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Monday 5 December 2022

Blue

Blue

AO Arena, Manchester
Blue have announced a huge 14-date anniversary tour for 2022 They're back and celebrating their 20th anniversary with a huge arena tour around the UK. Blue fans rejoice as you'll get to hear all the boy band's biggest hits with support from...

The Man Who Wanted To Be A Penguin

The Man Who Wanted To Be A Penguin

Waterside, Manchester
Stuff & Nonsense Theatre Company present the story of an extraordinary explorer, a curious conjurer and pioneering problem-solver. You'll find him pottering in his shed; planning his latest mission. He is learning to speak Penguin and hopes...

Christmas at Backyard Cinema

Christmas at Backyard Cinema

Backyard Cinema, Manchester
This is it - the UK's most incredible Cinema experience is finally coming to Manchester. What once started as a passion project in its founders' very own back garden, Backyard Cinema has now grown to be one of the leading alternative cinema...

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Middleton Arena, Manchester
The fairest pantomime in all the land and suitable for all ages, Shone Productions' Christmas panto stars Strictly Come Dancing champion Katya Jones as The Wicked Queen (from Sunday 18 December), CBBC's Hacker T. Dog (as a pre-recorded vid...

Betty! A sort of Musical

Betty! A sort of Musical

Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester
'HERE'S TO A WOMAN WHO CONQUERED THE MURKY WORLD OF WESTMINSTER WITH NOTHING BUT WIT AND GUMPTION... AND ENOUGH HAIRSPRAY TO TURN A TSUNAMI INTO A KISS CURL.' As the first female speaker of the House of Commons, Betty Boothroyd is a Dewsbu...

RNCM Monday Lunchtime Showcase

RNCM Monday Lunchtime Showcase

RNCM, Manchester
With tickets from just £1.50, you can witness the next generation of musicians in this intimate lunchtime chamber music series, as RNCM students select and perform pieces that showcase their unique artistic identity. Click on tickets for ...

Roald Dahl's Matilda The Musical (PG)

Roald Dahl's Matilda The Musical (PG)

HOME, Manchester
Emma Thompson leads a dazzling ensemble in this rousing big screen adaptation of the smash-hit, Olivier-winning stage musical. Let them eat cake! Chocolate cake! Dahl's story of a neglected, prodigiously brilliant little girl is given a joy...

Mackinnon & Saunders: 30 Years and Beyond

Mackinnon & Saunders: 30 Years and Beyond

Waterside, Manchester
Renowned animation studio Mackinnon & Saunders (Corpse Bride, Ra Ra the Noisy Lion, Pinocchio) celebrate their 30th year with this inspiring and exciting exhibition which will showcase puppets and props the Altrincham-based animators have c...

Pull up - free dnb rave

Pull up - free dnb rave

The Deaf Institute, Manchester
Pull Up // Every Week // Free Entry Room 1: DNB & Jungle Room 2: UK Funky / Garage / Grime Free Entry until 11:30pm...

Manchester Ghost Tour - City Centre Exploration Game

Manchester Ghost Tour - City Centre Exploration Game

Old Granada Studios, Manchester
Embark on a quest around Manchester by solving clues that will take you to the most haunted places in the city, all with the help of your smartphone. Unlock new stories as you discover on your own Manchester Cathedral, Palace Theatre, Alber...

Tinseltown - Ice Skating + Funfair

Tinseltown - Ice Skating + Funfair

Trafford Centre, Manchester
Celebrate the festive season with the Trafford Centre's festive fairground and winter ice rink. Take to the ice on a wonderful 25m x 20m covered rink for a 45-minute ice skate session to celebrate the winter season. Glide away under a sky f...

A Bunch of Amateurs (12A)

A Bunch of Amateurs (12A)

HOME, Manchester
In Kim Hopkins lovely documentary, members of Bradford Movie Makers - a quintessentially British, working-class amateur filmmaking club - grow old together amid flickering memories and challenging final years. Clinging to their dreams, and ...

Aftersun (12A)

Aftersun (12A)

HOME, Manchester
A tender first feature and festival favourite from Scottish filmmaker Charlotte Wells in which Sophie reflects on the shared joy and private melancholy of a holiday she took with her father (Normal People breakout star Paul Mescal) twenty...

Bones and All (18)

Bones and All (18)

HOME, Manchester
Taylor Russell, Timothee Chalamet, and Mark Rylance, star in director Luca Guadagnino's story of first love between Maren, a young woman learning how to survive on the margins of society, and Lee, an intense and disenfranchised drifter. The...

Fanny and Alexander (15)

Fanny and Alexander (15)

HOME, Manchester
Ingmar Bergman's multi Oscar-winning dreamlike chronicle of an extended family in early 20th-century Sweden gets a 40th anniversary screening for Christmas. One tumultuous year in the life of the Ekdahl family is viewed through the eyes of ...

The Banshees of Inisherin (15)

The Banshees of Inisherin (15)

HOME, Manchester
Martin McDonagh (Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri) returns to the LFF with this jewel of a tragicomedy, a shimmering tale of friendship, feuds and Irish identity. On a small island off Ireland's coast, life delivers few surprise...

The Menu (15)

The Menu (15)

HOME, Manchester
Ralph Fiennes, Anya Taylor-Joy and Nicholas Hoult star in Mark Mylod's darkly comedic psychological thriller set in the world of eccentric culinary culture, The Menu centres on a young couple who visit an exclusive restaurant on a remote...

Tori and Lokita (15)

Tori and Lokita (15)

HOME, Manchester
Tori et Lokita is the Cannes award-winner by the renowned Dardenne brothers is a moving and typically uncompromising drama about two teenage migrants trying to build a new life. Tori and Lokita are living in Belgium after surviving a danger...

Manchester & Districts Hospital's Choir Christmas Carol Concert

Manchester & Districts Hospital's Choir Christmas Carol Concert

The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
As well as enjoying yourselves the principle purpose is to raise money for CLIC Sargent Young Lives vs Cancer and we hope for your support....

She Said

She Said

HOME, Manchester
Carey Mulligan and Zoe Kazan star as New York Times reporters Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor, who together broke one of the most important stories in a generation ? a story that shattered decades of silence around the subject of sexual assaul...

Tuesday 6 December 2022

The Lion King

The Lion King

Palace Theatre, Manchester
THE LION KING HAS BEEN EXTENDED. IF YOU ARE LOOKING TO BOOK A TICKET FOR A PERFORMANCE BETWEEN FEB 21 - MAR 11. THESE ARE THE BEST DATES FOR AVAILABILITY!Set against the majesty of the Serengeti Plains and to the evocative rhythms of Africa...

Ricky Gervais

Ricky Gervais

O2 Apollo, Manchester
Considered one of the most influential British comedians since Charlie Chaplin, multi-award winning stand-up Ricky Gervais brings his latest show Armageddon to the UK in 2022, following his sold out tour 'SuperNature' in 2021 - his first in...

The Man Who Wanted To Be A Penguin

The Man Who Wanted To Be A Penguin

Waterside, Manchester
Stuff & Nonsense Theatre Company present the story of an extraordinary explorer, a curious conjurer and pioneering problem-solver. You'll find him pottering in his shed; planning his latest mission. He is learning to speak Penguin and hopes...

Cinderella

Cinderella

Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester
Glass slippers are so in... Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella the Musical comes to Hope Mill Theatre! This is the European theatrical premiere of the 2013 Broadway musical. The smart and beautiful young Ella lives in the care of her wicked...

Christmas at Backyard Cinema

Christmas at Backyard Cinema

Backyard Cinema, Manchester
This is it - the UK's most incredible Cinema experience is finally coming to Manchester. What once started as a passion project in its founders' very own back garden, Backyard Cinema has now grown to be one of the leading alternative cinema...

Maverick Sabre

Maverick Sabre

Albert Hall, Manchester
It's been seven years since Maverick Sabre first arrived on the UK scene as a fresh-faced Irish (but London born) rapper with a brassy singing voice. Championed by Plan B, his music drew a line between the Irish, American and UK rap scenes ...

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Middleton Arena, Manchester
The fairest pantomime in all the land and suitable for all ages, Shone Productions' Christmas panto stars Strictly Come Dancing champion Katya Jones as The Wicked Queen (from Sunday 18 December), CBBC's Hacker T. Dog (as a pre-recorded vid...

Betty! A sort of Musical

Betty! A sort of Musical

Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester
'HERE'S TO A WOMAN WHO CONQUERED THE MURKY WORLD OF WESTMINSTER WITH NOTHING BUT WIT AND GUMPTION... AND ENOUGH HAIRSPRAY TO TURN A TSUNAMI INTO A KISS CURL.' As the first female speaker of the House of Commons, Betty Boothroyd is a Dewsbu...

Stephen Hough with RNCM Songsters - Love and Loss

Stephen Hough with RNCM Songsters - Love and Loss

RNCM, Manchester
In the first event of his RNCM residency, Sir Stephen Hough presents an exciting exploration of his original works for voice and piano with students from the RNCM's School of Vocal Studies and Opera. Stephen Hough is one of the most distinc...

Moonspell

Moonspell

Manchester Academy, Manchester
Portugal's most successful metal band ever, the iconic dark metal masters MOONSPELL have topped the charts in their home country five times with their brand of Gothic metal erecting monuments to sundowns and those dark hours, with Fernando...

Roald Dahl's Matilda The Musical (PG)

Roald Dahl's Matilda The Musical (PG)

HOME, Manchester
Emma Thompson leads a dazzling ensemble in this rousing big screen adaptation of the smash-hit, Olivier-winning stage musical. Let them eat cake! Chocolate cake! Dahl's story of a neglected, prodigiously brilliant little girl is given a joy...

Spotlight: Wynton Marsalis' Fiddle Dance Suite

Spotlight: Wynton Marsalis' Fiddle Dance Suite

RNCM, Manchester
FREE CONCERT. Kickstart your evening with RNCM's free Spotlights, where students create, prepare, and perform innovative programmes together.  The jazz legend's first piece for solo violin, this genre-defying work explores the relationship...

Mackinnon & Saunders: 30 Years and Beyond

Mackinnon & Saunders: 30 Years and Beyond

Waterside, Manchester
Renowned animation studio Mackinnon & Saunders (Corpse Bride, Ra Ra the Noisy Lion, Pinocchio) celebrate their 30th year with this inspiring and exciting exhibition which will showcase puppets and props the Altrincham-based animators have c...

Ali Roocroft

Ali Roocroft

Sonata Piano and Cabaret Lounge, Manchester
Jazz pianist-vocalist Ali Roocroft has been playing piano since he can remember. He has toured nationally and internationally with esteemed jazz artists as well as northern treasures such as Tony Christie, as well as earning his bachelors a...

Pull up - free dnb rave

Pull up - free dnb rave

The Deaf Institute, Manchester
Pull Up // Every Week // Free Entry Room 1: DNB & Jungle Room 2: UK Funky / Garage / Grime Free Entry until 11:30pm...

Manchester Ghost Tour - City Centre Exploration Game

Manchester Ghost Tour - City Centre Exploration Game

Old Granada Studios, Manchester
Embark on a quest around Manchester by solving clues that will take you to the most haunted places in the city, all with the help of your smartphone. Unlock new stories as you discover on your own Manchester Cathedral, Palace Theatre, Alber...

Tinseltown - Ice Skating + Funfair

Tinseltown - Ice Skating + Funfair

Trafford Centre, Manchester
Celebrate the festive season with the Trafford Centre's festive fairground and winter ice rink. Take to the ice on a wonderful 25m x 20m covered rink for a 45-minute ice skate session to celebrate the winter season. Glide away under a sky f...

Aftersun (12A)

Aftersun (12A)

HOME, Manchester
A tender first feature and festival favourite from Scottish filmmaker Charlotte Wells in which Sophie reflects on the shared joy and private melancholy of a holiday she took with her father (Normal People breakout star Paul Mescal) twenty...

Bones and All (18)

Bones and All (18)

HOME, Manchester
Taylor Russell, Timothee Chalamet, and Mark Rylance, star in director Luca Guadagnino's story of first love between Maren, a young woman learning how to survive on the margins of society, and Lee, an intense and disenfranchised drifter. The...

Wednesday 7 December 2022

The Lion King

The Lion King

Palace Theatre, Manchester
THE LION KING HAS BEEN EXTENDED. IF YOU ARE LOOKING TO BOOK A TICKET FOR A PERFORMANCE BETWEEN FEB 21 - MAR 11. THESE ARE THE BEST DATES FOR AVAILABILITY!Set against the majesty of the Serengeti Plains and to the evocative rhythms of Africa...

BBC Philharmonic & Christa Mayer - Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder

BBC Philharmonic & Christa Mayer - Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder

The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
Sri Lanka-born, German-raised conductor Leslie Suganandarajah steers the BBC Philharmonic through their final concert of the year in a programme that explores desire, grief and hope. We witness a pact with the Devil in Emilie Mayer's Faust...

Ricky Gervais

Ricky Gervais

O2 Apollo, Manchester
Considered one of the most influential British comedians since Charlie Chaplin, multi-award winning stand-up Ricky Gervais brings his latest show Armageddon to the UK in 2022, following his sold out tour 'SuperNature' in 2021 - his first in...

The Man Who Wanted To Be A Penguin

The Man Who Wanted To Be A Penguin

Waterside, Manchester
Stuff & Nonsense Theatre Company present the story of an extraordinary explorer, a curious conjurer and pioneering problem-solver. You'll find him pottering in his shed; planning his latest mission. He is learning to speak Penguin and hopes...

Cinderella

Cinderella

Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester
Glass slippers are so in... Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella the Musical comes to Hope Mill Theatre! This is the European theatrical premiere of the 2013 Broadway musical. The smart and beautiful young Ella lives in the care of her wicked...

Christmas at Backyard Cinema

Christmas at Backyard Cinema

Backyard Cinema, Manchester
This is it - the UK's most incredible Cinema experience is finally coming to Manchester. What once started as a passion project in its founders' very own back garden, Backyard Cinema has now grown to be one of the leading alternative cinema...

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Middleton Arena, Manchester
The fairest pantomime in all the land and suitable for all ages, Shone Productions' Christmas panto stars Strictly Come Dancing champion Katya Jones as The Wicked Queen (from Sunday 18 December), CBBC's Hacker T. Dog (as a pre-recorded vid...

Betty! A sort of Musical

Betty! A sort of Musical

Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester
'HERE'S TO A WOMAN WHO CONQUERED THE MURKY WORLD OF WESTMINSTER WITH NOTHING BUT WIT AND GUMPTION... AND ENOUGH HAIRSPRAY TO TURN A TSUNAMI INTO A KISS CURL.' As the first female speaker of the House of Commons, Betty Boothroyd is a Dewsbu...

Dave East

Dave East

Manchester Academy, Manchester
A strong lyricist adept at telling gritty street narratives, Harlem-based MC Dave East has a style heavily reminiscent of '90s New York hardcore rap while sounding fresh enough to compete with the contemporary hip-hop landscape. After build...
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