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DEATH OF A SALESMAN  
Thu 11th October to Sat 17th November 2018 - Royal Exchange Theatre
Following his critically acclaimed performance as King Lear, Don Warrington returns to the Royal Exchange to play Willy Loman in Arthur Miller's Pulitzer Prize-winning play.
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THE POLITICAL HISTORY OF SMACK AND CRACK  
Thursday 1st to Saturday 17th November 2018 - Mustard Tree, Ancoats
Chronicling the fallout for communities crushed by the heroin epidemic at the height of Thatcherism, this an epic love song to a lost generation inspired by the playwright's own personal experience.
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THE HABIT OF ART  
Monday 12th to Saturday 17th November 2018 - The Lowry
In The Habit of Art, Alan Bennet gives us a play about a meeting between the poet WH Auden and the composer Benjamin Britten. Starring Matthew Kelly and David Yelland.
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SIR BRADLEY WIGGINS: AN AUDIENCE WITH  
Monday 12th November 2018 - The Lowry
Join Sir Bradley Wiggins for an evening in conversation! Sir Bradley Wiggins is a British former professional road and track racing cyclist and Britain’s most decorated Olympian.
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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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PROOF BY DAVID AUBURN  
Tuesday 27th November to Sunday 2nd December 2018

Catherine has inherited her late father’s mathematical brilliance, but she is haunted by the fear that she might also share his debilitating mental illness. She has spent years caring for her now-deceased father, and upon his death, she feels left alone to pick up the pieces of her life without him.

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THE ORESTEIA  
Wednesday 28th & Thursday 29th November 2018 - The Lowry
Splendid’s new creative adaptation explores the place where rage meets justice in an artful, political, physical, musical, entertainingly furious – and furiously entertaining - piece of theatrical magic.
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FOR THE LOVE OF SCI-FI  
Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd December 2018 - Bowlers Exhibition Centre

For the Love of Sci-Fi Experience, changing the face of comic con conventions. For the fans, by the fans. At Bowlers Exhibition Centre this December.

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CHRISTMAS MURDER MYSTERY  
Sunday 9th December 2018 - Palace Theatre
Say the password and come on in. It’s Prohibition-era in America, but the drinks are still flowing and the jazz is swinging. And tonight, there’s been a murder. Taking place at The Oxford Street Bistro at Manchester’s renowned Palace Theatre, this 1920s party includes a welcome drink and a two-course dinner to accompany your murder mystery.
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WHITE  
Thursday 13th to Sunday 23rd December 2018 - HOME

Welcome to the beautifully strange world of White. Full of birdsong and birdhouses, it gleams and dazzles and shines in the night. Two friends look after the birds and make sure the eggs stay safe. We watch, we help. The world is bright, ordered and white.

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AN EVENING OF ERIC AND ERN AT CHRISTMAS  
Tuesday 18th December 2018 to Sunday 6th January 2019 - The Lowry
An Evening of Eric and Ern at Christmas with Jonty Stephens and Ian Ashpitel FROM THE OLIVIER NOMINATED DUO BEHIND THE HUGELY CELEBRATED & CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED WEST END HIT ERIC & LITTLE ERN. It’s a show full of Morecambe and Wise's most loved routines, songs and sketches and of course a musical guest.
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CINDERELLA: A WICKED MOTHER OF A NIGHT OUT  
Tuesday 18th to Saturday 22nd December 2018 - The Lowry
Crammed with live music, mayhem and a touch of midnight magic, Cinderella will have you dancing in the aisles and laughing your bloody baubles off.
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THE FROZEN PROSECCO SNOWBALL  
Saturday 22nd December 2018 - O2 Ritz

The Frozen Prosecco Snowball the the O2 Ritz, Manchester - Saturday 22nd December 2018 - More details to follow.

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THE BETTING SHOP  
Thursday 10th & Friday 11th January 2019 - The Lowry
The rush, the thrills, the highs, the lows have all been felt within these walls. Bet and Fred's Betting Shop attracts clientele from all walks of life, but this isn't your run of the mill London bookies.
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DAD'S ARMY RADIO SHOW  
Sunday 20th January 2019 - The Lowry
Two actors play 25 characters in this brilliant staging of three classic radio episodes based on favourite scripts from the original TV series. Celebrating 50 years of Perry and Croft’s quintessential sitcom, which won the Best One-Liner accolade in a poll of comedians conducted by Gold, with the immortal words “Don’t tell him, Pike”.
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THE FUTURIST COOKBOOK  
Wednesday 23rd January 2019 - The Lowry
In ‘The Futurist Cookbook (And other Culinary Utopias)’ you are invited to a feast from the future. Set aside all that you ever thought you knew about your favourite foods and join us as we lay the table for tomorrow’s nutrition: now!  Hosted by creatives from the University of Salford, as part of the ‘TAPP Festival’.
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THE RISE AND FALL OF LITTLE VOICE  
Thursday 24th January to Saturday 2nd February 2019 - Albert Halls

Little Voice has got stars in her eyes. This electrifying drama is performed by a company of multi-talented actor musicians. Get ready for a stunning collection of hits including Big Spender, Over the Rainbow and Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien.

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NO KIDS  
Friday 1st February 2019 - The Lowry
Described as ‘We Need to Talk About Kevin on acid’ (Total Theatre), No Kids is the latest energetic, hilarious, moving and thought-provoking play from the multi-award-winning Bristol-based company, Ad Infinitum.
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MOTHER COURAGE AND HER CHILDREN  
Friday 8th February to Saturday 2nd March 2019 - Royal Exchange Theatre
A sharp new version of Brecht's universally celebrated classic by Anna Jordan, which sees the return of Julie Hesmondhalgh in the iconic title role.
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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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FLIGHT PATHS  
Wednesday 13th February 2019 - The Lowry

From tradition to modernity they navigate the path of the migrant, weaving together personal stories of blind artists from Japan, Nigeria, the USA and Australia as they forge their careers as aerialists, viola player and soprano.

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TAKE ON ME  
Friday 15th to Sunday 17th February 2019 - The Lowry

TAKE ON ME is a show taking place after hours in Broughton Leisure Centre. Set in the 1980s world of headbands and leg warmers, it follows a lonely woman coming to the gym for the first time and a lifeguard who has never saved anyone.

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ROUGH CROSSING  
Monday 18th to Saturday 23rd February 2019 - The Lowry

Two famous but desperate playwrights are stuck on an ocean liner headed for New York, feverishly trying to rehearse their latest show before reaching land. Add an absurdly unorthodox waiter, a mistimed lifeboat drill and a vanishing glass of brandy and soon the sharp Atlantic winds turn to world-class gales of laughter.

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A SKULL IN CONNEMARA  
Friday 22nd February to Saturday 9th March 2019 - Oldham Coliseum

An Oldham Coliseum Theatre production - A Skull In Connemara - BAFTA and Academy Award-winning Martin McDonagh’s black comedy A Skull In Connemara draws you into the unfolding mysteries of an Irish village.

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NOUGHTS & CROSSES  
Tuesday 26th February to Saturday 2nd March 2019 - The Lowry
Pilot Theatre presents this gripping Romeo and Juliet story by acclaimed writer Malorie Blackman and adapted by Sabrina Mahfouz is a captivating drama of love, revolution and what it means to grow up in a divided world.
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PARTY LIKE GATSBY PRESENTS  
SPECTACLE EXTRAORDINAIRE  
Friday 1st March 2019 - O2 Ritz

Party Like Gatsby presents SPECTACLE EXTRAORDINAIRE at the O2 Ritz, Manchester.

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RAIN MAN  
Monday 11th to Saturday 16th March 2019 - The Lowry
Based on the Oscar winning film which famously starred Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman, Bill Kenwright presents the inaugural Classic Screen to Stage Theatre Company with a production of RAIN MAN, which won Oscar’s for Best Picture, Best Screenplay, Best Director and Best Actor for Hoffman.
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DAN SNOW  
Tuesday 12th March 2019 - Stockport Plaza

‘An Evening with DAN SNOW’ will feature the well-known historian and TV presenter recount anecdotes of memorable experiences from his very successful career as an historian and broadcaster.

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INTO THE LIGHT  
Wednesday 13th March 2019 - The Lowry

Directed by Frantic Assembly’s Scott Graham and incorporating an international cast of performers with and without learning disabilities, Hijinx & Teatro la Ribalta’s Into the Light is daring physical theatre about the right to be seen and heard, performed by those we need to see and hear.

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BEYOND BELIEF  
Thursday 14th & Friday 15th March 2019 - The Lowry

What would happen if you could live forever? A captivating and moving story of loss and infinite love, set in a terrifying near future where tech giants’ Beyond Belief’ can resurrect your digital soul. With their passionate and playful physical style, Tmesis explore afterlife in the digital age.

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BESS THE COMMONER QUEEN  
Saturday 23rd March 2019 - The Lowry

A unique insight into the political intrigues of Elizabethan England, as witnessed first-hand by “Bess of Hardwick”. Bess was the closest female friend & Lady-in-Waiting to Elizabeth I &, at the same time, confidante to Mary Queen of Scots, whom Bess & her 4th husband (the Earl of Shrewsbury) kept under “house-arrest” for over 15 years until Mary’s execution.

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GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS  
Monday 25th to Saturday 30th March 2019 - Opera House

After its sell-out run in the West End, this darkly funny production of Glengarry Glen Ross is touring the UK. Well loved & acclaimed TV & stage stars Nigel Harman & Mark Benton are the deal-chasing cut throat salesmen in this ‘razor-sharp’ revival of Mamet’s Olivier and Pulitzer prize-winning masterpiece.

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BLUE PLANET II - LIVE IN CONCERT  
Wednesday 27th March 2019 - Manchester Arena

Following the incredible success of the BAFTA award-winning BBC One television series Blue Planet II, presented by Sir David Attenborough, BBC Studios, and FKP Scorpio are proud to present a UK live tour, which will bring the wonders and mysteries of the planet’s oceans and wildlife to the UK arena stage.

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BEST OF BE FESTIVAL  
Wednesday 27th March 2019 - The Lowry

Each year, BE FESTIVAL packages up three of their favourite shows from their international festival and sends them on a tour of the UK. Out on the road this year, there’ll be a daredevil, an illusionist and a juggling-computer-musical genius, performing 3 nail-biting, 30-minute shows all in one exhilarating evening.

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THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN  
Monday 1st to Saturday 6th April 2019 - The Lowry
The Girl On The Train - Based on the best-selling novel by Paula Hawkins and the DreamWorks film. Adapted from Paula Hawkins’ novel – an international phenomenon selling over twenty million copies worldwide – this gripping new play will keep you guessing until the final moment.
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AN AUDIENCE WITH SIMON REEVE  
Sunday 7th April 2018 - Opera House

An audience with travel documentary maker Simon Reeve at the Opera House Manchester.

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ABIGAIL'S PARTY  
Monday 8th to Saturday 13th April 2018 - Opera House

Jodie Prenger leads the cast in this groundbreaking comedy classic!. Mike Leigh’s iconic Abigail’s Party is one of Britain’s most celebrated comedies; beloved by audiences, it thrills and delights in equal measure. It’s not to be missed.

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RITA, SUE AND BOB TOO  
Tuesday 9th to Saturday 13th April 2019 - The Lowry

Best friends Rita and Sue get a lift home from married Bob after babysitting his kids. When he offers them a taste of adult adventure, the three start a fling each of them think they can control. A vivid portrait of girls caught between a brutal childhood and an unpromising future in this bold production by Kate Wasserberg.

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HEART OF DARKNESS  
Tuesday 16th to Thursday 18th April 2019 - The Lowry

Co-produced by Marche Teatro and Cast. Supported by Arts Council England, Lancaster Arts at Lancaster University and Theatre by the Lake. Following the popular and critically acclaimed adaptation of Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms, imitating the dog turn their attention to Joseph Conrad’s extraordinarily influential novel, Heart of Darkness.

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ANT MIDDLETON  
Sunday 21st April 2019 - The Lowry

Ant Middleton, best known as the Chief Instructor for Channel 4’s hit shows, SAS : Who Dares Wins, Mutiny and Escape has announced a brand new fully immersive show for 2019, The Mind Over Muscle Tour.

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HOME, I'M DARLING  
Tuesday 23rd to Saturday 27th April 2019 - The Lowry

Following a sold-out run at the National Theatre and direct from a limited West End transfer, Home, I’m Darling comes to Salford for one week only from Tuesday 23 April. Katherine Parkinson (The IT Crowd, Humans) reprises her acclaimed role as Judy, in Laura Wade’s new comedy about one woman’s quest to be the perfect 1950’s housewife.

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EQUUS  
Tuesday 23rd to Saturday 27th April 2019 - The Lowry
Inspired by a true story, Peter Shaffer’s gripping psychological thriller, Equus, explores the complex relationships between devotion, myth and sexuality. This gripping new production is directed by the award-winning Ned Bennett.
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MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING  
Tuesday 7th to Saturday 11th May 2019 - The Lowry
Six years of war are over. Returning soldiers swap the battlefield for a landscape of love, masked balls and laughter. Two young dreamers fall head over heels, while two others resume their combative courtship.
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PETER JAMES THE HOUSE ON COLD HILL  
Monday 13th to Saturday 18th May 2019 - Opera House

Following the overwhelming, sell out stage success of Not Dead Enough, The Perfect Murder and Dead Simple, the No. 1 best-selling author Peter James is back with this spine-tingling smash hit play.

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THE MOUSETRAP  
Monday 13th to Saturday 18th May 2019 - The Lowry
Discover why Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap has kept people guessing for so long, becoming the longest running show of any kind in the history of theatre. The scene is set when a group of people gathered in a country house cut off by the snow discover, to their horror, that there is a murderer in their midst. Who can it be?
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IAN MCKELLEN  
Wednesday 15th May 2019 - Romiley Forum Theatre

Ian McKellen says: 'I’m celebrating my 80th birthday by touring a new solo show to theatres I know well & a few that I don’t. The show starts with Gandalf & will probably end with an invitation to act with me on stage. In-between there will be anecdotes & acting. I open at my local arts centre in January & end up by August in Orkney.

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TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD  
Monday 20th to Saturday 25th May 2019 - The Lowry
Jonathan Church Productions, Curve and Regent’s Park Theatre Ltd present the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre production of To Kill a Mockingbird Adapted for the stage by Christopher Sergel. Based on the novel by Harper Lee.
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IAN MCKELLEN  
Wednesday 15th May 2019 - The Albert Halls, Bolton

Ian McKellen says: 'I’m celebrating my 80th birthday by touring a new solo show to theatres I know well & a few that I don’t. The show starts with Gandalf & will probably end with an invitation to act with me on stage. In-between there will be anecdotes & acting. I open at my local arts centre in January & end up by August in Orkney.

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THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST  
Thursday 6th to Saturday 15th June 2019 - Albert Halls

Oscar Wilde’s sensational and lavish tale of witty comedy is brought to life at Bolton’s Albert Halls. A Victorian satire on social obligations, The Importance of Being Earnest is heralded as one of the funniest plays ever written and has delighted audiences for over 100 years.

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CIRQUE DU SOLEIL - TORUK  
Thursday 20th to Sunday 23rd June 2019 - Manchester Arena

Inspired by James Cameron’s record-breaking movie AVATAR, Cirque du Soleil’s uniquely different touring show TORUK – The First Flight will make its UK debut next June at Manchester Arena from 20 - 23 June 2019.

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LADY BOYS 2019  
Tuesday 9th July 2019 - Stockport Plaza

The Lady Boys are back at The Plaza for Lady Boys of Bangkok Theatre Tour 2019. No one leaves without a smile on their face and that’s the success of this glitzy, sequin clad sparkler of a show that is back at The Plaza due to outstanding popular demand!

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