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


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

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