Theatre in Manchester and the North

Kristy Stott, Theatre Editor

This month’s theatre guide is a real eclectic bag of performance goodness. We’ve got durational dance performances in Wallflower by Manchester performance company Quarantine, the Shakespearean tragedy of Othello taking over Oldham Coliseum and a grand and historical performance of Henry V in Manchester Cathedral.

For those hunting for Halloween horror, Disquiet will be haunting the underground vaults of Brickworks and Antwerp Mansion switches all-night raves for ghostly goings-on in Fell, an immersive theatre production.

Happening this week –  don’t miss Don Warrington as Willy Loman in the eagerly anticipated Death of a Salesman which opens at the Royal Exchange; watch scientific fact collide with creative fiction in Future Bodies at HOME and make sure you’ve bagged your tickets for Heiner Goebbels’ new large-scale work, developed with MIF,  Everything that happened and would happen.

Dance has exploded across the North with Liverpool’s LEAP Dance Festival, Joe Moran’s bold and contemporary On the Habit of Being Oneself at Bluecoat and the English National Ballet’s breathtaking performance of Manon in the ornate surroundings of Manchester’s Opera House.

 

Read on for these and more of our top performance picks…

Here are our picks

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Theatre 24 May–27 October 2018, from £12.50

Rails at Theatre by the Lake

Shortlisted for the 2015 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting, Rails is a play about loneliness, dreaming and trying to hope in a town that doesn’t seem to want you to.

Contact In The City Part Two
Theatre 15 August–23 December 2018,

Contact In The City Part Two

Contact announces In The City Part Two – its radical city-wide programme of performance during the buildings exciting transformation.

The Royal Exchange Autumn Winter SeasonThe Royal Exchange Autumn Winter Season
Theatre 21 September 2018–12 January 2019,

The Royal Exchange Autumn / Winter Season

Packed with some of the world’s greatest plays and most epic stories, the Royal Exchange’s new Autumn/ Winter Season is absolutely unmissable.

Everyman & Playhouse Autumn Season
Theatre 25 September 2018–12 January 2019,

Everyman & Playhouse Autumn Season

Following the announcement of The Lovely Bones, Spymonkey’s A Christmas Carol and the Rock ‘n’ Roll panto The Snow Queen earlier this year, Liverpool’s Everyman & Playhouse has revealed its full programme for Autumn Winter 2018.

Shakespeare Season in Manchester
Theatre 25 September 2018–12 January 2019,

Manchester’s season of Shakespeare

Shakespeare performances are popping up all over Manchester this autumn – we’ve collated them into a neat guide for you.

Flecky Bennett’s HALLOWEEN 2018 Ghost Walk
Activity 13 October 2018–13 May 2019, from £15

Flecky Bennett’s Ghost Walks

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.

Autumn at the Science and Industry Museum - Distortions in Spacetime by Marshmallow Laser Feast
Exhibitions 18–28 October 2018, FREE

Manchester Science Festival 2018

Meet a real-life cyborg, immerse yourself in a black hole or one of 120 other events in 11 days … yes Manchester Science Festival is back.

Families 23–24 October 2018, from £11

Guess How Much I Love You at Waterside

Watch Little and Big Nutbrown Hare compete to measure their love for each other in this timeless loveable story.

Theatre 23 October 2018, from £12.50

Post at HOME

Post is an exploration of what it means to be a migrant, of constantly inhabiting a ‘national limbo’ and failing to adhere to border and identity-defining norms.

Culture Guides

Tours and Activities

In this month’s top picks of Tours and Activities in Manchester, we are featuring the guides who take you into the darker underbelly of the city, as well as some of the more macabre activities.

Exhibitions and art in Manchester

Exhibitions

Autumn is festival season in the visual art world. We preview some familiar favourites alongside a brand-new addition to the scene – brainchild of Manchester’s resident prize-winning peace activist, Qaisra Shahraz.

Families

Spaghettify yourself in a black hole at Manchester Science Festival, experience spectaculars at the Winter Droving in Penrith, Lightpool Festival in Blackpool and Light Up Lancaster. There’s a LOT to do folks.

Writer Eley Williams.

Literature

More spoken word nights are emerging to join our favourite regulars, there are lots of launches and one-offs and workshops and conferences and even walking tours, and tickets are selling like hot cakes for Manchester Literature Festival, the Rochdale Literature & Ideas Festival and Chester Literature Festival.

Music

This month’s music guide features cutting-edge jazz, joyous disco, and singular voices in rock.

Cinema

It’s October, and the cinemas of Manchester and the North are taking the opportunity to host all manner of spooky screenings.

Things to do right now

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Death of a Salesman at Royal Exchange
Theatre 11 October–17 November 2018, from £10.00

Death of a Salesman at the Royal Exchange

Contact at STUN Studio, Z-Arts
Theatre 16–27 October 2018, from £6.00

CONTACT at STUN Studio, Z-Arts

The Royal Exchange Autumn Winter SeasonThe Royal Exchange Autumn Winter Season
Theatre 21 September 2018–12 January 2019,

The Royal Exchange Autumn / Winter Season

Shakespeare Season in Manchester
Theatre 25 September 2018–12 January 2019,

Manchester’s season of Shakespeare

Everyman & Playhouse Autumn Season
Theatre 25 September 2018–12 January 2019,

Everyman & Playhouse Autumn Season

Theatre 24 May–27 October 2018, from £12.50

Rails at Theatre by the Lake

Contact In The City Part Two
Theatre 15 August–23 December 2018,

Contact In The City Part Two

Flecky Bennett’s HALLOWEEN 2018 Ghost Walk
Activity 13 October 2018–13 May 2019, from £15

Flecky Bennett’s Ghost Walks