What's new in Manchester's theatres & venues
Good afternoon to you on yet another rainy day in Manchester. It's time to stay indoors and ponder over what theatre show or concert you want to see next. With all the latest news of shows just announced and added to our theatre guide, keep reading...
Deepak Chopra at the Bridgewater Hall
  What's new at the Palace Theatre
The Fureys and Davey Arthur at the Palace Theatre THE FUREYS AND DAVEY ARTHUR - ST PATRICK'S DAY CONCERT Tuesday 16th March 2010
The Fureys & Davey Arthur return again to Manchester in 2010 - in their 32nd year together. After all these years, they continue to play on all continents where they bring their music, songs and stories to generations who have enjoyed them over the years. Their audiences have included President of Ireland Mary McAleese, former Australian Prime Minister John Howard and the late Pope John Paul. Tony Blair has stated his favourite peace song of all time is the Fureys “Green Fields of France”.
Jake and Elwood - The Blues Brothers Show In The World...Ever!!! at the Palace Theatre JAKE & ELWOOD - THE BEST BLUES BROTHERS SHOW IN THE WORLD...EVER!!! Friday 21st May 2010
Jake & Elwood - The Best Blues Brothers Show In The World…EVER!!! …invite you to spend an evening with them in Chicago and witness first-hand, masters at work as they explode on stage for their world-class musical extravaganza. Together with the driving backbeat of their award-winning soul, rhythm and blues Black Rhino Band, they continue to deliver electrifying, totally live performances to sell out, standing ovation audiences globally.
Horrible Science at the Palace Theatre, Manchester HORRIBLE SCIENCE Tuesday 19th to Saturday 23rd October 2010
What are millions of animals doing in your kettle? Why don't penguins get spots? Why do rabbits eat the same food twice? Why doesn't the moon wander off? Could a 10 million volt battery float over your head? And how long would it take for your heart to pump enough blood to fill the theatre? Using actors and 3D Bogglevision, Horrible Science has the awful answers and this astounding show will thrill you and your children. From the acclaimed producers of Horrible Histories comes the incredibly squishy world premiere Horrible Science.
  What's new at the Opera House
George's Marvellous Medicine at the Manchester Opera House GEORGE'S MARVELLOUS MEDICINE Tuesday 29th June to Saturday 3rd July 2010
The Birmingham Stage Company present Roald Dahl's amazing story about a young boy who makes a marvellous new medicine to cure his grandmother of her terrifying temper. But when his grandmother drinks his special new potion, the most incredible things start to happen. And George's adventure has just begun! The BSC is proud to present a brand new adaptation by David Wood of one of Roald Dahl's best loved stories. If you're looking for fizztickling fun and wizzpopping magic for all the family, then don't miss George and his marvellous medicine!
  What's new at the Lowry Theatre
The Swell Season at the Lowry Theatre THE SWELL SEASON Sunday 17th January 2010
The Oscar-winning duo of Frames frontman Glen Hansard and Czech ingénue Marketa Irglova return with their new album 'Strict Joy' released at the end of September. The Swell Season generated a wave of acclaim during the 2008 awards season picking up two Grammy nominations and an Oscar win for Best Original Song for “Falling Slowly.” The duo performed the song at the Oscars ceremony and Irglova provided one of the most memorable and poignant moments of the evening when host Jon Stewart called her back to the stage after an ad break to give her acceptance speech. The success of their film ‘Once’ also led to a sold out world tour for The Swell Season, which was captured for an upcoming documentary.
Peppa Pig's Party at the Lowry Theatre PEPPA PIG'S PARTY Thursday 4th to Sunday 7th February 2010
Oink oink - it's Peppa Pig! Peppa is a playful little piggy who lives with her younger brother George, Mummy Pig and Daddy Pig. Through everyday adventures she plays games, makes new friends and enjoys her absolute favourite activity – jumping up and down in muddy puddles! Today it’s a bright and sunny day. It’s a very special day. It’s Peppa Pig's birthday. Come and join the fun with Peppa and George, Suzy Sheep, Danny Dog and Emily Elephant. A charming, original and imaginative show, full of brand new songs, muddy puddles, and oinks! This BAFTA Award winning children's TV favourite is recreated live on stage for first time from the producers of LazyTown Live! and Roald Dahl’s The BFG.
La Cage Aux Folles at the Lowry Theatre LA CAGE AUX FOLLES Monday 15th to Saturday 20th March 2010
Direct from a smash-hit West End season, this multi-award winning production of La Cage aux Folles is a timeless and deliciously funny tale of family values, unconditional love, and above all, the need to celebrate who we are. The idyllic existence of Georges and the dazzling drag artiste Albin, star of the La Cage aux Folles club, is threatened when Georges’ son announces his engagement to the daughter of a right-wing politician, who wants to close down the local colourful nightlife! With a visit from the prospective in-laws imminent, they all decide to take drastic action to hide their lifestyle... but can they keep it up? Jerry Herman’s (Hello, Dolly!, Mack and Mabel and Mame) fabulous score includes I Am What I Am, The Best of Times and Song on the Sand.
The Four Seasons By Candlelight at the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester What's new at the Bridgewater Hall
A sumptuous evening performed in full 18th Century costume in an evocative candle-lit style setting.
  What's new at the Manchester Apollo
Noel Fielding at the Manchester Apollo NOEL FIELDING Thursday 11th February 2010
One half of the world conquering Mighty Boosh returns solo (Julian is trapped in a kiosk) leaping round the stage like a retro bandicoot, performing stand-up so exciting and original it often changes the sex of the audience watching. Fielding is best known for playing the role of Vince Noir opposite Julian Barratt (Howard Moon) in the cult comedy series The Mighty Boosh. Fielding met Barratt when he was performing a gig. Impressed by Fielding's skill, Barratt offered him a place to perform, and the two went on to form a partnership. Now Noel is back touring on his own - book early as tickets will sell fast for this event!
Ronan Keating at the Manchester Apollo RONAN KEATING Saturday 13th March 2010
To date Ronan has released five solo albums, three of which went straight to number one. He's listed in the Guinness Book Of Records for being the only artist ever to have 30 consecutive top 10 singles in the UK chart, having beat the likes of Elvis. With two sell-out world tours under his belt, an Ivor Novello and BMI songwriting awards, an autobiography, a role as ambassador for Christian Aid and sales in excess of 22 million albums across the globe, Ronan's lengthy and triumphant career shows no signs of slowing down just yet.
Madness at the Manchester Apollo MADNESS Tuesday 15th December 2009
Madness continue a phenomenal year that with The Liberty Of Norton Folgate UK tour in December. This is the first uk tour for the album that saw the band reclaim their rightful place at the peak of Britain’s pop hierarchy with a return to the UK Albums Top 5. Madness release two albums. The first, ‘Total Madness’, a comprehensive compilation of their finest moments through three decades of pop, is out on September 21st with a second disc featuring the classic music videos whilst October 26th sees a very special re issue of the band’s debut ‘One Step Beyond’ with a second disc of rare and unreleased tracks from the band’s formative years and the album era.
The Pogues at the Manchester Apollo THE POGUES Sunday 13th December 2009
By demonstrating that the spirit of punk could live in traditional Irish folk music, the Pogues were one of the most radical bands of the mid-80s. Famed for their wild and exciting live acts, lead singer Shane MacGowan's relentless drug and alcohol abuse meant the cult Irish folk punksters were forced to disband in the mid 90s. Now reformed with charismatic rogue MacGowan back in tow, the band are back on the road well over 20 years since their inception.
Regina Spektor at the Manchester Apollo REGINA SPEKTOR Thursday 3rd December 2009
Described by Pitchfork Media as 'the most talented representative of New York's antifolk scene', Regina Spektor's music is a combination of minimal piano and instrumentation with lighthearted yet heavily meaningful singing, her songs casting a wry eye at the world with their amiable storytelling quality.
Machine Head at the Manchester Apollo MACHINE HEAD Friday 26th February 2010
Heavy metal band Machine Head hail from Oakland California where they formed in 1992. As one of the pioneering bands in the New Wave of American Heavy Metal, the band are now metal legends and we expect this show to prove popular with the scores of heavy metal fans in Manchester. Since the band's 2007 album 'The Blackening', they have been touring virtually non stop. Their new UK tour 'The Black Procession' will be be one of the last chances to see the band before they begin working on their new album. Machine Head were recently presented with the 'Inspiration' award at the Kerrang! awards and have just finished supporting Metallica on their world tour.
  Amateur Dramatics in Manchester and the region
A Midsummer Night's Dream at Bolton Little Theatre A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM (BOLTON LITTLE THEATRE) Saturday 12th to Saturday 19th September 2009
Magic, fairies, lovers – who can resist the lure of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. Shakespeare’s most accessible and joyous comedy. Jack shall have Jill; Nought shall go ill; The man shall have his mare again, and all shall be well. The show starts at 7.30pm. There is no Sunday performance. Bolton Little Theatre, Hanover Street, Bolton. Booking telephone number 01204 334400.
Fiddler On The Roof presented by the BCMCS FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (BOLTON CATHOLIC MUSICAL AND CHORAL SOCIETY) Tuesday 20th to Saturday 24th October 2009
Tevye, the dairyman is an old-fashioned father who, like the other fathers in the small village of Anatevka, has raised his children to uphold the age-old Jewish customs of his ancestors. The show starts at 7.15pm. There is no Sunday performance. The Albert Halls, Bolton. Ticket prices - Tuesday: Three for Two £11, Wednesday & Thursday - £11 (£9 concession), Friday and Saturday - £12, 11 for the price of 10 on group bookings. Booking telephone number 01204 334400.
Have a wonderful weekend and lets hope this weather improves.
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