This month we bring our picks of the best theatre happening in Manchester and across the North. You’ll find a selection of outdoor performances alongside online works and some of the live shows we’re most looking forward to.
Although Greater Manchester theatres remain closed at this time, many venues are continuing to adapt to the ongoing pandemic – pulling out all the stops to deliver a theatrical experience for audiences to enjoy.
As restrictions are gradually lifted and we crawl cautiously out of the nth lockdown, many organisations and venues are taking their performances outside. HOME have recently announced performances of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland at a whopping new temporary outdoor venue next to their existing building on First Street. Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre in Chester are gearing up for a summer season of Covid-safe open air performance too – The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Jungle Book and Pride and Prejudice will play in the wonderful surroundings of Grosvenor Park.
In the meantime, there’s a wealth of online performance available to experience at home too. Sound Stage offers a unique online in-theatre experience and Oldham Coliseum have created a nifty murder mystery for audiences to enjoy at home. Additionally, our friends at SICK! Festival have developed MINDSCAPES, a collection of five brand new commissions that can be experienced online and around Manchester for free.
Do check back soon – we’re updating our guide to theatre in Manchester and the North frequently, and while you’re here be sure to cast your eyes over our guide to open air theatre in the North too.
Here are our picks
Open Air Theatre in Manchester and the North, 18 May–12 August 2021
Open air theatre shows are happening across the north over the next few months – we’ve collated our top picks into a neat guide for you.
NOW EXTENDED: HOME have invited theatre and live art makers to create new works at home, for an audience who are also at home.
Produced by Complicité for Homemakers: Join a virtual gathering of women for an online dance project celebrating female movement throughout history.
Politically charged with a hip-hop soundtrack, there is no doubt that this filmed performance is one of the most eagerly anticipated releases of 2020.
Fearless social activism meets unapologetic hip hop. A concentrated dose of Hot Brown Honey is just what we all need right now.
An interactive, experimental and political video game exploring the complex effects of extremism and radicalisation.
The Earth Asleep, a new film and original live score from creative duo Clara Casian and Robin Richards, premieres this spring at HOME.
Feel connected and stay creative with a group of like minded older people with Elders Mondays from the Royal Exchange.
Created by SICK! Festival, MINDSCAPES is a collection of five inspirational brand-new artworks and online events happening in Manchester for free this spring.
It’s the March edition of the Food and Drink Guide to Manchester and the North and things are slowly starting to feel more promising. Spring is here, the weather is mostly warming up and in just a few weeks we’ll be allowed to eat and drink outside at venues with outside space.