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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

  • Sat
    Buxton Opera House, Buxton, Derbyshire

    A new recruit has just joined the cast rehearsing Dick Whittington at Buxton Opera House.  He’s six foot tall, tanned and just loves being in the kitchen.

    No, it’s not another wannabe Paul Hollywood.  The new arrival is a giant, inflatable sausage, custom made for this year’s pantomime.  This eye-popping special effect is needed for a comic cookery scene that goes disastrously wrong, but when CTP Pantomimes Company Stage Manager Vernon Marshal rang round hire firms trying to find a suitable prop, all the inflatables offered were too small.

    “The sausage escapes from the oven during cooking and gradually gets bigger and bigger,” says writer/director Philip Dart. “It’s a traditional gag that always brings the house down, but the joke only works if the sausage is really big.  We didn’t want to disappoint audiences, so we decided to commission our own, custom-made version.”

    Unfortunately, however, the commissioning process didn’t go as smoothly as Philip had hoped.  “The manufacturer sent us a picture when the inflatable was finished, but instead of looking like sausage that had just come out of the oven, it looked more like a hotdog.  We had to ask them to paint it again to make it look as real as possible.”

    The end result is a 2 metre long British banger that promises to make a real impact when it emerges from the stage ‘oven’.   It’s just one of the hilarious comedy scenes audiences can expect when they book for Dick Whittington, starring James Holmes (‘Clive’ from the BBC comedy series Miranda) and Gabrielle Green (‘Katrina’ from CBBC’s award-winning drama series Wolfblood).

    Dick Whittington is here 8 - 30 December.

    Tickets are priced at £19.50- £23. Discounts are available.

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