Theatre

Theatre in Manchester and the North

Andrew Anderson, Theatre Editor

Let’s start with a smile. He might be a big star, but Phil Jupitus isn’t afraid of a small stage, with his new improv show Achtung! / Acting getting a test run at the Kings Arms. We’ve also got home-grown comedy talent with Sophie Willan, whose stand up set Branded is coming to Contact.

Fathers get a look in too, with critically acclaimed French play The Father on at Oldham Coliseum, while Simon Stephens’ Fatherland will soon be on the Royal Exchange stage.

Fancy a jaunt out to the countryside? Why not give Jane Eyre a try, a promenade piece taking place near the picturesque town of Bakewell in Derbyshire. Or, if you fancy a classic closer to home, there’s always Persuasion at the Royal Exchange.

Finally, let’s not forget that MIF isn’t far away, with dance piece 10,000 Gestures and Returning to Reims both looking promising.

Here are our picks

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