Audiences are invited to take a trip "Downtown" this December as comedy rock musical Little Shop of Horrors makes its way to Salford.

Little Shop of Horrors is coming to Salford this December
Little Shop of Horrors is coming to Salford this December

Performed by Assembled Junk Productions, the professional fringe piece will feature all the favourite songs from Alan Menkin and Howard Ashman's cult show - including "Somewhere That's Green" and "Suddenly, Seymour".

Taking on the lead role will be recent Arden School of Acting graduate Duncan Burt, who will be joined by Stephen Sondheim Performer of the Year finalist Laura Harrison as love interest Audrey.

The show about a hapless florist shop worker and a "Mean Green Mother" plant will be the debut production for new King's Arm Theatre Artistic Director James Baker, who said: "It's our intention to show Manchester what can be achieved with artistry and sheer hard work. Venues like The Landor in London prove this.

"I am delighted at being offered and taking up the position of Artistic Director of The King's Arms, and I am already planning my first season of productions for the venue. Little Shop of Horrors marks the first show to be officially programmed.

"The King's Arms is currently undergoing refurbishment which will secure the venue as one of the best and adaptable spaces in the region and I look forward to welcoming people to the re-launched space in November."

Little Shop of Horrors will be staged between 3-22 December.

- Rebecca Cohen