Theatre and Drama

A play or theatrical evening? If it’s happening in Macclesfield and the surrounding areas then our Theatre and Drama page is the place to tell our readers.

If you have an event you want publicised here then please email us via the contact form


  • Wed
    Salford Arts Theatre

    In 1995, at a Macclesfield secondary school, two young people bonded over a passion for theatre and musicals.

    Their friendship has lasted out over almost three decades, and in 2016 – having found lives across the country and globe – they found themselves living back in their hometown at the same time.

    Although Laura and Holden had found a whole world of experience prior to their reunion, they were keen on reigniting the spark of theatrical passion they had shared in their teen years. With a wealth of credits to each of their names, their initial disappointment at the lack of ready opportunities for Northern based actors, writers and directors would soon turn to heightened enthusiasm as they set about forging their own path towards creativity.

    Northern Rep Theatre was conceived. A new company keenly focused on growing Northern talent and showcasing our stories.

    Following the bitter disappointment of postponement due to the pandemic, Northern Rep are thrilled to announce that The Greater Manchester Fringe Festival 2021 will see the world premiere of ‘Bysmal Boys, a brand-new play written by Laura Genders and directed by Holden Oak – the two founders of Northern Rep.

    Exploring the lives of Blue Watch, Macclesfield, the writing draws on Laura’s native background in the Silk Town and the stories she heard growing up in the Fire Brigade circles. Set against the backdrop of the strike action taken by the National Fire Brigade in 1977, this play discovers universal voices of all who work in the public sector and the desperation, elation and camaraderie found in their professional and personal lives.

    The play is running for three performances, from Wednesday 22nd September to Friday 24th September at Salford Arts Theatre. Tickets are available from or

    For further information, visit or contact

  • Sat

    Crewe Pride in the Park will now be held on Saturday 25 September 2021.

    The virtual event had initially been planned for 14 August. The decision to change the date was made following a review of the continuing impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic.

    The rescheduled event - an important one in Cheshire East’s calendar - will still be held virtually and will offer the perfect end to Pride season, following a summer of celebrations for the LGBTQ+ community across the borough and beyond.

    As well as attending the event online, residents are invited to send in videos as part of a virtual parade, which will be screened on the day. More information about this, alongside the latest updates can be found on the Crewe Pride in the Park website.

    This year’s show will take place from 2pm-6pm and feature an eclectic mix of interviews, music and special guests. Confirmed guests include drag queen Cherry Valentine - of RuPaul’s Drag Race, Doncaster-based band Bang Bang Romeo and singer Sam Callahan. There will also be competitions for all ages in the run-up to the event.

    Jane Burns, executive director for corporate services, with responsibility for equality and diversity, said: “The decision to postpone this event was not taken lightly, but was made to ensure that we can put on the best show possible to celebrate our LGBTQ+ community in Crewe and Cheshire East.

    “This event reflects our ambition for a fair, open and green borough, where every individual is equal and represented.

    “The pandemic has added increased pressures to the council, our partners and sponsors, including key sponsors Bentley Motors and Crewe Town Council. I’d like to thank everyone who is working hard to deliver this event. Rescheduling until 25 September means we can make it a day to remember for our communities.”

    A spokesperson from Crewe Town Council, said: “We are proud to once again be sponsoring Crewe Pride in the Park.”

    “This event is vitally important - irrespective of whether it is a physical event, or a virtual one - because it is a beacon of the respect and tolerance that so many fought, and lost their lives for; and, it is an ongoing pledge to be better, to do better, to keep pushing forward together, because at the end of the day we all deserve respect and tolerance for simply being human."

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

    Now in its eighth successful year of touring, come and celebrate with the band as they commemorate 33 years since the Wilburys' original album release and pay a special tribute to The Big O, who died later the same year.

    Paul Hopkins’ Roy Orbison and the Traveling Wilburys Experience will take you on a journey through the story of the Wilburys. With expert narrative and big screen action, this 33rd Anniversary Special is unmissable with tributes to Jeff Lynne, George Harrison, Tom Petty, Roy Orbison and Bob Dylan.

    All the Traveling Wilbury hits and classics are included in the show including Handle with Care, End of the Line, Wilbury Twist, Heading for the Light, Tweeter and the Monkey Man, Last Night and many more. Totally unique to this production are five authentic lookalike-sound-alikes to the famous Traveling Wilburys, enabling the show to explore the solo hits of the Famous Five.

    Mr Blue Sky, Pretty Woman, Blowin in the Wind, Here Comes The Sun, Runnin Down a Dream, Sweet Talkin Woman, Only the Lonely, The Mighty Quinn and I Got My Mind Set on You are just a few of the million-selling hits you’ll hear throughout the show. This joyous, up-tempo feel-good celebration of classic pop music is guaranteed to have you singing and dancing in the aisles.

    Tickets are priced at £21.50-£23.50 and discounts are available. To book, call our Box Office on 01298 72190 or buy online.


  • Sun
    11 am and 2 pm dailyBuxton Pavillion Gardens, Buxton, Derbyshire

    The Babbling Vagabonds are working with Moors for the Future Partnership to create a free outdoor theatre event in the Pavilion Gardens from 30 September – 3 October. 

    In true Babbling Vagabonds style Bogtastic will deliver an important message, this time looking at the balance of the eco system within our beautiful moorland habitat, but wrapped up in a family-friendly show that everyone can enjoy.

    The story takes place under the ground, beneath the moors, where Cottongrass and Bilberry live! Fairies descended from the great bog protectors ‘Stinky’ and ‘Quagmire’. They work tirelessly to keep the balance in their peaty home. It’s hard work, but they love their world and they will do whatever it takes to keep harmony amongst the hummocks and hollows of their blankety bog. Then one fateful day a new threat emerges from ‘them on top’, plunging our plucky bog fairies into a desperate battle. It’s an epic struggle they won’t be able to win on their own. They need help. But from who?

    The show will last about 45 minutes and performance times are 11 am and 2 pm each day. Tickets are FREE, but please book in advance:

  • Wed
    7:30 pmBuxton Opera House, Buxton, Derbyshiret

    Direct from the West End and having sold out venues worldwide, Seven Drunken Nights – The Story of the Dubliners returns to theatres with a brand new production for its incredible 5th Anniversary tour.

    In association with legendary Irish pub O’Donoghue’s, the place where it all started for The Dubliners back in 1962, Seven Drunken Nights tells the story of a career spanning 50 years and invokes the spirit of Ronnie Drew, Luke Kelly, Barney McKenna, John Sheahan, Ciaran Bourke and Jim McCann.

    This hugely talented cast of musicians and singers bring the music of this iconic group back to life and will have you singing and dancing in the aisles

    It is without doubt the ultimate feel good Irish show.

    Tickets are priced at £27.50 and discounts are available. To book, call our Box Office on 01298 72190 or buy online.


  • Sat
    7:30 pmBuxton Opera House, Buxton, Derbyshirex

    Scream if you are ready to misbehave because Dreamboys are heading to Buxton with their Too Hard To Resist UK tour.

    Let the boys tease, tantalise and sweep you off your feet as you and your friends enjoy the raunchiest night out of the year. Think chiselled torsos, high-energy dance routines and boy-next-door seduction that will leave your heart pounding.

    Dreamboys is seen by millions of people annually, that’s a lot of ripped t-shirts, men in uniform, and breath-taking antics. This West End style show has been created for all ages from 18 to 80 whether you are celebrating something special or just fancy embracing your inner flirt for a cheeky night out on the town.

    With larger than life personalities and appearances from celebrity guest stars, the Dreamboys have truly stolen the hearts of millions of people worldwide.

    Dreamboys are all about adventure so join us for the ride of your life. Take a deep breath, enjoy the show, and embrace the irresistible.

    Tickets are priced at £25-£38 and discounts are not available. To book, call our Box Office on 01298 72190 or buy online.


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