again, we follow working-class Yorkshire lass Viv who won a fortune on the Football Pools in 1961 went on lavish spending-sprees, splashing out on furs, cars, champagne and parties - until it all came crashing down around her.  With Rachel Leskovac (nominated for an Olivier Award for her portrayal of the young Viv Nicholson in the original London production) in the leading role, this wildly funny and profoundly moving award-winning musical tells an extraordinary story.  Addicted to excess and seduced by materialism, Viv takes us through the kaleidoscopic and messy journey of her life.  From the two-up two-downs of Castleford to the grandeur of Garforth, to new handbags and husbands, Viv faces the ultimate question: after the champagne stops flowing, can money really buy happiness?
Price: £35 Stage Level Seats

COME FROM AWAY - Lowry - 8.00pm Thursday 5th December 2024
7000 stranded passengers, one small town, a remarkable true story.  Winner of four Olivier Awards including Best New Musical in London and the Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical on Broadway, this smash hit show shares the incredible real-life story of the 7,000 air passengers from all over the world who were grounded in Canada during the wake of 9/11, and the small Newfoundland community that invited these ‘come from aways’ into their lives with open hearts.  Experience this joyous story and soaring music as spirited locals and global passengers come together to forge friendships that will stay with them forever.  The first female American Airlines captain, the quick-thinking town mayor, the mother of a New York firefighter and the eager local news reporter are among the many real characters caught at the start of the moment that changed the course of history and whose stories became a true celebration of hope, humanity and unity.
Price: Centre Circle £61.50     Stalls £56.50

KINKY BOOTS - Palace Theatre - 7.30pm Thursday 6th February 2025
After inheriting his family's failing shoe factory and with a relationship on the rocks, life is proving to be very challenging for Charlie Price.  That is until he meets Lola, a drag queen whose sparkle and unsteady heels might just hold the answer to saving the struggling business.  Based on a true story and a hit movie, featuring music and lyrics by pop icon Cyndi Lauper and starring Strictly Come Dancing's Johannes Radebe as Lola with Dan Partridge as Charlie.
Price: Stalls (RowsJ&K) /Circle (Rows C&D) £59     Stalls (Row O) /Circle (Row J) £51

ESCAPED ALONE and WHAT IF IF ONLY - Royal Exchange - 7.30pm Monday 10th February 2025
Sarah Francome directs two short plays by Caryl Churchill.
In Escaped Alone three friends meet for a chat in the garden.  A neighbour is invited in and the discussion goes from intimate secrets among friends to seemingly absurd tales.  As darker secrets emerge, their afternoon is punctured by flashes of catastrophe.
What If If Only explores grief and loss with a study of a man facing different possible futures after the death of his partner.  He is visited by ghosts who confront him with alternative biographies.
Price: £32 Stage Level Seats

DEAR EVAN HANSEN - Palace Theatre - 7.30pm Thursday 20th February 2025
Meet Evan, an anxious High School kid who wants nothing more than to fit in.  The thing is, on his way to fitting in, he didn't tell the whole truth and now he must give up on a life he never dreamed that he would have.  As events spiral and the truth comes out, Evan faces a reckoning with himself and everyone around him.  The show has a score by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (Oscar-winning composers for The Greatest Showman).
Price: Stalls (rows G&H) £61, Circle (rows B, E & F)/Stalls (rows K&L) £54,Circle (row J)/Stalls row P) £49, Circle (row M)/Stalls (row R) £37

JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOUR DREAMCOAT - Opera House - 7.30pm Tuesday 4th March 2025
The multi award-winning show, from the legendary duo of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, brings to life the biblical story of Joseph, his eleven brothers, and the coat of many colours.  Featuring pop and musical theatre classics, including Any Dream Will Do(/i>, Close Every Door, There’s One More Angel In Heaven and Go, Go, Go Joseph.
Price: £51.50 Front Circle/Centre stalls (Cheaper seats @ £41.50 were to the side of the auditorium.  If you would be interested in those, let me know and I will try to get them for you).

MARY POPPINS - Palace Theatre - 7.30 Tuesday 29th April 2025
The magical story of the world's favourite nanny arriving on Cherry Tree Lane.  With dazzling choreography and special effects and including unforgettable songs such as Step in Time, Jolly Holiday, Spoonful of Sugar and Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!
Price: Centre Circle (rows D,E, F &G)/Stalls (Rows A,P, Q & R) £83       Rear Circle(Rows M&O)/Stalls (Rows U&V) £70       Family group Circle rowsH&J £60 each person

TINA - The Tina Turner Musical - Palace Theatre - 7.30pm Tuesday 2nd December 2025
From humble beginnings in Nutbush, Tennessee, to her triumphant transformation into a multi award-winning global superstar, Tina Turner didn't just break the rules, she rewrote them, winning 12 Grammy Awards and selling more concert tickets than any other solo performer in music history.  Set to the pulse-pounding soundtrack of her iconic hits, including The Best, What's Love Got To Do With It?, Private Dancer and River Deep, Mountain High, discover the heart and soul behind the Queen of Rock 'n' Roll.  Experience her inspiring story live on stage as this exhilarating celebration reveals the untold story of a woman who dared to dream fiercely, shatter barriers and defy the bounds of age, gender and race to conquer the world against all odds.
Price: Front Circle/Stalls £67       CentreCircle/Stalls £58.50     Rear Circle Stalls £44

 †Organised on behalf of Poynton High School PTA but open to Poynton u3a members.