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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  • Sun
    Arley Hall & Gardens, Northwich, Cheshire, CW9 6NA

    15th, Sunday Hearing Dogs for Deaf People Charity Dog Walk – to register Click Here
    22nd, Sunday Spring Plant Fair – to book tickets Click Here
    28th & 29th, Saturday & Sunday Guided Estate & Bluebell Walks – to book tickets Click Here

    6th & 7th, Sunday & Monday Guided Estate & Bluebell Walks
    – to book tickets Click Here
    11th, 12th & 13th, Friday – Sunday Galloway Antiques Fair – to book tickets Click Here
    26th, 27th & 28th, Saturday – Monday Geronimo Family Festival – to book tickets Click Here

    2nd & 3rd, Saturday & Sunday NGS The Old Parsonage tickets will be released soon
    8th, Friday Houghton Weavers Summer Picnic – to book tickets Click Here
    16th & 17th, Saturday & Sunday Rough Runner – to book tickets Click Here
    23rd & 24th, Saturday & Sunday Garden Festival – to book tickets Click Here
    28th – 1st July, Thursday – Sunday Spirit of the Horse – to book tickets Click Here

    8th, Sunday Fairy Tales & Trails Day – to book tickets Click Here
    14th, Saturday NMC Outdoor Concert on the Park – to book tickets Click Here
    19th, Thursday Walled Garden Theatre – The Importance of Being Earnest – to book tickets Click Here
    26th, Thursday The Arley Summer Soiree – tickets will be released soon

    5th, Sunday NGS Arley Hall & Gardens normal daily entry price applies
    23rd, Thursday Walled Garden Theatre – The Tempest – to book tickets Click Here
    25th, 26th & 27th, Saturday, Sunday & Monday Caravan & Camping Rally – to book tickets Click Here

    9th, Sunday Autumn Plant Fair – to book tickets Click Here
    15th, Saturday Firework Champions – to book tickets Click Here
    22nd & 23rd, Saturday & Sunday The Great British Food Festival  – to book tickets Click Here
    28th, 29th & 30th, Friday – Sunday Galloway Antiques Fair – to book tickets Click Here

    7th, Sunday Wedding Open Day – to book tickets Click Here
    14th, Sunday Mushroom Walks – to book tickets Click Here

    13th & 14th, Tuesday & Wednesday Shopping Spectacular – to book tickets Click Here

    1st – 6th, Saturday – Thursday Christmas Floral Extravaganza - tickets will be released soon

  • Sun
    Lyme Hall, Disley, Stockport SK12 2NR, UK

    To Stop Her Mouth – a contemporary art installation exposes an 1800’s scandal that shocked society

    A new audio artwork at Lyme in Disley tells the story of a scandal from its Regency past – which resulted in a high profile court case and turned into the media frenzy of the age.

    From Sunday 16 September to Sunday 4 November visitors to the National Trust attraction in Stockport will experience the true story of heiress Ellen Turner who was abducted from her school at 15 years old and coerced into marriage by a fortune hunter – a man she’d never met before. In its day Ellen’s abduction, and the subsequent trial, rocked 1800s society with her character and behaviour scrutinised both inside the courtroom and outside through the extensive press coverage of the trial. Lyme’s former owner, Thomas Legh, was a magistrate at the trial and later went on to wed Ellen Turner.

    The new installation titled ‘To Stop Her Mouth’ uses Ellen’s only recorded words spoken at the trial of her abductor, Edward Gibbon Wakefield. The National Trust commissioned Creative Industries Trafford (CIT) and Waterside Arts to creatively produce the successful Live at Lyme project in 2017, and this work continues the partnership.

    CIT and Waterside Arts have worked with North West based company Filament, audio producer Joel Clements and designer Lis Evans to deliver unique creative content for this immersive audio experience as part of the Trust New Art programme, which seeks to connect people to places through contemporary art across the National Trust properties.

    Filament’s Sarah Richardson says: “We knew the story of Ellen Turner’s abduction was a fascinating one but as we explored it further it struck us how her experience reflects the experiences of many other women, and men, who stand to give evidence. In the run up to the trial Ellen’s character and behaviour were scrutinised by the defence, the press and the public, and yet aged only 16 she stood in front of a crowded courtroom to tell her version of events. We are excited to be creating a piece of work that will enable Ellen’s words to be heard once again. We hope To Stop Her Mouth will help visitors to better understand this remarkable story from Lyme’s past.”

    The experience takes place in the house at Lyme, the very place where Ellen lived with Thomas Legh as his first wife. Visitors will listen to six short snippets of conversation as they move through the house, following Ellen’s abduction journey via Scotland to France. Part of the experience also allows visitors to listen in as Mr Scarlett, the defence for Ellen’s abductor, gathers evidence which he hopes will stop her mouth and prevent her from standing as a witness. The piece finishes in the Saloon, where visitors will take a seat as a juror to hear some of Ellen’s compelling evidence and determine Edward’s guilt.

    Pamela Pearson, Visitor Experience Manager at Lyme says: “Last autumn we worked with Creative Industries Trafford and Waterside Arts to tell a number of stories from Lyme’s Regency past. This year we wanted to cast a light on Ellen’s story and we were delighted to have the opportunity again to work in partnership with such a creative team, as well as new artists, to make this a reality. We hope the experience connects people with this powerful story and they get a real sense of the public scrutiny Ellen faced.”

    After her trial, Ellen’s life continued to be one of tragedy. She went on to marry Thomas Legh, owner of Lyme and magistrate at Wakefield’s trial, when she was 16. Ellen’s first pregnancy did not reach full term but she and Thomas became parents to their only surviving child, Ellen Jane, on 20th February 1830.  Ellen became pregnant again but sadly the son she was carrying was stillborn. Shortly after his birth, Ellen died on 17th January 1831 when she was just nineteen years old.

    Catherine Newbery, Contemporary Arts Programme Manager at the National Trust says: “Ellen’s story is one of intrigue and was very much the tabloid headline of its time, but it’s one we don’t currently share with our visitors at Lyme. By working with artists we’re able to tell this powerful story in an entirely new way and connect our visitors to the personal sides of these special places through different art forms. ‘

    ‘To Stop Her Mouth’ opens at Lyme on Sunday 16 September 2018 and ends Sunday 4 November. For more information visit:

  • Mon
    Buxton Opera House, Buxton, Derbyshire

    Following the success of its premiere in January 2018, a new cast has been announced for the autumn tour of The Classic Thriller Company’sThe Case Of The Frightened Lady by Edgar Wallace, led by talented stage and TV star, John Partridge.

    John Partridge who is best known to TV audiences as the suave and charismatic Christian Clarke in EastEnders, leads a star cast in the role of Inspector Tanner. John is celebrated as one of musical theatre’s most respected leading men, having starred in major West End hit musicals such as Cats, Starlight Express, Chicago and in Bill Kenwright’s recent lavish musical production of La Cage Aux Folles. John has also been announced to star in the upcoming BBC series of Celebrity MasterChef which is being broadcast in the autumn.

    He will be joined by Deborah Grant (Lady Lebanon), who has starred in Not Going Out and Bergerac; Robert Duncan (Dr Amersham), best known for Drop The Dead Donkey; Phillip Lowrie (Kelver), who starred in Coronation Street as Dennis Tanner; Matt Lacey, who is currently in the BBC sitcom Cuckoo; Scarlett Archer (Isla), best known for playing Nell Fairfax in Emmerdale; and Matt Barber (Lord Lebanon) who starred as Atticus Aldridge in Downton Abbey.

    The production is directed by Roy Marsden who is best known as an actor, particularly in his role as Commander Adam Dalgliesh in ITV's P.D. James series, which he played for 15 years. But he has also been directing plays since he was 15 years old and had successful West End runs with Noel Coward’s Volcano and Agatha Christie’s (under the pen name Mary Westmacott) A Daughter’s a Daughter. This is now Roy’s third time directing a Classic Thriller Theatre Company production having previously directed Rehearsal for Murder and A Judgement in Stone. 

    The Case Of The Frightened Lady will be on stage on Monday 22 – Saturday 27 October.

    Tickets are priced at £22-£32. Discounts are available.

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

  • Sun
    The National Tramway Museum Crich Tramway Village, nr Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 5DP

    Crich Tramway Museum offers a great day out for all the family, including your dog!

    Open daily until 4th November 2018 from 10.00am.

    For full details of opening times, see 

  • Fri
    HOME, 2 Tony Wilson Place, Manchester M15 4FN, UK

    Directed by Lily Sykes, in a translation by Martin Crimp

    HOME’s major new production of Jean Genet’s The Maids, is on stage between Friday 16 November - Saturday 1 December 2018. Based on the true story of murderous duo The Papin sisters, Genet’s infamous The Maids is a radical modern classic. Well ahead of its time, it explodes with contemporary ideas about class conflict, sexual identity, and political outcasts.

    In the title roles at HOME are Jake Fairbrother as Claire and Luke Mullins at Solange. Jake’s many theatre credits include The Lady From The Sea (Donmar Warehouse), Twelfth Night (Crucible Theatre), The Last Days of Troy (Globe Theatre and Royal Exchange Theatre), Macbeth (Cheek By Jowl), A Life of Galileo, The Orphan of Zhao and Boris Godunov (all Royal Shakespeare Company) and Hamlet (National Theatre). His films roles include Skyfall, Stratton, and Sandcastle, and on TV has appeared in NW and Holby City.

    Luke’s equally illustrious theatre roles in both the UK and Australia include Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (The Old Vic), Waiting For Godot (The Barbican), The Glass Menagerie (Belvoir St and Malthouse Theatres), Endgame (Melbourne Theatre Company) and Angels in America (Belvoir St). Television credits include New Blood (BBC) and Reef Doctors (Network Ten).

    Danny Lee Wynter completes the cast in the role of Madame. His theatre credits include Cell Mates(Hampstead Theatre), Forty Years On (Chichester Festival), The Glass Menagerie (Nuffield, Southampton), Comus, Bedlam, Henry IV Part I, Henry IV Part II, King Lear, and The Front Line (all Shakespeare’s Globe), and The Miser (The Royal Exchange). His TV credits include Walliams and Friends, The Dreams of Bethany Mellmoth, Partners In Crime, Episodes, Mr Stink, Luther, Joe’s Palace and Capturing Mary. Danny is also a Founder of The Act For Change Project which aims to strengthen diversity in the live and recorded arts.

    HOME transforms its main house theatre for The Maids into the round for the first time. Building over the stalls seating area, the stage will be raised up to the height of the circle - and audiences will be able to watch from both on and off the stage in a specially built seating area.

    Genet wrote The Maids in 1947 whilst serving a prison sentence, as an imaginative and intellectual escape. Premiering the same year, Genet’s chilling tale follows the story of a pair of maids who create violent, darkly humorous fantasies while dressed in the opulent clothes of their mistress. Indulging in theatrical re-enactments of the power structures which define their lives, the line between make-believe and reality becomes increasingly distorted, as it becomes clear that the aim of the game is murder…

    Lily Sykes is making her HOME directorial debut, having spent most of her professional career in Germany. A graduate from Oxford in German literature and philosophy, Sykes worked from 2009-2012 as a director’s assistant at the Schauspiel Frankfurt, and also regularly supervised her own directing projects in that time. Since 2012 she has directed for the Deutsches Theater Berlin, the Berliner Ensemble, the Schauspiel Frankfurt, the Schauspielhaus Zürich, the Schauspielhaus Graz, the theatres in Oberhausen, Osnabrück, Lübeck and Münster, and the Studiotheater Berlin.

    She comments: “With the political climate in the UK and around the world as it is, a story about two opposing classes, whose antagonism is fuelled by their inability to understand each other, resonates strongly. In the prison of social conditioning, the only escape open to these characters is through violent action. I’m very excited to be directing this play, which has all the utopian and subversive power which theatre can have, in the UK and to bring it to Manchester in particular.”

    Martin Crimp’s translation of The Maids was first staged at the Young Vic in 1999. His new play, When We Have Sufficiently Tortured Each Other - Twelve Variations on Samuel Richardson’s Pamela, starring Cate Blanchett and Stephen Dillane, opens at the National Theatre in 2019.

    Alongside the main house theatre production of The Maids, HOME is delighted to announce its accompanying France Now season in its Theatre 2 space between Tuesday 27 November 2018 - Saturday 1 December 2018. Following the success of its previous Berlin Now and Cuba Now seasons celebrating thrilling, emerging work from these regions, HOME invites three young companies to take a close-up look at life on the other side of the Channel with three contrasting performances all highlighting the charms and challenges of life in France.

    Ballet Bar is the hit show from Off Avignon Festival in France, featuring a company of six hip-hop dancers who mix mime, physical comedy, acrobatics and a century of dance styles inspired by Calypso, Charleston, Tango and Electro. Charming play for all ages J’ai Trop Peur (I’m So Scared), written and directed by David Lescot, is a heart-warming, adolescent drama about the challenges of friendship, school and growing up. It was commissioned by the Theatre de la Ville and has toured extensively throughout France.

    Concluding the season is Submission, a newly commissioned adaptation, directed by Teuknie. Written by Michel Houellebecq, France’s best-selling controversial author, it imagines a France of the near future under Islamic rule following the election of a Muslim president. This provocative, clever and mischievous piece, performed as a Scratch Performance, offers a profound reflection and satire on the lack of faith and meaning in western society.

    France Now is kindly sponsored by the Institut Français du Royaume Uni as part of the En Scène! Programme - helping to present work across Greater Manchester by some of France’s leading artists covering all spectrums of performing arts.


  • Sat
    12 noonMarket Place, Macclesfield

    Macclesfield’s countdown to Christmas will begin with the big switch on event held on Saturday 1st December from 12pm.

    Local bands will be providing stage entertainment and there will also be Christmas market stalls, a craft fair, a chance to visit Father Christmas in his Town Hall grotto until 3:30pm, face painting, carol singers, children’s entertainment, a Father Christmas parade and a fantastic firework display following the switch on at 5pm.

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