A Question of Sport LIVE comes to Manchester

Matt Dawson, Sue Barker and Phil Tufnell

The BBC’s A Question of Sport – the world’s longest running TV sports quiz – will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2020 with an all-new live stage show which comes to Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall on Saturday May 2, 2020.

This will be the hit show’s first live stage tour in nine years starring host Sue Barker and resident team captains Matt Dawson and Phil Tufnell, along with big-name guests from across the sporting world and will be the perfect way for fans to see the hit show up close in a thrilling live environment; a host of special guest star panellists will soon be revealed.

As well as Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall his unmissable stage show will visit 9 other cities across the UK in April and May 2020:

  • FRI APRIL 17 Glasgow          SEC Armadillo
  • FRI APRIL 24 Liverpool         M&S Bank Arena
  • MON APRIL 27 Birmingham    Symphony Hall
  • TUE APRIL 28 Newcastle       City Hall
  • FRI MAY 1 Nottingham     Royal Concert Hall
  • SAT MAY 2 Manchester     Bridgewater Hall
  • SUN MAY 3 Sheffield          City Hall
  • TUE MAY 12 London            The London Palladium
  • SAT MAY 23 Plymouth         Pavilions
  • SUN MAY 24 Southampton Mayflower Theatre

Tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday November 15th via ticketmaster.co.uk

A Question of Sport Live will follow the small-screen format featuring many of the rounds and challenges fans of the hit show know and love. It is also truly interactive as audience members will be able to participate by directly posing questions to the teams and getting involved in some rounds before the traditional ‘Sprint Finish’ climax.

Sue Barker said: “2020 is a landmark year for A Question of Sport. It’s the show’s 50th anniversary and I can’t think of a better way to celebrate this Golden Anniversary than to take the show around the country. We had such a brilliant time on the last tour so I can’t wait to do it again!”

This all-new live tour is brought to you by Cuffe and Taylor, Live Nation and Simon Fielder Productions in association with BBC Studios.

Award winning Michael Jackson tribute coming to Manchester

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A decade on from his untimely death, fans of the King of Pop get a chance to enjoy Michael Jackson’s biggest hits, performed by one of the world’s top tribute performers, in the stunning surroundings of the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester this Spring.

2019 marks 10 years since the death of Michael Jackson and lifelong fan Ben Bowman is considered one of the best MJ impersonators in the world.

He’s embarking on a massive UK tour that celebrates the life and work of Jackson, one of the most popular and influential entertainers of the past 50 years.

Michael starring Ben visits Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall on Friday March 8.

Ben was just eight-years-old when he saw his musical hero live in concert. Already a devoted fan, the experience lead him to embark on a life-long career as a tribute artist to the star.

Some 25 years later, Ben is in demand across the world for his shows which include an incredible live band, stunning costumes and iconic dance routines and he says its an ‘honour’ to use his talent to pay homage to Jackson, and to his legacy.

Michael Starring Ben features not only the greatest hits of Michael Jackson but also The Jackson 5. The show includes Thriller, Beat It, Billie Jean, Man In The Mirror and many more. The production mixes elements of Jackson’s own stage shows with exciting new arrangements combined with a stunning light show to create a perfect celebration of Michael and his music.

Tickets are on sale and are available here.

Stripped Back, Elaine Paige Review


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Elaine Paige Stripped Back Tour

Elaine Paige stepped onstage at the Bridgewater Hall to a rapturous applause last night as she treated Manchester fans to her latest tour Stripped Back. Looking a vision in lilac, Britain’s Queen of musical theatre belted out the tracks of her youth from some of her favourite songwriters including Nilsson and Webb. It was a night full of memories for Paige as she regaled the audience with amusing anecdotes of going on a date with Paul Simon and almost passing out with excitement as she met her idol Paul McCartney.

Featuring hits from the 60s, 70s and 80s such as Carole King’s One Fine Day, Donna Summer’s MacArthur Park and the Beatles’ Yesterday the concert was a step away from what we are used to hearing from the diva and for the first 30 minutes there was hardly a show tune in sight.

Defying her 68 years Paige shimmied through song after song, hitting some huge notes along the way. Despite everything though it all felt a bit flat, what the crowd really wanted to hear was some of her famous hits and it looked like they might be going home disappointed.

Luckily they got their wish as Elaine began to talk about the time she sung the duet I Know Him So Well with Barbara Dickson. There was an excited buzz of anticipation as the band began to play the intro and the audience came alive, mesmerised by her performance. This is where Elaine is truly at home, every note fitting her voice like a glove.

By the end of the show you feel like you have spent over an hour and a half with a friend and it seemed that Paige felt the same. The classy star was humbled at the standing ovation she received and looked like she truly enjoyed her time on the stage.

A few people left before the encore. Big mistake. With her biggest hit Memory from Cats and With One Look from Sunset Boulevard as part of the set list, it’s a moment you don’t want to miss.

Elaine continues her 23 date tour next weekend as she plays Southend Cliffs Pavilion.

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Elaine Paige Tour comes to Manchester


Singer Elaine Paige comes to Manchester this weekend as part of her 23 date series of concerts from October to December 2016, entitled‘Stripped Back’, which will see her perform her most popular hits as well songs from her favourite songwriters.

The musical theatre legend will be at the Bridgewater Hall on Saturday 8 October and Opening Night are off to see her in action.

Elaine says: “I’m so excited about this series of ‘weekend’ concerts, this is going to allow me to do something completely different.  A brand new show celebrating songwriters I love such as Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tim Rice, Harry Nilsson, Jim Webb, Burt Bacharach, Sting, Lennon & McCartney … the list goes on.  Their music has been the soundtrack to all our lives, not just mine.  And it’s the ideal opportunity to perform in an intimate way … I’m doing these new shows ‘Stripped Back!”

Elaine has performed live in concert all over the world and as a recording artist has worked with legendary producers such as Tony Visconti, Dennis Lambert, Peter Matz, & Phil Ramone amongst others.She has starred in more smash hit West End & Broadway musicals than anyone else of her generation.

We are big fans here at Opening Night of Elaine’s successful weekly BBC Radio 2 show Elaine Paige on Sunday, which is a blissful two hours of songs from stage and screen. If you are heading down to the concert at the Bridgewater Hall on Saturday  then give us a tweet on @OpeningNight_ or if you’ve already seen Elaine in one of her tour dates let us know what you thought.


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Tour Dates:

October 2016

Saturday 8th             Manchester Bridgewater Hall

Thursday 13th          Southend Cliffs Pavilion

Friday 14th                Basingstoke Anvil

Friday 21st                Grantham Meres Centre

Saturday 22nd           Scunthorpe Baths Hall

Saturday 29th           Leicester The Curve Theatre

Sunday 30th               Kings Lynn Corn Exchange


November 2016

Saturday 5th             Birmingham Symphony Hall

Sunday 6th                 Buxton Opera House

Friday 11th                Swansea Brangwyn Hall

Saturday 12th           Malvern Concert Hall

Saturday 19th           Lowther Pavilion, Lytham St Annes

Sunday 20th               Scarborough Spa

Tuesday 29th             Cheltenham Town Hall

Wednesday 30th       Northampton Derngate


December 2016

 Monday 5th               Bury St Edmonds The Apex

Tuesday 6th               Bury St Edmonds The Apex

Sunday 11th               Leeds Grand Theatre

Tuesday 13th             Wrexham William Aston Hall

Sunday 18th               London Theatre Royal Drury Lane