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 Octagon Theatre’s new season begins with Harper Lee’s powerful To Kill a Mockingbird, a stage adaptation of the award-winning novel that captures the delight and mysteries of childhood as well as the fight for justice.
Wish List, Katherine Soper’s 2015 Bruntwood Prize winning play, has its world premiere this autumn at Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre before transferring to The Royal Court, Jerwood Theatre Upstairs in January.
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.
Fresh from winning a Silver Medal at the Rio Olympics, gymnast and Strictly Come Dancing champ Louis Smith is to guest star in Keep Dancing at the Palace Theatre, Manchester, October 4-8 - a new show celebrating the world of Ballroom and Latin dance.
Actress Kathryn Hunter, director Walter Meierjohann, and playwright and screenwriter Colin Teevan reunite following their hit Kafka’s Monkey for a world premiere production that comes to HOME in Manchester in September.
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.
B!RTH, at Manchester Royal Exchange in October, is an international theatre festival developed by the Exchange and The Oglesby Charitable Trust to provoke debate on the vast inequality in healthcare across the world.
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.