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The Importance Of Being Earnest
 
 
 
THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST  
Friday 26th to Sunday 28th August 2016 - Fletcher Moss, Didsbury

Be entertained by the highlight of the evening – an exclusive performance of Oscar Wilde’s tour de force, ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’. Tonight we’re going to party like it’s 1929!

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FAULTY TOWERS  
Thursday 1st to Sunday 4th September 2016 - The Lowry
This internationally acclaimed show features Basil, Sybil and Manuel in a 2-hour tour de force of comedy theatre. With only a third of the show scripted, absolutely anything can happen… Faulty Towers includes a delicious meal, there is no need to reserve a restaurant table during the booking process.
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THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION  
Monday 5th to Saturday 10th September 2016 - The Lowry
The Shawshank Redemption the play examines desperation, injustice, friendship & hope behind the claustrophobic bars of a maximum security facility. The feature film, regularly voted Britain’s favourite ever movie, starred Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman and was nominated for seven Academy Awards.
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BRASSED OFF  
Wed 7th September to Sat 1st October 2016 - Oldham Coliseum Theatre

Based on a true story, Brassed Off is a funny and life-affirming tale of community spirit and triumph in the face of adversity.

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HARPER LEE'S TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD  
Thursday 8th September to Saturday 15th October 2016 - Bolton Octagon

Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel follows the struggle of lawyer Atticus Finch as he strives to defend a wrongly accused black man in 1930’s Deep South. Told through the innocent eyes of his fiery daughter, Scout, we witness how her small town is ravaged by racial prejudice.

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AN EVENING WITH DAME JOAN COLLINS  
Monday 12th September 2016 - The Lowry
This all-new show for 2016 provides fans with a once in a lifetime opportunity to spend an intimate, entertaining and unforgettable evening in the company of a true Hollywood legend.
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A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE  
Wednesday 14th September - Friday 14th October 2016 - The Royal Exchange
I don't want realism. I want magic! Associate Artist Maxine Peake takes on the iconic role of Blanche DuBois, a woman living on stories of a glamorous past but frightened of what the future might hold.
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RUFUS NORRIS & JULIA FAWCETT OBE  
Thursday 15th September 2016 - The Lowry
Join Rufus Norris, the director of the National Theatre and chief executive of The Lowry Julia Fawcett OBE as they discuss the National Theatre’s relationship with The Lowry and the North West region.
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THE ACTORS LAB: CHANGES  
Sunday 18th & Monday 19th September 2016 - The Lowry
Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently.They push the human race forward. The people who are crazy enough to think they can make changes in the world, are often the ones who do.
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THE EMPEROR  
Wednesday 28th September to Saturday 8th October 2016 - HOME Manchester

A mesmerising cast of characters, all servants to a despotic ruler on the brink of downfall. In a kingdom obsessed with title and tradition, the lowly and the loyal have incredible stories to tell.

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BE MY BABY  
Tuesday 4th to Saturday 8th October 2016 - The Lowry
Starring Brooke Vincent (Coronation Street) in her debut stage role alongside Ruth Madoc (Hi De Hi), this poignant comedy examines the human need for friendship and the naivety of the 1960’s.
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DARE DEVIL RIDES TO JARAMA  
Thursday 6th & Friday 7th October 2016 - The Lowry
"DARE DEVIL RIDES TO JARAMA" commemorates the 80th anniversary of the Spanish Civil War and the creation of the International Brigades.
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JUMPERS FOR GOALPOSTS  
Friday 7th to Saturday 22nd October 2016 - Oldham Coliseum Theatre

Barely Athletic are at the bottom of their town’s LGBT league. Yes, they’ve had their triumphs, like trouncing Tranny United, but let’s face it, Utd’s striker was wearing a leopard skin mini skirt and the rest of the team were sporting stilettoes.

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A BENCH ON THE ROAD  
Saturday 8th October 2016 - The Lowry
Based on real testimonies, this is a rich piece of musical and visual storytelling exploring women’s experience of immigration through the lens of Scottish-Italian immigrants.
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REHEARSAL FOR MURDER  
Monday 10th to Saturday 15th October 2016 - Opera House

Bill Kenwright presents a new production from the pen of the legendary award-winning writing team Levinson and Link, whose work includes the mystery series Murder, She Wrote and Columbo.

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PRIDE AND PREJUDICE  
Tuesday 11th to Saturday 15th October 2016 - The Lowry
A sell-out during its original run at Regent’s Park Theatre, creators of the recent smash-hit To Kill a Mockingbird Lord of the Flies.
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PAJAMA MEN: 2 MAN 3 MUSKETEERS  
Saturday 15th October 2016 - HOME Manchester

The spectacularly surreal Pajama Men have won acclaim across the globe. Peek into the labyrinthine minds of two of comedy’s greatest talents with an audacious show packed with new, dizzyingly hilarious characters.

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THE SHINING STARS OF STOCKPORT  
Sunday 16th October 2016 - Stockport Plaza

The Wellspring presents 'The Shining Stars of Stockport', a variety show hosted by Gordon Burns.

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RELATIVELY SPEAKING  
Monday 17th to Saturday 22nd October 2016 - The Lowry
With a delightful tangle of deceit and misunderstanding, a quartet of crafted characters and an agile plot, this theatrical masterpiece established Alan Ayckbourn as synonymous with theatre.
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INSTITUTE  
Wednesday 19th to Saturday 22nd October 2016 - HOME Manchester

Four male performers portray four very familiar human beings, each driven by a desire to care and be cared for… in this visually captivating, intimate, funny and moving performance.

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HOUSE ON HAMMER HILL MURDER MYSTERY  
Wednesday 19th October 2016 - Stockport Plaza

Join the creepy, kooky, mysterious and spooky family at the House on Hammer Hill as they welcome a new heir to the estate. 3 course dinner and murder mystery entertainment with the After Dark Theatre Company.

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MUMS THE WORD 2  
Thursday 20th October 2016 - Palace Theatre

Michelle Heaton (Liberty X) Gemma Bissix (EastEnders/ Hollyoaks), Rebecca Wheatley (Casualty), Polly Highton and Sarah Lawn star in this brand-new production of “Mum’s The Word 2”. One of the Nation’s favourites “Mum’s The Word” laughs at the comedic horrors of bringing up children.

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THE WINTER'S TALE  
Friday 21st October to Saturday 5th November 2016 - Bolton Octagon

With song, dance, laughter and one of the most extraordinary climaxes in any of Shakespeare's plays, this powerful and deeply moving story of forgiveness is brought to life in Bolton on the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.

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AN AFTERNOON WITH ANITA HARRIS  
Sunday 23rd October 2016 - Stockport Plaza

Anita Harris makes a welcome return to The Plaza in a magnificent afternoon in her company. Please note this event has been rescheduled from Thursday 28th April at 2.30pm.

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POLARIS  
Monday 31st October 2016 - The Lowry
Through vapour-soaked trees the pole star, Polaris, winks hideously and enveloped by a strange aurora of light, reality begins to warp…
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TWOPENCE TO CROSS THE MERSEY  
Tuesday 1st to Friday 4th November 2016 - Stockport Plaza

The new stage play version of Helen Forrester’s Twopence to Cross the Mersey is coming to The Plaza in Stockport.

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BREAKING THE CODE  
Thursday 3rd - Saturday 19th November 2016 - The Royal Exchange
Can machines think? Is it possible to build a machine that thinks for itself? Hugh Whitemore’s classic play intertwines an account of Turing's most heroic hour with the story of his betrayal and neglect by the nation he had helped in its darkest hour.
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THE BOYS IN THE BAND  
Thursday 3rd to Sunday 6th November 2016 - The Lowry
From the producers of the critically acclaimed revivals of Beautiful Thing and Another Country comes this eagerly anticipated revival of Mart Crowley’s seminal piece.
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POLICE COPS  
Friday 4th November 2016 - The Lowry
Returning from two sellout runs at London’s SOHO Theatre, The Melbourne International Comedy Festival and Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2016… POLICE COPS is back in town.
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CIRCUS OF HORRORS  
Monday 7th November 2016 - Opera House

The show that stormed into the finals of Britain's Got Talent & now a West End smash is back to mark its 21st Anniversary in spectacular style. The latest incarnation Welcome to the Carnevil is set in Victorian London in 1899, Jack the Ripper was still at large & this was the age of the Freakshow...

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THINGS I KNOW TO BE TRUE  
Tuesday 8th to Saturday 12th November 2016 - The Lowry
Featuring Frantic Assembly’s celebrated physicality, this complex and intense study of the mechanics of a family is both poetic and brutally frank.
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GENESIS  
Friday 11th & Saturday 12th November 2016 - The Lowry
Rachel is a leadning geneticist: she identifies gene mutations that increase the risk of developing breast cancer.
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JAMIE RAVEN  
Sunday 20th November 2016 - The Lowry
Jamie Raven burst onto an unsuspecting world during the 2015 series of Britain’s Got Talent. His magic amazed audiences and even made Simon Cowell exclaim, “I now finally believe in magic!”. Sit back, relax and let Jamie Raven show you some of the magic that he has astounded audiences with around the world.
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LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST  
Wednesday 23rd November to Saturday 3rd December 2016 - Opera House

Shakespeare’s great romantic comedies, Love’s Labour’s Lost and Much Ado About Nothing were first paired to great acclaim at Stratford-upon-Avon in 2014. This innovative doubling is now presented in collaboration with the Royal Shakespeare Company and Chichester Festival Theatre.

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HAPPY HOUR  
Thursday 24th & Friday 25th November 2016 - The Lowry
Tmesis Theatre’s new production combines Tmesis’ trademark physicality with humour, music, and text from long-term collaborator Chris Fittock.
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MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING  
Friday 25th November to Saturday 3rd December 2016 - Opera House

Shakespeare’s great romantic comedies, Love’s Labour’s Lost and Much Ado About Nothing were first paired to great acclaim at Stratford-upon-Avon in 2014. This innovative doubling is now presented in collaboration with the Royal Shakespeare Company and Chichester Festival Theatre.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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