Theatre in Manchester and the North

Kristy Stott, Theatre Editor

2019 has got off to a tremendous start – with standing ovations all round – we’re looking forward to even more wonderful theatre in Manchester and the North.

There are some belting shows opening over the next few days in Greater Manchester, we recommend checking out the Mother Courage and her Children at the Royal Exchange and A Skull in Connemara, a macabre mystery written by BAFTA and Academy Award-winning Martin McDonagh, at Oldham Coliseum.

Arthur Miller’s The Last Yankee, directed by David Thacker, at Bolton Library Theatre, is a hot ticket and really shouldn’t go under your radar. We’ve got high hopes for this Miller revival.

Happening this March – we highly recommend booking in for the eagerly awaited Barber Shop Chronicles presented by Contact as part of their exhilarating In The City Part Three Season. And looking further ahead – don’t miss bagging your tickets for Abigail’s Party at Manchester Opera House and Jerry Springer –  The Opera at Hope Mill Theatre.

Here are all of our top picks of performance happening over the next few months…

Enjoy!

Here are our picks

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Flecky Bennett’s HALLOWEEN 2018 Ghost Walk
Activity 13 October 2018–13 May 2019, from £15

Flecky Bennett’s Ghost Walks

Meet, Flecky Bennet, your guide through the dark and demonic side of the city as he takes you on one of Manchester’s award winning ghost walks.

Theatre 17 January–18 July 2019, from £5

Royal Exchange Backstage Tour

Join one of the Royal Exchange’s passionate volunteers as they take you through the underbelly of this working theatre. Experience first hand the hard work and amount of people that go into putting on one of the theatre’s productions as well as seeing the props and costumes from some of your favourite shows.

Contact in the City Part Three
Theatre 1 February–13 June 2019,

Contact In The City Part Three

Contact In The City Part Three – is a radical city-wide programme of performance taking place whilst Contact’s theatre undergoes an exciting transformation. Read our preview of the upcoming season.

Oldham Coliseum Spring Season
Theatre 1 February–13 June 2019,

Oldham Coliseum Spring Season

Oldham Coliseum’s new programme for Spring/ Summer 2019 celebrates Northern voices and tackles universal issues faced by families and communities.

SparkPlug at HOME
Theatre 13–23 February 2019, from £12.50

SparkPlug at HOME

Inspired by autobiographical events, SparkPlug is a punchy and poetic monologue which explores family, race, identity and love.

Families 24 February 2019, from £5

Four Go Wild In Wellies at Waterside

Four Go Wild in Wellies is a playful look at friendships and the natural world around us.

Families 3 March 2019, from £7

Be Happy, Harry Hippo! at Waterside

Harry Hippo has lost his smile and can’t seem to get it back. No matter what he tries or where he looks, Harry can’t find his smile anywhere. What will he do?

Families 9 March 2019, from £8

The Gingerbread Man at Waterside

The adventure of the deliciously smelling Gingerbread Man who finds his feet fast and sets off on the journey of a lifetime.

Cinema 22 March–13 April 2019, from £5.50

¡Viva! Spanish & Latin American Festival at HOME

For its 24th edition, ¡Viva! returns with a HOME-wide celebration of film, theatre and visual art from across Spain and Latin America.

Culture Guides

Cinema

Valentine’s ideas, hard-to-see queer cinema and the best in new releases — we’ve got it covered.

Kimsooja, To Breathe. Photo © Jaeho Chong

Exhibitions

Inspired by the meditative qualities of space and eastern notions of the Void, Kimsooja’s mesmerising installation at YSP’s historic chapel heads our top pick of exhibitions this month.

Big Up! Courtesy Theatre Rites / Helen Murray

Families

See Mer-folk in a Human Aquarium, experience Trouble at t’Mill and the world of nocturnal animals after dark. Then break all the rules in new show Big Up!

Writer Nicole Flattery.

Literature

Those darling buds are coming back to life in live literature land as 2019 gets properly underway, and we’ve plenty to look forward to – from performance poetry and soundscapes to readings from magazines, memoirs and award-winning short stories.

Music

We have some hotly anticipated gigs coming up in Manchester and the north over the next few months! Read about them here!

Tours and Activities

In this month’s roundup of best Tours and Activities in Manchester and the North, we highlight the pottery and craft workshops giving you some cathartic and creative opportunities to get making.

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SparkPlug at HOME
Theatre 13–23 February 2019, from £12.50

SparkPlug at HOME

Oldham Coliseum Spring Season
Theatre 1 February–13 June 2019,

Oldham Coliseum Spring Season

Contact in the City Part Three
Theatre 1 February–13 June 2019,

Contact In The City Part Three

Theatre 17 January–18 July 2019, from £5

Royal Exchange Backstage Tour

Flecky Bennett’s HALLOWEEN 2018 Ghost Walk
Activity 13 October 2018–13 May 2019, from £15

Flecky Bennett’s Ghost Walks