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By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: December 11, 2013

By Belinda Hargreaves

Uncle Eric's Murder at Christmas

Uncle Eric's Murder at Christmas

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A FESTIVE musical with a difference is currently showing at the region's theatre-in-the-round.

It's set to be non-stop festive fun at the New Vic Theatre this Christmas as Uncle Eric's Murder at Christmas takes centre-stage.

Eric, Madge and their gang of musical misfits have returned to the theatre-in-the-round for fabulous frolics, side-splitting comedy and 60s music galore until Saturday, December 14.

Eric's had a brilliant idea – he's going to join the local amateur dramatic society.

There are lots of available women, and he will be perfect as the detective in their new murder mystery.

But jealousy, petty rivalries and personal grudges mean that things start turning nasty. And then the worst imaginable thing happens – Madge turns up! Oh, and there's a murder.

Tickets, priced from £15 to £21, are available from the New Vic Box Office on 01782 717962 or online at www.newvictheatre.org.uk.

Also at the New Vic this Christmas is The Hundred and One Dalmatians by Dodie Smith.

Adapted and directed by Theresa Heskins, the show is running at The New Vic until Saturday, February 1, 2014. Tickets are priced at £14 to £21, with a family-of-four ticket for £60.

Brought to the stage by the brilliant team of directors, designers and composers behind our huge Christmas hits Alice in Wonderland and A Christmas Carol.

When Perdita and Pongo's puppies go missing, they set off on a daring rescue mission – helped by all the dogs in England! How is cold-hearted Cruella de Vil involved? Will they be in time to save their pups? Or have they bitten off more than they can chew?

Fast-moving and ingeniously staged, this magical family show is filled with stunning costumes, dance routines and original Swing music played live on stage.

And just how do he New Vic create 101 Dalmatians? Find out by taking part in the interactive 'Tale Trail to 101 Dalmatians' taking place at certain dates and times from December 14 until December 28. Tickets for this event are £6.50 individually or school/group ticket £125 (for class-sized group).

This 45 minute interactive event is suitable for children aged three to five along with their parents, grandparents and carers. For dates of the 'Tale Trail to 101 Dalmatians' and to book tickets call 01782 717962.

The New Vic Theatre is situated in Eturia Road in Newcastle-under-Lyme. To find out what else is on at the region's theatre-in-the-round go online to www.newvictheatre.org.uk.

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