Whether you’re looking for performance in the open air, the escapism of slapstick or full-on theatre festival fun, our guide has got you covered.
This month, we’re championing the new production of the smash-hit comedy One Man, Two Guvnors: this unmissable co-production is currently playing at Octagon Theatre Bolton, and later Liverpool Playhouse and Keswick’s Theatre by the Lake. First performed in 2011 at the National, this new production has already taken Northern audiences by storm. Don’t miss out.
On now: Written by Ian Kershaw and Clara Darcy, don’t miss the world premiere performance of We Should Definitely Have More Dancing at Oldham Coliseum running until 2 July. Don’t leave it too late to get tickets to this bright and uplifting show.
July marks the start of many theatre festivals too. You’ll find free outdoor dance-circus performances happening alongside superb ticketed events at Trafford’s flagship arts festival, Refract 2022; a brilliant and eclectic mix of emerging performers and shows at Greater Manchester Fringe, and also Liverpool Theatre Festival launching at the end of August.
And we know summer is definitely on its way with the announcement of open air performance. We’ve pulled together a neat guide packed full of outdoor theatre – with everything from children’s shows to Shakespeare under the stars. Dreamy. Do check back as we’ll be adding more shows as we find them.
Read on for even more unmissable performance. It’s all happening in Manchester and across the North over the next few months.
Here are our picks
Chris Bush’s new trilogy of interconnected plays for Sheffield Theatres will use all three theatres – the Crucible, Lyceum and the Studio – as a single cast dash from one stage to the next…
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.
Happening as part of HOME’s First Street Festival, and join Cheddar Gorgeous every Saturday lunchtime from 12:30 for an hour of fun-filled outdoor fabulousness.
With live music and plenty of slapstick, don’t miss this new production of the sensational comedy when it plays to Liverpool audiences this summer.
An award-winning playwright Alan Stockdill, and his company Talking Stock, will perform two plays with seemingly opposing themes, yet both packed with touching emotions and entertainment.
Congolese multi-disciplinary artist Dorcas Seb weaves music, spoken word performance, and physical theatre into a thought-provoking story about one character’s journey of faith.
Head to Nostell Priory for a summer evening of outdoor performance – enjoy a new adaptation of Shakespeare’s magical comedy by the Duke’s Theatre Company.
Developed and performed by Swiss artist Trân Tran, Here & Now seeks to examine the relationship between audience and performer, celebrating the beautiful ‘here and now’ of live theatre.
The treasured story of the March sisters will be reimagined for the stunning setting of Chester’s open air theatre this summer.
Following previous sell-out runs, Fat Blokes is ready to stage another fat rebellion at HOME this July. A pragmatic dialogue about fat queer masculinity.
A show described as ‘Crime-Thriller meets Rocky’, Alfie’s First Fight at Z-Arts is for children aged 5+ and their grown ups, taking place on Sunday 10 July 2022. The production, at first glance, is about boxing, but at the core of this moving, heartwarming and hilarious performance is a powerful story of love, family, and loss, and the importance of fighting for what you want.