As the new theatre season gets ready to launch, we champion some of the star performances happening over the next few months.
The autumn/winter theatre season is already underway at the Royal Exchange as Tennessee Williams’ masterpiece The Glass Menagerie takes to the theatre’s iconic in-the-round stage. Meanwhile, the eagerly anticipated stage adaptation of Markus Zusak’s best-selling novel The Book Thief opens a thrilling new season of shows at Octagon Theatre Bolton. We’re also looking ahead to Shakespeare North Playhouse’s Opening Season too – with Not Too Tame’s take on the witty Shakespearean comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
HOME kick start their new season with a 12-hour durational performance by Manchester-based ensemble Quarantine. Using a company of local workers, 12 Last Songs is an extraordinary live performance – a fleeting portrait of society that examines how we relate to work. Meanwhile, in Theatre 2, we’re looking forward to a new work by the Javaad Alipoor Company charting an investigation into the brutal, and unsolved, murder of an Iranian pop icon.
Here are our picks
Set in the wake of the punk revolution of 1970s Manchester, this timely revival tells the story of the four ordinary lads who came together to create one of the most significant bands of all time.
This December, the RNCM is hosting opera’s biggest party: Strauss’ rip-roaring comedy Die Fledermaus (The Bat), filled with deceit, betrayal, and champagne. Lots of champagne.
Launching with a glorious weekend of free festivities (15-17 July), check out Shakespeare North Playhouse’s spectacular opening season.
Mrs Doubtfire, a touching musical comedy about family, love and friendship, is coming to Manchester Opera House, straight from Broadway.
Discover the beauty in words that are slowly disappearing, in this outdoor theatre production for families at Heaton Park.
Meet, Flecky Bennet, your guide through the dark and demonic side of the city as he takes you on one of Manchester’s award winning ghost walks.
A new comedy theatre show devised and performed by theatre maker and new mum Amy Vreeke. Expect very personal and unfiltered views on the realities of pregnancy and motherhood.
Expect another action-packed programme of inspiring, entertaining and playful experiences as Manchester Science Festival returns, with interactive online events, thought-provoking talks and eye-opening exhibitions.
A deeply moving piece of theatre – as enchanting as it is brutal – Let The Right One In tells a chilling and beautiful coming-of-age vampire love story.
The sun may have set over our Manchester theatres during the pandemic – but now “it’s rolling high through the sapphire sky” once again. Hit musical The Lion King has added even more dates to its previously postponed run.