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Miss Chesterfield Stephanie Hill is pictured with the leading principals of Me and My Girl - Christina Rice, playing the role of Sally Smith, and James Smith, playing the role of Bill Snibson.
Miss Chesterfield Stephanie Hill is pictured with the leading principals of Me and My Girl - Christina Rice, playing the role of Sally Smith, and James Smith, playing the role of Bill Snibson.

Manor Operatic Society bring the East End of London to the City Hall next week with Me & My Girl, a show full of Cockney slang, fun and laughter with some much loved West End hits including Lambeth Walk, The Sun Has Got His Hat On, Leaning on a Lamp and of course the title hit, Me & My Girl.

The musical is based on the book and lyrics by Douglas Furber and L Arthur Rose. The original story was made into a musical by Noel Gay which achieved great success and has since had various adaptations and revised productions since the first West End run in 1937.

The story is set in the late 1930’s and tells the tale of an unapologetically unrefined cockney gentleman named Bill Snibson who learns that he is the 14th heir to the Earl of Hareford. He uses his wit and humour to break down the class divisions with his aristocratic relations as they attempt to educate cheeky and cheerful Bill into the ways of the gentry and to separate him from his cockney girlfriend Sally.

Manor Operatic Society have been staging productions in Sheffield for over 60 years and have been performing at Sheffield City Hall since 1986.

Performances are from next Thursday to Sunday when the 2pm matinee performance will feature a captioning screen drop-down, visible in a section of the rear stalls to provide a text copy of the script for customers who have difficulty hearing.

One of the Manor cast, Stephanie Hill, 19, who lives at Calver and is playing the part of Lady Battersby, was recently crowned Miss Chesterfield and the day after the show ends will be competing in the semi-finals of Miss England at Kelham Hall, Nottinghamshire.