Things to do in April 2016: King Lear, Glasgow International & Live at Leeds

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The Creative Tourist Cultural Calendar. This month: King Lear, Glasgow International and Live at Leeds.

Live at Leeds: Digital and music festival. It’s the ten year anniversary of this award winning festival, which aims to showcase the best new and emerging artists alongside more established acts from around the world. Various venues, Leeds, 26 Apr – 2 May

The James Plays. This vividly-imagined trilogy (James I, II and III) brings to life three generations of Stewart Kings who ruled Scotland in the 15th century, and is an unprecedented co-production by the National Theatre of Scotland, the National Theatre of Great Britain and the Edinburgh International Festival. The Lowry, Salford, 23 – 24 April

¡Viva! This Spanish and Latin American festival returns, with a programme featuring a the best contemporary art, theatre, and film from Spain and across the Spanish speaking Latin American world. HOME, Manchester, 9 – 24 Apr

Glasgow International. The 2016 programme includes work by more than 228 local and international artists, and will continue to showcase Glasgow as one of the world’s most important centres for the production and display of contemporary visual art. Various venues, Glasgow, 8 – 25 April

King Lear. Following his arresting performance in All My Sons at the Royal Exchange, Don Warrington returns to perform one of the stage’s most sought after roles. Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, 1 Apr – 7 May

A Girl is a Half Formed Thing. Ireland’s celebrated independent theatre company The Corn Exchange brings its acclaimed adaptation of Eimear McBride’s award winning novel about of an Irish girl trying to make sense of her fractured childhood to Liverpool. Liverpool Everyman, 5 – 9 Apr

Culture Guides


David Bowie, Japanese classics and some early spooky screenings all feature in this month’s cinema guide.


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Kamila Shamsie. Photo Alex von Tunzelman


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