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Life-long Man City fan pens new play

Where: The Irving Studio Theatre, Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham

When: Tuesday, January 29, and Wednesday, January 30, 7.45pm

Football fans are in for a treat in the New Year when a new play written by a life-long Manchester City fan kicks off in Cheltenham.

Bill Cronshaw's new play 'City125 - The club with no history' charts the development of Manchester City - and football in general - in Manchester over the last 125 years.

Football fan or not, this affectionate and often humorous play will appeal to audiences joining the historic journey from Queen Victoria to Pep Guardiola!

This is Bill Cronshaw's nineteenth play and the fourth which is influenced by his life-long support for Manchester City - the others being I'll be Bert, Maine Road Blues and Shalalalalee.

Bill, who lives in Bishop's Cleeve, has collaborated with Dr Gary James, City historian and author of numerous books on City's history, to select significant events which, in Bill's words, enables him to take 'a bit of a romp' through the club's journey to the Etihad.

Bill's work has brought him into contact with many of Manchester City's legendary players including Colin Bell, Joe Corrigan, Mike Summerbee, Tommy Booth , Tony Book and the great goalkeeper Bert Trautmann.

Bill is also grateful for the support and advice offered to him by ex-player Gary Owen who now regularly hosts match-day hospitality at the Etihad stadium.

'City 125' is a revue-style show which is intended to appeal to both City fans and general theatre-going audiences alike.

2019 marks City's 125th anniversary and the show opens at the Everyman Theatre's Irving Studio on the 29th and 30th of January before touring the country at a number of venues. A performance will also take place at Cheltenham's Playhouse theatre on Saturday, March 16.

Remaining tickets for the Everyman's January dates are available either from the box office or the Everyman Theatre's website.

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