BIRMINGHAM ROYAL BALLET (The Lowry, Salford Quays, until July 12)
AFTER an absence of almost five years, the full-length ballet Giselle returns to Birmingham Royal Ballet’s repertoire and The Lowry stage. In separate programme, Stravinsky’s music is celebrated in the triple bill Stravinsky: The Real Deal, featuring Petrushka, Card Game and the recently-premièred Le Baiser de la fée, by choreographer Michael Corder. Visit www.thelowry.com or ring 0870 787 5793
CHESTER MYSTERY PLAYS (Cathedral Green, Chester, until July 19)
DATING back to the 1300s, the Chester Mystery Plays have become a rare and treasured part of Britain’s cultural heritage - now performed only every five years. Artistic director Robin Goddard and composer and musical director Matt Baker re-invent these iconic Bible stories into a spectacular, dynamic theatrical experience. A company of more than 400 present tales of am,bition, intrigue, betrayal and passion. Visit www.chestermysteryplays.com. 01244 304618
EVITA (Opera House, Quay Street, Manchester, until July 12)
WEST End performer Louise Dearman plays the title role of the extraordinary Eva Peron, wife of former Argentine dictator Juan Peron, who, from young and ambitious beginnings, gained enormous wealth and power during her ultimate rise to sainthood. Joining her in the role of Che is Seamus Cullen, finalist from the hit BBC TV programme Any Dream Will Do. This classic Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber musical features an array of unforgettable songs. Visit www.palaceandoperahouse.org.uk. 0844 847 2328
HAY FEVER (Royal Exchange Theatre, St Ann’s Square, Manchester, until August 9)
THE classic Noel Coward comedy comes to the Royal Exchange to provide audiences with a real summer theatre treat. When each member of an eccentric theatrical family invites a guest to stay with them without telling the other, the stage is set for a memorable and madcap weekend in the country. Coward based his play on his experiences of gatherings at the home of celebrated American stage actress Laurette Taylor. Visit www.royalexchange. co.uk. 0161 833 9833
ONCE UPON A TIME AT THE ADELPHI (Playhouse Theatre, Williamson Square, Liverpool, until July 19)
NEW musical by Phil Willmott, commissioned and produced by the Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse as part of the Capital of Culture programme. 1930s Liverpool and the glitz and glamour of Hollywood pour off the luxury liners for their first taste of England.ŠAmid the chaos and decadence, no-nonsense Alice has fallen for the dashing Thompson but fate, Hollywood, World War Two and a dizzying array of staff and guests intervene in an epic Liverpool love story spanning over 70 years. Visit www.everymanplayhouse.com. 0151 709 4776
Who’s On Where
Wednesday (July 9): Performer to be announced, The Tollemache Arms, Alpraham, Tarporley.
Thursday (July 10): Jonny Williams, Wrexham Lager Sports & Social Club, Union Street, Wrexham.
Friday (July 11): Jim Worton, Tombstone Country Music Club, Neston Royal British Legion, Hinderton Road, Neston; Fools Gold, Ghostriders Country Music Club, Sidac Sports & Social Club, Leach Lane, St Helens.
Saturday (July 12): Graham Clark, Brunel Arms, West Street, Crewe; Richie Gale, The Drovers Country Music Club, Cobridge Coronation Club, Mulgrave Street, Stoke-on-Trent; Dean Austin, Penketh & Sankey Sports & Social Club, Warrington; Paul Bailey, Rick O’Shay, Phoenix Country Music Club, The Grangeway, Runcorn.
Sunday (July 13): Country Contrast, Gladstone Club, Station Road, Northwich; Dave Bryan, Desperados Country Music Club, Farnworth Sports & Social Club, Peel House Lane, Widnes.
Tuesday (July 15): Bobby Jones, Royal Oak, Worleston, Nantwich.
Wednesday (July 16): Performer to be announced, Tollemache Arms, Alpraham, Tarporley.