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UP 'N' UNDER  
Friday 6th to Saturday 21st October 2017 - Oldham Coliseum

From the writer of Teechers, Bouncers and April In Paris. This riotously funny play brings the fanatical world of amateur rugby league up, close and personal.

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UNDER GLASS  
Wednesday 18th to Saturday 21st October 2018 - The Lowry
Following a sold out run at Village Underground in London, and award-winning presentation at Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Clod Ensemble are reviving their “astonishing and unforgettable” production Under Glass.
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ARE YOU BEING SEVERED?  
Wednesday 18th October 2017 - Stockport Plaza

A glass of water for Mr Granger! There’s been a made to measure murder in menswear and it’s up to you to get your pants on and solve this mystery.

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NIGELLA LAWSON IN CONVERSATION  
Friday 20th October 2017 - RNCM

Food is much more than human fuel – it nourishes our spirits, and is inseparable from our ideas of home and belonging. Much loved food writer and television cook Nigella Lawson joins author and fellow food lover Jeanette Winterson to discuss the pleasures of cooking, eating and writing.

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PARLIMENT SQUARE by JAMES FRITZ  
Saturday 21st to Saturday 28th October 2017 - The Royal Exchange
WORLD PREMIERE. A Royal Exchange Theatre and Bush Theatre co-production. Kat gets up one morning, leaves her family behind, and travels to London to carry out an act that will change her life and, she hopes, everyone else’s. But what are the real consequences?
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SHAMI CHAKRABARTI  
Sunday 22nd October 2017 - The Royal Exchange
Britain’s leading human rights campaigner takes aim on the oldest and most pervasive injustice of all: gender inequality. She will be in conversation with Eleanor Marx biographer Rachel Holmes.
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BE MORE MARTYN  
Sunday 22nd & Monday 23rd October 2017 - Hope Mill Theatre

Hope Theatre Company presents a unique event where we encourage our audience and the world to BE MORE MARTYN. Profits from both performances will be donated to Beacon Counselling, Beechwood Cancer Care Centre and Kidscan, in memory of Martyn.

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POWERHOUSE PLAYS  
Tuesday 24th to Friday 27th October 2017 - Hope Mill Theatre

POWERHOUSE PLAYS – a programme of emerging plays, at all stages of development, either by Northern writers or with strong Northern Themes.

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AN EVENING WITH ARMISTEAD MAUPIN  
Wednesday 25th October 2017 - RNCM

Manchester Literature Festival are thrilled to present a special event with beloved and critically-acclaimed American author Armistead Maupin.

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CHANJE KUNDA: SUPERPOSITION  
Thursday 26th & Friday 27th October 2017 - The Lowry
Superposition will take you down a rabbit hole of physics: from the quantum world of the tiny to the expanses of the universe – via a lap dancing club.
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THE PLAY READING CLUB  
Friday 27th October 2017 - Hope Mill Theatre

Come and join the play reading club, on the last Friday of each month and read a variety of plays old and new!

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HEDDA GABLER  
Monday 30th October to Saturday 4th November 2017 - The Lowry
Following a sold-out run at the National Theatre, this modern production of Ibsen’s masterpiece Hedda Gabler comes to The Lowry.
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THE WIPERS TIMES
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Tuesday 31st October to Saturday 4th November 2017 - Opera House
BEST AVAILABLE OFFER - £19.50 TICKETS!! Ian Hislop and Nick Newman’s The Wipers Times tells the true and extraordinary story of the satirical newspaper created in the mud and mayhem of the Somme.
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SEASIDE TERROR  
Tuesday 31st October 2017 - The Lowry
Odd Doll in association with Little Mighty presents... It’s holiday season. The season of terror! Odd Doll take a trip to the seaside, where they find more than they bargained for. The only other inhabitant of the dilapidated pier is a rather sinister ice cream man. And he’s got some very strange stories to tell…
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RUBBER RING  
Wednesday 1st to Saturday 4th November 2017 - The Lowry
Jimmy is sixteen, sexually confused and stuck in Sheringham, the seaside town they forgot to bomb. He’s screwed. Well he’s not actually: that’s the problem... When pop star Morrissey comes to London, Jimmy flees to the city to find his hero and himself.
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JUBILEE  
Wednesday 8th to Saturday 18th November 2017 - The Royal Exchange
Faith in the establishment collapsing everywhere. The far right on the march. Culture wars and random violence – all decked out in red, white and blue. But a spirit of anarchy hangs in the air, the desire to burn it all down and start over…
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DECLINING SOLO  
Wednesday 8th November 2017 - The Lowry
Part of our WTF Wednesday series. A woman returns to visit her family home, and misses the one thing she values most: the father she remembers.
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FLYING SOLO: YOU'VE CHANGED  
Friday 10th & Saturday 11th November 2017 - The Lowry
A Trans Creative and Contact co-production. It’s fourteen years since Kate transitioned and a lot has changed. However, where gender is concerned, are we still stuck in the dark ages?
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CIRCUS OF HORRORS  
Sunday 12th November 2017 - Stockport Plaza

After taking to the road over 22 years ago and touring all over the world, The Circus of Horrors phenomenon takes to the road again with its latest incarnation “Voodoo VaudEvil”. Over 16's Age Guidance

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A JUDGEMENT IN STONE
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Monday 13th to Saturday 18th November 2017 - Opera House
£10 OFF TICKETS LIMITED TIME OFFER - Building on the phenomenal decade-long success of The Agatha Christie Company, Bill Kenwright presents a new production adapted from one of the most celebrated works of the writer often hailed as the successor to Agatha Christie.
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MEDUSA  
Wednesday 15th & Thursday 16th November 2017 - The Lowry
Through dynamic movement and lyrical new writing, Proper Job’s Medusa sheds light on the softer side of the ‘monster’ we think we know.
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A NIGHT OF DIRTY DANCING  
Wednesday 15th November 2017 - Stockport Plaza

No film has captured the hearts of a generation like Dirty Dancing. Relive the Passion, the Romance & Joy of the Cult Classic and celebrate the music of one of the greatest movie soundtracks of all time.

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METAMORPHOSIS  
Thursday 16th November 2017 - The Lowry
Gregor Samsa is. He has a nice normal job and a nice normal family and lives in a nice normal house with normal wishes and normal dreams and a nice normal future to look forward to. That is until the day he wakes to discover he has turned into a giant insect.
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HUSH HUSH  
Friday 6th October & Friday 17th November 2017 - The Lowry
We've said too much already. Move on. Nothing to see here. This is a Pay What You Decide event. WTF? Reserve your tickets, come along, see the show and decide how much you want to pay afterwards!
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DINNER & GHOST HUNT  
Saturday 18th November 2017 - Opera House

From 6pm, you’ll receive a two course meal and a drink in the Oxford Street Bistro. The Paranormal City Events team will then take you on an evening ghost hunt throughout the theatre, including glass moving, séances, experiments and Ouija boards which you can even take part in to draw your own conclusions!

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HE AIN'T HEAVY  
Saturday 18th November 2017 - The Lowry
Grania Pickard tells the story of growing up with her disabled autistic brother Sean using physical theatre, aerial circus, audience interaction and storytelling. Through puppetry, the audience see how Sean walks, talks and interacts with the world and how his unique take on life has shaped and influenced Grania.
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PIRATES OF THE CARABINA - FLOWN  
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th November 2017 - The Lowry
FLOWN is the award-winning show from internationally acclaimed contemporary circus company Pirates of the Carabina - known for their daring and beautifully choreographed aerial theatre performances.
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THE PLAY READING CLUB  
Friday 24th November 2017 - Hope Mill Theatre

Come and join the play reading club, on the last Friday of each month and read a variety of plays old and new!

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NO SUCH THING AS A FISH  
Sunday 26th November 2017 - Manchester Opera House

Join Dan Schreiber, Andrew Hunter Murray, Anna Ptaszynski and James Harkin on the first leg of their brand new UK tour as they serve up their pick of the most bizarre, extraordinary and hilarious facts discovered over the last 7 days.

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GOK WAN - NAKED AND BARING ALL  
Monday 27th November 2017 - The Lowry
From his humble beginnings on a Leicester council estate, to becoming one of the country’s most recognised faces. Gok candidly unravels his life to reveal everything he has not yet dared to bare. No collar is left unturned in what might be the most honest, campest and naked stage show ever to mince the boards.
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EIGHT SONGS  
Saturday 2nd December 2017 - The Lowry
A series of choreographed juggling vignettes set to 8 classic rock and roll songs. A tribute to the mythical landscape of popular music. From Dylan’s stream of consciousness realms to the Velvet Underground’s troubling landscapes, from David Bowie’s soulful escapades to the rocking Rolling Stone’s anthemic joy de vivre.
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DICKENSIAN CHRISTMAS CRIME  
Sunday 3rd December 2017 - Stockport Plaza

It's a murder mystery that can only be solved by travelling to the past, present and future so it's a good job that you've got the ghost of Christmas Crimes on hand to help you!

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MURDER AT MISTLETOE MANOR  
Sunday 3rd December 2017 - Stockport Plaza

It’s time to deck the halls and solve a crime as a killer has sent the gift of murder to Mistletoe Manor this Christmas. Can you solve the crime before someone else gets the kiss of death at Mistletoe Manor?

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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