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WHO KILLED SANTA MURDER MYSTERY  
Tuesday 19th December 2017 - Stockport Plaza

Someone’s got their claws out for Jolly Old Saint Nick! Can you solve this mystery or will you be snowed under by all the clues?

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THE ALEPH PROJECT  
Friday 12th January 2018 - The Lowry

Mira Calix, Inter-disciplinary composer and artist Mira Calix presents her own compositions inspired by the notion of colour.

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THE TRANSPORTS: A TALE OF EXILE AND MIGRATION  
Saturday 13th January 2018 - Dancehouse Theatre
The Transports tells the incredible tale of a family destroyed by poverty and crime, but resurrected by exile to the new colony in Australia. With a fresh script and musical arrangement, this famous show re-emerges within the context of modern mass migration.
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RACHEL  
Saturday 13th January 2018 - The Lowry
RACHEL is an extraordinary piece of stagecraft from Award Winning Theatre Practitioner/Director and Manchester Hub Drama Acting Coach Stevie Helps.
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HAMLET  
Friday 26th January to Saturday 3rd February 2018 - The Lowry
Revenge his foul and most unnatural murder… The Royal Shakespeare Company takes Shakespeare’s searing tragedy of murder and revenge on national tour in 2018.
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MOTHER'S RUIN - LIVE AT THE COLISEUM Drama
Saturday 27th January 2018 - Oldham Coliseum
Mother sashays over to Oldham for an evening of outrageous hilarity. Hosted by bearded glamour-puss Timberlina, the sensational lineup includes Jonathan Mayor, Debs Gatenby, Cheddar Gorgeous, Diva Hollywood, Donal Sarsfield and Fat Roland.
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MICHAEL PORTILLO  
Sunday 28th January 2018 - Dancehouse Theatre
A historian at heart, he has used a victorian railway guide to take millions of viewers on a historical voyage of discovery throughout the UK, Ireland, the USA and Europe. Listen to his extraordinary story, told with a light almost "stand up" touch, and then feel free to question him about it.
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NINA - A STORY ABOUT ME & NINA SIMONE  
Tuesday 30th January to Saturday 3rd February 2018 - The Lowry
Josette Bushell-Mingo’s powerful connection to legendary artist and activist Nina Simone, performed with a live band.
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STRANGERS ON A TRAIN  
Monday 5th to Saturday 10th February 2018 - Opera House

Strangers On A Train is based on the world renowned 1950 novel by Patricia Highsmith made universally famous by the classic Alfred Hitchcock film. In the great tradition of Hitchcock, this spine chilling tale will delight you with its dark wit whilst having you on the edge of your seat from the start.

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DANCING BEAR  
Tuesday 6th & Wednesday 7th February 2018 - Palace Theatre

Dancing Bear explores the tightrope of personal integrity, social acceptance and mental health that many LGBT+ people may find themselves precariously balancing on.

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THE KITCHEN SINK  
Friday 9th to Saturday 24th February 2018 - Oldham Coliseum

An irresistibly funny and touching play, The Kitchen Sink is a modern family story about big dreams, small towns and looking after each other. It shot writer Tom Wells, writer of Jumpers For Goalposts, to stardom, earning him multiple awards and nominations for Most Promising Playwright.

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HENRY ROLLINS TRAVEL SIDESHOW  
Sunday 11th February 2018 - Manchester Academy

For many years, Henry Rollins has used his camera to document his travels around the world. Join Henry for an intimate evening as he tells the fascinating stories behind the photos he has taken, from Baghdad to Timbuktu.

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D'EON  
Tuesday 13th to Saturday 17th February 2018 - Hope Mill Theatre

A Straight Acting Theatre Company Production, written by Edinburgh Fringe First Winner, Renny Krupinski. 1769. Chevalier D’Eon de Beaumont stepped out of the limelight as a French diplomat to England, Russian spy, Prussian war hero and international bon viveur only to step back in as the woman she truly was.

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THE NEWSPAPER BOY  
Tuesday 13th to Sunday 24th February 2018 - 53Two, M1 5LN
Coming out as a kid in the 90s was never going to be easy. Especially when you’re on the telly. Moston, Manchester, '92. Christian is the working class 15 year old who’s got it all as the newest child star in the nation’s favourite soap. But Christian has a secret that’s soon to be on the front page of every tabloid…
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OUTSPOKEN  
Wednesday 14th February 2018 - Manchester Central Library
Prose, poetry and spoken word from an all-female line-up of Outspoken voices. Afshan D’souza-Lodhi hosts, with readings from Seni Seneviratne, Jackie Hagan, Mandla Rae and more. Plus new work from Superbia’s Manchester Chapbook project.
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THE ALMIGHTY SOMETIMES by KENDALL FEAVER  
Thursday 15th to Saturday 24th February 2018 - The Royal Exchange
As a child Anna was diagnosed with a severe mental illness and prescribed a cocktail of medication. Now she’s a young adult and wondering for the first time how life might feel without it.
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REPLACEMENT CHILD  
Thursday 20th to Friday 23rd February 2018 - Hope Mill Theatre

The Replacement Child is a darkly humorous, visceral & compelling look at parenthood and grief and how one couple deals with loss- for better or worse.

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BRIEF ENCOUNTER  
Tuesday 20th to Saturday 24th February 2018 - The Lowry
Adapted and Directed by Emma Rice | Kneehigh theatre’s production produced by David Pugh & Dafydd Rogers and Jenny and Steve Wiener. With the characteristic wit and musicality of Kneehigh, the joy and heartache of this timeless story will be brought to the stage in February 2018.
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GERMAINE GREER  
Saturday 24th February 2018 - Dancehouse Theatre
When Welsh women turned up at the RAF base at Greenham Common in 1981, they were carrying a banner that read 'Women for Life on Earth'. Theirs was direct action, born of gut reaction, virtually innocent of theoretical framework...
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VINCENT RIVER  
Tuesday 27th February to Saturday 24th March 2018 - Hope Mill Theatre

The regional premiere of Philip Ridley’s thrilling and heartbreaking play relocated in Manchester. Anita must accept the loss of her son, his hidden sexuality and the arrival of a bruised seventeen year old boy.

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CIRCUS OF HORRORS  
Wednesday 28th February 2018 - Palace Theatre

After taking to the road over 22 years ago and touring all over the world the phenomenon returns with its latest brand new incarnation Voodoo

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BRETT ANDERSON IN CONVERSATION  
Wednesday 28th March 2018 - Dancehouse Theatre
Manchester Literature Festival is delighted to present a special In Conversation with Brett Anderson about his forthcoming memoir, Coal Black Mornings.
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THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST  
Tuesday 13th to Saturday 17th March 2018 - Opera House

The Importance Being Earnest by the master of comedy Oscar Wilde, makes a welcome visit to Manchester society in this wonderfully witty, deliciously decadent and classic revival from The Original Theatre Company.

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OF MICE AND MEN  
Monday 9th to Saturday 14th April 2018 - Opera House

Set in the trying times of the Great Depression, Of Mice And Men is a powerful portrait of the American spirit and a heartbreaking testament to the bonds of friendship and what it means to be human.

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THE WINSLOW BOY  
Monday 9th to Saturday 14th April 2018 - The Lowry
Based on a real-life event, The Winslow Boy is a courageous and often delicately humorous window into the class and political hypocrisy of the time.
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MARY STUART  
Tuesday 17th & Saturday 21st April 2018 - The Lowry
Two queens. One in power. One in prison. It's all in the execution. Following a critically acclaimed, sold-out season at the Almeida in 2016-17, Robert Icke’s new adaptation of Mary Stuart will visit The Lowry in April after a limited run at the Duke of York's Theatre in London's West End.
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NATALIE INSIDE OUT  
Friday 20th April 2018 - The Lowry
The theatrical performance 'Natalie Inside Out', a collaboration between hand balancer Natalie Reckert and digital artist Mark Moreau, explores inner workings and the fragmentation of the body using digital technology and video projection.
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THIS HOUSE  
Tuesday 24th to Saturday 28th April 2018 - The Lowry
Following sell-out runs at the National Theatre and in the West End this extraordinarily prescient play takes on a new importance in the current political climate. Are we in the midst of a political revolution? Can the country stay united? 
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RACHAEL YOUNG: NIGHTCLUBBING  
Thursday 26th & Friday 27th April 2018 - The Lowry
Responding to this sense of dissonance, 'Nightclubbing' is a new performance exploring intersectional oppressions in the wake of growing social inequality in the UK.
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SIR MICHAEL PARKINSON  
Sunday 29th April 2018 - The Lowry
Sir Michael Parkinson: Our Kind of Music - A live theatrical journey through Sir Michael Parkinson’s musical DNA in words, pictures and performance.
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KINDERTRANSPORT  
Tuesday 1st to Saturday 5th May 2018 - Opera House

This heart-warming production is from the producers of last year’s acclaimed revival of ‘The Crucible’. It marks the 80th anniversary of the Kindertransport, which saw thousands of Jewish children ferried from Austria and Germany to safety.

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MY FAVORITE MURDER LIVE  
Sunday 13th May 2018 - Albert Hall

Ready yourself for a murder adventure hosted by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark, two lifelong fans of true crime stories. Each episode the girls tell each other their favorite tales of murder, and hear hometown crime stories from friends and fans.

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AN AUDIENCE WITH KATIE PRICE  
Friday 25th May 2018 - Opera House

This special evening will consist of Katie Price talking about her life stories and she will also be performing her brand new single I Got U. Not only this, there will also be the opportunity for a VIP meet and greet and photo opportunity with Katie herself!

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WAR HORSE 2018  
Wednesday 13th to Saturday 30th June 2018 - The Lowry
War Horse is an unforgettable theatrical event which takes audiences on an extraordinary journey from the fields of rural Devon to the trenches of First World War France.
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THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG  
Monday 25th to Saturday 30th June 2018 - Opera House

Fawlty Towers meets Noises Off in this multi award-winning West End smash hit comedy. The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society are putting on a 1920s murder mystery, but as the title suggests, everything that can go wrong… does!

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EARLY DOORS  
Wed 29th August to Sat 15th September 2018 - Quays Theatre - The Lowry
Commissioned by leading West End producer Philip McIntyre to adapt their award winning television series for the stage, Craig Cash and Phil Mealey have written a brand new story featuring the same hilarious characters. ON-SALE NOW!
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EARLY DOORS  
Monday 17th to Saturday 22nd September 2018 - Lyric Theatre - The Lowry
Commissioned by leading West End producer Philip McIntyre to adapt their award winning television series for the stage, Craig Cash and Phil Mealey have written a brand new story featuring the same hilarious characters. EXTRA DATES IN THE LYRIC THEATRE!
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THE SUPERVET - PROFESSOR NOEL FITZPATRICK  
Sunday 21st October 2018 - Manchester Arena

The Supervet is delighted to be bringing his first ever live stage show Welcome to My World to Manchester. This groundbreaking new show - a must for all animal lovers and fans of the TV show alike - will see Noel enlighten audiences with his incredible life story and explain how he became The Supervet.

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BENIDORM LIVE  
Monday 26th November to Saturday 1st December 2018 - Palace Theatre

The official world premiere of Derren Litten's smash-hit ITV comedy Benidorm is set to bring sunshine and smiles to the UK and Ireland in the stage debut production of the hugely popular TV show.

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PROFESSOR BRIAN COX  
Saturday 9th February 2019 - Manchester Arena

Having set two Guinness World Record titles with his previous sell-out live UK and Ireland tour, Professor Brian Cox, OBE is heading back out on the road with a brand new show for, Professor Brian Cox Live 2019. With Robin Ince as a special guest.

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