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MRS LOWRY & SON - THE GALA PREMIERE (FILM)  
Tuesday 27th August 2019 - The Lowry
Boasting powerhouse performances from Timothy Spall and Vanessa Redgrave, this is the delicate, intimate and amusing story of the relationship between beloved British artist L.S. Lowry (Spall) and his overbearing mother Elizabeth (Redgrave) in 1920s Salford. Special guests Timothy Spall and Adrian Noble (former RSC director) will take part in an on-stage ‘In Conversation’ after the screening.
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MALORIE BLACKMAN'S NOUGHTS & CROSSES  
Saturday 31st August 2019 - The Lowry
Join legendary author Malorie Blackman as she introduces us to her long-awaited new novel Crossfire in her bestselling series Noughts & Crosses, and discusses the TV adaptation.
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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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BEN HART  
Tuesday 10th September 2019 - The Lowry
Britain’s Got Talent 2019 finalist, West End star and multi award-winning magician Ben Hart is embarking on his debut solo tour. Expect his most mind-blowing and exciting magic in a show that shines a light on magic, life, the universe and the darkest corners of your imaginations.
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EVERYTHING I SEE I SWALLOW  
Wednesday 11th & Thursday 12th September 2019 - The Lowry
A child growing up and a mother growing older. Both of them struggling for answers about their own sexuality, their place in modern society and in each others lives. Using aerial circus, theatre and the ancient Japanese art of shibari, ‘Everything I See I Swallow’ is an aerial examination of a mother and daughter’s sexuality as they ask some of life’s biggest questions.
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NEW DAWN FADES  
Thursday 12th to Saturday 14th September 2019 - Dancehouse Theatre
Celebrating 40 years since the release of Joy Division's groundbreaking debut LP, 'Unknown Pleasures', this is the story of four ordinary lads who, inspired by the punk revolution of 1970s Manchester, came together to form one of the most influential bands of all time, Joy Division.
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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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MACBETH  
Friday 13th September to Saturday 19th October 2019 - Royal Exchange
The war is over, the victory complete. But for Macbeth, the triumphant forces’ most fearsome warrior, the battle for the throne is only just beginning – and she’ll stop at nothing to take the crown.
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NATIONAL THEATRE: A TASTE OF HONEY  
Friday 13th to Saturday 21st September 2019 - The Lowry
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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CIRCA - HUMANS  
Monday 16th & Tuesday 17th September 2019 - The Lowry
Ten acrobats take us on a stirring journey of what it means to be human, and of how our bodies, our connections, and our aspirations all form part of who we are.
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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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FOOD BANK BOULEVARD  
Monday 30th September to Tuesday 1st October 2019 - The Lowry
“Food Bank Boulevard” is an irreverent satire commenting on today’s inner city Britain and is from the producers of, “It’s The Wrong Way To Tickle Mary” and “Me, You & George Clooney”.
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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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JOJO MOYES  
Thursday 3rd October 2019 - Palace Theatre
Do not miss this opportunity to join this bestselling novelist to celebrate the publication of her new book. Interviewed live on stage, Jojo will explore how it felt to step away from her beloved characters from the global phenomenon that is her Me Before You trilogy to write this breath-taking new piece of standalone fiction.
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MLF: NEIL TENNANT IN CONVERSATION  
Saturday 5th October 2019 - RNCM

One half of pioneering electronic pop duo Pet Shop Boys, Neil Tennant has released 13 studio albums over four decades and is one of Britain’s most witty and playful lyricists. In this special Manchester Literature Festival event chaired by poet Andrew McMillan (Playtime, Physical), Neil discusses the art of lyric-writing, the joy of telling stories, his literary and musical influences, bringing politics and history into pop music, his collaborations with artists from David Bowie and Dusty Springfield to Derek Jarman, and his debut book One Hundred Lyrics and a Poem.

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MLF: JEANETTE WINTERSON  
Saturday 5th October 2019 - RNCM

Jeanette Winterson performs a one-woman show based around her superb new novel Frankissstein. In 1816, Mary Shelley retreats to Lake Geneva to write Frankenstein, while in the present day, Dr Ry Shelley researches the effects of Artificial Intelligence. Discussing robots, sex bots and gender transition, Jeanette explores what it means to have agency over your own body and whether our preserved brains will run the future. Jeanette is the author of ten critically acclaimed novels, the memoir Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? and several screenplays

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TROJAN HORSE  
Tuesday 8th to Saturday 12th October 2019 - The Lowry
Trojan Horse was a local story that hit the national press, accusing ‘hardline’ Muslim teachers and governors of plotting extremism in Birmingham schools. Adapted from the real-life testimonies of those at the heart of the UK Government’s inquiry, critically acclaimed theatre-company LUNG investigates what really happened.
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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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MLF: GUY GARVEY & SIMON ARMITAGE  
Sunday 13th October 2019 - RNCM

What happens if the newly appointed Poet Laureate and one of the UK’s most loved singer-songwriters share the same stage? Join us as Yorkshire poet, Simon Armitage and Elbow frontman, Guy Garvey discuss their work, their writing process, and their literary and musical influences. How do they collaborate with other artists? How have the people, places and landscape of the North inspired and shaped their work? Whatever the answers, this will be a unique and special evening.

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MLF: STEPHEN MORRIS & JON SAVAGE  
Sunday 20th October 2019 - RNCM

40 years after Joy Division’s seminal debut album Unknown Pleasures, drummer Stephen Morris and acclaimed music critic Jon Savage (This Searing Light, The Sun and Everything Else; England’s Dreaming) reflect on the impact that Joy Division has had from the late ’70s to the present day, taking in the brilliance of the music, lyrics and post-punk tension. They will also discuss New Order’s embrace of drum machines and dance music, the importance of place, the joy of record collecting and Stephen’s excellent memoir, Record Play Pause.

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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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LIGHT FALLS Drama
Thu 24th October to Sat 16th November 2019 - Royal Exchange
A woman wakes up with a stranger beside her. A student argues with his lover. A single mother fights to feed her baby. A married man flirts with two younger women. And far away, one devastating event is about to change all their lives forever.
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DORIAN  
Wednesday 30th October to Friday 1st November 2019 - The Lowry
What if a portrait didn’t accurately reflect the life you’ve lived, but could be manipulated to show the life you wish you’d lived? What if your body was changing, but the image you saw of yourself wasn’t?
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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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MALCOLM GLADWELL: TALKING TO STRANGERS  
Thursday 28th November 2019 - Opera House

Bestselling author, journalist and podcast host Malcolm Gladwell presents his new book, Talking to Strangers. Join him for an engaging, surprising and illuminating evening. Select the book-in-ticket option to get a copy of Talking to Strangers at the special reduced price of £9, to be collected on the night.

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NADIYA HUSSAIN: FINDING MY VOICE  
Thursday 5th December 2019 - HOME

This Autumn, Nadiya will be interviewed live on stage to celebrate the publication of her brand new book Finding My Voice. Join the TV presenter, cook and bestselling author, as she considers her roles as mother, Muslim, working woman and celebrity, and questions the barriers which many women must cross to be accepted or heard.

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HAMLET  
Wednesday 8th & Thursday 9th January 2020 - The Lowry
Following the success of their explosive adaptation of “Hamlet” at Storyhouse, Chester, in 2019, Chalice Productions’ will be propelling this tragic tale of treachery, mistrust, lost love and lust spectacularly into life once more. Still one of Shakespeare’s most popular works, “Hamlet” it is an absolute powerhouse of a play for performers, directors and audience alike.
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THE NO SLEEP PODCAST  
Saturday 11th January 2019 - Dancehouse Theatre
The NoSleep Podcast will be bringing its live show across the Atlantic for the first time ever in January 2020. Founded in 2011, The NoSleep Podcast has become the most listened-to horror storytelling podcast in the world. With over 130 million downloads and counting, The NoSleep Podcast’s talented team of voice actors, producers, editors, and composers transform the powerful horror stories into an immersive audio experience.
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AN INSPECTOR CALLS  
Tuesday 14th to Saturday 18th January 2020 - The Lowry
Stephen Daldry’s record breaking and multi award-winning production for the National Theatre of AN INSPECTOR CALLS returns after a sell-out London season and American tour. Daldry’s visionary, radical, challenging version of JB Priestley’s classic thriller, hailed as the theatrical event of its generation, has been seen by more than 4 million people worldwide.
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MY NIGHT WITH REG  
Thursday 23rd to Saturday 25th January 2020 - The Lowry
Funny, sad and sweet, Kevin Elyot’s award-winning dark comedy play about the relationships of a group of gay men and their connections to the unseen yet magnetic Reg is a moving exploration of friendship, happiness and love, and their fragility in the shadow of the 1980’s AIDS crisis.
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WUTHERING HEIGHTS  
Friday 7th February to Saturday 7th March 2020 - Royal Exchange
When two souls collide, the impact can resonate for all eternity. So it was, and so it is, with Heathcliff and Cathy – but if they can’t be together, the world that struggles to contain them will simply shatter and burn…
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A MONSTER CALLS  
Tuesday 25th to Saturday 29th February 2020 - The Lowry
Patrick Ness’s piercing novel A Monster Calls is brought vividly to life in the Olivier award-winning production by visionary director Sally Cookson.
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I THINK WE'RE ALONE  
Tuesday 12th to Saturday 16th May 2020 - The Lowry
Frantic Assembly are celebrating their 25th Anniversary and are returning to The Lowry with a brand new production, I THINK WE ARE ALONE by Sally Abbott, co-directed by Kathy Burke and Scott Graham.
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AN EVENING WITH IRA GLASS  
Sunday 17th May 2020 - The Bridgewater Hall

Ira Glass is the creator, producer & host of This American Life, the iconic weekly public radio program with millions of listeners around the world. Using audio clips, music, and video, Ira Glass delivers a unique talk; sharing lessons from his life and career in storytelling: What inspires him to create? What drives his passion? How have failures and successes informed his decisions?

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DIAL M FOR MURDER  
Tuesday 16th to Saturday 20th June 2020 - The Lowry

THE GENRE-DEFINING THRILLER FOR ALL TIME. Can you ever get away with the perfect crime? A brand-new production of the blueprint for the modern thriller, Dial M for Murder is back. Dial M for Murder is the definitive seat gripping drama that is not the be missed!

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THE MOUSETRAP  
Monday 13th to Saturday 18th July 2020 - Opera House

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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