NW Productions

Published: 3 June 2012
Reporter: David Upton

imageThe 400th anniversary of England's single biggest witch trial will be commemorated with a play telling a human story set against a climate of fear and superstition. From June 7-16, The Dukes in Lancaster will stage Richard Shannon's powerful play, Sabbat, in The Round before it tours to four venues across the country and then returns to the venue.

Details: www.dukes-lancaster.org

The VIP Lounge by Mike Heath, presented by Mediamedea, has its premiere at Studio Salford from June 6-9. It stars Phil Minns, who is a torch-bearer for the 2012 London Olympics.

Details: www.studiosalford.comDanza Contemporánea de Cuba

Danza Contemporánea de Cuba return to The Lowry as part of a Dance Consortium UK tour on June 9 following their first critically acclaimed visit in 2010.

The programme of works to be performed includes a rare opportunity to see the stand-out hit of 2010's programme, Mambo 3XX1.

Details: www.thelowry.com

Remember Remember at the Unity Theatre in Liverpool on Saturdays June 9 & 16.

A magical, interactive experience for 4-7 year olds, combining original music, animation and play.

Details: www.unitytheatreliverpool.co.uk

Shades of DivaThree Minute Theatre in Manchester presents Shades of Diva, a brand new musical drama all about growing up in Brighton in 1978 by Lloyd Eyre-Morgan, the writer / director of sell-out shows Celluloid and Dream On.

Details: www.threeminutetheatre.co.uk

Whatever Happened To The Likely Lads is to be staged at the Lass O'Gowrie, Manchester, June 5-10.

Recreating two classic episodes from 1973, "Strangers on a Train" and "Boys Night In", for the stage are John Cooper as Terry Collier and Sean Mason as Bob Ferris.

Details: www.thelass.co.uk

Friends & NeighboursThe Charity Players roll out more comedy in a good cause at Preston Charter Theatre next week.

The hard-working company, whose fund-raising goes towards St Catherine's Hospice, perform Austin Steele's 1959 Cold War comedy Friends & Neighbours.

Details: www.prestonguildhall.com

Fame School of the Arts return to The Grand in Blackpool next week with West Side Story.

After the success of last year's Billy Elliot, West Side Story runs from Tuesday to Saturday.

Details: www.blackpoolgrand.co.uk

A Thousand Slimy ThingsAward-winning theatre company Tangere Arts returns to Manchester's Royal Exchange Theatre to present A Thousand Slimy Things—a new stage version of Samuel Taylor Coleridge's classic poem The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.

This co-production with the Exchange—"aimed at all brave souls over nine years old"—runs in The Studio from next Friday to June 23.

Details: www.royalexchange.co.uk

One of the most talked about hits of Edinburgh Fringe 2011, Fringe First award winning Minsk, 2011: A Reply to Kathy Acker is on a UK tour which brings it to the Contact Theatre in Manchester next Wednesday and Thursday.

Details: www.contactmcr.com

Girls NightGirls Night, which follows five lifelong friends during a wild night out at a karaoke club, is at the Opera House, Manchester next week, starring sisters Gillian and Kim Taylforth, appearing together on stage for the first time.

Details: www.atgtickets/manchester

A musical adventurer collaborates with Finnish and UK wrestlers for a unique performance that combines music, film—and wrestling—to create a sport and music experience in Manchester next Wednesday.

Kimmo Pohjonen returns to the UK with Accordion Wrestling, a landmark Finnish event that celebrates one of the original sports of the ancient Olympics at Manchester Royal Northern College of Music.

Details: rncm.ac.uk

My, Myself and Mrs GibbsIn 2003, Francesca Millican-Slater bought a second hand postcard for 50p in Devon.

Francesca began re-tracing the steps of the postcard, and documented her journey; the people she met, the things she found, and the stories she heard.

In Me, Myself and Miss Gibbs at the Lowry in Salford next Thursday, she takes the audience with her on this intricate, fascinating true journey.

Details: www.thelowry.com/studio

The acclaimed production of ShangHi by Cirque du Ciel returns to the region next week.

It's at the Opera House in Manchester Sunday and Monday.

Details: www.atgtickets/manchester

The energy and excitement of Motown music is at the Palace Theatre, Manchester, from Thursday to Saturday with the return of Dancing in the Streets.