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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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BOEING BOEING  
Friday 5th May to Saturday 6th June 2015 - Oldham Coliseum

Fasten your seat belts, sit back relax and enjoy this fast moving comedy which will soon be landing in Oldham. Bachelor playboy Bernard has the perfect life - a swish Parisian apartment and not one but three glamorous air stewardess girlfriends.

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THE GHOST TRAIN  
Thursday 14th May to Saturday 20th June 2015 - The Royal Exchange
A group of passengers are left stranded at a remote railway station, facing the prospect of a night in the waiting room. But when the old stationmaster warns them about the phantom train that haunts the tracks after dark, the evening starts to take one chilling turn after another.
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THE FUNFAIR  
Thursday 14th May to Saturday 13th June 2015 - Number 1 First Street

The Funfair is the world premiere of a new adaptation of Kasimir and Karoline, a masterpiece of 20th century European theatre. Dark, political and very funny, Horváth's play sets two young lovers in the throes of a break up against the hypnotic whirl of a funfair.

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TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD  
Tuesday 19th to Saturday 23rd May 2015 - The Lowry
Harper Lee’s classic novel is adapted for the stage by Christopher Sergel in this magnificent story of courage, compassion and racial injustice.
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SPRING REIGN  
Tuesday 19th to Wednesday 20th May 2015 - The Lowry
Caught in the crossfire of the Syrian civil war, two British journalists find sanctuary with a young family in Aleppo.
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NEW DAWN FADES  
Friday 22nd May 2015 - Dancehouse Theatre
The story of a band, it's also the story of a city. Join ‘Mr Manchester' Anthony H. Wilson as he takes you on a journey of myth & magic through the history of the world's first industrial city – Joy Division.
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THE 56  
Saturday 23rd May 2015 - The Lowry
At 3.40pm on May 11th 1985, a small fire broke out in the main stand at Valley Parade football ground during the final match of the season...
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THE MOUSETRAP  
Tuesday 26th to Saturday 30th May 2015 - Preston Guild Hall
The Mousetrap is famous around the world for being the longest running show of any kind in the history of British theatre - with over 25,000 performances it's a play to be proud of. Enjoy this once in a life-time opportunity to see this masterpiece here at the Preston Charter Theatre.
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AN EVENING WITH HELEN FRASER  
Saturday 30th May 2015 - Stockport Plaza

Join us for an Evening with Helen Fraser, a miscellany of memories from stage and screen….past and present, devised and performed by HELEN FRASER accompanied by Keith Monk.

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UPRISING  
Wednesday 3rd June 2015 - The Lowry
Over the past 6 months, Monkeywood have been working with 4 exciting writers, supporting them to develop 4 brand new plays.
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EARLY DOORS  
Thursday 4th to Sunday 7th June 2015 - The Lowry
Not Too Tame are founded on the belief of ‘Theatre for All'. Fresh from a sell out run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival their award winning, immersive production ‘Early Doors' is coming to Salford!
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NOISES OFF  
Thursday 4th June 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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CONSTELLATIONS  
Tuesday 9th to Saturday 13th June 2015 - The Lowry
Quantum multiverse theory, love and honey. Constellations is an explosive new play about free will and friendship from one of the leading voices in UK theatre, Nick Payne. One relationship. Infinite possibilities. An explosive new play about free will and friendship.
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EVERY BRILLIANT THING  
Friday 12th and Saturday 13th June 2015 - The Lowry
The Edinburgh Festival and Off-Broadway hit. A new play about depression and the lengths we will go to for those we love.
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GAME OF SOULS  
Saturday 13th June 2015 - Dancehouse Theatre
After meeting in a lesser part of Hell, two demons decide to play a game of chess using humans as pieces, during which, they try to alter the course of each pieces' destiny. Using comedy and song.
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SALFORD CITY COLLEGE SHOWCASE  
Monday 15th & Tuesday 16th June 2015 - The Lowry
Actors in their final year of training at Salford City College present Tennessee Williams' most intoxicating play.
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LIGHTSPEED  
Wednesday 17th to Thursday 18th June 2015 - The Lowry
This isn't a game Charlie. What's their story? How did they get  here ? To here,  this  moment in time. Charlie and Emma meet one day, and they fall hopelessly into a cycle of thoughts that aren't said,  and actions without meaning. Falling in love quicker than the skyline falls to dusk.
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KAFKA'S MONKEY  
Wednesday 17th to Saturday 27th June 2015 - Number 1 First Street

The 2009 sell-out production featuring Olivier Award winner Kathryn Hunter comes to HOME after a hit world tour. A witty, heart-rending and ironic tale of forced assimilation into an alien culture, Kafka's Monkey places a startling mirror in front of a modern day audience.

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BEYOND CRAGPORTH ROCK  
Friday 19th June 2015 - The Lowry
Beyond Cragporth Rock invites the audience to ride a roller coaster of bleak laughs and horror. The lights rise upon a bizarre sprawl of bodies. Six sisters, driven to a ramshackle cottage on the edge of an eroding cliff, explain differing versions of their total demise.
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DREAMERS  
Friday 19th June to Saturday 4th July 2015 - Oldham Coliseum

It's the 90's and every weekend a group of young girls shake off the weekly grind with a messy night on the town. They don't care if Monday's blue, Tuesday's grey and Wednesday too. It's Friday- they're in love.

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SHADOW BOXING  
Saturday 20th June 2015 - The Lowry
Flynn, the son of a boxer who couldn't win, is determined not to end up like his father. Through utter dedication Flynn becomes a successful fighter. But is his gruelling training a way of avoiding aspects of himself he'd rather not face?
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MARK THOMPSON presents STARGAZER  
Monday 22nd June 2015 - Waterside

The Universe is shrouded in mystery yet through the Centuries, mankind has slowly unravelled many of its dark secrets. Mark Thompson reveals the hidden nature of the Universe, brought to life with mind-blowing demonstrations.

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FIVE FEET IN FRONT  
Thursday 25th and Friday 26th June 2015 - The Lowry
With a town in turmoil, a group of lives will collide and the band will take you in an uproar of music, obsession and fury. So expect a hoedown and a free-for-all before the black blizzard engulfs them entirely.
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STUFF  
Saturday 4th July 2015 - The Lowry
Toby & Jess are unable to conceive children. Or rather, Toby is unable to. One night, an old friend makes the suggestion that they use his frozen “stuff” to become parents. ‘Stuff' is the story of life, death, family, friendship and all the STUFF in-between.
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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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NECK OF THE WOODS  
Friday 10th to Saturday 18th July 2015 - Number 1 First Street

MIF has invited Turner Prize-winning artist Douglas Gordon (Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait, Douglas Gordon and Philippe Parreno) and celebrated pianist Hélène Grimaud to create Neck of the Woods, a portrait of the wolf brought to life in a startling collision of visual art, music and theatre.

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TEA WITH MISS HORNIMAN  
Tuesday 21st July 2015 - The Lowry
A theatrical journey from Rep to the Rovers. This Showcase Production celebrates the legacy of the renowned Impresario, Annie Horniman.
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SHAUN OF THE DEAD LIVE  
Wednesday 22nd to Friday 24th July 2015 - Dancehouse Theatre
Life is going nowhere for Shaun. He spends his life in his local pub, with his best mate Ed, has issues with his Mum and step-dad and things aren't running too smoothly with his girlfriend Liz.
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21,000 MILES OF RAIL  
Thursday 23rd July 2015 - The Lowry
'21,000 Miles of Rail’ attempts to unpack the rules of talking on trains, and test the possibilities of chance encounters with strangers.
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BAGHEADS  
Sunday 6th & Monday 7th September 2015 - The Lowry
As heroin addict Shaun Cook lies in hospital following a suicide attempt, his family come to terms with his life and their part in his downfall.
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HANDBAGGED  
Tuesday 15th to Saturday 19th September 2015 - The Lowry
Liz vs. Maggie. Two enduring icons born in the same year. One destined to rule, the other elected to lead.  But when the stiff upper lip softened and the gloves came off, which one had the upper hand?
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Darcy Oake at the Manchester Apollo
DARCY OAKE  
Friday 18th September 2015 - Apollo

Canadian magician Darcy Oake will be heading out on his first ever UK tour with a series of thrilling live shows. Emerging in the world of illusion as a new generation of contemporary mysticism he has quickly established himself as one of the most exciting performers in magic right now.

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MLF PRESENTS MARGARET ATWOOD  
Sunday 27th September 2015 - Royal Exchange
Manchester Literature Festival are delighted to present award-winning Canadian author and international bestseller Margaret Atwood. Margaret's previous works include The Handmaid's Tale, Cat's Eye, The Blind Assassin and the MaddAddam trilogy.
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THE FACE OF BRITAIN: SIMON SCHAMA  
Monday 28th September 2015 - The Lowry
Join Simon Schama for a thrilling evening discussing the stunning and surprising array of images that tell the story of the British.
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LA MÉLANCHOLIE DES DRAGONS  
Thursday 1st to Saturday 3rd October 2015 - Number 1 First Street

La Mélancolie des Dragons is a unique masterpiece, combining performance and visual art in a truly enchanting mix. After touring the world, it comes to HOME for its UK premiere.

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THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST  
Tuesday 6th to Saturday 10th October 2015 - The Lowry
Oscar Wilde’s much loved and brilliantly witty masterpiece stars members of the West End cast including Nigel Havers.
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GOLEM  
Wednesday 7th to Saturday 17th October 2015 - Number 1 First Street

A 1927, Salzburg Festival, Theatre de la Ville Paris & Young Vic co-production. Directed by Suzanne Andrade. The danger lies not in machine becoming more like man but in man becoming more like machine.

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Dynamo at the Manchester Apollo
DYNAMO  
Friday 9th to Sunday 18th October 2015 - Apollo

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 but Dynamo announces his biggest challenge to date as the renowned street magician will take to the stage as he embarks on his first ever live tour.

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THE ORESTEIA  
Fri 23rd October to Sat 14th November 2015 - Number 1 First Street

Terrible secrets are handed down through the generations in a bloody chain of murder and revenge. The Oresteia , the first great work of theatre written two and a half thousand years ago, is as gripping and relevant as ever. Where is justice in a landscape of blood?

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BERYL - THE GREATEST WOMAN ON TWO WHEELS  
Monday 2nd to Wednesday 4th November 2015 - The Lowry
Maxine Peake’s witty, charming and critically acclaimed play celebrates the life of sporting legend Beryl Burton – the greatest woman on two wheels.
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AND THEN THERE WERE NONE  
Monday 16th to Saturday 21st November 2015

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Agatha Christie Theatre Company , And Then There Were None returns to the stage to follow in the footsteps of the company's hugely successful Witness for the Prosecution and Black Coffee .

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THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME  
Tuesday 17th to Saturday 21st November 2015 - The Lowry
After a smash-hit run across the UK, Manchester's 'Best Visiting Production' returns to the stage to end its first UK tour. Over 35,000 people saw the show during its three-week run at Christmas & now those that missed out have a second chance to catch this multi-Olivier Award-winning production.
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LORD OF THE FLIES  
Tuesday 1st to Saturday 5th December 2015 - The Lowry
William Golding’s 20th century classic explodes onto the stage in a remarkable production direct from London’s Regent’s Park Theatre.
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INKHEART  
Fri 4th December 2015 to Sat 16th January 2016 - Number 1 First Street

A new stage adaptation of the bestselling novel by Cornelia Funke. Directed by Walter Meierjohann. This Christmas, prepare to be transported into the enchanted world of Inkheart , where nothing is what it seems and magic hides behind every page…

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HENRY ROLLINS  
Tuesday 12th January 2016 - The Bridgewater Hall

Henry Rollins has announced details of his first UK “talking shows” since his memorable Long March tour of 2012.

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