In the build-up to the festive season, there’s a surprisingly diverse offering of theatre throughout the North. There’s the usual abundance of pantomime with Oldham Coliseum’s Dick Whittington standing out as being the pick of the bunch. Alternatively, The Theatre by the Lake, nestled in the beautiful Cumbrian countryside, offers something a little different with a magical production of The Secret Garden.
For those looking for alternative Christmas fare, it might be best to leave the family at home and check out Neverland at Sheffield’s Theatre Deli, Guys and Dolls at the Royal Exchange and Hot Brown Honey at HOME.
Read on for these recommendations and more theatrical goodness.
Here are our picks
Manchester’s concert halls and former Wesleyan chapels serve up folky treats in the form of Lau, Jesca Hoop, The Unthanks and more over the coming months. We also explore all things classical from Manchester Camerata and the BBC Philharmonic – and start looking ahead to next year’s festival season.