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  • Genesis Theatre were an amateur theatre group that existed from 1975 to 1982 in the Greater Manchester area. The name was taken from the book of Genesis, because when they started out they were literally at their beginning. The group were known for attempting large productions more commonly associated with professional theatre groups as well as several original musicals. They had several premieres amongst their productions, some being Amateur World Premieres, others simply Amateur North West Premieres. The two key members were Chris Fogg and Chris Dumigan. However the most well known former members are Mike Shaft and Louis Emerick. The most critically well received show was the Who's Tommy, which was the first North West stage presentation of the concept album and was approved by Pete Townshend. At the same time Townshend had given his sanction for a Southern Amateur company to present Tommy; they beat Genesis Theatre to the stage by a matter of a few weeks. It was their production that Townshend saw and eventually took to the professional stage.

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