Discover acclaimed music and stand-out exhibitions, groundbreaking theatre, family, cinema and literary events in Manchester and the North.Our top picks
IWM North launches a season of exhibitions and events that attempt to cut through the complexity surrounding the Syrian crisis, and offer a human account of what’s happening in the country today.
Starring an ex-beauty queen, a Kurdish MP, a notorious gangster, and a former agent; The Scar attempts to imagine an alternative future outside of the structures of patriarchy.
David Ricardo-Pearce cast as Hamlet in Shakespeare’s greatest tragedy brought to life in Bolton by David Thacker.
Wonder Women 2018 is a special edition of Manchester’s annual radical feminist festival, marking 100-years since some women first won the right to vote in Britain with a city-wide programme of art, culture and debate.
The world premiere of three new immersive, interactive ‘solid light’ installations by Anthony McCall opens at The Hepworth Wakefield, as part of a major survey of the artist’s work.
Bluecoat’s gallery is transformed into a sonic chamber for collective singing in this ground-breaking new sound installation by Emma Smith, based on the music of social communication.
Manchester’s UNESCO City of Literature holds the first in a brand-new series of events – this one celebrating International Mother Language Day, marked globally on Wednesday 21 February.
Set in the glamour of 50’s post-war London, renowned dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock (Day-Lewis in his final performance) and his sister Cyril (Manville) are at the centre of British fashion in Phantom Thread, the latest film from Paul Thomas Anderson.
German pianist, composer and producer Nils Frahm returns to Albert Hall three years after his last visit. Since then, he has established an innovative annual Piano Day project, and produced film and game soundtracks that have raised his profile even further. Don’t miss out on this much-anticipated return to the live arena.
A once-in-a-lifetime look at one of the largest collections of robots together. A mind-bending, 500 year journey to being human in a robotic world.
Using powerful images, documentary photographer Lee Price explores life as a member of the LGBT+ community in Sierra Leone.
Now in its 38th year, the Endellion is without doubt one of the world’s most enduring and respected string quartets in the world. With enviable experience together, expect to hear a rare uniformity of thought from its members as they perform pieces by Mozart, Beethoven, Webern and Brahms in The Stoller Hall.
The RNCM Opera tackles Engelbert Humperdinck’s operatic version of the Brothers Grimm’s early 19th Century fairytale Hansel and Gretel for its major spring production. Expect a tale of transition, redemption and resolution, set to folk music-inspired themes, for a piece that is equal parts dark and magical.
Company Chameleon rewinds and fast forwards in a new triple bill celebrating its 10th anniversary year.
After a successful production back in 2009, Chris Hoyle’s semi-autobiographical coming-of-age play, The Newspaper Boy, returns this February at Manchester’s newest and most exciting fringe venue, 53Two.