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Edition No. 109

Date:- 26 July 2003

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Rogers and Hammerstein's CAROUSEL
Starring Sam Kane

Liverpool Empire Theatre
9th to the 13th September 2003

Peter Frosdick & Martin Dodd for UK Productions present Sam Kane, who stars
as Billy Bigelow, in Rogers & Hammerstein's classic musical Carousel, appearing at the Liverpool Empire Theatre for one week only.

Set towards the end of the last century, Carousel tells the story of a handsome, carefree carnival worker called Billy Bigelow (Sam Kane), who falls in love with naļve mill worker Julie Jordan (Lynsey Britton). Romance blossoms, but their happiness is cut short when wayward sailor Jigger (Geoffrey Abbott) persuades Billy to join him for a robbery. 

Directed by Martin White, who was responsible for the Royal National Theatre's West End revival, and choreographed by Wayne Sleep, who is well known for his triumphs in the world of ballet and theatre, and for recently surviving the Australian jungle in I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here,
Carousel is a tender and dramatic love story featuring powerful and moving songs such as 'If I Loved You' and the inspirational 'You'll Never Walk Alone'.

Rogers and Hammerstein are well known for the sheer amount of legendary Broadway Musicals they have created, including Oklahoma!, The King and I, South Pacific and The Sound Of Music, and Carousel has been widely acclaimed as their undisputed masterpiece, winning no less than 18 Tony, Olivier & Donaldson awards, in both New York and London.

Sam Kane, who is probably best known for his three-year role as philandering hairdresser Peter Phelan in the popular television soap Brookside, and for his controversial role as Internet paedophile Gary Adams in Coronation Street, has appeared in many musicals in the past, starring in last year's Seven Brides For Seven Brothers, South Pacific, a previous tour of Carousel with Darren Day, and most recently he has completed a national tour of
Boogie Nights. 

So climb on board Mrs. Mullins' Carousel for a fantasy ride of love and romance in a brand new production of the renowned musical Carousel at the Liverpool Empire.   For tickets please contact the box office on
0870 606 3536


THE FAMILIES of former war heroes gathered in remembrance at Liverpool town hall, to mark a special milestone to honour the dead.

The ceremony celebrated the 80th anniversary of the Hall of remembrance, which is a permanent testament to Liverpool soldiers who died in the First World War.

The Roll of Honour on the walls of the hall displays the names of Liverpool soldiers who lost their lives in the conflict, and during the ceremony, the Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Ron Gould, will unveil an updated roll of honour. It includes the names of two soldiers, Private Robert Francis Eyres and Lieutenant Aidan Chavasse, who were killed in action, and whose names were previously not on the list.

The families of Private Eyres and Lieutenant Chavasse wrote to the Lord Mayor after visiting the Town Hall and realising the men were not on the Roll of Honour, and the Lord Mayor made sure their names were added in time for the 80th anniversary celebrations. 

Private Eyres and Lieutenant Chavasse's families will be in attendance, as well as representatives from the military cadets guard of honour, the King's Regiment and the Liverpool Branch of the Royal British Legion. 

The Hall of Remembrance officially opened in the Town Hall by the Duke of York on 24 July 1923, to ensure the brave sacrifices of Liverpool soldiers in the First World War would never be forgotten.

Councillor Gould, said:- "This ceremony will allow us to celebrate a special landmark for the Hall of Remembrance, and come together to remember the brave Liverpool soldiers who lost their lives in the First World War. 

I'm also very pleased that we are able to finally add Private Robert Francis Eyres and Lieutenant Aidan Chavasse to the roll of honour - and I'm delighted their families will be present to see the rededication of this permanent testament to their bravery, and the courage of soldiers throughout Liverpool."

The Lord Mayor of Liverpool will be joined by the Lady Mayoress, Councillor Tina Gould for the service of rededication, which will be conducted by the Rector of Liverpool, Reverend Steven Brookes.

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