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love In the month of romance, here are some shows you will; CATHERINE JONES with her choice of the best in theatre entertainment coming to the city.

Byline: CATHERINE JONES

FEBRUARY is the month of romance - of hearts and flowers and thoughtful presents for loved ones.

So, what better gift than a trip to the theatre? The spring season is hotting up now, with Liverpool's theatrical venues having cast off the last trappings of Christmas.

Now they're forging ahead towards Easter with a host of homegrown and touring productions on offer over the next 28 days. Whether you're into comedy, tragedy, musicals, or a mixture of all three, there's something to tickle your fancy during February.

Here's our pick of what's on offer this month.

Sunny Afternoon Liverpool Empire - February 7-11 They were one of the biggest bands of the 1960s, but how much do you know about The Kinks themselves? This show, an Olivier-winning smash hit in the West End, tells the story of the rise of band from Muswell Hill, and the highs and lows of their worldwide fame.

Not forgetting, of course, that it's packed with Kinks' hits, from You Really Got Me to Lola, Dedicated Follower of Fashion, Waterloo Sunset, and Sunny Afternoon itself.

Pride and Prejudice Liverpool Playhouse - February 7-11 Matthew Kelly plays Mr Bennet and Felicity Montagu (of Alan Partridge and Bridget Jones fame) is Mrs Bennet in this touring production of the Jane Austen classic. As the Bennet sisters look for love, it turns out to be the haughty Mr Darcy who finds his match.

This production previously enjoyed a sell-out season at Regent's Park Theatre, in London.

Cathy Liverpool Cathedral - February 11 The Unity is being refurbished and re-jigged this spring, but that doesn't mean it's not staging any shows - it's just "on tour" at other city venues. Cardboard Citizens brings its latest production, Cathy (inspired by Ken Loach's Cathy Come Home), to Liverpool Cathedral's Lady Chapel.

And the performance is a "pay what you can" with all donations going to food bank Hope+.

SuperBooty Epstein Theatre - February 17-19 SuperBooty is a new musical, brought to the Epstein courtesy of the theatre's outrageous panto dame, Michael Chapman.

He's promising "non-stop knockabout naughtiness and nine nutty Ninjas".

The cast includes Boogie Storm's (and Epstein panto's) Lewis Pryor, Hayley Hampson, Harry Popper (BBC's Young Dancer of the Year) and Anamal Dance Company.

Fiddler on the Roof Liverpool Everyman - February 17 to March 11 You don't have to be a rich man (or woman) to buy a ticket for Fiddler on the Roof.

And that's a good thing, because which Liverpool theatre fan would want to miss the opening show by the new Everyman Repertory Company? Artistic director Gemma Bodinetz helms the production, and Pauline Daniels is playing Yente the matchmaker, in a show which has some of the most glorious musical numbers ever written.

Thoroughly Modern Millie Liverpool Empire - February 20-25 Julie Andrews played her in the 1967 musical comedy film.

Now the role of smalltown girl Millie Dillmount has passed to none other than Strictly Come Dancing glitterball champion professional, Joanne Clifton.

Millie turns up in New York city in 1922, determined to marry for money - not for love.

Michelle Collins co-stars as the delightfully evil Mrs Meers in the touring show.

Roald Dahl's The Twits Liverpool Playhouse - February 21-25 Mr Twit has a very hairy face. His beard is spiky and smelly.

It also contains cornflakes, sardines and even some Stilton.

Mrs Twit is equally as foul and she hates Mr Twit just as much as Mr Twit hates her.

Roald Dahl's glorious creation is a sure-fire half-term hit - and not just for the kids.

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Joanne Clifton is playing Thoroughly Modern Millie

Michael Chapman is SuperBooty

Cathy, inspired by Cathy Come Home, is at Liverpool Cathedral's Lady Chapel

The Everyman Repertory Company presents Fiddler on the Roof - its first production

The repulsive Twits

Olivier Award-winning Sunny Afternoon - coming to the Liveprool Empire

Tafline Steen and Benjamin Dilloway as Elizabeth Bennet and Mr Darcy, in Pride and Prejudice Picture: JOHAN PERSSON
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Date:Feb 2, 2017
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