This month’s theatre guide is eclectic to say the least. We bring you the full details of Liverpool Theatre Festival (launching at the end of August) and our round up of Manchester’s Women in Comedy Festival (taking place in October), alongside outdoor performance, dance shows and more experimental theatre.
The autumn/winter theatre season is gearing up to start now too. We’ve got The Glass Menagerie at the Royal Exchange and The Book Thief at Octagon Theatre in our diaries. We’re also looking ahead to Shakespeare North Playhouse’s Opening Season too – with Not Too Tame’s take on the witty Shakespearean comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
HOME kick start their new season with a 12-hour durational performance by Manchester-based ensemble Quarantine. Using a company of local workers, 12 Last Songs is an extraordinary live performance – a fleeting portrait of society that examines how we relate to work. Meanwhile, in Theatre 2, we’re looking forward to a new work by the Javaad Alipoor Company charting an investigation into the brutal, and unsolved, murder of an Iranian pop icon.
And of course, summer theatre is in full swing now so if you’re looking for open air productions, do check out our neat guide packed full of outdoor performances. We’ve got everything covered – from children’s shows to Shakespeare under the stars.
Here are our picks
The hilarious smash hit comedy One Man, Two Guvnors explodes into the North West this summer in a brand-new production.
The treasured story of the March sisters will be reimagined for the stunning setting of Chester’s open air theatre this summer.
Launching with a glorious weekend of free festivities (15-17 July), check out Shakespeare North Playhouse’s spectacular opening season.
A revival of Grosvenor Park’s sell-out, critically acclaimed production of the classic tale of a boy’s friendship with a mysterious caveman.
Join Mouse on a daring adventure through the deep, dark wood in Tall Stories’ magical, musical adaptation of Julia Donaldson’s well-loved picture book.
Mrs Doubtfire, a touching musical comedy about family, love and friendship, is coming to Manchester Opera House, straight from Broadway.
Expect everything from community feasts, vintage markets, water sports, live music and performance, right across MediaCity and Salford Quays this September. A new free festival for everyone.
Discover the beauty in words that are slowly disappearing, in this outdoor theatre production for families at Heaton Park.
Expect another action-packed programme of inspiring, entertaining and playful experiences as Manchester Science Festival returns, with interactive online events, thought-provoking talks and eye-opening exhibitions.