Theatre in Manchester and the North

Andrew Anderson, Theatre Editor

This month we’ve got something very old, a couple of things rather new, something borrowed (from the Americans) and something dressed in the colour of Oldham Athletic – blue. Romance is clearly in the air with weddings, forbidden love, mysterious strangers and more in this month’s theatre picks.

I’ll begin with the very old: The Suppliant Women, which is on at Royal Exchange. Yes, it might have been written 2,500 years ago, but the themes behind it are just as important today as ever…maybe even more important. Plus, this new adaptation is written by David Greig, the only playwright to win two Best of Edinburgh awards. We’ve also got dancer Sol Picó doing a set that mixes the best of her old works together with One-Hit Wonders.

As for the new, take your pick: either Ransack Theatre’s Moth on at Hope Mill Theatre, Phoenix Dance Theatre’s Mixed Programme at Oldham Coliseum else why not try Ventoux, a play based on the modern tragedy that is the life of Lance Armstrong.

We’ve borrowed Yank! from the Americans, coming to Hope Mill Theatre as the latest in its series of in-house musicals. Again we’re looking at love, as two soldiers fall for one another during WWII.

What about something blue? Meat Pie, Sausage Roll is another new musical from the team behind Dreamers and is centred around a man whose love for Oldham Athletic gets in the way of attending his daughter’s wedding (yes, people like this really do exist).

Let’s end on a hopeful note with The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. Based on the book by Anne Brontë, it’s a tale of personal conviction and self determination that leads to, by Brontë standards, a happily-ever-after ending.

Here are our top 8 picks

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