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Stellar line-up at Grand Canal Theatre

THE Grand Canal Theatre in Dublin has announced its highlights for the coming year, which get off to a festive start with Handel's Messiah today and on December 11.

Also on today and December 11 is The Snowman Christmas Special -- a treat for all the family with Westlife star Nicky Byrne. The Broadway and five-time Tony Award-nominated Sister Act produced by Whoopi Goldberg opens on December 20 for three weeks only.

Other highlights for 2012 include Dirty Dancing, Calendar Girls, Madame Butterfly, Swan Lake by the Russian State Ballet followed by the Moscow State Circus. Also on next year's programme are Susan Boyle, Rebecca Ferguson, Legally Blonde the Musical and The King and I.

Sunday Independent