One of the country’s most distinguished theatre directors, and the first-ever Professor of Theatre at Bolton University, David Thacker was honoured with a Special Achievement trophy at the Manchester Theatre Awards.
The four outstanding nominations here are divided equally between the Royal Exchange and Octagon Bolton, whittled down from a list several times that size, indicating just how strong the competition is this time around.
In the first UK production of In a Forest, Dark and Deep outside of London, newly-formed theatre company Stuffed Horse, team up with director David Chafer to bring the drama to the Manchester Fringe programme.
Participants of Hope Street Ltd’s Emerging Artists Programme 2016 have set up camp in a Manchester city centre office block and invite anyone to come and join them to discuss important immigration and homelessness.
Turtle Key arts come to Oldham Coliseum Theatre’s Studio performance space from July 11-13 with politically provocative play, Love, Bombs and Apples, the latest work from award winning playwright Hassan Abdulrazzak (Baghdad Wedding, The Prophet).
Coronation Street legend, Kevin Kennedy is to star as Jimmy’s Da in the UK tour of the musical The Commitments written by Roddy Doyle, which comes to the Palace Theatre, Manchester, from March 27 to April 8.
A unique opportunity to experience King Lear, told through the very mind of the man himself, dispenses with the other 29 characters in the original play and can be seen in Manchester at the end of July.
Benidorm, Loose Women and Coronation Street favourite, and star of the all-new Are You Being Served, Sherrie Hewson will be appearing as the Genie of the Ring in Aladdin at Manchester Opera House this Christmas.
Oldham Coliseum Theatre’s autumn-winter 2016-17 sees a mix of classic stories from Patrick Hamilton and Terence Rattigan, popular modern comedies from Paul Allen and Tom Wells and a comedy take on classic Jane Austen.
Concrete Jungle, a new play, gives the audience a behind the camera look at the phenomena of observational documentary film-making where journalists go out with one small camera and make films by themselves.
English National Ballet will stage the first look of its new production of Giselle by award-winning choreographer Akram Khan at The Palace Theatre, Manchester on September 27, followed by a national tour.
Greater Manchester Fringe Festival, from June 24 to July 31, is back for its fifth year with a variety of events for all ages - including drama, comedy, book launches, debates, poetry, puppets, live music a live art battle and children's shows.
B!RTH, at Manchester Royal Exchange in October, is an international theatre festival developed by the Exchange and The Oglesby Charitable Trust to provoke debate on the vast inequality in healthcare across the world.
Stewart McDonald is writer/director of a new comedy play, Millionaires Anonymous, which after a successful run at the Unity Theatre in Liverpool last year, is now heading further afield across the North West.
Following sold out seasons in Tampa, Texas and Tokyo, Frank Wildhorn’s Wonderland receives its UK and European première in a brand new British production, which debuts at the Edinburgh Playhouse next January ahead of a UK tour which brings it to Manchester Palace Theatre.
Victoria Brazier, Curtis Cole, Sarah McDonald Hughes, Andrew Sheridan and Eve Steele
Monkeywood Theatre and the Octagon Theatre Bolton at
Car Park adjacent to the Octagon Theatre Bolton
(reviewer: David Cunningham)