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24:7 poised to launch - and looking ahead
Manchester's 24:7 Theatre Festival hits the city for a ninth season at the end of this month.
Idina in Manchester
Tony Award-winning star of Wicked and TV's Glee, Idina Menzel returns to the UK for her first ever concert in Manchester in October.
McGough makes it three in a comedy row
Following the successes of
, the Liverpool Playhouse will complete a trilogy of Roger McGough adaptations of classic Molière comedies with
Claire and Wendi all white for Lowry
Claire Sweeney and Wendi Peters will take on the roles of Betty Haynes and Martha Watson when
returns to the Lowry in Salford this Christmas.
£175,000 grant windfall for Contact
Manchester's Contact theatre has successfully secured a major Gulbenkian performance grant worth £175,000.
New opera writing competition from OperaUpClose
Olivier Award-winning OperaUpClose with Eclectic Opera has launched Flourish, a new competition for opera composers and librettists.
Theatres Trust Theatres At Risk Register released for 2012
This year's Theatre Buildings At Risk Register from The Theatres Trust includes 49 theatres around the UK, 7 fewer than in 2011.
What's on in the region this week.
Radio plays, a love story and Shakespeare head Lichfield Festival
Drama has a place at Lichfield Festival although concerts featuring international performers tend to attract the majority of the 50,000 visitors who visit the Staffordshire event each summer.
Buxton Festival Fringe
Highlights of the Buxton Festival Fringe.
Rarely-performed operas on offer at Buxton
The 34th Buxton Festival starts in the Peak District spa town this week and promises top-class opera, concerts, recitals and literary speakers.
New Vic moves on with fine, bright, life-affirming play
star will swap the world of espionage for middle-aged love at Newcastle-under-Lyme this week.
Ibsen classic completes chaotic trilogy in Northampton
A new version of Henrik Ibsen’s classic
, the final play in Royal and Derngate Northampton’s
Festival of Chaos
trilogy, opens this week.
Festival brings the best of European theatre to Birmingham
Birmingham’s third annual festival of European theatre, which takes place this week, features companies from Japan and across Europe as well as the UK.
South East productions
What's on in the region.
Library lines up 2012/13 season
The first UK production outside London of Richard Bean's smash-hit comedy
is among three Autumn / Winter productions in the Library Theatre Company's third season at The Lowry in Salford.
Sex Olympics for Fringe Festival
Year of the Sex Olympics, first broadcast on BBC2 in 1968, is to be staged for the first time in 44 years as part of Greater Manchester Fringe Festival.
Match Box extended
The world première of Frank McGuinness's new play,
The Match Box
, is being extended.
24:7 seeks volunteers
Manchester's 24:7 Festival, from July 20-27, is adding 10 productions—meantime there's a call for volunteers.
In the run up to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, DaDaFest 2012 announces their collaboration with the London 2012 Festival.