Manchester International Festival

News and reviews of theatre, dance and opera in the biennial Manchester International Festival.


Ciarán Owens as Ivan, Jonathan Keenan


Tom Basden (The Invisible Dot and Manchester International Festival at Pavilion Theatre, Festival Square, Manchester).
Reviewer: David Chadderton, Brinkhoff Moegenburg

Music by Damon Albarn, book and lyrics by Moira Buffini (Manchester International Festival / National Theatre at Palace Theatre, Manchester).
Reviewer: David Chadderton

Maxine Peake (the Skriker), Jonathan Keenan

The Skriker

Caryl Churchill (Manchester International Festival / Royal Exchange Theatre at Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester).
Reviewer: David Chadderton

Posh at Salisbury Playhouse, Richard Lakos


Laura Wade (Salisbury Playhouse and Nottingham Playhouse Theatre Company at Salisbury Playhouse).
Reviewer: Anne Hill


Snapshot of Manchester's 2017 festival

Manchester International Festival’s new artistic director John McGrath has offered a snapshot of his first programme.

David Upton, 18 November 2016

John returns to city as festival boss

Manchester International Festival’s new CEO and artistic director is familiar to Manchester folk as the man who helped re-invent the city’s Contact venue.

David Upton, 17 May 2015

Manchester rolls out festival treats

Manchester International Festival lines up world premières, unique concerts and one-off events, and a number of free attractions.

David Upton, 08 March 2015