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PYGMALION  
Friday 13th to Saturday 28th May 2016 - Oldham Coliseum Theatre

One of George Bernard Shaw's most popular plays, Pygmalion is a charming and provocative comedy that examines the roles of men and women and limitations of education and social class. Pygmalion was the inspiration for the musical, My Fair Lady.

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THE NIGHT WATCH  
Thursday 19th May to Saturday 18th June 2016 - The Royal Exchange
It’s the late 1940s. Calm has returned to London and five people are recovering from the chaos of war. Sarah Waters’ story of illicit love and everyday heroism takes us from a dazed and shattered post-war Britain back into the heart of the Blitz, towards the secrets that are hidden there.
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CHILCOT  
Thursday 26th to Saturday 28th May 2016 - The Lowry
Drawing together testimonies from leading political players with the forgotten voices of Iraqi refugees, veterans and military families against war – this pertinent and bold piece of documentary theatre explores the accountability of those who have power over us.
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KING LEAR
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Tuesday 31st May to Saturday 4th June 2016
BEST AVAILABLE SEATS £17.50! Driven from his home, King Lear endures madness, blindness and great suffering as he battles a great storm. Yet with madness he finds reason, from blindness he gains new sight, after betrayal he discovers loyalty and through his suffering a better world emerges.
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AN EVENING WITH CHRIS BOARDMAN  
Thursday 2nd June 2016 - The Lowry
Chris will be joined by sports journalist and broadcaster, and fellow ITV cycling correspondent, Ned Boulting, previously named Sports Reporter of the Year by the Royal Television Society.
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THE HOLLYWOOD SPECIAL EFFECTS SHOW
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Friday 3rd & Saturday 4th June 2016 - The Lowry
AMAZING £10 TICKET OFFER! Get closer to the action than ever before as this interactive and explosive family show takes you behind the scenes of your favourite films to discover the science and secrets of creating movie magic.
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RIGHTS OF PASSAGE  
Saturday 4th June 2016 - The Lowry
An exciting and inspirational verbatim theatre piece, presented by a quality theatre company, this play shares the stories of those who come to the UK to seek asylum from anti-gay countries, including Uganda, Iran and Malaysia.
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HAMLET/ALL'S WELL THAT END'S WELL  
Tuesday 7th to Saturday 11th June 2016 - The Lowry
The most famous play in world drama, Hamlet turns a new face to every decade. So many elements - political, madness, sex, murder – all brought together in a drama that is both a thriller and the profoundest meditation on our human condition.
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THE LADYKILLERS  
Friday 10th June to Saturday 2nd July 2016 - Oldham Coliseum Theatre

Written by Graham Lineham (of Father Ted fame), The Ladykillers is a dark comedy about a dear little old lady pitted against a ruthless gang of criminals, inspired by the classic Ealing  film.

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SALFORD CITY COLLEGE STUDENT SHOWCASE  
Tuesday 14th & Wednesday 15th June 2016 - The Lowry
The explosive drama presented here will display in uncomfortable detail, contradictory human truths and the tensions that lie beneath a thin veneer of civilized society (not suitable for under 16 years).
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PUPPETRY OF THE PENIS  
Saturday 18th June 2016 - Palace Theatre

Near naked men (they wear shoes) manipulate their nether regions using the Ancient Art of Genital Origami, providing the audience with a hilarious array of shapes and impersonations which will be projected onto a huge video screen.

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PETRIFICATION  
Saturday 18th June 2016 - The Lowry
Simon and Sean’s dad is dead. Returning home from London, Simon is shocked to find Sean in a relationship with a man called Aidan. Sean is irritated by Simon’s new cosmopolitan ways. And Aidan? He just wants to be part of the family.
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THE 39 STEPS  
Tuesday 21st to Saturday 25th June 2016 - The Lowry
Follow the incredible adventures of our handsome hero Richard Hannay, complete with stiff-upper-lip, British gung-ho and pencil moustache as he encounters dastardly murders, double-crossing secret agents, and, of course, devastatingly beautiful women.
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DECLARATION  
Thursday 23rd & Friday 24th June 2016 - The Lowry
ADHD is powered by hyperactivity and impulsiveness. So is Sarah. Instinctive, curious, bold and bouncy; she’s a proud square peg, which wouldn’t be such a problem if the hole wasn’t so round.
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THE MOUSETRAP  
Monday 27th June to Saturday 2nd July 2016 - Opera House

The legendary, record-breaking, Box Office smash hit thriller returns! Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap. A classic. A landmark. A legend. The Mousetrap is famous around the world for being the longest running show of any kind in the history of theatre.

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ROSS AND RACHEL  
Thursday 30th June 2016 - The Lowry
Ross & Rachel tells the mind-bending, heart-breaking story of what happens when a couple that was always meant to be together, gets together. And stays together.
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A BED OF SHARDS  
Friday 1st & Saturday 2nd July 2016 - The Lowry
The tower block that has been their home for years is facing demolition, and a council bungalow awaits them.
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UNLIMITED CONFIDENCE  
Friday 1st & Saturday 2nd July 2016 - Middleton Arena
Christian Women of Influence presents 'Unlimited Confidence' - The theme for both days is 'Unlimited Confidence – you are created to succeed and prosper'. NB: there will be no crèche facilities and lunch is not provided.
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THE KING KIDS & THE PORTALOO PORTAL  
Sunday 10th July 2016 - The Lowry
Join the King Kids on an adventure through time and space, making new friends and foes as they struggle to get home again.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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