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ASHES  
Thursday 23rd February to Saturday 11th March 2017 - Bolton Octagon

With dark humour and stark realism, their efforts to achieve their goal of parenthood is tested and they must summon all of their strength and love to find a way forward together.

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MEAT PIE, SAUSAGE ROLL  
Friday 3rd to Saturday 25th March 2017 - Oldham Coliseum

Amada's Dad is a simple man, there are three things Mick really cares about in this world - his family, his mates and mighty Latics. Last season was the best in the club's history; they got to Wembley not once but twice in an incredible cup run. This season it's all about the league.

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PAUL AUSTER'S CITY OF GLASS  
Saturday 4th to Saturday 18th March 2017 - HOME Manchester

Tony Award-winning 59 Productions (An American in Paris, War Horse, David Bowie Is) and award-winning writer Duncan Macmillan (People Places and Things, Every Brilliant Thing, Lungs, 1984 and The Forbidden Zone) bring this seminal American novel to life in a dazzlingly original stage adaptation.

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AN EVENING WITH SIMON ARMITAGE  
Monday 6th March 2017 - Dancehouse Theatre
Manchester Literature Festival is delighted to welcome back one of Britain’s leading poets and playwrights.  A prolific writer, Armitage has published two novels, eleven collections of poetry.
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THE SUPPLIANT WOMEN  
Friday 10th March to Saturday 1st April 2017 - The Royal Exchange
By Aeschylus in a new version by David Greig. Fifty women leave everything behind to board a boat in North Africa and flee across the Mediterranean. They are escaping forced marriage in their homeland, hoping for protection and assistance, seeking asylum in Greece.
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THE GAME  
Wednesday 15th March 2017 - Contact Theatre
The Game by THEATREclub, explores the act of buying sex and the subculture of prostitution.
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DANIEL HELLMANN - TRAUMBOY  
Wednesday 15th March 2017 - Contact Theatre
Traumboy questions the double standards of our capitalistic and hypersexualized society.
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KILLING TIME  
Wednesday 15th - Saturday 18th March 2017 - The Lowry
If you could leave the world your very last words… What will you say?
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LOLLING AND ROLLING  
Thursday 16th & Friday 17th March 2017 - HOME Manchester

Lolling and Rolling examines Korea’s tragic social phenomenon and obsession for English education. Theatre maker Jaha Koo reveals the tragedy through a fictional story, video and sound work. It contextualises not only contemporary issues but also historical events relating to colonialism and imperialism.

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FRACTURED MEMORY  
Thursday 16th & Friday 17th March 2017 - HOME Manchester

How do you deal with an inherited history that is full of complexity? Theatre maker Ogutu Muraya reimagines James Baldwin’s Princes and Powers, an essay which describes in great detail a congress of Afro-intellectuals, writers, artists, philosophers and theorists, at the Sorbonne in Paris in 1956.

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HETAIN PATEL - AMERICAN MAN  
Thursday 16th & Friday 17th March 2017 - Contact Theatre
Hetain Patel presents a dystopian outlook on a world where personal freedom walks hand in hand with guilt.
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DE MAN IN EUROPE  
Saturday 18th March 2017 - HOME Manchester

For his project In Search Of Europe, Lucas De Man travelled to 17 cities in 8 countries in 30 days. He interviewed more than 20 young creative professionals, who are trying to change the society they live in for the better.

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I AM BLACK... YOU HAVE TO BE WILLING TO KNOW  
Saturday 18th March 2017 - Contact Theatre
This manifestolecture offers strategies for acknowledging how artists of colour and their collaborating audiences of colour operate in several keys simultaneously.
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THE WOMAN IN BLACK Offers
Monday 20th to Saturday 25th March 2017 - The Lowry
FRIGHTENING £15 TICKET OFFER. This gripping production, directed by Robin Herford, is a brilliantly successful study in atmosphere, illusion and controlled horror.
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GAUDETE  
Monday 20th & Tuesday 21st March 2017 - The Lowry
This is theatre that embraces the transformative power of language and the body; dark, complex and touching, Gaudete is a physical and lyrical feast of ensemble theatre.
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IF THESE SPASMS COULD SPEAK  
Wednesday 22nd & Thursday 23rd March 2017 - HOME Manchester

An outstanding solo performance based on a collection of funny, sad, touching and surprising stories about disabled people and their bodies.

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HELP  
Friday 24th March 2017 - HOME Manchester

Help by theatre-maker Anoek Nuyens is a journalistic theatre project about a heritage that forces us to think about a new mission, responsibility and charitableness in an era in which the individual rules supreme.

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MICHAEL ESSIEN I WANT TO PLAY AS YOU...  
Friday 24th March 2017 - Contact Theatre
Exploring the line between hope and desperation for young African footballers who migrate to Europe to play professionally.
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FIVE EASY PIECES  
Saturday 25th March 2017 - HOME Manchester

Five Easy Pieces asks how children can understand the significance of narrative, empathy, loss, subjection, old age, and the horrors sometimes inflicted on them by adults.

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THE TENANT OF WILDFELL HALL  
Thursday 30th March to Saturday 22nd April 2017 - Bolton Octagon

In 19th century Yorkshire, a mysterious young widow Helen Graham and her son arrive at the desolate estate of Wildfell Hall. Isolating herself from the village, she soon becomes the subject of local gossip and speculation...

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THE CRYSTAL MAZE  
Saturday 1st to Sunday 30th April 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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THE FAR SIDE OF THE MOON  
Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd April 2017 - The Lowry
Performed by Yves Jackson and punctuated by Laurie Anderson’s other worldly score, this is a spellbinding, funny and technically exquisite journey.
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JANE EYRE Offers
Saturday 8th to Saturday 15th April 2017
GET £10 OFF SELECTED TICKETS. This bold and dynamic production from the National Theatre uncovers one woman’s fight for freedom and fulfilment on her own terms.
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TWELFTH NIGHT  
Thursday 13th April to Saturday 20th May 2017 - The Royal Exchange
Washed up on the shores of Illyria after a ship-wreck, Viola hides her true identity by disguising herself as a man. Finding a job – and love – at the court of Duke Orsino, Viola becomes muddled in mistaken identities when her disguise begins to cause more problems than it solves.
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SPRING & PORT WINE  
Thursday 13th to Saturday 29th April 2017 - Oldham Coliseum

A comedy inspired by the great Lancashire comedies like Hobson's Choice and Hindle Wakes... Funny and moving, Spring and Port Wine is as resonant today as when written in 1959.

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CYRANO DE BERGERAC  
Tuesday 18th to Saturday 22nd April 2017 - The Lowry
Northern Broadsides bring its acclaimed charisma and exuberant performance style to this swashbuckling tale of unrequited love to lift your spirits and make your heart ache.
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BUBBLE SCHEMEISIS  
Tuesday 18th to Saturday 22nd April 2017 - The Lowry
Bubbemeises is Yiddish for a grandmother’s story, a tall story, an old wives’ tale.
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OFFSIDE  
Friday 21st & Saturday 22nd April 2017 - Contact Theatre
Offside is told through lyrical dialogue, poetry, and punchy prose, placing the audience on the touchline of the game of a lifetime.
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HUSH HUSH  
Friday 21st April 2017 - The Lowry
We've said too much already. Move on. Nothing to see here. This is a Pay a What You Decide event. WTF? Reserve your tickets, come along, see the show and decide how much you want to pay afterwards!
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HOW TO MAKE ART FROM LIFE  
Saturday 22nd April 2017 - The Lowry
A mesmeric and poetic evening of film and live electronics, showcasing an evocative and intimate vision over twenty-five years.
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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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BUCKET LIST  
Wednesday 26th & Thursday 27th April 2017 - The Lowry
Multi award-winning Theatre Ad Infinitum presents the powerful story of one Mexican woman’s fight for justice.
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SWANSONG  
Wednesday 3rd to Saturday 6th May 2017 - The Lowry
Following rave reviews and critically acclaimed runs, DugOut bring their smash-hit show to the Lowry to ask what we'd remember if we could start again.
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SUPER SUNDAY  
Wednesday 3rd & Thursday 4th May 2017 - The Lowry
Big on flying, big on thrills and big on mind blowing skills, it contains enough fear inducing circus stunts to have you squealing with delight.
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PAULA HAWKINS IN CONVERSATION  
Saturday 6th May 2017 - The Lowry
In 2015, Paula Hawkins’ debut novel The Girl on The Train received worldwide critical acclaim, catapulting the South London journalist from struggling writer to literary celebrity.
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THE CRUCIBLE  
Monday 8th to Saturday 13th May 2017 - Opera House

Enter the world of the Salem witch trials: a world of sensationalism, hysteria and the power of celebrity, and ask yourself how innocent we can be as we stand by and watch the drama unfold.

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THE TOAD KNEW  
Wednesday 10th & Thursday 11th May 2017 - The Lowry
Step into the beautiful and intoxicating world of multi-talented performer and director James Thierrée. A member of the Chaplin dynasty, he has been delighting crowds across the world for years with his unforgettable shows that are boundless in their creativity.
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LIFE BY THE THROAT  
Thursday 11th & Friday 12th May 2017 - The Lowry
This is the story of one man’s life, from birth to death - written and performed by a woman. James Joseph Patrick Keogh is a force to be reckoned with. Born into poverty and madness, he survives on wit, laughter and one ingenious scheme after another.
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WINTER HILL  
Thursday 11th May to Saturday 3rd June 2017 - Bolton Octagon

In the near future a group of women gather in a half built hotel on Winter Hill in Bolton; is it a book group discussing famous heroines? Is it a chance to meet with friends and drink wine? Or is it...a revolution?

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DRACULA: THE BLOODY TRUTH  
Saturday 13th May 2017 - The Lowry
STOP! It is of vital importance that you stop what you’re doing and read this very carefully. Your life may depend on it...
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LA STRADA  
Monday 15th to Saturday 20th May 2017 - The Lowry
In this much-anticipated new stage production, Fellini’s profoundly impassioned and deeply involving story is sure to stimulate the senses, fire emotions and stir the soul.
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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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SOMETHING TERRIBLE MIGHT HAPPEN  
Thursday 18th May 2017 - The Lowry
We’re the safest people who have ever lived, and we’re terrified. We’re scared of men on dark streets, groups of kids, animals, disease, gooey liquids, people we don’t know, the weird guy at number 13, big things, small things and unnecessarily average sized things.
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HARD TIMES  
Friday 19th May to Saturday 3rd June 2017 - Oldham Coliseum

Hard Times is set in the fictional Northern Coketown. It portrays the decades' long friendship between mill owner Josiah Bounderby and schoolmaster Thomas Gradgrind.

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THE MARKED  
Saturday 20th May 2017 - The Lowry
As a boy, Jack lived in a world of monsters and invisible guardians, as he fought to protect the people he loved. Now grown, his life on the streets of London is less fantastical. But when a ghost from his past turns up, Jack must harness the power of forgotten myths to defeat her.
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PROFESSOR BRIAN COX  
Sunday 21st May 2017 - Manchester Arena

Brian Cox is perhaps the world’s foremost communicator of all things scientific. His innate ability to make highly complex matters enormously entertaining and easy to contemplate has made his science television shows ground breaking in their audience reach and accessibility.

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NOT DEAD ENOUGH  
Monday 22nd to Saturday 27th May 2017 - Opera House

On the night Brian Bishop murdered his wife, he was sixty miles away, asleep in bed. At least that’s what he claims. Not Dead Enough is the third novel in the award winning Roy Grace series and the third play in his box office smash hit and critically acclaimed stage franchise.

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CONTAINED  
Thursday 25th May 2017 - The Lowry
Contained is a vibrant, compelling and personal new show from England’s largest professional learning-disabled theatre company: nine interwoven true stories about family and friendships, love and loss, the everyday and the extraordinary.
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OUT OF ORDER  
Monday 29th May to Saturday 3rd June 2017 - Opera House

When a Government Junior Minister plans to spend the evening with one of the Opposition’s typists in the Westminster Hotel, things go disastrously wrong. This stellar company includes Shaun Williamson; Sue Holderness; Andrew Hall; Susie Amy; James Holmes.

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STRANGE FACE - ADVENTURES WITH A LOST NICK DRAKE RECORDING  
Thursday 1st June 2017 - The Lowry
Times Top Pick of the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe show about a lost Nick Drake recording. A quirky, funny and poignant award-winning solo show - a celebration of life, coincidences and the legacy of singer-songwriter Nick Drake.
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IMBALANCE  
Friday 2nd June 2017 - The Lowry
Combining exciting acrobatic skills and athletic dance, this energetic, thought-provoking performance explores our obsessive dependence with technology, asking whether our lives are ‘in’ or ‘out’ of balance?
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THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG  
Monday 5th to Saturday 10th June 2017 - The Lowry
The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society are putting on a 1920s murder mystery, but as the title suggests, everything that can go wrong… does! As the accident prone thesps battle on against all the odds to reach their final curtain call, hilarious results ensue!
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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