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What's on

Clonter Opera's 40th anniversary

After a successful and critically-acclaimed series of performances of Gounod's Faust in July to celebrate Clonter Farm Opera's 40th anniversary, the opera will be performed again at the Cheshire venue on 27 September before transferring to London for two more performances at the Royal College of Music

Stage Experience for region's youngsters

The region’s youngsters get their moment in the spotlight in Manchester with the annual Stage Experience at the city’s Palace Theatre

Exchange's Studio season

Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre has announced more details of its Autumn Winter 2014 /15 season including confirmation of shows in The Studio and special one-off events in The Theatre with organisations including Liberty, Manchester Camerata and Manchester Literature Festival

Plaza pulls the seats out

On August 10 Stockport Plaza really will have seats at all prices!

On that day it is taking out all its 1250 seats and selling them as part of the latest fundraising event

Granada charity helps at HOME

The Granada Foundation had given a £150,000 grant to HOME, Manchester’s new £25m purpose-built centre for visual art, theatre and film

Devised Damaged Goods

Damaged Goods is a devised piece of theatre and the first production to come from the Manchester-based Little Hub Drama Group

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

War Horse back in the saddle

The Lowry in Salford is bracing itself for the return of the biggest-selling show in its history– as the National Theatre’s UK tour of War Horse arrives back at the venue

Hyde debut for touring production

Hyde Festival Theatre Company are bringing Rob Johnston’s specially commissioned First World War play, Bantams, to The Hyde Festival Theatre from Tuesday September 30 to October 4

Baths night for Romeo & Juliet

The forthcoming promenade production of Romeo and Juliet by HOME and being staged in the city's Victoria Baths, will be sponsored by Manchester Airport, accompanied by a community engagement programme sponsored by World Duty Free Group

An open-air Honour for Salford

Honour is a large-scale outdoor arts commission that combines the work of Phoenix Dance Theatre, Theatre In The Quarter, digital artists, including the first UK-based work from German duo Hartung Trenz, and a choir of hundreds of people set to sing a stirring finale

Contact's autumn season

Autumn at Contact in Manchester features major names, radical international work and a host of up and coming companies

In the round in 80 days

Around The World In Eighty Days – Jules Verne’s epic tale of Victorian eccentricity, romance and adventure – spins on to the stage of Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre from next Thursday through to August 16

CBeebies favourites for Trafford mall

In The Night Garden Live, a summer classic for children and now in its fifth year of touring, will visit The Trafford Centre in Manchester August 2 - 23 as part of its five-venue tour

You win some: you lose some

Following the funding announcements from Arts Council England, The Lowry in Salford receives not only continued support as one of ACE’s national portfolio organisations, but also a £3m capital grant and its largest ever private donation, enabling the organisation to achieve its £5m capital funding target

Two premieres for Oldham Coliseum

Oldham Coliseum Theatre’s new Autumn/Winter 2014-15 season features a diverse range of comedy, music, horror and family entertainment, including two unique world premières

Matthew & Benji sign up at Exchange

Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre has announced the appointment of rising young director Matthew Xia as its new associate artistic director

Bolton gets into festive mood

A free family festival will be taking place at Queens Park, Bolton, on August 17

Making Madchester music at festival

Two new dramas celebrate the musical history of the city at the third Greater Manchester Fringe Festival, July 1-31

Octagon seeking community cast

The Octagon in Bolton is looking for local young men with a playing age of 18 - 30, who would like to audition for the Octagon’s first two productions in the 2014-2015 Season: Journey’s End (September 4 October 4) and Early One Morning (October 9 –November 1)

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

City full of July fringe treats

The third Greater Manchester Fringe Festival from July 1-31 is full of world premieres and Edinburgh Fringe previews

Eight at the Octagon

Seeming more than a little surprised that the time has passed – more quickly I suppose when you’re having fun, and considerable success – the Octagon’s artistic director David Thacker took the chair to talk about his sixth season in charge

Priscilla - Queen of the Panto

Priscilla Presley will be starring in this year’s family pantomime – Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, at the Opera House in Manchsster

Shrek for the city

Shrek the Musical will ‘take ogre’ Manchester’s Palace Theatre for a month-long Christmas run


Latest reviews

Götterdämmerung - Mati Turi as Siegfried 
Clive Barda Faust at Clonter Opera
Danny Ryder as Toby, Eve Burley as Jess and Karl Greenwood as Xav 
Grant Archer, Act iii Gareth George as Brendan, Joe Bateman as Al and Elinor Dixon as Cleo
Grant Archer, Act iii Olivia Sweeney as Sarah
Grant Archer, Act iii Gloria
Johan Persson Jack Dearsley as Plug
Grant Archer, Act iii Around the World in 80 Days at Manchester’s Royal Exchange
Andrew Billington Lily Shepherd as Ellie and Jackie Jones as Lorraine
Grant Archer, Act iii


Clonter Opera at Clonter Opera Farm
(reviewer: Philip Radcliffe)


Mick Cooper
My Beating Heart at 24:7 at Elphick Stage, New Century house
(reviewer: Kevin Bourke)


Gareth George
24:7 Theatre Festival, New Century House
(reviewer: Kevin Bourke)


John J K Hoyle
jhc Productions, GM Fringe at The Swan, Dobcross
(reviewer: Kevin Bourke)

In My Bed

Rebekah Harrison
24:7/Milk and Two Sugars at 24:7 Elphick Stage, New Century House
(reviewer: Kevin Bourke)

Gloria - A Pigtale

Mahogany Opera Group/Bergenz Festival/Buxton Restival at Buxton Opera House
(reviewer: Philip Radcliffe)

The Tongue Twister

Luke Walker
24:7 Theatre Festival at New Century House
(reviewer: Kevin Bourke)

Around the World in 80 Days

Laura Eason, adapted from Jules Verne's novel
Royal Exchange Theatre & New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme at Royal Exchange, Manchester
(reviewer: David Upton)

Three Women

Mari Lloyd
24:7 Theatre Festival, New Century House
(reviewer: David Chadderton)

Youth panel reviews

The Last Word

Christina Maiden
Oldham Coliseum Theatre Learning and Engagement at Oldham Coliseum
(reviewer: Lizz Clark)


Francesca Waite
The Lowry Young Actors Company at The Lowry
(reviewer: Georgina Wells)

The Wardrobe

Sam Holcroft
Lowry Young Actors Company at The Lowry
(reviewer: Evie Tucker)

A Letter to Lacey

Catherine Johnson
Lowry Young Actors Company at The Lowry
(reviewer: Evie Tucker)

Latest articles

Fringe On Film

Some of the best of this year's Edinburgh Festival Fringe is coming to a cinema near you.

Kevin Bourke

Whispers Of War

Manchester independent theatre icons Feelgood Theatre Company and 24:7 Festival join forces

Kevin Bourke


Clonter Farm, deep in the heart of the Cheshire countryside, is celebrating its 40th anniversary with a special production of Gounod's Faust. Following a successful run in July, there will be one more performance at Clonter on 27 September before it transfers to London.

Philip Radcliffe

HOMEward bound

Theatre Director Walter Meirjohann reveals some of his exciting and ambitious plans for HOME.

Kevin Bourke

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