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.
Two new theatre commissions including a new version of Ibsen’s Ghosts by David Watson, directed by Polly Findlay, and the world premiere of Paul Auster’s City of Glass by 59 Productions and Duncan Macmillan are just part of the new season coming up at HOME in Manchester.
Manchester-based Without Theatre company have been funded by Arts Council England and supported by Manchester Mind for new production Hollow Can You Go? A Journey into the Perpetual Limbo of Depression.
Fresh from winning a Silver Medal at the Rio Olympics, gymnast and Strictly Come Dancing champ Louis Smith is to guest star in Keep Dancing at the Palace Theatre, Manchester, October 4-8 - a new show celebrating the world of Ballroom and Latin dance.
Actress Kathryn Hunter, director Walter Meierjohann, and playwright and screenwriter Colin Teevan reunite following their hit Kafka’s Monkey for a world premiere production that comes to HOME in Manchester in September.
Paul Nicholls, Jack Ellis and Ben Onwukwe are to star in The Shawshank Redemption. Following a successful 2015 tour, Bill Kenwright’s production, inspired by the classic film and based on the short novel by Stephen King, will be at The Lowry from September 5-10.
Between September and December Manchester’s Royal Northern College of Music hosts everything from classical music, big band and opera to conversations with Margaret Atwood and Vivienne Westwood as part of the Manchester Literature Festival (October 7-21).
Likened to Sarah Kane, Martin McDonagh and Eastenders at its darkest hour, Stevie Help's latest play Mind's A Labyrinth is an experience that doesn't follow usual theatrical conventions in directorial style and authorial voice.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Music Alan Menken, lyrics Glenn Slater and book Cheri Steinkellner from the movie written by Joseph Howard
Jamie Wilson and The Curve, Leicester at
The Palace Theatre, Manchester
(reviewer: David Cunningham)
For the World Premiere of Little Sister at the Royal Exchange, artist Mark Storor has been visiting the Exchange over eighteen months to work with community participants from Tameside Women and their Families Centre, The Royal Exchange’s Progression Group and City of Sanctuary’s Conversation Club (for refugees and asylum seekers), as well as a professional clown, an aerialist, and a classical cellist who plays the saw.