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THE CRYSTAL MAZE  
Monday 1st May to Friday 30th June 2017 - Old Granada Studios

Their second live venue will feature many of the nostalgic elements people love so much about The Crystal Maze Manchester site will feature a new variety of games and bigger and better zones. The common theme is that both venues offer you the chance to be the star of the show!

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PERSUASION by JANE AUSTEN  
Thursday 25th May to Saturday 24th June 2017 - The Royal Exchange
If you can’t find a husband in Bath, you won’t find one anywhere. When Captain Wentworth proposed to Anne eight years ago, he had only love and ambition to offer. Talked out of accepting his proposal by her family, Anne’s never quite gotten over her first love.
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TALKING HEADS  
Thursday 8th June to Saturday 8th July 2017 - Bolton Octagon

In these moving and affectionate pieces, Alan Bennett depicts the bittersweet tales of seemingly ordinary and uneventful lives. Poignant and wonderfully observant, this is a rare opportunity to see three of the original Talking Heads live on stage.

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THE FATHER  
Friday 16th June to Saturday 1st July 2017 - Oldham Coliseum

Andre is 80 years old. He had a wonderful career as a tap dancer. He lives with his daughter Anne and her husband Antoine in a chic Parisian apartment. Or was he once an engineer whose daughter Anne now lives in London with her new partner, Pierre? The thing is he can't quite remember, and he can't find his watch...

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SHIRLEY VALENTINE  
Monday 19th to Saturday 24th June 2017 - The Lowry
Willy Russell’s heart-warming comedy premiered in 1986 and took the world by storm. It was adapted into an Oscar nominated film. Now, on its 30th anniversary, Jodie Prenger stars in the first major revival of this national treasure.
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KIN  
Wednesday 21st & Thursday 22nd June 2017 - The Lowry
The UK’s hottest circus company right now return with their brand new show KIN. Kin explores group dynamics and how it feels to jostle for attention, camaraderie and affection.
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CAR PARK KING  
Friday 23rd June 2017 - Oldham Coliseum

A play about one of the most controversial kings of England, Richard III. Add a drop of Monty Python, a dash of Spymonkey and a sprinkle of Spike Milligan and you have a side-splitting, unmissable new comedy Car Park King.

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CARTOONOPOLIS  
Saturday 24th June 2017 - Oldham Coliseum

Follow Jack Bray - a young man with severe Autism - through the imaginary world he creates in his back garden. Based on his true story, come with Jack’s brother, Lewis and fight inner demons, famous cartoon characters and a whole heap of baddies...

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FATHERLAND - MANCHESTER INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL
Saturday 1st to Saturday 15th July 2017 - The Royal Exchange
FATHERLAND is a vivid, urgent and deeply personal portrait of 21st-century Britain at the crossroads of past, present and future. Inspired by conversations with fathers and sons from the trio’s home towns in the heart of the country, the show explores identity, nationality, masculinity – and what it means to belong in a world weighed down by the expectations of others.
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AND HERE I AM  
Monday 10th & Tuesday 11th July 2017 - The Lowry
An epic voyage of identity and self-discovery, AND HERE I AM follows one Palestinian’s extraordinary true-life story, from the first intifada to the second, from resistance fighter to artist, and from refugee camp to political exile in Norway.
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FOODIES FESTIVAL Offers
Friday 14th to Sunday 16th July 2017 - Tatton Park
GET 30% OFF TICKETS! Foodies Festival offers a fun day out for all the family, it’s the UK’s largest celebration of food & drink where visitors can feast on a vast array of culinary activities, making Foodies Festival the social event of the summer. There are top chefs cooking in the Chef’s Theatre; wine, beer, and cocktails in the Drink’s Theatre, a brand new Tasting Theatre, a BBQ Arena, a live entertainment stage and kids can learn to cook too in the Children’s Cookery Theatre. Different celebrity chiefs will be at each venue, attracting around 300,00 foodie visitors across the series.
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FLUID  
Sunday 16th July 2017 - The Lowry
Fluid by Jez Kerr, Nicki Dupuy and Tommy Scribble. Fluid is an audio-visual performance by three internationally renowned artists that explores ideas around what connects us together.
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THE MIKADO  
Tuesday 25th to Saturday 29th July 2017 - The Lowry
THE MIKADO, or “The Town of Titipu," was produced at the Savoy Theatre on 14 March, 1885 and proved to be one of the most famous of all the Gilbert and Sullivan Operas, running, as it did, for 672 nights.
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THE LONGEST DISTANCE  
Sunday 30th July 2017 - The Lowry
The longest distance we travel is the road between yesterday and tomorrow. Two local writers, Joan Breen and Elaine McCann, explore the journey between the past that creates our life possibilities and the future that promises our dreams. Can today turn those dreams into reality?
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WILLOWS MEMORIES SHOWCASE  
Sunday 30th July 2017 - The Lowry
The Willows Memories Showcase is a sensational live show and engaging video created using the real memories and reflections of fans and clientele who lived and breathed Salford RLFC and the Variety Centre during its illustrious history in Weaste between '01 and '11 when it sadly closed its doors for the final time.
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DERREN BROWN: UNDERGROUND  
Thursday 3rd to Saturday 5th August 2017 - The Lowry
Direct from its sell-out London run, Derren Brown: Underground is the latest stage show from the multi-award winning master of psychological illusion. Bringing together a collection of the very best of Derren’s previous stage work, Underground is a spell-binding experience of showmanship & magical genius.
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MR DARCY LOSES THE PLOT  
Wednesday 6th to Saturday 9th September 2017 - The Lowry
Jane Austen is dreaming up Darcy, a proud, lip curling, handsome creation in very tight pants. But then a door squeaks, a visitor approaches and Jane hastily hides her writing. Mr Darcy is left dangling. Left to his own devices he embroiders his own storyline while his creator stitches her quilt...
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SWEETLY SINGS THE DONKEY  
Thursday 7th September 2017 - The Lowry
Sweetly Sings the Donkey, is a radio trilogy by Shelagh Delaney, adapted for the stage by Charlotte Delaney. It was originally developed from a semi-autobiographical short story written by Shelagh Delaney in 1963, and is included in her collection of short stories in the book of the same name.
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AN EVENING WITH DAVID SEDARIS  
Sunday 10th September 2017 - The Lowry
With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, David Sedaris has become one of America’s pre-eminent humour writers.
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HOW THE OTHER HALF LOVES  
Monday 11th to Saturday 16th September 2017 - The Lowry
Following its critically acclaimed West End revival, Alan Ayckbourn’s hilarious tale of matrimonial mishaps and London’s funniest comedy of 2016, How The Other Half Loves, will open in Windsor before embarking on a national tour.
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THE KITE RUNNER  
Tuesday 3rd to Saturday 7th October 2017 - The Lowry
Based on Khaled Hosseini’s international bestselling novel, this haunting tale of friendship which spans cultures and continents, follows one man’s journey to confront his past and find redemption.
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RAY MEARS  
Sunday 8th October 2017 - The Lowry
Ray will take you on a journey that he deeply values for cultural, spiritual, moral and aesthetic reasons and explain why he believes these are vital for the human spirit and creativity.
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UNDER GLASS  
Wednesday 18th to Saturday 21st October 2018 - The Lowry
Following a sold out run at Village Underground in London, and award-winning presentation at Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Clod Ensemble are reviving their “astonishing and unforgettable” production Under Glass.
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HEDDA GABLER  
Monday 30th October to Saturday 4th November 2017 - The Lowry
Following a sold-out run at the National Theatre, this modern production of Ibsen’s masterpiece Hedda Gabler comes to The Lowry.
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THE WIPERS TIMES  
Tuesday 31st October to Saturday 4th November 2017 - Opera House

Ian Hislop and Nick Newman’s The Wipers Times tells the true and extraordinary story of the satirical newspaper created in the mud and mayhem of the Somme.

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A JUDGEMENT IN STONE  
Monday 13th to Saturday 18th November 2017 - Opera House

Building on the phenomenal decade-long success of The Agatha Christie Company, Bill Kenwright presents a new production adapted from one of the most celebrated works of the writer often hailed as the successor to Agatha Christie.

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LOVE LETTERS  
Monday 20th to Saturday 25th November 2017 - Opera House

Hollywood legends Ali MacGraw and Ryan O’Neal star in the upcoming UK tour of LOVE LETTERS, celebrated playwright A.R. Gurney’s enduring romance about first loves and second chances.

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PIRATES OF THE CARABINA - FLOWN  
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th November 2017 - The Lowry
FLOWN is the award-winning show from internationally acclaimed contemporary circus company Pirates of the Carabina - known for their daring and beautifully choreographed aerial theatre performances.
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NO SUCH THING AS A FISH  
Sunday 26th November 2017 - Manchester Opera House

Join Dan Schreiber, Andrew Hunter Murray, Anna Ptaszynski and James Harkin on the first leg of their brand new UK tour as they serve up their pick of the most bizarre, extraordinary and hilarious facts discovered over the last 7 days.

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GOK WAN - NAKED AND BARING ALL  
Monday 27th November 2017 - The Lowry
From his humble beginnings on a Leicester council estate, to becoming one of the country’s most recognised faces. Gok candidly unravels his life to reveal everything he has not yet dared to bare. No collar is left unturned in what might be the most honest, campest and naked stage show ever to mince the boards.
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RACHEL  
Saturday 13th January 2018 - The Lowry
RACHEL is an extraordinary piece of stagecraft from Award Winning Theatre Practitioner/Director and Manchester Hub Drama Acting Coach Stevie Helps.
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HAMLET  
Friday 26th January to Saturday 3rd February 2018 - The Lowry
Revenge his foul and most unnatural murder… The Royal Shakespeare Company takes Shakespeare’s searing tragedy of murder and revenge on national tour in 2018.
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STRANGERS ON A TRAIN  
Monday 5th to Saturday 10th February 2018 - Opera House

Strangers On A Train is based on the world renowned 1950 novel by Patricia Highsmith made universally famous by the classic Alfred Hitchcock film. In the great tradition of Hitchcock, this spine chilling tale will delight you with its dark wit whilst having you on the edge of your seat from the start.

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CIRCUS OF HORRORS  
Wednesday 28th February 2018 - Palace Theatre

The Circus of Horrors takes to the road with its latest incarnation. The spectacular features an amazing amalgamation of bizarre, brave & beautiful acts all woven into a Alice in Horrorland type story driven by a mainly original soundscape & performed with a forked tongue firmly in each cheek!

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THE WINSLOW BOY  
Monday 9th to Saturday 14th April 2018 - The Lowry
Based on a real-life event, The Winslow Boy is a courageous and often delicately humorous window into the class and political hypocrisy of the time.
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WAR HORSE 2018  
Wednesday 13th to Saturday 30th June 2018 - The Lowry
War Horse is an unforgettable theatrical event which takes audiences on an extraordinary journey from the fields of rural Devon to the trenches of First World War France.
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