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Alan Bennett classic and A Wizard of Oz among highlights as Altrincham Garrick unveils new season

Tickets for the new season's productions are available from today.

An Alan Bennett classic and a timeless musical are among the highlights announced as part of the Altrincham Garrick Playhouse's line-up for the 2024/25 season.

Tickets for the new season's productions are available from today online or via the Garrick's box office.

Coming-of-age story The History Boys, written by Alan Bennett, returns to the stage to celebrate its 20th anniversary and will kick off the season.

Next up is a bold and theatrically inventive adaptation of Jane Eyre, adapted by Polly Teale from Charlotte Brontë's timeless novel.

For families seeking some half-term magic, The Wizard of Oz is bound to prove popular in October with direction from Joseph Meighan, musical direction by Andrew Saunders and choreography by Emma Kay.

The holiday season brings a festive treat with A Vicar of Dibley Christmas: The Second Coming, directed by Pete Brassington.

Building on the success of previous productions, this heartwarming stage play brings back the beloved characters from the hit TV series for a fantastically festive experience for audiences young and old.

Some of the highlights from the 2024/25 season

As the new year begins, the Playhouse welcomes the Garrick Ensemble's production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, followed by Tom Morton-Smith's Oppenheimer, which will explore the complexities of science, politics and humanity in the midst of World War II.

John Steinbeck’s classic novel Of Mice and Men will then follow in May, before Vardy v Rooney: The Wagatha Christie Trial will offer a comedic take on a modern-day mystery that captivated the nation.

Rounding off the season is Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, which takes audiences on a journey through the life and music of the legendary singer-songwriter.

In addition to its Main House productions, the Altrincham Garrick Studio presents The Irish Season, featuring a diverse lineup of plays including Martin McDonagh's The Beauty Queen of Leenane, Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot, and Brian Friel's Translations, among others.

Joseph Meighan, Artistic Director said: "We are delighted to present our 2024/25 season, showcasing a diverse range of productions that celebrate the richness of the theatrical arts the Altrincham.

"The Altrincham Garrick Playhouse is a charitable organisation run almost entirely by volunteers, we are committed to providing quality entertainment and bringing the community together through the performing arts.

"We look forward to welcoming audiences old and new to experience the magic of live theatre with us."