Theatre in Manchester and the North

Andrew Anderson, Theatre Editor

Spying and secrecy seem to be cropping up as we head into summer, with a number of shows taking on these themes. At the forefront we’ve got Operation Black Antler on at HOME, which puts national security powers in your hands. As for HUSH HUSH at The Lowry…well, we’ve already said too much.

DEPART at Stanley Park in Blackpool deals with secrecy of a happier sort, as a public place becomes a magical forest full of incredible performances just waiting to be discovered. Scorch, too, plays with ideas of hiding – only in this case it is a person’s true identity that is being concealed.

Finally, let’s not forget that MIF isn’t far away, with Simon Stephens’ Fatherland looking particularly promising.

Here are our picks

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