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.

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  • Sat
    30
    Mar
    2019
    Thu
    31
    Oct
    2019
    11 am to 5 pmLittle Moreton Hall, nr Congleton

    Pottage, cucumber pickled in verjuice, salted fish and marchpane flowers will all feature on the ‘menu’ for the 2019 season at Little Moreton Hall.

    Tudor ‘gentlewomen’ at the stunning timber-framed mansion near Congleton will describe what was on the table when the Moreton family, their friends and servants sat down to eat in the sixteenth century.

    At various times during the year, you will be able to sample items such as those Tudor pickles, gingerbread and beerbread; all made according to recipes which have survived. You can have a go at making butter and discover how cheese and other foods were prepared. These products were the staples of a diet which the Tudors believed kept them healthy in body and mind.

    Anna Massey, from the Hall, said, ‘Food is fascinating. People are always asking us how different it was in Tudor times.’

    You will be able to investigate the basics: Pottage was a cheap stew made with grain and vegetables and eaten by servants and farm workers. Wealthier people added some meat, but that was turning it into a luxury dish.

    You can follow the trends: Verjuice, which adds some really sharp acidity to meat and vegetables, is becoming fashionable again today. Now, it is made from pressed grapes, but the Tudors were more likely to use pressed crab apples.

    Little Moreton Hall ⓒ Alan Ingram National Trust

    Beer was different too,because it was made without hops. Beer was very important. It was the everyday drink for everyone – including the children- because water was not always clean enough to be safe. Again, beer was definitely on the prescription for a healthy life.

    Brewing was a job for the women of the house, alongside butter and cheese-making. Anna said, ‘If you have never tried using a wooden or earthenware churn and a wooden plunger to make butter, you will find it a bit of a challenge. Queen Elizabeth was not the only tough lady in Tudor times!’

    She added, ‘Discovering about foods appeals to people of all ages. We’re sure our young visitors will have just as much fun as their parents and grandparents investigating it and, because food  is closely linked to health, we will also look at other Tudor ideas on healthy living, including the herbs and flowers they used in ‘remedies’ for all types of ailments.

    ‘You may also like to join one of our very popular free guided tours to learn about the history of this wonderful old house and the family who built it, or just explore this magnificent and extremely wonky building for yourself.’

    The 2019 season at Little Moreton Hall begins a few weeks later than in previous years.  During the winter the National Trust has completely re-wired the Hall, at a cost of more than £200,000.

    The work involved laying 9000 metres of cable and included installation of a state-of-the-art fire alarm and security system. The project will help to secure the future of this very special 500 years old building.

    Little Moreton Hall opens for the 2019 season on Saturday 30 March and is then open Wed-Sun, 11am – 5pm.

    For more information visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/littlemoretonhallor call 01260 272018.

  • Sat
    19
    Oct
    2019
    Sun
    10
    Nov
    2019
    Lyme Hall, Disley, Stockport SK12 2NR, UK

    With the leaves in autumn colour, and the scent of bonfires in the air, October half-term is the perfect opportunity to get outdoors and have a family adventure at Lyme. The National Trust attraction in Disley is planning plenty of ways for families to get active and make the most of autumn nature.

    Visitors will be able to discover the myths and legends of Britain’s native trees and landscapes from Sunday 19 October to Sunday 10 November, with a children’s trail winding through Crow Wood Playscape.

    An autumnal view of the lake and south front of Lyme Park, Cheshire. The house was originally Elizabethan but was transformed in the Italianate style by architect Giacomo Leoni in the early eighteenth century.

    Little (and big) monsters can get creative with pumpkin carving on 24, 25, 28 and 29 October, with everything provided to make your pumpkins as spooky as possible.

     

    Lyme’s annual Fright Run returns on Friday 25 October for families brave enough to take on the 2km route with ghoulish monsters and wicked witches along the way - fancy dress is a must. Grown-ups looking for an extra spook can also take on the after-dark, adult-only Fright Run, with a challenging 6km trail run through the moorlands and woods.

    For a less spooky side of Lyme, families can join the ranger team for Ranger-in-Training sessions, where children aged 6-12 can take part in outdoor nature activities from identifying birds to creating wild art.

    While rainy days present plenty of fun opportunities for muddy walks and puddle-splashing, there’s also plenty of ways to stay dry on those wet days at Lyme. The historic house is open Friday-Tuesday during October and welcomes families with a trail following the globe-trotting adventures of Thomas Legh, through the treasures and antiques that he brought back to Lyme. Younger children can explore the collection of toys in the Nursery Suite, and booklovers of all ages can enjoy a relaxing afternoon in the library, where modern favourites from Horrible Histories to Harry Potter can be found amongst the collection.

    For families looking for a full day out, there are kids lunchboxes with colouring activities available at the Servants’ Hall Tearoom, and the garden or the millpond make for perfect picnicking spots.

    Pumpkin Carving, Ranger-in-Training and Fright Run are all available to book via https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lyme/whats-on

  • Sat
    19
    Oct
    2019
    Sun
    19
    Apr
    2020
    Quarry Bank, Styal, nr Wilmslow

    One of Manchester’s greatest mills which stood at the very cusp of the Industrial Revolution is delving deeper into the working conditions of those who lived and worked at Quarry Bank in a new exhibition, ‘A Healthy Profit.’ Opening this month at the National Trust attraction, the exhibition delves into the realities of mill life and the physical, mental and emotional toil that kept the wheels of this industrial powerhouse turning.

    At Quarry Bank, mill owner Samuel Greg hired Peter Holland as the first known physician to work in a factory. This was partly motivated by genuine concern for the poor and partly by the mill owners’ religious beliefs as Unitarians. However, a healthy workforce was also a productive workforce, ensuring healthier profits.

    In this new exhibition, visitors can journey through different parts of the body, including the brain, eyes, ears, lungs, and skeleton to uncover how long, hard days in the mill affected the workers. Historical medical equipment including glass eyes and medical chests complete with powders and potions, as well as leech jars, inhalers and ear trumpets from the Thackray Medical Museum and Manchester Medical Museum will be on display. For the very first time, visitors can also see original documents from the mill archives accounting for accidents, injuries and even causes of death at Quarry Bank.

    Exploring the connections between people, place and health both past and present, the exhibition also considers how the body is impacted today. The effects of pollution, screen time, earphones and diet, as well as the significance of the environment and outdoor spaces feature in the exhibition.

    The mill in autumn at Quarry Bank Mill, Cheshire

    Suzanne Kellett, Programming Manager at Quarry Bank says, ‘We’re excited to be launching this new exhibition exploring the historical pressures the human body was put through, whilst drawing parallels with our lives today. Our visitors will discover more about what working life was really like for the men, women and children of Quarry Bank and we’re encouraging them to reflect on their own wellbeing as well. There are lots of interactive elements for families which bring the subject to life and we’re looking forward to seeing what they learn along the way.”

    The National Trust has worked closely with the University of Manchester on new academic research looking into how the toil of mill work affected the body. The research has uncovered stories of what life was really like for those at Quarry Bank and how the mill’s healthy profit wasn’t necessarily driven by a healthy workforce. These findings have helped shape the new exhibition opening this autumn.

    Families visiting the exhibition will find plenty of interactive features including a giant brain revealing more about its different functions with a chance to put their concentration to the test and see how they compare to a mill worker. Visitors can also have a go at mee-mawing - a form of speech invented by the mill workers using exaggerated movements to allow lip reading over the clatter and bustle of the noisy machines.

    Throughout October half term there will be themed activities and science experiments getting families closer to what it was like to live and work at Quarry Bank.

    Inside the mill, visitors can see the historic machinery thunder into action and feel the floors shake beneath their feet. Guided tours of the Apprentice House and workers cottage also show where the men, women and children who worked at Quarry Bank lived, ate and slept after toiling for twelve hours a day in the mill.

    The new exhibition ‘A Healthy Profit’ opens on 19 October 2019 and runs until 19 April 2020. For more information visit nationaltrust.org.uk/quarry-bank or followhttps://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/quarry-bank/features/a-healthy-profit-exhibition

  • Mon
    21
    Oct
    2019
    Fri
    25
    Oct
    2019
    Dunham Massey, Altrincham, Cheshire WA14 4SJ

    Owing to extensive flooding at Lyme at the end of July, the Sensory theatre performance ‘Told in Gold’ will be held at Dunham Massey between Monday 21st October and Friday, 25th October, 2019

    Parts of Dunham Massey's gardens will be transformed into a mysterious maze of giant set pieces, including a birds nest big enough for dozens of people to enter, as part of an all-new outdoor theatre experience for families.

    The Lost Words: Told in Gold is a fully immersive and interactive show, and just one of several events at Lyme this year based on Robert MacFarlane and Jackie Morris’s beloved and award-winning children’s book of poems and illustrations. The Lost Words was written to counteract words of nature disappearing from children’s vocabularies, words such as acorn, otter, magpie and heather. The book  aims to bring these words back into the minds and imaginations of children, and ensure that interest in and care of wild spaces isn’t lost to future generations.

    The theatre company behind The Lost Words: Told in Gold have previously performed at Just So and Woodlands Festivals with another work based on the book, entitled Seek, Find, Speak. They will be giving an exclusive preview of Told in Gold as part of Manchester Festival of Nature at Heaton Park on 30 June, but Lyme will be hosting the first full experience.

    The Lost Words: Told in Gold, has been created as a fully sensory experience for children aged 4+, and is also designed to be an accessible experience for visitors with with visual impairments, SEN or autism. Spoken sections will be performed in Makaton (simplified sign language).

     

  • Mon
    21
    Oct
    2019
    Thu
    18
    Jun
    2020
    Heritage Centre, Roe Street, Macclesfield SK11 6UT

    Recorded Information: 01625 423535
    Enquiries: 07534 920495

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

    Giftcards
    • can be purchased online at cinemac.org.uk
    • can be purchased from the box office  in the half-hour before any performance

    Cinebar
    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 Fina Bar & Grill starts on Tuesday 2nd of April!
    For just £14 enjoy a delicious Italian meal and a trip to Cinemac!
    Meal Deal vouchers are available to purchase from the Cinemac Box Office or Fina.
    You can take advantage of this amazing offer by visiting Fina after one of our early evening shows or before our evening performances.
    As numbers are limited, please ensure that you call Fina before you visit to reserve your table.
    Fina’s phone number is: 
    01625 618744

    The Meal Deal with Fina is now ongoing!
    Please note that the meal deal is only valid for film tickets and it does not include live events.

    New to Cinemac

    Silver Screenings
    Concessions aged 60 & over get a free tea or filter coffee on a Wednesday before 14:30pm. Our Silver Screenings start on Wednesday the 18th of September.

    Film & Event Listings!

    Monday 21st

    MALEFICENT: THE MISTRESS OF EVIL (PG) [2h] 15:15, 18:00

    JOKER (15) [2h 2m] 20:45

    Tuesday 22nd

    ELVIS UNLEASHED 13:00

    MALEFICENT: THE MISTRESS OF EVIL (PG) [2h] 15:15, 18:00

    JOKER (15) [2h 2m] 20:45

    Wednesday 23rd

    JOKER (15) [2h 2m] 11:45

    MALEFICENT: THE MISTRESS OF EVIL (PG) [2h] 14:30 (Subtitled), 18:00

    JOKER (15) [2h 2m] 20:45

    Thursday 24th

    MALEFICENT: THE MISTRESS OF EVIL (PG) [2h] 11:15, 14:00

    JOKER (15) [2h 2m] 16:45

    Royal Opera House: Don Pasquale (Opera) 19:30

    Friday 25th

    ABOMINABLE (U) [1h 40m] 11:00

    MALEFICENT: THE MISTRESS OF EVIL (PG) [2h] 13:30, 16:10

    JOKER (15) [2h 2m] 19:00

    ZOMBIELAND 2: DOUBLE TAP (15) [1h 40m] 21:45

    Saturday 26th

    ABOMINABLE (U) [1h 40m] 11:00

    MALEFICENT: THE MISTRESS OF EVIL (PG) [2h] 13:30, 16:10

    JOKER (15) [2h 2m] 19:00

    ZOMBIELAND 2: DOUBLE TAP (15) [1h 40m] 21:45

    Sunday 27th

    ABOMINABLE (U) [1h 40m] 11:00

    MALEFICENT: THE MISTRESS OF EVIL (PG) [2h] 13:30, 16:10

    JOKER (15) [2h 2m] 19:00

    ZOMBIELAND 2: DOUBLE TAP (15) [1h 40m] 21:45

    Monday 28th

    ABOMINABLE (U) [1h 40m] 11:00

    MALEFICENT: THE MISTRESS OF EVIL (PG) [2h] 13:30, 16:10

    ZOMBIELAND 2: DOUBLE TAP (15) [1h 40m] 19:00

    JOKER (15) [2h 2m] 21:30

    Tuesday 29th

    ABOMINABLE (U) [1h 40m] 11:00

    MALEFICENT: THE MISTRESS OF EVIL (PG) [2h] 13:30, 16:10

    JOKER (15) [2h 2m] 19:00

    ZOMBIELAND 2: DOUBLE TAP (15) [1h 40m] 21:45

    Wednesday 30th

    ABOMINABLE (U) [1h 40m] 09:20

    MALEFICENT: THE MISTRESS OF EVIL (PG) [2h] 11:40

    JOKER (15) [2h 2m] 14:20

    Thursday 31st

    ABOMINABLE (U) [1h 40m] 11:00

    MALEFICENT: THE MISTRESS OF EVIL (PG) [2h] 13:30

    JOKER (15) [2h 2m] 16:15

    NORTHERN BALLET LIVE: DRACULA 19:15

    ZOMBIELAND 2: DOUBLE TAP (15) [1h 40m] 21:45

    New Live Events

    DEPECHE MODE: SPIRITS IN THE FOREST
    Thursday 21st November - 19:00

    Branagh Theatre Live: The Winter's Tale
    Wednesday 4th December - 19:00

    André Rieu - 70 YEARS YOUNG
    Saturday 4th January 2020 - 19:00
    Sunday 5th January 2020 - 14:00

    Royal Opera House Season 19/20

    Tuesday 5th November:
    Concerto/ Enigma Variations / Raymonda Act III (Ballet) 19:15

    Tuesday 17th December:
    The Nutcracker (Recorded 2016) (Ballet) 19:15

    Thursday 16th January:
    The Sleeping Beauty (Ballet) 19:15

    Wednesday 29th January:
    La Bohème (Opera) 19:45

    Tuesday 25th February:

    Marston & Scarlett World Premieres (Ballet) 19:15

    Tuesday 24th March:

    Fidelio (Opera) 19:15

    Wednesday 1st April:

    Swan Lake (Ballet) 19:15

    Tuesday 24th April:

    Cavalleria Rusticana/ Pagliacci (Opera) 19:00

    Thursday 28th May:

    The Dante Project (Ballet) 19:15

    Thursday 18th June:

    Elektra (Opera) 19:45

    Available to book now:

    National Theatre Live

    Thursday 7th November: National Theatre Live: Hansard 19:00

    Thursday 28th November: National Theatre: Present Laughter 19:00

    All listed films and live by satellite events now bookable at www.cinemac.org.uk

     

     

  • Fri
    25
    Oct
    2019
    Sat
    26
    Oct
    2019
    Little Moreton Hall, Newcastle Rd, Congleton CW12 4SD

    If the approach to Halloween makes you nervous, Little Moreton Hall is offering a unique opportunity to see how the Tudors warded off witches and other spooks.

    On two evenings before the end of October the ancient timber- framed building near Congleton will be the setting for special torch-lit tours, highlighting mysterious marks which were designed to protect the Moreton family and their friends.

    Little Moreton Hall ⓒ Alan Ingram National Trust

    Kate Picker, from the Hall, said, “Dark evenings will provide the ideal atmosphere to explore the strange and sometimes slightly sinister patterns inscribed on the hall’s timber frame in various parts of the building. We will also be looking at just what the Moretons were so desperate to keep out. Some of the marks were intended to trap witches. Others were designed to deter them.”

    “Those include the candle flame marks which were burned into the oak beams throughout the building. They were fairly common in Tudor houses, but Little Moreton Hall has more than 250 of them! They are nearly all close to windows, doors and fireplaces; anywhere that might be an access-point for a witch.”

    “Daytime visitors can see these marks at any time, but the spooky aura of the hall at night will provide a real insight into why the Moreton family- and the Tudors in general- took witches seriously. The tours will be led by our costumed Tudor gentlewomen, carrying lanterns, which will add to the atmosphere.”

    “The tours are a special event, with an entry charge for everyone, and we suggest they are suitable for people over 12 years old. Our daytime activities for Hallowtide, from 26 October to 3 November, include some creepy stories which are suitable for younger children, apple games and the chance to make salt-dough charms.”

    “During that week our regular house tours, which are always very popular, will be available or visitors can simply explore this wonderful old house for themselves.”

    The torch-lit tours are on Friday 25 October and Saturday 26 October at 6.00pm, 6.30pm, 7pm, and 7.30pm.

    The cost is £12 per head.

    Pre-booking is essential. Book online or call 0344 249 1895.

    For more information visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/littlemoretonhall or call 01260 272018.

  • Sat
    26
    Oct
    2019
    Thu
    31
    Oct
    2019
    Tatton Park, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 6SG

    Family fun and magical adventure will be casting a spell over the spookiest corner of Tatton Park this Halloween as interactive performance group ‘Rusticus’ present a unique,  all-new experience in the atmospheric grounds of Tatton’s  medieval Old Hall.

    The ‘Great Wizards Gathering’ follows Arch-wizard Fumblefoot on his mission to fight off the dragons that are trying to destroy this medieval village. Willing apprentices and their grown-ups are needed to help ward off the fearsome beasts!

    This fun, two-hour family-friendly adventure takes place in the oldest part of the Tatton estate, close to a disappeared medieval village, whose humps and hollows show where houses once stood.

    During your quest, follow Wizard Fumblefoot and his spooky friends to discover the history and folklore of the buildings and grounds.  Professor Sidebottom will teach all apprentices wicked wizardry skills such as wand-making, spell-casting and broomstick flying whilst Dr Cabbageleaf will take a Potions class on dragon bogey and frozen fire making to help defeat the mighty creatures!

    Do you dare to join them? 

    There are 4 gatherings each day from Saturday 26 to Thursday 31 October, and tickets cost £10 per person. Pre-book your tickets online and receive FREE car entry (which is usually £7).

    Limited Tickets for magical beings only available from the Tatton Park website at www.tattonpark.org.uk/halloween

    Watch our Halloween video teaser here!
    Follow the story online #oldhallhalloween

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
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5HD
www.wgp.org.ukWeb
info@wgp.org.ukEmail

 

M.A.D.S. Little Theatre
Plays through the season
Location: Lord Street
Macclesfield
http://www.madstheatre.org.uk/  Web

 

Buxton Opera House
Varied events from opera to popular acts and musicals
Location:
Buxton
Derbyshire
http://www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk/  Web

 

Wilmslow Green Room
Wilmslow
http://members.aol.com/wgrsoc  Web

 

Bollington Festival Players (01625) 875326  Telephonevalpostance@btinternet.com  Email

 

Bollington Children’s Music Theatre http://www.marple55.freeserve.co.uk/  Web

 

Keating Centre of Dance and Drama http://www.kcdd.i12.com  Web

 

Bollington Arts Centre
Wellington Road
Bollington
Cheshire
01625 573863  Telephone

bollingtonartscentre.org.uk

 

Bollington Festival Players
Bollington
Cheshire
01625 574085  Telephone

 

Stagecoach
Wilmslow
Cheshire
01606 784 219  Telephonehttp://www.stagecoach.co.uk  Web