Theatre is positively bustling in Manchester and the North – vibrant, varied and fearless. There’s a real wealth of performance on offer – feisty reimagined classics, West End transfers up North and inventive site-specific pieces.
Celebrating 25 years since it was first performed, Diane Samuels’ Kindertransport plays at Manchester’s Opera House. And acclaimed director Robin Herford (The Woman in Black) brings the Ayckbourn classic, Relatively Speaking to Oldham Coliseum.
We’re thrilled that Bolton Octagon are launching their ‘Octagon on the Road’ season with an innovative off-site production of Summer Holiday. We’re also championing the Octagon’s REVEAL festival – check out Monkeywood Theatre’s Trial.
Manchester’s Royal Exchange sees Sarah Frankcom and Maxine Peake collaborate once more for Beckett’s Happy Days. And associate artists RashDash offer a fierce feminist reimagining of Chekhov’s Three Sisters.
Read on for all of our top recommendations for theatre in the coming months.
Here are our picks
Following the success of Hamlet, The Skriker and A Streetcar Named Desire, Sarah Frankcom and Maxine Peake continue their creative collaboration with a revival of Beckett’s surrealist masterpiece, Happy Days.
The language of the natural world is brought to life in the world premiere of the outdoor theatre companion to the bestselling book The Lost Words.
RNCM Young Company combines with The Circus House to present Letters – a new work featuring music, dance and acrobatics, which examines the shared experiences of Mancunians and Parisians over the past century.
For its 24th edition, ¡Viva! returns with a HOME-wide celebration of film, theatre and visual art from across Spain and Latin America.
A world premiere re-imagining of Henrik Ibsen’s Peer Gynt, relocated to 20th Century Liverpool by writer Robert Farquhar
From classic toe-tapping Broadway to contemporary Shakespeare, the award-winning Everyman Company explore ‘brave new worlds’ in their 2018 season.
The award-winning Everyman Company let loose with an astonishing adaptation of Anthony Burgess’ dystopian novel, A Clockwork Orange.
Blackpool Grand certainly brings variety this season – with rich and diverse programming, there really is a performance for everyone.
Spring Awakening combines an electrifying rock score and genre-defying writing to tell the story of sexual and adolescent discovery.
Grammy-nominated punk cabaret trio The Tiger Lillies perform their original music to tell this tale of a Corrido singer and his band, who return from the dead to haunt their killer.