This month’s guide to Theatre in Manchester and the North features outdoor performances, summer theatre festivals and much more. And as some of our favourite theatre teams head back into the rehearsal room, we take a look ahead to some of the performances we’re most looking forward to.
Bolton Octagon have announced a summer season of ‘Warm Up’ events, which includes a hilarious new adaptation of Hound of the Baskervilles. And Sheffield Crucible are hosting Victoria Wood’s comedy masterpiece Talent, over four decades after it was first commissioned by Sheffield Theatres.
REFRACT:21 begins soon too – for ten days this July, Waterside in Sale will come alive with a hand-picked programme of performance, comedy, live music and family activities. Be sure to check out the free al-fresco performances on the Waterside Plaza.
There’s an abundance of brilliant family-friendly outdoor theatre happening too. Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre in Chester have a spectacular summer season of open air performance – The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Jungle Book and Pride and Prejudice will play in the wonderful surroundings of Grosvenor Park. Additionally, check out Grimm Tales in the wonderfully eerie Williamson Park and the Summer Shakespeare Festival running for three weeks in Manchester city centre at the Great Northern Amphitheatre. For more outdoor performances – take a look at our guide to Open Air Theatre in Manchester and the North.
We’ve got all of this and much more in our theatre guide…take a look.
Here are our picks
Open Air Theatre in Manchester and the North, Until 12 August 2021
Open air theatre shows are happening across the north over the next few months – we’ve collated our top picks into a neat guide for you.
The team at Oldham Coliseum head back into the rehearsal room for the first time since the pandemic. Written by Tanika Gupta, this is a heartwarming laugh-out-loud funny show about love and marriage.
Politically charged with a hip-hop soundtrack, there is no doubt that this filmed performance is one of the most eagerly anticipated releases of 2020.
Round the family up and head outside for this wonderful story walk adventure from Stand and Be Counted Theatre. Perfect for livening up a lockdown walk.
Thrilling and challenging, HOME’s annual festival is a glimmering reminder that new performance continues to be developed, despite ‘you-know-what’.
An interactive, experimental and political video game exploring the complex effects of extremism and radicalisation.
An exciting, new audio-digital venture, Sound Stage has been designed by theatre-makers and leading technologists, to give audiences a unique online theatre experience.
The Earth Asleep, a new film and original live score from creative duo Clara Casian and Robin Richards, premieres this spring at HOME.
Feel connected and stay creative with a group of like minded older people with Elders Mondays from the Royal Exchange.
Every last Friday of the month, Hope Mill host a (currently online) pay as you feel play reading group facilitated by actor Janelle Thompson.