North West

The latest news, features and reviews from theatre, opera and dance in Manchester, Liverpool and throughout the north west of England.

Reviews

Contractions; North of Providence

Mike Bartlett (Contractions); Edward Allan Baker (North of Providence) (Play with Fire at 53two (pod), Manchester).
Reviewer: Martin Thomasson

Millie Turner as Bobbie and Katherine Carlton as Phyllis in The Railway Children, Mark Dawson

The Railway Children

Adapted by Dave Simpson from the novel by E Nesbit (Exeter Northcott Theatre at The Lowry).
Reviewer: Georgina Wells

All aboard Rear View..., CJGriffiths Photography

Rear View

David Wheeler, Cecilia Knapp & Jemima Foxtrot (IOU at Blackpool).
Reviewer: David Upton

Cast of 10,000 Gestures, Tristram Kenton

10,000 Gestures

Boris Charmatz (Mayfield Depot).
Reviewer: Georgina Wells

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

BambinO

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

Lucinda Childs Dance Company in Available Light, J J Tiziou

Available Light

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

Kris W Laudrum, James Beglin and Jessica McDonagh, Tom Barker

Car Park King

Jessica McDonagh (Every Egg A Bird Theatre Company at 53two).
Reviewer: Georgina Wells

The cast of Fatherland, Manuel Harlan

Fatherland

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

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

Gareth Cassidy as Tom Morgan in Treasure island,

Treasure Island

Debbie Oates, adapted from Robert Louis Stevenson (Dukes Theatre, Lancaster at Williamson Park, Lancaster).
Reviewer: David Upton

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

Ryan Gilmartin in The B Word, Big Liars

The B Word

Ryan Gilmartin (Big Liars at The King’s Arms, Salford).
Reviewer: Mark Smith

Michal Keyamo in The Welcoming Party, Jonathan Keenan

The Welcoming Party

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

Jessica Baglow,

First Words

Charlotte Joseph, Shauna Mackay and Ian Townsend (Octagon Theatre Bolton at Octagon Theatre).
Reviewer: David Chadderton

Barely Methodical Troupe in Circusfest 2016 at the Roundhouse,

Kin

Devised by Ben Duke and the company (Barely Methodical Troupe at Quays Theatre, The Lowry).
Reviewer: Martin Thomasson

News

NW Productions

Round-up of regional productions opening week beginning Sunday August 20.

David Upton, 20 August 2017

Aladdin ballet for Lowry

David Bintley’s Aladdin comes to The Lowry in Salford September 20 to 23.

David Upton, 17 August 2017

Uncle Vanya for HOME

A host of names from theatre and TV will be appearing in Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya at HOME in Manchester.

David Upton, 17 August 2017

Starry Addams Family for Salford

Samantha Womack, Les Dennis and Carrie Hope Fletcher star in The Addams Family, a musical comedy, at The Lowry in Salford.

David Upton, 17 August 2017

Strictly stars for St Helens

Strictly Come Dancing dance professionals Ian Waite and Oti Mabuse are coming to St Helens.

David Upton, 17 August 2017

Park Life in Bernard's garden in Lancaster

Bernard Gladstone just has to wander down his garden path to be reminded of 30 years of The Dukes summer outdoor walkabout shows in Lancaster.

David Upton, 17 August 2017

Cockfight for Chester

Straight from performances in Australia, The Farm presents the first UK tour of Cockfight, physical theatre that explores male behaviour and intergenerational conflicts.

David Upton, 17 August 2017

Vertigo paints it Noir

Vertigo Theatre Productions is back with their most ambitious play ever, Noir.

David Upton, 17 August 2017

A monster zoo on tour

New Writing North is to tour Do Not Enter the Monster Zoo, a play for the under-7s.

Peter Lathan, 14 August 2017

Manchester gets one from Down Under

A Bolton-based theatre company is bringing the English premiere of an Australian play to Greater Manchester.

David Upton, 13 August 2017

Charlie Fink in new Salford play

Songwriter and lyricist Charlie Fink, former front man of the band Noah and the Whale, will present Cover My Tracks at The Lowry.

David Upton, 13 August 2017

Letters to Morrissey from HOME

Award-winning actor and playwright Gary McNair makes his second appearance at HOME with new show Letters To Morrissey.

David Upton, 13 August 2017

Catch yourself a shark in Lancaster!

There’s a chance to buy a souvenir to treasure from this summer’s Dukes 30th anniversary outdoor production.

David Upton, 13 August 2017

Freak destined for Manchester venue

Freak was written by Bruntwood prize winner Anna Jordan and first performed in 2014. MAP Productions i now bringing it to Manchester venue 53two.

David Upton, 13 August 2017

Julie chips in to Port Stories

The history of Lancaster’s maritime past is brought to life in audio dramas, films and artwork.

David Upton, 13 August 2017

NW productions

Round-up of regional productions opening week beginning Sunday August 13.

David Upton, 13 August 2017

Black Roses back in print

As the tenth anniversary of Sophie Lancaster’s death approaches, Pomona has brought back into print Simon Armitage’s Black Roses, which went on to become an award-winning radio and stage play.

David Upton, 06 August 2017

Dickens Dozen sought for Octagon

Octagon Theatre in Bolton is looking to cast 12 young people for this year’s festive production.

David Upton, 06 August 2017

Clod hopping to Salford for autumn

This autumn marks the return of one of Clod Ensemble’s most iconic works, a distinctive promenade production which sits somewhere between immersive installation and staged performance.

David Upton, 06 August 2017

90s star in Peter Pan at Epstein

The cast for the 2017 festive panto Peter Pan, at Liverpool’s Epstein Theatre this Christmas includes 90s boyband star Dane Bowers.

David Upton, 06 August 2017

Paying Lip Service to Austen

Manchester comedy duo LipService start their new UK tour of Mr Darcy Loses the Plot at The Lowry in Salford.

David Upton, 06 August 2017

100 on board for Railway Children at Octagon

Octagon Theatre Bolton is kick-starting the venue’s 50th anniversary season, with a full-scale summer project production of E Nesbit’s The Railway Children.

David Upton, 06 August 2017

World première for Keswick

American playwright and screenwriter Laura Eason’s latest play Remarkable Invisible is to have its world première at Keswick’s Theatre by the Lake.

David Upton, 06 August 2017

Bronté Barbé Beautiful in Manchester

Bronté Barbé will play Carole King in Beautiful – The Carole King Musical which heads to Manchester Palace Theatre from December 12 to January 6.

David Upton, 06 August 2017

Pippin musical for Hope Mill Theatre

The latest musical collaboration at Manchester’s Hope Mill Theatre is a revival of the award-winning Broadway musical Pippin.

David Upton, 06 August 2017

Soccer scores at Contact

We’re Not Really Here – A Football Opera at Manchester’s Contact is a celebration of what it means to be a football fan.

David Upton, 06 August 2017

NW Productions

Round-up of regional productions opening week beginning Sunday August 6.

David Upton, 06 August 2017

NW Productions

Round-up of regional productions opening week beginning Sunday July 30.

David Upton, 30 July 2017

Matt puts gloss on Jungle Book at Lowry

Matt Knight, known for his performance on BBC’s Let it Shine, will star as Akela in a new urban version of Jungle Book at The Lowry in Salford.

David Upton, 30 July 2017

Basement location for Exchange play

Manchester Royal Exchange’s award-winning Young Company presents We Were Told There Was Dancing, a show that takes its audience underground in a promenade production through the basement of the Exchange building.

David Upton, 30 July 2017

Of Mice & Men tour in 2018

Selladoor Productions, in association with The Marlowe Theatre Canterbury, will undertake a 10-week UK tour of the Steinbeck classic Of Mice and Men.

David Upton, 30 July 2017

14 into four over five months at Everyman

Liverpool Everyman’s repertory company format next spring sees 14 actors come together to perform four shows over the space of five months.

David Upton, 30 July 2017

City switch for Sheena Wrigley

Ambassador Theatre Group has appointed Sheena Wrigley theatre director at the twin venues Manchester Palace and Opera House.

David Upton, 25 July 2017

Rita, Sue and a cast too!

Octagon Theatre in Bolton has announced the cast for Max Stafford-Clark’s new production of Rita, Sue and Bob Too.

David Upton, 25 July 2017

NW productions

Round-up of regional productions opening week beginning Sunday July 23.

David Upton, 25 July 2017