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Theatre Royal, Dumfries


66-68 Shakespeare Street, Dumfries, Dumfries and Galloway, DG1 2JH
01387 254209
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The Elvis Presley Show
FROM:23-02-2020
TO:23-02-2020
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The show focuses on the Early Years and the NBC 68 Comeback Special and then after the interval will be based on That’s The Way It Is.

All faithfully recreated by Jared and his band including all of the hits from 1954 to 1977 - The Wonder Of You, Heartbreak Hotel, If I Can Dream, Blue Suede Shoes, Viva Las Vegas and American Trilogy to name but a few. Every aspect of the show is created to be as close to an Elvis concert as possible.

Vocally, musically and most importantly the feel and energy of an Elvis Presley show is authentically created.

Tickets: Full Price £16, Concession £14*
Show: 7.30pm

Available at Theatre Royal Dumfries Box Office: 01387 254209
Midsteeple Box Office: 01387 253383
www.theatreroyaldumfries.co.uk

*subject to booking fees (except in person at theatre box office)

DOUBLE BILL -DUped & Come Out From Among Them
FROM:26-02-2020
TO:26-02-2020
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DUPed is the award-winning show written and performed by the two-time Scotsman Fringe First award winning writer John McCann and directed by Erasmus Mackenna, currently a student of theatre directing at the prestigious University of the Arts in Amsterdam.

The Reverend Dr. Ian Richard Kyle Paisley was once a young, firebrand, fundamentalist preacher from the heart of Ulster’s Bible Belt. He toured towns and villages booming populist, sectarian politics in increasingly incendiary times; a bogeyman or bellwether for generations to come.

Based upon extensive interviews with various campaigners, activists and journalists from across the North of Ireland, DUPed explores the legacy and continuing impact of Paisley and his Democratic Unionist Party on those who oppose extreme religious and social conservatism.

(Aged 14 years +)

Tickets: All Tickets £10*
Show: 7.30pm

Available at Theatre Royal Dumfries Box Office: 01387 254209
Midsteeple Box Office: 01387 253383
www.theatreroyaldumfries.co.uk

*subject to booking fees (except in person at theatre box office)

The Ultimate 70s Show
FROM:29-02-2020
TO:29-02-2020
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The Ultimate 70s Show is a totally live 7 piece tribute to the seventies with both male and female lead vocals, featuring Martin Metcalf ex Geordie, alongside the powerhouse vocals of Chris Peters.

The ultimate 70s show is a Rock extravaganza featuring the biggest hits from Slade, T.Rex, The Sweet, David Bowie, Suzie Quatro, John Miles, Mungo Jerry, Alice Cooper, Mott the Hoople and Queen, to name a few.

The audience are encouraged to dress with the times and to join in the fun in this high octane show. With all the colourful costumes you would expect from this era, the Ultimate 70s is a feast for the eyes and ears. So come and join the band as we take you on a roller coaster back to the days where melodies and big hooks were king and we could all leave our inhibitions at the door.

Get Down and get with it with the Ultimate 70s show.

7.30pm

Tickets: £18

Available at Theatre Royal Dumfries, Midsteeple Box Office, 01387 254209 and www.theatreroyaldumfries.co.uk

The Naked Truth
FROM:07-03-2020
TO:07-03-2020
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When five very different women sign up for Gabby’s pole dancing class at the local village hall, none of them have any idea what lies ahead – each of them have their own reasons for taking up pole dancing, whether it be to restore confidence in their body, get a guy, keep a guy, lose weight or embark upon a potential new career.

However, when one of the women receives some devastating news, the others soon pull together and decide to turn their new skill into a fund raising event. As each of the women’s stories unfold and unravel, they share laughter and tears in this hilarious, sad and ultimately moving play.

£12 All tickets*
*subject to booking fees (except at theatre box office)

Strangers On A Train Set
FROM:08-03-2020
TO:08-03-2020
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Challenging a youth to turn down his music, Irene Sparrow, inventor of the left-handed crochet hook (patent pending, as seen on Dragon’s Den) finds herself under suspicion of murder after the train emerges from a tunnel with the young man dead.

But this is no ordinary train, each passenger is reading a book, each book is a portal into a parallel universe of train related crime fiction.

With clever use of projection and multiple train sets, LipService give you a whistle stop tour that will leave you breathless and racing for the refreshment coach.

So don’t blow your stack, this show is just the ticket to help you let off steam and overuse many more railway metaphors. A show that appeals to crime aficionados and narrow gauge railway enthusiasts alike.

“LipService - The Laurel and Hardy of literary deconstruction” The Independent

Tickets: All Tickets £15*
Show: 7.30pm

Available at Theatre Royal Dumfries Box Office: 01387 254209
Midsteeple Box Office: 01387 253383
www.theatreroyaldumfries.co.uk

*subject to booking fees (except in person at theatre box office)

Dee Maxwell and Jane Henderson
FROM:15-03-2020
TO:15-03-2020
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Two talented girls. Hilarious - one can sing, the other can dance and they come together to make a melody of madness with a new vibrant colourful musical comedy.

Staging the struggles and laughter of being controversial in land of the scheme.

£14 All tickets*
*subject to booking fees (except at theatre box office)
16+

Baby I Need Your Lovin'
FROM:21-03-2020
TO:21-03-2020
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Baby I Need your Lovin' - The Legends of Motown, a true Motown review show in every sense of the word.

This celebration of the legends of Motown is not only rich in its musicality but overflows with glamour and glorious vocal harmony of which the likes of The Temptations, Smokey Robinson, The Supremes and The Four Tops, were noted for.

That’s just a few of the Motown great artists that Baby I Need You Lovin’ will revisit the sounds of, for you, during their Legends Of Motown show.

Soul and Motown at its finest.

Tickets*
£17 Full
£15 Concession
*subject to booking fees (except at theatre box office)

The Guild of Players presents Blithe Spirit
FROM:01-04-2020
TO:04-04-2020
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The smash comedy hit of the London and Broadway stages, this much-revived classic from the playwright of Private Lives offers up fussy, cantankerous novelist Charles Condomine, re-married but haunted (literally) by the ghost of his late first wife, the clever and insistent Elvira who is called up by a visiting “happy medium,” one Madame Arcati.

Guild of Players 2019-20 Season Ticket Offer
Buy your tickets for All My Sons, The Last of the Red Hot Lovers and Blithe Spirit in one transaction and receive £2 off per ticket.
Discount automatically applied.

7.30pm

Tickets: Full £12 | Concession £10 | Guild Member £8

Available at Theatre Royal Dumfries, Midsteeple Box Office, 01387 254209 and www.theatreroyaldumfries.co.uk

Twisted Tales Vol. 2
FROM:08-04-2020
TO:08-04-2020
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Deep in space the crew of the Fortuna are searching for extra-terrestrial life but the ship is malfunctioning, the crew are beginning to show signs of a strange infection and time is running out...

As acclaimed sci-fi author Edward R Matherson lays on his death bed, a bloody battle of wits is taking place in his kitchen over the secret of the universe...

Jamie’s life is in turnaround. He’s lost his job, he’s desperate for love and his only companion is a malfunctioning Alexa unit. She’s supposed to make his life easier. But the question is - who is serving whom?

Time, space, kidnapping, torture, the infinity of the universe, the quest for humanity, the desperate search for meaning, the last gasp of a dying star and copious amounts of tea - these themes and more are covered in ‘Owdyado’s hilariously dark Twisted Tales Vol. 2 – three brand new comedy thrillers live on stage!

Ticket prices*
£14 Full
£12 Concession
*subject to booking fees (except at theatre box office)
14+

Lisa Stanley
FROM:09-04-2020
TO:09-04-2020
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Lisa Stanley is undoubtedly one of Ireland's top female vocalists.

Born into the business, with both her parents being Irish showbiz stars (Maisie McDaniel and Fintan Stanley), Lisa is a natural performer and entertainer. Lisa is also a very familiar face on Keep It Country TV, where Lisa hosts her own weekly TV show The Lisa Stanley Show.

Over the past few years Lisa has performed extensively across the UK and Ireland while touring with Nathan Carter and more recently Dominic Kirwan. With four studio albums to her credit, she now takes her own show on the road with her five-piece-band and a show not to be missed.

Lisa is always popular with audiences wherever she performs, with her great choice of catchy songs and bubbly personality. Expect to have your feet tapping all night with a great mix of music from country to Irish with a bit of pop and rock'n roll thrown in!

Tickets: Full Price £18, Concession £16*
Show: 7.30pm

Available at Theatre Royal Dumfries Box Office: 01387 254209
Midsteeple Box Office: 01387 253383
www.theatreroyaldumfries.co.uk

*subject to booking fees (except in person at theatre box office)

Paper Moon
FROM:14-04-2020
TO:14-04-2020
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The moonlight is beautiful, shining across the bedroom floor as Poppy Diddle dozes off. But is all as calm as it seems? Suddenly, Poppy wakes up to discover that the MoonMoo (the cow that jumped over the moon) has got stuck on the Moon! Poppy’s mission is clear! And she really needs your help to rescue MoonMoo!

Will you be Poppy’s friend at Astronaut School and help her build paper rockets to get to space? 5-4-3-2-1-BLAST OFF!

Join Poppy and her dog Peppy on this wonderful adventure as she launches across the canvas sky, at the speed of light, towards the Paper Moon.

Throughout the show, there are lots of opportunities for children and adults alike to join in Poppy’s journey through movement and we actively welcome you to join us throughout so that you and your wee one have the best time ever together!

Ticket prices*
£8 All tickets
*subject to booking fees (except at theatre box office)
Recommended for under 5s

Tenors Unlimited
FROM:29-04-2020
TO:29-04-2020
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Make a date to see Tenors Unlimited the 'rat pack of opera’ the number 1 selling classical vocal trio thrill once again with their uplifting new show 'That’s Amoré’

Let Scott, Paul and Jem take you on a journey through some of the best loved songs of the last century, made famous by other ‘icons of song’, such as Pavarotti, Lanza, Sting, Bublé and Freddie Mercury.

All your troubles will melt away as these 3 greatest of showmen present a diverse programme with their trademark soaring vocals, velvet harmonies and killer sense of humour.

Ticket prices*
£20 All tickets
*subject to booking fees (except at theatre box office)

Worn
FROM:30-04-2020
TO:30-04-2020
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Worn is an exquisite and emotive new dance production, exploring how the body is affected by time and space, and the experiences, marks and scars that become part of our history and affect our present as well as our possible futures.

Choreographed and performed by acclaimed contemporary dance duo, Errol White and Davina Givan, Worn draws inspiration from the ancient Japanese art of kintsugi, where broken pottery is mended with gold or silver, making the cracks into a beautiful and valuable part of the object.

White and Givan’s trademark strong physical presence, dynamic and tender choreography engages on both a physical and emotional level and asks very relevant questions about the acceptance of transience and imperfection in our current Instagram culture.

Ticket prices*
£10 All tickets
*subject to booking fees (except at theatre box office)

Patsy Cline and Friends
FROM:01-05-2020
TO:01-05-2020
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PLEASE NOTE THIS CONCERT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FROM 6TH JUNE 2019

Tribute Concert to Patsy Cline – Hank Williams – Jim Reeves

The Velvet Country voice of Patsy Cline caught the imagination of Sue Lowry, who has been a lifelong fan of Patsy Cline and Country Music.

Patsy Cline was a record-breaking artist spending 251 weeks in the Country Music Album Charts in the U.S.A. A down to earth ‘Gal’ who could look good in western wear or any evening dress, as she performed all the country ballads.

With all the wonderful recordings she left behind this will be an evening to celebrate the power of her music!

Tickets: £18

Available at Theatre Royal Dumfries Box Office, Midsteeple Box Office, 01387 254209 and www.theatreroyaldumfries.co.uk

Patsy Cline and Friends
FROM:01-05-2020
TO:01-05-2020
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Tribute Concert to Patsy Cline – Hank Williams – Jim Reeves

The Velvet Country voice of Patsy Cline caught the imagination of Sue Lowry, who has been a lifelong fan of Patsy Cline and Country Music.

Patsy Cline was a record-breaking artist spending 251 weeks in the Country Music Album Charts in the U.S.A. A down to earth ‘Gal’ who could look good in western wear or any evening dress, as she performed all the country ballads.

With all the wonderful recordings she left behind this will be an evening to celebrate the power of her music!

Ticket prices*
£18 All tickets
*subject to booking fee

The New Jersey Boys Variety Show
FROM:17-05-2020
TO:17-05-2020
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Making a return to Theatre Royal Dumfries, The New Jersey Boys take their audience on a musical journey through the career of one of the biggest selling groups of all time – Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons.

The packed two-set programme includes all the hits; Sherry, Big Girls Don’t Cry, Walk Like a Man and much more.

Added to the show for this year are the boys doing their tributes to Elton John, Showaddywaddy and more with costume changes throughout the show.

Ticket prices*
£17.50
*subject to booking fees (except at theatre box office)

The Spinners
FROM:19-05-2020
TO:19-05-2020
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The Spinners is an exhilarating ride into myth and imagination from renowned Scottish director Al Seed and award-winning Australian choreographer and dancer Lina Limosani as they plunge audiences into the story of the Fates of Greek mythology.

Limosani is joined by dancers Kialea Nadine-Williams and Mara Hulspas as the three Fates who spin, measure and cut the thread of life, creating an emotionally charged dance-theatre performance that weaves together themes of mortality, freewill and sisterhood.

The Spinners brings the Fates down to earth and re-imagines them living in the heart of a sprawling city. From their humble apartment they oversee the births and deaths of all human beings. Drawing thread from their own bodies they weave mannequins, imbuing them with the breath of life. These mannequins form a giant web: the interconnectedness of all human journeys. When a human life is nearing its end the corresponding mannequin is committed to the ether.

Ticket prices*
£12 Full
£5 Under 26
*subject to booking fees (except at theatre box office)

FunBox: How To Be A Superhero
FROM:30-05-2020
TO:30-05-2020
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It's time to pull on your spandex, slap on your capes and head up, up and away with Funbox!

Join Anya, Kevin, Gary and Bonzo (formerly of The Singing Kettle) for some singalong silliness as they take the super steps needed to become ultimate heroes! But what do superheroes eat? Is super smell a proper power? And how do we get our keys to open the Funbox?

Come dressed as a Superhero to join in the fun! Pants over trousers encouraged but not mandatory.

Ticket prices*
£12.50 Full
£14.50 Full plus babe in arms (under 2)
£44 Family (4 tickets)
£11 Groups (10+ tickets)
*subject to booking fees (except at theatre box office)

Very Santana
FROM:06-06-2020
TO:06-06-2020
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A West Midlands, UK based band presenting a live experience spanning the entire musical SANTANA legacy, including the early era songs from the Abraxas album such as Black Magic Woman, Oye Como Va, Samba Pati through the late 1970s hits such as Europa, She’s Not There to the modern era multi Grammyawarded songs such as Smooth and Maria-Maria…

Live, latin-rock improvisational music experience - they recreate the Santana style with live latin-rock, creating a very improvisational music experience by making shows as authentic as possible, performing live concert versions of the songs with a lot of extra improvisation, so the songs stay fresh and deliver surprises – giving a fantastic music experience to our listeners at every gig!

Very Santana recreate the guitar master and his band’s live experience, with all the authenticity and uniqueness that made Carlos Santana a living legend musician and composer.

Ticket prices*
£16 All tickets
*subject to booking fees (except at theatre box office)

The Rollin' Clones
FROM:12-06-2020
TO:12-06-2020
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**RESCHEDULED FROM JULY 2019**

Despite 50 years of death, drugs, destruction and falling out of coconut trees the greatest show on earth is still on the road?

The Rollin’ Clones have been entertaining crowds across the World for over 17 years, distilling the show down to a pure hit of Rock’n Roll, with a chaser of sequinned Glam.

Their Rock ’n’ Roll show is a faithful interpretation of the biggest band’s greatest hits, delivered with a smirk and a wink, recalling the mischief making of Mr Jagger himself, remaining true to the spirit of the originals. They are, without question, THE Rolling Stones tribute band.

Tickets: All Tickets £20*
Show: 7.30pm

Available at Theatre Royal Dumfries Box Office: 01387 254209
Midsteeple Box Office: 01387 253383
www.theatreroyaldumfries.co.uk

*subject to booking fees (except in person at theatre box office)

Rock For Heroes
FROM:27-06-2020
TO:27-06-2020
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Following on from our hugely successful first years of touring, building an almost cult following, the incredible Rock for Heroes is back on the road for 2020; bringing the perfect combination of your favourite Rock & Pop artists, fundraising in support of the fantastic Help for Heroes.

We will be collecting for this amazing cause, after every show. Our aim is to raise 2.5 million (it’s a long plan!!). Performed by a full live rock band and superb singers, complete with brilliant personalities and comedy value this really is a night out unlike any other.

With music from artists such as Queen, The Eagles, David Bowie, Van Halen, Toto, Bon Jovi, Guns N Roses, AC/DC, Dire Straits and so many more. You won’t see a bad wig here, this isn’t a tribute act this is simply paying tribute, the best way we can to the legends in music. Escape the 9 to 5 and let your hair down with the Rock For Heroes Family!

**EARLY BIRD OFFER - All tickets £17.50 until 30th September**

Tickets: Full Price £21, Concession £19*
Show: 7.30pm

Available at Theatre Royal Dumfries Box Office: 01387 254209
Midsteeple Box Office: 01387 253383
www.theatreroyaldumfries.co.uk

*subject to booking fees (except in person at theatre box office)

The Ladyboys of Bangkok - Flight of Fantasy
FROM:01-07-2020
TO:01-07-2020
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Climb aboard for the ride of your lives as sixteen of the world’s most glamorous showgirls (who just happen to be men) take you soaring to a new world of dazzling diamante dipped song and dance destinations .

Comedy turbulence is definitely the inflight order of the day as your cabin crew, Ole and Jamie John, (Miss D.Q. the UKs only dwarf Drag queen ) will be sending you mile high at the biggest party in town!

Pop icons including Cher, Tina Turner, Calvin Harris, Alexander Burke, The Village People, Shania Twain and so many more will have you dancing in the aisles.

Your in-flight entertainment will recreate magical moments from Las Vegas to Las Palmas where Moulin Rouge meets Madonna, featuring over 400 stunning costumes.

So doll up, drink up and dance on, it’s time to go OUT OUT!

Ticket prices*
£23 Full
£21 Concession
*subject to booking fees (except at theatre box office)
16+

One Night In Dublin
FROM:15-07-2020
TO:16-07-2020
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The multi-award-winning Irish band The Wild Murphys features the very best traditional Irish musicians playing a thrilling mix of traditional and contemporary tunes guaranteed to have the audience’s hands clapping and toes tapping all night long.

The seven-piece live band is headed by lead singer Middi Murphy armed with blarney, banter and an accordion, alongside Trevor Brewis (Jimmy Nail) on drums, Tony Davis (Prelude) on keys and the BBC award-winning fiddle player Sophy Ball on fiddle.

In their own inimitable style, The Wild Murphys celebrate Irish classics with tracks including: Galway Girl, Tell Me Ma, Dirty Old Town, The Irish Rover, Brown Eyed Girl, Seven Drunken Nights, Sally MacLennane, When You Were Sweet Sixteen, Whiskey in the Jar, Wild Rover and Molly Malone, to name just a few.

Tickets: All Tickets £19*
Show: 7.30pm

Available at Theatre Royal Dumfries Box Office: 01387 254209
Midsteeple Box Office: 01387 253383
www.theatreroyaldumfries.co.uk

*subject to booking fees (except in person at theatre box office)

Just Beatles
FROM:24-10-2020
TO:24-10-2020
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Just Beatles, Scotland’s home-grown ensemble of musicians, will perform their spectacular new critically acclaimed show that gives you a concert experience of 120 minutes of pure Beatles’ nostalgia.

You’ll Get Back to where you once belonged, take a trip down Penny Lane or perhaps even Twist and Shout when you join Just Beatles as they faithfully re-create the revolutionary sounds of The Beatles.

Expect a set that includes tracks from the early years of the Cavern right the way through to the Apple Rooftop show of 1969.

The Beatles’ music is timeless, appealing to audiences of every age, bringing back memories and touching the hearts and souls of each new generation.
This concert promises to be a fantastic night to remember for all Beatles fans, young and old, new or long-standing.

Ticket prices*
£17.50 All tickets
*subject to booking fees (except at theatre box office)

Absolute Elvis with Johnny Lee Memphis
FROM:20-11-2020
TO:20-11-2020
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Come and see world-renowned Elvis Presley tribute artist Johnny Lee Memphis. His action packed show involves the musical talents of the JLM band and the Memphis Belles, who, when they come together, produce this explosive and dynamic interpretation of Elvis live in concert - The Absolute Elvis Show.

Ticket prices*
£22 All tickets
*subject to booking fees (except at theatre box office)

Theatre Royal Dumfries, Scotland’s Oldest Theatre

The oldest theatre in Scotland, the Theatre Royal is in the heart of Dumfries and first opened its doors in 1792. It has strong associations with the renowned Scottish poet Robert Burns, who wrote several pieces specifically for its stage.

The Theatre saw multiple changes of ownership during the first half the of 20th Century, before being bought by the Guild of Players in 1959.
The Guild managed to secure support from new sources and instead of planning on building new facilities upwards, they looked towards expanding outwards. Adjacent buildings were purchased, and renovation work began in 2014, completed by the end of 2015. The newly refurbished building includes several new spaces while maintaining many of the historic features, ushering Scotland’s oldest theatre into the 21st Century.

Attend one of the touring productions presented throughout the year, which includes live music, stand-up comedy and theatrical dramas. The Guild of Players presents a regular season of four shows, as well as a family-friendly Christmas pantomime.

Grab a drink at the bar before the show or enjoy a meal from the customised theatre menus at nearby restaurants. Want to get hands-on at the theatre? You can participate in one of the workshops or join our group of fantastic volunteers and help build sets and design costumes.
Getting there:

The Theatre Royal is located on the edge of Dumfries’ main shopping district, a short walk from the Dumfries railway station. It’s a 1.5-hour train journey to Dumfries from Glasgow or just under one hour’s drive from Carlisle Airport.

Transport

Dumfries station

Parking

Brooms Road car park (two-minute walk) is free.

Bar

Opens 30 minutes before each performance.

Access Info

Tokenline: 020 3011 0755

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