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HOME, I'M DARLING Offers
Tuesday 23rd to Saturday 27th April 2019 - The Lowry
TICKET & A DRINK DEAL - Following a sold-out run at the National Theatre and direct from a limited West End transfer, Home, I’m Darling comes to Salford for one week only from Tuesday 23 April. Katherine Parkinson (The IT Crowd, Humans) reprises her acclaimed role as Judy, in Laura Wade’s new comedy about one woman’s quest to be the perfect 1950’s housewife.
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EQUUS Offers
Tuesday 23rd to Saturday 27th April 2019 - The Lowry
EXCELLENT £15 TICKET OFFER - Inspired by a true story, Peter Shaffer’s gripping psychological thriller, Equus, explores the complex relationships between devotion, myth and sexuality. This gripping new production is directed by the award-winning Ned Bennett.
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MURDER MYSTERY: GIN & SIN  
Sunday 28th April 2019 - Palace Theatre

Say the password and come on in. It’s Prohibition era in America, but the drinks are still flowing and the jazz is swinging. And tonight, there’s been a murder. Order your gin and get ready to channel your inner detective as you settle in for a night of intrigue, deceit and sin!

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CATHERINE MAYER: FFS Offers
Sunday 28th April 2019 - The Lowry
EXCLUSIVE £10 TICKET OFFER - The author and Women’s Equality Party co-founder is at the end of her tether. A better, brighter, more equal future shimmers on the horizon, yet we seem to be hurtling in the opposite direction. A Funny, Free-wheeling Show about soundbite culture in a messy world. Go and see it: For Future’s Sake.
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EDUCATING RITA Offers
Tuesday 30th April to Saturday 4th May 2019
AMAZING £25 TICKET DEAL! - STEPHEN TOMPKINSON and JESSICA JOHNSON in WILLY RUSSELL’S EDUCATING RITA. This hilarious and heart-warming comedy won the Olivier award when it was produced in London’s West End by the RSC and was adapted into the multi award winning film which starred Julie Walters and Michael Cain.
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ROSE MCGOWAN - BRAVE Offers
Sunday 5th May 2019 - The Lowry
EXCLUSIVE £10 TICKET OFFER - Rose McGowan gained global recognition as a leading actress and is now best known as a feminist whistle-blower, activist and agent of change.
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MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING  
Tuesday 7th to Saturday 11th May 2019 - The Lowry
Six years of war are over. Returning soldiers swap the battlefield for a landscape of love, masked balls and laughter. Two young dreamers fall head over heels, while two others resume their combative courtship.
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ILE LA WA  
Wednesday 8th May 2019 - The Lowry
Caught in the web of the government’s hostile environment as collateral damage or target, four stranger’s lives are interrupted when they can’t produce ID in a spot check...
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PETER JAMES' THE HOUSE ON COLD HILL Offers
Monday 13th to Saturday 18th May 2019 - Opera House
FANTASTIC £25 TICKET OFFER - 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 MOUSETRAP  
Monday 13th to Saturday 18th May 2019 - The Lowry
Discover why Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap has kept people guessing for so long, becoming the longest running show of any kind in the history of theatre. The scene is set when a group of people gathered in a country house cut off by the snow discover, to their horror, that there is a murderer in their midst. Who can it be?
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BRIGHT FUTURES  
Wednesday 15th to Friday 17th May 2019 - The Lowry
It’s a busy afternoon at Bright Futures…it’s performance review day for the junior sales team. Join them for a panicky, primal, perfect-score-attaining power hour – where the wannabe executives circle around the photocopier, ready to trip you up on your ‘Real Growth Initiative’ presentation & get lunch all down your ‘Client Impact Objectives’.
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IAN MCKELLEN  
Wednesday 15th May 2019 - Romiley Forum Theatre

Ian McKellen says: 'I’m celebrating my 80th birthday by touring a new solo show to theatres I know well & a few that I don’t. The show starts with Gandalf & will probably end with an invitation to act with me on stage. In-between there will be anecdotes & acting. I open at my local arts centre in January & end up by August in Orkney.

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NOTORIOUS STRUMPET & DANGEROUS GIRL  
Thursday 16th May 2019 - The Lowry
Julia Mullins was a thief, a prostitute and a drunk. Jess Love is a carnie, a queer and likes a drink. Get taken in by the self-supporting arms of this astounding Alcoholics Anonymous meeting. Where twisted storytelling and spectacular circus skills are shaken and stirred, with one part dark comedy, one part serenity and three parts hostility, hilarity and honesty.
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ANDREA GIBSON  
Friday 17th May 2019 - Dancehouse Theatre
Award winning spoken word poet Andrea Gibson will be touring the UK in May 2019, stopping in Manchester on Friday 17th. This is part of the 'Lord of The Butterflies' UK tour, supporting Gibson's new book 'Lord Of The Butterflies'.
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MOTHERS RUIN - A CABARET ABOUT GIN  
Friday 17th May 2019 - The Lowry
Mother’s Ruin is a 60 minute theatrical cabaret, with music originally performed by Amy Winehouse, Nina Simone, Martha Wainwright, The Popes, The Pretenders and more.
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MARY PORTAS IN CONVERSATION  
Thursday 23rd May 2019 - The Lowry
Penguin Live present Mary – retail guru, business woman & ‘Queen of Shops’ – comes to The Lowry to discuss her life, her career, & her new book Work Like a Woman. Drawing on decades of business experience, it’s packed with top tips & lively tales from a woman on a mission to make work a better place for everyone.
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AN AUDIENCE WITH MARK 'BILLY' BILLINGHAM  
Thursday 23rd May 2019 - Georges Hall
Join TV’s most experienced, highest ranking and most decorated SAS leader and sniper – Mark ‘Billy’ Billingham (as seen on Channel 4’s SAS Who Dares Wins) for an exciting evening of inspirational speaking & stories.
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EAMONN AND JIMMY'S DO FOR DI  
Sunday 26th May 2019 - Stockport Plaza

Eamonn and Jimmy's Do For Di: In memory of a much loved friend and colleague, Dianne Oxberry.

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HOBSON'S CHOICE - A NEW ADAPTATION  
Friday 31st May to Saturday 6th July 2019 - Royal Exchange Theatre
If tailor Hari Hobson isn’t bossing his daughters about in his Northern Quarter workshop, he’s putting the world to rights in his local pub. His oldest daughter, Durga, is the brains behind the operation. But when Hobson says that Durga is too valuable to lose and must give up all idea of getting married, she takes her fate into her own hands and opens a rival shop nearby.
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BEN MACINTYRE LIVE - THE SPY AND THE TRAITOR  
Thursday 6th June 2019 - The Lowry
A rare opportunity to see one of the greatest historians of our generation tell the tale that changed the course of the Cold War forever. Ben Macintyre, expert on twentieth-century espionage and acclaimed author, comes to The Lowry to discuss his new book The Spy and The Traitor – the thrilling and remarkable story of the greatest agent of the Cold War, Oleg Gordievsky.
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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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DAVID BLAINE  
Tuesday 11th June 2019 - O2 Apollo

David Blaine: Real or Magic comes to the O2 Apollo Manchester this June. Blaine’s one-man show, Real Or Magic, brings his unique brand of entertainment, promising to be an unforgettable interactive experience that both shocks and amazes. An experiment in and of itself, his perfomance combines his world-famous sleight of hand with his death-defying endurance acts. No two shows will be exactly the same.

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ROTTERDAM  
Thursday 13th to Saturday 15th June 2019 - Opera House

It's New Year in Rotterdam, and Alice has finally plucked up the courage to email her parents and tell them she's gay. But before she can hit send, her girlfriend Fiona reveals that he has always identified as a man and now wants to start living as one named Adrian.

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THE LISTENING ROOM  
Sunday 16th June 2019 - The Lowry
A stirring exploration of life, death and justice, The Listening Room features the true stories of five people whose lives have been transformed by a violent crime. Years after trial and punishment, each one of them was given the chance to meet the person on the other side.This is what happened when they said yes.
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ADMISSIONS  
Monday 17th to Saturday 22nd June 2019 - The Lowry
Your only chance to see a critically acclaimed, award winning play direct from the West End and New York! Alex Kingston (ER, Doctor Who) and Sarah Hadland (Miranda) star in this bitingly funny new comedy from the writer of Bad Jews Joshua Harmon and producers of Mary Stuart.
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CIRQUE DU SOLEIL - TORUK  
Thursday 20th to Sunday 23rd June 2019 - Manchester Arena

Inspired by James Cameron’s record-breaking movie AVATAR, Cirque du Soleil’s uniquely different touring show TORUK – The First Flight will make its UK debut next June at Manchester Arena from 20 - 23 June 2019.

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#BEMOREMARTYN  
Thursday 20th to Saturday 22nd June 2019 - The Lowry
#BeMoreMartyn trended on Twitter in the hours after the announcement of Martyn Hett’s death at the Manchester Arena bombing in May 2017 – but what does it mean?
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TOGETHER TRUST SUMMER FESTIVAL  
Wednesday 26th June 2019 - The Lowry
The Together Trust is hosting a music extravaganza! Talented pupils from special schools across Greater Manchester and Cheshire will be performing in the Quays Theatre at The Lowry.
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AN EVENING WITH MICHAEL PALIN  
Friday 28th June 2019 - The Lowry
To celebrate the paperback publication of Erebus: The Story of A Ship, Monty Python star and much-loved television globe-trotter Michael Palin announces a brand new one-man stage show. It will take him to twelve venues around the UK.
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LADY BOYS 2019  
Tuesday 9th July 2019 - Stockport Plaza

The Lady Boys are back at The Plaza for Lady Boys of Bangkok Theatre Tour 2019. No one leaves without a smile on their face and that’s the success of this glitzy, sequin clad sparkler of a show that is back at The Plaza due to outstanding popular demand!

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AN EVENING WITH GILL SIMS  
Wednesday 10th July 2019 - The Lowry
Author of online sensation Peter and Jane, Gill Sims is the number one best-selling author behind “WHY MUMMY DRINKS”, its follow up “WHY MUMMY SWEARS” and the recently announced “WHY MUMMY DOESN’T GIVE A…”. Join Gill as she is interviewed about her blog, books, character and much more!
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SHOWCASE 2019  
Sunday 21st July 2019 - The Lowry
‘Something Old, Something New’... Musical theatre companies present their annual selection of musical excerpts. Supporting PROSTATE CANCER UK.
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THERE IS A LIGHT THAT NEVER GOES OUT  
Thu 25th July to Sat 10th August 2019 - Royal Exchange Theatre
The Industrial Revolution was the original Northern Powerhouse, but not everyone bought into the future it promised. In mills and factories across England, angry workers smashed the new machines that threatened their way of life. These workers – the Luddites – were written off as enemies of progress. But their 19th-century complaint, that bosses were using technology as an excuse to beat down the workers, resonates now more strongly than ever.
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FEARNE COTTON'S HAPPY PLACE FESTIVAL  
Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th September 2019 - Tatton Park

Taking place at the picturesque Tatton Park, Fearne Cotton’s Happy Place Festival in collaboration with Rituals is a welcome addition to Fearne's hugely acclaimed Happy Place Podcast & her Sunday Times Best Selling book Happy. Expect workshops including a creative workshops teepee in association with notonthehighstreet featuring renowned experts to yoga classes, live podcasts & talks from inspiring individuals plus outlets from exciting wellbeing businesses & joyful food to sample.

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LAST PODCAST ON THE LEFT  
Tuesday 10th September 2019 - Albert Hall

Last Podcast on the Left barrels headlong into all things horror — as hosts Ben Kissel, Marcus Parks and Henry Zebrowski cover dark subjects spanning Jeffrey Dahmer, werewolves, Jonestown, iconic hauntings, the history of war crimes, and more. Whether it’s cults, killers, or cryptid encounters, Last Podcast on the Left laughs into the abyss that is the dark side of humanity.

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PROFESSOR BRIAN COX  
Friday 13th September 2019 - Manchester Arena

A second raft of extra UK dates have been added to Professor Brian Cox’s forthcoming live world tour, Universal: Adventures in Space and Time – which is shaping up to be the biggest science tour of its kind in history.

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NATIONAL THEATRE: A TASTE OF HONEY
Drama
Friday 13th to Saturday 21st September 2019
The National Theatre, producers of War Horse and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time are taking Shelagh Delaney’s career defining play A Taste of Honey, on a UK tour from September 2019. Directed by Bijan Sheibani (Barber Shop Chronicles), this British classic is an exhilarating depiction of working-class life in post-war Salford.
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ANT MIDDLETON  
Monday 16th September 2019 - The Bridgewater Hall

Ant Middleton has announced a brand new fully immersive show for 2019, The Mind Over Muscle Tour. The No. 1 Sunday Times Best Selling Author’s tour will bring the ‘elements’ to the audience through lighting, sound and set. The show will recreate what mental strength it took behind the scenes for Ant to complete his recent SAS series and his huge Everest challenge.

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UNDER THREE MOONS  

Tuesday 24th to Saturday 28th September 2019 - The Lowry

A new play about friendship and growing up, ‘Under Three Moons’ explores how men relate to each other today. Who we are and how we live. And the spaces between.
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ROYAL SHAKESPEARE COMPANY
AS YOU LIKE IT
Wednesday 25th September to Saturday 5th October 2019 - The Lowry
COME INTO THE FOREST; DARE TO CHANGE YOUR STATE OF MIND... Rosalind is banished, wrestling with her heart and her head. With her cousin by her side, she journeys to a world of exile where barriers are broken down and all can discover their deeper selves. Kimberley Sykes directs a riotous, exhilarating version of Shakespeare’s romantic comedy.
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ROYAL SHAKESPEARE COMPANY  
TAMING OF THE SHREW
Friday 27th September to Thursday 3rd October 2019 - The Lowry
IN A REIMAGINED 1590, ENGLAND IS A MATRIARCHY. Baptista Minola is seeking to sell off her son Katherine to the highest bidder.Cue an explosive battle of the sexes in this electrically charged love story. Justin Audibert turns Shakespeare’s fierce, energetic comedy of gender and materialism on its head to offer a fresh perspective on its portrayal of hierarchy and power.
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ROYAL SHAKESPEARE COMPANY  
MEASURE FOR MEASURE
Tuesday 1st to Saturday 5th October 2019 - The Lowry
‘TO WHOM SHOULD I COMPLAIN?’ When a young novice nun is compromised by a corrupt official, who offers to save her brother from execution in return for sex, she has no idea where to turn for help. When she threatens to expose him, he tells her that no one would believe her. Shakespeare wrote this play in the early 1600s, yet it remains astonishingly resonant today. RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran directs this new production.
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AN EVENING WITH ARMISTEAD MAUPIN  
Tuesday 8th October 2019 - The Lowry
In his first ever UK tour, Fane Productions and Kilimanjaro present an evening with the bestselling, much-loved author and LGBT activist, Armistead Maupin. Don’t miss the chance to join America’s ultimate storyteller, as he recounts his favourites tales from the past 4 decades, offering his own engaging observations on society and the world we inhabit.
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THE EXORCIST  
Tuesday 22nd to Saturday 26th October 2019 - Opera House

Inspired by true events, the two time Oscar-winning film version of this story has terrified generations the world over since its release in 1973. Now this brand new stage production of The Exorcist is unleashed for the very first time in a uniquely theatrical experience. Age guidance 18+.

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BEN FOGLE - ADVENTURES IN THE WILDERNESS  
Monday 11th November 2019 - Palace Theatre
Thrilling tales from a modern day journeyman. From crossing Antarctica to conquering Everest, Ben Fogle will take the audience on an inspiring adventure. The UN Patron of the Wilderness, Ben Fogle has travelled the world, has published 10 bestselling books & his TV shows are a global hit watched by millions around the world.
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NIGEL SLATER'S TOAST  
Monday 11th to Saturday 16th November 2019 - The Lowry
Nigel Slater’s Toast returns to The Lowry where it premiered in 2018 as part of Week 53 Festival. Since opening at The Lowry, the show has been seen at Edinburgh Festival and in London’s West End and has now embarked on its first full UK Tour.
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