Theatre in Manchester and the North

Kristy Stott, Theatre Editor

In the dawn of the new theatre season, our eclectic theatre guide this month brings brilliant adaptations and intriguing new writing alongside must-see dance shows.

Making just the kind of art we crave, we’re championing the hugely entertaining SICK! Festival. Taking place right across Manchester, the festival offers visual art, dance and performance to question the way the world works.

We’re also looking forward to welcoming Emma Rice’s Wise Children back to HOME – this time with the Enid Blyton childhood favourite, Malory Towers.  And the super Manchester-based theatre company Box of Tricks will premiere their new show, Under Three Moons,  in Salford before starting out on a full tour of the North.

Elsewhere – Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse have a lively season of homegrown performance and touring productions on offer. From acclaimed musicals and family shows to literary classics, this is quite possibly Liverpool’s best season yet.

Dance lovers should almost certainly check out Christopher Wheeldon’s Cinderella at the Palace Theatre, Yorkshire Dance’s Ageless Festival and Liverpool’s annual LEAP Dance Festival.

Experience something new. Read on for all of these and much more.

Enjoy!

Here are our picks

More in Theatre

SICK! Festival SICK FESTIVAL 2019 MANCHESTER SICKFEST SICKFESTIVAL
Theatre 18 September–15 October 2019,

SICK! Festival

Challenging, entertaining and always trying to change the world for the better, SICK! Festival makes just the kind of art we like.

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.

Everyman & Playhouse Autumn Season
Theatre 24 September 2019–18 January 2020,

Everyman & Playhouse Autumn Season

A busy and brilliant season, expect award-winning musicals, stage adaptations of revered literary classics and celebrated cult films, alongside high-quality family shows. There is plenty to enjoy in Liverpool’s theatres this autumn.

Drink Rum with Expats at HOME
Theatre 26–28 September 2019, from £10.50

Drink Rum with Expats at HOME

We’re thrilled that the multi-award-winning Sh!t Theatre return to Manchester this autumn. Early booking is highly recommended.

Trojan Horse at Leeds Playhouse
Theatre 3–5 October 2019, from £14

Trojan Horse at Leeds Playhouse

In this vital verbatim show, using real-life testimonies, LUNG examine the damage caused to Birmingham communities following the 2014 government inquiry.

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.

Theatre 4–5 October 2019, FREE

Pizza Shop Heroes at HOME

Powerful, celebratory, affirming; this is theatre that puts refugees centre-stage.

Tabby McTat at Liverpool Everyman
Families 10–12 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.

Families 12 October 2019, 12:00 pm–5:30 pm, FREE

Journeys Live at Cathedral Gardens

A day of free, live entertainment celebrating talented artists from around the world, who now call Manchester home.

Culture Guides

Cinema

Indian independent cinema, shadowy film noir, cult queer classics and trip under the sea. Film fans are spoilt for choice this month.

Exhibitions in Manchester and across the North

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.

RNCM Young Explorers event. DJ Switch is shown by turntables in front of an orchestra. Included in family things to do guide.

Families

Avoid the post summer holiday blues with our latest top picks of family things to do. Enjoy some quality family time together this autumn.

Artist Dan Berry and writer David Gaffney.

Literature

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

Manchester’s Autumn months are always chock-a-block with great gigs, and this year is no exception.

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.

Tours and Activities

Tours and Activities

Explore the mindful tours and activities Manchester has to offer in this month’s Tours and Activities guide.

Things to do right now

Powered by culturehosts
SICK! Festival SICK FESTIVAL 2019 MANCHESTER SICKFEST SICKFESTIVAL
Theatre 18 September–15 October 2019,

SICK! Festival

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

Beryl at Bolton Library Theatre
Theatre 19 September–19 October 2019, from £14.00

Beryl at Bolton Library Theatre

Cézanne at the Whitworth
Exhibitions 24 August 2019–1 March 2020, FREE

Cézanne at the Whitworth

Cinema 20 September–3 October 2019, from £9

Ad Astra at HOME