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Robert Robson

Posthumous honour for Lowry's Robert Robson

The Lowry in Salford has announced the first of two appointments following the death of the venue’s founding artistic director, Robert Robson, who has also been given a posthumous award.

David Upton

Maxine Peake in Miss Julie at the Exchange last year

A new Peake for Royal Exchange

Maxine Peake - an MTA Best Actress winner - is to join Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre as an associate artist next year and will also star in a radical re-imagining of Hamlet.

David Upton

Kenneth Branagh’s electrifying Macbeth: beamed live to cinemas

Manchester: first and foremost

The fourth Manchester International Festival this year served up 300 performances of more than 30 new commissions and special events.

David Upton

Arthur Bostrom and Sarah Jayne Lunn in Birdsong

Not The Birdie Song!

A new adaptation of Sebastian Faulks' best-selling novel, Birdsong, is heading to Oldham Coliseum. We talk to regional theatre stalwart Arthur Bostrom about providing some light relief in such an emotionally-taxing tale.

Kevin Bourke

Time After Time

The latest "Developed With The Lowry" show opens this week. It's an adaptation of HG Wells' science-fiction classic The Time Machine. Are they going back to the future?

Kevin Bourke

Andrew Hall (Dr Watson), Tanya Franks (Irene Adler) and Jason Durr (Sherlock Holmes) in Sherlock Holmes - The Best Kept Secret

Sherlock, Stock and Barrel

There have been even more incarnations of Sherlock Holmes than of Doctor Who. But when the epic show Sherlock Holmes - The Best-Kept Secret visits Manchester Opera House, you'll still be in for some surprises, promises director Nikolai Foster.

Kevin Bourke

Pete Ashmore (Samuel Bamford) in Manchester Sound: The Massacre by Polly Wiseman, directed by Paul Jepson

What's That Sound?

Three years in the making, Manchester Sound: The Massacre is the latest and last of the Library Theatre Company's site-specific productions before Home opens. Director Paul Jepson wants to maintain its essential elements of surprise and controlled anarchy but talks about some of the big themes the show explores.

Kevin Bourke