53two team up with Imaginality Productions to bring brand new musical, ‘Realms Of Glory’, to Manchester, this Christmas

53two team up with Imaginality Productions to bring brand new musical, ‘Realms Of Glory’, to Manchester, this Christmas

Since opening their larger, 150 seater house, 53two have already seen the incredibly successful JB Shorts and the recent launch of a Halloween thriller from their Associate Artists, Switch MCR. In December, newly founded partnership between 53two and Imaginality Productions bring you this world premiere musical to get you ready for Christmas.

“We’re super excited to launch our first festive show since being in the old venue. To team up with the gang at Imaginality is a dream. Their work is second-to-none and for us and as a company they represent a perfect fit for the arches. It’s going to be a great piece to set us all up for the festive period.” – Simon Naylor, Creative Director, 53two

“Realms of Glory” is a new stage musical with Music & Lyrics by Ollie Mills and a book co-written with Rachel Mann

It’s Christmas 1940 and the Blitz has come to Manchester. Set to a toe-tapping score inspired by the golden age of wartime music, this brand-new musical tells the story of the lively locals trying to navigate their broken world. Trapped beneath the streets, Lizzie Horton takes us on a whistle-stop tour of her life in Manchester; her formative years, a whirlwind romance with her RAF pilot husband, Bob, and encounters with her pals Mavis, Jim and Ida. Guaranteed to raise some smiles and prepare you for the Festive season, “Realms Of Glory” takes a heartwarming look at dealing with grief and fighting for second chances.

The show will be presented with 53two by Imaginality Productions, hot on the heels of their sell-out concert of “Mallory On The Mountain” at Salford’s The Lowry in October 2022. Realms Of Glory received its first workshop in 2019 and the team are thrilled to finally be bringing the show to life, two years after the centenary of the Manchester Blitz.

Beneath the iconic brickwork of 53two’s 150-year-old arches, expect a Christmas tale like no other that will warm your cockles and fill your hearts.

Emma Clare Harvey and Alex Cosgriff (Associate Artists for Imaginality Productions) will play Lizzie and Bob Horton, alongside Rebecca McAuley as Mavis Snow, Ben Kawalec as Jim Snow/Others and Ella Heywood as Ida Barnes. The show is to be directed by its co-creator, Ollie Mills, with Musical Direction from Joe Clayton.

Realms of Glory will run from 14-22 December at 53two, Manchester. Tickets are now on sale via Eventbrite: https://realms-of-glory.eventbrite.co.uk/

As usual with 53two, access is key and the venue will be offering £2 Unwaged Tickets at every show for those that are currently out of work or receiving any financial support and the venue is fully accessible. Support dogs are welcome and any carers receive a free ticket.