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THE FISHERMAN  
Thursday 19th to Saturday 28th July 2018 - HOME

In a small Nigerian town, Ben and Obembe, along with their two older brothers, slip away to fish at a forbidden river. Unnoticed and carefree, they continue until one day the prophecy of a madman changes the course of their lives forever.

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OTHELLO MACBETH  
Friday 19th to Saturday 28th July 2018 - HOME

An audacious condensed staging of two of Shakespeare’s most brutal and poetic tales of fear, jealousy, power and revenge. Two stories in which powerful men are manipulated into destroying their societies, their households, their loved ones and themselves.

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SHERLOCK HOLMES - THE FINAL CURTAIN  
Monday 23rd to Saturday 28th July 2018 - Opera House

Holmes lives in retirement on the South Coast. He keeps bees, occasionally casts his fly fishing rod, even plays his Stradivarius when the rheumatism allows. This world premiere production reunites Robert Powell & Liza Goddard following huge acclaim for their performances in Single Spies and Relatively Speaking

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QUEENS OF THE COAL AGE by MAXINE PEAKE  
Wednesday 4th to Friday 20th July 2018 - The Royal Exchange
Anne, Elaine, Dot and Lesley. Four ordinary women, facing the closure of their community. It’s 1993 and the Parkside Colliery pit may be winding down, but they’re not giving up.
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#BEMOREMARTYN - THE BOY WITH THE DEIRDRE TATTOO  
Thursday 5th July to Sunday 9th August 2018 - Hope Mill Theatre

Hope Theatre Company in association with Hope Mill Theatre present – #BeMoreMartyn: The Boy with the Deirdre Tattoo. This new play celebrates the power of friendship and encourages audiences to live life to the full, to be proud of who you are and to #BeMoreMartyn.

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FRIENDSFEST  
Friday 3rd to Sunday 12th August 2018 - Heaton Park

Comedy Central UK’s FriendsFest is back, in partnership with The Luna Cinema. You'll be able to enjoy all the best bits from previous years, including Monica’s apartment, Joey and Chandler’s apartment complete with corridor, Central Perk, original memorabilia and the iconic fountain. But this year's even better than ever. they are bringing a brand new, full-scale set of Ross’s apartment (formerly home to Ugly Naked Guy) to the UK!

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THE GREAT BRITISH GATSBY  
Saturday 4th August 2018 - Palace Theatre
A 1920s Themed Murder Mystery. ‘The Great British Gatsby’ brings to life some of the most notorious and eccentric characters of 1920s England. Attention-seeking, glamorous and rebellious, you are the original party animals – and one of you is dead.
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EARLY DOORS  
Wed 29th August to Sat 15th September 2018 - Quays Theatre - The Lowry
Commissioned by leading West End producer Philip McIntyre to adapt their award winning television series for the stage, Craig Cash and Phil Mealey have written a brand new story featuring the same hilarious characters. ON-SALE NOW!
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QUEEN MARGARET  
Friday 14th September to Saturday 6th October 2018 - Royal Exchange Theatre
Created with original Shakespeare text, Jeanie O’Hare retells The Wars of the Roses through the eyes of the extraordinary Margaret of Anjou. Elizabeth Freestone directs this captivating exploration of an iconic moment of British history, from the viewpoint of this dangerous and thrilling woman.
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AN EVENING WITH ANT MIDDLETON  
Sunday 16th September 2018 - O2 Apollo

Ant Middleton, adventurer, survival expert, TV presenter, ex elite forces soldier, will be tour-ing theatres across the UK in Spring 2018, sharing his experiences and exploits as a mod-ern day explorer and expedition leader.

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EARLY DOORS  
Monday 17th to Saturday 22nd September 2018 - Lyric Theatre - The Lowry
Commissioned by leading West End producer Philip McIntyre to adapt their award winning television series for the stage, Craig Cash and Phil Mealey have written a brand new story featuring the same hilarious characters. EXTRA DATES IN THE LYRIC THEATRE!
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OUTSTAGEUS  
Monday 17th & Tuesday 18th September 2018 - The Lowry
After a sell-out run last year, Hope Theatre Company present OutStageUs,a night of LGBT+ drama and comedy. This annual celebration of new writing showcases Greater Manchester’s unique LGBT+ community.
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MEEK  
Wednesday 19th to Saturday 22nd September 2018 - The Lowry
Headlong in association with Birmingham Repertory TheatrePenelope Skinner’s (Linda, The Village Bike) new play is a haunting vision of ruthless state control, tense friendships and one woman’s determination not to be broken.
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JAMIE RAVEN  
Thursday 27th September 2018 - Dancehouse Theatre
Britain's Got Talent Finalist, Jamie Raven, is proud to announce the UK tour of his brand new show, Making Magic – a look at how magicians do what they do.
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SKIN A CAT  
Thursday 27th & Friday 28th September 2018 - The Lowry
Winner of the VAULT Festival’s Pick of the Year Award and nominated for four Off-West End Awards including Best New Play, Skin A Cat is an alternative coming of age story about going all the way.
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MACBETH  
Saturday 29th September to Saturday 6th October 2018 - The Lowry
National Theatre presents Macbeth. The ruined aftermath of a bloody civil war. Ruthlessly fighting to survive, the Macbeths are thrust towards the crown by forces of elemental darkness.
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DISHOOM!  
Tuesday 2nd to Saturday 13th October 2018 - Oldham Coliseum

Summer 1978, Simon and his friends should be looking forward to leaving school, but the National Front are on the streets, Simon's Bibi is ashamed of him and his Dad spends his life hiding in the pub.

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FREEMAN  
Saturday 6th October 2018 - The Lowry
History is bound to repeat itself when the thumb is permanently bearing down on the loop button, so has anything really changed?
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AN EVENING WITH GRAHAM NORTON  
Sunday 7th October 2018 - RNCM

One of Britain’s most successful broadcasters, Graham Norton hosts his own popular chat show on BBC1, a radio show on BBC Radio 2 & is the winner of 8 BAFTA awards. He’s also an acclaimed novelist that won the Irish Independent Popular Fiction Award for his debut, Holding, at the Bord Gáis Irish Book Awards '16.

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IT'S THE WRONG WAY TO TICKLE MARY  
Monday 8th & Tuesday 9th October 2018 - The Lowry
It’s The Wrong Way To Tickle Mary is an irreverent and heart-warming look at what life was probably like in Salford a hundred years ago and if life has changed for the better, or at all. . .
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AN EVENING WITH STACEY DOOLEY  
Wednesday 10th October 2018 - Opera House

Catch Stacey in this rare live appearance as she discusses everything from gender equality and domestic violence, to sex trafficking and sexual identity, weaving these global strands together in an exploration of what it is to be women in the world today.

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JAMES MARTIN ON THE ROAD... AGAIN  
Thursday 11th October 2018 - Opera House

Superstar chef James Martin will be returning to theatres around the country following the huge success of his 2016 tour. This will see James bring the experiences of his hit TV shows ‘French Adventure’, ‘American Adventure’ and ‘Saturday Morning with James Martin’ to this brand new live show.

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DEATH OF A SALESMAN  
Thu 11th October to Sat 17th November 2018 - Royal Exchange Theatre
Following his critically acclaimed performance as King Lear, Don Warrington returns to the Royal Exchange to play Willy Loman in Arthur Miller's Pulitzer Prize-winning play.
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AN EVENING WITH SUSAN CALMAN  
Saturday 13th October 2018 - RNCM

Comedian, broadcaster and writer Susan Calman drew tears and laughter from the MLF audience at her event to discuss her debut memoir, Cheer Up Love. Through a searingly honest account of her own experiences, Susan’s first book aimed to help people understand depression and mental health issues.

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THE SUPERVET - PROFESSOR NOEL FITZPATRICK  
Sunday 21st October 2018 - Manchester Arena

The Supervet is delighted to be bringing his first ever live stage show Welcome to My World to Manchester. This groundbreaking new show - a must for all animal lovers and fans of the TV show alike - will see Noel enlighten audiences with his incredible life story and explain how he became The Supervet.

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AN AFTERNOON WITH KATE ATKINSON  
Sunday 21st October 2018 - Royal Exchange
Manchester Literature Festival is thrilled to present an afternoon with Kate Atkinson. One of our finest novelists, Kate won the Whitbread Book of the Year Prize for her debut, Behind the Scenes at the Museum.
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AND DID THOSE FEET  
Sunday 21st to Wednesday 31st October 2018 - Macron Stadium

Bolton Wanderers have only made it to the final twice in their 48 year history and lost both matches. It’s the first final to be held in the new Wembley stadium and with Joe Smith and David Jack scoring goals galore - could this be the year for the Wanderers?

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THE DAMNED UNITED  
Thursday 25th to Saturday 27th October 2018 - The Lowry
Adapted from David Peace’s brilliant and ingenious novel, The Damned United takes you inside the tortured mind of a genius slamming up against his limits, and brings to life the beauty and brutality of football, the working man’s ballet.
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REBUS: LONG SHADOWS  
Tuesday 30th October to Saturday 3rd November 2018 - Opera House

The brand-new Rebus story written exclusively for the stage. Detective Inspector John Rebus is retired but the shadows of his former life still follow him through the streets of Edinburgh.

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OLD STOCK  
Tuesday 30th & Wednesday 31st October 2018 - The Lowry
A humorously dark folktale with a genre-bending mix of high-energy klezmer music, storytelling and theatre.
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WTF WEDNESDAY - HISTORY HISTORY HISTORY  
Tuesday 30th & Wednesday 31st October 2018 - The Lowry
Deborah Pearson | In Association with Word Of Warning - How a 1950s Soviet-sponsored sports comedy became tied to a political uprising that made a mark on world history.
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LEVISON WOOD  
Wednesday 31st October 2018 - O2 Apollo

ON SALE FRIDAY - Levison Wood Journeys Through The Badlands and Beyond. In his second adventure-filled live theatre show, Levison Wood will share tales from his most recent journeys across some of the most perilous danger zones on earth. Levison Wood is a British explorer, writer and photographer.

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THE HABIT OF ART  
Monday 12th to Saturday 17th November 2018 - The Lowry
In The Habit of Art, Alan Bennet gives us a play about a meeting between the poet WH Auden and the composer Benjamin Britten. Starring Matthew Kelly and David Yelland.
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BENIDORM LIVE  
Monday 26th November to Saturday 1st December 2018 - Palace Theatre

The official world premiere of Derren Litten's smash-hit ITV comedy Benidorm is set to bring sunshine and smiles to the UK and Ireland in the stage debut production of the hugely popular TV show.

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THE ORESTEIA  
Wednesday 28th & Thursday 29th November 2018 - The Lowry
Splendid’s new creative adaptation explores the place where rage meets justice in an artful, political, physical, musical, entertainingly furious – and furiously entertaining - piece of theatrical magic.
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WHITE  
Thursday 13th to Sunday 23rd December 2018 - HOME

Welcome to the beautifully strange world of White. Full of birdsong and birdhouses, it gleams and dazzles and shines in the night. Two friends look after the birds and make sure the eggs stay safe. We watch, we help. The world is bright, ordered and white.

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AN EVENING OF ERIC AND ERN AT CHRISTMAS  
Tuesday 18th December 2018 to Sunday 6th January 2019 - The Lowry
An Evening of Eric and Ern at Christmas with Jonty Stephens and Ian Ashpitel FROM THE OLIVIER NOMINATED DUO BEHIND THE HUGELY CELEBRATED & CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED WEST END HIT ERIC & LITTLE ERN. It’s a show full of Morecambe and Wise's most loved routines, songs and sketches and of course a musical guest.
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THE RISE AND FALL OF LITTLE VOICE  
Thursday 24th January to Saturday 2nd February 2019 - Albert Halls

Little Voice has got stars in her eyes. This electrifying drama is performed by a company of multi-talented actor musicians. Get ready for a stunning collection of hits including Big Spender, Over the Rainbow and Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien.

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MOTHER COURAGE AND HER CHILDREN  
Friday 8th February to Saturday 2nd March 2019 - Royal Exchange Theatre
A sharp new version of Brecht's universally celebrated classic by Anna Jordan, which sees the return of Julie Hesmondhalgh in the iconic title role.
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PROFESSOR BRIAN COX  
Saturday 9th February 2019 - Manchester Arena

Having set two Guinness World Record titles with his previous sell-out live UK and Ireland tour, Professor Brian Cox, OBE is heading back out on the road with a brand new show for, Professor Brian Cox Live 2019. With Robin Ince as a special guest.

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A SKULL IN CONNEMARA  
Friday 22nd February to Saturday 9th March 2019 - Oldham Coliseum

An Oldham Coliseum Theatre production - A Skull In Connemara - BAFTA and Academy Award-winning Martin McDonagh’s black comedy A Skull In Connemara draws you into the unfolding mysteries of an Irish village.

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NOUGHTS & CROSSES  
Tuesday 26th February to Saturday 2nd March 2019 - The Lowry
Pilot Theatre presents this gripping Romeo and Juliet story by acclaimed writer Malorie Blackman and adapted by Sabrina Mahfouz is a captivating drama of love, revolution and what it means to grow up in a divided world.
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DAN SNOW  
Tuesday 12th March 2019 - Stockport Plaza

‘An Evening with DAN SNOW’ will feature the well-known historian and TV presenter recount anecdotes of memorable experiences from his very successful career as an historian and broadcaster.

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GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS  
Monday 25th to Saturday 30th March 2019 - Opera House

After its sell-out run in the West End, this darkly funny production of Glengarry Glen Ross is touring the UK. Well loved & acclaimed TV & stage stars Nigel Harman & Mark Benton are the deal-chasing cut throat salesmen in this ‘razor-sharp’ revival of Mamet’s Olivier and Pulitzer prize-winning masterpiece.

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BLUE PLANET II - LIVE IN CONCERT  
Wednesday 27th March 2019 - Manchester Arena

Following the incredible success of the BAFTA award-winning BBC One television series Blue Planet II, presented by Sir David Attenborough, BBC Studios, and FKP Scorpio are proud to present a UK live tour, which will bring the wonders and mysteries of the planet’s oceans and wildlife to the UK arena stage.

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AN AUDIENCE WITH SIMON REEVE  
Sunday 7th April 2018 - Opera House

An audience with travel documentary maker Simon Reeve at the Opera House Manchester.

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PETER JAMES THE HOUSE ON COLD HILL  
Monday 13th to Saturday 18th May 2019 - Opera House

Following the overwhelming, sell out stage success of Not Dead Enough, The Perfect Murder and Dead Simple, the No. 1 best-selling author Peter James is back with this spine-tingling smash hit play.

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THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST  
Thursday 6th to Saturday 15th June 2019 - Albert Halls

Oscar Wilde’s sensational and lavish tale of witty comedy is brought to life at Bolton’s Albert Halls. A Victorian satire on social obligations, The Importance of Being Earnest is heralded as one of the funniest plays ever written and has delighted audiences for over 100 years.

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