Theatre and Drama

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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
    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 call 01260 272018.

  • Mon
    Heritage Centre, Roe Street, Macclesfield SK11 6UT

    Recorded Information: 01625 423535
    Enquiries: 07534 920495

    • can be purchased on the door, subject to demand
    • can be booked in advance at
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    • can be purchased online at
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    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 valid until July!Please note that the meal deal is only valid for film tickets and it does not include live events.

    Monday 5th August
    THE LION KING (PG) [2h] 11:00, 14:00

    Fast & Furious presents: HOBBS & SHAW (12A) [2h 15m] 17:00, 20:00

    Tuesday 6th August

    THE LION KING (PG) [2h] 11:00, 14:00

    Fast & Furious presents: HOBBS & SHAW (12A) [2h 15m] 17:00, 20:00

    Wednesday 7th August

    THE LION KING (PG) [2h] 11:00, 14:00

    Fast & Furious presents: HOBBS & SHAW (12A) [2h 15m] 17:00, 20:00

    Thursday 8th August

    THE LION KING (PG) [2h] 11:00, 14:00

    Fast & Furious presents: HOBBS & SHAW (12A) [2h 15m] 17:00, 20:00

    Friday 9th August

    ANGRY BIRDS 2 (U) [1h 40m] 12:00

    THE LION KING (PG) [2h] 14:20

    YESTERDAY (12A) [2h] 17:15

    Fast & Furious presents: HOBBS & SHAW (12A) [2h 15m] 20:00

    Saturday 10th August

    ANGRY BIRDS 2 (U) [1h 40m] 12:00

    THE LION KING (PG) [2h] 14:20

    YESTERDAY (12A) [2h] 17:15

    Fast & Furious presents: HOBBS & SHAW (12A) [2h 15m] 20:00

    Sunday 11th August

    ANGRY BIRDS 2 (U) [1h 40m] 12:00

    THE LION KING (PG) [2h] 14:20

    YESTERDAY (12A) [2h] 17:15

    Fast & Furious presents: HOBBS & SHAW (12A) [2h 15m] 20:00

    Monday 12th August

    ANGRY BIRDS 2 (U) [1h 40m] 12:00

    THE LION KING (PG) [2h] 14:20

    YESTERDAY (12A) [2h] 17:15

    Fast & Furious presents: HOBBS & SHAW (12A) [2h 15m] 20:00

    Tuesday 13th August

    ANGRY BIRDS 2 (U) [1h 40m] 12:00

    THE LION KING (PG) [2h] 14:20

    YESTERDAY (12A) [2h] 17:15

    Fast & Furious presents: HOBBS & SHAW (12A) [2h 15m] 20:00

    Wednesday 14th August

    ANGRY BIRDS 2 (U) [1h 40m] 09:30

    THE LION KING (PG) [2h] 11:45

    YESTERDAY (12A) [2h] 14:30

    Fast & Furious presents: HOBBS & SHAW (12A) [2h 15m] 17:15

    ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD (18) [2h 45m] 20:15

    Thursday 15th August

    ANGRY BIRDS 2 (U) [1h 40m] 09:30

    THE LION KING (PG) [2h] 11:45

    YESTERDAY (12A) [2h] 14:30

    Fast & Furious presents: HOBBS & SHAW (12A) [2h 15m] 17:15

    ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD (18) [2h 45m] 20:15

    Available to book now!

    New Live Events

    National Theatre Live: FLEABAG

    Live: Thursday 12th September – 19:30

    Encore: Tuesday 1st October – 20:00


    Wednesday 9th October – 19:30


    Thursday 10th October – 20:00

    Northern Ballet: DRACULA

    Thursday 31st October – 19:15

    André Rieu – 70 YEARS YOUNG

    Saturday 4th January 2020 – 19:00

    Sunday 5th January 2020 – 14:00



    (2h 45m) [18]

    Wednesday 14th August – Thursday 22nd August



    Friday 13th September – Tuesday 17th September

    13:00, 16:00, 19:00

    Wednesday 18th September

    11:15, 14:00

    Thursday 19th September

    13:00, 16:00, 19:00

    Royal Opera House Season 19/20


    Tuesday 8th October: 

    Don Giovanni (Opera) 18:45

    Thursday 24th October: 

    Don Pasquale (Opera) 19:30

    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 26th September: National Theatre: One Man, Two Guvnors (Encore) 19:00

    Thursday 17th October: National Theatre: A Midsummer Night’s Dream 19:00

    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

  • Sat
    12 noon to 5 pmTatton Park, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 6SG

    Tatton Park hosts a terrific celebration of country life this Bank Holiday weekend, as traditional fun and games, crafts, activities, food and drink take over at the Farm!

    The Farm is set in a corner of the Park know as Tatton Dale and was, in its heyday, at the heart of the vast Egerton estate, feeding family, guests and staff at the mansion. Visitors will be able to take a step back in time to meet some of the characters who lived and worked there, including Aunt Mary making butter in her Cottage, as well as the recently restored Mill and machinery in action.

    There are favourite childhood games such as egg-and-spoon races, and the chance to show your strength in a tug-of-war! Farmyard friends will be getting involved too with sheep racing throughout the weekend and sheepdog demonstrations on Sunday. Don’t miss the Morris dancers!

    Visitors can also learn about traditional country crafts with dry stone walling demonstrations, and the Cheshire Guild of Spinners on hand to show how fleece is spun into yarn.

    There’s also a chance to discover where your food comes from as part of our ongoing ‘Field to Fork’ activities with cookery demonstrations as well as traditional stalls offering a range of local ice-cream and cheeses, old-fashioned sweets and Tatton’s own produce.

    Jayne Chapman, Farm Manager said, “This weekend is packed full of fun for all the family. If you’ve never been to the Farm before, come along and experience all there is to offer on this 40 acre site – you won’t be disappointed!”

    The ‘Traditional Country Weekend at the Farm’ takes place this Bank Holiday at Tatton Park, from noon to 5pm on Saturday 24th, Sunday 25thand Monday 26th August, with last admission at 4pm. The daily programme varies, so look out for details on the day.

    Find all the information at

  • Fri
    Tatton Park, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 6SG

    Television stars Keith Lemon and Paddy McGuiness will be Dirty Dancing at Tatton Park this August.

    The duo will put in an appearance a comedy event MovieFest, celebrating 80’s cinema, culminating in a screening of the Patrick Swayze/Jennifer Grey classic movie.

    Keith and Paddy imagine running a video shop, drawing on movies from the decade of shoulder pads and leg-warmers as films are screened on a high-definition outdoor screen.

    Each screening will involve a special twist – where Paddy and Keith will return to the stage in a surprise finale and post-show party.

    Organised by The Luna Cinema and Showcase Cinemas, Dirty Dancing will be screened in the grounds of Tatton Park on Friday, August 30 and Saturday, August 31.

    Mark Barlow, general manager, Showcase Cinemas UK, said: “We’re delighted to be working alongside Keith and Paddy as they launch their exciting new MovieFest concept. They love films just as much as we do and we know it’s going to be a laugh out loud series of events.

    “Who’d have thought one of the all-time favourite classics, Dirty Dancing, could get any better?  We’re passionate about delivering the very best immersive cinema experiences and this is most definitely going to complement our hugely popular Flashback and Event Cinema screenings."

    And Keith Lemon added: "Really excited about MovieFest! In the past I’ve projected onto a bed sheet in me garden, but this is gonna be a next level! And with me good mate Paddy McGuinness! First film we’re hosting is Dirty Dancing. There’s gonna be food and drink, we’re gonna have music! It’s gonna be a wicked party! And party is my middle name. Well it in’t really, it’s Ian.”

  • Mon
    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).


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