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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 Offers
Thursday 13th to Saturday 15th June 2019 - Opera House
READY FOR A £15 TICKET OFFER? - 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 Offers
Monday 17th to Saturday 22nd June 2019 - The Lowry
AMAZING £19.50 TICKET OFFER - 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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NADIYA HUSSAIN: FINDING MY VOICE  
Thursday 5th December 2019

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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I THINK WE'RE ALONE  
Tuesday 12th to Saturday 16th May 2020
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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