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Catherine Bohart

Octagon Theatre, Bolton
Sunday 14 July 2024
Catherine Bohart's back and older than ever with her new show "Again, With Feelings." And adulthood frankly isn't living up to her expectations. Join this "effortless" (Chortle) "star in the making" (Skinny) for a hilariously twisted second...

Tattooed Planet

Bowlers Exhibition Centre, Manchester
Sunday 14 July 2024
Created by passionate tattoo artists, Tattooed Planet sets a new standard in the world of tattoo shows. Some of the greatest tattoo artists in the industry come to Manchester - all ready to create unforgettable masterpieces throughout the w...

Unicorns (15)

HOME, Manchester
Sunday 14 - Thursday 18 July 2024
Ben Hardy and newcomer Jason Patel shine in this summer's must-see romance. A powerful story of forbidden love and colliding cultures unfolds when hard-working single father Luke meets beautiful, seductive drag queen Aysha. Unable to deny t...

Pillock

Contact, Manchester
Wednesday 17 - Friday 19 July 2024
An Edinburgh Fringe preview presented by Knock & Nash, written and performed by Jordan Tweddle. Pillock has ADHD. His brain works faster than his bowel when he's had a Babybel. And he's lactose intolerant. He's trying to keep his head above...

Alex Stringer

Creatures of the Night Comedy Club, Manchester
Wednesday 17 July - Thursday 26 September 2024
Since 2019, Alex Stringer has stormed the comedy scene and has one of the most exciting new voices on the circuit. In this work in progress, Alex talks dating, work, family & sobriety.  ...

Chloe Petts

Creatures of the Night Comedy Club, Manchester
Friday 19 - Monday 22 July 2024
  After two consecutive critically acclaimed shows, rising star and "very funny" (Guardian) "very gay" Kent comedian Chloe Petts returns with her latest tour, How You See Me, How You Don't, and this time she's getting personal. Between he...

I'm Grand Mam

The Stoller Hall, Manchester
Friday 19 July 2024
Chart topping podcasters I'm Grand Mam are back with a bang for a live tour. "That's Showbiz" sees Corkonians, PJ Kirby and Kevin Twomey bring their live show to the stage for a night of absolute skits and screams with your best girlies - w...

Dirty Dancing Brunch

Escape To Freight Island, Manchester
Saturday 20 July - Saturday 16 November 2024
Nobody Puts Brunch in the Corner at this massive 'Dirty Dancing' themed brunch! Prepare yourselves for a nostalgic Dirty Dancing brunch party as the resident DJs will be playing all the classic Dirty Dancing tunes, fun-packed with a Live D...

Absolutely Britney Bottomless Brunch

The Bread Shed, Manchester
Saturday 20 July - Saturday 21 December 2024
Drag queens, brunch, bottomless cocktails, and all the Britney hits you can handle? Look no further for a pop-tastic brunch party that was born to make you happy! This Britney special features the UK's number 1 Britney impersonator, sound-a...

LGBT+ Manchester Walking Tour

Alan Turing Memorial, Manchester
Saturday 20 July - Saturday 31 August 2024
Dive into the heart of Manchester's vibrant LGBT+ scene with a walking tour around the iconic Gay Village! Led by local expert Josh, a history buff with a decade of tour experience and a deep-rooted connection to the community, you'll uncov...

Josh Jones

Grub, Manchester
Wednesday 24 July 2024
Brand-new show from everyone's favourite gobby Manc Princess and Edinburgh Comedy Awards' Best Newcomer nominee. Josh's recent TV appearances include The Jonathan Ross Show (ITV), 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown (Ch4), Alan Davies: As Yet U...

Gallifrey Cabaret

HOME, Manchester
Thursday 25 - Saturday 27 July 2024
Jump aboard the queerest TARDIS in time and space for a night of cosmic drag and cabaret, all inspired by the greatest TV show in the universe - Doctor Who. Following sell-out shows across the UK, the materialising our LGBTQ+ARDIS in town....

Big Kick Energy

Manchester Academy, Manchester
Friday 26 July 2024
Maisie Adam and Suzi Ruffell are taking their award-winning women's football podcast 'Big Kick Energy' to the stage. There will be special guests, there will be merch, there will be real-time pacing and goosing from the dynamic duo. Kic...

All of Us Strangers (15)

Stockport Plaza, Stockport
Friday 26 July 2024
★★★★★ "Andrew Scott and Paul Mescal are ace in a stunning fantasy romance. Told with economy, and evading any easy genre classification - it's part romance, part fantasy, part thriller, and more besides - it's a very moving piece ...

Josh Thomas - Let's Tidy Up

The Lowry, Salford
Saturday 27 July 2024
This is a show where Australian comedian Josh tidies up. Tidying up is not normally the stuff of gripping drama, it wouldn't be a propulsive narrative for most people but for Josh it's Everest, a fundamentally impossible task, like trying t...

La Voix

Middleton Arena, Manchester
Saturday 27 July 2024
Direct from the West End, come and see the UK's best drag queen and Britain's funniest redhead swing into town with her most ambitious show yet. This brand-new show promises an evening like no other, with huge live vocals, a live band and ...

Eddie Fortune

The Lowry, Salford
Saturday 27 July 2024
Single, 40 and living back with his Mum. Eddie has a history of failed relationships. He has done it all, he has dated thatcher loving Tories, evil math teachers from Dudley, ginger spiritualists and even slept with someone dressed as a Cra...

Lady Bushra - Drag Comedy Cabaret

Pot Kettle Black Angel Gardens, Manchester
Saturday 27 July - Saturday 21 December 2024
Join the BBC New Comedy Award shortlisted drag comedian Lady Bushra - the brainchild of British Asian Bradford comedian Amir - known for her viral digital content and one liners. Get ready to hear about life from a British South Asian per...

Pride Tours

Manchester Museum, Manchester
Sunday 28 July - Sunday 25 August 2024
Celebrate identity, sexuality, gender and community with our regular Pride Tours of the museum. Join a member of our Visitor Team who will take you on a journey through the museum, bringing new voices to the collections. Presented through s...

Dreamboys

St Helens Theatre Royal, St Helens
Friday 2 August 2024
Scream if you are ready to misbehave because Dreamboys are hitting the road again. They'll tease, tantalise and sweep you off your feet with their high-energy West End choreography, taut torsos and seductive boy-next-door charm. Dreamboys ...

Bay Bryan

The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
Friday 2 August 2024
Manchester-based singer, songwriter and multidisciplinary artist Bay Bryan has been compared to artists like Laura Marling, Rufus Wainwright and Anais Mitchell. Stripped down to the roots and performing as a duo with guitarist Matthew Camp...

Go Gaga Bottomless Brunch

The Bread Shed, Manchester
Saturday 10 August - Saturday 14 December 2024
Drag queens, brunch, bottomless bubbles & all the Gaga hits you you handle?... Look no further for a pop-tastic brunch party you'll never forget. A full show from Lady Gaga Impersonator Donna Marie & her backing dancers ...

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...

Manchester Pride

Manchester Gay Village, Manchester
Friday 23 - Monday 26 August 2024
Manchester Pride Festival is an incredible four-day celebration for LGBTQ+ life that takes place across the city every year over the August Bank Holiday weekend.  One of the world's leading celebrations of LGBTQ+ life, Manchester Pride Fes...

The Golden Gays

Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester
Monday 2 September 2024
Direct from Off-Broadway, Las Vegas, and London, the premiere live-singing Golden Girls Drag Troupe touring internationally, The Golden Gays! Picture it: Sophia Petrillo has gone missing! Your favourite pals and confidants Dorothy, Blanche,...

An Evening of Burlesque

Stockport Plaza, Stockport
Friday 6 September 2024
A night of laughter, cabaret, mystery, and glamour! Roll up, roll up. . . a scintillating night out of sparkling entertainment - the UK's longest running burlesque show - is back touring the nation. And, it's bigger than ever. Join us for t...

Myra DuBois

The Lowry, Salford
Sunday 8 September 2024
Described by Graham Norton as "bust a gut funny", with her passion for compassion and flair for giving care, Rotherham's finest export since Paul Shane, Myra DuBois calls out to the disadvantaged, downtrodden and tyrannised of the world wit...

Margaret Thatcher - Queen of Soho

The Lowry, Salford
Tuesday 10 - Saturday 14 September 2024
Maggie returns in her smash hit drag extravaganza! Following four sell-out runs at the Edinburgh Fringe, UK tours and a West End season, the Iron Lady is back and more fabulous than ever. On the eve of the vote on Section 28, Maggie gets lo...

The Lady Boys of Bangkok

Middleton Arena, Manchester
Tuesday 10 September 2024
Now celebrating 25 years touring in the UK after first appearing at the Edinburgh Festival in 1989, The Lady Boys of Bangkok is now officially the largest and longest continuous touring cabaret show in the UK. Featuring a cast of 16 male Th...

Femmes & Thems

The Frog and Bucket, Manchester
Tuesday 10 September 2024
A showcase of the best female and non-binary comedy talent from across the UK in a night of upbeat, shocking, silly, and (most importantly) hilarious stand-up comedy. From TV and touring comics to brand new acts, Femmes and Thems is the bes...

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....

Marc Almond

The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
Saturday 14 September 2024
Deftly combining highly infectious and chartable Gothic Synth Pop with signature poetic romanticism, the Southport-born, Yorkshire-raised New Wave singer has enjoyed success in both his solo years and as part of Marc And The Mambas and, in ...

Danny Beard

The Lowry, Salford
Sunday 15 September 2024
Descibed by Graham Norton as "high fashion, hilarious and hairy! What's not to love?", the Liverpool-born, Manchester-living winner of RuPaul's Drag Race U.K. is hitting the road with the Straight Expectations tour! Join multi-award winni...

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...

Bianca Del Rio

O2 Apollo, Manchester
Friday 20 September 2024
Renowned for her snarky frankness, impeccable timing and politically incorrect humor, Bianca was crowned "The queen of all Drag Race queens" (New York Magazine's "Most Powerful Drag Queens in America") and is set to bring a comedy show like...

SK Shlomo - Breathe

HOME, Manchester
Friday 20 September 2024
Described by The Times as a "one-person music festival", international non-binary beatboxing star SK Shlomo returns with award-winning gig-theatre solo show Breathe: a rollercoaster love-letter to the lifesaving power of beats, bass and br...

Joshua Bassett

O2 Apollo, Manchester
Sunday 22 September 2024
The Californian actor and pop rock singer-songwriter is best known for his starring role as Ricky Bowen in High School Musical: The Musical: The Series. As a solo musician, he has scored the international hit "Lie Lie Lie" and collaborated...

Darcy & Jer

Manchester Academy, Manchester
Sunday 22 September 2024
Stand-up comedian Darcy Michael and his husband Jeremy "Jer" Baer became TikTok sensations during lockdown, amassing millions of followers. Now, they bring their No Refunds stand-up tour to Europe.   ...

Christopher Hall

The Lowry, Salford
Monday 23 September 2024
Social media sensation Christopher tells of his life, as a 'boy who's a bit girly really' in Girl for All Seasons. From unhealthy obsessions with pop princesses, falling in line behind the School Classroom Queen Bees, and gaining life less...

Sarah Keyworth

The Lowry, Salford
Monday 30 September 2024 - Friday 21 February 2025
Nottingham stand-up comedian Sarah Keyworth is back with a brand new, joyous show. My Eyes Are Up Here is about family, acceptance and a pair of big (well, not super big) losses. As seen and heard on Live at the Apollo, 8 Out Of 10 Cats...

Burlesque The Musical

Manchester Opera House, Manchester
Thursday 3 October - Saturday 2 November 2024
Welcome to Burlesque the Musical, the glamorous, gritty and outrageously fun new musical based on the much-loved hit movie. Discover a club like no other...a place beneath the city lights where the sequins sparkle, seduction shimmers, and a...

The Lady Boys of Bangkok

Stockport Plaza, Stockport
Friday 4 October 2024
Now celebrating 25 years touring in the UK after first appearing at the Edinburgh Festival in 1989, The Lady Boys of Bangkok is now officially the largest and longest continuous touring cabaret show in the UK. Featuring a cast of 16 male Th...

Cabaret Noir

Albert Hall, Manchester
Monday 7 October 2024
‍Step into the mesmerizing world of cabaret and embark on an exhilarating journey through the timeless allure of vintage circus. ‍Featuring World-Class Performers: Cabaret Noir sets the stage ablaze with an extraordinary spectacle of w...

Sandi Toksvig

The Lowry, Salford
Monday 14 October 2024
Following the sell-out 2022 tour of Next Slide Please, the comedian, broadcaster, writer and campaigner returns to theatres with an evening to celebrate the publication of her new novel, Friends of Dorothy. The show will be packed with sil...

Cat Burns

Manchester Academy, Manchester
Thursday 17 October 2024
Multi-BRIT-nominated, double-platinum-selling South London indie pop artist Cat Burns is one of the UK's most exciting singer/songwriters. Her honest and diaristic storytelling is a warm and relatable listen for Gen Z or those nostalgic for...

Toxic

Octagon Theatre, Bolton
Saturday 19 October 2024
Pulling back the glittery curtain of pride to reveal a place where many still suffer the devastating impact of generational HIV stigma, racism, homophobia and toxic gender norms, this powerful and passionate play inspired by true events cel...

The Whitney Bottomless Brunch

Escape To Freight Island, Manchester
Saturday 19 October 2024
Get the gang together and get those group chats ready, because Brunch Baby are hosting a massive 'Whitney' themed Bottomless Brunch and you're all invited! Prepare yourselves for the ultimate brunch experience, jam packed with unforgettabl...

Will Young

RNCM, Manchester
Sunday 20 October - Sunday 1 December 2024
British pop royalty Will Young was the winner of the first ever Pop Idol in 2002, with the wide-smiled and bright-eyed Wokingham singer breaking records when his chart-topping double-single Evergreen / Anything Is Possible became the fastes...

Larry Dean

The Lowry, Salford
Sunday 20 October 2024
Thrice Edinburgh Comedy Award-nominee and two-time star of Live At The Apollo,  returns with a hilarious brand new show, Dodger, about identity, heroes and the benefits of being a dafty. Larry has been spending a lot of time with his gran...

Billy Porter

Palace Theatre, Manchester
Thursday 24 October 2024
Tony Award-winning Broadway actor and singer Billy Porter is The Black Mona Lisa! Backed by a full band, the Kinky Boots star takes the audience on a musical journey through Billy's life story - showcasing tracks from 'Black Mona Lisa', his...
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