Theatre in Manchester and the North

Kristy Stott, Theatre Editor

This month we bring our picks of the best theatre happening in Manchester and across the North. You’ll find a selection of outdoor performances alongside online works and some of the live shows we’re most looking forward to.

Although Greater Manchester theatres remain closed at this time, many venues are continuing to adapt to the ongoing pandemic – pulling out all the stops to deliver a theatrical experience for audiences to enjoy.

As restrictions are gradually lifted and we crawl cautiously out of the nth lockdown, many organisations and venues are taking their performances outside. HOME have recently announced performances of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland at a whopping new temporary outdoor venue next to their existing building on First Street. Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre in Chester are gearing up for a summer season of Covid-safe open air performance too – The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Jungle Book and Pride and Prejudice will play in the wonderful surroundings of Grosvenor Park.

In the meantime, there’s a wealth of online performance available to experience at home too. Sound Stage offers a unique online in-theatre experience and Oldham Coliseum have created a nifty murder mystery for audiences to enjoy at home. Additionally, our friends at SICK! Festival have developed MINDSCAPES, a collection of five brand new commissions that can be experienced online and around Manchester for free.

Do check back soon – we’re updating our guide to theatre in Manchester and the North frequently, and while you’re here be sure to cast your eyes over our guide to open air theatre in the North too.

Here are our picks

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Homemakers

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Everything That Rises Must Dance with HOME
Theatre Until 31 July 2021,

Everything that rises must dance with HOME

Produced by Complicité for Homemakers: Join a virtual gathering of women for an online dance project celebrating female movement throughout history.

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Theatre Until 15 October 2021, from £5.99

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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.

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Theatre Until 1 August 2021,

Don’t Touch My Hair with HOME

Fearless social activism meets unapologetic hip hop. A concentrated dose of Hot Brown Honey is just what we all need right now.

Closed Hands with HOME
Theatre Until 31 August 2021,

Closed Hands with HOME

An interactive, experimental and political video game exploring the complex effects of extremism and radicalisation.

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Cinema Until 11 September 2021,

The Earth Asleep at HOME, Manchester

The Earth Asleep, a new film and original live score from creative duo Clara Casian and Robin Richards, premieres this spring at HOME.

Activity Until 31 August 2021, from £4

Elders Mondays with the Royal Exchange

Feel connected and stay creative with a group of like minded older people with Elders Mondays from the Royal Exchange.

Mindscapes: Soundpaths
Festivals Until 16 May 2021, FREE

MINDSCAPES

Created by SICK! Festival, MINDSCAPES is a collection of five inspirational brand-new artworks and online events happening in Manchester for free this spring.

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Mindscapes: Soundpaths
Festivals Until 16 May 2021, FREE

MINDSCAPES

Closed Hands with HOME
Theatre Until 31 August 2021,

Closed Hands with HOME

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Festivals Until 31 July 2021,

Homemakers

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Festivals Until 31 December 2021,

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Families Until 31 August 2021, FREE

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Sound Stage
Theatre Until 1 October 2021, TBC

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Activity Until 31 August 2021, from £4

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Theatre Until 15 October 2021, from £5.99

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