Theatre in Manchester and the North

Kristy Stott, Theatre Editor

This week: There’s still time to catch Beryl,  the true story of one of the world’s greatest sporting heroes, at Bolton Library Theatre; while Hedda Tesman – a fresh and feminist perspective on Ibsen’s original text – plays at The Lowry.

Elsewhere – Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse have a lively season of homegrown performance and touring productions on offer. From acclaimed musicals and family shows to literary classics, this is quite possibly Liverpool’s best season yet. Alternatively, Liverpool’s annual LEAP Dance Festival is nearly upon us – be sure to check out the full programme.

Dance lovers should almost certainly check out Christopher Wheeldon’s Cinderella at the Palace Theatre, Yorkshire Dance’s Ageless Festival and EDIT.05, Igor + Moreno’s takeover of The Lowry this October.

We’d strongly recommend booking ahead for Light Falls at the Royal Exchange, directed by Sarah Frankcom, this is an extraordinary new play written by Simon Stephens with original music by Jarvis Cocker. And if you didn’t catch it the first time around – don’t miss out on Black Men Walking when it rambles into Oldham Coliseum later this month.

Halloween horror seekers will be pleased to hear that the multi-award-winning comedy maniacs, Kill The Beast return to The Lowry with Director’s Cut. Elsewhere, the chilling thriller Blood Runs Deep, starring ex-Blue band Antony Costa, plays at the Epstein Theatre.

Take a punt on something new. Read on for more performance happening in Manchester and the North over the coming months.

Enjoy!

Here are our picks

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Macbeth at the Royal Exchange
Theatre 13 September–19 October 2019, from £19.00

Macbeth at the Royal Exchange

An action-packed production, with Lucy Ellinson in the iconic title role, don’t miss this fresh take on ‘The Scottish Play’.

SICK! Festival SICK FESTIVAL 2019 MANCHESTER SICKFEST SICKFESTIVAL
Theatre 18 September–15 October 2019,

SICK! Festival

Challenging, entertaining and always trying to change the world for the better, SICK! Festival makes just the kind of art we like.

Everyman & Playhouse Autumn Season
Theatre 24 September 2019–18 January 2020,

Everyman & Playhouse Autumn Season

A busy and brilliant season, expect award-winning musicals, stage adaptations of revered literary classics and celebrated cult films, alongside high-quality family shows. There is plenty to enjoy in Liverpool’s theatres this autumn.

Andante at the Lowry
Dance 18 October 2019, 8:00 pm–9:15 pm, from £12.00

Andante at The Lowry

Created by contemporary dance artists, Igor + Moreno, Andante is a performance all about our senses and the importance of slowing down.

Alice in Wonderland at Waterside Arts. Alice is shown in a blue dress characters from the story behind her including the white rabbit and the Queen of Hearts. Part of our half term in Manchester activities
Families 19 October 2019, 2:00 pm–3:30 pm, from £7.50

Alice in Wonderland at Waterside Arts

This brand new staging of Lewis’s Carroll’s classic tale, will have your whole family enthralled and the catchy tunes running through your head!

Theatre 22–26 October 2019, from £13.00

The Exorcist at Manchester Opera House

The two-time Oscar-winner, based on real-life events, promises to be a spine-tingling theatrical experience.

24 Hours of Peace at the Royal Exchange
Theatre 10–11 November 2019, FREE

24 Hours of Peace at the Royal Exchange

What do you get if you add 24 hours to 48 performers and two hundred thousand words? Neil Bartlett’s extraordinary new national public artwork.

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein at Liverpool Playhouse
Theatre 11–16 November 2019, from £10.00

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein at Liverpool Playhouse

Adapted by award-winning writer, Rona Munro, this is the 1818 seminal gothic horror novel as you’ve never seen it before.

Rock ‘n’ Roll Panto: Sleeping Beauty at Liverpool Everyman
Families 23 November 2019–18 January 2020, from £15.00

Rock ‘n’ Roll Panto: Sleeping Beauty at Liverpool Everyman

Well, it wouldn’t be Christmas without a trip to see Liverpool’s jukebox-sensational Rock ‘n’ Roll Panto, would it?

Culture Guides

Cinema

October sees the launch of Manchester’s newest cinema, some first class new releases and plenty of Halloween fun.

Peer to Peer at Open Eye Gallery & St. George's Hall, Liverpool

Exhibitions

Sci-fi, football, China and Venice collide in our latest pick of exhibitions from across the north.

Autumn at Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens -with plenty of family things to do.

Families

Avoid the post summer holiday blues with our latest top picks of family things to do. Enjoy some quality family time together this autumn.

Author Jenn Ashworth, photo by Chris Thomond.

Literature

October brings its usual bumper crop of book-related festivals, from Burnley to Manchester to Rochdale to the Lakes International Comic Art Festival, featuring Comics Laureate Hannah Berry.

Music

Looking ahead to Manchester’s Autumn gig calendar, our new music guide ranges from contemporary singer-songwriters to pioneers of electronica.

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

Tours and Activities

Find alternative nights out, decadent afternoons and fun new ways to explore the city in this month’s guide of things to do in Manchester.

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Hedda Tesman at The Lowry.
Theatre 4–19 October 2019, from £24.50

Hedda Tesman at The Lowry

SICK! Festival SICK FESTIVAL 2019 MANCHESTER SICKFEST SICKFESTIVAL
Theatre 18 September–15 October 2019,

SICK! Festival

The Last King of Scotland at Sheffield Crucible
Theatre 27 September–19 October 2019, from £15.00

The Last King of Scotland at Sheffield Crucible

Beryl at Bolton Library Theatre
Theatre 19 September–19 October 2019, from £14.00

Beryl at Bolton Library Theatre

RSC: The Taming of the Shrew at The Lowry
Theatre 10 September–19 October 2019,

Manchester’s season of Shakespeare

Everyman & Playhouse Autumn Season
Theatre 24 September 2019–18 January 2020,

Everyman & Playhouse Autumn Season

Macbeth at the Royal Exchange
Theatre 13 September–19 October 2019, from £19.00

Macbeth at the Royal Exchange