Manchester International Festival

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


Cast of 10,000 Gestures, Tristram Kenton

10,000 Gestures

Boris Charmatz (Mayfield Depot).
Reviewer: Georgina Wells

Lucinda Childs Dance Company in Available Light, J J Tiziou

Available Light

Lucinda Childs (Lucinda Childs Dance Company at Palace Theatre).
Reviewer: Georgina Wells

Timothy Connor as Pulcino and Charlotte Hoather as Uccellina, James Glossop


Composed by Lliam Paterson (Manchester International Festival, Scottish Opera and Improbable at The Grafton Centre, Hyde).
Reviewer: David Chadderton

Jane Horrocks and Wrangler in Cotton Panic!, Tristram Kenton

Cotton Panic!

Co-creators: Jane Horrocks (performer & music), Nick Vivan (writer), Stephen Mallinder (music), Phil Winter (music), Ben Edwards (music) (Manchester International Festival at Upper Campfield Market Hall, Manchester).
Reviewer: David Chadderton

The cast of Fatherland, Manuel Harlan


Scott Graham, Karl Hyde and Simon Stephens (Manchester International Festival, Frantic Assembly, Royal Exchange Theatre, Lyric Hammersmith and LIFT at Royal Exchange Theatre).
Reviewer: David Chadderton

Nina Hoss, Jonathan Keenan

Returning to Reims

Based on the memoir by Didier Eribon in a version by the Schaubühne (Schaubühne Berlin, MIF, HOME Manchester and Théâtre de la Ville at HOME Manchester).
Reviewer: David Chadderton

Michal Keyamo in The Welcoming Party, Jonathan Keenan

The Welcoming Party

(Theatre-Rites at Museum of Science and Industry).
Reviewer: Georgina Wells

What if Women Ruled the World, Tristram Kenton

What if Women Ruled the World?

Yael Bartana (artist), Abi Morgan (writer) (Manchester International Festival at Mayfield, Manchester).
Reviewer: David Chadderton


MIF highlight for Berlin festival

Manchester International Festival’s Returning to Reims has been invited to the Berliner Theatertreffen 2018.

David Upton, 11 February 2018

New board members at MIF

Manchester International Festival has announced the appointment of nine new members to its board.

David Upton, 25 September 2017

Honing Party Skills for MIF event

Theatre innovators Nigel Barrett and Louise Mari have revealed further details for their subversive Party Skills for the End of the World, their Manchester International Festival debut.

David Upton, 10 June 2017

Casting announced for MIF Fatherland

The 13-strong cast of Fatherland by Scott Graham, Karl Hyde and Simon Stephens, which will be at the Royal Exchange Theatre as part of Manchester International Festival, has been announced.

David Chadderton, 28 May 2017

McGrath reveals his first MIF programme

John McGrath has revealed his first programme as artistic director of the biennial Manchester International Festival in summer 2017.

David Chadderton, 14 March 2017

Baby-faced opera for Manchester

The follow up to Scottish Opera’s BabyO performances, BambinO is a pioneering and unique piece of music theatre for infants aged 6 to 18 months.

David Upton, 10 March 2017

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