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


  • Thu
    Cinemac, Heritage Centre, Roe Street, Macclesfield


    Recorded Information: 01625 423535
    Enquiries: 07871 422937

    This week:
    National Theatre Live: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead

    Thursday 20 April, 7pm

    ★★★★ ‘Hilarious' The Times 
    ★★★★ ‘Fizzes with life’ Observer
    ★★★★ ‘A whirlwind of wordplay’ Financial Times

    ★★★★ ‘Daniel Radcliffe and Joshua McGuire are a delightful double act’  Daily Telegraph

    Coming Next:

    Thurs 11 May, 7pm: Jude Law in National Theatre Live: Obsession

    Thurs 18 May, 7pm: Imelda Staunton in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

    Weds 7 June, 7.15pm: Royal Ballet Live: The Dream

    Sat 10 June, 4.30pm: National Theatre Live: Peter Pan

    Thurs 22 June, 7pm:  National Theatre Live: Salome

    Andrew Garfield, Russell Tovey & Nathan Lane in
    Thurs 20 July, 7pm: National Theatre Live: Angels in America - Part One
    Thurs 27 July, 7pm: National Theatre Live: Angels in America - Part Two

    Thurs 31 August, 7pm: Billie Piper in National Theatre Live: Yerma

    Bookings for live events by satellite can be made by clicking on the event's photograph on our home page, Tickets are allocated to specific seats and can be chosen using the seating plan provided when following the 'book now' link.

  • Tue

    Summer Holiday Fun at Macclesfield Museums - Makeshop Macc Family Activities and Events

    Tuesdays at West Park Museum, Wednesdays at The Old Sunday School, and Thursdays at The Silk Museum throughout August

    Pharaoh’s Headdress, West Park Museum

    Tuesday 1 August, 1.30-3.30pm, drop-in

    Be inspired by our Egyptian collections and create your own headdress fit for a Pharaoh. £3 per person


    Animal Wall Plaques, The Old Sunday School

    Wednesday 2 August, 1.30-3.30pm, drop-in

    Some people have flying ducks on their walls, but today you can make your own Animal Head wall plaque. £3 per person


    Printed Silk Lanterns, The Silk Museum

    Thursday 3 August, 1.30-3.30pm, drop-in

    Inspired by the shape of India’s Taj Mahal and Indian paisley shawls, you can create your own pattern, print onto silk and produce a beautiful flickeringly lit lantern. £5 per person


    Panda Door hangers, West Park Museum

    Tuesday 8 August, 1.30-3.30pm, drop-in

    Come and make a hanger for your bedroom door in the shape of a panda. It could have your name on it or just ‘do not disturb’! £3 per person


    Arrr Shipmate! Pirate Treasure Hunt, The Old Sunday School

    Wednesday 9 August, 1.30-3.30pm, drop-in

    Make a pirate hat, eye-patch and flapping parrot, and go on a treasure hunt to uncover a bar of gold. £3 per person


    Elephants and Peacocks, The Silk Museum

    Thursday 10 August, 1.30-3.30pm, drop-in

    Come and discover the colourful world of Indian elephants and peacocks with artist Nikki Parmenter! Make your own mixed media peacock feather or elephant using a range of exciting materials. £5 per person


    Cat Mummies, West Park Museum

    Tuesday 15 August, 1.30-3.30pm, drop-in

    The Egyptians prepared animal mummies as offerings to the gods, cat mummies were believed to represent the war goddess Bastet, so join us to make your own mummified Tiddles. £3 per person


    Printed Parachutes, The Old Sunday School

    Wednesday 16 August, 1.30-3.30pm, drop-in

    Decorate your own miniature silk parachute, attach your airman and watch him drift to a soft or crash landing! £3 per person


    Magnificent Monsters, The Silk Museum

    Thursday 17 August, 10-11am, 11.30am-12.30pm, 1-2pm, 2.30-3.30pm

    Create your own magnificent monsters and creative creatures with glowing LED eyes in this fun, e-textile workshop. Make your own creation or one inspired by your favourite computer game – get creative with tech this summer! Age 7+, Free, but booking essential, please book on 01625 612045 or book in person at the Silk Museum

    Supported by SHIFT through Arts Council England


    Woven Pandas, West Park Museum

    Tuesday 22 August, 1.30-3.30pm, drop-in

    Have a go at some simple weaving to create your own panda-face hanging. £3 per person


    Recycled Music, The Old Sunday School

    Wednesday 23 August, 1.30-3.30pm, drop-in

    Make your own kazoo, shaker and tambourine out of recycled materials. £3 per person


    Woven Dream Catcher, The Silk Museum

    Thursday 24 August, 1.30-3.30pm, drop-in

    In a town once filled with weaving, we invite you to weave some dreams and create your own fabulous dream catcher decorated with ribbons, feathers and beads. £5 per person


    Canopic Jars, West Park Museum

    Tuesday 29 August, 1.30-3.30pm, drop-in

    When mummifying bodies all the essential organs were removed and placed in canopic jars. Make your own canopic jar to the god Qebehsenuef filled with intestines. £3 per person


    3-D Dinosaurs, The Old Sunday School

    Wednesday 30 August, 1.30-3.30pm, drop-in

    Discover the world of dinosaurs and create your own to take home. £3 per person


    Elephants and Peacocks, The Silk Museum

    Thursday 31 August, 1.30-3.30pm, drop-in

    Come and discover the colourful world of Indian elephants and peacocks with artist Nikki Parmenter! Make your own mixed media peacock feather or elephant using a range of exciting materials. £5 per person


    The Old Sunday School and Makers’ Place

    Open: Mon-Sat, 10am-4pm, closed Bank Holidays

    Admission Free

    Access: Step-free access to ground floor, lift to first floor meeting rooms and second floor Cinemac, stairs to basement displays


     The Silk Museum

    Open: Mon-Sat, 10am-4pm

    Museum Admission, including special exhibitions: £4.50, £4, children free

    Admission to Special Exhibition only: £2

    Access: Steps at the main entrance to the museum, step free access available on request, step-free access around ground floor, lift to first floor special exhibition gallery


    Paradise Mill

    Open: Mon-Sat. Guided Tours at 11.45am, 1pm, 2.15pm

    Mill Tour: £5, £4.50, children free

    Access: 3 flights of stairs, no wheelchair access; if you need to use the lift then please speak to a member of staff when booking your ticket


    Joint Visit Silk Museum and Paradise Mill: £8, £7, children free


    West Park Museum

    Open: Tues-Sun, 1-4pm (until 12 November), Weds-Sun, 1-4pm (from 15 November), Closed on Bank Holidays

    Admission Free

    Access: Step-free access

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


    To celebrate the release of his fifth studio album Saturday Night at the MoviesJoe McElderry embarks on a national tour of spectacular one night concerts performing tracks from the new album, along with some special guests.

    Joe will be joined on stage by The X Factor’s Lloyd Daniels and Any Dream Will Dorunners up Keith Jack and Ben James-Ellis, who have all, like Joe, featured in the musical phenomenon Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat. Joe’s performances in the title role of Joseph have been met with five star reviews and standing ovations up and down the country.

    If you missed Joe in Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat in 2016, here's a clip of him preparing for the role:

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

    Derren Brown the multi-award winning master of psychological illusion is back on tour – stopping off at Buxton Opera House for three nights – from 28 to 30 August 2017.

    His current show Underground features a collection of some of the very best of his previous stage work brought together into a spell-binding experience of showmanship and magical genius.

    Derren comments: “It’s not a brand new show, rather an opportunity to see me perform some of my own choice of favourite bits from the past fourteen years of touring.  Hopefully, it will be just as rewarding an experience for those who have seen me before as it will be for first-timers”.

    Born in Croydon in 1971, Derren traces his interest in magic and psychological techniques to childhood, but it was only later at Bristol University, where he studied Law and German that he started to take it seriously. After graduating, Derren abandoned a career in Law and concentrated on developing his skills at psychological magic. He was able to pay the bills by combining performing in cafés and bars with a sideline in portraiture.

    His big break came in 1999 when he was asked by Channel 4 to put a TV show together. The result, Derren Brown: Mind Control, was shown in December 2000, proving an immediate success.

    Derren has toured every year since 2003 and has been watched by an estimated audience of nearly two million people. He has won prestigious Olivier Awards, for Something Wicked this Way Comes (2006) and Svengali (2012). His last show, Miracle was his most daring to date and was universally acclaimed by critics and the world-wide audience alike. Derren last appeared at Buxton Opera House in 2008.

    Derren Brown: Underground – Monday 28 to Wednesday 30 August at 7.30pm. Tickets are priced at £38.

  • Thu
    Buxton Opera House & Pavilion Arts Centre, Buxton, Derbyshire

    0901 Buxton Comedy Festival eh

    The first Buxton Comedy Festival is on its way to the town this summer, as part of a 4-day event (31 Aug to 3 Sep), sponsored by Thornbridge Brewery. The barrels of beer and laughter ‘combo’ is the brainchild of Buxton Opera House, where many of the events will take place – alongside its sister venue, the Pavilion Arts Centre.

    Top comedy names on the bill include the sometimes controversial stand-up comedian Jimmy Carr (headlining Sun 3 Sep), with his Best Of show. Whilst I'm a Celebrityfavourite Joel Domett plays the main-stage (on Sat 2 Sep), proving why he’s a rising star on the circuit.

    Damian Kingsley

    Damian Kingsley

    On Friday night there’s a fusion of both comedy and music, from the northern knees-up legends, Lancashire Hotpots. Skip to the following afternoon in the Pavilion Arts Centre and there’s a double-bill of Tanyalee Davis and Damian Kingsley. Damian is both funny and kind, recently performing 120 gigs, as part of his “penniless comedy tour” from Land’s End to Edinburgh – raising an astonishing £21K for Shelter! Tanyalee Davis, known as the Ferrari of comedy due to her “3’6″ stature and racy material will deliver her hilarious show Actual Size.

    Tanyalee Davis

    Tanyalee Davis

    For children aged 6+ the joke is on them during Saturday afternoon’s Comedy Club 4 Kids (Arts Centre) with clean stand-up and sketches, all aimed at children and their childish adults. For a ‘Sunday funday’ The Kagools are in town, a multi award-winning physical comedy duo ––treating us to their spontaneous buffoonery.  Look out as they have their own anorak fan base! Of course the line-up wouldn’t be complete without the monthly Buxton Buzz Comedy club, in situ during the festival on Friday night in the Arts Centre. Comedy films are also on the bill: Mon Oncle, The Ladykillers and Funny Bones.

    Other events during the festival include a Clowning Improvisation Workshop (Sun 3 Sep) and to open the festival (Thur 31 Aug) is The Man with the Twisted Hip as part of the hilarious  comedy drama The Game’s A Foot, Try the Fish – packed with non-stop laughs from start to finish.

    To find out more visit Buxton Opera House website and search for Comedy Festival, or pick up your copy of Buxton Opera House’s New Season Brochure.

  • Fri
    Buxton Opera House, Buxton, Derbyshire

    By ‘eck it’s a comedy hotpot

    This year’s Buxton Comedy Festival sees favourite flat-capped wearers The Lancashire Hotpots, celebrate ten years of songs. Lancashire institutions such as Chippy Teas and Shopmobility Scooters have helped the Hotpots built a well-earned reputation as the number one night out in the North West.

    Bernard and the gang present their unique style of comedy and music in their trademark thick Lancashire accent. Their comedy tunes look at Lancashire life, the woes of modern technology and British culture. Past hits include He’s Turned Emo, and eBay eck. Their debut album Never mind the Hotpots reached number one on the iTunes comedy album chart.

    The Hotpots started life remixing songs with a comedy spin for Radio One DJ Chris Moyles, who was well known for his mash ups of popular hits. The Hotpots soon developed their own version of comedy and folk all rolled into one, which as well as touring nationwide has gained them spots at Glastonbury Festival and Y-Not.

    “Every home should have a Lancashire Hotpots record” - Steve Lamacq, BBC 6 Music

    “What Snow Patrol would sound like fronted by the bloke from Scrappers” - Guardian

    “A wonderful night. You cannot help but get swept along” - Blackpool Gazette

    The Lancashire Hotpots will have you singing along with their funny folk songs on 1 September at 7.30PM. Tickets are priced at £18, No discounts are available.

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


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