One of the country’s most distinguished theatre directors, and the first-ever Professor of Theatre at Bolton University, David Thacker was honoured with a Special Achievement trophy at the Manchester Theatre Awards.
The four outstanding nominations here are divided equally between the Royal Exchange and Octagon Bolton, whittled down from a list several times that size, indicating just how strong the competition is this time around.
The major new musical of The Wind in the Willows by Academy Award-winning screenwriter and Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes and Olivier Award-winning composer and lyricist duo George Stiles and Anthony Drewe opens at The Lowry in Salford from Thursday until November 6, prior to opening in London’s West End.
Following sold-out runs at the Menier Chocolate Factory and Savoy Theatre, Sheridan Smith will reprise her performance of Fanny Brice at selected venues for the UK tour of Funny Girl – including the Palace Theatre, Manchester, where the tour will open on February 18, 2017.
English Touring Theatre come to Oldham Coliseum in October with a revival of their highly acclaimed production of Terence Rattigan’s French Without Tears, which enjoyed a sell-out run at the Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond-upon-Thames last year.
In a major revival of Hugh Whitemore’s Tony-nominated play Breaking The Code BAFTA award-winning actor Daniel Rigby takes on the role of the mathematical genius Alan Turing. Manchester-born Rigby leads a cast of eight in the Royal Exchange’s new production of this play which brings Turing’s story back to Manchester, the city in which he lived, worked and died.
Following their win at The Greater Manchester Fringe Awards for Porno Chic, Manchester fringe outfit Vertigo Theatre Productions are back this December with a brand-new drama Black Ice opening at The Kings Arms, Salford on Dec 13-17.
Oldham Coliseum Theatre will be presenting Tom Wells’ romantic comedy Jumpers for Goalposts this October, marking the main stage directorial debut of associate director Chris Lawson, who joined the company from London’s Almeida last year.
Between September and December Manchester’s Royal Northern College of Music hosts everything from classical music, big band and opera to conversations with Margaret Atwood and Vivienne Westwood as part of the Manchester Literature Festival (October 7-21).
Coronation Street legend, Kevin Kennedy is to star as Jimmy’s Da in the UK tour of the musical The Commitments written by Roddy Doyle, which comes to the Palace Theatre, Manchester, from March 27 to April 8.
Benidorm, Loose Women and Coronation Street favourite, and star of the all-new Are You Being Served, Sherrie Hewson will be appearing as the Genie of the Ring in Aladdin at Manchester Opera House this Christmas.
For the World Premiere of Little Sister at the Royal Exchange, artist Mark Storor has been visiting the Exchange over eighteen months to work with community participants from Tameside Women and their Families Centre, The Royal Exchange’s Progression Group and City of Sanctuary’s Conversation Club (for refugees and asylum seekers), as well as a professional clown, an aerialist, and a classical cellist who plays the saw.