This month we bring our picks of the best theatre happening in Manchester and across the North. You’ll find a selection of online performance alongside 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 at home. There’s still time to enjoy Duckie, an online adaptation of The Ugly Duckling by Le Gateau Chocolat and Dickens’ timeless Christmas classic – A Christmas Carol via a live-stream from the Storyhouse stage. Both venues have worked hard to bring these performances to audiences despite the temporary, though immediate, closure of their stages.
Looking ahead…we’re championing (and crossing our fingers for) HOME’s PUSH Festival, a showcase of some of the fantastic work being developed in the North, and Hope Mill Theatre’s Turn On Fest, an exciting LGBTQ+ theatre festival featuring live events and online content. We’re also really pleased that Jonathan Harvey’s critically acclaimed Swan Song will start its national tour at Unity Theatre, Liverpool in February.
We’re looking forward to those lighter nights, vaccines and live performance at some point in the not too distant future. Thinking ahead to spring and summer, C-o-n-t-a-c-t at Salford Quays has caught our eye – an inventive outdoor promenade event that blends live performance with new technology. And The Walk – the first event announced for MIF21 – an inventive and extraordinary travelling artwork that will arrive in Manchester during the festival’s opening weekend.
Do check back often for more great performance – we’re updating our guide to theatre in Manchester and the North frequently.
Here are our picks
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.
Exploring digital legacy and online identity, acclaimed theatre-makers Dante or Die are back with a video podcast version of their hugely successful show.
Expect chilling street theatre and immersive thrills as the award winning Shiverpool return to Liverpool’s streets.
POSTPONED: This event has been postponed due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. We will bring you more information on the new dates of the festival as soon as we have them.
CANCELLED: This event has been cancelled due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
CANCELLED: The event has been cancelled due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Expect another action-packed programme of inspiring, entertaining and playful experiences for all ages as Manchester Science Festival returns.
Horrible Histories Live On Stage! – The Best Of Barmy Britain is jam-packed with gutsy action and gore! Entertain your little ones for the afternoon and enjoy history at its unfiltered best.