Emily Brontë’s extraordinary novel WUTHERING HEIGHTS unleashed a love that was raw and uncontained, wild, brutal and all-consuming. In this new adaptation by Bruntwood Prize winning writer Andrew Sheridan Cathy and Heathcliff are seen afresh, as unpredictable as the moors and bound by an energy that is palpable. The Royal Exchange Theatre’s new Artistic Director Bryony Shanahan creates her contemporary production with an ensemble of actors and musicians. Together they explore the twists and turns in Brontë’s exhilarating, poetic narrative and astonishing imagination.
With ‘SIX’ on The Lowry stage throughout Christmas and into the New Year, our Manchester Queens polish their crowns and welcome them with open arms. Channel 4’s Drag SOS stars Cheddar Gorgeous, Anna Phylactic, Lill and Liquorice Black with Manchester drag queens Banksie and Narcissa Nightshade have been celebrating their shared queendom with the cast of the new West End hit musical SIX.
Buddy- The Buddy Holly Story has become known as ‘The World’s Most Successful Rock & Roll Musical’ and will celebrate its 30th anniversary year embarking on a UK-wide tour in 2019 and 2020, heading to The Lowry, Salford from Monday 27 January - Saturday 1 February.
In the immortal words of Heather Chandler, ‘Honey whatcha waitin’ for?’… The highly anticipated 2020 UK tour of Heathers the Musical (WhatsOnStage 2019 award for BEST NEW MUSICAL) is heading to Manchester’s Palace Theatre from 6-10 October 2020.
Passengers on a tram to MediaCityUK did a double take as mischief-maker The Grinch stepped aboard.
Those riding the tram fell victim to his playful ways with one passenger's journey soundtrack interrupted as her headphones were knocked away.
Following a sell-out 2019 tour that ends in Dublin this Saturday, Dolly Parton has announced that 9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL will return for a second tour in 2020, visiting the Palace Theatre from 25-29 August. 9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL continues to play at The Savoy Theatre in London’s West End where it is booking until May 2020.
Baz Luhrmann’s smash hit musical Strictly Ballroom is set to sweep audiences off their feet once more with the announcement of the new 2020/2021 tour, directed by dancer, choreographer and Britain’s favourite TV judge; the fab-u-lous Craig Revel Horwood. Foxtrotting to The Lowry next year, the show is based on the award-winning, global film phenomenon, ‘Strictly Ballroom’ that inspired the world to dance.
Mr Poppers Penguins, the smash hit theatre show, fresh from its West End and Off Broadway run, has now opened with a glittering press evening Waterside in Sale. Phenomenal puppetry and magical musical numbers wowed the full-house audience on Thursday 28 November as the show begins its month long run until 31 December.
A critically acclaimed hit in 2016, Charlene James’ powerful play CUTTIN’ IT which explores the physical and mental impact of FGM in the UK, receives a new production at the Royal Exchange from director Nicki Miles-Wildin. Urgent and sharply funny this award-winning play tells the story of teenagers Muna, popular and funny, and Iqra quiet, thoughtful…surviving. A cautious glance on a bus leads to a moment of unmistakable recognition - a painful secret ties these two Somali girls together and then rips them apart when ideas of tradition and ritual collide in a makeshift waiting room reeking of antiseptic and stale blood. Taking on the roles of Muna and Iqra are Asha Hassan and Hermon Berhane. This stunning contemporary play runs from 9 January – 1 February 2020 in the studio theatre at the Royal Exchange Theatre.
Mischief Theatre, the multi award-winning theatre company responsible for the worldwide smash hit 'The Play That Goes Wrong', return to The Lowry next week with 'Peter Pan Goes Wrong'. Opening on Tuesday 3 December and running until Saturday 7 December.
The Octagon's annual festive production is back and this year it is bigger and better than ever before!
First there was the novel, then Disney and even the Muppets have retold this classic pirate story but we are sure the Octagon's super fun musical version will beat them all!
The first ever stage adaptation of Grandpa’s Great Escape, the exhilarating number one bestselling children’s book by actor and comedian David Walliams, is to tour UK arenas this Christmas. The live version of the kids’ favourite, which has sold over two million copies around the world begins in Birmingham on 23 December. It will then visit London, Sheffield, Nottingham, Manchester, Newcastle and Glasgow before culminating in Liverpool on 4 January. Tickets on sale now.
Waterside in Sale, Trafford will be embracing the upcoming festive season with theatre, comedy, family shows, plus Cosgrove Hall Exhibition Frame by Frame. Waterside Gift Shop will be open selling stunning arts and crafts by local artists, and ‘Sup Bar will be serving a range of Christmassy drinks and snacks.
ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER AND CAMERON MACKINTOSH ANNOUNCE FULL CASTING FOR THE UK AND IRELAND TOUR OF THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
Andrew Lloyd Webber and Cameron Mackintosh are delighted to announce full casting for the UK and Ireland tour of the brilliant original production of The Phantom of the Opera, arriving at the Palace Theatre from 26 March – 30 May. Killian Donnelly will play ‘The Phantom’, Holly-Anne Hull ‘Christine Daaé’, Rhys Whitfield ‘Raoul’, Saori Oda ‘Carlotta Giudicelli’, Adam Linstead ‘Monsieur André’, Matt Harrop ‘Monsieur Firmin’, Francesca Ellis ‘Madame Giry’, Greg Castiglioni ‘Ubaldo Piangi’ and Ellie Young ‘Meg Giry’. At certain performances the role of ‘Christine Daaé’ will be played by Anouk Van Laake.
Cirque du Soleil is gliding into the UK with its coolest arena show yet – CRYSTAL. This one of a kind arena show blends circus arts and the world of ice skating in a stunning new production that will take the audience on a journey into a whimsical frozen playground where stunning skating combined with jaw dropping acrobatic feats defy the imagination.