NW productions

Published: 18 March 2012
Reporter: David Upton

OedipussyA comic no-holds-barred subversion of Greek tragedy comes to Lancaster's Dukes Theatre next week. Following on from an acclaimed production of Moby Dick which played at the venue in 2009, Spymonkey return with Oedipussy.

Recommended for ages 14 and above it runs from Thursday to Saturday.

Details: www.dukes-lancaster.org.

Chicago is back at the Palace Theatre in Manchester from Monday to Saturday and stars Ali Bastian as Roxie Hart, Stefan Booth as Billy Flynn, Tupele Dorgu as Velma Kelly and Bernie Nolan as Mama Morton.

Details: www.atgtickets/manchester

Calendar Girls, the stage adaptation of the hit movie, returns to the Opera House in Manchester next week as part of its final ever tour.

Details: www.atgtickets/manchester

JB Shorts offers six more playlets a night at the Joshua Brooks pub's cellar space in Manchester from March 20 to 31.

Hollyoaks actors Sarah Jayne Dunn and David Judge; Emmerdale writer Chris Thompson; Alex Woodhall, star of White Van Man and Star Stories, and Christian Foster from BBC Three's Lunch Monkeys appear along with Sue Twist and John Henshaw.

Details: www.jbshorts.co.uk

At Swim Two BoysEarthfall's award-winning production of At Swim Two Boys, based on the novel of the same name by Jamie O'Neill, features two male dancers and two musicians against a cascading wall of water that slowly fills the stage.

It's set to make a splash at The Lowry in Salford next Tuesday and Wednesday.

Details: www.thelowry.com

Matthew Bourne's glorious Nutcracker is at Salford's Lowry arts centre next week, and the choreographer himself takes part in a special In Conversation With . . . following the Wednesday matinee.

Details: www.thelowry.com

DNAHull Truck Theatre brings the first national tour of Dennis Kelly's compelling thriller DNA to The Studio at Manchester's Royal Exchange Theatre from Tuesday to Saturday.

It follows the story of a group of teenagers who try to cover their tracks after making the biggest mistake of their lives.

Details: www.royalexchange.co.uk

One of Alan Bennett's most popular plays opens at Theatre by the Lake in Keswick from Saturday March 24.

The History Boys runs until April 21.

Details: www.theatrebythelake.com

Theatre by the Lake at Keswick next week also welcomes Elaine Pantling celebrating the late great British comedy actress Beryl Reid.

Roll Out The Beryl... A Beryl Full of Life, Love and Laughter will be in the theatre's Studio from Monday to Wednesday.

Details: www.theatrebythelake.com

The GamesUnity Theatre in Liverpool stages The Games next Friday and Saturday, an 'undiscovered' Greek comedy incorporating sporting equipment with a thousand uses, an original musical score, clown, shadow puppetry and scenes of simulated nudity.

Details: www.unitytheatreliverpool.co.uk

Phoenix Dance Theatre returns to Liverpool Playhouse with their latest mixed programme, Crossing Points, which features two world premières, on Friday and Saturday March 23-24.

Details: www.phoenixdancetheatre.co.uk

Underneath the FloorboardsUnderneath the Floorboards at the Lowry in Salford next Sunday allows the audience to roam around the stage in a relaxed atmosphere becoming part of the performance by balletLorent.

Details: www.balletlorent.com

Paul Merton appears at Blackpool's Grand Theatre with Out of My Head on Sunday March 25.

Details: www.blackpoolgrand.co.uk

The Lantern Theatre in Liverpool stages Pre-Paradise Sorry Now March 22-24 by Rainer Werner Fassbinder, translated by Denis Calandra.

Details: www.thelanterntheatre.co.uk

Queer as Fringe is at The Three Minute Theatre Manchester, Oldham Street on Thursday March 22-24.