Theatre in Manchester and the North

Kristy Stott, Theatre Editor

Promised to see more theatre in 2019? Well, you’re in the right place.

2019 looks to be a strong year for theatre and we’re looking forward to all of the wonderful performances happening in Manchester and the North.

There’s still time to catch The Producers at The Royal Exchange – it’s a phenomenal show and the run has been extended due to popular demand.

Also happening now – shake off those January blues with HOME‘s annual PUSH Festival, a two-week-long showcase of the most exciting film, theatre and visual art in the North West. We’re also championing Gypsy Queen, a site-specific performance at Moss Side Fire Station Boxing Club. If you didn’t catch the first time around, here’s your second chance to step into the ring.

We highly recommend booking ahead for SparkPlug at Home, Arthur Miller’s The Last Yankee, directed by David Thacker, at Bolton Library Theatre and Mother Courage at The Royal Exchange, with Julie Hesmondhalgh in the title role.

Here’s where you’ll find us this January and beyond…

Enjoy!

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.

Everyman Rock 'n' Roll panto The Snow Queen
Families 24 November 2018–19 January 2019, from £15.00

Rock ‘n’ Roll Panto: The Snow Queen at Liverpool Everyman

The Everyman’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Panto is as much of a festive tradition as matching Christmas jumpers and a trip to Father Christmas’ grotto.

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.

Families 11 February 2019, from £7

Jack and the Beanstalk at Waterside

Fee Fi Fo Fum. Expect enormous shoes, tiny houses, showers of silver and gold and a big, leafy explosion in Lyngo Theatre’s production of this classic tale.

Theatre 14 February 2019, FREE

Living History performance Peterloo at the People’s History Museum

As part of the People’s History Museum’s Radical Lates series experience a Living History performance of the Peterloo Massacre, a major event in Manchester’s history, and a defining moment for Britain’s democracy.

Touch Tour: The Animals And Children Took To The Streets
Activity 14 February 2019, FREE

Touch Tour: The Animals And Children Took To The Streets at HOME

Touch Tours give visually impaired patrons the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the set, key props and costumes before a show and sometimes even to meet the performers at HOME.

Please let us know if you’re coming to the tour on your own and we’ll arrange for a member of staff to accompany you. Guide dogs are also welcome on set, subject to an advance assessment to ensure a safe environment. Alternatively, we can arrange for your guide dog to be looked after.

Families 14 February 2019, from £10

Those Magnificent Men at Waterside

A nail-biting, side-splitting true story of a daredevil flight by Mancunians pilot Capt. John Alcock and navigator Lt. Arthur Whitten Brown.

Culture Guides

Cinema

January brings a focus on women-centric cinema, classic revivals and international hits.

Charles Rennie Mackintosh: making the Glasgow Style at Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool

Exhibitions

On the brink of the new year, here’s a couple of the major exhibitions and smaller gems we’re looking forward to in 2019.

A World Inside A Book courtesy Suzi Corker

Families

January ain’t dull. Create with light, become forensic archeologists, sculpt with mud, step inside books and find a giant piglet with a coat made from dosh.

Literature

January, February, March, April, even May… we’ve plenty for you to look forward to live literature wise as 2019 unfolds – from performance poetry and soundscapes to readings from magazines, memoirs and award-winning short stories.

Music

Ranging from electronica to indie, this month’s music guide features some of the most singular voices in contemporary music.

Tours and Activities

Explore the other side of Manchester’s performing arts, as this month, we highlight some of the best tours of the city’s theatres, venues and concert halls.

Things to do right now

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PUSH Festival 2019 at HOME
Festivals 11–26 January 2019,

PUSH Festival 2019 at HOME

The Producers - A Mel Brooks Musical at the Royal Exchange
Music 30 November 2018–2 February 2019, from £10.00

The Producers – A Mel Brooks Musical at the Royal Exchange

Everyman Rock 'n' Roll panto The Snow Queen
Families 24 November 2018–19 January 2019, from £15.00

Rock ‘n’ Roll Panto: The Snow Queen at Liverpool Everyman

Theatre 17 January–18 July 2019, from £5

Royal Exchange Backstage Tour

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

Flecky Bennett’s Ghost Walks

Simple Unisex Jacket / Full Day Workshop
Activity 19 January 2019, from £75

Simple Unisex Jacket / Full Day Workshop