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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.

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Pigs check into Exchange

Stuff and Nonsense Theatre Company presents an ingenious adaptation of classic children’s story Three Little Pigs at Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre this Christmas

Peach of a production in Sale

From the people who brought Charlie & Lola's Extremely New Play, Watershed Productions are back at Sale’s Waterside Arts Centre from tomorrow to January 3 with the Polka Theatre production of James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

Colder campaign for Re:Play

Manchester theatre company What A Little Bird Told Me Theatre launch their Winter Warmer: Think, Feel, Do campaign with their run of Colder Than Here at Re:Play 2015

Children's plants in the spotlight

School children from Greater Manchester have created a ‘botanical laboratory’ at the Royal Exchange to complement the theatre’s Christmas production of Little Shop Of Horrors

24:7 in shout-out for scripts

Manchester’s 24:7 is again on the lookout for exciting, challenging and innovative scripts

Waterside's spring collection

2015 will bring a full programme of entertainment from Waterside Arts Centre in Sale, Greater Manchester, kicking off with the annual pantomime, Aladdin, in January

Double opera bill for Manchester

Iconic operas Rigoletto and Madama Butterfly will come to the Opera House Manchester in March 2015 as part of a national tour of Britain and Ireland

Lowry's Christmas Appeal

The Lowry in Salford has started collecting donations for the organisation’s 2014 Christmas Appeal to support a year-long arts project for local young people with Autism Spectrum Conditions

Queer Contact promises to be biggest

Queer Contact, the annual Manchester celebration of LGBT arts and culture, is the largest to date next year

A new View on Miller at Octagon

In celebration of the centenary of his birth, the Octagon in Bolton stages Arthur Miller’s celebrated story of loyalty, community, and possessive love; A View from the Bridge

£78m Manchester arts space

Manchester is to get yet another new arts space

Lowry's tourism prize

The Lowry in Salford has scooped the award for Large Visitor Attraction of the Year 2014 at the Manchester Tourism Awards

Monster hit for Manchester

Shrek the Musical muscles into the Palace Theatre, Manchester this Christmas through to January 11

Little Shop extends opening hours

An extra two weeks of performances have already been added to Manchester Royal Exchange Theatre’s Christmas production of hit musical comedy Little Shop Of Horrors

HOME opens up next May

HOME, Manchester’s new centre for international contemporary visual art, theatre and film is set to open on May 21 next year with a bank holiday weekend of world premiere theatre, new visual arts commissions and a unique film and music project which will introduce the venue’s spaces and artistic vision

Bruntwood prize panel

The 2015 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting has announced its judging panel ahead of an official launch in January, which will also mark the Prize’s 10th anniversary

Palace Bodyguard for next Christmas

Alexandra Burke will reprise her West End starring role when the hit musical The Bodyguard comes to the Palace Theatre Manchesternext December

New Lowry trio in top roles

The Lowry in Salford has appointed three specialist programming associates to its artistic leadership team

Bolton announces next show

The Octagon Theatre in Bolton has already announced its festive production for the year 2015: The BFG, by Roald Dahl

Scoundrels set for a return

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is set to charm Opera House audiences all over again in 2015, following its pre-West End run in Manchester earlier this year

First festival events announced

Manchester International Festival has announced the first three shows for the 2015 Festival, the fifth edition of the world’s only biennial of new commissions and special events

Christmas Wonderland in Bolton

The Octagon Theatre in Bolton presents a brand new adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland as its Christmas show

Aladdin works his magic in Oldham

Aladdin (the popular Justine Bailey) returns to Oldham Coliseum this Christmas with his family, Wishee Washee (perennial Coliseum favourite, Richard J Fletcher) and washerwoman, Widow Twankey, played by doyenne of pantomime dames, Fine Time Fontayne, fresh from doing time as Peter Barlow’s cell mate in ITV’s Coronation Street

Jason booked for The Producers

Award winning comedian Jason Manford will star in a brand new UK Tour of The Producers

Coliseum spreads its wings

Audiences across Yorkshire will be able to see one of Oldham Coliseum’s productions when the world premiere of The Mist in the Mirror goes on tour in spring 2015 with investment from Arts Council England’s strategic touring funds

Jane Horrocks on stage

Ayub Khan Din’s critically-acclaimed play East is East, is to tour to the Opera House, Manchester, in January 2015 following its run in the West End

Oh yes, Lowry Khan!

A major visual arts exhibition at the Lowry in Salford this autumn is curated by renowned choreographer and dancer, Akram Khan

Lion King set to storm city again

Tickets for the Manchester return season of Disney’s award-winning production of The Lion King will already on sale for its five weeks at the Palace Theatre, Manchester from January 17 to February 22

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

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


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Whispers Of War

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

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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.

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HOMEward bound

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

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