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BARBER SHOP CHRONICLES  
Thursday 7th to Saturday 23rd March 2019 - Royal Exchange Theatre
One day. Six cities. A thousand stories. For generations, African men have gathered in barber shops. Sometimes they have haircuts, sometimes they listen, more often than not they talk. Barber shops are confession boxes, political platforms, preacher-pulpits and football pitches... places to go for unofficial advice, and to keep in touch with the world.
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AKELA - IN CONVERSATION  
Saturday 23rd March 2019 - The Lowry
Akala is a BAFTA and MOBO award winning hip hop artist, writer and social-entrepreneur, as well as the co founder of The Hip Hop Shakespeare Company. Alongside an extensive and celebrated output as a musician, Akala has produced numerous projects in the arts, education and music worldwide.
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BESS THE COMMONER QUEEN  
Saturday 23rd March 2019 - The Lowry

A unique insight into the political intrigues of Elizabethan England, as witnessed first-hand by “Bess of Hardwick”. Bess was the closest female friend & Lady-in-Waiting to Elizabeth I &, at the same time, confidante to Mary Queen of Scots, whom Bess & her 4th husband (the Earl of Shrewsbury) kept under “house-arrest” for over 15 years until Mary’s execution.

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MISSING  
Saturday 23rd March 2019 - The Lowry
MISSING is the latest project by multi award winning ZU-UK. You are the player. You are also a shadow. You have simple instructions. Your time is limited. Others can see you. You are close to your objective. Then the objective is not what you thought it was. You are not where you thought you were. The game has changed. You can keep playing, but you can’t start again. Because you know too much now.
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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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PURGE  
Tuesday 26th March 2019 - The Lowry
Meet Regina. Regina is 16-years old. She’s just like any other girl, except that she suddenly gained 125 million subscribers in 24 hours. Regina’s mother, Carole is desperate to get through to her daughter whose behaviour is becoming increasingly bizarre and worrying, but how can a mother compete with millions of ‘followers’?
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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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BEST OF BE FESTIVAL  
Wednesday 27th March 2019 - The Lowry

Each year, BE FESTIVAL packages up three of their favourite shows from their international festival and sends them on a tour of the UK. Out on the road this year, there’ll be a daredevil, an illusionist and a juggling-computer-musical genius, performing 3 nail-biting, 30-minute shows all in one exhilarating evening.

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BIG CELEBRATION  
Thursday 28th & Friday 29th March 2019 - The Lowry
Young people are always facing pressure to change, to develop and to grow in a world, which is never still and is often uncertain. Developed by young people from The Lowry’s Targeted Programme and Youth Employability Scheme, the evening will creatively showcase the journeys of many inspirational young people who have knocked down the barriers society has put in-front of them.
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TRAINSPOTTING  
Friday 29th March to Sunday 21st April 2019 - Mayfield Manchester

This punchy, immersive production recaptures the passion and controversy of the famous novel and globally successful film, and repackages it so the audience are literally part of the show, including the notorious “Worst Toilet in Scotland” scene.

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THE TWISTED CIRCUS 2  
Sunday 31st March 2019 - Albert Hall

Roll up, Roll up. Welcome to the greatest circus drag show in the world. We are bringing back for round 2 by popular demand. The biggest and best drag queens of the world take to the stage along side the klub kids acrobats and circus freaks.

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THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN  
Monday 1st to Saturday 6th April 2019 - The Lowry
The Girl On The Train - Based on the best-selling novel by Paula Hawkins and the DreamWorks film. Adapted from Paula Hawkins’ novel – an international phenomenon selling over twenty million copies worldwide – this gripping new play will keep you guessing until the final moment.
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AN AUDIENCE WITH SIMON REEVE  
Sunday 7th April 2019 - Opera House

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

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ABIGAIL'S PARTY  
Monday 8th to Saturday 13th April 2018 - Opera House

Jodie Prenger leads the cast in this groundbreaking comedy classic!. Mike Leigh’s iconic Abigail’s Party is one of Britain’s most celebrated comedies; beloved by audiences, it thrills and delights in equal measure. It’s not to be missed.

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RITA, SUE AND BOB TOO  
Tuesday 9th to Saturday 13th April 2019 - The Lowry

Best friends Rita and Sue get a lift home from married Bob after babysitting his kids. When he offers them a taste of adult adventure, the three start a fling each of them think they can control. A vivid portrait of girls caught between a brutal childhood and an unpromising future in this bold production by Kate Wasserberg.

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HEART OF DARKNESS  
Tuesday 16th to Thursday 18th April 2019 - The Lowry

Co-produced by Marche Teatro and Cast. Supported by Arts Council England, Lancaster Arts at Lancaster University and Theatre by the Lake. Following the popular and critically acclaimed adaptation of Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms, imitating the dog turn their attention to Joseph Conrad’s extraordinarily influential novel, Heart of Darkness.

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ANT MIDDLETON  
Sunday 21st April 2019 - The Lowry

Ant Middleton, best known as the Chief Instructor for Channel 4’s hit shows, SAS : Who Dares Wins, Mutiny and Escape has announced a brand new fully immersive show for 2019, The Mind Over Muscle Tour.

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HOME, I'M DARLING  
Tuesday 23rd to Saturday 27th April 2019 - The Lowry

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  
Tuesday 23rd to Saturday 27th April 2019 - The Lowry
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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ROSE MCGOWAN - BRAVE  
Sunday 5th May 2019 - The Lowry
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  
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 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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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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MURDER MYSTERY: GIN & SIN  
Friday 24th & 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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