NW productions

David Upton

Moscow Ballet—La Classique—schooled in the grand tradition of Russian ballet—return to Preston Charter Theatre on Thursday night with the eternally crowd-pleasing Swan Lake.

Details: www.prestonguildhall.com

Steven Berkoff's adaptation of Franz Kafka's masterpiece The Tribe, performed by Blackeyed Theatre, has been picking up five-star reviews around the country and comes to Lancaster's Grand Theatre for one night only next Thursday.

Details: www.lancastergrand.co.uk

Comedian Paul Merton returns to his stand up roots for the first time this century, on a tour that takes in Blackpool's Grand Theatre on Sunday night.

Details: www.blackpoolgrand.co.uk

Anne BoleynThe Grand in Blackpool is staging one of the few regional performances when Shakespeare's Globe present Howard Brenton's Anne Boleyn in partnership with English Touring Theatre this week.

Details: www.blackpoolgrand.co.uk

Monkee BusinessManchester Gets It First again next week with the world premiere of another new show—Monkee Business the Musical.

Already programmed before the death this month of the band's singer Davy Jones, the show is now dedicated to the memory of the Manchester-born performer.

Details: www.atgtickets.com/manchester

Following last year's centenary of the birth of playwright Sir Terence Rattigan the Octagon Theatre in Bolton marks the occasion with one of his greatest plays: The Winslow Boy.

The play runs from Thursday until April 21.

Details: www.octagonbolton.co.uk

Twenty talented youngsters are set to take a dramatic look at what it means to be northern when they present a new performance piece The North in The Studio at Manchester's Royal Exchange next Thursday and Friday.

Details: www.royalexchange.co.uk

Gravity is a contemporary and gripping new play about provocation, being performed at Manchester's Contact Theatre next Thursday and Friday.

Details: www.contactmcr.com/gravity

Young technicians from Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse will showcase a larger than life piece of public art at 8.30pm on Thursday March 29 that will transform the Trinity Vaults building in Vauxhall, North Liverpool with a projection that utilises images and real time streaming to create a unique work of art on the building's facade.

Details: www.everymanplayhouse.com

ThirstyBased on our love affair with alcohol, Thirsty at Unity Theatre Liverpool next Wednesday weaves together real stories, memories and booze based confessions, collected from a 'drunken hotline' and an online questionnaire.

Details: www.unitytheatre.co.uk

From the writers, producers, creators and director of Dreamboats and Petticoats; Save the Last Dance for Me is set to visit the Liverpool Empire this week.

Details: www.atgtickets.com/liverpool

Angel DelightThere are comedic elements in weddings, funerals and anniversaries. But how about divorce? Find out with Angel Delight at Unity Theatre, Liverpool, from Thursday to Saturday.

Details: www.unitytheatre.co.uk

Following on from their recent successful improvised show Back To The Studio in The Kazimier at the beginning of March, the venue is now presenting a six-part weekly improvised soap opera The Tragical Past and Mysterious Present of Sodem Hall from March 27.

Details: www.impropriety.co.uk

Kick promise to keep audiences captivated at Liverpool's Lantern Theatre, by the powerful, moving and humorous moments they perform in the classic of Our Country's Good from March 26-30.

Details: www.thelanterntheatre.co.uk

Grease Monkeys, a new play by James Antonio, is showing as part of the Write Now Festival Liverpool at the Liverpool Actors Studio on various dates from Saturday March 31.

Details: www.writenowfestival.co.uk