Theatre in Manchester and the North

Kristy Stott, Theatre Editor

Check out our updated theatre guide for provocative dance, prosecco-popping outdoor performance and site-specific Shakespeare.

Heading up our guide is Beryl at Oldham Coliseum. Written by Maxine Peak, this is the true story of Beryl Burton, one of the world’s greatest unsung sporting heroes. There are only a handful of performances left – don’t miss out.

Elsewhere, the 2022 edition of SICK! Festival is in full swing and Pride in Trafford brings cabaret, comedy and storytelling to Sale and the surrounding area over the next few days.

HOME’s theatres are buzzing with top-notch performance too. In Theatre 1 we have Claudia Rankine’s The White Card, a ‘live debate play’ examining white privilege, cultural appropriation and race, and in Theatre 2 you’ll find Rashdash with Oh Mother.  Meanwhile, dance lovers are in for a treat when two sensational companies take to The Lowry’s stage. Northern Ballet and Rambert – both stop off in Salford this month.

And we know summer is definitely on its way with the announcement of open air theatre. Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, timeless classic Little Women and best-loved children’s tale Stig of the Dump will play in rep at the magical Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre this year.

Read on for even more unmissable theatre, including dance-circus from Motionhouse and Shakespeare in a swimming pool. It’s all happening in Manchester and across the North over the next few months.

Here are our picks

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SICK! Festival 2022
Theatre Until 31 May 2022,

SICK! Festival 2022

Art and creativity meet health once again in this year’s edition of SICK! Festival, with an outstanding international arts programme right on our doorstep.

Theatre 30 May 2022 7:30 pm, from £12.00

Full English at Theatre Royal Wakefield

Devoted to anyone who has ever experienced difficulties or injustice because of their ethnic background, Full English plays in Wakefield.

Music 1–10 June 2022, from £15.00

Opera North’s Parsifal at Leeds Grand Theatre

Parsifal – Wagner’s final opera expressing his ‘farewell to the world’ comes to Leeds Grand Theatre this June.

Activity 8–12 June 2022, from £12.50

The Lands Heart is Greater Than Its Map

The Lands Heart is Greater Than Its Map is a guided tour theatre performance that lets you explore two cities and two circumstances simultaneously.

We Should Definitely Have More Dancing at Oldham Coliseum
Theatre 17 June–2 July 2022, from £7.00

We Should Definitely Have More Dancing at Oldham Coliseum

A real-life story and world premiere about a care-free, happily single young woman whose world is turned upside down with the arrival of a fist-sized tumour in her head.

Music 20–25 June 2022, from £21.00

Footloose at The Alhambra Theatre

Coming to Bradford in May, Footloose is an effervescent show based on the 1980s screen sensation which took the world by storm.

Theatre 20–25 June 2022, from £6.00

Things I Know to be True at Hebden Bridge Little Theatre

Things I Know to be True is a deeply intimate drama about family life and conflicts, featuring powerful physical theatre choreography.

Theatre 24–25 June 2022, from £12.50

Thick as Thieves at The Viaduct Theatre

An anarchic comic drama about two career convicts, Steph & Barry, and a budgie brought to The Viaduct Theatre by Foot of the Barrel – Viaduct comic favourites

Theatre 30 June–2 July 2022, from £12.50

Give a Little Love & Godfrey’s Last Stand at The Viaduct Theatre

An award-winning playwright Alan Stockdill, and his company Talking Stock, will perform two plays with seemingly opposing themes, yet both packed with touching emotions and entertainment.

Culture Guides


Ennio Morricone, Charlie Chaplin and 80s vampires. There’s something for everybody on the big screen this month.

Hurvin Anderson, Double Grille, 2008 © Hurvin Anderson. All Rights Reserved, DACS/Artimage 2022


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