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
    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

  • Tue
    21
    Jan
    2020
    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.

    Coming soon to Cinemac... Arighi Bianchi Luxury Sofa Seats!

    After listening to customer feedback, we've set out to improve customer comfort and overall enjoyment and are currently installing a luxury seating area with 2 and 3 seater sofas by Arighi Bianchi. You will soon be able to sit back, unwind and relax as they watch the latest film releases on the big screen in ultimate comfort! An Arighi Bianchi 2 person sofa film ticket will be priced at £20, and the 3 person sofa at £30 which is only £2.50 more per person than a standard adult ticket (Tuesday-Saturday). Our new Sofa Seats will be available from 27/01/2020, tickets can be purchased online or atour box office, we strongly recommend booking in advance as these tickets are sure to sell out quickly.

    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

    Tuesday 21st January LITTLE WOMEN (U) [1h 42m] 11:40

    1917 (15) [2h] 14:40, 17:30, 20:20

    Wednesday 22nd January Cinema Closed

    Thursday 23rd January 1917 (15) [2h] 17:30, 20:20

    Friday 24th January 1917 (15) [2h] 14:45 THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF DAVID COPPERFIELD (PG) [2h] 17:30, 20:20

    Saturday 25th January THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF DAVID COPPERFIELD (PG) [2h] 11:45 1917 (15) [2h] 14:30 THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF DAVID COPPERFIELD (PG) [2h] 17:15 LITTLE WOMEN (U) [1h 42m] 20:00

    Sunday 26th January THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF DAVID COPPERFIELD (PG) [2h] 11:45 1917 (15) [2h] 14:30 THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF DAVID COPPERFIELD (PG) [2h] 17:15 LITTLE WOMEN (U) [1h 42m] 20:00

    Monday 27th January THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF DAVID COPPERFIELD (PG) [2h] 11:45 1917 (15) [2h] 14:30 THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF DAVID COPPERFIELD (PG) [2h] 17:15 LITTLE WOMEN (U) [1h 42m] 20:00

    Tuesday 28th January THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF DAVID COPPERFIELD (PG) [2h] 11:45 1917 (15) [2h] 14:30 THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF DAVID COPPERFIELD (PG) [2h] 17:15 LITTLE WOMEN (U) [1h 42m] 20:00

    Wednesday 29th January THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF DAVID COPPERFIELD (PG) [2h] 11:00 1917 (15) [2h] 13:45 THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF DAVID COPPERFIELD (PG) [2h] 16:30 La Bohème (Opera) 19:45

    Tuesday 28th January THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF DAVID COPPERFIELD (PG) [2h] 11:45 1917 (15) [2h] 14:30 THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF DAVID COPPERFIELD (PG) [2h] 17:15 LITTLE WOMEN (U) [1h 42m] 20:00

    Royal Opera House Season 19/20

    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:

    February 4th: KINKY BOOTS THE MUSICAL - 19:00 February 9th: KINKY BOOTS THE MUSICAL - 14:00

    National Theatre Live

    Thursday 20th February: National Theatre Live: CYRANO DE BERGERAC 19:00 Thursday 21st May: National Theatre Live: THE WELKIN 19:00

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

     

  • Sat
    04
    Apr
    2020
    Sat
    11
    Apr
    2020
    Macclesfield Town Centre

    There’s a new and egg-citing – and completely free – event taking place on the two Saturday’s before Easter – 4th and 11th April.

    Mrs Greenfingers has a lovely garden (in the town centre), with a vegetable patch filled with carrots, lettuce, green beans … everything a rabbit can dream for!

    The naughty White Rabbit has been raiding the garden, but luckily, Mrs Greenfingers has a good idea for distracting the bunny from eating all her veggies – she’s enlisted the rabbit and a friendly fox for an Easter Trail and created maps and puzzles that will hopefully keep them busy.
    There’ll be eggs hidden throughout her garden in the town centre and her animal friends have been challenged to find them with the help of a local children.

    There’s a tasty carrot at the end for the White Rabbit, a tasty egg for the Fox – and a chocolate treat for every child who joins the fun!

    Trails start and end in St Michael’s church yard and set off at 11 am, 1pm and 2:30 pm on both dates.

    The event has been organised by Macclesfield Town Council.

    Cllr Sarah Bennett-Wake, Community Champion for Macclesfield Town Council said ‘We know it can be tricky sometimes to find things for children to do in the school holidays. We hope that the egg hunt being completely free will allow families to enjoy a fun few hours together in the town centre.”

  • Fri
    01
    May
    2020
    Sat
    02
    May
    2020
    7:30 pmFallibroome School, Priory Lane, Macclesfield SK10 4AF

    In 1995 at Ryles Park High School in Macclesfield, two young people bonded over a passion for theatre and musicals.

    This friendship has lasted out over 25 years and 2019 found them both living back in their home town at the same time. Whilst they had both gone their separate ways, professionally and geographically during the last two decades, they had been brought back together and both in search of that old spark that had excited them all that time.

    What they both agreed was that they had both found that the theatre industry could be quite exclusive and that, as Northern actors, writers and directors, there was limited opportunity for them. They also agreed that there was definitely a gap in the market for a theatre company developed purely to grow Northern talent, especially new graduates.

    In 2020 Northern Rep Theatre was launched.

    May 2020 will see their flagship workshop production of a brand new play written by Macclesfield native Laura Genders. ‘Bysmal Boys is a drama with comedic undertones which focusses of the lives of Blue Watch, Macclesfield during the national Fire Brigade strike of 1977 and explores the effects of the strike on their relationships with their friends, families and each other.

    It is directed by Tuirenn Hurstfield, the other half of this dramatic duo, who grew up in Macclesfield and has worked as an industry professional for the last 20 years. This is the second new theatre piece that Tuirenn will be directing this year, the other being a production of Bosie written by and performed by local actor, Rik Barnett.

    ‘Bysmal Boys is cast entirely by actors from the region, many of whom can be seen on stage with other community theatre companies. It will be performed on Friday 1st & Saturday 2ndMay 2020 and tickets are available at bysmalboys.eventbrite.co.uk. Tickets are being issued on a Pay What You Can basis where the audience are not asked to buy them but to donate what they think that the ticket is worth, based on their experience of the play. The aim is to eventually take ‘Bysmal Boys on a professional tour.

  • Sat
    23
    May
    2020
    Buxton Opera House, Buxton, Derbyshire

    The Drifters will be back on tour in the UK with a brand-new show performing all their classic hits from the last six decades.  Following their phenomenally successful recent tour, which included dates at London’s Royal Albert Hall and Arenas around the UK, they’ve added further live shows for 2020 including one night only at Buxton Opera House on Saturday 23rd May. 

    The legendary group have previously been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, listed among the greatest artists of all time by Rolling Stone magazine and have produced an incredible list of hits - including; Saturday Night at the Movies, Come on Over to My Place, Stand By Me, Under the Boardwalk and many, many more!

    Following their 65th Anniversary year in 2018, The Drifters are back on the road with a line up hand-picked by Tina Treadwell herself - President of the Treadwell Entertainment Group and owner of The Drifters name.

    Tina’s father started the group with Clyde McPhatter and brought in several greats thereafter such as Johnny Moore and Ben E King.  Her mother Faye was later responsible for bringing the group to the UK and overseeing hits such as More than a number and Kissin’ in the back row.

    After the passing of her parents, it was down to Tina to continue the legacy of The Drifters name.  Following the group’s 65th anniversary year in which Tina announced a brand-new show with over 60 UK tour dates, the band are continuing to add further 2020 UK tour dates due to phenomenal demand, along with further international tours and other projects, soon to be announced. 

    Tina, who previously worked for Disney as an executive producer and casting director, believes this current line-up is one of the best to date and looks forward to the upcoming concert tour.  “I am very excited that following our 65th anniversary year we have a new show for the fans who we invite to join us in celebrating this incredible and everlasting story of The Drifters.”

    See The Drifters live at Buxton Opera House, Saturday 23rd May. Tickets are available via the official tour website thedrifters.co.uk or at buxtonoperahouse.org.uk, or call the venue box office on 01298 72190 

  • Sat
    20
    Jun
    2020
    Queen's Park, Crewe, Cheshire

    Pride in the Park postponed - further details here

    The line-up for Cheshire East Council’s Pride in the Park 2020 event has been announced and there are some big acts leading the way, as it moves into its third year.

    The headline act for the event at Queens Park, Crewe on Saturday 20 June, is Bang Bang Romeo. The Doncaster three piece supported Pink last year on her European tour playing in front of huge crowds throughout the summer and recently released their debut album ‘A Heartbreaker’s Guide to the Galaxy.’

    Bang Bang Romeo

    Sam Callahan will also be appearing on the day at Queens Park. Sam was an X Factor finalist on the tenth series of the talent show and has become more and more involved in the  LGBT+ scene having performed at Pride events around the world. He’s also enjoying a prolific modelling career and has been on the front cover of Gay Times twice.

    Danny Beard is another big crowd-puller who will be at this year’s Cheshire East event. He is a performer, singer and cabaret artist who made his name as Drag Idol winner in 2015 before going on to be a semi-finalist on Britain’s Got Talent the following year.

    Councillor Jill Rhodes Cheshire East Council cabinet member for public health and corporate services, said: “It’s brilliant news to be having all these top quality acts performing at our Cheshire East Pride event in Crewe and I know that residents and visitors will come in their numbers to support the day.”

    There will also be DJs, a magician and an opportunity for an open mic competition winner to appear at the Queens Park Pride event.

    The council’s first open mic event for Pride will be held at Tom’s Tap and Brewhouse on Thomas Street in Crewe on Sunday 29 March from 3pm. That event will be compered by William Read, who himself enjoyed success as part of the group ‘The Showbears’ on Britain’s Got Talent.

    Anyone can come along and have a go, it doesn’t matter what your act is!

    Councillor Stewart Gardiner, Cheshire East Council member equality champion, said: “I’m really looking forward to Cheshire East Pride mark three. Following on from two previous successful events I am sure this year’s will be even better. I am particularly excited to see that we are attracting a crop of current stars to our event.”

    Visit the Pride website for more details of the event. For sponsorship opportunities, contact Kathy Bradley

     

  • Fri
    28
    Aug
    2020
    Mon
    31
    Aug
    2020
    Arley Hall & Gardens, Northwich, Cheshire, CW9 6NA

    We realise that we are in a period of massive uncertainty and we all need to look forward to brighter, special days to share with groups of friends and family – so we are offering these tickets with NO RISK! We have contingency dates in place so if the festival moves your tickets are still valid! 

    For 48 hours only we’re offering a block of day-only tickets priced from £5, £7, £10, £25 each, just choose the ticket you can reasonably afford!

    These tickets will be on sale from 10 am Sat 28th March 2020.

    Tickets are expected  to sell out fast so head over to the Geronimo website as soon as they are released.  A car parking ticket at a cost of £10 applies (for a car with up to 7 passengers).

    If for any reason the festival has to be postponed we have the Aug bank holiday as our back up date and your tickets will just transfer or a full refund will be available!

    This offer is strictly day-only tickets. WHEN THEY’RE GONE – THEY’RE GONE!

    The HUGE itinerary is on the Geronimo website - keep checking back as new acts are being added all the time!

    See you there! www.geronimofest.com

  • Sat
    05
    Sep
    2020
    11 am to 11 pmCapeshorne Hall, Congleton Rd, Siddington, Macclesfield SK11 9JY

    After a first outing in 2019, Hide&Seek Festival returns to the grounds of Capesthorne Hallin Macclesfield, Cheshire on Saturday 5th September, with a line-up of dance music royalty.

    On the Hide&Seek Festival 2020 line up are titan French trio Apollonia and countryman Jeremy Underground, as well as certified dance music greats including Sonja Moonear and Raresh.

    Further names on the bill include, VOIGT.MAS, Ingi Visions, Detroit Swindle and Gene On Earth.

    Following on from last year’s debut event, organisers have promised bigger and better things, and festival-goers can expect entirely new stage concepts for this year as the event continues to build.

    The festival’s location, in the grounds of Capesthorne Hall Estate in Cheshire countryside, promises to host a unique, breath-taking experience that puts you at one with nature and music.

    You can find Hide&seek Festival tickets here.

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