We love the summer, not least for the warm weather, it is also the time of year when performance begins to spill out of theatres and into the outdoors. There are a whole host of shows for those wanting theatre and fresh air at the same time. We’ve been scouring the north for the best open-air performance we can find. Pack up a picnic and head out to Chester’s Grosvenor Park Open-Air Theatre for a trio of starry performances: Twelfth Night, The Borrowers and Henry V are running in rep over the summer. Closer to home, Heartbreak productions play at Fletcher Moss Botanical Garden with a super-glam production of star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet. Wuthering Heights and Noel Coward’s Private Lives will also play out under the stars in Didsbury this summer. Do check back for more of the best open-air performances this summer.
Trafford’s flagship arts festival, REFRACT launches at Waterside this week – a brilliant and eclectic event offering a superb ten-day programme of performance, comedy, live music and family activities.
Happening elsewhere – you’ll find us at Manchester Opera House for the beautiful and inspiring stage adaptation of Amélie The Musical.
We’re also championing Kandinsky’s There is a Light That Never Goes Out at the Royal Exchange – a timely and relevant performance, happening just in time for the bicentenary of Peterloo. Check out our full guide to the programme of events happening across the city to mark the 200-year anniversary of the Peterloo Massacre.
Cast your eyes over our full theatre guide for all the best performances happening this summer, and in the new season.
Here are our picks
Just in time for the bicentenary of Peterloo, Kandinsky shine a light on our city’s political identity and the legacy of Luddism in the modern world.
Recipient of the Making Waves bursary, you’ve got another chance to see this sell-out show before it takes the world (and Edinburgh Fringe) by storm.
Manchester Histories prepares to launch a major programme of over 150 events to commemorate the 200-year anniversary of the Peterloo Massacre. All of the essential Peterloo events in one place.
In a new adaptation by Bryony Lavery, The Borrowers is brought to the magical Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre this summer.
Catching Comets, by award-winning Ransack Theatre, asks how we’re supposed to be big and strong when we are nothing like the heroes we grew up with on our screens.
The time has come. It’s the season of cutting carbs and hitting it hard at the gym – The Roaring Girls are getting Beach Body Ready. Are you?
Shakespeare’s history play, Henry V explores England’s relationship with its European neighbours. A timely open-air performance in Grosvenor Park.
Escape to the beautiful setting of the Fletcher Moss Botanical Garden to experience this timeless tale of intrigue and passion.
Bring your own chair and sit in the open-air: Heartbreak productions bring outdoor theatre shenanigans to Didsbury Village.