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Wonderful festive tale of hope; BILLINGHAM PLAYERS.

FOR many of us Christmas just wouldn't be Christmas without It's A Wonderful Life.

And next week the Billingham Players will bringing the festive tale of hope - known to millions thanks to Frank Capra's 1946 movie - to the stage.

Surprisingly the movie starring James Stewart initially performed poorly at the box office, but over the years it has become essential Christmas viewing.

George Bailey, the nicest man in Bedford Falls, has big dreams of leaving town and seeing the world - but circumstances and his own good heart have led him to stay.

But on Christmas Eve when George is in a terrible predicament, he contemplates taking his own life.

Enter Clarence, Angel second class whose mission is to save George and earn his wings.

And so begins his challenge to show George what life would have been like if he never existed.

Billingham Players will be taking to the stage from Monday until Saturday, December 7 with their version of the Christmas classic.

The group will also be serving up mulled wine at both the Tuesday and Wednesday performances.

First night tickets are PS8, concessions PS6. Tickets for all other performances are PS10, concessions PS8. Tickets can be purchased online at bit.ly/1aYaac6 They are also available from the theatre itself on the night of the performance, or can be reserved via phone on 01642 586180, 531519 or the theatre 551981.

Theatre goers can also email thelmarussell@ntlworld.com.

Tickets can be collected from Angel Cakes in Norton, Perfect Fit in Billingham or Discover Stockton on Stockton High Street. ? To find out more about the Billingham Players, log on to www.billinghamplayers.co.uk

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Billingham Players rehearsing It's a Wonderful Life which they will perform at The Theatre Upstairs from December 2-7. John Noble (standing) plays George Bailey. IAN

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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Nov 29, 2013
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