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Ruby's darker story unfolds



Birthday party: it’s time for some Dirty Dancing

Birthday party: it’s time for some Dirty Dancing

Birthday party: it’s time for some Dirty Dancing

Ruby Market Place Theatre, Armagh January 23, 8pm. Michael Cameron's play looks behind the triumphs of Belfast singer Ruby Murray, who became one of the world's most popular singing stars in the 1950s. We see the darker story that's unfolding in Ruby's life as she battles her inner demons and struggles to make sense of her stardom. Libby Smyth gives an intimate portrayal of a woman who both had it all - and had nothing at all.

For box office, tel: 3752 1821.

Percy French: Melodies of Unforgotten Years

Lyric Theatre, Belfast

January 22-26, 8pm

Author of some of the best-loved songs in the Irish repertoire, Percy French is brought to life in this warm-hearted and witty show.

Sam McCready's drama takes us back to French's days as an 'inspector of drains' in Cavan, through to his concerts in London, where he performed before royalty.

Karl O'Neill plays French, alongside singer and guitarist Kyle Riley, in this portrait of a man beloved by almost everyone in his home country.

For box office, tel: 9038 1081.

Whistle Down the Wind

Riverside Theatre, Coleraine

Until Feb 1, 7.45pm

One of Lloyd Webber's best musicals, Whistle Down the Wind tells the story of innocence, and how love can crack open the hardest of hearts.

When children in a small town in America find a stranger in their barn, they're convinced he's someone special.

And they vow to keep him a secret from the townsfolk who are hunting for a killer. Ballywillan's production features a 50-strong children's chorus and some singalong songs in a story that's filled with hope.

For box office, tel: 7012 3123.

Belfast Telegraph