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WIT  
Thursday 21st January to Saturday 13th February 2016 - Royal Exchange
A celebrated but exacting professor of metaphysical poetry, endeavouring to cope with experimental and aggressive treatment for an equally aggressive illness.  A towering academic caught between metaphysics, medicine and her own mettle.
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FLOWN  
Friday 12th to Sunday 14th February 2016 - The Lowry
Mixing comedy and chaos with bold physicality and live music, Flown invites audiences to revel in the daringly beautiful world of Pirates of the Carabina – a motley crew of acrobats, aerialists, musicians and stuntmen who are trying to get a show up and running.
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GOODNIGHT MR TOM  
Tuesday 23rd to Saturday 27th February 2016 - Opera House

Set during the dangerous build up to the Second World War, Goodnight Mister Tom follows young William Beech, who is evacuated to the idyllic English countryside and forges a remarkable and heart warming friendship with the elderly recluse, Tom Oakley. All is perfect until William is suddenly summoned by his mother back to London.

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I KNOW ALL THE SECRETS IN MY WORLD  
Wednesday 24th February 2016 - The Lowry
i know all the secrets in my world is a play about what happens when speaking is impossible... a story that breaks your heart and pieces it together, putting plasters touched with tiny kisses over the cracks.
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IN THE VICE LIKE GRIP OF IT  
Friday 26th & Saturday 27th February 2016 - The Lowry
A new play exploring the relationship between citizens and the state in light of our knowledge of contemporary surveillance practices.
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I AM THOMAS: A BRUTAL COMEDY WITH SONGS  
Tuesday 1st to Saturday 5th March 2016 - The Lowry
A rich vein of black humour is exploded in this account of the last person in Britain to be executed for blasphemy...trouble is brewing for Thomas.
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DIRTY PAKISTANI LINGERIE  
Thursday 3rd March 2016 - The Lowry
Set in post 9/11 America, Dirty Pakistani Lingerie interweaves the stories of six Pakistani-American women. Sparks fly and preconceptions about culture, sex, and politics are hilariously and hauntingly shattered in the show The Wall Street Journal says ‘breaks down stereotypes of Muslim women in America’.
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OUR GRACIE  
Friday 4th to Saturday 26th March 2016 - Oldham Coliseum

Gracie Fields' vibrant personality and rich, warm singing style took her from above her grandmother's Rochdale chip shop to international fame. Her musical recordings have sold in their millions and she became one of the highest paid female movie stars in the world.

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PUNCHING THE SKY  
Saturday 5th March 2016 - The Lowry
I had no idea how terrifying it was until I was stood alone in our front room with our tiny, alive, human son in my arms and it struck me… This baby COMPLETELY relies on to protect him for a very long time”
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KING CHARLES III  
Monday 7th to Saturday 12th March 2016 - Opera House

Following a sold-out run at the Almeida Theatre and a critically acclaimed West End season, Mike Bartlett’s multi award-winning new play King Charles III embarks on a UK tour. The Queen is dead: after a lifetime of waiting, the prince ascends the throne. A future of power. But how to rule?

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NATIONAL TREASURES 2016  
Friday 11th March 2016 - Palace Theatre

National Treasures - A New Full Lenght Show! Lady Bunny, Sherry Vine, Bianca Del Rio and Jackie Beat.

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BUCKET LIST
Friday 11th March 2016 - The Lowry
Bucket List tells the story of Mexican orphan, Milagros, her journey from the sweatshops of Ciudad Acuña to Harvard University, and what happens when the promise of a better life begins to unravel.
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RAY MEARS  
Sunday 13th March 2016 - The Lowry
In this heart stirring presentation be prepared to be shocked, amazed and inspired to succeed by the stories of our fellow human beings.
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THE MERRY WIVES  
Tuesday 15th to Saturday 19th March 2016 - The Lowry
If you like your Shakespeare light, funny and wickedly this is bursting at the seams with verbal fun, physical comedy and a bevy of cunningly colourful characters.
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ACELERE  
Thursday 24th to Sunday 27th March 2016 - The Lowry
This is no ordinary circus company. The sheer power of the performers, coupled with mind-boggling skill and a willingness to take terrifying risks, results in a world-class, gravity-defying performance that you’ll never forget.
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DICK TRACY  
Thursday 24th March 2016 - The Lowry
Newsflash! There's been a series of high-profile crimes right across the city - but fear not...The police chief's put his best man on the job - Dick Tracy.
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THREE GENERATIONS OF WOMEN  
Friday 25th & Saturday 26th March 2016 - The Lowry
Elsie is born in a Yorkshire pit village in 1936 and will never know another way of life. Gilly is the first woman in her family to go to university, enjoying every ounce of freedom the 70s has to offer. Frankie learns everything she can about sex from Judy Blume; in 1989, who didn't?
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THE HERBAL BED  
Wednesday 30th March to Saturday 2nd April 2016 - The Lowry
Three people’s lives fall under the glare of intense public scrutiny in this emotional thriller, based upon real events which occurred in Stratford-Upon-Avon in the Summer of 1613.
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DYNAMO  
Friday 1st & Saturday 2nd April 2016 - Manchester Arena

He’s walked on water, levitated above the Shard, walked down the LA Times Building, predicted the World Cup outcome and taken a trip on the side of a bus. Now, Dynamo will face his biggest challenge to date as he brings his live show to Manchester Arena for three incredible performances.

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CHAMPIONS OF MAGIC  
Sunday 3rd April 2016 - The Lowry
Join 5 of the World’s top illusionists for a spectacular night of mystery that’ll keep you guessing for a long time to come. With over 16 million online views between them, the cast includes international award winners presenting incredible mind reading, stunning close-up magic and daring large-scale illusions.
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BAD JEWS  
Tuesday 5th to Saturday 9th April 2016 - The Lowry
A beloved grandfather has died, and a treasured family heirloom with religious significance is up for grabs. But who is most deserving of it?
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LOOK BACK IN ANGER  
Thursday 7th to Saturday 30th April 2016 - Bolton Octagon

In a cramped flat in 1950’s Derby, Jimmy Porter is angry, bored, and frustrated with the limitations of life and increasing political decay. He finds release for his pent-up emotions by attacking his upper class wife Alison.

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BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S  
Tuesday 12th to Satruday 16th April 2016 - The Lowry
Breakfast at Tiffany’s, the classic tale of Holly Golightly written by Truman Capote and so memorably portrayed by Audrey Hepburn in the iconic 1961 film, is being given a new lease of life as a stage play with music in a sparkling, sophisticated production starring the multi award-winning Pixie Lott as Holly.
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KISS ME QUICKSTEP  
Wednesday 13th to Saturday 30th April 2016 - Oldham Coliseum

A new play from the writer of Ladies' Day and the hugely popular Be My Baby. Kiss Me Quickstep is the story of competitive ballroom dancing - both on and off the dance floor - and the real people behind the fixed smile and fake tans.

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THE CHAIRS  
Friday 15th & Saturday 16th April 2016 - The Lowry
A rare opportunity to see a performance of this ground breaking absurdist play in a unique interpretation, with audio description cleverly incorporated into the live performance.
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GET CARTER  
Tuesday 19th to Saturday 23rd April 2016 - The Lowry
Told against the backdrop and music of the 60s, this dark and stylish new production tells the story of anti-hero Jack Carter’s pursuit of revenge in and around an economically depressed Newcastle, rife with unemployment, misogyny and crime and scarcely repressed violence.
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CARE TAKERS  
Friday 22nd & Saturday 23rd April 2016 - The Lowry
Care Takers is ‘a battle royale between youthful potential and idealism and the system that evolves to choke it’ with an explosive outcome.
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THE JAMES PLAYS  
Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th April 2016 - The Lowry
Exhilarating and vividly imagined, The James Plays bring to life three generations of Stewart kings who ruled Scotland from 1406 -1488.
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HEARTBEAT  
Monday 25th to Saturday 30th April 2016 - Opera House

For the first time ever, ITV’s popular Sunday evening 60s police drama, Heartbeat, comes to the stage starring members of the TV cast. The touring production which, with use of video footage and a clever set, recreates the atmosphere of the 1960s rural Yorkshire settings.

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KEITH BARRY - BRAIN HACKER  
Sunday 24th April 2016 - The Lowry
Keith Barry has established himself as Ireland’s biggest touring entertainment star with a series of sell-out shows & smash-hit record breaking theatre runs. Now he returns to the UK with his new show Brain Hacker.
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ORIGINS  
Thursday 28th & Friday 29th April 2016 - The Lowry
After murdering his brother, in cold blood, we meet Cain living out his life exiled from his homeland. Afflicted by his memories and haunted by figures from the past, Cain must now retrace his steps back to Eden in pursuit of answers.
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ME AND MR C  
Saturday 30th April 2016 - The Lowry
Gary Kitching is an improviser, actor and comedian and Me and Mr. C is his funny and disturbing rendering of what it is like to have a voice in your head that explains to you with authority, purpose and well referenced arguments, that you are a worthless piece of shit.
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AN EVENING WITH CHRIS PACKHAM  
Monday 9th May 2016 - The Lowry
Join Chris for an enthralling evening as he discusses what it was like growing up with such an extraordinary dedication to wildlife.
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PYGMALION  
Friday 13th to Saturday 28th May 2016 - Oldham Coliseum

One of George Bernard Shaw's most popular plays, Pygmalion is a charming and provocative comedy that examines the roles of men and women and limitations of education and social class. Pygmalion was the inspiration for the musical, My Fair Lady.

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AN INSPECTOR CALLS  
Tuesday 17th - Saturday 21st May 2016 - The Lowry
Hailed as the theatrical event of our generation this landmark production has thrilled audiences in the West End, on Broadway and throughout the world.
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KING LEAR  
Tuesday 31st May to Saturday 4th June 2016 - Opera House

Driven from his home, King Lear endures madness, blindness and great suffering as he battles a great storm. Yet with madness he finds reason, from blindness he gains new sight, after betrayal he discovers loyalty and through his suffering a better world emerges.

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AN EVENING WITH CHRIS BOARDMAN  
Thursday 2nd June 2016 - The Lowry
Chris will be joined by sports journalist and broadcaster, and fellow ITV cycling correspondent, Ned Boulting, previously named Sports Reporter of the Year by the Royal Television Society.
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THE LADYKILLERS  
Friday 10th June to Saturday 2nd July 2016 - Oldham Coliseum

Written by Graham Lineham (of Father Ted fame), The Ladykillers is a dark comedy about a dear little old lady pitted against a ruthless gang of criminals, inspired by the classic Ealing  film.

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PUPPETRY OF THE PENIS  
Saturday 18th June 2016 - Palace Theatre

Near naked men (they wear shoes) manipulate their nether regions using the Ancient Art of Genital Origami, providing the audience with a hilarious array of shapes and impersonations which will be projected onto a huge video screen.

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THE 39 STEPS  
Tuesday 21st to Saturday 25th June 2016 - The Lowry
Follow the incredible adventures of our handsome hero Richard Hannay, complete with stiff-upper-lip, British gung-ho and pencil moustache as he encounters dastardly murders, double-crossing secret agents, and, of course, devastatingly beautiful women.
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THE MOUSETRAP  
Monday 27th June to Saturday 2nd July 2016 - Opera House

The legendary, record-breaking, Box Office smash hit thriller returns! Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap. A classic. A landmark. A legend. The Mousetrap is famous around the world for being the longest running show of any kind in the history of theatre.

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FAULTY TOWERS  
Thursday 1st to Sunday 4th September 2016 - The Lowry
This internationally acclaimed show features Basil, Sybil and Manuel in a 2-hour tour de force of comedy theatre. With only a third of the show scripted, absolutely anything can happen… Faulty Towers includes a delicious meal, there is no need to reserve a restaurant table during the booking process.
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AN EVENING WITH DAME JOAN COLLINS  
Monday 12th September 2016 - The Lowry
This all-new show for 2016 provides fans with a once in a lifetime opportunity to spend an intimate, entertaining and unforgettable evening in the company of a true Hollywood legend.
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BE MY BABY  
Tuesday 4th to Saturday 8th October 2016 - The Lowry
Starring Brooke Vincent (Coronation Street) in her debut stage role alongside Ruth Madoc (Hi De Hi), this poignant comedy examines the human need for friendship and the naivety of the 1960’s.
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