Fasten your seatbelts and get ready for an awe-inspiring ride.
Tim Peake is a European Space Agency astronaut. In December 2015, he became the first British astronaut to visit the International Space Station to conduct a spacewalk (and run a marathon!) whilst orbiting Earth.
Now, join him on an epic and thrilling journey to the International Space Station as part of his first ever UK tour.
Tim will be your personal guide through life in space, with unprecedented access, breath-taking photographs, and never-before-seen incredible footage. It’s a fascinating insight into what it’s really like to be an astronaut; from training to launch, spacewalk to re-entry, Tim reveals the secrets, the science and the everyday wonders of how and why humans journey into space.
Sharing his passion for aviation, exploration and adventure, this is your chance to spend an evening with one of the world’s greatest living astronauts, and to rediscover the wonder of the place we call home.
“It’s impossible to look down on Earth from space and not be mesmerised by the fragile beauty of our planet” Tim Peake
“Everything you wanted to know about life in space” The Times
“A delightful adventure of understanding of how and why humans journey into space” Robin Ince, The Infinite Monkey Cage
Fancy yourself as a bit of a Poirot? An adorer of all things Agatha Christie? Then put on your thinking cap and work up an appetite for some serious sleuthing with a Murder Mystery Night. These popular evenings are hosted by the award winning After Dark Entertainment and guarantee an evening of indulgent food and intrigue!
£75.00 per head for 2021 - Adult Only
The prices shown above include the meal (includes VAT) + train fare (no VAT payable)
A beautiful 2 and ¾ hour steam train ride through the Irwell Valley
A four course meal followed by tea or coffee and after dinner chocolates
Murder Mystery entertainment by the award-winning After Dark Entertainment
Murder Mystery Nights run on selected Fridays and Saturdays throughout the year. The evening starts at Bury Bolton Street Station at 6:45pm and finishes at approximately 10:15pm.
“If you’re a fan of the Great American Songbook, the music of the Rat Pack, or just great music played and sung with style and panache, then this is the show for you.”
Big band vocalist Matt Ford is coming back to The Bowdon Rooms with the 17 Piece Strictly Swing Big Band.
Having performed with the likes of the Halle Orchestra, the BBC Concert Orchestra and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, will be tackling some his favourite swing numbers.
Matt Ford sings with the Strictly Swing Big Band fronted by the legendary Bryan Pendleton of the original Syd Lawrence Orchestra and is assisted by female vocalist Simone McGregor.
The Strictly Swing Big Band, formed by Simone McGregor, is a seventeen piece big band under the musical direction of Bryan Pendleton. Bryan is supported by an outstanding selection of highly accomplished musicians and together they will pay tribute to the greatest swing bands of the era including Miller, Basie, Dorsey, Goodman and more.
Matt Ford, voted the UK's Best Male Big Band Vocalist, is our featured guest and will be performing the hits songs of Sinatra, Matt Monro, Nat King Cole, and Tony Bennett.
Simone adds even more variety and glamour with hit songs from Peggy Lee and many others.
The programme features some great new arrangements from Bryan Pendleton as well as a special tribute performance to George Shearing.
An event that should not be missed.
Rescheduled from Wednesday 4th November 2020
The Noise Next Door: In Charge
The quickest wits in comedy are charging into their sixth national tour with a spectacular new show that will trample your expectations.
The charismatic quartet have always astonished with their ability to spin audience suggestions into comedy gold, but for this show they’re putting you, the audience, in charge in brilliant and bombastic new ways.
Join comedy’s unstoppable force for an evening like no other... Hilarious scenes! Mind-blowing songs! Finely tuned anarchy!
The Noise Next Door are twelve time sell-out veterans of The Edinburgh Fringe and have appeared on BBC One, ITV1, BBC Three and BBC Radio 4. They have also appeared alongside the likes of Michael McIntyre, Katherine Ryan, Romesh Ranganathan and Harry Hill.
“Hilarious... A superior kind of chaos” Telegraph
“21st century comedy at its finest and funniest.” The Stage
“Comedy gold... Staggeringly well executed.” Guardian
“Phenomenal” Daily Mirror
International award-winning musicians Aaron Hawthorne (organ) and Rosie Lavery (soprano) are taking their highly acclaimed semi-improvised accompaniment to the 1925 silent horror, The Phantom of the Opera, on the road throughout the UK this autumn. Lose yourself in an unparalleled world of hair-raising live music and the dark twists of a film which had 1920s cinema-goers screaming and running out of auditoriums.
This performance will include a screening of the 1925 PG classified film and feature the Plaza's unique Compton Cinema Organ which will bring not only the film alive but the entire building too!
Jayde Adams: The Ballad Of Kylie Jenner's Old Face
Since her first stand-up special launched on Amazon Prime in 2020 it's received a huge amount of critical acclaim, amassing a staggering 60 million views across social media and longlisted for the Best Variety Special Emmy in the Hollywood Reporter Predictions. Don’t miss your chance to see her hit show in venue’s nationwide this Autumn.
If you want to be a 'successful independent woman person' you better have something you want to say and you better be wearing a Serious Black Jumper™. In this 5-star show, Jayde (as seen hosting Channel 4's Snackmasters & Crazy Delicious) will rifle through all the noise and self-promotion and figure out what's actually going on.
“she delivers a show that unites the political with the personal in a way that many comics aim for, but few pull off with this sort of aplomb.”
★★★★ (The Times)
“winning combination of common sense and raw heart… Ironically, by taking year off singing Adams has really found her voice”
Rescheduled from Monday 14th September 2020 and Monday 19th April 2021
After two sell out Monday Matinee shows Andy returns with another Monday afternoon extravaganza of live entertainment from some of the UK’s finest performers.
Andy’s special guests will be the king of Swing himself Mr. Paul Pashley along with award winning vocalist Rosie Plummer and Plaza favourite Marilyn Royle. Resident matinee pianist Steve Ramsbottom adds to a variety show of the highest order with Soul, Swing and Pop on the Plaza menu. Welcome back the good times and book early to enjoy a brilliant afternoon of entertainment with Stockport’s premier live entertainer and his fabulous guests.
The multi award-winning antidote to panel games will be recording part of its 75th series for the BBC at The Lowry in Salford. Join chairman Jack Dee and panel for an unmissable evening of inspired nonsense.
“Whether the teams are singing the words of one song to the tune of another, making up serial rhymes or entering the mythic maze of Mornington Crescent, they have now become the National Theatre of fun” - Gillian Reynolds, Daily Telegraph
The evening will be recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and will finish no later than 10.30pm
The checking of COVID Certification is a condition of entry to the venue.
As this theatre meets safety standards we are removing social distancing and will run the theatre at capacity, which we are delighted about. To enable this, event organisers need to follow the Government’s “Events and Attractions” guidance which requires us to risk assess and put control measures in place to safeguard all who come to the event. The guidance recommends all event organisers consider using the NHS COVID pass where there are large, crowded settings where people are likely to be in close proximity to others outside their household. We appreciate that not everyone will be comfortable with this request to gain entry and may have strong opinions on it, but this is the advice for organisers of different types of events and is an agreement in place with other major broadcasters for the safety of the audience, venue staff , production team and cast. We wanted to explain why the safety measures are in place and hope they don’t cause too much inconvenience. We are really looking forward to seeing those of you who can make it as we’re delighted we’re able to record with audiences again.
All guests (age 18 and over) will need to provide either one of the following certification:
1. A negative COVID-19 lateral flow test result (taken in the 48 hours prior to attending the Event) from a UK Government-approved test provider (either via a home kit or via a test centre), with certification shown via email or text;
OR 2. a double COVID-19 vaccination received at least 2 weeks prior to attending the Event, which guests shall be required to show evidence of via: (a) the NHS App for Ticket Holders in England or (b) via the approved certification routes for Ticket Holders from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Vaccination cards will not be accepted as evidence.
OR 3. proof of natural immunity based upon a positive PCR test taken within 180 days of the Event (after completion of isolation period)
Attendees under the age of 18 will be asked for verbal confirmation (by them or by a parent or guardian on their behalf) that they have not received a positive test for COVID-19 in the last 10 days and are not displaying symptoms of COVID-19.
Failure to comply will result in the relevant guest being denied entry and no refunds will be provided in these circumstances.
Face coverings are encouraged throughout the performance and around the venue.
In the lead up to the event, to help minimise the spread of coronavirus, we ask that you do not attend the show if you begin to develop any of the symptoms of coronavirus or if you have come into close contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus.
Please ensure you have downloaded the QR code from your Covid pass using the NHS app before attending the show as WiFi may be limited at the venue.
They have promised you the guide to everything with a book, now they must follow this up to show you in person how much they really know!
This is a chance for them to answer the questions you never knew you needed answering. Essentially the questions they want answering.
We have been promised experiments, vast audience participation, the possibility of laughter, gunge??!! and hopefully something a little different than you may have expected…
In the Rutherford and Fry's comprehensive guidebook, they tell the complete story of the universe and absolutely everything in it - skipping over some of the boring parts. It's a celebration of the weirdness of the cosmos, the strangeness of humans and the very fact that amid all the mess, we can somehow make sense of life.
What follows is a collection of our favourite stories of how our senses deceive us, of how reality is not quite what it seems, and how science is the one way that we can understand this otherwise bewildering world. Our brains have evolved to tell us all sorts of things that aren't true: the world is flat, the stars are fixed in the heavenly firmament, a day is 24 hours, eating sugary sweets makes kids go nuts at parties. This book is crammed full of tales of how stuff really works. With the power of science, we have bypassed our monkey-brains, and we're going on a journey from the origin of time and space, via planets, galaxies, evolution, the dinosaurs, all the way into our minds, with truly head-scratching questions, that only science can answer:
What is time, and where does it come from?
Why are animals the size and shape they are?
How horoscopes work (Spoiler: they don't, but you think they do)
Does my dog love me?
Why nothing is truly round
Comedian and musician Jon Courtenay is the first ever GoldenBuzzer act to win Britain’s Got Talent.
Long before triumphing in the 2020 final, Becomepart of Jon’s journey of a lifetime where you will roar with laughter, maybeshed a few tears and definitely be inspired by his music and the hilarioustales of his family, relationships and life on tour. With a soundtrackincluding all his Britain’s Got Talent songs and music spanning the classics torock n roll, you are guaranteed a
“A real winner.” Ant and Dec
“It’s funny, it’s touching, it’s unique to you…thatwas unbelievable.” David Walliams
“I think this is one of the best Golden Buzzers we’veever had on the show.” Amanda Holden
“It was magical and done so simply. it made me feel warminside. You nailed it my friend. You ticked every single box.” Alesha Dixon
Music Georges Bizet
Libretto Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy
First performance Paris, 1875
Bizet’s masterpiece of sexual obsession and self-destruction is enduringly popular for many reasons, not the least of which is its brilliantly characterful score. It’s the story of a woman on the margins of society, driven by a fierce, uncompromising desire for personal liberty, and of a man who, in the grip of sexual obsession, tries to own her.
The opera’s frank sensuality, stark emotional realism and brutal violence outraged many in its first audiences, and it was widely condemned for its perceived immorality. Almost 150 years later, Carmen presents new challenges to contemporary sensibilities, whilst Bizet’s music – overflowing with passion, colour, energy and unforgettable melody – continues to mesmerise.
Edward Dick directs our first Carmen in ten years following his triumphant Tosca for the Company in 2018.
‘The production’s real strengths … lie in Dick’s understanding of the psychological dynamics between the protagonists … It’s compelling stuff, disquieting, creepy and exciting in equal measure.’ Tim Ashley, The Guardian, on Tosca, 2018
Carmen Chrystal E. Williams
Don José Antoine Bélanger
Micaela Camila Titinger Autumn
Alison Langer Winter
Escamillo Phillip Rhodes Autumn
Gyula Nagy Winter
Frasquita Amy Freston
Mercedes Helen Évora
Morales Christopher Nairne Autumn
James Davies Winter
Remendado Stuart Laing
Dancairo Dean Robinson
Zuniga Matthew Stiff
Conductor Garry Walker (Autumn), Antony Hermus (Winter)
Director Edward Dick
Set Designer Colin Richmond
Costume Designer Laura Hopkins
Please be aware that the Quays Theatre is at the far side of The Lowry’s building. After entering the main doors to the foyer, you should allow time to walk to the Quays Theatre before the show begins, especially if you have mobility difficulties. There are no stairs to negotiate, but there is a long sloping ramp, and wheelchairs are available to borrow if needed.
You can familiarise yourself with the building in advance using our virtual tour https://thelowry.com/visit-us/access/
After his meteoric rise through the ranks, Scottish Comedy Award winner and viral sensation Gary Meikle is back with his second tour show, Surreal! A word that perfectly describes Gary's last few years. He started 2019 performing in comedy clubs, and ended it selling out big theatres in the UK as well as tours in America, Canada and Europe!
Not one for mincing his words, Gary has been described as 'playfully dark'. His cheeky chappie nature and ability to get away with talking about anything will have you laughing at things you probably shouldn't be! As always, Gary will draw material from his own real-life experiences, including his unique family dynamic and his rapid rise to online fame. Quickly putting his audiences at ease, a night of stand up with Gary feels like a night in the pub chatting with friends!
Having performed to tens of thousands of people over the past year, Gary has found a new confidence and level of openness on stage, meaning he doesn't hold back on giving his opinions, no matter how warped! The new show will cover topics such as evolution, social media, how to deal with burglars, single mums, bee sex, small man syndrome and much more. Gary is a fast paced, punchy storyteller that finds the funny in anything!”
Resilience is a powerful dance story across times. Set parallel in the 20ies and 80ies and sparked by a blackout, it brings to life the electric power of jazz and hip hop styles. Two protagonists tell how their dancing overcame personal and political struggles of their times. Their joy of dancing challenges norms with subversive self-expression.
is a community of Manchester based dancers joined by their passion for supporting, creating and experimenting in the underground world of freestyle dance. Projects to date include a nine-minute short film,
which was created during lockdown and sees empty arts and culture venues across Manchester being occupied by I.M.Pact dancers, reintroducing life and movement to these spaces; and
a collaboration with Manchester Museum where through the dancers’ performances and their interaction with the space looks at how global stories are told and lessons that we must learn.
Through Resilience also features dancers from Groovanometry and
was founded by Juraj Farnik (Faro) and Anton Phung (LB) in 2014. Its aim is to showcase the best dancers in the styles of breaking, hip hop and popping. Through the two-day event, focused around cyphers and exhibition battles, dancers from across the world
have a space to exchange, network and cultivate their own creative practice. In its 7th year, Groovanometry has grown in its reach and impact on the hip hop dance scene in the UK and beyond. Groovanometry is expanding the dance event into a festival next year,
and extending its programme to include the other elements of hip hop.
Jazz Company was established in 2019 by Martina & Melissa Gumbs
with open Jazz classes starting in 2015 based in Manchester UK both graduates of The Northern Ballet School, PGCE qualified dance teachers and graduates of Shockout Arts.
have both completed numerous dance contracts with companies such as Norwegian Cruise Line & Carnival as well as being audition instructors for Norwegian Cruise Line, stage performances in Thriller Live Tour (Europe & China) After Midnight Broadway Musical
(NCL Cruise Line) RocketMan Movie plus more.
Jazz Company training classes are catered to those who want to continue training at an Industry level standard at age 18+, welcoming anyone who has graduated, in between jobs or for those who once danced and want to get back into it.
Jazz aims to share their positive energy within Company training. It's so important dancers enjoy their training and give their best, train to be the best version of themselves ALWAYS but be patient & trust the process.
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TROUBLE IN TAHITI
Music Leonard Bernstein
Libretto Leonard Bernstein
First performance Waltham, Massachusetts, 1952
The American Dream turns suffocatingly sour in Leonard Bernstein’s unsparing examination of a marriage falling apart in 1950s suburbia. Sam and Dinah appear to have the perfect life in their ‘little white house’. But their growing failure to connect exposes a mutual feeling that they are trapped in a life that has turned into a lie.
Bernstein’s score is heavily influenced by the syncopated rhythms of jazz and by the distinctive American vernacular of musicals and the movies. A highlight of Opera North’s Little Greats season of short operas in 2017, Matthew Eberhardt’s production of Trouble in Tahiti is deeply touching, whilst giving full value to the Hollywood pizzazz of Dinah’s showpiece number ‘Island Magic’.
‘Gently satirical but also wryly sympathetic about a marriage that has gone dead in the water, it is clothed in music of jazzy lyricism not many miles from West Side Story. …I loved every minute and recommend it warmly.’ Rupert Christiansen, Daily Telegraph
Sam Quirijn de Lang
Dinah Sandra Piques Eddy
Trio Laura Kelly-McInroy
Conductor Martin Pickard
Director Matthew Eberhardt
Set Designer Charles Edwards
Costume Designer Hannah Clark
Not: Lady Chatterley’s Lover
a parody of Lady Chatterley’s Lover by DH Lawrence
“Fear not darling. I shall return with absolutely no physical injuries.”
This performance will include Creative Captioning and Integrated Audio Description.
Cast: Christina Baston, Wesley Griffith, Rebecca McClay, Lawrence Russell
Understudies: James Hepworth, Katie Oakhurst
Writer: Lawrence Russell
Director: Ben Simpson
Original Score: Savage & Spies
Set Design: Phil Eddols
Lighting Design: Angharad Evans
Sound Design: Helen Skiera.
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