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Manchester Theatre Award winners

Winners of the 2013 Manchester Theatre Awards were presented with their trophies at a red carpet event at the city's Royal Exchange Theatre.

What's on

Having a scream in the city

A new scare attraction, by the company behind Winter Wonderland, is set to frighten the life out of Manchester audiences from next week

Family festival for city venues

Theatre for small people and matching family budgets comes to Manchester venues, offering the best in performing arts and activities for parents, carers, children and young people

Lip Service latest for Oldham

A new show from award-winning comedy duo Lip Service with co-producers Oldham Coliseum Theatre, The Picture of Doreen Gray makes its world premiere at the Coliseum before going on tour

Manchester pedigree for Curious Dog

Casting has been announced for the first UK tour of The National Theatre’s multi award-winning production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time which opens at The Lowry in Salford this Christmas

Countdown clock for Cinderella

Have a ball with Northern Ballet’s new production of the ultimate rags to riches fairy tale, Cinderella, at the Palace Theatre, Manchester from November 18-22

Hot ticket for Royal Exchange's Cat

A scorching new production of Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer prize-winning classic Cat On A Hot Tin Roof arrives at Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre from October 30 to November 29

Contact gets the Afrovibes

Afrovibes festival at Contact in Manchester is from October 27 to November 1

A Savage mouthpiece for women

Following a sell out run at the Edinburgh Fringe, UK Beatboxing Champion and star of National Theatre’s Home, Grace Savage performs the most unlikely of musicals, considering the auditory influences on young women at the Lowry in Salford on November 13

RSC Henrys for the Lowry

The Royal Shakespeare Company return to Salford’s Lowry arts centre in October with Henry IV Parts I and II, starring Jasper Britton and Antony Sher

Poirot puzzle for Opera House

Audiences can exercise those ‘little grey cells’ at the Opera House, Manchester in November, with the Agatha Christie ‘whodunnit’ Black Coffee, featuring much-loved super sleuth Hercule Poirot

Singing in support

Performers from London's West End are at New Mills Art Theatre near Manchester for one night only on November 23 in a West End Fight Against Cancer Concert, in aid of The Christie Hospital and to support their fellow performer Tom Moss

Commissioned play for Sale

The Beautiful Warmth, a new play by Adam Gilmour, makes its début at Waterside Arts Centre from October 30 to November 1

Second war play for Bolton

Continuing their commemoration of the anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War, the Octagon Theatre in Bolton will be a poignant home for Early One Morning

Panto line-up finalised

First Family Entertainment and The Opera House, Manchester announce the full principal casting for this year’s family pantomime – Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

£400,000 windfall for Lowry

The chairman of The Lowry, Sir Rod Aldridge, had made a £400,000 private donation with his wife, Carol (Lady Aldridge) to the organisation to support its learning and engagement programme

Fringe double bill heads this way

Northern Outlet Theatre Company announce their forthcoming double-bill will tour fringe venues in Carlisle, Liverpool and Manchester this November

Manchester launch for Arts Alliance

Labour Arts Alliance was launched by Shadow Culture Secretary Harriet Harman MP at Labour’s conference in Manchester

Jane Horrocks on stage

Ayub Khan Din’s critically-acclaimed play East is East, is to tour to the Opera House, Manchester, in January 2015 following its run in the West End

Circus comes to town

A new production of the classic musical Barnum, starring Brian Conley as legendary showman P

Oh yes, Lowry Khan!

A major visual arts exhibition at the Lowry in Salford this autumn is curated by renowned choreographer and dancer, Akram Khan

15th Emergency for city

Word of Warning's Autumn/Winter Programme 2014 kicks off with its annual Emergency, a free micro-marathon of the bizarre, the beautiful and the bold

Lion King set to storm city again

Tickets for the Manchester return season of Disney’s award-winning production of The Lion King will already on sale for its five weeks at the Palace Theatre, Manchester from January 17 to February 22

Winners wear the Dreamcoat

An all-star cast including Greater Manchester’s own West End star Danielle Hope – winner of the BBC’s Over the Rainbow TV show – will be appearing in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the Palace Theatre in October

Lowry plays the identity card

The Lowry Studio’s autumn/winter season features a programme of shows exploring national, cultural, LGBT and ethnic identity

Peake performance at Exchange

The casting of Maxine Peake alone was bound to attract audiences to the first play of Manchester Royal Exchange’s new season

Porno Chic at King's Arms

One of Manchester’s most successful fringe theatre companies have announced upcoming shows for the winter season

Secret Theatre for the Exchange

Fresh from the Lyric Hammersmith and the Edinburgh Festival, Secret Theatre – which features four new plays from four of the UK’s most exciting playwrights – arrives at Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre from October 21 to November 1

Spamalot rides again

Following Monty Python’s 10 night sell-out run at London’s O2 Arena, Monty Python’s Spamalot is back on tour with dates at the Opera House, Manchester in January 2015

Gary will have a Ball in Stockport

Gary Damer star of CBBC’s Hotel Trubble returns to The Plaza in Stockport from December 5 until January 4 in Cinderella


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