Theatre in Manchester and the North

Kristy Stott, Theatre Editor

There are some cracking shows happening right now in Greater Manchester.

This March, we highly recommend booking in for the eagerly awaited Barber Shop Chronicles presented by Contact as part of their exhilarating In The City Part Three Season. And From Shore to Shore at the Yang Sing restaurant blends fine Chinese cuisine with powerful drama.

Dance enthusiasts should certainly check out Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Beauty and the Beast at The Lowry and Northern Ballet’s Victoria at Leeds Grand Theatre.

Looking further ahead – don’t miss bagging your tickets for Abigail’s Party at Manchester Opera House and Jerry Springer –  The Opera at Hope Mill Theatre. Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre will be a summery treat this year too – do book early for their outdoors performance of Twelfth Night. Starry skies and prosecco a-popping…

Here’s where you’ll find us over the next few months…


Here are our picks

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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.

Theatre 17 January–18 July 2019, from £5

Royal Exchange Backstage Tour

Join one of the Royal Exchange’s passionate volunteers as they take you through the underbelly of this working theatre. Experience first hand the hard work and amount of people that go into putting on one of the theatre’s productions as well as seeing the props and costumes from some of your favourite shows.

Contact in the City Part Three
Theatre 1 February–13 June 2019,

Contact In The City Part Three

Contact In The City Part Three – is a radical city-wide programme of performance taking place whilst Contact’s theatre undergoes an exciting transformation. Read our preview of the upcoming season.

Oldham Coliseum Spring Season
Theatre 1 February–13 June 2019,

Oldham Coliseum Spring Season

Oldham Coliseum’s new programme for Spring/ Summer 2019 celebrates Northern voices and tackles universal issues faced by families and communities.

Cinema 22 March–13 April 2019, from £5.50

¡Viva! Spanish & Latin American Festival at HOME

For its 25th edition, ¡Viva! returns with a HOME-wide celebration of film, theatre and visual art from across Spain and Latin America.

Families 26–31 March 2019, from £26.50

The Worst Witch at The Lowry

Pandemonium ahoy as Mildred Hubble and friends land at The Quays.

The Funeral Director at HOME
Theatre 27–30 March 2019, from £5.00

The Funeral Director at HOME

Intersecting religion, sexuality and gender – winner of the 2018 Papatango New Writing Prize, The Funeral Director comes to HOME’s stage this March.

Families 29 March 2019, from £6

Kite at Waterside

An enchanting play without words, with originally composed music, dance, puppetry and of course kites.

Music 2–6 April 2019, FREE

Fivestones (world première) at Royal Northern College of Music

A meditation on the concept of memory, trauma and loss as viewed from the eyes of five disparate characters. Fivestones challenges current forms of theatre and concert hall performance whilst forcing us to think about how we can challenge the ways we deal with commemorating horrific events in the modern world.

Culture Guides


MIF make a big announcement, we look over ¡Viva! Spanish & Latin American Festival’s line-up and highlight some peculiar Mother’s Day counter-programming.

Exhibitions in Manchester and the north


Highlights from Manchester International Festival’s stellar 2019 visual arts programme top this month’s pick of exhibitions from across the north.

Stella at Waterside


Design the playground of your dreams, witness giant outdoor spectaculars and meet Stella a Star Engineer.

Writer Jenn Ashworth. Photo by Martin Figura


There’s a definite spring in the old live literature step as our diaries fill up for the coming months with plenty of prose and poetry, creative nonfiction and memoir. Outlook good…


From legends of the electronic underground to rising voices in jazz, this month’s music guide is a real melting pot.

Food and Drink in Manchester and the North

Discover the best food and drink that the North has to offer in our expert guide to food and drink in Manchester and beyond.

Tours and Activities

Challenge yourself to take on Manchester’s immersive games in this month guide, alongside some historical tours and one-off experiences.

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