Manchester and its inhabitants have displayed special strengths in recent times, so it is timely that the city’s people are also at the forefront of Our Town in Sarah Frankcom’s new production of Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer winning play at the Royal Exchange in September. On the in-the-round stage this epic exploration of human existence is redefined by designer Fly Davis's set, where audience members can choose to join the actors on stage, in their homes or at their kitchen tables.
Oldham Coliseum Theatre executive director David Martin is to leave the venue this summer to establish a freelance consultancy specialising in business planning and resilience and project management within the theatre industry.
Singer/songwriter Will Young reprises his Olivier Award-nominated performance as the enigmatic Emcee alongside musician and presenter Louise Redknapp, who makes her stage debut as Sally Bowles in Rufus Norris’ multi-award winning production of Cabaret when it comes to the Lowry in Salford in November.
Fresh from an international tour Metta Theatre has collaborated on a new version of Jungle Book using street dance, circus and spoken word. It comes to the Lowry in Salford from August 29 to September 2.
From the ‘Scottish Play’ to Shere Khan, a handbag to ‘to be or not to be’ - via the boy who never grew up, five classic tales will be brought to life in a pop-up 500 seat outdoor theatre in Manchester this summer.
Play With Fire Productions bring a double bill of Contractions, a black comedy from Mike Bartlett about work and play and North of Providence, a painful domestic crisis between brother and sister, to the Pod at 53Two in Manchester from July 26-29.
Danny Mac is to star as Joe Gillis in the forthcoming UK and Ireland tour of Curve’s production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s award-winning musical Sunset Boulevard. Ria Jones is to play Norma Desmond and the show is to be directed by Nikolai Foster.
Bolton Octagon’s 50th anniversary season sees world premieres, their first ever full-scale park show, and a major new co-production with Out of Joint and the Royal Court Theatre that will revive Andrea Dunbar’s seminal play Rita, Sue and Bob Too.
Fresh from an extended season in London’s West End, casting has been announced for Bill Kenwright’s production of Alan Ayckbourn’s farcical tale of matrimonial mishaps, How the Other Half Loves at The Lowry in Salford from September 11-16.
The Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Matilda The Musical will embark on a UK and Ireland tour next year which includes a 10-week run at Manchester Palace Theatre from September 18 to November 24.
Feelgood Theatre Company have earned a special place in the hearts of theatre-goers over their more than twenty years of passionate theatrical excellence. Their award-winning promenade productions in Heaton Park have been especially beloved, and not simply because Caroline Clegg, the players and crew have often had to battle against trying conditions and inclement weather! This week they return after eight years to Heaton Park and Hall with their own version of A Midsummer Night's Dream and have big plans beyond that.