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The Importance of Being Earnest

Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester
Tuesday 23 - Saturday 27 July 2024
This timeless tale of identity, opulence and sharp-tongued wit follows the lives of the rich and ridiculous, all looking for something to do, someone to love and somewhere to belong. For Jack and Algernon, being young and rich isn't easy. I...

Lowry Workshops - Dance & Drama (Morning)

The Lowry, Salford
Tuesday 23 July 2024 - Thursday 31 July 2025
The Lowry offers a diverse and inclusive creating learning offer. With a variety of workshops linked to curriculum areas, mental health and wellbeing and project work. All workshops and projects are tailor made to support your objectives an...

Elf Lyons

Creatures of the Night Comedy Club, Manchester
Wednesday 24 July 2024
  The first ever comedy show performed entirely by a horse. Made by award-winning Elf Lyons, performed by Treacle. 'Beautiful hind legs' - Horse & Hound ★★★★★ 'Praise her genius and go'  - Telegraph ★★★★ 'Lyons can't be...

Friend (The One With Gunther)

The Lowry, Salford
Sunday 28 July 2024
James Seabright presents Brendan Murphy's Worldwide Comedy Award Winner. One barista, seventy minutes, ten seasons. The entire 236 episodes of the hit 90s TV show, FRIENDS, retold through the eyes of Gunther, Central Perk's very own 'sevent...

Murder Mystery Evening

East Lancashire Railway, Bury
Friday 2 August - Friday 13 December 2024
Nothing works up an appetite like exercising those brain cells. So bring your best detective skills and join us for a night of mystery and murder on one of our stunning heritage steam trains. If you love Agatha Christie or Sherlock Holmes -...

National Theatre Live - Present Laughter (15)

Stockport Plaza, Stockport
Wednesday 7 August 2024
The multi award-winning production of Noel Coward's provocative comedy featuring Andew Scott (Vanya, Fleabag) returns to the big screen. As he prepares to embark on an overseas tour, star actor Garry Essendine's colourful life is in dange...

Playreading Sessions

HOME, Manchester
Friday 9 August 2024
HOME's popular Playreading group meets on the first Friday of most months. The sessions, which are open to all, offer an opportunity to read and discuss plays that are linked to our theatre productions, or discover new plays from local tal...

Wonderland In Alice

Octagon Theatre, Bolton
Friday 16 - Saturday 17 August 2024
Ready to fall down the rabbit hole? British Youth Musical Theatre, in collaboration with Christopher Tendai Company present Wonderland In Alice, a brand new musical that re-imagines Lewis Caroll's classic tale of self-discovery and escapism...

My Son's A Queer (But What Can You Do)

HOME, Manchester
Monday 19 - Sunday 25 August 2024
HOME are thrilled to announce the sensational, award-winning production My Son's a Queer, (But what can you do?) will take the stage this summer ahead of Manchester PRIDE, as the acclaimed production makes its glittering debut in Manchester...

Threshold

Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester
Thursday 22 - Saturday 24 August 2024
This bold new play, created with and for the 2024 Young Company, brings together intersecting stories by three Young Company Writers Graduates: Rosa Gatley, Sharvi Rana and Jake Talbot. Mentored by playwright Becky Prestwich, this striking ...

Chapterhouse - Pride & Prejudice

Blackburn Cathedral, Blackburn
Friday 23 August 2024
Step back in time over two hundred years and meet Elizabeth Bennet and her sisters as they navigate the mire of manners of regency society. With stunning period costume, timeless wit, and a romantic original score, Chapterhouse's Pride and ...

National Theatre Live - Present Laughter (15)

Altrincham Garrick Playhouse, Altrincham
Wednesday 4 September 2024
The multi award-winning production of Noel Coward's provocative comedy featuring Andew Scott (Vanya, Fleabag) returns to the big screen. As he prepares to embark on an overseas tour, star actor Garry Essendine's colourful life is in dange...

Altrincham Garrick Play Reading Club

Altrincham Garrick Playhouse, Altrincham
Wednesday 4 September - Friday 6 December 2024
If you like theatre... no, if you love theatre, drama, comedy, musical theatre, play reading, poetry and much more and would relish the opportunity to meet new people, then the new 'Altrincham Garrick Play Reading Club' is for you. Here is ...

Brassed Off

Octagon Theatre, Bolton
Thursday 5 - Saturday 28 September 2024
Based on the smash-hit film, Brassed Off, this production of the much-loved modern classic by Octagon Theatre Bolton, Theatre by The Lake and Stephen Joseph Theatre is full of grit, heart and northern humour, and will feature live music fr...

Murder on the Orient Express

The Lowry, Salford
Friday 6 - Saturday 14 September 2024
Winter 1934 and an avalanche stops The Orient Express dead in its tracks. One murderer. A train full of suspects. An impossible case. Trapped in the snow with a killer still on-board, can the world's most famous detective, Hercule Poirot, c...

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester
Friday 6 September - Saturday 12 October 2024
This electrifying adaptation of A Midsummer Night's Dream directed by Stef O'Driscoll is a whirlwind of sweaty dance-offs and drum and bass love anthems, celebrating the vibrant tapestry of Manchester's contemporary rave scene. The Palace n...

I Bought A Flip Phone

HOME, Manchester
Wednesday 11 - Saturday 14 September 2024
Panos Kandunias presents a hilarious and heartfelt exploration of modern digital burnout, raunchy text messages from men, and the perpetual feeling of life being on hold. Join Charlie for an hour of laughter and empathy as he navigates his ...

Gwyneth Goes Skiing

Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester
Wednesday 11 - Saturday 21 September 2024
After sell-out London runs, critical acclaim, a U.S. transfer and a run at Edinburgh Fringe, join harbingers of queer chaos Awkward Productions (Diana: The Untold and Untrue Story), as they transform the theatre into Deer Valley Ski Resort....

National Theatre Live - Prima Facie (15)

Stockport Plaza, Stockport
Thursday 12 September 2024
Jodie Comer's (Killing Eve) Olivier and Tony Award-winning performance in Suzie Miller's gripping one-woman play returns to cinemas. Tessa is a young, brilliant barrister. She has worked her way up from working class origins to be at the to...

National Theatre Live - Prima Facie (15)

HOME, Manchester
Thursday 12 - Tuesday 17 September 2024
Jodie Comer's (Killing Eve) Olivier and Tony Award-winning performance in Suzie Miller's gripping one-woman play returns to cinemas. Tessa is a young, brilliant barrister. She has worked her way up from working class origins to be at the to...

Austen's Women: Lady Susan

Waterside, Manchester
Thursday 12 September 2024
From Dyad Productions, the award-winning creators of Austen's Women, A Christmas Carol, I, Elizabeth, Female Gothic, Christmas Gothic, and A Room of One's Own.  Austen's Women are back - in a brand-new solo show! Devil-may-care Lady S...

Mancbeth - Octavia Freud & The Weird Sisters, Rowetta, DJ Jon Dasilva & more

Band On The Wall, Manchester
Saturday 14 September 2024
Two legendary names from Manchester's music scene, Rowetta from Happy Mondays and DJ Jon Dasilva will be performing at the launch night of Mancbeth, a new Shakespeare meets 90's rave electronic musical experience. The Mancbeth concept album...

The History Boys

Altrincham Garrick Playhouse, Altrincham
Monday 16 - Saturday 21 September 2024
Written by Alan Bennett and Directed by Su Mowat for Altrincham Garrick, set in the 1980's, The History Boys is the story of a group of bright, funny and unruly sixth-formers in pursuit of sex, sport and a place at university.  Their mave...

Blackpool, What a Shit Place To Die

Octagon Theatre, Bolton
Tuesday 17 - Thursday 19 September 2024
An award-winning, one-man show, which has toured extensively in the UK and has been featured on the BBC, ITV and in the Manchester Evening News. The dark comedy is inspired by real events in the life of Oldham actor Mark Newsome and is writ...

War Horse

The Lowry, Salford
Wednesday 18 - Saturday 28 September 2024
The Global Phenomenon Returns. The National Theatre's acclaimed production returns in an all-new UK tour. War Horse is an unforgettable theatrical experience which takes audiences on an extraordinary journey from the fields of rural Devon ...

Ruby Wax

St Helens Theatre Royal, St Helens
Friday 20 September - Friday 18 October 2024
  After a complete sell-out first run in 2023, Ruby Wax's rawest, darkest, funniest and most compelling stage show yet announces brand new dates for 2024, thanks to enormous demand. 'I'm Not As Well As I Thought I Was' is Ruby's first tou...

Solve-Along-A-Murder-She-Wrote

Waterside, Manchester
Saturday 21 September 2024
Pit your wits against Jessica B. Fletcher at this interactive screening of an episode of Murder, She Wrote. Can you solve the crime before Cabot Cove's best amateur sleuth? Celebrating all things 80s television mysteries had to offer - con...

National Theatre Live - Prima Facie (15)

Altrincham Garrick Playhouse, Altrincham
Sunday 22 September 2024
Jodie Comer's (Killing Eve) Olivier and Tony Award-winning performance in Suzie Miller's gripping one-woman play returns to cinemas. Tessa is a young, brilliant barrister. She has worked her way up from working class origins to be at the to...

King Arthur

The Lowry, Salford
Tuesday 24 - Saturday 28 September 2024
Award-winning funny men, Le Navet Bete, return to the stage with a a brand-new laugh-out-loud show for theatre. This hilarious retelling of the Arthurian legends, suitable for the whole family, will have audiences crying with laughter and b...

LASH

Waterside, Manchester
Tuesday 24 September 2024
A brand new play from the multi award-winning creators of Jesus, Jane, Mother & Me (★★★★★ - The Stage, and Winner of Adelaide Fringe Critics Circle Award), written and directed by acclaimed playwright Philip Stokes and starring ...

Husk

Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester
Wednesday 25 - Sunday 29 September 2024
Written by Rupert Hill and Directed by Jospeh Houston, Husk is a dark, twisting tale of violence, love, addiction and revenge delivered with a dose of black humour. Ray has just been released from a long stretch behind bars.  Homeles...

Two of Us

HOME, Manchester
Thursday 26 - Saturday 28 September 2024
A play by Mark Stanfield, Richard Short, & Barry Sloane, based on the screenplay by Mark Stanfield. In 1976, tired of the spotlight, John Lennon chose to be a stay-at-home dad to his baby son, Sean. Paul McCartney was number one all over th...

As I Am Naturally

The Lowry, Salford
Thursday 26 - Friday 27 September 2024
The World Premiere of a journey of self-discovery and reclamation, embodying and intertwining themes of identity, landscape, touch and memory. This moving new production from performance artist Tania Camara (Oreo) features compelling spoke...

Who the F--k is Shakespeare?

Octagon Theatre, Bolton
Friday 27 - Saturday 28 September 2024
Following a sell-out run, Liverpool theatre company 20 Stories High present four of Shakespeare's (in)famous characters, who are back for a national tour, ready to tell their side of the story. Join them as they blow the dust off the classi...

THE HIDDEN GARDEN

Waterside, Manchester
Saturday 28 - Sunday 29 September 2024
Theatre Company Blah Blah Blah presents a magical tale of a blooming unlikely friendship. Hidden amongst the concrete high-rises and the redbrick buildings is something pretty unexpected. A place bursting with colour where flowers, fruits ...

Rita, Sue and Bob Too

The Albert Halls, Bolton
Thursday 3 - Friday 4 October 2024
Rita, Sue and Bob Too is a twisted, dark and hilarious comedy drama that tells the story of Rita and Sue, two working class girls from a rundown Bradford council estate who are about to finish their final year at school. In their spare time...

Who the F--k is Shakespeare?

Contact, Manchester
Thursday 3 - Friday 4 October 2024
Following a sell-out run, Liverpool theatre company 20 Stories High present four of Shakespeare's (in)famous characters, who are back for a national tour, ready to tell their side of the story. Join them as they blow the dust off the classi...

WRESTLELADSWRESTLE

HOME, Manchester
Thursday 3 - Saturday 12 October 2024
WRESTLELADSWRESTLE, a new live performance by acclaimed artist and choreographer Jenni Jackson, explosively combines  theatre, dance, judo and pro-wrestling to transform the theatre into a battleground of joy and reclamation. Inspired by h...

The Hound of the Baskervilles

Waterside, Manchester
Saturday 5 October 2024
Renowned stars of stage & screen Colin Baker (Doctor Who), Terry Molloy (The Archers) and Dee Sadler (All Creatures Great & Small) lead the cast in a brand new adaptation of Sherlock Holmes' The Hound of the Baskervilles by Crime And Comed...

Jane Eyre

Altrincham Garrick Playhouse, Altrincham
Monday 7 - Saturday 12 October 2024
Altrincham Garrick's bold and theatrically inventive adaptation of the literary classic that puts the interior life of the novel on stage. Charlotte Bronte's story of the trailblazing Jane Eyre is as inspiring as ever. As a child, the orpha...

Theatre Re - Moments

The Lowry, Salford
Tuesday 8 - Wednesday 9 October 2024
Part TED Talk, part Theatrical Performance with Theatre Re's trademark style combining striking imagery and action with original live music, Moments sits at the intersection of their training and theatre making activities. It creates a sp...

Slave: A Question of Freedom

The Lowry, Salford
Wednesday 9 - Saturday 12 October 2024
This exceptional award-winning production tells Mende Nazer's inspirational story. Performed by an outstanding ensemble of eight actor-musicians it is a feast of storytelling, music and dance. It celebrates Mende's indomitable spirit, the b...

Feel Me

HOME, Manchester
Wednesday 9 - Thursday 10 October 2024
Feel Me is a new interactive theatre show from The Paper Birds, UK leaders in devised verbatim theatre. Feel Me asks, via your mobile phone, who and what you care about from the stories unfolding live on stage in front of you. Through a s...

New Dawn Fades: A Play About Joy Division and Manchester

The Bowdon Rooms, Altrincham
Wednesday 9 October 2024
The brand-new stage production of New Dawn Fades: A Play About Joy Division & Manchester celebrates its 10th anniversary. The new touring production is written by Brian Gorman, produced & directed by Giles D Bastow and Sean Mason fo...

Austen's Women: Lady Susan

Octagon Theatre, Bolton
Wednesday 9 October 2024
From Dyad Productions, the award-winning creators of Austen's Women, A Christmas Carol, I, Elizabeth, Female Gothic, Christmas Gothic, and A Room of One's Own.  Austen's Women are back - in a brand-new solo show! Devil-may-care Lady S...

Icarus Theatre Collective - Julius Caesar

Middleton Arena, Manchester
Thursday 10 October 2024
Icarus Theatre Collective's boldly modern re-telling, in original verse, perfect for newcomers to Shakespeare. Set in the near future, they combine state-of-the-art digital technology, fully integrated Creative Captioning to enhance clarity...

A Small Enclosed Room with Alfie Murphy

The Lowry, Salford
Friday 11 - Saturday 12 October 2024
Created by the "utterly fascinating and wildly creative... definitely and defiantly different" (The Guardian) Cian Binchy, this darkly comic tale explores masking, autism, mental health and fantasy. A guru, a rocker, an artist, and a man w...

Pali and Jay's Ultimate Asian Wedding DJ Roadshow

Octagon Theatre, Bolton
Wednesday 16 - Saturday 19 October 2024
An immersive DJ Bromance from the critically acclaimed Rifco Theatre Whoever said there's too many actors in LA, hasn't seen the number of DJs in Southall - Anyone with a laptop & a pair of headphones can mix a few tracks and claim to be fr...

New Dawn Fades: A Play About Joy Division and Manchester

The Met, Bury
Wednesday 16 - Thursday 17 October 2024
The brand-new stage production of New Dawn Fades: A Play About Joy Division & Manchester celebrates its 10th anniversary. The new touring production is written by Brian Gorman, produced & directed by Giles D Bastow and Sean Mason fo...

New Dawn Fades: A Play About Joy Division and Manchester

RNCM, Manchester
Friday 18 - Saturday 19 October 2024
The brand-new stage production of New Dawn Fades: A Play About Joy Division & Manchester celebrates its 10th anniversary. The new touring production is written by Brian Gorman, produced & directed by Giles D Bastow and Sean Mason fo...
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