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APRIL IN PARIS  
Thursday 4th to Saturday 6th September 2014

With star performances from Shobna Gulati ( Coronation Street, Dinnerladies ) and Joe McGann ( Calendar Girls, Upper Hand, The Hanging Gale ) April in Paris will make your heart melt. John Godber directs his comical, bittersweet masterpiece.

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JOURNEY'S END  
Thu 4th September to Sat 4th October 2014 - Bolton Octagon

To commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, the Octagon presents one of the greatest war plays ever written: Journey's End.

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ROMEO & JULIET  
Wed 10th September to Saturday 4th October 2014 - Victoria Baths

Join HOME at Manchester's extraordinary Victoria Baths for an original promenade performance of the greatest love story ever told, Romeo and Juliet.

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SIMON CALLOW IN THE MAN JESUS  
Wednesday 10th and Thursday 11th September 2014 - The Lowry
This extraordinary play looks back two thousand years to witness key moments in the life of 'the man Jesus', through the eyes of the people who knew him.
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BLACK ADDER GOES FORTH
Tuesday 16th to Saturday 20th September 2015 - George Lawton Hall

Mossley AODS - Featuring several episodes from the TV series specially adapted for the stage and will end with the famous final episode as the characters finally go 'over the top'.

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HAMLET  
Saturday 18th September to Saturday 18th October 2014 - The Royal Exchange
Maxine Peake plays the title role in the ultimate play about murder and madness. Hamlet's father is dead and Denmark has crowned a new king. Consumed by grief, Hamlet struggles to exact revenge with devastating consequences.
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TOGETHER  
Saturday 20th September 2014 - Salford Arts Theatre

A one-on-one guided headphone performance. Using the brains chemical perception of 'life' to evoke memories from the noise, chaos and confusion of the world we live in.

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NOT I, FOOTFALLS & ROCKABY  
Tuesday 23rd to Saturday 27th September 2014 - The Lowry
Lisa Dwan performs a one-woman Samuel Beckett trilogy after a critically acclaimed sell-out run of his landmark one-woman piece Not I.
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ERIC AND LITTLE ERN  
Thursday 30th September 2014 - Opera House, Manchester

This affectionate & fantastically funny homage to the greatest comedy double act that Britain has ever seen. Recreating some of the finest moments of Eric & Ernie's television & stage performances, cherished moments from the archives sit alongside new material created by the performers.

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LOTTY'S WAR  
Thursday 2nd to Saturday 4th October 2014 - Opera House, Manchester

A mesmerising story of passion, courage and sacrifice, Lotty’s War is a thriller set in WWII enemy occupied Channel Islands. Based on unpublished diaries found in Guernsey, this critically acclaimed play comes to the stage in its first major UK tour.

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TONY BENN - AN APPRECIATION  
Wednesday 8th October 2014 - Dancehouse Theatre
Chris Mullin, for 35 years one of one of Benn's closest friends, offers a sympathetic but not uncritical assessment of one of the most significant politicians of the post-war era.
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EARLY ONE MORNING  
Thursday 9th October to Saturday 1st November 2014 - Bolton Octagon

Continuing the Octagon's commemoration of the anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War, Early One Morning tells the true story of 26-year-old soldier James Smith from Bolton.

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LITTLE WOMEN  
Thursday 9th to Saturday 11th October 2014 - Salford Arts Theatre

A re-telling of Louisa May Alcott's classic tale of adolescence sees the March sisters struggling to find their place in an England at war. With their beloved father away fighting in the German trenches the girls are encouraged to discover the world by a mother with unwavering strength.

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HA HA HOOD  
Tuesday 14th October 2014 - Opera House, Manchester

The Ha Ha ! team are back with arrow splitting hilarity as they gallop in with their new show starring comedy queen Su Pollard (Hi-de-Hi! , You Rang, M'Lord?) & comedy duo Cannon & Ball. Ha Ha Hood! sees the welcome return of Ben Langley as Robin Hood and Andy Pickering on piano.

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JUKE BOX BABY  
Thursday 16th to Saturday 18th October 2014 - Salford Arts Theatre

Jimmie Rose is destined for a life spent packing boxes, heading nowhere fast he spends his days keeping his kid brother Bobby out of trouble.

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BEST OF BE FESTIVAL  
Friday 17th to Saturday 18th October 2014 - Number 1 First Street

Three highlights from this year's BE (Birmingham European) FESTIVAL will be showcased together in an entertaining and eclectic evening of theatre, dance and performance.

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John Legend at the Manchester Apollo
DEAR FATHER  
Sunday 19th October 2014 - O2 Apollo

Paresh Raval's Dear Father - A Comedy Play. More information to follow.

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HENRY IV (PARTS 1 & 2)  
Tuesday 21st to Saturday 25th October 2014 - The Lowry
Direct from Shakespeare's hometown in Stratford-upon-Avon, the Royal Shakespeare Company brings arguably two of Shakespeare's greatest plays Henry IV I and II to The Lowry.
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THE EVENTS  
Wed 22nd to Sat 25th October 2014 - Number 1 First Street

David Greig's daring new play asks how far forgiveness can go in the face of atrocity within your own community. Featuring local choirs from Manchester & a soaring soundtrack, it tells the story of tragedy, obsession & our destructive desire to fathom the unfathomable.

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THE LODGER Drama
Thur 30th October to Sat 1st November 2014 - Salford Arts Theatre

The oddball lodger occupying Mr and Mrs Bunting's spare room is considered suspect when he fits the description of local serial killer, known only as “The Avenger,” and has a particular penchant for killing off brunettes.

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CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF  
Saturday 1st to Saturday 29th November 2014 - The Royal Exchange
James Dacre returns to direct Tennessee Williams' Pulitzer Prize-winning play. Brimming with emotional intensity, CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF is fuelled by drinking, desire and deceit.
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THE AUTUMN OF HAN  
Wednesday 12th & Thursday 13th November 2014 - Salford Arts Theatre

A new adaption of a Chinese classic for the European stage, an enthralling story of corruption revenge and tragic love.

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RE:PLAY 2015
Monday 12th to Saturday 24th January 2015 - Number 1 First Street

re:play is back! a celebration of some of the most ground-breaking, most talked-about new drama from the local fringe scene from the last 12 months.

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A VIEW FROM A BRIDGE  
Thu 15th January to Sat 14th February 2015 - Bolton Octagon

Eddie works, goes bowling, looks after his family and hopes for a better future for his orphaned niece, Catherine - raised by him and his wife Beatrice as their own.

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SCUTTLERS  
Saturday 7th February to Saturday 7th March 2015 - The Royal Exchange
The Scuttlers were Manchester's original gangs. Throughout the 1870s and beyond, the streets of Openshaw, Gorton, Ancoats and Salford were terrorised by rival groups of young mill workers fighting for control.
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HINDLE WAKES  
Thu 19th February to Sun 15th March 2015 - Bolton Octagon

Following the success of Hobson's Choice, the Octagon presents another famous, great Northern play: Hindle Wakes. It's the end of the Wakes weekend in the fictitious mill town of Hindle in Lancashire, just before the outbreak of the First World War.

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PRIVATE LIVES  
Saturday 28th March to Saturday 18th April 2015 - Bolton Octagon

On a romantic evening in 1930s France, Amanda and Victor are enjoying their first evening as newlyweds, blissfully unaware that Amanda's ex-husband Elyot and his beautiful young wife Sybil are celebrating their own honeymoon in the hotel room just next door.

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THE ANCIENT SECRET OF YOUTH  
Thursday 30th April to Saturday 23rd May 2015 - Bolton Octagon

One night, 3 old friends who have known each other for 40 years discover an ancient book that offers up the secret of youth. Within its pages the book reveals a series of rituals, that if followed sincerely - & with absolute diligence - promise nothing less than to turn back the clock, & give them youth once again.

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NOISES OFF  
Thursday 4th July to Saturday 4th July 2015 - Bolton Octagon

It's less than twenty-four hours before opening night. Dotty's lost her sardines, Selsdon's drunk, Frederick's about to have yet another nosebleed, and Tim's on the brink of collapse.

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