North West

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

Reviews

Polly Lister who wrote and stars in I Was A Wife,

I Was A Wife

Polly Lister (The Dukes, Lancaster).
Reviewer: David Upton

Lucy Jane Parkinson in Joan, Field & McGlynn

Joan

Lucy J Skilbeck (Milk Presents, in association with Derby Theatre at Contact Theatre, Manchester).
Reviewer: Mark Smith

Kathryn Hunter and Temesgen Zeleke, Jonathan Keenan

The House of Bernarda Alba

Federico Garcia Lorca, translated by Jo Clifford (Royal Exchange Theatre and Graeae Theatre Company at Royal Exchange Theatre).
Reviewer: David Chadderton

Steph Reynolds and Kris Overend in You Me Tomorrow by Oliver Walton, The 1121 Collective

You Me Tomorrow

Oliver Walton (The 1121 Collective at PUSH festival at HOME, Manchester).
Reviewer: Mark Smith

David Birrell as Frank and Jessica Baglow as Rita, Richard Davenport

Educating Rita

Willy Russell (Octagon Theatre Bolton & Derby Theatre at Octagon Theatre).
Reviewer: David Chadderton

Nicholas Limm in Hamlet, George Riddell

Hamlet

William Shakespeare (Icarus Theatre Collective & Kings Theatre at Charter Theatre, Preston).
Reviewer: David Upton

Rohit Gokani and Kamal Kaan in The Chef Show, Darren Andrews

The Chef Show

Nick Ahad (Ragged Theatre Productions at The Dukes, Lancaster).
Reviewer: David Upton

News

St Patrick's Day play in Liverpool

A thought-provoking new play, Irish Liverpool, will be staged in the Concert Room at St George’s Hall, Liverpool to coincide with St Patrick’s Day.

David Upton, 19 February 2017

A new Luke at arts centre

UK poet Luke Wright brings his latest show performing work from his new book The Toll to Manchester's The Edge Theatre and Arts Centre.

David Upton, 19 February 2017

Haunted hall night in Salford

Lowry theatre-goers will be invited to continue their evening with a spine-chilling late-night experience contacting the spirits that haunt nearby Ordsall Hall.

David Upton, 19 February 2017

Berlin to Liverpool via South Pole

Berlin is brought to present day Liverpool by the Everyman Company in The Conquest of the South Pole.

David Upton, 19 February 2017

Ancient and modern in Exchange

Manchester Royal Exchange Theatre sees one of the world’s oldest dramas play out on its unique stage.

David Upton, 19 February 2017

Wordsworth role in Keswick

John Sackville, who played Peter de Courcey in Netflix series The Crown, is to star in the title role of William Wordsworth in Keswick.

David Upton, 19 February 2017

Women at the double in Bury

Red Ladder Theatre Company and feminist dance company Gracefool Collective present a double bill at The Met in Bury.

David Upton, 19 February 2017

Help carry COAL to Blackpool

There is a unique chance for four women to join the cast of Gary Clarke’s COAL at the Grand Theatre in Blackpool.

David Upton, 19 February 2017

NW Productions

Round-up of regional productions opening week beginning Sunday February 19.

David Upton, 19 February 2017

All Change at Blackpool Grand

Menopause the Musical is embarking on a new UK tour which brings it to Blackpool Grand.

David Upton, 12 February 2017

Good Dog gets run at Lowry

Anton Cross has been cast in Arinzé Kene’s Good Dog which will be opening at The Lowry.

David Upton, 12 February 2017

Transgender company launches in city

Trans Creative, a brand new theatre company led by transgender artist and activist Kate O’Donnell, has launched in Manchester.

David Upton, 12 February 2017

Six into Sick! at Lowry

Premièring six productions, Sick! Festival returns to The Lowry in Salford.

David Upton, 12 February 2017

Kafka lecture in Manchester

Freddie Rokem is giving a public lecture in Manchester about Kafka on Tuesday in the John Casken Lecture Theatre in the Martin Harris Centre.

David Upton, 12 February 2017

Literary giants celebrated on Merseyside

Two new literary double bills celebrating the life and works of Wilfred Owen and Sylvia Plath and Rudyard Kipling and James Joyce are set to be staged at Liverpool’s St George’s Hall.

David Upton, 12 February 2017

Oldham's soccer glory rekindled

Oldham Coliseum Theatre is presenting a brand new musical set against the backdrop of Oldham Athletic Football Club’s famous 1990/1991 season.

David Upton, 12 February 2017

Surrogacy story centre stage

A new play about a woman’s desperate journey across the world to fulfil her dream of becoming a mother will be performed at The Dukes in Lancaster.

David Upton, 12 February 2017

Burnley's role in LGBT history

To mark the 50th anniversary of the Sexual Offences Act, LGBT History Month nationally has commissioned two new dramas from Inkbrew Productions.

David Upton, 12 February 2017

Multi-sensory show for PMLD audience

A multi-sensory, immersive theatre show for audiences with profound and multiple learning disabilities comes to The Lowry in Salford.

David Upton, 12 February 2017

Ganging up in Liverpool

New series of promenade Catacombs Tours, The Gangs Of Victorian Liverpool comes to St George’s Hall.

David Upton, 12 February 2017

La La effect on Hope Mill Theatre

Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester is crediting the movie La La Land with a spike in interest for its musical theatre productions.

David Upton, 12 February 2017

5 More Minutes touring

Merseyside-based children’s theatre company Travelled Companions starts a North West tour of brand new production 5 More Minutes.

David Upton, 12 February 2017

Ghost to haunt The Lowry

Bill Kenwright’s production of Ghost—The Musical, will extend its current UK tour with a visit to The Lowry, Salford.

David Upton, 12 February 2017

NW Productions

Round-up of regional productions opneing week beginning Sunday February 12.

David Upton, 12 February 2017

April date for Bolton musical première

Watford Palace Theatre is to stage the world première of the musical I Capture the Castle co-produced with the Octagon Theatre in Bolton. It will be staged at the Octagon in April.

David Upton, 05 February 2017

Shining Brightlight on cancer fight

After tackling sex, climate change and homelessness, the award-winning Contact Young Company in Manchester takes on cancer.

David Upton, 05 February 2017

Dancers are offered a Turn

North West dancers and dance-makers (aged 18+) are invited to submit proposals of short pieces of work, works-in-progress or extracts of longer works for inclusion in an annual event.

David Upton, 05 February 2017

No Sleepless nights in Salford

A world première of Sleepless The Musical due to be staged at The Lowry in Salford in April has been cancelled.

David Upton, 05 February 2017

NW Productions

Round-up of regional productions opening week begining Sunday February 5.

David Upton, 05 February 2017

NW Productions

Round-up of regional productions opening week beginning Sunday January 29.

David Upton, 29 January 2017

Oratorio first for RNCM

Royal Northern College of Music Opera will present Handel’s Theodora at the college.

David Upton, 29 January 2017

Scottish play becomes MsBeth

A female Macbeth and male witches appear in a fresh retelling of the Scottish play.

David Upton, 29 January 2017

Octagon will REVEAL all

The Octagon's second annual REVEAL Festival in Bolton (February 28 to March 18) will be showcasing work from theatre makers from across the country.

David Upton, 29 January 2017

Sorceror's Apprentice for Epstein

A new children’s show The Sorcerer’s Apprentice will be staged at The Epstein Theatre in Liverpool.

David Upton, 29 January 2017

A Grand new season ahead

The Grand Theatre in Blackpool punches well above its weight with a programme of shows for spring / summer 2017.

David Upton, 29 January 2017

More scares from The Woman in Black

Stephen Mallatratt’s adaptation of Susan Hill’s novel The Woman in Black set to make its eighth visit to The Lowry.

David Upton, 29 January 2017

Fresh LEAP for Liverpool dance

Merseyside Dance Initiative, MDI, is working with Unity theatre and MAKE Liverpool to bring LEAP dance 2017 to Liverpool this March.

David Upton, 29 January 2017

Single-handed tribute to Ravel

Axis Arts Centre in Crewe, hosts the world première of a new performance by theatre-maker Michael Pinchbeck.

David Upton, 29 January 2017

City of Glass stage debut in Manchester

Vivienne Acheampong, Mark Edel-Hunt, Chris New and Jack Tarlton will star in the first stage adaptation of a Paul Auster novel in a co-production with HOME, Manchester and Lyric Hammersmith.

David Upton, 29 January 2017

Liverpool venues' double celebration

A double celebration for two Liverpool venues as redevelopment works commence and further funds are confirmed.

David Upton, 29 January 2017

Bruntwood 6 is launched

The Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting has launched its sixth search for original plays.

David Upton, 29 January 2017

Immersive Cabaret for new talent

Cabaret Voltaire 101 in Manchester will showcase new talent, mentor them and give audiences an opportunity to be part of it all.

David Upton, 22 January 2017

Cast confirmed for Toksvig comedy

English Touring Theatre has confirmed casting for the world première of Sandi Toksvig’s new comedy Silver Lining.

David Upton, 22 January 2017

Team behind Octagon project announced

Feilden Clegg Bradley, a Stirling Prize award-winning architectural practice, will be the architects of Bolton Octagon’s major capital redevelopment project.

David Upton, 22 January 2017

Shout out from Haphazard

Word of Warning and Z-arts in Manchester are calling for artists for Haphazard, the fourth free 'all ages’ live art day.

David Upton, 22 January 2017

Cheshire dates for Tmesis theatre

The brand-new show from Liverpool-based physical theatre company Tmesis heads to two venues in Cheshire.

David Upton, 22 January 2017

Simon & Garfunkel story returns

The Simon and Garfunkel Story (50th Anniversary Celebration) comes to Manchester Palace Theatre.

David Upton, 22 January 2017

HOME takes in the SICK!

The SICK! Festival, exploring the physical, mental, and social challenges of life and death, comes to HOME in Manchester.

David Upton, 22 January 2017

Hello Salford, this is Cinderella!

Birmingham Royal Ballet heads to Salford from March 1 to 4 with its UK tour of Cinderella on a scale comparable to any major rock band's road trip.

David Upton, 22 January 2017

Surrogacy on the spot in new play

Made in India is a new play by Tamasha, about motherhood and blood ties between women and nations, coming to Contact Manchester.

David Upton, 22 January 2017

Pay what you think it was worth

The Lowry in Salford are to present four shows where audiences won’t have to purchase a ticket in advance.

David Upton, 22 January 2017

NW Productions

Round-up of regional productions opening week beginning Sunday January 22.

David Upton, 22 January 2017