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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

Powell as Poirot at the Lowry

Salford-born Robert Powell comes ‘home’ to the Lowry arts centre in the city this week

Author's appearance in War Horse

Audiences at next Thursday’s performance of the record-breaking drama War Horse, at the Lowry in Salford, have an extra treat in store

Salford feels the Flow

A new festival celebrating Salford as a creative city will be held next weekend

Iris premieres at 3MT, Manchester

Iris, a new northern drama ‘based on real events’ and about love, life, relationships and the local pub, premieres at Manchester’s Three Minute Theatre October 9-11

Three visitors for HOME

HOME, the organisation formed by the merger of Manchester’s Library Theatre Company and Cornerhouse, announces three visiting shows for autumn 2014

Sherlock pops up in new venue

The Flanagan Collective’s new interactive stage adaptation of Britain’s greatest detective – Sherlock Holmes will open Manchester’s newest theatre in the Great Northern Warehouse on Deansgate

Lowry plays the identity card

The Lowry Studio’s autumn/winter season features a programme of shows exploring national, cultural, LGBT and ethnic identity

Peake performance at Exchange

The casting of Maxine Peake alone was bound to attract audiences to the first play of Manchester Royal Exchange’s new season

Full Monty on stage in Manchester

The stage version of one of the most successful British films of all time, The Full Monty, is heading for the Opera House, Manchester, with an all-star cast

Journey's End at Bolton Octagon

The Octagon Theatre in Bolton opens its new 2014–2015 Season with Journey’s End to commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War

Porno Chic at King's Arms

One of Manchester’s most successful fringe theatre companies have announced upcoming shows for the winter season

Secret Theatre for the Exchange

Fresh from the Lyric Hammersmith and the Edinburgh Festival, Secret Theatre – which features four new plays from four of the UK’s most exciting playwrights – arrives at Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre from October 21 to November 1

Lowry's autumn treats

The Lowry launches a new season with partner company Birmingham Royal Ballet and their timeless family favourite, Beauty and The Beast

Flying Saucers at the Royal Exchange

The Royal Exchange Theatre is inviting youngsters to join their new 'Flying Saucers Drama Club', a new series of Sunday sessions which offer children a chance to work with professional theatre-makers and to create their own plays

Jersey Boys tour launches in city

Another hit West End musical reaches the region next week when Jersey Boys comes to the Palace Theatre in Manchester for a month

Our Day Out in Oldham

Willy Russell’s tender-hearted comic tale about a group of awkward and disadvantaged kids on a school outing motors into Oldham Coliseum Theatre

Contact keeps it Compact

Contact Compacts brings more fringe to Manchester’s crowded theatre diary, showcasing six brand new short plays by some of the North West's finest playwrights and emerging local talent

Fun in store with Thick as Thieves

Thick As Thieves, a new play by Mark Whiteley, directed by David Crowley, opens at ReTale Oldham Mumps on September 23

Shakespeare's Deadly Sins on tour

To celebrate Shakespeare’s 450th birthday, Shakespeare’s Deadly Sins takes audiences on a journey through gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, pride, lust and envy when it tours the region in October

Another shot of JB Shorts

After 11 sell-out seasons and 66 world premieres, Real Life Theatre Co

Meera Syal joins the HOME team

Comedian, actress and writer Meera Syal MBE is another celebrity patron of HOME, the new centre for contemporary visual art, theatre and film which opens in Manchester next spring

Clonter Opera's 40th anniversary

After a successful and critically-acclaimed series of performances of Gounod's Faust in July to celebrate Clonter Farm Opera's 40th anniversary, the opera will be performed again at the Cheshire venue on 27 September before transferring to London for two more performances at the Royal College of Music

Exchange's Studio season

Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre has announced more details of its Autumn Winter 2014 /15 season including confirmation of shows in The Studio and special one-off events in The Theatre with organisations including Liberty, Manchester Camerata and Manchester Literature Festival

Spamalot rides again

Following Monty Python’s 10 night sell-out run at London’s O2 Arena, Monty Python’s Spamalot is back on tour with dates at the Opera House, Manchester in January 2015

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 and being staged in the city's Victoria Baths, will be sponsored by Manchester Airport, accompanied by a community engagement programme sponsored by World Duty Free Group

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

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


Latest reviews

Matt Corner leads the Manchester cast of Jersey Boys
Helen Maybanks Coach rides go better with a sombrero
Joel Fildes, for Oldham Coliseum Tristan Brooke as Raleigh
Ian Tilton Poster for The Alphabet Girl
Mark Harrison Poster for Puff
Poster for Angels and Fracture
Poster for Point of Departure
Opera della Luna's version of The Mikado
 Opera della Luna Poster for Snowangel
Fiona Jobb The Sorcerer

Jersey Boys

Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice
Dodger Theatricals, David Ian/Michael Watt, Ambassador Theatre Group at Palace Theatre, Manchester
(reviewer: David Upton)

Our Day Out

Willy Russell
Oldham Coliseum Company at Oldham Coliseum
(reviewer: Paul Genty)

Journey's End

R C Sherriff
Octagon Theatre Bolton
(reviewer: Alan Hulme)

The Alphabet Girl

Renny Krupinski
Renny Krupinski at The Kings Arms, Salford
(reviewer: David Cunningham)


Jack Hart
Hysteria Theatre at The Kings Arms
(reviewer: David Cunningham)

Angels and Fracture

John Topliff and David Riley and Vicky Ellis
Pulse Mcr at Three Minute Theatre
(reviewer: David Cunningham)

Point of Departure

John Topliff
Pulse Mcr at Three Minute Theatre
(reviewer: David Cunningham)

The Mikado

Gilbert & Sullivan
Opera della Luna at Buxton Opera House
(reviewer: Philip Radcliffe)


Joe McKie
Freshloaf Productions at The Kings Arms
(reviewer: David Cunningham)

The Sorcerer

Gilbert & Sullivan
Oxbridge Opera Company at Buxton Opera House
(reviewer: Philip Radcliffe)

Youth panel reviews

The Last Word

Christina Maiden
Oldham Coliseum Theatre Learning and Engagement at Oldham Coliseum
(reviewer: Lizz Clark)


Francesca Waite
The Lowry Young Actors Company at The Lowry
(reviewer: Georgina Wells)

The Wardrobe

Sam Holcroft
Lowry Young Actors Company at The Lowry
(reviewer: Evie Tucker)

A Letter to Lacey

Catherine Johnson
Lowry Young Actors Company at The Lowry
(reviewer: Evie Tucker)

Latest articles

Fringe On Film

Some of the best of this year's Edinburgh Festival Fringe is coming to a cinema near you.

Kevin Bourke

Whispers Of War

Manchester independent theatre icons Feelgood Theatre Company and 24:7 Festival join forces

Kevin Bourke


Clonter Farm, deep in the heart of the Cheshire countryside, is celebrating its 40th anniversary with a special production of Gounod's Faust. Following a successful run in July, there will be one more performance at Clonter on 27 September before it transfers to London.

Philip Radcliffe

HOMEward bound

Theatre Director Walter Meirjohann reveals some of his exciting and ambitious plans for HOME.

Kevin Bourke

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