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Six of the best musicals in West Yorkshire this autumn

From the premiere of Strictly Ballroom to an amateur production of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, the new season has a lot to offer

Mary Poppins the musical

There’s a season of great musicals ahead in West Yorkshire - just the thing to brighten up the autumn.

From Western-inspired classics to a stage version of a much-loved Disney musical, a ballroom bonanza and a whole lotta soul, this season's musicals are hot tickets indeed.

Tickets are on sale now for top shows at the Alhambra, Huddersfield's Lawrence Batley Theatre, West Yorkshire Playhouse and Leeds Grand Theatre — booking details are below.

Here are six of the best musicals for the autumn:

Annie Get Your Gun

Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield, October 4 to 8.

Longwood Amateur Operatic Society’s latest venture is the well-loved show that tells the story of hotshot Annie Oakley and Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show. It features old favourites such as There’s No Business Like Show Business and Anything You Can Do. Tickets are £8 to £17 from www.thelbt.org or 01484 430528. Performances begin at 7.15pm. There is one matinee on Saturday, October 8.

The Glenn Miller Story

Tommy Steele in The Glenn Miller Story (Image: Pamela Raith)

Alhambra Theatre, Bradford, October 25 to 29.

National treasure Tommy Steele stars in this biographical musical of the famous band leader who disappeared during a flight over the English Channel on the way to entertain troops during the Second World War. The production, which broke records at the London Palladium, also features a live 16-piece orchestra and will thrill audiences wth renditions of In the Mood, Moonlight Serenade and Chattanooga Choo Choo, among other big band hits. Tickets are £16.50 to £43.50 from bradford-theatres.co.uk or 01274 432000.

Mary Poppins

Mary Poppins the musical

Alhambra Theatre, Bradford, November 2 to December 10

This stage production is based on the magical Walt Disney film and includes famous numbers from the musical score, such as Supercalifragilistic-expialidocious, Jolly Holiday and Feed the Birds, as well as new songs and additional music by an Olivier award-winning team. The feelgood story that captivated original audiences comes with spectacular scenery and costumes. Tickers are £21.50 to £61.50 (as above).

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield, November 9 to 12.

Huddersfield Musical Theatre Company produces the musical based on the Steve Martin film comedy set in the French Riviera. This is a North of England premiere and promises an all-singing, all-dancing comic romp as a suave con-man and a small time crook compete to swindle a young heiress out of a fortune. Tickets are £10 to £18 (as above).

Strictly Ballroom The Musical

West Yorkshire Playhouse(Image: Nicholas Smale/Flickr)

West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds, November 30 to January 21, 2017.

This new musical, from Baz Luhrmann, creator of Moulin Rouge and The Great Gatsby, is based on his now-classic film and premieres in Leeds. It will star Gemma Sutton in the iconic role of Fran and Sam Lips as Scott in a story that twirls and shimmies its way through championship ballroom dancing and burgeoning love between the central characters. It features songs from the film, including Love Is In The Air and Time After Time. Tickets are £13.50 to £45 from wyp.org.uk or 0113 2137700.

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The Commitments

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Leeds Grand Theatre, December 5 to 10.

This feelgood and funny musical is based on the BAFTA award-winning film and tells the story of a young working class music fan who pulls together a bunch of amateur musicians and transforms them into the finest soul band that Dublin can produce. More than 20 soul classics, from Try A Little Tenderness and Reach Out to River Deep Mountain High and Mustang Sally, make this a singalong show. Tickets are £25 to £50.50 from leedsgrandtheatre.com or 0844 8482700.

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