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THE TURK
Drama
Saturday 26th January 2019
Surrounded by well-travelled packing crates and empty wine bottles, a drunken and dying Johann Nepomuk Maelzel revisits scenes from his life, losses and adventures with the amazing, chess playing automaton known as, The Turk.
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THE CLASSIC ROCK SHOW
Gigs
Sunday 27th January 2019
From AC/DC to ZZ Top and everything in between, including Led Zeppelin, Dire Straits, Queen, The Eagles, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Meatloaf plus much much more.
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MIMI & THE MOUNTAIN DRAGON
Family
Sunday 27th January 2019

Skewbald Theatre proudly present Michael Morpurgo’s Mimi and the Mountain Dragon. High up in the snowy mountains of Switzerland the villagers of Dorta bang their drums, blow their horns and ring the bells to keep the fearsome Mountain Dragon away. But this year is different.

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TRIAL BY LAUGHTER
Comedy
Tuesday 29th January 2019
IAN HISLOP AND NICK NEWMAN’S | TRIAL BY LAUGHTER - Following critical acclaim for The Wipers Times, Ian Hislop and Nick Newman have once again taken inspiration from real life events for their new play Trial by Laughter.
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DRIP
Musicals
Thursday 31st January 2019
A one-man musical comedy. Liam is 15 and he’s just signed up for Bev Road Baths’ first ever synchronised swimming team. It’s for his best mate Caz really. She needs to get a team together to win the annual Project Prize at school. She tries every year. She always loses. But Liam’s an optimist, he’s determined to help. There’s just one problem. Liam can’t swim.
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NO KIDS
Drama
Friday 1st February 2019
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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AN EVENING WITH DICKSON MB & FRIENDS
Dance
Saturday 2nd February 2019
Dickson’s ‘Duende’ is a complex artistic and psychical concept that could perhaps be thought of as the manifestation of the spirit of the artist who reaches an authentic point of self-disclosure, conquering the habit of concealment to reveal something of the soul’s living history.
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MATT FORDE
Comedy
Saturday 2nd February 2019
The whole thing’s a mess and only one person can sort it out. Sadly, we have no idea who it is. Join Britain’s leading political comedian, Matt Forde, for the show that was a complete sell-out at this year’s Edinburgh Festival and his last as an EU citizen.
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TOM STADE: I SWEAR
Comedy
Saturday 2nd February 2019
Direct from the Edinburgh Festival, join Tom as he continues to figure out exactly where he fits into this emerging new world of feelings and FaceTime. Just when did he, and all his stuff become vintage? And why didn’t he see it coming?
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DAVE GORMAN
Comedy
Sunday 3rd February 2019
Dave Gorman, the man behind Dave TV’s hit show Modern Life Is Goodish as well as Are You Dave Gorman? and Googlewhack Adventure, is back on the road with a brand new live show, With Great PowerPoint Comes Great ResponsibilityPoint.
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CURIOUSER
Family
Sunday 3rd February 2019

Join us in an imaginary world of ever changing proportions. Two performers lead us through subterranean caves, autumnal forests and high up into the starry night sky. In this 40-minute interactive performance, we look forward to meeting little adults and GREAT children.

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SIMPLY DYLAN
Gigs
Sunday 3rd February 2019
A musical journey through the career of one of the world’s most iconic singer-songwriters.
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FLIGHT PATHS
Drama
Wednesday 13th February 2019

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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BILLIONAIRE BOY
Family
Thursday 14th to Sunday 17th February 2019
This hilarious new musical is a triumphant treat for the whole family, based on the bestselling book by David Walliams, and presented by the NST team following their award-winning “whisker-licking treat” Fantastic Mr Fox.
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LUKE JERMAY: INTUITION
Mediumship
Thursday 14th February 2019
Intuition is a strange thing and Luke Jermay is even stranger. Building on his acclaimed debut show ‘Sixth Sense’ entertainer Luke Jermay is back and better than ever with a brand new interactive stage show jam packed with phenomenal jaw dropping demonstrations of intuition, telepathy and prediction; your mind will be read, your choices will be predicted and your future will be revealed.
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THE DELIGHTFUL SAUSAGE
Comedy
Thursday 14th February 2019
Join Chris and Amy as they rally the inhabitants of Icklewick in a bid to get the ailing northern community crowned the UK's next City of Culture.
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TWIRLYWOOS LIVE
Family
Friday 15th to Monday 18th February 2019
From the producers of The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show and Sarah and Duck Live on Stage comes another enchanting show for young audiences. The Twirlywoos are setting sail around the UK to welcome young fans along for a theatrical adventure. Expect mischief, music and plenty of surprises as they share the delight of discovery. With beautifully inventive puppetry the show promises a cast full of all your favourite characters from the hit TV show.
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LOST VOICE GUY
Comedy
Friday 15th February 2019
Following the unprecedented success of his appearance on the final of Britain’s Got Talent 2018, BBC New Comedy Award winner and star and writer of BBC Radio 4’s comedy series, Ability, Lee Ridley (aka Lost Voice Guy) is setting out on a tour of the UK.
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TAKE ON ME
Drama
Friday 15th to Sunday 17th February 2019

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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CHRIS WASHINGTON
Comedy
Saturday 16th February 2019
Chris Washington - You Beauty! In 2017 a Wigan postman used all his annual leave to take a show to the world’s biggest arts festival and was nominated for Best Newcomer. A true ‘you beauty’ underdog story… “A revelation” Chortle
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THE NOISE NEXT DOOR
Comedy
Sunday 17th February 2019
THE NOISE NEXT DOOR are the U.K’s premier improv comedy troupe who have taken the comedy world by storm. The boys are back with a brand spanking new, full length adult evening show The Noise Next Door – REMIX!!!
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MARK WATSON
Comedy
Sunday 17th February 2019
Mark Watson is a comedian, author, sports pundit and husband. He did his first gig in 2002 and the same year won the Daily Telegraph Open Mic Competition.
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ROUGH CROSSING
Drama
Monday 18th to Saturday 23rd February 2019

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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ELMER THE PATCHWORK ELEPHANT
Family
Tuesday 19th to Thursday 21st February 2019
Based on the classic children’s book series by David McKee, Elmer the Patchwork Elephant is a celebration of individuality and the power of laughter! Elmer The Patchwork Elephant Show tells the tale of an elephant that stands out – both with his patchwork-coloured skin and his sense of humour – but ultimately realizing that his friends have always valued his unique characteristics.
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ROBERT WHITE
Comedy
Wednesday 20th February 2019
Known for his brilliant timing and anarchic performance style, Robert’s chaotic stage presence, improvisational skills and delivery saw him win the Malcolm Hardee Award for Comic Originality.
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ED GAMBLE
Comedy
Thursday 21st February 2018
Ed Gamble - Blizzard - After a sellout national tour in 2017, Ed Gamble is back at The Lowry with another bracing flurry of idiocy.
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THE LIFE I LEAD
Drama
Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th February 2019
The Life I Lead - A richly comic and moving tale of fathers and sons across different generations, filling in the blanks behind a very well-known face.
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WOW! IT'S NIGHT TIME
Family
Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th February 2019 - The Lowry
Little Angel Theatre’s production of WOW! Said the Owl enthralled young audiences on tour throughout the country and we are delighted to present this stunning adaptation of Tim Hopgood’s nocturnal sequel.
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NISH KUMAR
Comedy
Sunday 24th February 2019
Nish Kumar - It's In Your Nature To Destroy Yourself - Double Edinburgh Comedy Award Nominee Nish Kumar is taking his brand new show on a nationwide tour of the UK! The title is a quote from Terminator 2.
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ANDREW DOYLE
Comedy
Sunday 24th February 2019

Andrew Doyle is one of the UK’s foremost political satirists.  Friendly Fire is his seventh solo stand-up show.  It follows the critically acclaimed Thought Crimes, which ran at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe last year and later transferred to the Soho Theatre in London.

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NOUGHTS & CROSSES
Drama
Tuesday 26th February to Saturday 2nd March 2019
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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IN THE NIGHT GARDEN LIVE
Family
Thursday 28th February to Sunday 3rd March 2019
Join Igglepiggle, Upsy Daisy, Makka Pakka and friends at In the Night Garden Live for a brand-new show on their first ever UK theatre tour in 2019! You’ll see all your favourite characters beautifully brought to life with full-size costumes, magical puppets, and enchanting music that will keep your little ones captivated. There are other shows for young children, but as The Independent wrote, ’there’s nothing quite like In the Night Garden Live.’
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STEVE HARLEY ACOUSTIC TRIO
Gigs
Sunday 3rd March 2019
Steve Harley, the original Cockney Rebel, tours frequently with his Acoustic Trio, playing an intimate, unique and atmospheric show. The performance promises subtle lyricism, mingled with great improvisation and rocky rhythms.
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ANDREW MAXWELL
Comedy
Sunday 3rd March 2019
A memorable cocktail of personal stories, astute political observations and the odd surprise foray into character cameos.
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OPERA NORTH'S THE MAGIC FLUTE
Opera
Tuesday 5th to Saturday 9th March 2019
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Adventure jostles with fantasy, comedy with drama, and Mozart sets it all to a score full of miraculous music.
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OPERA NORTH'S KATYA KABANOVA
Opera
Thursday 7th March 2019
In Katya Kabanova, Janáček created one of opera’s authentic masterpieces, charting his heroine’s tragedy with profound compassion in wildly beautiful music that crackles with tension and barely suppressed eroticism.
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OPERA NORTH'S GIANNI SCHICCHI & THE RITE OF SPRING
Opera
Friday 8th March 2019
The opera is presented together with Stravinsky’s groundbreaking ballet The Rite of Spring in a double bill which offers two very different reflections on the decline of the old order and the beginning of the new.
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AN EVENING WITH THE HAIRY BIKERS
Comedy
Sunday 10th March 2019
National Treasures Si King and Dave Myers, aka The Hairy Bikers have announced a huge nationwide tour for 2019 taking in over 37 dates between February and April. With their irresistible enthusiasm, An Evening With The Hairy Bikers will be an epic night of cooking and conversation.
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ROBIN INCE
Comedy
Sunday 10th March 2019
Robin Ince is a multi-award winning comedian and broadcaster. His shows have been described as 'a bundle of fascinating and surprising digressions and uncanny impressions'.
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MINI MAGIC FLUTE
Family
Sunday 10th March 2019

A Prince is in search of a Princess, but will they ever find one other? What adventures lie in wait for them along the way? A trio of opera singers and an accordionist invite you to join them for a family-friendly, interactive retelling of Mozart’s magical fairy tale where nothing is quite as it first appears…

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