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Theatre date: Vampires Rocks

Theatre date: Vampires Rocks

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Sunday night sees the return to Preston Guild Hall of the evergreen – and darkly black – Vampires Rock, a musical theatre show that combines rock ‘n’ roll anthems with a hint of comedy to create a thoroughly entertaining night out.

Steve Steinman’s cult show takes over where his long-running Meatloaf tribute ends but with the music of AC/DC, Guns N’ Roses, Led Zeppelin, Bon Jovi, Joan Jett, Suzi Quatro, Queen - and Meatloaf!

The Lost Boys play live, as the Baron (Steinman) and his sidekick, Bossley the Janitor (John Evans), try to convince Pandora (Hayley Russell) to lose her soul to rock and roll, with concert-style pyrotechnics, Gothic backdrop, dancers and a lot of fun. Box Office: 0844 844 7710 or www.prestonguildhall.com.

Charity volunteers are staging a festive production of Charles Dickens’ seasonal favourite this Sunday to help the crisis-hit SPACE Centre.

Preston amateur company, Poppycock Contemporary Theatre, give two performances of A Christmas Carol – A Multi-Sensory Experience on Sunday, December 16, at UCLAN’s Media Factory.

The company aim to stimulate all five senses, making the show work for both families and those who use the SPACE Centre itself.

Costumes and props will be authentically Dickensian but the production uses colourful projections to add visual excitement, music to stimulate hearing, Christmas trees for scent and touch, and will serve mince pies and mulled wine for taste.

All proceeds go to the centre, which has a serious funding shortfall. The matinee starts at 2pm, with the evening show at 7pm in the Media Factory, in Cold Bath Street.

Director Roxanne Flynn said: “We have worked really hard on this and it is for a great cause.”

Tickets are £6.50 on the door or via paypal on 07754 857860 by leaving a message with name and ticket numbers.

Chorley Little Theatre’s Christmas show, Santa The Panto, opens today - and the entire run is already almost sold out.

The festive tale, specially written and directed by Paul Carr for Chorley Amateur Dramatic and Operatic Society, sees Santa coming to town - and he’s bringing his mother!

Last year’s Dame, Andy Burke, returns as mithering mother, Mrs Claus, making sure the elves are hard at work. But when something goes wrong, it’s up to the elves to save everyone’s Christmas Day

Jess Cook is chief elf, Chip, Libby Burke is her pal Snowflake, Steven Catterall and Sarah Rosental are the comedy duo Wrappit and Sackit, while David Hartley is Santa and Siobhan Edge is his long-suffering assistant Jackie Frost.

Santa The Panto runs until Saturday December 22 but some performances are already sold out. Remaining tickets are only available from Malcolm’s Musicland on 01257 264362. For details, see www.chorleytheatre.com.