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Sean Murray (Jack), John O'Dowd (Jim), Sam O'Mahony (Brendan), Natalie Radmall-Quirke (Valerie) and Louis Dempsey (Finbar), Marc Brenner

The Weir

English Touring Theatre at The Lowry

Tonderai Munyevu (Richard), Tyrone Huggins (Thomas), Trevor Laird (Matthew), Tristram Kenton

Black Men Walking

Eclipse Theatre Company and Royal Exchange Theatre at Royal Exchange Theatre

Edward II, 2017 production,

Edward II

Lazarus Theatre Company in association with Greenwich Theatre at Greenwich Theatre

Adam Gillen as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Christopher Godwin as Baron Gottfriedvan Sweite, Marc Brenner


National Theatre at Olivier Theatre, National Theatre

Serge (Ncuti Gatwa), Paul Samuel White

The Claim

Luke Emery at Shoreditch Town Hall

Olivia Beardsley as Sibyl, Gareth Bennett-Ryan as Elyot, Helen Keeley as Amanda, Paul Sandys as Victor, Sheila Burnett

Private Lives

London Classic Theatre at Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Molly Chesworth as Josie and George Parker as Teddy, Scott Rylander


The Watermill Theatre and Sarah Loader for Snapdragon Productions at The Watermill Theatre Newbury

Phoebe Pryce (Adele), Tibu Fortes (Hamidullah), Asif Khan (Dr Aziz), Idil Sukan

A Passage to India

A Royal and Derngate Northampton and Simple8 co-production at Royal and Derngate, Northampton

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New finance boss for Birmingham Hippodrome

Birmingham Hippodrome has announced that Tim Maycock has been appointed director of finance, overseeing the organisation’s commercial interests and supporting the theatre’s growth.

2018 Writers’ Guild Awards

The winners have been announced for this year's awards with Caryl Churchill taking home the award for Outstanding Contribution to Writing.

Midlands productions

Theatre productions in the Midlands for the week beginning Monday 22 January.

NW productions

Round-up of regional productions opening week beginning Sunday January 21.

Birdsong on final UK tour to Salford

Rachel Wagstaff’s adaptation of Sebastian Faulks’s best-selling novel Birdsong is on a final UK tour with dates at The Lowry in Salford.

Circus comes to Manchester

A new death-defying circus is launching in Event City Manchester, celebrating 250 years of circus performances.

Oldham's Studio season launches

Oldham Coliseum Theatre’s Studio programme for spring and summer 2018 sees the theatre working with companies from across the country.

Cherry Orchard for Bristol and Manchester

Casting for Michael Boyd’s production of The Cherry Orchard was announced as rehearsals began for the Bristol Old Vic and Royal Exchange Theatre co-production.

Private Lives in Lancaster

Full of wit and quickfire dialogue, Private Lives is Noël Coward’s most popular and enduring stage comedy.

Lowry comes of age with festival

The Lowry arts centre in Salford celebrates its 18th birthday this year and will mark the milestone through its biennial Week 53 festival.

St Helens Cinderella takes Steps!

St Helens Theatre Royal this Easter welcomes Steps pop-group member Lee Latchford-Evans as Prince Charming in its panto Cinderella.

Donations give Birmingham Hippodrome a lift

Children and adults with complex accessibility requirements can be accommodated at Birmingham Hippodrome thanks to a donation from two regular supporters who want to remain anonymous.