Theatre and Drama

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  • Tue
    HOME, 2 Tony Wilson Place, Manchester M15 4FN, UK


    • HOME presents a new season of over 20 shows including Emma Rice’s West End Smash Hit Wise Children, 1927’s The Animals and Children Took to the Streets, acclaimed boxing drama One Night in Miami and Headlong’s Shakespeare’s Richard III
    • HOME announces a continued commitment to supporting artists to expand their practice and reach new audiences with new World Premiere productions from Scottee, Javaad Alipoor and Liz Richardson
    • Building-wide celebrations with landmark theatre projects at their heart, including the 25th annual Viva Festival
    • Internationally renowned artists and companies including Hofesh Shechter, The Tiger Lillies, Nassim Soliemanpour and Senior Serrano

    Today HOME announced their new theatre season for 2019, with a continued commitment to bold international programming, nurturing new creative talent, and building-wide festivals and celebrations.

    The season includes the acclaimed production of Wise Children directed by Emma Rice, whose work includes including Kneehigh’s Brief Encounter and Tristan & Yseult. Choreographer Hofesh Shechter’s Grand Finaleis back following a sell-out run at HOME earlier this year; Headlong are back with their new production of Shakespeare’s Richard III; and theatre innovators 1927 present their smash-hit The Animals and Children Took to the Streets. Then in July, there’s Kemp Powers’ One Night In Miami, directed by former Royal Exchange Associate Director Matthew Xia. This powerful production imagines the pivotal moment in American history when Cassius Clay met his friends Malcolm X, Sam Cooke and American Football star Jim Brown following Clay’s heavyweight championship victory.

    2019 marks the beginning of a new phase for HOME, where there will be a renewed commitment to not just producing new work, but also growing our collaborations with exciting artists. This season HOME supports World Premieres by Scottee, Javaad Alipoor and Liz Richardson. Javaad’s production Rich Kids of Tehran will be his first new commission since his landmark The Believers Are But Brothers brought him to national attention. Scottee’s new show Class will be his first show at the midscale, opening in HOME’s larger Theatre 1space.

    Dave Moutrey, Director and CEO of HOME said: “HOME exists to produce and develop new art and new artists, responding to our place in the city and the world. Across the next year, starting with Liz, Scottee and Javaad, we will embark on a new creative direction. By collaborating with a generation of artists and theatre-makers to create a fresh canon of work, we want to reach new audiences, help develop new cross-art form practice and tell new stories.”

    As well as World Premiere productions developed with HOME, there is a carefully curated programme of new work featuring celebrated emerging artists and award-winning shows from international festivals. It includes Bertrand Lesca & Nasi Voutsas’s new production One,Iman Qureshi’sPapatango Prize winning play The Funeral Director, and a return of Scottee’s hit Fat Blokes.There are also acclaimed Fringe First winnerswith Breach Theatre’s It’s True, It’s True, It’s True, and Dressedby This Egg.

    2019 will feature a vibrant programme of building-wide festivals and seasons which include major productions in the theatres. In April HOME’s annual ¡Viva! Festival of Spanish and Latin American art returns for a 25th year. It features the HOME-commissioned Kingdomby award-winning Catalan company Senor Serrano. HOME will also mark Refugee Week, with a mixed programme including Iranian artist Nassim Soleimanpour’s production Nassim.

    Dave Moutrey added: “I believe HOME is at its most impactful when the work on our stages connects with the programme in our cinemas and galleries. In 2019, landmark theatre events sit at the heart of building-wide celebrations, bringing together artists and communities from our region and around the world. !Viva! has added resonance this year with such uncertain times in Europe. This festival promises to be an artistic antidote with another a joyous international cultural party. To mark the 200th anniversary of Peterloo in summer 2019, we’re planning a special programme exploring the timeless interaction between music and political protest. More details will be announced soon.”

    Alongside all this, HOME will welcome the famous and the funny to its theatre spaces. Highlights include comedian Mark Thomas with his theatrical examination of our National Health Service in Check Up: Our NHS @ 70; RuPaul’s Drag Race favourite Jinkx Monsoon; and HOME regulars The Tiger Lillies takinga trip into the Devil’s Fairground.

    HOME also offers a year-round platform where people throughout Manchester’s communities, especially young people, can engage with the arts. Highlights of a packed programme for 2019 include a new show from CAN Young Artists, and the return of National Theatre Connections Festival, bringing together some of the most exciting writers in the country with the theatre makers of tomorrow.

    Wise Children present

    Wise Children

    Tue 26 Feb - Sat 2 Mar

    Directed by Emma Rice

    Tickets £10 - £29 (Concession from £5)

    Age 14+

    Tue 26 Feb - Sat 2 Mar, 19:30

    Thu 28 Feb & Sat 2 Mar, 14:00


    Mark Thomas - Check Up: Our NHS @ 70

    Tickets £16 (£12 Concession including NHS Staff)

    Age 14+

    Fri 8 & Sat 9 Mar, 20:00

    Supported by the Wellcome Trust


    Sleepwalk Collective

    Kourtney Kardashian

    Thu 7 - Sat 9 Mar

    Tickets £12.50 (£5 - £10.50 Concession)

    Thu 7 - Sat 9 Mar, 19:45

    Soho Theatre in association with Curtis Brown presents:


    Jessie Cave: Sunrise

    Thu 14 - Sat 16 Mar

    Tickets £14 (£12 Concession)

    Recommended 16+

    Thu 14 - Sat 14 Mar, 19:45

    Fri 15 Mar, 11am - Parent and Baby Performance

    Runtime 60 minutes


    HOME and the Southbank Centre

    Scottee: Fat Blokes

    Tue 19 - Sat 23 Mar

    Tickets £12.50 (£5 - £10.50 Concession)

    Recommended 18+

    Tue 19 - Sat 23 Mar, 19:45

    Sat 23 Mar, 14:15

    Running time: 1hr 5 mins


    English Touring Theatre present Papatango Theatre’s

    The Funeral Director

    By Iman Qureshi

    Wed 27 - Sat 30 Mar

    Tickets £12.50 (£5 - £10.50 Concession)

    Wed 27 - Sat 30 Mar, 19:45


    Soho Theatre & Tim Whitehead Management presents

    Jinkx Monsoon & Major Scales: The Ginger Snapped

    Thu 28 - Sat 30 Mar

    Tickets £25 (£23 Concession)

    Recommended 16+

    Thu 28 - Sat 30 Mar, 20:00

    Running time approx. 80 mins


    Arcola Theatre and CASA Latin American Theatre Festival

    Thebes Land

    by Sergio Blanco (Uruguay)

    Tue 2 - Sat 6 Apr

    Translated and directed by Daniel Goldman

    Tickets £12.50 (£5 - £10.50 Concession)

    Recommended 14+

    Tue 2 - Sat 6 Apr, 19:45

    Sat 6 Apr, 14:45

    Running time approx. 2hrs 15 mins (inc. interval)

    Part of ¡Viva! Spanish & Latin American Festival 2019


    Agrupacion Senor Serrano SCCL


    Tue 9 - Sat 13 Apr

    Tickets £10 - £28 (Concession from £5)

    Tue 9 - Sat 13 Apr, 19:30

    Part of ¡Viva! Spanish & Latin American Festival 2019



    Fri 12 & Sat 13 Apr

    More information to follow


    National Theatre Connections 2019

    Tue 23 - Sat 27 Apr

    Tickets £5

    More information to follow


    A Headlong, Alexandra Palace and Bristol Old Vic co-production with Royal & Derngate, Northampton and Oxford Playhouse

    Richard III

    By William Shakespeare

    Directed by John Haidar

    Tue 30 Apr - Sat 4 May

    Tickets £10 - £23 (Concession from £5)

    Tue 30 Apr - Sat 4 May, 19:30

    Thu 2 & Sat 4 May, 14:00

    Recommended 12+


    Bertrand Lesca & Nasi Voutsas

    Wed 8 - Fri 10 May

    Tickets £12.50 (£5 - £10.50 Concession)

    Wed 8 - Fri 10 May, 19:45


    Hofesh Shechter Company presents

    Grand Finale

    Wed 22 - Sat 25 May

    Tickets £10 - £21 (Concession from £5)

    Wed 22 - Sat 25 May, 19:30

    Recommended 14+
    Running time 1hr 45min



    Commissioned by HOME


    Directed by Bryony Kimmings

    Wed 15 - Sat 18 May

    Tickets £14 - £16 (£5 - £12 Concession)

    Wed 15 - Sat 18 May, 19:30


    This Egg


    Tue 4 - Sat 8 Jun

    Tickets £12.50 (£5 - £10.50 Concession)

    Recommended 16+

    Tue 4 - Sat 8 Jun, 19:45

    Running time approx. 1hr


    The Tiger Lillies

    The Devil’s Playground

    Tue 11 Jun

    Tickets £20 (£18 Concession)

    Tue 11 Jun, 20:00

    Recommended 14+

    Running time 1hr 50 mins (inc 20 min interval)


    A Bush Theatre and Nassim Soleimanpour production


    Written by Nassim Soleimanpour

    Tue 18 - Thu 20 Jun

    Tickets £16 - £18 (Concession from £5)

    Tue 18 - Thu 20 Jun, 19:30

    Recommended 12+

    Running time 1hr 10 mins

    Part of HOME’s Refugee Week 2019


    Nottingham Playhouse

    One Night in Miami

    By Kemp Powers

    Tue 2 - Fri 5 Jul

    Tickets £10 - £23 (Concession from £5)

    Tue 2 - Fri 5 Jul, 19:30

    Thu 4 Jul, 14:00

    Recommended 12+


    Liz Richardson, Josie Dale-Jones & Sam Ward in association with HOME


    Tue 9 - Sat 13 Jul

    Tickets £12.50 (£5 - £10.50 Concession)

    Tue 9 - Sat 13 Jul, 19:45

    Thu 11 & Sat 13 Jul, 14:45

    Recommended 14+

    Supported by the Outdoor Swimming Society


    Breach Theatre

    It’s True, It’s True, It’s True

    Tue 8 - Sat 12 Oct

    Tickets £12.50 (£5 - £10.50 Concession)

    Tue 8 - Sat 12 Oct, 19:45

    Recommended 14+

    Running Time 60 mins

  • Fri
    Old Sunday School, Roe Street, Macclesfield SK11 6UT

    Old Sunday School
    Roe Street
    Macclesfield SK11 6UT

    Recorded Information: 01625 423535
    Enquiries: 07534 920495

    • can be purchased on the door, subject to demand
    • can be booked in advance at
    • can be purchased in advance at the box office in the half-hour before any performance

    • can be purchased online at
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    Our auditorium Bar is open 30mins before screenings (subject to the film being shown, and at live by satellite events). Tea, coffee, prosecco, wine, beer and spirits are available and may be taken into the auditorium.
    Cinemac Meal Deal
    The Cinemac Meal Deal with RedWillow Macclesfield starts on Tuesday 4th December!
    Meal Deal vouchers are available to purchase from the Cinemac Box Office or RedWillow bar.
    You can take advantage of this amazing offer by visiting Redwillow after one of our early evening shows or before our evening performances.
    As numbers are limited, please ensure that you call RedWillow before you visit to reserve your table.
    RedWillow’s phone number is: 01625 830718

    Please note that the meal deal is only valid for film tickets and it does not include live events.

    Friday 4 January
    MARY POPPINS RETURNS (U) [2hrs 10mins] 10.45, 1.45, 5.00, 8.00

    Saturday 5 January
    MARY POPPINS RETURNS (U) [2hrs 10mins] 12.30, 3.30

    Saturday 5 January
    MARY POPPINS RETURNS (U) [2hrs 10mins] 1.45, 5.00, 8.00

    Sunday 6 January
    MARY POPPINS RETURNS (U) [2hrs 10mins] 1.45, 5.00, 8.00

    Monday 7 January
    MARY POPPINS RETURNS (U) [2hrs 10mins] 1.45, 5.00, 8.00

    Tuesday 8 January
    MARY POPPINS RETURNS (U) [2hrs 10mins] 5.00, 8.00

    Wednesday 9 January
    MARY POPPINS RETURNS (U) [2hrs 10mins] 1.45

    Thursday 10 January
    MARY POPPINS RETURNS (U) [2hrs 10mins] 5.00, 8.00

    Friday 11 January
    STAN AND OLLIE (PG) [1h 37mins] 5.30, 8.00

    Saturday 12 January

    Sunday 13 January
    MARY POPPINS RETURNS (U) [2hrs 10mins] 11:45
    STAN AND OLLIE (PG) [1h 37mins] 3.00, 5.30, 8.00

    Monday 14 January
    STAN AND OLLIE (PG) [1h 37mins] 5.30, 8.00

    Tuesday 15 January
    STAN AND OLLIE (PG) [1h 37mins] 1.45, 4.15

    Wednesday 16 January
    STAN AND OLLIE (PG) [1h 37mins] 5.30, 8.00

    Thursday 17 January
    STAN AND OLLIE (PG) [1h 37mins] 5.30, 8.00



    National Theatre Live

    Thursday 31 January: I'M NOT RUNNING 7.00

    Royal Ballet Live

    Tuesday 19 February: DON QUIXOTE 7.15

    Tuesday 21 May: TRIPLE BILL 7.15

    Tuesday 11 June: ROMEO & JULIET  7.15
    Royal Opera Live

    Tuesday 22 January: THE QUEEN OF SPADES 6.45

    Tuesday 5 February: LA TRAVIATA 6.45

    Tuesday 2 April: FORZA DESTINO 6.15

    Tuesday 30 April: FAUST 6.45

    Andre Rieu

    Saturday 5 January: ANDRE RIEU'S NEW YEAR'S CONCERT FROM SYDNEY (12A) 7.00

    All listed films and live by satellite events now bookable at

  • Wed
    Buxton Opera House, Buxton, Derbyshire

    Calling all “Bingsters”! Bing and his friends are going on tour in the first ever Bing stage show!  Bing Live! will visit the Buxton Opera House on Wednesday 20 and Thursday 21 February as part of a major UK tour in 2019.

    Join Bing, Sula, Coco and Pando as they learn how to tell stories by pretending, dressing-up and singing songs. Flop and Amma are there to help, but in this magical world of make-believe things don’t always go according to plan…

    The CBeebies favourites are brought to life in a brand new stage production full of fun, laughter, music and magical puppetry. Bing Live! is the perfect first theatre trip for pre-schoolers and their families.

    Going to the theatre… it’s a Bing thing!

    Bing Live! is produced by Minor Entertainment (In the Night Garden Live) and directed by Will Tuckett, guest principal character artist of the Royal Ballet, whose production of Wind in the Willows won an Olivier Award for Best Entertainment in 2014.

    The show will also bring together a first-class creative team.  Bing Live is adapted for the stage by Helen Eastman with costumes and puppet design by Tahra Zafar.  As Head of Costume, Hair and Make-up for the Olympic and Paralympic Opening and Closing Ceremonies staged in London, 2012, Tahra managed the production of 23,000 costumes for all four Ceremonies.  Her film projects include: Star Wars VII The Force AwakensX Men-First ClassHarry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and The Fifth Element and for television: In the Night GardenZingzillas and The Adventures of Abney and Teal.  

    The show will have music by Alex Silverman, sound by Rich Walsh and set design by Samuel Wyer.  The cast of Bing Live are Mia Jerome, Michael Magennis, Hayley Murray, Will Palmer, Alice De Warrenne and Nia Walsh.

    Since its launch on CBeebies, Bing has been a huge ratings hit and is the number one pre-school show on BBC iPlayer.

    Celebrating the joyful, messy, reality of preschool life, Bing finds the big stories in the smallest moments that little ones and the grown-ups in their lives will recognise…whether it’s dropping your ice-cream or losing your favourite toy.

    The series has won an International Emmy Award in the Kids’ Pre-School category in 2016, a Writer’s Guild Award and a BAFTA nomination for Best Pre-School Series. The animated series, which saw Mark Rylance make his children’s television debut voicing Flop, is produced by Acamar Films.

    Andrew Collier, Creative Director of Minor Entertainment, said “We’re thrilled to be bringing Bing to the stage – we know families throughout the UK love Bing as much as we do, and it’s wonderful to see children’s faces light up when they meet him at the theatre for the first time.”

  • Sun
    7:30 pmBuxton Opera House, Buxton, Derbyshire

    Joan Collins Unscripted will see audiences enthralled and titillated as Dame Joan reveals some of the exciting stories and secrets from her life long career.

    This ageless beauty, with dry wit and a wry, knowing smile, who became a household name during the 80’s on the long running US soap Dynasty will present an intimate first person narrative, of a behind the scenes tell all on her life, loves and Hollywood, delivered with her usual healthy cynicism and fun outlook.

    As an author and actress, Joan’s own delightful tales can easily compete with the most salacious of storylines. Her show will include an audience question and answer session.

    This show provides fans with a once in a lifetime opportunity to spend an entertaining and unforgettable evening in the company of a true legend of stage and screen.

    Joan Collins Unscripted will be on stage at Buxton Opera House on Sunday 24 February at 7.30pm.

    Tickets are priced at £42.50 -£49.20. Discounts are not available.

    To buy tickets contact Buxton Opera House Box Office, Tel: 01298 72190 or visit:

  • Sat
    Queen's Park, Crewe, Cheshire

    Cheshire East Council will once again be hosting its Pride in the Park event this summer, in celebration of the LGBT+ community.

    Ahead of this celebration, Cheshire East Council is calling on businesses to invest in diversity and get their brand seen, by supporting the event and becoming a sponsor for Pride in the Park 2019.

    It doesn’t matter whether you’re a large commercial organisation, small-to-medium enterprise, community group or individual, there are many ways that you can give your backing to this major event in the Cheshire East calendar. Supporting this event sends a strong message that your business genuinely cares about and supports the community, and the positive change that Pride represents.

    This year the event will take place from 2pm-8pm on Saturday 29 June at Queens Park, Crewe, and will be free to visitors of all ages, offering lots of family-friendly entertainment and performances on the day.

    Confide in Kylie – a Kylie Minogue tribute act, has been confirmed as one of the key headline acts so far, with further acts yet to be announced.

    Councillor Stewart Gardiner, champion for equality and diversity said: “Once again this will be a fantastic event for all members of Cheshire East’s LGBTQ+ community and our very welcome visitors from further afield. Your business can be part of this really memorable day, and you will gain very positive brand- recognition for your company by supporting Pride.”

    Councillor Liz Wardlaw, Cheshire East Council cabinet member with responsibility for equality and diversity, said: “I have no doubt that this year’s event will be even bigger than last years, and I’m so pleased that this is becoming an annual celebration in our borough. With equality, diversity and inclusion a huge priority for Cheshire East Council and for our communities, we are looking forward to working with businesses to make a huge success of Pride in the Park 2019.”

    There are a range of sponsorship packages available to those who are interested in getting involved, starting at a violet package for £300, up to a red package for £10,000.

    If you are interested in sponsoring this event, please email

    To find out more about the sponsorship packages available, visit

Wilmslow Guild Players
Wilmslow Guild Players are an amateur theatre group formed in 1926 at the Wilmslow Guild, an independent adult education centre.
Location: Wilmslow Guild, 1 Bourne Street


M.A.D.S. Little Theatre
Plays through the season
Location: Lord Street
Macclesfield  Web


Buxton Opera House
Varied events from opera to popular acts and musicals
Derbyshire  Web


Wilmslow Green Room
Wilmslow  Web


Bollington Festival Players (01625) 875326  Email


Bollington Children’s Music Theatre  Web


Keating Centre of Dance and Drama  Web


Bollington Arts Centre
Wellington Road
01625 573863  Telephone


Bollington Festival Players
01625 574085  Telephone


01606 784 219  Telephone  Web