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.
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Here are our picks
In a new adaptation by Bryony Lavery, The Borrowers is brought to the magical Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre this summer.
Shakespeare’s history play, Henry V explores England’s relationship with its European neighbours. A timely open-air performance in Grosvenor Park.
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.
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.
Balancing macabre reality, high-energy and the tragic elements of death, The Director explores end-of-life and the death industry.
Exploring anxiety and notions of identity, witness the creation of a live radio show and discover yourself through music.
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.
Enchanting, witty and gorgeous, boasting huge public and critical acclaim, the story of Amélie translates beautifully for the stage.