It feels like fresh starts and new relationships are very much the theme for this month’s guide. First we’ve got Stand Up Stand Up, the latest play from Bolton legend Jim Cartwright that looks at a blossoming friendship between a comedian and a bailiff. Then there’s Trainspotting Live, where Mark Renton attempts to begin again – that is, if his friends will let him.
Also making a clean start are the cast of Swansong, who find themselves floating on a pedalo, the only survivors of an epic flood. As for Sean and Sara in The Nest, they have to decide whether or not to break free from the suffocating security of a smart home that meets there every need.
Elsewhere new romance is on the cards, both in Symphonie Dramatique – which takes Romeo and Juliet as inspiration – and Reunión, a work soulfully danced by flamenco superstars Ana Morales and David Coria.
Finally, because not all relationships can be perfect, we’ve got Stepmother Stepfather. This grim and gruesome dance double bill explores the darker side of relationships, and reminds us that we could all be worse off.
Here are our picks
Created by Frantic Assembly’s Scott Graham, Karl Hyde from Underworld and playwright Simon Stephens, Fatherland is a bold, ambitious show about contemporary fatherhood in all its complexities and contradictions.