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Manchester Theatre Award winners

Winners of the 2013 Manchester Theatre Awards were presented with their trophies at a red carpet event at the city's Royal Exchange Theatre.

What's on

War Horse rides again

The Lowry in Salford is bracing itself for the return of the biggest-selling show in its history– as the National Theatre’s UK tour of War Horse arrives back at the venue

Second chance to catch play

Royal Exchange audiences in Manchester get a second chance to see Gareth Farr’s Bruntwood Prize winning play Britannia Waves The Rules when it returns for a short run in The Studio from next Tuesday to Saturday

Hyde debut for touring production

Hyde Festival Theatre Company are bringing Rob Johnston’s specially commissioned First World War play, Bantams, to The Hyde Festival Theatre from Tuesday September 30 to October 4

Baths night for Romeo & Juliet

The forthcoming promenade production of Romeo and Juliet by Home Manchester, at the city’s historic Victoria Baths in September, will be sponsored by World Duty Free Group

An open-air Honour for Salford

Honour is a large-scale outdoor arts commission that combines the work of Phoenix Dance Theatre, Theatre In The Quarter, digital artists, including the first UK-based work from German duo Hartung Trenz, and a choir of hundreds of people set to sing a stirring finale

Contact's autumn season

Autumn at Contact in Manchester features major names, radical international work and a host of up and coming companies

In the round in 80 days

Around The World In Eighty Days – Jules Verne’s epic tale of Victorian eccentricity, romance and adventure – spins on to the stage of Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre from next Thursday through to August 16

To The Dam premieres at 24:7

To The Dam premieres next week at the 24:7 Theatre Festival in Manchester

War commemoration at Buxton Festival

Aged just 18, Darren Poyzer was on the Royal Navy's front line during the Falklands Conflict of 1982

Stage Experience for region's youngsters

Celebrating a decade of productions and following the success of last year’s Grease, Manchester’s Palace Theatre and Opera House is preparing to open its doors to a cast of talented young people who will kick off their Sunday shoes to perform in the hit musical Footloose

CBeebies favourites for Trafford mall

In The Night Garden Live, a summer classic for children and now in its fifth year of touring, will visit The Trafford Centre in Manchester August 2 - 23 as part of its five-venue tour

You win some: you lose some

Following the funding announcements from Arts Council England, The Lowry in Salford receives not only continued support as one of ACE’s national portfolio organisations, but also a £3m capital grant and its largest ever private donation, enabling the organisation to achieve its £5m capital funding target

In My Bed at 24:7 festival

A play written by Rebekah Harrison and produced by Milk and Two Sugars, In My Bed, will premiere as part of the 24:7 Theatre Festival in Manchester, from July 18-24

Two premieres for Oldham Coliseum

Oldham Coliseum Theatre’s new Autumn/Winter 2014-15 season features a diverse range of comedy, music, horror and family entertainment, including two unique world premières

Matthew & Benji sign up at Exchange

Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre has announced the appointment of rising young director Matthew Xia as its new associate artistic director

Family-friendly premiere at 24:7

The premiere of The Tongue Twister is a family friendly production at this year's 24:7 Theatre Festival in Manchester

First play debuts at 24:7

A debut performance of Afterglow by Manchester-based actor and writer Julie Burrow, is part of the city’s 24:7 Theatre Festival

Stuff is all part of 24:7

My Beating Heart Theatre Company’s new show Stuff receives its world premiere as a part of Manchester’s 24:7 Theatre Festival from July 18-25

Thatcher play for Dobcross pub

Coinciding with the 30th anniversary of the Miners’ Strike a modern drama by Liverpool's radical touring company, Meet the Real Maggie Thatcher provides an insight into one of the most notorious political leaders of our era

Bolton gets into festive mood

A free family festival will be taking place at Queens Park, Bolton, on August 17

Making Madchester music at festival

Two new dramas celebrate the musical history of the city at the third Greater Manchester Fringe Festival, July 1-31

Gareth plumbs dramatic depths

Anonymity has its world premiere from July 18-25 in the 24:7 Theatre festival in Manchester

Octagon seeking community cast

The Octagon in Bolton is looking for local young men with a playing age of 18 - 30, who would like to audition for the Octagon’s first two productions in the 2014-2015 Season: Journey’s End (September 4 October 4) and Early One Morning (October 9 –November 1)

Gary will have a Ball in Stockport

Gary Damer star of CBBC’s Hotel Trubble returns to The Plaza in Stockport from December 5 until January 4 in Cinderella

City full of July fringe treats

The third Greater Manchester Fringe Festival from July 1-31 is full of world premieres and Edinburgh Fringe previews

Eight at the Octagon

Seeming more than a little surprised that the time has passed – more quickly I suppose when you’re having fun, and considerable success – the Octagon’s artistic director David Thacker took the chair to talk about his sixth season in charge

36th Buxton Festival unveiled

Launching the 36th Buxton Festival, artistic director Stephen Barlow looked forward to a summer programme offering more events than ever before – 146 to be precise

Priscilla - Queen of the Panto

Priscilla Presley will be starring in this year’s family pantomime – Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, at the Opera House in Manchsster

Shrek for the city

Shrek the Musical will ‘take ogre’ Manchester’s Palace Theatre for a month-long Christmas run


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