Theatre in Manchester and the North

Kristy Stott, Theatre Editor

As the new theatre season gets ever closer, our guide this month looks ahead to those performances we are most excited about.

From the creators of the fabulous Hot Brown Honey, Hive City Legacy comes to HOME this September. Expect a feisty and fabulous performance – make sure you get your tickets early for this one. Alternatively, don’t miss Harold Pinter’s dark comedy, No Man’s Land when launches its national tour at Oldham Coliseum this autumn.

We’re also looking forward to welcoming the Paines Plough Roundabout back to Salford. This time the magical pop-up theatre lands in Albert Park – featuring the best new writing, with tickets only a fiver – it gets a definite thumbs up from us.

There are still a whole host of shows on offer for those wanting theatre and fresh air at the same time. We’ve been scouring the north for the best open-air performance we can find. Pack up a picnic (and a poncho!) and head out to Chester’s Grosvenor Park Open-Air Theatre for a trio of starry performances: Twelfth Night, The Borrowers and Henry V are running in rep over the summer. Closer to home, Heartbreak productions play at Fletcher Moss Botanical Garden with a super-glam production of star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet. Wuthering Heights and Noel Coward’s Private Lives will also play out under the stars in Didsbury.

And you’ve got until the end of August to get yourselves down to Hope Mill for the brilliantly offensive Jerry Springer – The Opera. This show has been a hit with audiences and critics alike. Garnering a host of five-star reviews, don’t miss out.

‘Take care of yourself, and each other.’

Enjoy!

Here are our picks

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The Borrowers at Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre
Families 13 July–25 August 2019, from £26.50

The Borrowers at Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre

In a new adaptation by Bryony Lavery, The Borrowers is brought to the magical Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre this summer.

Henry V at Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre
Theatre 26 July–25 August 2019, from £26.50

Henry V at Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre

Shakespeare’s history play, Henry V explores England’s relationship with its European neighbours. A timely open-air performance in Grosvenor Park.

The Tiger Who Came To Tea
Families 27–28 August 2019, from £13.5

The Tiger Who Came To Tea at Waterside

Join the hungry tiger you know so well as he enjoys tea with Sophie and her mummy, in this musical play adapted from the hit book by Judith Keer.

Death and Birth In My Life at The Whitworth
Theatre 18 September–5 October 2019, FREE

Death and Birth In My Life at The Whitworth

A powerful video installation by Mats Staub, inviting the audience to listen in on a series of intimate conversations about the most moving and challenging experiences in life.

Theatre 25–26 September 2019, FREE

The Director at The Lowry

Balancing macabre reality, high-energy and the tragic elements of death, The Director explores end-of-life and the death industry.

Wild Life FM at Z-Arts
Theatre 3–4 October 2019, from £5.00

Wild Life FM at Z-Arts

Exploring anxiety and notions of identity, witness the creation of a live radio show and discover yourself through music.

Tabby McTat at Liverpool Everyman
Families 10–13 October 2019, from £13.00

Tabby McTat at Liverpool Everyman

Help Tabby search for his long lost friend in this heart-warming musical tale based on the classic picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.

Amélie The Musical at Liverpool Playhouse
Theatre 14–19 October 2019, from £10.00

Amélie The Musical at Liverpool Playhouse

Enchanting, witty and gorgeous, boasting huge public and critical acclaim, the story of Amélie translates beautifully for the stage.

The Lost Words: Told in Gold at Lyme
Families 21–25 October 2019, from £10.00

The Lost Words: Told in Gold at Dunham Massey

A fully inclusive outdoor theatre experience for families based on the beloved children’s book by Robert MacFarlane and Jackie Morris.

Culture Guides

Cinema

Escape to the cinema this month. We round up the best new releases, special one-off screenings and retrospectives showing near you.

Christina Quarles at The Hepworth Wakefield

Exhibitions

Like the 58th Venice Biennale which opened earlier this May, our latest pick of exhibitions across the north also has a strong ecological bent.

Digital Dimensions at Eureka! Children playing in digital dimensions with light pillars

Families

All the most creative experiences for your family; inside, outside and in to space! The best family things to do in Manchester and the North.

Guy Garvey

Literature

August is quiet, but the books are back in September with one-off reading events, some much-anticipated launches and the return of the Northern Lights Writers’ Conference as we gear up for Manchester Literature Festival in October.

Music

Get ready for some massive shows in Manchester and the north this summer!

Food and Drink in Manchester and the North

Discover the best food and drink that the North has to offer in our expert guide to food and drink in Manchester and beyond.

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Tours and Activities

Challenge yourself to try something different this summer with our guide of Manchester based Tours and Activities. You’re bound to find something new to do in the city.

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The Den at Stalybridge Civic Hall
Families 13–24 August 2019, All tickets are pay what you decide, available from Stalybridge Civic Hall.

The Den at Stalybridge Civic Hall

Henry V at Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre
Theatre 26 July–25 August 2019, from £26.50

Henry V at Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre