Whether you’re looking for performance in the open air, the escapism of slapstick or full-on theatre festival fun, our guide has got you covered.
This month, we’re championing the new production of the smash-hit comedy One Man, Two Guvnors: this unmissable co-production is currently playing at Octagon Theatre Bolton, and later Liverpool Playhouse and Keswick’s Theatre by the Lake. First performed in 2011 at the National, this new production has already taken Northern audiences by storm. Don’t miss out.
On now: Written by Ian Kershaw and Clara Darcy, don’t miss the world premiere performance of We Should Definitely Have More Dancing at Oldham Coliseum running until 2 July. Don’t leave it too late to get tickets to this bright and uplifting show.
July marks the start of many theatre festivals too. You’ll find free outdoor dance-circus performances happening alongside superb ticketed events at Trafford’s flagship arts festival, Refract 2022; a brilliant and eclectic mix of emerging performers and shows at Greater Manchester Fringe, and also Liverpool Theatre Festival launching at the end of August.
And we know summer is definitely on its way with the announcement of open air performance. We’ve pulled together a neat guide packed full of outdoor theatre – with everything from children’s shows to Shakespeare under the stars. Dreamy. Do check back as we’ll be adding more shows as we find them.
Read on for even more unmissable performance. It’s all happening in Manchester and across the North over the next few months.
Here are our picks
Chris Bush’s new trilogy of interconnected plays for Sheffield Theatres will use all three theatres – the Crucible, Lyceum and the Studio – as a single cast dash from one stage to the next…
The sun may have set over our Manchester theatres during the pandemic – but now “it’s rolling high through the sapphire sky” once again. Hit musical The Lion King has added even more dates to its previously postponed run.
The hilarious smash hit comedy will bring the Octagon Theatre Bolton’s spring/summer 2022 season to a sensational close.
Happening as part of HOME’s First Street Festival, and join Cheddar Gorgeous every Saturday lunchtime from 12:30 for an hour of fun-filled outdoor fabulousness.
Coming to Bradford in May, Footloose is an effervescent show based on the 1980s screen sensation which took the world by storm.
Things I Know to be True is a deeply intimate drama about family life and conflicts, featuring powerful physical theatre choreography.
An anarchic comic drama about two career convicts, Steph & Barry, and a budgie brought to The Viaduct Theatre by Foot of the Barrel – Viaduct comic favourites
With live music and plenty of slapstick, don’t miss this new production of the sensational comedy when it plays to Liverpool audiences this summer.
An award-winning playwright Alan Stockdill, and his company Talking Stock, will perform two plays with seemingly opposing themes, yet both packed with touching emotions and entertainment.
Congolese multi-disciplinary artist Dorcas Seb weaves music, spoken word performance, and physical theatre into a thought-provoking story about one character’s journey of faith.