Discover acclaimed music and stand-out exhibitions, groundbreaking theatre, family, cinema and literary events in Manchester and the North.Our top picks
For its festive outing, the RNCM Opera performs Cendrillon, Jules Massenet’s twist on the Cinderella fairytale, widely praised for its wit and humour. This dramatic production continues the RNCM’s season-long French Connections series.
Hot Brown Honey turns cabaret into a tool of Black activism, hammered home with plenty of comic confidence.
If you thought that “not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse” you’d be wrong in this sparkling, nocturnal adventure at The Atkinson for little ones.
When a corrupt businessman and the grotesque Penguin plot to take control of Gotham City, only Batman can stop them, while the Catwoman has her own agenda.
Adventure around a magical sorting office after dark for an incredible, fairy tale, illuminated theatrical adventure. Don’t forget your letter for Father Christmas
Eliza Carthy and the Wayward Band visit Manchester to perform songs from their acclaimed album Big Machine. The folk collective’s latest outing is their most ambitious and adventurous output to date, featuring collaborations with the likes of Damien Dempsey and Teddy Thompson as they tackle both contemporary and traditional songs.
Designer-maker Kate Colin creates striking geometric artworks that transform with the addition of light.
Way more fun than a boring old panto, The Siege of Christmas is an immersive adventure for families.
Magnifying glasses at the ready. Storyhouse’s first ever Christmas explodes into life with the world’s first ever stage show of Enid Blyton’s children’s classic.
Listen to the personal accounts of over 50 people from across Leeds, capturing both the beauty and hidden challenges of the Christmas period, in an immersive, multimedia instillation by artist David Shearing.
Head to Leeds to experience an Icelandic landscape of interactive artworks and a curated market selling warming spices, salted liquorice and Glögi (Finnish mulled wine).
Hold. The. Front. Page. The Wolf is good? Experience a retelling of Red Riding Hood like no other which celebrates little independent and creative spirits everywhere.
Leading British conductor Edward Gardner is your guide for a joyous European tour to lift the January gloom featuring Smetana’s effervescent overture The Bartered Bride and Janácek’s heart-on-sleeve love letter to his hometown of Brno.
An exhibition that encourages us to question the given, as well as conquering the complex.
Chester, with its cosy pubs and winding cobbled streets, is not only the perfect chocolate-box town, but also, perhaps one of the most festive places you could possibly head in the run up to Christmas (except maybe Lapland).
Manchester’s concert halls and former Wesleyan chapels serve up folky treats in the form of Lau, Jesca Hoop, The Unthanks and more over the coming months. We also explore all things classical from Manchester Camerata and the BBC Philharmonic – and start looking ahead to next year’s festival season.