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CAPTURING PABLO  
Friday 16th December 2016 - Manchester Academy

This event will give Narcos fans and those interested in Pablo Escobar the opportunity to hear first hand information from the two men who were instrumental in his takedown, and provide what will be a very insightful and unique evening.

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EDUCATING RITA  
Thursday 19th January to Saturday 11th February 2017 - Bolton Octagon

Willy Russell’s award-winning play is an uplifting tale of self-discovery where we witness how the power of choice comes through education.

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DESTINATIONS THE HOLIDAY & TRAVEL SHOW  
Thursday 19th to Sunday 22nd January 2017 - EventCity

With a huge choice of the latest model caravans, motorhomes and holiday homes on display from over 200 exhibitors, The Caravan & Motorhome Show is the perfect place to kick-start your UK caravanning adventures.

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THE CARAVAN & MOTORHOME SHOW 2017  
Thursday 19th to Sunday 22nd January 2017 - EventCity

Destinations: The Holiday & Travel Show,  Manchester's EventCity, 19 - 22 January 2017, is the North's essential event for travel inspiration and is dedicated to finding you your ultimate holiday.

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THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME  
Saturday 21st January - Saturday 4th February 2017 - The Lowry
Based on the award-winning novel by Mark Haddon, adapted by Simon Stephens and directed by Marianne Elliott, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a thrilling new stage play from the National Theatre.
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MASSIVE OWL'S CASTLE ROCK  
Wednesday 25th January 2017 - The Lowry
As flashing neon lights descend upon the tracks, a boxing gloved boy with a death wish comes head to head with a white suited locomotive and a deer in black patent stilettos.
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YOU HAD TO BE THERE  
Friday 27th January 2017 - The Lowry
Join us as we explore those one-off, memorable moments that despite being permanently etched in our minds, never quite translate in the retelling.
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DARK HEARTS OF SPACE  
Saturday 28th January 2017 - The Lowry
This mesmerising performance explores the extreme and fascinating nature of Black Holes. The acclaimed hit of the international Mutek Festival, these artists takes you into space/ time where gravitational effects pull you into a visual and audio world where nothing can escape.
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NARVIK  
Tuesday 31st January to Saturday 4th February 2017 - HOME Manchester

Present day. Liverpool. All alone, an old man falls in a basement and loses consciousness. World War Two. Norway. A young sailor with a heart full of hope and courage falls in love.

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HUSH HUSH  
Friday 3rd February & 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 HACK YOUR HOME  
Friday 3rd February 2017 - The Lowry
In a fast-paced, interactive show, Danielle will inspire audiences to use the sparks of their imagination to change the world.
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GASLIGHT  
Friday 3rd to Saturday 18th February 2017 - Oldham Coliseum Theatre

As the gas lights flicker in the drawing room of number nine Thornton Square and the floorboards creak overhead, newly wed Bella Manningham becomes convinced that she’s losing her mind just as her mother did before her. Her memories are haunted by an aunt violently murdered and a mother consigned to the asylum.

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WIREDO  
Saturday 4th February 2017 - The Lowry
With her body, a tightwire and a physical composition that draws on the Japanese rope art of Shibari, Hanna Moisala’s WireDo tells a mesmerizing story of stepping out to the unknown.
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FROM IBIZA TO THE NORFOLK BROADS  
Saturday 4th February 2017 - The Lowry
Adrian Berry’s acclaimed sell-out production returns in this tale of a young David Bowie obsessive.
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THE HOUSE OF BERNADA ALBA  
Tuesday 7th - Saturday 25th February 2017 - The Royal Exchange
Bernarda’s husband is dead. Now she alone rules her household and the lives of her five daughters. A period of eight years mourning will be observed without contact with the outside world and the men who might bring them ruin.
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GOOD DOG  
Wednesday 22nd & Thursday 23rd February 2017 - The Lowry
In the end, everyone who’s good gets what they deserve. Don’t they?
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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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A MACHINE THEY'RE SECRETLY BUILDING  
Wednesday 1st March 2017 - The Lowry
Two people speak up, speak out, blow the whistle and lift the veil on the insidious machine of surveillance.
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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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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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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  
Saturday 8th to Saturday 15th April 2017 - The Lowry
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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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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HUSH HUSH  
Friday 21st April 2017 - The Lowry
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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