Octagon Theatre Bolton assemble a starry all-female cast, including Cathy Tyson, Denise Black, Louise Jameson, Fiona Hampton and Janet Henfrey for their world premiere production of Timberlake Wertenbaker’s new play Winter Hill.
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.
Comedy writer and actor Ray Cooney celebrates his 85th birthday and 70 years in showbiz this year, and to mark the occasion has worked on a brand new season of his classic comedies – including an updated production of his Olivier award-winning Westminster comedy Out of Order.
The cabbage-crunching, criminal mastermind Gangsta Granny is coming to Manchester. Birmingham Stage Company –producers of Horrible Histories, George’s Marvellous Medicine and Tom’s Midnight Garden – are bringing their world premiere of David Walliams’ children’s story to the Opera House from Wednesday June 7-11.
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.
Until June 14, Theatre Témoin’s The Marked tours the UK’s regional homeless ‘hotspots’, using mask, puppetry and physical theatre to navigate a haunting, mystical world inspired by real-life stories of homelessness.
Jeffrey Holland will star as Tom Ballard in the premiere stage production of the BAFTA-nominated Waiting For God which will began a 12-week UK tour this week. He replaces Roy Hudd, who has withdrawn from the production on medical advice.
Janet Suzman makes a rare return to the stage at HOME in Manchester in May for the first UK revival of critically acclaimed play Rose by Martin Sherman following its premiere at London’s National Theatre in 1999.
Chad Beguelin and Tim Herlihy with music by Matthew Sklar
Dan Looney in association with Paulden Hall Productions, Jason Haigh-Ellery, Tom O'Connell Productions and Tim Lawson at
The Opera House, Manchester
(reviewer: David Cunningham)