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CIRCUS EXTREME
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Friday 9th to Sunday 25th February 2018 - EventCity
2 FOR 1 TICKET OFFER - THIS YEAR a new death-defying and extreme circus is launching in Event City Manchester, celebrating 250 years of circus performances with the ultimate show to remember.
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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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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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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
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Tuesday 20th to Saturday 24th February 2018
FANTASTIC TICKET OFFER - 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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CIRCUS OF HORRORS
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Wednesday 28th February 2018 - Palace Theatre
SPOOKY 2 FOR 1 TICKET OFFER - 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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FRANKENSTEIN by MARY SHELLEY  
Wednesday 14th March to Saturday 7th April 2018 - The Royal Exchange
Trapped in a mountain of ice, Captain Walton’s ambition to conquer the North Pole stalls in its tracks. Out on the frozen wastes something stirs...wretched and barely alive, Victor Frankenstein is dragged on board.
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WHISKY GALORE  
Friday 16th March to Saturday 7th April 2018 - Oldham Coliseum

The islanders of Great and Little Todday are dismayed to find their whisky supply dwindling as the UK government diverts the precious stuff to the Americans, in an attempt to bribe them into supporting the British war-effort. When the whisky runs out completely it seems like the end of the world…

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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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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
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Tuesday 13th to Saturday 17th March 2018 - Opera House
£5 OFF SELECTED TICKETS - 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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AN AFTERNOON WITH STACEY DOOLEY  
Sunday 15th April 2018 - The Lowry
Catch Stacey in this rare live appearance as she discusses everything from gender equality and domestic violence, to sex trafficking and sexual identity, weaving these global strands together in an exploration of what it is to be women in the world today.
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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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RELATIVELY SPEAKING  
Friday 20th April to Saturday 5th May 2018 - Oldham Coliseum

A brand new version of Ayckbourn’s first play and West End hit, which launched him to fame, establishing him as one of the UK’s most performed playwrights. This comedy of misunderstanding involves two couples, one young and co-habiting and one older, married and fraught.

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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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THE CHERRY ORCHARD by ANTON CHEKOV  
Wednesday 25th April to Saturday 19th May 2018 - The Royal Exchange
The tide of change is coming. Madam Ranyevskaya’s world of privilege and pleasure is beginning to show cracks, but she and her family live on in denial.
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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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HACKED ON CLASSICS  
Monday 28th May 2018 - The Lowry
A fun geeky night out, celebrating technology and bringing classic 80s gadgets into the modern era with the latest computers and lasers.
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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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WEEK 53 - NIGEL SLATER'S TOAST  
Wednesday 23rd May to Saturday 2nd June 2018 - The Lowry
Based on the British Book Awards Biography of the Year, ‘Toast’ is the story of Nigel Slater’s childhood, told through the tastes and smells he grew up with...
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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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A TASTE OF HONEY  
Friday 25th May to Saturday 9th June 2018 - Oldham Coliseum

Set in Salford and recognised as the pre-cursor to Coronation Street, A Taste of Honey was one of the most controversial plays of all time. A Taste of Honey took the West End by storm and was later made into a ground-breaking film which starred Rita Tushingham and Dora Bryan.

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HAPPY DAYS by SAMUEL BECKETT  
Thursday 31st May to Saturday 23rd June 2018 - The Royal Exchange
Following the success of a Streetcar Named Desire, The Skriker and Hamlet, Royal Exchange artistic director Sarah Frankcom and associate artist Maxine Peake continue their creative collaboration with Samuel Beckett’s surreal masterpiece, Happy Days.
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THE NATURE OF FORGETTING  
Tuesday 12th & Wednesday 13th June 2018 - The Lowry
Tom is 55, today. As he dresses for his party, tangled threads of disappearing memories spark him into life, unravelling as a tale of friendship, love and guilt.
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AGATHI - FLIGHT OF THE REFUGEES  
Tuesday 12th June 2018 - The Lowry
A new dance-theatre production by Apsaras Arts exploring the contemporary issues—including prejudice and misunderstanding—surrounding the plight of refugees all over the world through music, poetry and bharatanatyam.
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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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MINDING FRANKIE  
Tuesday 19th to Saturday 23rd June 2018 - The Lowry
Maeve Binchy’s last novel Minding Frankie come to the stage. Noel Struggles to be the best mother he can be but must prove that he can fill a woman’s shoes, break all the stereotypes, and along the way realises that it takes a village to rear a child, or at least a street.
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BREAD AND ROSES  
Friday 22nd June to Saturday 7th July 2018 - Oldham Coliseum

An exciting uplifting new play stuffed full of songs and laughs, heart and soul; telling the gripping real life story of the huge mill-workers strike in Lawrence, Massachusetts, USA in 1912.

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SHERLOCK HOLMES - THE FINAL CURTAIN  
Monday 23rd to Saturday 28th July 2018 - Opera House

Holmes lives in retirement on the South Coast. He keeps bees, occasionally casts his fly fishing rod, even plays his Stradivarius when the rheumatism allows. This world premiere production reunites Robert Powell & Liza Goddard following huge acclaim for their performances in Single Spies and Relatively Speaking

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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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QUEENS OF THE COAL AGE by MAXINE PEAKE  
Wednesday 4th to Friday 20th July 2018 - The Royal Exchange
Anne, Elaine, Dot and Lesley. Four ordinary women, facing the closure of their community. It’s 1993 and the Parkside Colliery pit may be winding down, but they’re not giving up.
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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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