Theatre in Manchester and the North

Kristy Stott, Theatre Editor

September is always a vibrant and dynamic time for theatre with the launch of the new autumn/winter season. However, if you’re not ready to wave goodbye to summer just yet –  there’s still time to catch the open-air performances of Much Ado About Nothing and The Tempest at Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre and Bolton Octagon‘s performance of the childhood classic Gulliver’s Travels in Queens Park, Bolton.

The Contact Young Company have teamed up with Hetain Patel for Oh Man, a new Performance piece exploring what it means to be a man in the 21st century. As the Contact undergoes a full renovation project, their performance spills out across the city – check out the full off-site programme for the Contact in the City Part Two here. Elsewhere in Manchester, we recommend The Greatest Play in the History of the World at the Royal Exchange and OthelloMacbeth at HOME.

We’d get your tickets early for Heiner Goebbels’ new large-scale work, developed with MIF,  Everything that happened and would happen, Anna Jordan’s The Unreturning at Liverpool Everyman  and Forced Entertainment’s Dirty Work (The Late Shift) at Sheffield’s Theatre Deli.

Read on for all of our performance recommendations this September onwards…

Here are our picks

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Theatre 24 May–27 October 2018, from £12.50

Rails at Theatre by the Lake

Shortlisted for the 2015 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting, Rails is a play about loneliness, dreaming and trying to hope in a town that doesn’t seem to want you to.

Swallows and Amazons at Storyhouse
Families 1 June–26 August 2018, from £19.50

Swallows and Amazons at Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre

Experience the stage revival of this tale of outdoor summer childhood adventures in the magnificently redeveloped art deco Storyhouse building or in Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre.

Much Ado About Nothing at Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre
Theatre 6 July–25 August 2018, from £22.50

Much Ado About Nothing at Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre

Is it love, or is it hate? Shakespeare’s comedy of merriment, wooing and winning of hearts, returns to Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre this summer.

Contact In The City Part Two
Theatre 15 August–23 December 2018,

Contact In The City Part Two

Contact announces In The City Part Two – its radical city-wide programme of performance during the buildings exciting transformation.

Families 14–16 September 2018, from £11

Outdoor theatre and performance at Head For The Hills

Outdoor theatrical adventures involving L_ve Hangman, a playground of illusions and an eccentric character flying around in a pestle and mortar … did we have you at L_ve Hangman?

Keisha Thompson: Man On The Moon
Theatre 16–20 October 2018, from £7.00 - 13.00

Keisha Thompson: Man On The Moon at the STUN Studio, Z-Arts

The award-winning Man on the Moon is a journey through space and time, fuelled by love, fear and Afro-futurism.

Contact at STUN Studio, Z-Arts
Theatre 16–27 October 2018, from £6.00

CONTACT at STUN Studio, Z-Arts

Contact will be taking over STUN Studio at Z-Arts for two weeks of established and new commissions.

Theatre 23 October 2018, from £12.50

Post at HOME

Post is an exploration of what it means to be a migrant, of constantly inhabiting a ‘national limbo’ and failing to adhere to border and identity-defining norms.

Theatre 24 October 2018, from £12.50

Propel at HOME

Curated by award-winning company YESYESNONO, Propel is a scratch night for the experimental, for the daring and for the alive.

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Julian Opie, Julian (2013). Part of Heads Roll at Graves Gallery, Sheffield

Exhibitions

A remarkable journey to unpick the secret behind one of the world’s most popular and enduring art genres, a fresh look at the idea of First World War remembrance, and a city-wide takeover in honour of the Royal Academy’s 250th birthday; check out our latest pick of exhibition highlights and must-go events.

Cinema

Pop-up cinemas, outdoor screenings and essential retrospectives — we’ve got it all this summer.

Just So Festivalgoers courtesy Teneight

Families

Wild Worlds, Lost Castles, Journeys of the Imagination, ALL the best festivals. We’ve got this folks.

Writer Nicholas Royle. Photo by Danny Moran.

Literature

We have our sights on the top-notch prose on the horizon, poetry is popping up all over the place from bars to galleries, and Manchester Literature Festival is making announcements. Hurry – events have been selling out!

Music

This month’s music guide features some of the country’s most exciting jazz artists, as well as a cutting-edge events series wherein music, art and science collide.

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