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Save a trip to the West End in the New Year as the West End comes to Wales Millennium Centre (WMC) with magical performances including Edward Scissorhands, Dancing in the Streets, Starlight Express, Jerry Springer the Opera and My Fair Lady set to blow away the Christmas cobwebs.

Programming & Marketing Director at WMC Fiona Allan comments: “Save yourself both the money and hassle of going to London in 2006 as the best musicals, dance and opera feature right on your doorstep at WMC. We really have a treat in store throughout the year as we welcome shows fresh from the West End that will appeal to a wide audience.”

The first West End show to grace the Donald Gordon Theatre stage will be Mathew Bourne’s eagerly anticipated adaptation of the classic Tim Burton film, Edward Scissorhands. The gothic fairytale, currently on show at Sadler’s Wells, London, will make its way to WMC from 14-18 March.

You will be transported back to the Motown era when Dancing in the Streets makes its way to WMC from 30 March–1 April. Ivor Novello Award winning director Keith Strachan’s hit show celebrates the best of Motown with hits like: I Heard It Through The Grape Vine, Baby Love, My Girl, I'll Be There, Where Did Our Love Go? Please Mr Postman and ABC.

Starlight Express visits WMC with its first ever UK tour after an amazing 18 years in the West End from 11-29 April which includes over 20 of Andrew Lloyd Weber’s greatest songs and all the thrills and spills of roller-racing action.

The multi-award winning smash hit musical Jerry Springer the Opera, which was staged in the West End for three years, will wow audiences with its explosive theatrical display from 12-17 June.

Composer and Co-writer Richard Thomas, whose mother is from Caerphilly, says “I am overjoyed Jerry Springer – The Opera is going on tour in spite of such extreme protest. I am also buying a flak jacket. And sticking close to shadows.”

Running for a three-week period in July at WMC, Cameron Mackintosh’s My Fair Lady has been hailed by the Daily Telegraph as “probably the greatest musical of all time”. My Fair Lady, had a total run of 29 months in the West End and went on to win a total of five Laurence Olivier Awards.

Fiona Allan Adds, “Along with the other shows at WMC throughout the year, we have a jammed-packed season ahead of us which includes the musical ‘Footloose’ in January, hip- hop production ‘Rumble’ in March and Cole Porter’s classic ‘Anything Goes’ in April.”

For further information and ticket bookings, please contact WMC’s Ticket Office on 08700 402000 or visit the website on www.wmc.org.uk



Edward Scissorhands
14 – 18 March
£5 - £29
A treat for all the family, this touching and witty gothic fairytale tells the story of a boy created by an eccentric inventor who dies leaving him alone and unfinished. Left with only scissors for hands, Edward must find his place in a strange new suburban world where the well meaning community struggle to see past his strange appearance to the innocence and gentleness within.

Dancing in the Streets
30 March-1 April
£10-£25
This spectacular show, fresh from the West End, transports you back in time to see and hear the talented Dancing in the Streets singers perform classic hits including Baby Love in the style of the Supremes, My Girl as done by the Temptations, The Four Tops’s Reach Out and the great Marvin Gaye will be remembered with classic hits such as I Heard it Through the Grapevine.

Starlight Express
10 – 29 April
£10 - £35
Starlight Express, the fastest show on earth, rolls into a station near you with its first ever UK tour after an amazing 18 years in London's West End. Simply light years ahead of the rest, this futuristic tale of the triumph of love and hope in the face of adversity is a feel-good musical with something for everyone.

Jerry Springer the Opera
12 – 17 June
£5-£29
Co-writer and Director Stewart Lee and Composer and Co-writer Richard Thomas bring smash-hit multi-award winning musical, which opened to unprecedented rave reviews and standing ovations at the National Theatre, to the Wales Millennium Centre direct from its sell out run in the West End. This is your only chance to see the funniest, most groundbreaking and talked about musical ever, including members of the original West End cast.

My Fair Lady
24 July - 12 August
£tbc
Cameron Mackintosh and the National Theatre’s landmark production of Lerner & Loewe’s My Fair Lady is on an exclusive 12 city UK tour, before its arrival in North America in 2006. My Fair Lady originally opened at the Lyttelton Theatre in March 2001, before it transferred to the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in July 2000 where it ran for two years. The production, which has also been choreographed by Matthew Bourne, will star Christopher Cazenove as 'Professor Higgins' and Amy Nuttall as Eliza along with Lisa O’Hare performing the role in certain performances.
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