A theatre group will stage a musical telling the story of two of America’s most notorious criminals.

Award-winning Prestwich community theatre group PADOS is returning to The Met theatre in Bury this week with the barnstorming musical Bonnie and Clyde.

The production follows its last two successful productions of Les Misérables last month and their version of the popular Jack Black film, School of Rock, last year.

Running from tomorrow, Wednesday April 24 to Saturday, April 27, the musical is inspired by the infamous true story of American outlaws Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, and their notorious Great Depression-era crime wave.

Bury Times: Prestwich theatre group PADOS return to The Met this weekPrestwich theatre group PADOS return to The Met this week (Image: Martin Ogden)

PADOS general secretary Claire Heywood said: “Our recent productions of School of Rock and Les Misérables have really raised the bar in terms of the standard of musical theatre being produced not just in Bury but in Greater Manchester as a whole.

"Bonnie and Clyde is going to push this even further.

“We have assembled a superb cast and fantastic musical and production teams to put on an amazing show that will take the audience through the full range of emotions. It’s sexy and funny but also violent and tragic.

“Rehearsals have been brilliant and I know that audiences will be in for a real treat when we bring this latter-day Robin Hood story to the stage.”

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The production has an upbeat modern score performed live by a professional band.

The fast-paced show follows the Barrow gang, and the charismatic, self-destructive couple at its centre, as their escapades inspire fear and adulation across 1930s America.

The PADOS production of Bonnie and Clyde is directed by Mark Rosenthal, a longstanding member of the group both on and off-stage. Mark is a professional theatre director who also runs his own production company, Forrest Rose.

Bury Times: PADOS rehearse their upcoming production of Bonnie and ClydePADOS rehearse their upcoming production of Bonnie and Clyde (Image: Martin Ogden)

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With music by Tony nominee Frank Wildhorn, lyrics by Tony and Oscar winner Don Black, and book by Emmy Award nominee Ivan Menchell, the West End version of Bonnie and Clyde was named “Best New Musical” at the What’sOnStage Awards 2023.

Bonnie and Clydes’s musical director is PADOS head of music, and director and head of service at Bury Music Service, Gemma Price.

The show’s choreographer is Helen Wilkinson, a vocal coach at Bury Music Service who runs her own children’s dance and performance academy, Helen’s Angels, and also choreographed last year’s acclaimed production of School of Rock.

Tickets for the PADOS production are available for £18 at https://themet.org.uk/event/bonnie-clyde/